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graphics matter, year the sixth, part two

This post’s predecessor addressed the theory of “more guns = more deaths” and demonstrated it to be factually incorrect.  However, it included all possible “gun deaths” – suicide, self-defense, justifiable homicides, murders, etc. – while this post will focus exclusively in crimes committed with the assistance of a firearm, and specifically murders, robberies, and assaults where firearms were employed.  As before, this series has been around for a while, so if you have questions, they […]

graphics matter, year the sixth

Alright, if you do not know how these work, you have not been paying attention for the past five years.  I get tired of repeating myself, so we are just going to launch into the details. 

The number of firearms in America is extrapolated from the lower bound of the Small Arms Survey of 2003 by adding or subtracting the domestic production and importation of firearms as recorded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

i almost feel bad for the blood-dancers

Let’s run through the list really quick.  Alison Parker’s and Adam Ward’s murderer…

– was black.

– was apparently gay.

– passed a background check when he purchased his firearm.

– bought the gun two whole months before the attack.

– used a layaway-style purchase to actually procure it.

This one shooting manages to even perforate the arguments for waiting periods… no wonder the anti-rights cultists are pretty much hanging all their hopes and dreams […]


So over the past few weeks, I have been posting a meme a day to Facebook; I know not everyone follows me there, so I figured I would go ahead and repost them here… especially since linking to them is a lot easier on a static site than Facebook’s nightmarish hyperlink scheme.  I created all of these memes, though I obviously cannot claim credit for the original images, so feel free to spread and use […]


I am very happy to announce the official launch of the #FirearmsAreFun IRC channel. 

In response to public demand and an apparent need, a group of friends got together and decided to field an IRC channel dedicated to helping the firearms-related community grow by maintaining a friendly, festive environment.  This is a public channel, and is open to anyone and everyone – gun owners, people looking to buy their first gun, competitive shooters, hunters, […]

the pro-rights community has won the war!

… Or, at least, that seems to be what some of its members subconsciously believe. 

A few weeks ago, while someone who claims to be allergic to conflict was busy trying to pick fights in my Facebook feed, Erin Palette hit me up with the following questions: 

So another similar question: is the gun community starting to fragment and divide? Or has it always been thus and I’m only now noticing it because […]

public service announcement: usfa / zip factory

In my humble, not-professional opinion, if you intentionally spend money on, or make a trade of any value for, a “ZiP Gun”, you are an idiot.  This is not to say that RandoAtReddit “deserved” what happened to him or whatever – far from it, in fact – but I think it is safe to say that the “science is settled” by his situation. 

You can read about my own experiences with this “firearm” (and […]

holsters for sale

Mauser C96 Kydex “Race” Holster, including Clip Holder – $250

Body:  0.080” “Desert Tan” kydex. Eyelets:  #8-9 1/4” brass finish.  Belt Loop:  BladeTech TEK-LOK on the holster, black-coated spring clips on the clip holder. 

Ever wanted to carry, or even compete with, an ergonomically-uncomfortable, low-capacity, hard-to-reload, borderline-antique firearm?  Now is your chance! 

As seen at the 2014 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and 2014 Boomershoot, as well as on VolkStudio Blog (much better […]

belay my last

Thanks to FuzzyKBP generously deciding that he would pay this year’s hosting fees, “walls of the city” will be remaining online for another year.

notice of closure

Please be advised: “walls of the city” will be ceasing operations as of 01JUN15. All posts, images, and other web content will no longer be linkable. As such, please avail yourselves of the “Download [insert post name here] as PDF” link now at the bottom of every post, as well as downloading any relevant images you want to retain in a full-size state.

Full permission and authority is granted to any pro-rights or firearm-related […]

national firearms museum

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit the National Firearms Museum at the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, and let me just say this upfront – if you ever are in the area, you should definitely make the time to stop by. 

I am not going to say that I am the world’s leading expert on firearms, but the number of things I saw that I had never heard of before […]

allow me to introduce you to adam mermer

According to his Facebook page and now-closed Twitter account, Adam Mermer is 42 years old, a present resident of Boston, Massachusetts, and unsurprisingly single.  Predictably, he somewhat vociferously supports the Patriots, though I do not at all understand his liking of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged.  He used to work at Burque Jewelers a few years ago (which he apparently inherited from his father – only notable on account of how happy he seems to […]

on vaccines

As I grow older, I discover that my political leanings appear to be somewhat approaching those of Professor Bernardo de la Paz of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, in that I am increasingly voluntarist – I do not like the idea of forcing people to do things – but I am willing to work within the current political construct simply because the cost-benefit analysis of bucking it does not end in my favor.  Professor […]


Apparently Robert Farago of The Truth About Guns recently tried to refer to Mr. Colion Noir as the “James May of guns”, or so a friend of mine recently brought to my attention.  Honestly, I do not watch Top Gear, and have not watched many of Mr. Noir’s videos, so I am not going to wade into what amounts to a schoolyard “he smells bad!” screaming match*, but my friend provided this counterpoint: 

Is […]

this time, i was successful

In that I did manage to give myself a procedural error at last night’s Wake County Action Pistol Match. 

One of the stages ended with proceeding down a short hallway, stopping at a foul line, and engaging four targets hiding behind no-shoots and barrels.  By the time I took care of the targets and was preparing to show safe and clear, I suddenly realize that I had both feet well over the foul line […]

wts: one-of-a-kind 1985/1995 rhd land rover defender

Yup, I still have it, and yes, I would still very much like to sell it.  Changes from the last time it got posted include better differential gear ratios (3.54:1 versus 4.7:1, which means the V8 can maintain highway speeds all day long without any heat problems), the heater core works now, and all of the exterior lights are 100% good to go.  The Craigslist ad is live, and it is reproduced here: 

How […]

wts: unfired/unissued CZ-52

Yes, you read that right.  I have a completely unissued, unfired CZ-52 (more accurately known as a vz. 52) pistol for sale.  How, you ask?  The good folks at CzechPoint stumbled across them a few years ago, and I will let them tell the story: 

How are these unissued vz. 52 pistols made available?  While opening boxes of ‘very good condition’ pistols that were sold previously, CzechPoint discovered a very limited quantity of unissued […]

wts: two airsoft rifles

Well, after living here a year, I have come to the conclusion that I do not have the time and money to make a two-hour round-trip to play at a somewhat miniaturized airsoft field and pay a rather inflated price to do so.  So, rather than allow my airsoft rifles to continue to take up space in my attic, I am hoping to find them a new home where they will actually be used. 


i was not dead last

… And not because of people disqualifying themselves either. 

So regular readers will know that I have shot in all of two competitive shooting events since first taking up firearms – that shindig at Gunny’s Range in Tennessee where I managed to walk away with a shotgun, and a demonstration of Caracal pistols at ORSA (though I have heard rumors that Caracals are dead in America for the time being).  Not exactly a stunning […]

weld your cheek on that

As I said in a previous post, there are always workarounds for governmental idiocy: 

To give you a better frame of reference, here are the “before” pictures of my AR pistol. 

In a beautifully coincidental turn of events, a package from Thordsen Customs arrived in the mail the same day the BATFE reversed their previous decisions and concluded that shouldering the SB15 is a Very Bad Idea™.  In any case, the SB15 […]