Brief Take on the Ruger Precision Rifle

I always wanted a rifle chambered in 308 Win. for long distance shooting up to 800 yards. Most precision rifles I looked at were out of my budget making them unattainable. And then if I were to buy a high end precision rifle, I would have to purchase high quality accessories to get the most out of the rifle. But then a couple months ago I heard about a fairly new bolt action rifle Ruger had manufacturer for precision shooting that was budget friendly.

The rifle I am referring to is the Ruger Precision Rifle. Pretty straightforward name. So I did my research and immediately there were quite a few features that caught my attention. First, the chassis is of an AR platform, something I’m very familiar with because I own two myself.ruger rpr picture

Second, it has a folding and adjustable stock. Third, is the price. Again rifles that are made for precision long range shooting are expensive. MSRP for this rifle on Ruger’s website is $1399 and I got my rifle at my local firearms store for a little under $1000. So how does this it shoot? I was only able to shoot up to 400 yards because that is as far as I can at my local range. I shoot the rifle off of sandbags with no bipod and the rifle is fairly accurate.

I brought a Bushnell Legend Series scope for the rifle and the scope was a good fit for the rifle. I plan on buying a bipod and continuing to go out this summer to get proficient with this rifle. I do not have many rounds through the rifle so I will not give an in depth review, but from the two hundred rounds down range so far, I am very pleased with the rifle’s accuracy and I believe I just scratched the surface with this rifle’s accuracy and long range effectiveness.

I highly recommend this rifle for anyone looking into precision shooting. If you are on the fence, or if you always wanted to get a rifle to shoot at long range distances, this rifle will certainly do that. I’m not going to get into the specifications on the rifle; you can look for that on Ruger’s website. I had to wait a month before I could acquire mine because these rifles are rare like seeing a unicorn, but they are worth the wait. This was a great buy and I am happy with my purchase. I’m glad I added it to my collection. Feel free to leave comments or ask me any questions about it.

Ray Price

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Fixed Blade EDC – EKT Companion

Lee Dingle

 

Traditionally a pocket knife consists of a folding knife, maybe even a slip joint. So why would someone carry a small fixed blade. Strength, simplicity, and cost. Fixed blades are inherently strong because they are only one piece, there is not lock or pivot to fail. Also a one-piece design is very simple which leads to the last point. Simplicity usually leads to less cost. Today I am going to take a closer looks at the Evans Knife and Tool (EKT) Companion.
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The Companion was developed by Brian Evans, a custom knife maker, who decided to make a mid-tech knife. The definition of a mid-tech is somewhat debatable, but I consider it a knife designed by a custom knife maker then produced by a manufacturer in small batches. The subject knife of this review is version 1 produced in China with an $84 price tag. Brian has since lost his Chinese manufacturer and is currently planning to make a small batch of knives made in the United States. This time the blade steel will be CMP 20CV. Check out his current Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/evans-knife-and-tool-companion-usa-made#/

Specifications
Overall length: 6”
Handle length: 3-1/8”
Tip to scales: 2-7/8”
Cutting edge: 2-3/4”
Blade height: ¾”
Blade stock thickness: 1/8”
Blade steel: S35VN
Overall handle thickness: 0.56”
HRc: 57-58

20160305_121205The Companion comes with a small kydex sheath. The eyelets are spaced for a Tek-Lok. I have seen many people on bladeforums.com fabricate leather belt loops or other carrying methods. I choose to carry mine with a County Comm 20” rubber necklace as a neck knife. The carry options are limited only by your imagination and DIY ability. The knife snaps into the sheath with an audible click and retention is fantastic, even when carried inverted as a neck knife.

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Another feature of the Companion is the ability to change the scales. The knife comes with black G-10 scales. Blue, red, pink, orange, or jade G-10 scales are available for $10 each. Carbon fiber scales can be purchased for $35. I find the G-10 scales to be very comfortable with just the right level to grit to add enough traction. The carbon fiber scales look the best in my opinion, but are a little too smooth. A tool is even included with the knife to facilitate scale changes. I just use an allen wrench to loosen the chain ring fasteners. The scale fit and finish around the blade tang is great. There are no gaps along the length and the transition around the handle circumference is smooth. A lanyard hole is located at the end of the tang. I tried adding a small lanyard to extend the grip, but found the bare knife much more comfortable. Nevertheless the hole is there if you desire to hand something from your knife.

