those darn bitter clingers

You may not know this, but one of the ways Traction Control pays the bills is by running an FFL; this is his stock level from nine days before Election Day to 51+ days after:


Yeah, he is basically out of ammunition.

One can only assume that his numbers are fairly representative of what transpired at other FFLs, accessory companies, and firearm-related stores across the country if one remembers what happened about that time four years ago.

And yet despite this panic-buy (and there really is no other word for it), I can find you no shortage of "gun control" extremists who firmly believe that widespread/total firearm bans/confiscations would not only be Constitutional, but actually something our government could hope to accomplish. Yes, because all of those people who just dropped millions of dollars (collectively) into those things you do no want them to own will be perfectly sanguine with simply turning them over to the government out of the goodness of their hearts.

Sure they will.

As always, neither "logic" nor "reason" are things anti-rights cultists are overly familiar with… which is how they picked up that descriptor after all.

russian origami t-shirts – grab them now!

imageTwo-dozen shirts down, another sixty-odd to go before you all buy as many as you said you would. As if I needed further evidence that online polls are not scientific nor necessarily representative of reality.

In any case, the Russian Origami t-shirts are still for sale, and I still have inventory in all sizes (M-XXXL), so get your order in now! And I do mean that seriously, with not a lot of hyperbole – I will be taking the t-shirts to a gun show this weekend, and I plan on selling as many of them there as I possibly can. I will leave out a few in a few sizes, and I will happily put aside t-shirts for people who want them but cannot quite swing it right now for whatever reason (and I have already done so for a few folks), but if you want a guarantee on the size you want, put your order in soon.

RussianOrigamiAustraliaI mean, hell, you see that box on top of the pile to the right? Yeah, it is going to Australia. First Class shipping alone to Down Under costs almost as much as a shirt itself, and so far as I know, Aussies are not even permitted to own something that even remotely resembles a legitimate AK-pattern rifle (I think that skips its being an "inside joke" and heads straight for "cloistered joke"). So if you signed up to buy a shirt, why have you not yet?

And just for clarification, there is not likely to be another run of these. If the sales pick up, I might consider it, but otherwise, those who do buy a shirt could be part of a very select group… "limited edition" and all that.

Speaking of gun shows, if you are in the Knoxville area, come by Chilhowee Park off Magnolia Avenue in downtown this weekend (20-21OCT) between 0900 and 1600 on both days (assuming we stick around for Sunday) and you can meet not only your gracious host, but also Dennis from Dragon Leatherworks – we will be splitting a table, leather on one side, cotton on the other. If you do not see the sideburns, just wait for me to get back from trying to hunt down apparently elusive ammo cans and/or rifle crates.

russian origami

Alright, it is time to put your money where your mouth is. Or at least near where your mouth might be.

[Update]  See below for an easy-to-use poll, instead of having to leave a comment.  Sizing information would still be useful, though, so email/comment with that if you can.  [/Update] 

After checking around on the intertubes for a little while, and hearing back from only one of the five or six local screen printers I emailed last week (Riot Printing Company, to give credit where credit is due), I am fairly certain I can produce the below design on a t-shirt, probably in those colors, and sell it to you all for somewhere around $20 a pop:

Russian Origami T-Shirt

(Low-quality, aliased *.jpg is intentional; the printing will be based off a significantly higher-quality, vector-graphic image. No worries.)

The shirts will be olive drab green (or at least something similar), made in the USA, Anvil or American Apparel branded (simply because they are not many made-in-the-USA t-shirt companies), and probably straight-up cotton unless someone comes up with a compelling reason why not. The screen printing will either be done here in Knoxville or at least in the USA in general. Payment will be through PayPal with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis if you simply cannot tolerate that company (or if anyone wants to help test Pistol Pay.) Shipping will be whatever the flat-rate boxes cost to get however many units to you that you order; one shirt should fit in a $4.90 envelope, I could probably shove at least five in a $5.15 small box, and so forth. Sizing is… well… complicated.

See, I have never sold t-shirts myself, so I have no idea what the average sizing distribution of my customers would be. I can get them made in S all the way up to XXL, but I need to know how many of each to get, which is where you guys come in.

The other hitch in all of this is that I am having to buy my inventory myself first, and then offer it up to you all once I have it, which means there is that inevitable uncertainty of, "Am I actually going to be able to sell these once I buy them?" Which, again, is where you guys come in.

If you are interested in this shirt, please leave a comment or email me at "linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net" indicating number of sizes. Alternatively, please vote in the below poll:

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I need to move at least 20 of these things to get the initial buy off the ground, and if I can get 100 units promised, I might even be able to drop the price a buck or two (economies of scale very much apply in the t-shirt world). Ideally, I would love to have a count by the end of the week so I can order these in time to have extras to take to the Appleseed shoot, so, please, spread the word to your family, friends, and whomever else you might think might be interested (I would hit up the appropriate forums myself, but I believe doing so would require a "business" or "advertiser" account at most of them).

(For those not familiar with the inside joke, the original AK-47 firearms were produced out of stamped sheet metal of appropriate thickness. The metal was stamped out, and then folded along those two lines at the center of the image (hence "origami", with the various holes and openings for pins and magazines and triggers and whatnot coming in before or after the folding, depending on production methods. Nowadays you can get milled receivers that are cut out of a solid block of metal, but you can also buy AK flats and bend your own rifles. Why? Those flats are not legally firearms, and they can be shipped straight to your door without background checks, registration, or paperwork of any kind; of course, bending your own receiver is not exactly a trivial task…)

(Design inspired by ENDO‘s line of firearm-related clothing.)

as i was saying…

Remember what I said about Tomahawks and the inventory thereof?

Unlike American dollars, they do not just grow on trees:

Defence insiders say as many as 12 of the weapons have been fired from the hunter–killer submarine Triumph in the past four days.

If this is correct, the [British] Navy will have used up to 20 per cent of its 64 Tomahawks in the opening salvos of the war, leading to fears that it is “burning through” its armoury.

Oh, and where do the Brits get more fan-dandy-tastic reach-out-and-blow-gos-se-up missiles? Right, from us. So I will ask again, because my Google-fu is failing me, and I cannot seem to find definitive answers: has the Tomahawk production line been restarted?