“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
by Abraham Lincoln




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ingsoc would be proud

The rule of law is dead in the District of Columbia.

Of course, this is nothing new, given that the federal government calls that not-quite-state home, but this time around I am referring to the laws specifically governing that postage stamp of a municipality.

Exhibit 1:

Exhibit 2:

District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25, Unit A, Subchapter VI, § […]

it will be in a movie soon

$2400 for the shotgun.

$200 for a spare magazine.

~$40 to fill the both of them with self-defense ammo.

Good Lord.

For about the same price, you can have a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun tricked out to your specifications that is two inches shorter with the stock extended and about 12 inches shorter when folded up, does not require any manipulations from you to […]

shotshell reloading

Tell me about it.

Because, based on my off-the-cuff estimates from scrounging around the intertubes yesterday and today, I can reload birdshot rounds for about half the price as new-off-the-shelf ones (so long as I get the components on sale / cheaply), which means this little press will pay for itself in somewhere around ~400 rounds. Additionally, it seems like shotshell reloading is a lot easier to do and get into than handgun […]

assault clips, or how to misappropriate the language

In this post, I will endeavor to go where… well… everyone has gone before; however, it does seem to be necessary, and it will make a nice addition to my collection.

In terms of firearms, this is a clip:

Specifically, it is a stripper clip, also known as a “charger”. Note how the majority of the individual rounds is not covered, but only the rim of the cartridge […]