20151210_171911The knife came shaving sharp. I have been able to maintain the S35VN edge on my Spyderco Sharpmaker with the ultra fine ceramic rods. I have used this little knife for numerous tasks. It is great for food preparation. The fairly thin blade stock makes for a great slicing tool, say hello to easy diced tomatoes and mushrooms. Food prep is where fixed blades shine, it is so easy to clean, you can even remove the scales for cleaning. No peanut butter in the pivot here. I used the knife for some small gypsum drywall repairs. Cutting drywall is a great way to dull your knife which happened. However I was able to restore the edge easily. Other typically everyday tasks like opening and breaking down cardboard boxes is accomplished with ease.

So far you may be thinking that this author considers this knife to be the best tool to grace mankind. There are some negatives thought. The small choil before the blade edge is one. I wish it was slightly larger. I have yet to cut my finger on the very back of the edge, but I feel like it is possible. The other negative I have noticed, if you call it one, is slight discoloration under the scales. I do wear the knife against skin so it is exposed to sweat. So far everything has easily wiped off with a Tuff cloth, but it should be noted as a place to keep an eye on and perform some preventative maintenance.20151027_160353

Lastly I would be remiss if I did not mention the need to check your local laws before you begin carrying a fixed blade knife, especially concealed. As long as carry is legal I think you will find small EDC carry convenient. As a neck knife concealment is fantastic, this little knife disappears under a t-shirt.

Give small EDC fixed blades some thought. The EKT Companion is a great tool and worth the price in my opinion. You may be able to find some of the S35VN versions on the used market or check out the current Indiegogo campaign. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment below.

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Rule 2 + Rule 4 = Rule 6?

From contributing blogger – JJ Pewers

http://jjpewers.blogspot.com

Rule Two – the obvious rule

When discussing the firearm safety rules, one of the most basic principles that we as gun owners follow is to:

2. Never point a firearm at something you don’t intend to kill or destroy.

This is only common sense. This is probably the first rule that we teach a new shooter. While we need all of the rules to be completely safe, not pointing a firearm at someone is the foundation of all others. It’s the difference between a safe trip to plink tin cans and an unfortunate trip to the hospital.

Rule Four – where does that bullet go?

Rule Four can be a bit more ambiguous:

4. Know your target and what’s beyond it (and what’s around you)

This is much less a hard-and-fast rule, as it is a judgement call. We try to create the safest environment possible to enjoy the shooting sports. We have firing lines to keep people behind our 180º focus. We shoot into a hill and not over a ridge when out plinking. Shooting ranges have angled walls created from high tech bullet-catching material. We try to create a setting where everything we don’t care about stays down-range, and everything we do care about stays up-range.

That brings me to something I discovered not long ago. I was breaking either Rule Two, or I was breaking Rule Four, or perhaps it was some combination of both!

Rule Six = Rule 2 + Rule 4

6. When you are not at the range, add Rules 2 and 4 together!

At night, I unlock my firearm and place it on the dresser. I don’t have small children to be concerned with micro-humans accessing the gun while we sleep. The problem I realized is that if I something does go bump in the night, and my wife or I were to grab for the firearm, it is pointed right at the family we are intending to protect! Depending on the angle, down-range could include parts of three rooms and the landing where I expect my children to be.

We moved the firearm to be pointed across the stairway, where it never enters any of our living spaces, and has to travel through at least six sheets of drywall or more to exit our house.

Another violation of Rule Six I noticed one night when I sat down to dinner, after bringing in a flank steak off of the charcoal grill and placing it on the table. I will pocket carry in the summer from time to time. I have cargo-style shorts and I have dressier shorts with smaller pockets. When I sat down at the table in the dress shorts, I was pointing my firearm directly at my son’s abdomen! I hadn’t consciously realized that in the cargo shorts, I always slide the gun and holster down the side of my leg to point at the ground when I sit. At that moment, I excused myself from the table, and stored my carry piece away in a safe place.

Rule Six and YOU!

How do you find that Rule Six applies to you and your home? Are there people down-range from your storage location? When you reload your firearm and rack that first round in, are there people directly downstairs from you? Does your holster carry method flag your friends and family?
 
