How I hope it plays out…

  1.  Hilary and Trump finalize as the Candidates…
  2. As we get near October, the FBI pushes for the prosecution and Hildabeast is Indicted.
  3. The DNC scrambles and whoever they put up gets soundly trounced by Trump.

    Here’s why I hope Trump Wins:  SCOTUS Picks.  Specifically for this guy:

Thomas R. Lee, Utah
Born: 1964
Position: Utah Supreme Court
Background: Justice Lee, who has held his current post since 2010, is the brother of Senator Mike Lee of Utah (who endorsed Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primary) and the son of Rex E. Lee, who was United States solicitor general under President Ronald Reagan.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Senator Mike Lee a few times, Back in, what was it?  2010 when we were both running for office.   Mike Lee impressed the hell out of me with his absolute in depth knowledge of the Constitution, his reverence for it, and his love of the freedoms that it gives America.  His patriotism was clear.  He had said that he was “Raised that way”.   If Mike was raised that way… then his brother Thomas was raised that way too.  And THAT is the kind of man we NEED in the SCOTUS.

Trump will have the pick of 1, and probably 2 more Justice seats.  This will fundamentally make or break our Nation.  If we get in 1 liberal… it’s going to suck.  If we get in 2 liberals…. Our Nation is truly finished.  I am not being overly dramatic here, but the fact of the matter is that the Liberals/Progressives/Communists will Legislate from the Bench everything they can’t get done in Congress and there will be zero hope for our country.

The OGRE EDITION 1911

I was asked about my ideal 1911 Configuration… The Ogre Edition 1911, if you will.   My dream 1911.

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It’s really simple.   We’re going to start with a Lightweight Commander platform, give it a Beavertail and a Commander style hammer.   The rear sight will be neither a GI or a Novak, and it wont be adjustable.  It has to be able to facilitate one hand slide-racking in an emergency.  And it’s going to have the “Bobtail” conversion not just for looks, but for feel and concealability.IMG_1903

The Muzzle end will have a deep target crown and will be flush with the bushing.  Also note, it’s going to have a Bushing and a GI style spring plug.367fg170

The front sight will have either a Trijicon HD, Big Dot, or Gold Dot front sight post for MAX Visibility.  NO FIBER OPTIC.  The rear will be nice wide notch, sans the 2 rear dots.  I don’t like double dot rears.

The overall gun will be slightly “Melted” to soften any hard edges.
Serrations will be simple GI style, with nothing forward.

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The grips will be rich Cocobolo wood, thin, and low profile, edges slightly rounded.  The front strap of the grip frame will be 30LPI checkered.
The gun can either be all black, or black over a light colored frame.

The Caliber will be 10mm.

This is my ideal 1911.  Though no one as of yet makes it.

