“And yet -- no weapons, no matter how powerful, can help the West until it overcomes its loss of willpower. In a state of psychological weakness, weapons become a burden for the capitulating side. To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being. Nothing is left, then, but concessions, attempts to gain time and betrayal.”
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

primary arms 4-16×44 – a review

So as I previously mentioned Oleg paid me for services rendered / to be rendered by calling in a favor with Primary Arms and convincing them to let me use one of their 4-16×44 Illuminated Mil-Dot Scopes for Boomershoot.  I am just going to go ahead and say this up front, in case you do not want to read through the rest of the review: 

For the price, I do […]

customer service: compare and contrast

At the risk of turning this into an all-Oleg-all-the-time weblog, another reason Oleg Volk is a rather awesome individual is that upon hearing that I was trying to assemble equipment for Boomershoot as affordably as possible, he offered to pay me for modeling services rendered in the past, rendered at Boomershoot, and probably to be rendered in the future by calling in a favor at Primary Arms.  This favor basically […]

mauser in kydex

I know, I know, I promised you pictures after the NRA Annual Meetings, but, honestly, I was expecting more people to take more pictures there.  As it was, they largely seemed pretty dumbfounded and completely… confused?… by what they were seeing.  In fairness, the folks at Daniel Defense and Bansner’s Ultimate Rifles could not get enough of it, and a Chinese gentleman was absolutely enthralled by it (apparently C96 […]

oleg volk is the man

As if you did not already know that.  But why am I saying this right now?  Because he can make even schlubs like me look like they know what they are doing: 

The funny thing about that picture is that I was not really intentionally posing for it; I was just showing Oleg a potential pose one of his models could use, and specifically how to alleviate the rather front-heavy nature […]

boomershoot 2014 execution, the thanks

First off, a huge thank you to Joe Huffman for continuing to organize Boomershoot year after year.  This is not exactly a small undertaking, and he does a great job of it. 

Thank you Barb, Janelle, and Kim for handling the paperwork side of things, checking everyone in, and functioning as Range Safety Officers. 

For that matter, thanks to all the Range Safety Officers, and I apologize for not […]

‘walls of the city’ patches

Remember that awesome new logo Oleg Volk dreamed up and I somehow managed to cobble together? 

Remember how I promised I would make up patches of that logo

Remember how the shipment was on its way

And remember how fundraisers, moves, job hunts, and busted-ass vehicles got in the way of me actually selling the bloody things? 

Well, ok, you might have missed that last […]

freedom is about more than just firearms

This probably comes as no surprise to some of my readers, but I grew up in a very conservative family, and for many years, I had a… shall we say "less than salutary" view of homosexuals, transgenders, queers, and all of the rest of the terminologies and categories people can fall into other than "straight and square". I would not say I was homophobic, per se, simply because they did not frighten me, but rather […]

little honey badger

Yes, dear readers, that is, in fact, a Chiappa Little Badger sporting a Gemtech Alpine suppressor and a Fraser-Volpe MARS sight. 


Because race gun. 

Or, to put it another way: 

I did not get the chance to shoot the Little Badger, but I kind of want one now… if it were made by any other company, I would […]

uhm, wow

When Oleg Volk says I "improved" on what amounts to be the official history of Webley revolvers with my perhaps-too-detailed deconstruction of my new acquisition, it might be time to hang up my keyboard an call it a day.

That, or I need to find someone who will pay me better than I do for writing this stuff…

hava fundraiser and monderno

So by now, everyone should be aware that I am getting patches stitched up with the new “walls of the city” logo (as conceptualized by Oleg Volk) on them, but they are going to be the traditional fabric patches that have been around since… forever. 

Not being folks satisfied with the status quo, however, the boys at Monderno went the high-speed-low-drag route, but in an awesome […]

inforce wml and streamlight tlr-2, a comparison

(Note:  I am well aware that the TLR-2 has an underslung laser and the WML does not.  I will do my best to notate where the existence of that laser affects the comparison, and the laser itself was not used in any of the performance/run-down tests.  Unfortunately, I did not have a TLR-1, so I had to make do with what I had.) 

As a recent negligent discharge adequately illustrates, […]

the truth about the truth about guns and robert farago

Unless you are prepared for a veritable skyscraper of text (over 9,000 words) and a serious airing of grievances, you should probably go ahead and plan on skipping this post.

That disclaimer dispensed with, here is how it is. Over the past few years, Robert Farago – the editor of The Truth About Guns – has functionally leeched off of, exploited, stabbed in the back, maligned, abused, lied about, misrepresented, stolen from, and infringed upon […]

manchester appleseed get-together

Where:  Oak Restaurant, 947 Interstate Drive, Manchester, TN

When:  06OCT12, 1900 (7:00PM for you civilian-types). 

Who:  You!  Any reader, commenter, blogger, or whatnot else in the area, but at the least, me, Better Half, Oddball, Lynn H., Oleg Volk, and Wizard PC. 

So apparently the Timberloft in Manchester closed, Celtic Cup does not have “real” food (just sandwiches), and the TaterBox is not open past 2000, so aside from chain […]

manchester appleseed get-together, follow-up

So I touched on this before, but with us getting to almost a week before the actual Appleseed shoot, it is probably time to start getting reservations and such on the move.

Thus far, as confirmed attendees to some sort of get-together, I have:

Better Half Me Oddball Lynn H Oleg Volk

With Wizard PC being a tentative addition. Anyone else going to […]

bit the apple

Better Half and I are now registered for the 06OCT-07OCT Appleseed shoot in Manchester, if anyone else wants to join us. I understand Oddball will be registering for the same event, and I am trying to get Oleg onboard as well.

And yes, I went ahead and snagged a Rifleman Opportunity Card while they were still available; I have some serious reservations about being able to […]

freedom tastes good

I do not oppose homosexual marriage; in fact, I firmly believe that mature, adult human beings should be able to freely enter into whatever contractual arrangements they so desire, so long as they are doing so of their own free will.  Furthermore, I believe that the federal, state, and local governments should get their happy little noses out of the “marriage” business entirely; that is a matter between the the persons getting married, their god(s) […]

this weekend’s products

You may recognize the person "voting from the rooftops" here, but I rather prefer the shooter featured here, here, here, and here.

The photography was, of course, done by the inimitable Oleg Volk and the props, including the Hummer, were provided by Wolf Arms (except the Vera SBS Saiga, which was, of course, provided by Coal […]

good for my ego

I can now officially say that a picture I took with my very own two hands has been featured on Oleg Volk’s site

Granted, I was using his hardware, but that is almost a challenge in and of itself – the number of buttons on a camera is directly proportional to the price of said device, and, as you can imagine, he does not exactly use cheap (in either sense […]