Stay safe, and have fun shooting, Young Americans!
JJ Pewers
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Do You Remember Your First Time?

 

I remember mine. I just turned 21. I woke up that day giddy and excited. I walked nervously, eagerly to my future love and after weeks of scoping and eying my beauty down I knew I found the one. She was petite. She was older than me but with age comes wisdom. She didn’t show any signs of aging. I approached her and spent minutes investing my time in getting my first impressions of her. I knew we were a match.

She is a the Smith & Wesson® Model 442 Airweight® revolver.

The streamline, lightweight, no-snag design of the Smith & Wesson® Model 442 Airweight® makes it an ideal concealed carry double-action revolver. The internal hammer of the 442 eliminates the risk of the hammer getting snagged on clothing, holsters, or purses when drawing the weapon in a self-defense situation. The low profile, ramp front sight and the fixed notch rear sight also aid in snag-free presentation of the weapon. The 442 is double-action only, making it an extremely fast personal-defensive handgun to deploy in stressful situations, as there is nothing to remember to do except point and pull the trigger. The lockwork of the 442 is completely enclosed to keep dirt and pocket lint from interfering with the gun’s action. The synthetic grips and inherently ergonomic design afford natural pointability. The Model 442 is built on Smith & Wesson’s famous J-Frame, it has a 5-shot cylinder rated for +P .38 Special ammunition. The barrel and cylinder are constructed from carbon steel, and the mainframe is made of lightweight aluminum alloy. All the exterior metal parts are finished with a matte black coating that resists corrosion caused by humidity and perspiration when the revolver is carried close to the body. The Smith & Wesson 442 Airweight Double-Action Revolver carries easily, deploys rapidly, and has enough firepower to handle any self-defense scenario. Made in USA.
• No-snag, concealed carry design
• Internal hammer, double-action only
• Carbon steel barrel and cylinder
• Aluminum alloy frame
• Matte black finish
• Ramp front sight and fixed rear sight
• Black synthetic grips
5-shot, +P rated

Welcome. My name is Ray Alan Price and I want to invite all new and existing gun owners to this blog where I will provide helpful tips and safe handling advice for first time gun owners. I will also share my experiences in gun ownership. I have been safely shooting recreationally for over a decade. I have been on my high school’s rifle team where I learned the basics and fundamentals of shooting.

My father was a Desert Storm veteran and a military policeman. He taught me everything from taking apart firearms to the most important aspect of all —- safe gun handling. I have shot and carried a variety of handguns, makes and models. I am still a student as there are many things I still want to learn but I have a healthy insight for many first time owners and carriers because it wasn’t too long ago I was in your shoes. There are many different handguns on the market and for a novice it can be challenging and intimidating. What caliber to chose? Where to buy? What holster is best?

I not only have firearm’s knowledge but I have a Bachelor’s degree in political science, a Master’s degree in fraud and forensics, and I have been writing professionally.

I currently, am employed as a fraud investigator for a company in the city. My goal is to provide readers with knowledge and guidance.

There are plenty of fish in the sea but I will guide you on how to reel in your first catch.

 

Please welcome our newest contributor to the Black Man With A Gun Blog. A few weeks ago I asked on the podcast for help making this blog more than just my observations. Mr. Price joins to share his journey as a new gun owner.

 

 

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How Shooting Became The New Golf

Gregory Andrews

 

About 10 years ago I moved from Northern Michigan to Central Florida. In Michigan we savor the late spring, summer and fall because that is the only time of year you can get out your golf clubs and hit the links. In the winter we watch the PGA TOUR on TV and learn all about erectile dysfunction medicines and investments strategies. Seriously, if you watch Golf on TV, those are the only commercials. While snow falls outside we read articles on how not to shank the ball and the new gear all available with the hope of shaving a few strokes off our game.