Kassarine Lost

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Prologue:
“Where is he?  I can’t see the bastard!”  Wallace craned his head around, looking into the clouds and sun. 
“He’s playing with us.”  Quinton moaned from the radio position, holding a rag against the hole in his gut.
Wallace looked back at the cockpit’s instruments.  He could see daylight through the holes.  The artificial horizon was drilled through and what was left of the compass had fallen out and was now behind the rudder pedals.  Most of the cockpit was splattered with blood.  Some of it was the Hendrick’s, the pilot. Some of it was his own.   The pink chunks of brain matter across the canopy was most likely all Hendrick’s as well.  
The Lancaster shuddered.  This time, not from more hits, but from engine two, which had just failed.  He reached out to throttle back the damaged engine.  His whole arm burned from fingertips to shoulder.  The ragged hole through the forearm was a good indication of why his arm burned, and why that was all he could feel.  He saw his hand hit the throttles, but he didn’t feel them. Wallace concentrated and made his hand hook the lever and leaned back to pull it.  The lever moved some, but it was slick with blood and his hand slipped off.  He couldn’t grasp the lever enough to make it move anymore.  
Wallace looked up through the shattered canopy and was about to say a prayer when he caught sight of the BF-109 that had been killing them.   It was directly above them. 
“Look at that, Quinton.”  Wallace said.  “I found him.”
Quinton didn’t respond.
Wallace let out a sigh of resignation as the German fighter rolled in the air and dove.  He almost didn’t care anymore.  He saw the glittering of the muzzle flashes as it began it’s attack, but the firing stopped.
The BF-109 flashed passed the cockpit.  Wallace lost sight of it again so he turned his attention back to the flying the stricken aircraft.  The Lancaster was down to two engines, leaking all it’s fluids, leaving a trail of smoke, and was losing altitude by the minute with half its crew dead or dying.  Wallace tried to at least keep the wings level and the nose from pointing down, but his hand slipped again and fell back into his lap.  He felt so tired…
A glint of sunlight caught his attention outside again and he turned to look at the German fighter, just feet away.  The German pilot was clearly visible as he waved, and then curiously, peeled off and took a heading away from the British bomber.
“That’s it, bugger off now.”  He tried to laugh, but only coughed on the blood in his throat.
Wallace could only guess he had run out of ammunition.  Not that it mattered.  They were as good as dead anyways.   He looked out and saw they were down to about two thousand feet.  The only thing he could see below was rolling sand dunes of North Africa.  At least they wouldn’t drown. 
Wallace tried to grab the yoke with both hands again. Only one reached it.  The other hand dangled from the arm that didn’t want to rise.  He looked down and saw the gaping hole in the leather jacket at the shoulder.  Blood was pouring from it at an alarming rate.  Not much he could do about it. 
When he looked out again, out to the ground ahead.  He saw what looked like a dry lake bed.  Maybe he could put the Lancaster down there.  With the same effort as pushing a truck, Wallace pushed the left rudder pedal.  It moved only so slightly… but it was enough.  The lake bed was soon straight in front of him. 
His eyes were heavy.  He wanted to sleep.
But he had to land the plane.
Don’t worry, he said to himself.  The plane would land all on its own… One way.  Or another. 
He closed his eyes.

AREX REX Zero 1

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A Rep from Arex came by to show us their new REX Zero 1 pistol.
At first glance it looks like just another SIG knock off, like we’ve seen before.  But there’s something different about this one, and it warrants a closer look.   First thing you’ll notice is the Ambi Safety where the classic SIG slidelock lever is.  So it does have a manual safety.  The Magazine release is Ambi as well, and works and feels exactly the same from either side.  Deliberate push but not too much effort… damn near perfect actually.  And the magazine (comes with two 17 rounders – they have no desire to sell to California or other restrictive states) drops freely and cleanly.  20160511_112416

The gun is very SIG-Like.  With full length rails and much of the architecture is classic SIG.   Remember when I said the Slide Lock is a Safety?  Well, these guys made the Decocker the Slide Lock Lever as well as the Decocker.  So it works like a SIG, and it works like every other gun on the planet, all in one Lever.  It’s really very clever.  Kudos to the engineer on that.   What surprised me is the nation of origin.  Slovenia.  Slovenia is a nice little country surrounded by Croatia, Italy, Austria, and Hungary…. a region that is very beautiful, but not know for Technical Exports into the USA, but evidently they do well exporting to the rest of Europe especially in the more technical aspects of the automotive industry… So they do have the technical chops.
Miss Slovenia kinda looks like a Discount Kristen Stewart.  But I wont hold that against them.
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The gun breaks down just like SIG, the Barrels look like they could be interchangeable as well.  The internal machining is very clean, like a SIG.  The only real departure is the normal coiled spring instead of the multiple coils.20160511_112429

The Magazine locks at the front-center which makes it naturally Ambi.  The Mags look to be very well made, smooth, and seem to be of high quality.  20160511_112440

The test example had very even wear marks, with the wear only finish deep… very normal looking.  And all the parts, fitment, and finish seem to be of very high quality.20160511_112525

Typical SIG take down.  No surprises, no warts found.  It’s an impressive gun.  I did put some rounds through it… and it functioned reliably.  The trigger was smooth, no grit, no stacking… it was very SIG-like.  But it was a bit heavier than my SIG P220’s trigger.  Not much, but I noticed it.  This did not hamper the gun’s accuracy.  It shot VERY accurately.  I’m not going to show the target, because after I shot it, other shooters followed on the same target.   But trust me – the accuracy was very good.20160511_112540
The only downside to the pistol that I found was that the dovetails looked strange… and when I asked the Rep, he informed me that they are proprietary and nothing on the After Market will fit.  (Same with the Grips) He then told me that they are working on other Sight options for the gun.  The standard 3-Dot sights are fine for most shooters… but Defensive Shooters will want Tritium sights and Competitors will want Fiber Optics.  I did not ask how easy it would be for a Gunsmith to cut the dovetails to fit a more common type… but I imagine it could be done rather easily.

