192 – Plastic Guns

I thank God for all that He has done for me this year.  I am truly thankful.

This has been an incredible year for me and this podcast.  I have learned a lot.  My son is in college.  My family is whole and happy.  I still have a job.  I am still a pastor.  I have met some great people.  I have talk to many of the people that listen to the show.  I have shared some of my whacky life experiences and you have with me.  Friends of mine have conceived babies, and some have been wed.  Babies were born.  I spoke on the grounds of the Washington Monument.  (The 1st Second Amendment Rally), .  I have been published on Human Events.com.  I have started a new book.  I have been supported by some really great people I call the Urban Shooter Association.  Corporately, Crossbreed Holsters and Lucky Gunner are helping me reach more people.  And I launched  Kenn Blanchard Promotions, a marketing business to support other small pro-gun businesses like, ESS Eyepro, SlateandJones.com.  I met Michael Bane and became a part of DownRange.TV’s blog.  I got a chance to attend the SHOT Show as a media representative.  I went to a bloggers conference sponsored by BlackHawk! and met some awesome women like Barbara Baird, Laura, and Ashley Burgess.  I learned a few things from Todd Jarrett.  Had dinner with some of my listeners and new friends.  Traveled to Hollywood, CA and interviewed some of Hollywoods’ pro-gun actors.  Got the opportunity to review guns from ISSC Austria and Sig Sauer Arms.  I got listed on IMDB.  I am watching the growth of the Gun Rights Radio Network.  I co-published my first kindle ready book to Amazon.com.  Though it makes no real money, I have an ipod ap, like I am somebody.  And through it all still growing as a person.

This week on The Urban Shooter Podcast:

  • Dr. Bruce Eimer, Personaldefensesolutions.net
  • Zombie Strike #51
  • Wanted Dead or Alive
  • Plastic Guns
  • This Year Will Be Different

Barbara  from www.womensoutdoornews.com informs us about wills, estates, how gun buybacks rip of widows and warns against predatory firearm poachers.  Good stuff!

Plastic Guns

Back in the mid eighties, the Austrian gun maker version of Henry Ford created a stir with the production of a new handgun called the Glock Safe Action Pistol.  The “Safe Action” system is a partly tensioned firing pin lock, which is moved further back by the trigger bar when the trigger is pulled.  When the trigger is pulled, 3 safety features are automatically deactivated one after another. When doing so, the trigger bar is deflected downward by the connector and the firing pin is released under full load. When the trigger is released, all three safety features re-engage and the GLOCK pistol is automatically secured again.  Without the tech talk, if you keep your finger off the trigger, the gun won’t fire.

Old timers called it ugly.  The media called it the plastic gun.  The fear was that this gun made from plastic polymers and steel didn’t have as much metal in it as a 1911 Semi auto or a traditional revolver so it would get through metal detectors.  Hollywood jumped on it.

“That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me! You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines, and it costs more than you make here in a month!” –John McClain, Die Hard 2

The news media loved it.  It was the gun to be feared.  It was the gun that the terrorist were going to use to sneak into the White House.

Old timers didn’t help it; they trashed it on the bulletin boards.  It is what they had before forums and Facebook.  You heard jokes about Tupperware.  It was so new, the holsters that came out for it was plastic then Kydex.  Still not something you could brag about.  It wasn’t really customizable either.  But you know what?  It was reliable.  It was like a Timex

The truth was though that it has enough metal, among the 33 parts that make up the gun including the slide and barrel, springs to be detectable.  Why can’t it be plastic?  Because plastics and other synthetic material simply can’t handle the explosions, shock and pressures that the ignition of gunpowder generates. The stuff that makes it a “gun” has to be forged from steel. As such, the barrel, slide, firing pin, frame rails, screws and springs are all quite detectable, and the gun can’t function without any of those.

So, why use plastic? Because it’s lighter, and it doesn’t rust or pit like steel can. It’s a good design choice, and most modern firearms makers produce models with polymer frames.