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All of that changed when I moved to Florida. My first thought was that I’d golf here all the time. It never snows here, but as it turns out it’s hot in Florida and humid too. When it’s not hot and humid, it’s either night time or raining. In the winter months it’s also 5 times more expensive to play. I still love Golf but playing is a lot harder than it used to be. I play more golf when I go home to visit family than I do living in Florida. One reason is that I have kids. The idea of leaving my wife at home with two small children while Dad lives it up for 18 holes just doesn’t seem fair. Dad Guilt! Another reason is that I don’t seem to be good at it any more. I’ve gotten old, my eyes are not as good, I’ve put on weight, my joints and flexibility are diminished and the whole endeavor is more work now than play. On the occasional outing I still manage enjoy myself, focus more on the positive rather than the negative but it’s just not the same. Usually by the middle of the round I’m looking forward to the girl in the tight shirt driving the beer cart more than anything.

Still, I needed an outlet for my spare time and extra money, and that is when chance, opportunity and desire conspired to make me the new owner of a gun. To be fair I had already owned a pump action 12 gauge. It was something I purchased after a rash of burglaries in my neighborhood. However, I never really got comfortable with it. It makes a nice recognizable sound that says SHTF / GTFO. It did the job until an opportunity to buy a beloved Icon of the 9mm family, seen in practically every movie came along. I was finally at a point in my life where I could buy a gun I’ve seen thousands of times, the Beretta 92 or in my case an M9A1. I’m not going to go into if that was a good choice or not, but I wanted it and I figured if the Army could teach people how to use it then I could learn too.Beretta M9A1

I couldn’t just own the handgun. So I got a nice range bag. And you need earmuffs, and eye protection so I got those things too. And then you need tools, brushes, patches & CLP to clean your guns. You need Ammo, and a safe place to keep all that stuff organized. My first trip to the range I looked like a walking Beretta billboard but I didn’t care. You’ve all seen that guy right? We all shake our head and think, “Oh boy, I hope this guy doesn’t get me killed”, more money than sense! I’ve been drinking the Beretta Kool-Aid from a young age so I didn’t care. My first brush with Beretta was my Grandfathers Beretta semi-auto 12 gauge Shotgun. My grandfather was the guy at the local Trap shoot that would simply wait for the other guy to miss before taking home the prize. He was that good. It’s hard to shake that brand loyalty when it’s tied to a beloved family member, and if it was good enough for Grandpa it’s good enough for me!

So here is where my Golf / Shooting parallel came into play. Just as my golf clubs needed a bag, and golf balls, and tees, and a golf glove and all the other junk, so does the shooting sports. For me it was almost an even trade in terms of expense. A good set of clubs will set you back $1000 or so, add in the bag and all the rest and you can easily add in another $1000 depending on if you buy pro jock wedges and putters, and leather staff bag. Not to mention Country Club memberships, bag storage, club cleaning and the list goes on. Gun = Clubs, Balls = Ammo, Range fee = Green Fees and so on. And best of all, going to the range takes considerably less time than 18 holes of golf.

happy golfer

I solved the dad guilt puzzle. I justified the use of my time and money as not only fun, but less time consuming than golf with the added benefit of learning to protect my family. These days I regularly slaughter paper targets at varying distances. It took me a while to get comfortable. I’d ask guys on the line for help, ask my friends and neighbors who were ex military, cops or prison guards for tips and tricks. I spent a lot of time reading and asking questions online. It was the exact same routine with golf. Why do I slice the ball? Why are my shots going low and to the left? Turns out there are some basic fundamentals that cause them both, but you need to be able to practice to master them. There is more to protecting your home and family than punching holes in paper, and I’m learning more as I go along. I think I’ll always be learning, practicing, and working on my skills. But, I have a good foundation, good tools and a familiarity I didn’t have 3 years ago. I’m safe and responsible and happy.

I have the Shooting bug. I’ve been out shooting clays; even got me an AR before someone decided it was illegal for me to buy one. Sound familiar? Yeah, I’m hooked!

I do miss the girl on the beer cart with the tight shirt though.

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Christmas Show

Podcast 407- Joy, Love and Piece

The Christmas episode.  Can’t beleive I put a show out for Christmas.  But then how else could I talk to you.  Thank you listening.  Hope you are well.  Revolvers vs Pistols, shoutouts, new products,  John Farnam’s Quips, Dr. Seuss, and a casting call.    

On this episode of the podcast I talk about the culture we are in and call it “low tide.”  Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth.  Tides produce oscillating currents known as tidal streams. 

