Some psycho kills 9 people and the 10th victim is American History.
I was pleased to see that the potential for Anti-Gun Politics to flare up didn’t happen. The shooter had a photo with the Confederate Flag on his Facebook Page, so obviously the Bad Guy here is the Confederate Flag… So in order to stop Hate, people are pulling down all the Confederate Flags everywhere.
You know what? I’m fine with that. Let’s throw the General Lee’s Battle Flag under the bus. That’s our Scape Goat for this horror, so be it. But then they started talking pulling down books, movies, and video games. And there’s talk of pulling down statues and a National Monument.
Wait one second.
American History may not be all Rocket’s Red Glare… but it’s our History. We need to OWN IT. For good or bad, it’s our history… OURS. We need to Remember It. We need to Learn from it. So we don’t need to Repeat it. Glossing over the bothersome bits… glossing over the parts we don’t like… the parts that make us uncomfortable… is intellectually dishonest.
What is called the Confederate Flag was really not the Confederate Flag. It was Robert E Lee’s Battle Flag during The War of Norther Aggression. To some, it’s a symbol of Hate. To others it’s a symbol of Rebellion. To others, it’s a symbol of Southern Pride. And to others it is a part of our collective American History. To the Democrats, it’s all about that Southern Pride. The Democrats with deep ties to Racism and all it’s ugly collateral that goes with it, loved the “Dixie Flag”. Bill Clinton’s campaign used the hell out of it. So did so many Democrats around the south. Personally, to me, it’s the Rebellion. The standing up to and fighting against the Federal Government. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT WAS.
I don’t care if you like it or not. You don’t have to like it. But you should respect it. Before you call for it’s removal, you should understand it’s significance. Censuring that flag as a symbol of hate is just ignorant. Especially when other things are not censured. Such as the Swastika. Che Guevara T-Shirts. Censuring one and not all… means your offended Self Absorbed Holier than Thou situational Moral High Ground is a Fraud. It’s False. So that means that you are either ignorant or dishonest. One or the other… maybe both. If we’re going to censure hate – there’s so much out there that also needs to be censured. And if that’s what you’re wanting to do… Then you become one of those tyranical, hysterical book burners and you’ve just become that very thing you’ve been against. Congratulations, you slobbering moron.
Own your History. Learn from your History. And don’t Repeat the bad History.
1. Ruger GP100, 4″.
2. SIG M11a1.
3. Ruger SP101 2.5″.
4. Chiapa Rhino 4″.
5. STI Texican.
6. Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag, 5″.
The Texican is really the only STI gun I really lust over. The Rhino is a strange but persistent fascination. The Redhawk is just for shear power.
The SIG is because its just about ideal for me. And the other two Rugers… would become my EDC guns.
I’ve not been to a good gun show in YEARS. In 2013 I went to a gun show in Wilmington, NC that was the saddest little gathering I’ve ever seen in my life. The last good one I went to was a Crossroads of the West in SLC… well, actually far south of SLC, but never mind… That was a gunshow where Crusader Weaponry had a booth and it was good… had fun. Nothing since then. Wilmington doesn’t even count as a Gun Show.
Now, I hear that these gun shows in Charlotte are big deals. We shall see. Evidence that it’s a big deal is that I tried to get a table for Point Blank Range and was told that they sold out last Feb. So that’s a good sign that this will be a lively event.
I’m going to be there, and I’ll be handing out some coupons for free gun rentals… So if you see me – make sure get that coupon.
I may take something with me to sell or trade as well. Bartering is the fun part for me at these events. Finding those killer deals, leveraging them and flipping them and leaving the show with more money in my pocket than when I arrived. If the show is fluid enough. So we will see… we will see.
Tried a new theme and was starting to like it… “Evolve”.
Then it had an update that just flat out broke it. Switched back to theme “2014”.
So Sarah Brady has finally kicked the bucket. I can’t really say that I care one way or another. She was a Villain of the Constitution. She took a tragedy in her life, and twisted it into a weapon to use against millions of others to hurt them and hinder them. She’s been a pain in our collective asses for decades now. But let’s not start singing Ding Dong The Witch is Dead…
She even looks the part of a villain. Right out of a Disney movie. I don’t feel enough one way or another about her passing to get worked up. I feel indifferent. Completely indifferent. Some are cheering. Some are passing around high fives. I just don’t care. Here’s my prediction though. Come Monday, there’s going to be flags flown at half staff and Sarah Brady will be granted Sainthood by the Liberal Left. There will be long speeches about what a fantastic person she was. Much like Chi. I also predict Gabby Giffords will be crowned the Heir to this Legacy. Buckle up for a new Gun Control surge – in her memory.
As some of you know, I am no longer with Blackstone Shooting Sports. I left a couple weeks ago and I am happy to announce that I am now with Point Blank Range, as their new Marketing Manager.
This new job is going to be a lot of fun, doing all the things I love to do. So I am really looking forward to this!
So if you are going to visit the Charlotte, NC area, head to the Point Blank Range South Charlotte location in Matthews. I’ll be there most of the time starting tomorrow.
I have already put a box of rounds through it, and I’m quiet happy with it. Functionally it was flawless, which was a huge step up from the last Lever Action I bought, the Marlin 1895, which immediately had to go back to the factory for 6 weeks.
The accuracy was very good. I have to say that I really like the way this thing shoots. It was shooting very accurately off hand. But I need to get to a range that actually has a Bench so I can really see what this thing will do.
As you can see, I didn’t get the version with the flash-hider. Because I thought about it and admitted to myself that I will never be doing anything with that threaded end anyway because if I want to go quiet, well, I’ll be using a very different weapon for that sort of work. This is going to strictly be for hunting. So I saved 50 bucks on got the shorter option. I like the shortness of it. It feels extremely short. And light. WOW, this rifle is light. Seriously… it’s like 1/2 the weight of a Marlin 336. I threw a tac-light on it just because, well, I can. Other than a sling, that’s going to be the extent of add-ons. I’m not decking this thing out. In fact, I may remove the rails all together. I’ve not decided yet. The stock has GOT to GO! I really can’t tell you how much I hate this ATI stock. It detracts from the entire rifle. I thought I had a Magpul CTR stock here at the house, but I think I remember that I had given it away back in Jacksonville to a guy in my church. So I will be needing a replacement stock as soon as possible. I don’t care if it’s a standard M4 stock or even a TAPCO… anything is a step up from this ATI. Stocks should not rattle and wobble. Ever.
Along with the rifle, I grabbed a box of Remington HOG HAMMER ammo, as well as my favorite Federal Blue Box stuff for further plinking work. I was going to get some Hornady LEVERevolutions for it… but I’m well familiar with how they perform, and wanted to try something new.
This gun will be used to harvest some delicious Venison this fall. And with the Carolinas not having a limit on White Tail… I think I’m going to be harvesting a lot. At least that’s the goal. The hope. One buys a rifle like this not for the collector value, but for the hope of adventures that one can have with it.
I think I’m going to paint it. Just need to decide on how I’m going to go about it.