The hysteria started with a poorly-researched Washington Post article in 1985 titled, “Quaddafi Buying Austrian Plastic Pistol.” Jack Anderson, always a paragon for journalistic integrity, didn’t bother to do any fact-checking, and the rest of the press picked up on it like jackals on a zebra. The whole silly debacle culminated in the Terrorist Firearm Detection Act of 1988, in which our leaders wasted time and money outlawing something that didn’t exist based on an unfounded rumor.

But it didn’t stop the sale and promotion of magnetometers.  Fortune Magazine in 1986


American Science & Engineering Inc.’s ”flying spot” beam can help inspectors detect plastic pistols, the newest terrorist tool.

By – Eleanor Johnson Tracy

April 28, 1986

(FORTUNE Magazine) – THE GLOCK 17 PISTOL is the latest terrorist weapon to menace air travelers around the world. The simple, lightweight, Austrian-made gun has a suggested retail price of $443 and has 32 pieces — many of them plastic, which does not show up as clearly as metal on X-ray machines. It can be taken apart or reassembled in less than a minute. Airport security officials fear that terrorists could disguise the pieces in luggage and smuggle them through X- ray inspection. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi reportedly has ordered up to 100 Glock 17s. A new X-ray system introduced in January by American Science & Engineering Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, may be the traveler’s best defense…..

Today is different.  Glock has been so successful; they are up to Generation Four, and making goo gobs of money.  They don’t have to advertise their products and have an air of aristocracy that is a little hard to swallow sometimes.  I am not saying they are arrogant but they are definitely not as humble and easy to get to as they were back in 1985.  They are more secretive now that there are other polymer guns and competition is fierce.  Another truth that is rarely discussed is that industrial espionage is bigger and more prevalent than the spy stuff between nations.

Twenty five plus years and counting and now Glock is no longer alone.  Polymer guns are popular now.  Smith and Wesson has its Sigma series, that looks better than the Glock but doesn’t have the reputation or reliability.  They didn’t quit though and came out with a Military and Police pistol that is liked by many, just not me, the M&P has some hardcore fans.  Springfield Armory has the XD.  Walter has a few.  Taurus is break new ground by copying and doing the best of whatever works and has a line of polymer revolvers and autoloaders.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you all for making this a fantastic year for your friend and brother from a different mother, Kenn Blanchard.  Dr. Bruce Eimer is a guest, Thoughts about family get togethers- “this year will be different”, a joke or two, Barbara Baird, Zombie Strike #51, Wanted Dead or Alive, Shout outs.  Plastic Guns, Glocks and More.  New ad for Massad Ayoob Group.

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177- VCDL

This Week on The Urban Shooter:

  • VCDL president Philip Van Cleave is a guest on The Urban Shooter show to share and introduce this extremely successful grass roots pro gun organization.
  • Zombie Strike #38
  • Bones Hooks sings a Stevie Wonder version of “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”
  • Introducing www.americangunworks.com and www.federalpremium.com as a sponsor for this month
  • Remember SKYNET !!
  • Tip Of The Week:  How To Take A Punch To The Stomach
  • In the News:

The Second Amendment Foundation is helping MD man get his legal right to protect himself back from the Handgun Roster Board.


And here is the original Lawsuit:  http://saf.org/legal.action/md.lawsuit/complaint.pdf

MANCHESTER, Conn. — Omar Thornton,  a warehouse driver who was asked to resign his job at a beer distributor killed eight people  and wounded  several and took his own life August 3rd.

Grassroots and Boots

On episode 177 of The Urban Shooter Podcast, along with my usual joviality, I got the opportunity to interview the president of a successful pro-rights group called the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).  On the show, Philip Van Cleave spoke candidly and proudly about the group.  I entitled the whole episode VCDL so you can find it later if you ever want to.  They have been around since 1995 and involved in skirmishes that matter to residents of Virginia.  This local assembly of pro-gun people has made an incredible impact in their state by doing what grassroots movement do.