Our world, not just the United States but the whole world is going through a low tide in some spots.  Here in particular we are seeing a resurgency of a situation or state of affairs that is confused or full of difficulties.  Young people are protesting as they have since the sixties.  Today, I think most of them are juxtapose between a feeling of hopelessness and being used, most are uninformed and angry, and fed up with more than what their signs say.  

The anti-rights side is trying to leverage something.  Politicians are still doing their thing – Virginia comes to mind.  But what the VCDL has put in place will hold for now.  They like all of us need to hold the line.  Don’t relent, don’t rest, the price of freedom is still vigilance. 

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Casting Call 

SEEKING REMOTE BUILDERS FOR OFF THE GRID BUILD T.V. SHOW 

A major television production company is now casting remote builders from all over the U.S. for a new “off the grid” build show.

We’ll follow each step of the process of building a remote mountain cabin from the challenges of getting materials to the remote site (by horse, ATV or helicopter, etc.), dealing with unpredictable weather and wildlife, and taking on the geographical obstacles of the build site itself. We’ll see the highs and lows of each build as our builder/contractors work against the clock during the abbreviated build season the region demands.

Behind the remote mountain cabins are the intrepid builders who represent the toughness and tenacity that is the hallmark to living off the grid. The ability to adapt, improvise, and persevere in the face of remarkable challenges will make all viewers appreciate what it takes to own a hunting or fishing getaway in the middle of nowhere.

If you have an extreme, remote home/cabin/lodge build, we want to hear from you! Please contact Whitney Hayes at 720-259-4281 as soon as possible as casting for builders is going on now.   Please send the following information to:

bestcastingever@gmail.com

 

Please provide us with the following information:

 

NAME:

 

BRIEF BIO & WEBSITE:

 

PLEASE SEND A PHOTO OF YOURSELF AND CREW:

 

LOCATION OF BUILD:

 

TYPE OF STRUCTURE/DESIGN OF HOUSE/STYLE (log cabin, a frame, hunting cabin, square footage, stories, etc):

 

 

HOW MANY CREW MEMBERS ON THE BUILD AT ANY GIVEN TIME? (Please provide names if available, jobs/duties, and brief bio if possible – how do they all work together as a crew?)

 

MAJOR HURDLES OF THE BUILD? (Weather, terrain, remoteness, supplies, have to live out at the site for X amount of weeks, animals, etc):

 

TRANSPORTATION EXPECTATIONS OF MATERIALS AND CREW? (helicopters, big trucks, snowmachines, horses, ATVs)

 

WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF THE HOME AND WHAT ARE THEIR EXPECTATIONS? WHAT IS YOUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM?

 

BUDGET FOR THE BUILD?

 

ANY ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR THE HOME? (Sauna, green energy, boat dock?)

 

SPECIALTY SUB-CONTRACTORS YOU’LL HAVE TO BRING IN? (Plumbing, electrical, roofers, etc?):

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE BUILD?:

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From AmmoLand and John Farnam.  

 

Something from Dr. Seuss

On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire.

And the one speck of food That he left in the house,

Was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.

Then He did the same thing To the other Whos’ houses

Leaving crumbs Much too small For the other Whos’ mouses!

It was quarter past dawn… All the Whos, still a-bed,

All the Whos, still asnooze When he packed up his sled,

Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!

The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!

Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,

He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!

“PoohPooh to the Whos!” he was grinchishly humming.

“They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!”

“They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!”

“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,

Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry BooHoo!”

“That’s a noise,” grinned the Grinch, “That I simply MUST hear!”

So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.

And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.

It started in low. Then it started to grow.

But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!

It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!

Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,

Was singing! Without any presents at all!

He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!

Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,

Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”

“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”

“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”

“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then? Well…in Whoville they say,

That the Grinch’s small heart Grew three sizes that day!

And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,

He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light,

And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!

And he, HE HIMSELF! The Grinch carved the roast beast!

