02.14.08

Defenseless

Posted in NIU, Guns & Weapons, News at 6:05 pm by Administrator

My previous comments still stand and doubly so. NIU Campus police arrived at the scene of the shooting within two minutes and it was already over. An armed response by someone in that room could have ended the rampage with significantly less loss of life. As is was, Illinois law and NIU regulations rendered the victims defenseless. The perpetrator was able to casually reload without any fear of a counter attack.  

04.16.07

The blood is on their hands.

Posted in Politics, Guns & Weapons, News, Education at 10:03 pm by Administrator

“Guns don’t belong in classrooms. They never will. Virginia Tech has a very sound policy preventing same.” -Larry Hinker, Associate Vice President for University Relations, Virginia Tech

I wish I could say I’m surprised by today’s events. Unfortunately, what happened in Virginia is simply the inevitable result of policies which make educational institutions literally sitting ducks before this type of attack.

In most states, Virginia included, it’s a relatively straightforward process for a law-abiding adult to acquire a permit to legally carry a concealed firearm on his or her person. Thousands of permits are issued each year in those states and many permit holders carry on a daily basis. This creates an uncomfortable situation for potential criminals since they have no way knowing whether or not their next target is packing.

This also makes random massacres dangerous to conduct since the odds are that almost any crowded public place will have at least several concealed firearms present among the intended victims. 

There are, however, still places where nefarious individuals can still find a ready supply of defenseless targets. Almost all institutions of higher learning have rules in place preventing students, faculty, and visitors from possessing firearms for self-defense on campus. This creates a literal ’safe-zone’ for homicidal maniacs and guarantees them plenty of unarmed targets before the police finally show up.

A death is only a tragedy if it might have been prevented. The real tragedy of today is that if one (sane) Virginia Tech student had been carrying in defiance of the rules (or better still…with their blessing), a lot more people might still be alive. 

It’s not as if this hasn’t been suggested before. Only last year, Virginia’s General Assembly rejected a proposal which would have kept colleges from banning the legal carry of handguns by students and employees. Upon the bill’s defeat, Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hinker stated:

“I’m sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly’s actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.”

I wonder if he feels safe now.

09.26.06

“This was a man!”

Posted in General, Guns & Weapons, Military, Literature & Poetry at 3:35 pm by Administrator

Jeff Cooper 

I am deeply saddened to report the passing yesterday of Col. Jeff Cooper, the “Gunner’s Guru”. Jeff has been one of my heroes since I was thirteen and his writings have inspired me in more ways than I am probably even aware.

Jeff was truly a Renaissance Man. He was a soldier, teacher, author, philosopher, historian, innovator, husband, and father. He is probably most famous for developing the Modern Technique of Shooting, the Scout Rifle concept, the Four Rules of Firearms Safety, as well as the Color Code for combat mind-set.

This was one of Jeff’s favorite poems. It is a perfect summary of his life and values:

IF

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

                            -Rudyard Kipling

Requiescat in pace, Jeff. You will be missed.

06.02.06

For the Man Who Has Everything

Posted in Guns & Weapons at 3:03 am by Administrator

With the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban a fading memory, development in the field of of high capacity magazines is now fully underway. One of the more esoteric yet amusing results is the 100 rd. Beta C-MAG for 9mm Glock pistols.

Glock machine pistol with a Beta C-MAG

It’s large size and weight make it completely useless for most pistol applications. It will, however, make a fun (if not practical) accessory for those with full-auto Glocks. The main problem with the Glock machine pistol is that it takes about a second to empty a standard magazine on full-auto. With the Beta C-MAG, you get a full 5 seconds of glory before a long reload.

The cops will love it - even more rounds to miss with. I wouldn’t worry about it being very popular with the gangbangers though. The low center of gravity makes holding it sideways somewhat tiring.

ArmamentSales.com has a movie of a the Glock Beta C-MAG being used at Knob Creek. (The video says the host gun is a Glock 18; but it’s obviously a semi-auto Glock with a conversion device like the one above.)

05.19.06

Machine Pistol on 24

Posted in Movies & TV, Guns & Weapons at 2:52 am by Administrator

24 Glock machine pistol shot #6

The past few episodes of 24 have been rather boring to the core with hardly any death, no torture, and no Kim Bauer uneventful. One of the few redeeming qualities of Monday’s episode was that one of the badguys was armed with a machine pistol. (Finally, something original this hour.) Being slightly fanatical about firearms in general and machine pistols in particular, I was determined to identify exactly which model the baddy used. I even took some screenshots to aid in my investigation. (Yes, I have too much free time.)

It’s apparent from the screenshots that the weapon is a Glock handgun with a stainless steel slide and an extended magazine. From here on it gets a little tricky. 

The left side of the pistol is not visible, so I can’t be sure it is not a Glock 18 (the factory full-auto version of the Glock 17). There does, however, appear to be a protrusion on the backplate of the slide - possibly a selector switch. If so, it would mean the pistol is a factory semiautomatic Glock variant that has been converted to full auto with a drop-in conversion device. The pistol is probably a nine millimeter, which means a Glock 17 or maybe a 19. It looks like a G17 to me but I can’t tell for sure from these pictures. A 17 would be slightly more controllable on full-auto so I’m guessing that’s what it is.

There you have it. It’s a converted Glock 17 with a stainless slide and an extended mag. Anyone else notice anything I missed?

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