Talking pricing, this is where it’s Un-SIG-Like.  You’ll be able to find these retailing anywhere from 200 to 400 dollars less than a SIG 226.    And that makes this gun a very viable option – but remember this was just my initial impressions from a brief (But careful) examination and a brief range session…. I would love to test one through a 2,000 trial.

My take away is that if I want a Discount SIG, I’d find a good used SIG and buy that, instead of this one that has different sights and different magazines and will need different holsters, I’m sure.   But if I wanted a brand new gun that is unique and operates more like a normal gun but still has that SIG look and feel… well… this is that gun. It has a lot going for it and buyers will most likely be very pleased with the purchase.

For more Information on the REX Zero 1, check out the factory website.

Politics

I’ve been avoiding talking politics on MadOgre.com lately.  Because I feel that Politics is dirty and talking about it here is like soiling my own bed.
But we’ve had some big news tonight.  Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, effectively making Donald Trump the defacto Republican Nominee.    As much as I am disappointed that Ted Cruz didn’t win – I have to give him the nod for doing the right thing.  Staying in and contesting the whole mess at the convention would have torn the Republican Party to shreds.  Oh, and it does deserve to be shredded like taco bell lettuce… the problem though is that would mean leaving the Democrats/Communists/Progressives unimpeded in doing whatever the hell they want to destroy the USA.
For that reason, we need to support Donald Trump.
Man – I really dislike saying that.  The man is a clown, a bully, a liar, and a swindler…  and a Landlord.  I find him to be despicable.  But at least he is not Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders – who I find even more so.  Those two want to destroy America.  Trump at least wants to make some Money.   We can understand Trump’s motivation.  It’s simple.  Trump is a Capitalist.  Pure and simple.  Clinton is power-mad and obsessed with controlling everything. She’s the wicked witch of New York and would sell our souls to the Soviets to secure more power.  Like she’s pretty much already done.  Sanders wants us to become the new Soviets… Socialists are just Communists that haven’t taken power yet.   Hillary Clinton really does need to be indicted.  Until she is – I can no longer believe that we are a Nation of Laws.  Hillary’s sins are long and grievous.  She’s a cancer on Capital Hill and is the icon of everything wrong with politics.

I know a lot of you guys are all “Never Trump”, and not even now that he’s the Nom.  But think about this.  Judicial Appointments and SCOTUS Nominations.  We’ve already got one Open Seat to fill.  Who do you want to fill it?  Someone Hillary and Bernie nominated?  Or Trump?  We know the sort the Leftists would nominate.  Trump – at least it’s a wildcard… a chance it’s someone not completely disastrous.    Both Hillary and Bernie have sworn to destroy the second amendment – the Keystone of the Constitution.  And they could.  Don’t think it could happen?  Look around the rest of the world.  UK.  Oz.  And others… Oh, you better believe it could happen here too.  Who would have thought that the Trump would be the Nominee?  5 years ago, I’d have laughed in your face – but here we are.

We had hoped we’d get another Ronald Regan.  But most of America didn’t like that he was of Cuban heritage and was born in Canada.  Never mind that he knew and loved the Constitution like no one else save for Mike Lee (R-UT).  Never mind that he fought for the Constitution against the SCOTUS, and against Congress  – and even against his own party.    The only guy out of the whole pack of 16 options, that had such a track record of supporting and fighting for the Constitution… and you let a Game Show Host beat him.   That’s who you want us to put on the world stage.  The Game Show Host… we’re going to put a Game Show Host up against Putin.  A Game Show Host is going to stare down China.   A Game Show Host is going to be the Commander and Chief of our Armed Forces… That’s your choice.

America – you sicken me.

I am done with politics.