Shout Outs:

AnnapolisDefense.com  – SIM’s shooting – force on force 

New range being proposed and constructed in Beltsville, MD

LuckyGunner Ammo

Hager Watches

Crossbreed Holsters

Accu-Tac 

 

Rudy Project eyewearRUDY PROJECT

Introducing the Rudy Project, Italian crafters of performance eyewear since 1985.
I am rocking a set of ImpactX™2. This new generation of unbreakable photochromic lenses has set the final frontier in sports optics. Compared to the previous generation of ImpactX™, the new ImpactX™2 lenses guarantee:

·         25% Faster activation
·         Activation in all natural light, including behind surfaces which screen UV Rays such as windows or car windshields
·         More Temperature Stability, by up to 20%
·         Increased Photochromic Range with up to 65% higher performance
·         Higher efficiency UV ray absorption
·         High Dynamic Range Filters for eye popping lens clarity and perfect visual acuity.

Furthermore, ImpactX™2 lenses are the first in the world to automatically lighten and darken from a semitransparent tone to a specific color (red, black, brown) according to light conditions and your specific shooting requirements. They can also be crafted with your prescription by digitally surfacing the back side of the lens. Even reader and no-line bifocals can be made into ImpactX™2 lenses!

I like them, A LOT!

 kenn blanchard with rudy project glasses

Merry Christmas

 

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Security From Canada to Capitol Hill

Security Dialogue

First of all, I am grateful for the opportunity to address the recent security breach in Ottawa, Canada that occurred in the Capital Parliament Building. My sincere prayers go out to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier violently killed as he stood post with honor.

After prudently listening to the media addressing this unprecedented breach in Canada, I pondered and came to the realization that the vast majority of the western society appeared to have forgotten the ambush that took place on Capitol Hill, 24 July 1998 at the attack occurred at visitor’s entrance at the X-ray screen / magnetometer public area. A gunman breached the House of Representative’s Chambers and fired shots instantly killing United Stated Capitol Police officer Jacob Chestnut. Fellow Protective Agent Detective John Gibson was able to return fire and stop the assailant before being mortally wounded. The detective later died in surgery at George Washington University Hospital.

ottawa-policeSixteen years and three months later Canada, a Constitutional Monarchy Country didn’t apply the lessons learned from that tragic day in Washington, DC. As a result of the devastating physical breach at the visitor entrance. A security panel recommended various security changes after in-depth vulnerability assessments were submitted to address corrective solutions. Congress provided monies totaling 621 million dollars to build a grand entrance center to minimize deadly security breaches at the gates of congress in the future. The Federal Law Enforcement Divisions and Protective Service Community provided vast input regarding the mass underground structure totaling 580,000 square feet, with a public seating capacity of 4,000, as well as boosting the largest café in Washington, DC.

In today’s dynamic security climate, it’s no longer good vs evil, right vs wrong or grey matter vs blurred lines. Having the ability to make concise recommendations based on pertinent data collection and obtaining essential facts in addition to making prudent threat assessment are vital elements to making sound policy. The protection of our nation and its citizens mandates a vast understanding of the broad field of National Security as it encompass virtually anything that one could imagine. Danger is present at each interval but a vigilant security system reduces the threat as needed. Diverse ideology, politic and personal agendas makes securing any environment problematic as potential crisis form daily covertly. It’s imperative that the security organizations work assiduously to prevent another 911 attack, Boston Marathon Bombing, Capitol Hill Shooting or most recent Ottawa Parliament deadly Breach.

True security derives at a price and the associated Opportunity Cost is confronted daily to wit: in order to gain something, we must give up something. Nevertheless, I argue Mathematical Modeling, Critical Theory Criminology, Big Data Analytics in addition to Actuary Computations will play a pivotal point in the enhancement of National Security and mitigate against security breaches in the future. Just remember when True Security isn’t available, lives are often lost. Let’s learn from our pass mistakes and negligence’s. Veritable security requires continuous improvement to insure freedom for our citizens, upward mobility for our children and liberty for the advancement of our nation. The effective application of Security Methodology via physical surveillance, virtual cloud assessments, advanced Law Enforcement Personnel, electronically and innumerable facial recognition technologies can make any given environment safer.

Reflecting on the duties of a Federal Protective Officer, I recognize that the vast majority of our society has no concept regarding the overall obligation, dedication, complex training, professionalism, discretion and sacrifice that are required of Protective Service Officers. It’s an elite, esteemed and respectful position within the law enforcement community.