Driven by their desire to keep the U.S. Constitution from being maligned and misinterpreted by defending the Second Amendment the VCDL has done more locally for the rights of gun owners in Virginia than anyone.  I have witnessed their work and except for their own small celebrations they have received little public acknowledgment.  I wish to give my brothers and sisters in arms a big thumbs up from where I sit.  I appreciate them because they are aggressive but not disrespectful.  They are apolitical but focused.  It’s amazing to see a organization move as effectively as this one does without as many resources as some have.  It is a testament to the power of the American people.

The VCDL holds small rallies and restaurant open carry events that draw good numbers.  They are good at communication and have progressed from the fax to Facebook.  They move with the effectiveness of a small guerilla group.  I have seen them at all pro-gun events with the familiar hunter orange buttons proclaiming simply but effectively that Guns Save Lives.  They are the ‘boots” on the ground that politicians and money hungry national organizations wish they could control.  Several states have adopted their template.  One of the notable things about the group is simplicity.  Even their website is no frills.  It is easy to navigate and demonstrates that sometimes we can get too obsessed over style versus content.  The substance is there.  You will also notice the absence of mention of well known national pro-gun organizations on the site and in our dialogue.  Donations to sponsor their events come largely from members and gun show coordinators.  This spoke volumes to me as a reminder to all who seek to fight for your rights must do so without the support of traditional groups that have budgets, an image, and may be more interested in maintaining the status quo than helping you win your fight.  Even though we have many pro-rights groups out there, the price of freedom is still depending on how much you are willing to defend it.

Grassroots organizations like this are what made this country one of the greatest nations on the planet.  This is how this country was founded.  This is how we defeated tyranny.  This is how we will continue to defend the freedom our forefathers have died for.  Thank you VCDL for all you do for gun rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It’s the people that are praised here.  They just all seem to come from the same state.  Visit www.vcdl.org and see for yourself.

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Say So- Psalm 107*2*

In a week I celebrate my first year as pastor of Historic Berean Baptist Church. I’ve learned a lot of about people. I’ve learned a lot about myself. A church is a bouquet of personalities, different flowers, weeds, both exotic and weeds. There are thorns and annoyances; there are blossoms and young shoots still pressing their way through tough times and grounds. You have to press your way through tough situations, seasons and times and when you do; when you can celebration don’t be afraid to…Say So.

Right now, our country is going through a tough time, right now, our state and city are going through challenges. Right now you may be going through a season of struggle and testing. There may be times when everything you do seems to turn out wrong. Regardless of our prayers and consecration, adversity will come. You can’t pray away God’s seasons. The Lord has a purpose in not allowing us to be fruitful all the time. We need seasons of struggle. These times break us down, put our pride in check and make us lean not to our own limited understanding and wait on God.

When the winter winds blow, when it’s cold, when it’s dark, when you are all alone in your mess, trust God. We don’t like the cold, the wind or the dark, and no body likes to be alone all the time but even this is for an appointed time. David wrote my times are in thy hand. (Psalm 31:15)

Every stage has its purpose. Even when you can’t see it. What do you know anyway? Think about it, all that you know you learned second hand or are still learning it. Who created knowledge? Who created everything?

I had a challenging time this past couple of weeks. My patience ran low. I almost said something to a couple of people that always speak out of turn, out of order, and I still might but it wasn’t time. You know how you expect more from someone and when you don’t get it, you feel like what is the use? Why do I even bother? Frustration. Once frustration touches you, you want to quit, throw up your hands. But if we are not careful, we will do that with God. First it’s our parents. Then people we should respect. They let us down. Then its friends, and eventually its church people. People who are gracious, but fake, artificial, facsimiles of what Christianity represents. And you get frustrated. You want to quit.

You ever been there? But guess what? It’s just a test. We need to hear a big recording like we do for the Emergency Broadcast System that says “Please stand by this is only a test.”

