“It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.”
by Lazarus Long




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

my get-home bag

Unless you have the pleasure of working from home (which, generally I do, so “win” on that), a get-home bag is probably a good addition to your back seat / trunk. 

But what, exactly, is a “get-home bag”?  Simply put, it is a collection of supplies that will help you get from where you are (probably your office or equivalent) back to your house, should that prove difficult for some reason. 

What constitutes […]


Given the relative price / non-existence of pistol-caliber ammunition these days (up to and including, shockingly enough, .22LR), the rational behind these awesome little toys is somewhat more… lacking, but, still, want:

Converts 12 gauge single or double barrel (break action) shotgun to use 9mm Luger Rifled for accuracey Typically shoot’s a 1 inch or less group at 30 ft. Length of adapter is same length of a typical 12 gauge shell […]

quote of the day – archer

We all know that "gun control" does not work at its professed purpose – reducing crime and making people "safer". History has taught us this time and time again, and continues to teach it to us to this very day, but the invariable question is, "Why does ‘gun control’ not work?"

Well, we could go into to the sociopolitical ramifications of disarming the law-abiding segment of your population, the reality that criminals prefer defenseless […]

a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could […]

the tsa does not care about your health

This is me, not being surprised:

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big […]

cz-52s and tt-33s, quick thoughts

If you have hung around firearm-related weblogs or communities very long, you have probably heard of the CZ-52 (more properly known as the Vz.52) and the TT-33 (or just TT, for Tula, Tokarev); both pistols are typically amongst the first firearms purchased by people who get their Curio and Relic license from the BATFE, which is hardly surprising, given their still-inexpensive-but-slowly-rising prices. Both pistols are functionally interchangeable, at least superficially – […]

a bit more information on the zip

A week after first posting about it, and about two weeks until its "official" website launch, the guys behind the ZiP pistol have heard your questions and provided some answers.

Among the useful bits of information to come out are:

– Yes, it can use a suppressor. Apparently the top strap of the firearm either hides or is a barrel wrench that can be used to remove […]

i get to play with an inforce wml

Thanks to either my nonexistent abilities at smooth talking or my apparent abilities at creating and maintaining a halfway decent firearm-related weblog, I will be having the opportunity to test and review an Inforce WML weapon-mounted light in the near future.

This particular flashlight caught my attention when I went to mount my TLR-2 on my Saiga, and realized that since my natural non-dominant hand gripping position was something like […]

always wear protection?

Reader Microglass hit me with these questions a few weeks ago, and I did not have a good answer, so it is y’all’s turn.

Do you use gloves when shooting guns? If so, what kind?

And, more specifically, do you use gloves when cleaning your guns? If so, what kind?

Apparently his wife… suggested… that they use latex gloves while shooting and cleaning their firearms simply from the angle of keeping their […]

quote of the day – matthew

I have already discussed how much of a losing proposition I consider the recent theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado to be; as others have said, it embodies pretty much the "perfect" (though I hate to use that word) Kobayashi Maru scenario for self-defense, only with no way to hack into the server the night before and cheat your way through to victory.

That does not mean I would not have tried to […]

case in point for park carry

And this is why folks like me lobbied our federal government to respect our individual rights to self-defense inside of arbitrarily-defined invisible borders:

Authorities say a woman was stabbed and sexually assaulted Friday afternoon on a trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The suspect fled the scene.

The incident was reported to park officials at 2:43 p.m. The 44-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times while she was on the Gatlinburg Trail. […]

well, i survived

I would like to thank Alan, Breda, JayG, and Weer’d for having me on the Squirrel Report last night – if you missed the actual show, you can download it here.  Aside from briefly perpetrating a few myths about the Kitty Genovese murder (which was bad, but not as bad as the sensationalist New York Times would have had you believe […]

just another data point

Back when the bullying thugs of the “National Gun Victims Action Council” were trying to organize their failed attempt at getting people to boycott Starbucks, one of the favorite rallying cries of the anti-rights cultists was, “Why would you ever need a gun in a coffee shop!?”

Well, I do not know about you, but I would consider a violent mob of 25 anarchists wielding metal […]

god must love the british

… Because the fact that some of them remember to breathe seems to be, frankly, a miracle*.

Dennis over at Dragon Leatherworks managed to get Better Half and I hooked on the new series Sherlock, which takes the eponymous main character and places him in modern times, complete with smart phones, once-Great Britain’s pervasive Big Brother surveillance society, modern laboratories (though Sherlock’s personal medical kit is cutely quaint), and all the […]

beats "practicing" on a controller

Thanks to the weather, I did not make it back out to the field this weekend (I finally got tired of tromping around in ridge-to-ridge mud), but it is becoming increasingly clear to me that the airsoft community is one that we are pro-rights advocates are overlooking to our own detriments, primarily through the perpetuation of pernicious stereotypes. While those generalities do have a basis in fact (like so many of them tend to), writing […]

competing guns

I am not above admitting I am wrong. Such admissions are exclusively born out of conclusive evidence proving my error, but if that data is there, it is there, and it would be intellectually dishonest of me to ignore it.

As such, I was mostly wrong – “American Guns” is a demonstrably “better” firearm-related show than “Sons of Guns“, but that does not necessarily make it good television, […]

why do they call it "soft"?

As I have been obliquely mentioning over the past few weeks, I have been slowly getting into the modern sport / recreation / activity that is commonly known as "airsoft". For the uninitiated, think "paintball without the paint", and for the really uninitiated, think "war games with pellet rifles". So after two all-afternoon matches / games / whatever-you-want-to-call them, what do I think? Well, I have already procured my own rifle (a used […]

guns are bad news for women, the entrepreneur

Guns are “bad news” for women… except, y’know, when that woman’s love of firearms and hunting takes an enterprising and creative sixteen-year-old girl and propels her to being the owner of a multi-million-dollar corporation:

I knew that anything that would clean out an obstructed bore had to be carried into the field. Therefore it must be light and portable. It might as well be a cleaning and clearing kit combined. […]

seen at home depot

I have no words.

Also, phone picture upload fail. *sigh*

open carry. concealed carry. it does not matter.

I know I have touched on this in the past, but it would seem as though now is a good time to refresh it in everyone’s minds.

I believe in freedom. Right up until your actions can be factually proven to detrimentally affect another person, against their will, in some specific and demonstrable fashion, you should be free to do whatever it is your little heart desires. This is not a matter […]