Secondly, perhaps the media not noticing the dreadful similarity of the lone gunman assault on the Canada Parliament Halls and the United Stated Congressional visitor’s entrance in 1998, was due to the fact that most of the contemporary anchors from the major networks were mostly not engaged as news anchors, still in college or just starting their first job in 1998. Truthfully, they don’t have any meat in the game nor clearly comprehend what provisions were taken to prevent another deadly security breach on our Congressional Grounds. Some of the best security are never noticed by the public!

P.D. Sutton

 

 

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Phasers on Stun: Smart Gun Technology

Both sides of the gun control debate abhor violence. That is about as close as the two sides get.

One side blames violence on the gun, as if the inanimate object hurt, maim or kill without human action.  And we on the other side fight to keep what we have and what we can pass on to our children.  But there are bunches of people in the middle that don’t know a slide, from a barrel. And it is this group that is caught in the crossfire of fact and fiction over the so-called Smart Gun.

This is the group that sees the death of children by criminals and mentally disturbed people and wonders why can’t we do something. Their only point of reference are movies, where people like James Bond, Judge Dred, the guys in Aliens2, and a host of other Sci-Fi heroes have weapons that can only be used by them. They’re using technology that only fire in the right hands.  It works so well on television.  These so-called smart guns can recognize a watch, DNA, a ring or even just a grip.  So WTH?

The truth is that this smart gun technology is not new. It has not been used because it is unsafe. It is not safe to use a firearm that does not have the 100% probability of working when you need it. It is unsafe because criminals will not comply with yet another law imposed on the law abiding. It is unsafe because the more complex you make something the greater the probability of failure. Batteries not included. Technology can be defeated. You don’t need a battery-operated fork.

The truth is that to make a gun safer requires education of the user. You cannot idiot proof a mechanical device.  We have to educate our society.  Thou Shall Not Murder is still confusing to some people.  A smart gun is way beyond that.

Why did Marylanders get so angry with Andy Raymond, the co-owner of Engage Armament, a store known for its custom assault rifles?  

After the Governor Martin O’Malley changed the gun laws in the state (2013) recently without support of the community it affected –we were still sore. History has shown us that whenever concession is made – we lose. We saw that if smart gun was successful selling point, then some politician would use the momentum to mandate that all or future firearms be implemented with such devices. Gun-control groups and politicians would almost certainly push for mandatory smart guns. New Jersey, where debate on the topic has gotten further than anywhere else, actually has a currently dormant statute on its books that would require that all guns sold in the state have “smart” technology, were the technology widely available and deemed to be effective. Why, because there is a smart gun making company in New Jersey. Which would again increase the prices for law-abiding people. It would change how we legally use firearms for sport and recreation. It would impose risk to the gun owner.

Mr. Raymond’s actions angered the gun community because it was like he shot us with a Star Trek phaser set on stun. As a gun dealer in Maryland he should have been seen as the staunchest supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. I understand that he is a businessman. It is very hard to be a federal firearms licensed dealer in Maryland. It’s a tough business. But the anger comes when it seems as if he was selling us out –for a profit. That is where the passion comes from. It was extremely wrong however for folks to threaten his life. It was just a Zumbo move.

There are at least three smart gun companies in Europe and Mossberg has a smart gun. Colt tried it in a pistol back in 1999. And it failed miserably.

When it comes to self-defense I teach simplicity. We can make better technology but we have not improved on humanity.  There is so much more that is wrong with smart gun technology when it comes to self-defense that I could go on longer.  There can be no one-stop solution for anything having to do with us. A stun setting on a gun in the future sounds good but it may still kill if it were ever invented because all of us are not the same size, shape or have the same mental stamina.  There are a lot of people trying to sort out how to help and how to make a buck.  The key is to sort out which is which.

I love tech like the next guy but lets not infringe any further on my rights.

 

 

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What we fear most and how it is affecting us

Fear, Racism, and What’s Wrong

 

Many of my friends are on their way to the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting being held in St. Louis, MO this year. I can’t go this time for a couple of reasons or I would be there. I could use the laughs, friendly faces and sights of the latest firearms and accessories.

 Things look and sound grim right now. Gas prices, the rising cost of everything, and the anger that exist in America right now is scary. It has made people wonder about their futures. I have heard a young couple say that they didn’t want to raise a child in the current environment. Funny thing about that statement, is that I have actually lived long enough to have heard that before.