The real test of faith is facing the silence of being on hold. When we call a business, we get a voice mail, or sometimes a prompt. If you want to reach billing, press one. If you want to reach customer service representative press zero, if you want service upgrades press three, if you want to exit press star. You don’t hear that when you pray to God. Sometimes you don’t hear anything. But don’t quit. Just wait. He heard you.

But when you faith is being tested, it’s not that easy. Stuff just happens to you. And depending on what is going on in your life, in your mind, you respond.

David wrote in verse 7 “…he delivered them out of there distress”.

That is where praise and worship come in. Worship can be a bone of contention, a deal breaker for someone seeking relief from the world. Worship touches on tradition, culture and classism. I am going to raise some points here and then tell you my viewpoint at the end. Amen? OK,

Listen to this:

We have names for worship like it belongs to us. How many in our churches think that worship is for them?

Over the years we have become critics, judgmental and connoisseurs of worship. We even have categories for it. Well, this message is for someone in here right now that is wondering about their place.

Some call their worship Contemporary because it relates the younger crowd…

The may call worship blended if it relates to a mixed crowd…

They may call it traditional if it is to the older crowd…

How can WE call it anything? We do this as if worship is a radio station to be tuned into OUR OWN preferences. Worship is about and for the creator. It belongs to him and is done by the heart when it’s poured out beyond our comforts, likes, and desires. I am amazed at the selfishness of the church when it comes to God’s possession and one of our only gifts to him… worship. That is right. WORSHIP is the only you can give God that HE doesn’t already OWN. He doesn’t need your tithes. He doesn’t need for me to be dressed any better than anyone else or ride in a better car. I have heard it said that worship is: “making God big and me small” I don’t believe that happens when OUR hearts and focus is on our worship and is about the crowd liking it…

“God inhabits the praise of his people”

Spiritually, praise and worship is the devils bone of contention. He used to lead praise and worship in heaven and then thought he wanted some of that adoration. He wanted to stand up in the crowd and folks look at him. THAT IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH ATTACK AND DIVISION ABOUT IT.

Is worship about singing out loudly and raising hands? Is that truly worship? Isn’t true worship a matter of the heart that is focused on God?

How about the show boaters? You know the ones that like the attention. They kick a shout like worshipping God is a joke. The ones that is going to shout every week. Doesn’t that make us judge everyone? Or how about the guy that is one way on Sunday and different WAY every other day of the week.

How about the people that don’t think you have to do all of that. They might believe that there needs to be a sense of awe when we enter God’s presence. I agree with some of that. But yet, that same person will make a bigger deal over a politician, or someone in authority than they do to GOD. They will do the wave at a football game, scream at the TV for the Redskins, or make sure they get recognized at some event.

Well, what does pastor think? Pastor thinks it should be truth. Pastor thinks it should be your real heart. Pastor thinks it should be whatever and however you want to express your thanksgiving to God.

Just don’t play with God. God is not mocked.

I’m learning that I have my own preferences. And I am going to try not to judge the way you honor God. And that even goes for those that don’t say amen, halleluiah, or praise God. I am going to leave those people alone. You know when you have a party, a celebration; you want the fun people, the live people, and the people that get it? Same with me. I am no longer going to get upset, if I preach a good Word and no body says anything. I am no longer going to feel defeated if folks turn their backs on me or hide their faces in the Bible while I am speaking. I am going to try to keep my joy after Sunday when the flow of worship is dampened by a crazy announcement or unnecessary speech done just because they can. Psalm 31 verse 17-18 says

“let the wicked be ashamed. Let them be silent in the grave. Let the lying lips be put to silence. Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuous against the righteous.”

Why? Because if you haven’t been saved from something then maybe you can’t praise God like I can. Maybe you have nothing to give God glory about. If you have had a pretty calm life, if you haven’t wanted for much, if you haven’t been where I’ve been blessed,

If you haven’t struggled

If you haven’t gone through,

If you haven’t been bought with a price

If you haven’t been snatched out of the hands of death

If you haven’t almost lost your mind, from all the worry, sickness, death and destruction that happens out here,

You probably can’t praise God any better than you do. And I am not going to be mad with you.

