Gunblogging is not dead. Not while I’m still here.
Five years into things, and what have I’ve learned?
I learned I’m a little bit different than most gunbloggers, and indeed most people in the industry. Despite my unnatural affection for everything made by Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod, I really have no attachment to the guns themselves, and rarely write about “OMG! Look at this shiny new blaster that just came out!”. Guns are a means to an end for me, and that end is a safe, secure future for my family.
Period, full stop.
If anything, I identify more with the “Gun Culture 2.0” blog than I do with über-tactical crowd. This isn’t too shocking, as marketing is nothing but applied sociology.
I finally figured out my Cerakote 3 Gun Color Scheme.
I’m going with something that’s a treasured memory from growing up in Canada, something that reflects my years living in Arizona, and something that echoes my lifelong interest in aviation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!!!!!
The pistol: Thunderbird One
The shotgun: Thunderbird Two
The rifle: Thunderbird Three
The Thunderbirds was my favorite TV show as a kid, and the Thunderbird is a reoccurring theme in the Phoenix area where I lived for so long, and of course, let’s not forget the USAF Thunderbirds.
Now to get the darn things into production…
… and it looks like ISIS picked the right place to do just that: Phoenix is on their “Kill List” of cities.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk.
According to the publication, ISIS urges followers and sympathizers in the U.S. to kill the servicemen. Specific personnel on the list are largely from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy – branches of the country’s military that have conducted massive air strikes against ISIS.
I’m guessing they’ll be targeting Luke AFB, out there on the west side of Phoenix.
So they’ll have to get through the coyotes and chollos of Maryvale, through the rednecks in Glendale, and then, and only then, do they get to test their luck against Air Force security personnel at the gate.
Not to mention that the Sheriff has a tank.
Good luck with that.
You don’t realize how much you miss open carry until you don’t have it. The “brandishing” laws in Florida are actually pretty good, but still, I’d much prefer to not worry at all about showing my gun inadvertently.
I carried openly on occasion in Arizona because A) I could B) it was quasi-normal to do so there. When I went to 2nd Amendment rallies at the state capitol in downtown Phoenix, I carried discretely, because the derp was mighty strong at those events (M4gery with “flare launcher”, anyone?) and such things don’t make OC “normal”. I’m not open carrying to make an in-your-face statement because I am not an in-your-face kind of guy. I’m Canadian, so my default is going to be “nice” (unless someone cross-checks me into the boards, at which point all bets are off and the gloves get dropped).
What makes OC “normal” is making it a normal part of your life and acting normally when doing so. The key to this is, of course, defining “normal”, and the fact is, most people don’t have wardrobes that consist of nothing but Kryptec and MOLON LABE t-shirts. If you want to make open carry a usual thing, you can’t be unusual while open-carrying.
It’s no big deal. It’s just your gun.
But I have smart friends, and I tend to shut up until I have something to say.
But hey, if that’s what works, use it.
Consider, for a moment, this picture of Jordan’s King Abdullah and Ed Head on the line at Gunsite.
King Abdullah has vowed to personally bomb the ever-lovin’ crap of out of ISIS in retaliation for ISIS brutally executing of one of Jordan’s combat pilots.
Kinda nice to see a world leader who a) recognizes evil for what it is and b) is will to lead from the front (literally, in his case) and not from behind.
Which got me thinking: Rather than do some stupid, stupid photo op to show voters they’re concerned about gun rights, what if our prospective leaders did a couple of days at Gunsite or the Sig Academy or somewhere similar as part of the campaign trail? It’d show us proles that a) we matter and b) they’re learn that in today’s world, “gun owner” isn’t a synonym for “hunter”.
So I’m at the point where I think that the stuff that’s in Brian Enos’ book will make sense to me and actually help improve my shooting. I’ve started to read it at least three times before, but let’s face it, it’s a hard read and it’s pretty much useless unless you’re at a level where the head game of practical shooting matters more than trigger press.
Hence the name “Beyond Fundamentals”.
The problem is, I’ve lost track of my copy during the two wholesale cross-country moves last year, and it’s going to be at least another eight months until we even begin to sort out our stuff.
Looks like I need to buy another copy of it. Sigh. I hate re-buying books.
… you know the rest.
The Telegraph is shocked, SHOCKED to find out that people who want to commit mass murder are also willing to break a few laws about who can own guns and rocket launchers and the like.
Last week it was confirmed by Belgian police that the weapons used in the Paris attacks had been purchased in Brussels and Charleroi by Coulibaly, who had travelled to the country expressly to buy the Kalashnikovs, Skorpion, Tokarev and rocket launcher.
Why, it’s almost as if criminals are, by definition, law-breakers, or something.
Belgium has some pretty tough gun laws: You need a permit to own a gun, any gun, and “semi-automatic assault rifles” are banned, yet somehow, the Islamic terrorists who committed mass murder at Charlie Hebdo managed to get their hands on full-auto AK’s and Scorpion machine pistols and even an RPG-7 variant.
And in a break with how things are done in the U.S., it wasn’t Belgium’s equivalent of the BATFE who gave them their weapons.
A reminder: the Central Arizona Bloggershoot is next Saturday. If you live in Phoenix, Casagrande or Tucson be there, or be heptagonal.