Despite how jacked up today is for us, it will be the good old days for our kids if you choose to have them anyway.

 The death of Trayvon Martin has brought to light the darkness within close friends and family. I have heard more racist stuff since February 26, 2012 than I have in a long time. I have counseled friends distraught that their friends have said some pretty hateful things that shocked them. I’ve made a couple of amatuer videos with my beliefs in them for sake of reaching out and helping folks realize that not all people have lost their minds.

 I think America is grieving over the loss of many things. I have a list but it is not all inclusive. I hear it in political statements and country music that say “we need to take our country back.” Back from where, I ask? Who has it? Why did we let it go? And for the record, that statement, sounds racist most of the time.

 One of the stages of grief according to a theory first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is anger. I think it comes after denial. She had five stages. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and then acceptence. We are definately in the anger stage as a nation. President Obama used the word HOPE during his successful campaign. Milton, author of Paradise Lost said,

Where no hope is left, is left no fear.

We are afraid. Our false expectations appear real. (F.E.A.R.)
We are afraid of:

 crime,

 of the world ending,

 of law enforcement,

Young Hispanics, blacks, whites, asians, and foreigners

We mistrust of the justice system, the executive branch and the legislative branches of the government.

 There is a industry of incarceration.

 We want more government services but don’t know what we are asking for when we do.

 We have loss real family values.
We have loss of faith in God.
We have lost faith in our education system.

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Gandhi

And thrown right in there as the perfect scapegoat are gunowners and supporters of the Second Amendment. I’ve unfollowed a few folks myself in media this month from some of the stuff I’ve read. Friends have taken opposite sides. Racial lines have been drawn. Lynching parties are popular. Buy yourself a hoodie and you don’t have to say a thing.

Personally, I am going to follow the teachings of the Jedi masters.

“Fear is the path of the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Master Yoda

And so, it is what it is.

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Tics

There are a few “tics” I’d like to talk about today.

I usually never talk about politics per se, but I feel disgusted at the moment about the state of our governments.  As I watch the gas prices rise and fall for no honestly explainable reason.  Listen to my wife note the cost of groceries now that no one else seems to notice.  Bacon for example, is almost $10 a pound.  (I might have to find me some pigs to raise somewhere.)  In scanning the television news, listening to elected officials that have not been discovered of wrong doing yet, all they seem to do is blame the other party for whatever.  It is disconcerting.  Nothing positive is happening in our government.  And if anyone seeks to offer a solution, they are shot down as heretics.

I really am starting to despise politics.  The “tic” part of the word is starting to resonate.  Like the arachnid; the blood sucking creature that we avoid in the woods these politicians are equally distasteful.  Wood ticks can carry viruses, like West Nile.  Poly-tics appear to carry the virus of greed, over indulgence, and lying. We have a lot of them in the humid and densely populated area of Washington, DC.  Wish there was a spray for it.

Poly – As a prefix, often meaning more than one or many.

Right now it is a really tough time to start a new business, invest in your future or even retire because the economy is in the crapper.  The U.S. is becoming on par with the rest of the world and losing our “super” status financially.  The solutions seem to just increase our spending, debt limits, or print more money.  All of which devalue our futures.

Then there is the constant barrage of corruption as folks we voted for let us down by being caught with their hands in the cookie jar, in each other’s pants or whatever.

The clock is ticking.  We are setting ourselves up for more drama, digging a hole that can be exploited by evil.  It is just sad.  All of it just ticks me off.

   Just added:   Sent to me by a listener of the show:

545 vs. 300,000,000 People

                     –  By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and
then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are
against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation
and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on
appropriations.  The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme
Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are
directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the
domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that
problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a
senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing.
I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.
The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what
the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to
determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a
Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating
deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the
Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?
John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow
House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.
If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they
agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot
replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of
incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic
problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you
fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they
want them in  Iraq and Afghanistan.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and
advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let
them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical
forces like “the economy”,”inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them
from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they  alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are
their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of  them out of office and clean up their mess.

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando  Sentinel  Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so  true.  Be sure to read all the
way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
Taxes to pass

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the
most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had
the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise
the kids.

What in the heck happened?  Can you spell ‘politicians?’

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