But let the redeemed of the Lord say so.

Whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy-

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We’re Surrounded

The other day, I got a chance to talk to a young African American woman that was considering buying a firearm for self defense for the first time. This was a monumental moment because she was going against the grain. She was a divorced single parent and rabid fan of President elect Obama. She is a new homeowner and bible believing Christian that had suffered a personal loss of family by suicide. All of those pieces make her not a traditional prospective gun owners. What made her decide that now was a good time to consider buying a too for self defense? That question is more important to us all because while some of us are crying in our Wheaties over the election, there is a growing number of Americans that are sensitive to a need to protect themselves. We need to look for people like this woman that are seeking answers.

As a gun rights activist, a firearms instructor, a supporter for the right to keep and bear arms, I have to remind you that it is not over. Unfortunately, her first experience at a gun shop was horrible. She walked into the store and was ignored. No one offered to help her and treated her as a non person.

If there are any gun store owners listening to this right now, I implore you, I beg you to hire someone that is on standby to watch for this type of customer. And if you can’t hire someone with good customer relations skills and able to talk to a customer, then you better step up to the plate. She is not alone. That type of person voted for Sen. Obama but get over that. We have an opportunity. Brothers and sisters let me tell you what time it is.

The US just elected its first African American president. This monumental event exposed the racism that still exists in our beloved country. Do not let the media succeed in portraying gun owners as racist, skinheads, Klansmen, bubbas or uncle toms. Your mission if you choose to accept it is to get over yourself, and focus. Even though the democrats are now the majority and gun control advocates are smiling like barracuda, your enemy is not the President Elect, his vice president or other Democrats but the perception that you are a racist or an uncle tom. Why is that a big issue?

After the honeymoon is over, reality is going to set in on how bad the trouble is in this country. The line between the haves and the have nots is growing wider everything day. Crime is surely to increase. Lawlessness is surely to become a crisis. Your Obama loving neighbors are going to be looking for help to answer their fears. If you can show them, teach them and take them to the range when this happens we will score one for our side. If however you fail and you circle the wagons, and look unapproachable, they will fall into the hands of the legislators, lobbyist, Brady bunch and their ilk for relief.

There are hundreds of people around you that drank the Kool-aid and love the President Elect. Don’t even bring that up. If you can address personal safety, that is what is going to get us over. As sure as you breathe, crime and personal safety are going to be BIG issues under democratic rule.

As protectors of the weak, sportsman, collectors, competitors, law abiding fun loving gun owners of the city, you have the answers. Be approachable. Be likeable. Be available. We have the knowledge of the law, and can provide simple and easy tips for anyone. Be the go-to person.

I’m speaking to give you hope that all is not lost. We are outnumbered, so we have unlimited target selection. Have at it.

Lt Col Chesty Puller is noted for saying:

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time”

That is how I feel about the anti-gun majority of America right now. There are two ways to look at this. One is as a defeated, paranoid feeding into the picture that is being painted of us for buying ammunition, black rifles and what we know will be hard to find items in a few years. The second is realize that as a minority, a smaller unit we a mobilize our forces faster. We can focus and make corrective movements to keep the fight going for the rights of others. “Don’t think of it as being outnumbered; think of it as unlimited target selection”.

Crime is going to increase in the next few years and it has little to do with President elected Obama. As the jobless rate, housing crises, gas prices and the credit crunch spread like a virus, we are all going to feel it. Now is still a good time to teach and reach people about the RKBA. But you have to be ready to lead. You can’t do it if you aren’t in the right position to do so. The right frame of mind. Who are your neighbors going to go to? You or the Brady campaign.

Perception is reality. One of the things I like is that the people in my circle think like me. This is a battle for the hearts and minds. Don’t get caught with your pants down. Don’t let anyone paint you as an idiot, reactionary kook, racist or sell out because you support the right to keep and bear arms. America is going to need you to lead her people. Calling all leaders. Get your head out of your breech and concentrate, focus, and damn it, lock and load.

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