Disappointed in the PPS M2

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One thing I’ve come to expect from Walther – Excellent Triggers.   The PPQ, P99, PPX, and the original PPS all have triggers that go from Excellent to Fantastic.   The PPQ is well known for being The Best out of the box trigger of any Striker – even better than the VP9.
Now the this gun here… the PPS M2… I was really looking forward to getting my hands on one.  Because I am one of those weird guys that actually liked the original PPS.  So I was hoping that this would be the same gun as the original, but with some ergonomic enhancements.   This is not the case.  This is a completely different gun.  The new PPS looks great.  This is a good looking gun.  And for a Sub-Compact Single Stack – it even feels good.  If you like a Shield, you’ll probably love the PPS M2.
And then I tried the trigger.

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My All Time Favorite Bad Guys:

You can’t have a Hero without a great villain.  Your Protagonist needs an awesome Antagonist if he or she is going to be awesome.   I like a good Bad Guy.  Someone that really leaves a mark.   Here’s a short list of my all time favorite bad guys.

Bill Cutting “The Butcher” – Gangs of New York.
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What makes Bill the Butcher so awesome is his grand sense of patriotism and American Exceptionalism… in the form of himself as the most Exceptional American.   America is Great, because He is American… and he’s going to keep it that way.  His City.  His State. His Nation.  We’re just living in it.  And he’s got a great sense of style… And honestly, who else other than Slash can pull off a Top Hat like that?  And that Mustache is Ultra Boss.

Hans Gruber – Die Hard.
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Hans is cold and calculating… He’s planned things out. He knows what’s going to happen and how it’s going to happen.  This gives him confidence in his success, and when he needs to, he changes his accent and character so he can reposition.  Very smooth, Hans.  His team is well trained, well skilled, and well equipped… and he personally carries an HK P7… Good Taste.  Great taste.  Hans has his own sense of style that no one else can really replicate.

Roy Batty – Blade Runner
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Roy’s goals are simple and pure… He just wants to live longer.  He’s strong.  Powerfully built.  And smart.  He is brutal when it comes to getting what he wants, and enjoys toying with the good guys.  And like The Terminator – He will not stop.  What makes him so bad?  He smiles.  He makes jokes.  And then he kills you, brutally, painfully… because he likes too.  That’s what makes him scary.  He doesn’t even know it… but he likes hurting and killing.  In his own, childlike and almost innocent way.  His backstory alone would make an epic movie.

Archibald Cunningham – Rob Roy
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You really get to hate Archibald.  He is evil in a most unique way… And aristocratic fop who is all about whoring and drinking and spending money, and taking advantage over everyone around him… and he’s very very good with a sword.  You Really Get To Hate him.  In fact, you hate him so much – it takes you time to get over seeing Tim Roth in other roles because the knee-jerk reaction is to hate those characters too.  He is unforgettable, and unforgivable… and he has one of the best deaths in film history.

The Sheriff of Nottingham – Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
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Robin Hood is an old story told many times in film and in literature… but if you do a Google Image Search – there is only one Sheriff of Nottingham, and that’s the one played by Alan Rickman.  Yes, the same Hans Gruber Alan Rickman.  He’s the only Sheriff that not only cancelled Christmas, but also ordered a one wench to his bedchambers, and then ordered another one to come an hour later… and to bring a friend.  You can argue who did the best Robin Hood – but no one…. No One…. Can touch The Sheriff of Nottingham.

Handsome Jack – Borderlands 2
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Handsome Jack might not be well known… But he’s my #1 favorite Bad Guy.  He’s funny.  He goes about everything he does with a sense of humor only matched by his sense of self entitlement.  He didn’t start out that way though… He started out as a hero.  But that’s another story… We first meet Jack in the video game “Borderlands 2” where he mocks you and taunts you – constantly – and hilariously.  And he has a diamond pony named after you… “Butt Stallion”.

The HCAR head scratcher.

I want to like the HCAR.  I took a look at one earlier today and first reaction is hey, this is cool.  But then I got thinking about it, and things started to bug me.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m a fan of the Browning BAR.  It’s awesome American History, and I’d LOVE to own one of Semi-Autos.  But to modernize the BAR and make it something different just doesn’t do anything for me… and really it kinda irritates me.
It’s an expensive gun.  And if you wanted something firing a .30 cal projectile, and save a little money, and get what is going to ultimately be a better rifle for the application of tactics… a SCAR 17.
“Oh but, Ogre, these are .30-06’s!”
Uh huh… So?  Can you still buy cases of cheap .30-06 ammo?  Not really.  Which means you are going to be buying them in little boxes of 20 like regular hunting cartridges, and most likely paying a premium for them now.
The difference between .30-06 and .308, outside of case dimensions… is about only about 100 FPS.   Let’s grab two comparable loads from Hornady.
Here’s the .308.  And here’s the .30-06 loaded with the same bullet.
The difference is negligible.  Feel free to go through Hornady’s online catalog and compare rounds with the same bullets and see for yourself.
Anything you shoot with them, aint feeling the difference.  The .30-06 is not giving you any practical advantage that you could utilize in a tactical situation.  In fact, it’s going to be a disadvantage because with the .30-06 you are dealing with a longer case, requiring a longer box magazine, which means more bulk in your kit, which means maybe you can’t carry as many mags.  Small difference in length could mean big difference in load out.  Maybe.  Say… Does anyone make a chest rig that can carry .30-06 magazines?  Molly Pouches?  Huh.
If I want the nostalgia of packing a BAR – oh and I do – I’d pack the classic version.

Now what these cats should do if they want to take the BAR and make it “Tactical”.  Make it “Retro Tactical”.  Ahem… allow me to fire up my awesome Photoshop Skills… and… Presto!
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Here you go… A BAR Carbine.  Recognizable as a BAR, but in a handier format for tactical applications… Lighter, Usable, and Classic Cool.  And if they wanted to really make it handier – make it in .308.
THAT is what the HCAR should be.  Not that Tan Pistol-Gripped, AR stocked monstrosity.   EDIT:  Thanks to Leon for reminding me!  I just re-invented the Colt Monitor.
That’s what they should be making… Colt Monitor Replicas.

PSA’s KS-47 has impressed me.

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Normally I’m ambivalent to Palmetto State Armory.   I know who they are and what they are about and I’ve just never really been impressed with them.  That changed today.   Take a look at the KS-47 Hybrid.  It’s an AR that is chambered for 7.62x39mm and runs AK type mags.  20160415_114105

Yes, this is something that’s been done before.  But this is now something that is done well.  And it’s from PSA.  This is coming from PSA for about 850 Retail, with free-floating keymod handguards, a wide mag release that can be used with your trigger finger, right or left handed, or you can to the AK Mag Snap move.   20160415_114118

You can swap the furniture out with any common AR swag you want.  I’d put an Ergo grip on it and a Battlelink minimalist stock.  A set of Magpul Pro sights… and a Battlecomp muzzle break.   Done.
This gun is well made.  Tight fitting between the upper and lower, and it’s well thought out.  The parts are all fit well.  Nothing is sloppy and nothing feels cheap or poorly done.  It’s solid.  It’s a solid rifle.
I’m truly impressed.
PSA – You done well.
I am strongly considering trading something in on this.  No, I’ve not shot it.  It’s a new gun and we don’t shoot new guns at the store.   But I really want to.   Really bad.  I could trade something for this.  I really could.   Maybe I will.

FN M249 SAW

FN has done something completely awesome.  They have made available the M249 SAW for Civilian sales.  That’s right, you can buy and have an M249 SAW.  And I got a chance to play with one.

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You might be asking – “How?”  Because it’s SEMI AUTO.  This is, according to the Law, a 5.56mm Rifle.  It is NOT a machine gun.   It will only fire once per trigger pull.    Now you are probably asking “Why?” 20160408_123243

Because a lot of Americans have served their nation and have used the M249 SAW during that service.  Those of us who have used it, we all loved it.  It’s accurate.  It’s easy to work with and lighter compared to other weapon systems… such as “The Hog”, M-60. 20160408_123314

 

All these guys and gall want to have something they used… that’s an American Tradition with Veterans.  Well, with vets around the world, really.    There’s a lot of guys that like to have a good Collection of weapons for various reasons, History being one of them.   And the SAW has been a big part of American History for the last 25 years now?  How long?    Well, now anyone that really wants one can get one.
Now you are going to ask “How Much?”   Well, this is one of those, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it sort of things.  There are a great many brand new motorcycles on showroom floors that are priced the same or less.  They are almost 10 Large.   Not cheap, no… But its there and you can get it if you have the means.
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