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nraam is go

Well, it looks like I will, in fact, be attending the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings up in Indianapolis this year. 

The current schedule has me there all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so I should be able to get the full experience.  If you want to meet up with me and hang out, drop me an email at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”, or leave a comment here, and we can exchange cell [...]

on the military and firearms

Let me tell you a story, though an admittedly dry, boring one. 

Regular readers will know that I am a United States Navy veteran*, and, specifically, a Surface Warfare Officer; in short, this means I directed other people to drive ships around oceans.  However, while ships are in port, they have something called a “quarterdeck”; I have no idea what happens to the quarterdeck when the ship is underway, but think of it like [...]

hava fundraiser and dark angel medical

One of the things that has seen a lot of use over in "The Sandbox" – Iraq and Afghanistan – and was imported back into the States by our service members is the concept of a "blow out kit", "individual trauma kit", or "improved first aid kit". In short, these kits – which are generally no larger than two AR-15 magazines side-by-side – are specifically designed and built to immediately address profusely bleeding wounds in [...]

james yeager is a coward

… and a disgrace to the great state of Tennessee, unfortunately.

No, the title of this post does not stem from James Yeager’s questionable behavior during his time in Iraq – I was not there, and I cannot comment on it – but rather his recent behavior here, in these United States.

To begin with, James Yeager is voluntarily on-record as saying he will "break your f—–g back" if you call him a [...]

there went that myth

A lot of anti-rights cultists would have you believe that each and every police officer patrolling the streets of our nation are all crack shots, and the shooting course necessary to join their exclusive ranks is so complex and difficult that we Mere Mortals could never stand a chance of passing, much less comparing.

As is frequently the case when dealing with people who support “gun control”, those people looking for any and all [...]

but it works!

Over the years, I have received training in a variety of martial arts, and along the way, I have managed to pick up a few useful features from each one. Occasionally, though, some of those things come back to bite me in the ass.

This time around, the bug/feature in question stems from fencing. When engaged in that stylistic form of swordplay, you and your opponent both are wearing head-encompassing masks generally made out [...]

on the path again

It has been a while since I wrote anything in this particular category… In fact, the last time I said anything I had just left my old kung fu school and was looking for somewhere that could at least clean their floors periodically.

Coincidentally, the gym that kung fu school was based out of (the same person owned both) closed about a month after I left; I am not sure if I was one [...]

taurus pt740 slim – a mini-review

Back when I took Hapkido on a regular basis, we were taught very carefully to not only keep our fingers spread as much as possible (unlike Taekwondo, and despite being generally taught in the same schools, Hapkido is a very much open-handed style), but also to grip with only our middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, leaving our index finger available to "point" in the direction we wanted the grip to go.

On the one [...]

gunsmoke lied. twice.

Dear producers and writers of “American Guns”, and staff and owners of “Gunsmoke”, 

I understand the need to exaggerate and embellish a little to make “good” television shows – after all, reality can be somewhat boring from time to time, and you want to ensure the people watching your show today continue watching it tomorrow and the next day.  So you tweak a few little details: you have targets explode when they are hit [...]

when you lose the media…

It is a long-accepted fact that the media – especially "print" media, whether it is actually on newsprint or in bytes – is generally a water-carrier for the anti-rights cultist organizations of America and abroad. The documentation is lengthy and comprehensive, and the only people really arguing the point are those organizations themselves and those who are already known supporters and sycophants of the same.

Moving right along, Politifact is an outgrowth of the [...]

you do not have to be a big daddy

… to help out a little sister. Sorry, that pun was just sitting there, and no one else seemed to want to use it…

Anywise, Erin is… well… interesting, and proudly so. She is an unapologetic goth, a freelance writer, a lover of My Little Pony (which I had no idea still existed until I started reading her), a diehard paper-and-pencil RPG player… oh, and she shoots Mosin-Nagants in her spare time and bitchslaps [...]

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 [...]

you cannot see me

… But if you could, you would see me getting more exercise in four hours than most "gun control" extremists get in a whole month.

Yup, that is me rocking the traditional Woodland camouflage BDUs complete with Boonie hat, sporting that A&K Masada I was dorking around with last week (unfortunately, said "upgrades" did not work quite as planned, and will require additional work this weekend). Blue Team had just retaken the Town [...]

a great way to dip your toes

It is always interesting when newbie recreational shooters recount their experiences with firearms, especially when they just happen to be female since, according to the "gun control" extremists, female shooters either do not exist or are only forced to participate by their husbands/significant others, but it is even more interesting still when those newbie shooters go out of their ways to help other newbie shooters:

The prize:

I will pay $300 towards any reputable [...]

first-hand home-invasion

Defensive gun uses never happen, right?

Most defensive gun uses are just made-up stories, right?

Defensive gun uses only "count" if the criminal is shot/wounded/killed, right?

Home invasions never happen, right?

Just confronting a criminal is enough to stop him, even if you are unarmed, right?

You would never need to carry a firearm at home, right?

Only highly-trained people can effectively use a firearm, right?

If you [...]

we are winning – carry edition

I cannot say as though I know a single thing about Tactical Advantage Corp based out of Corryton, TN (except that I absolutely hate webpages that have repeating noises running in the background), but they work with Coal Creek Armory and Parafrog, so they cannot be all bad.

More to the point, by way of DealChicken (a Groupon / Living Social analog), T.A.C. Academy is offering a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit course for all [...]

cutting to the chase

Matthew over at Straight Forward in a Crooked World does not write often – and more the shame – but when he does, you really should read it:

To what extent are you willing…and capable of saving your life? If no gun were available could you …would you…are readily capable of doing so with a knife.

Would you slit an attacker’s throat?

Could you use a knife to filet three inches of forearm [...]

quote of the day – fillyerhands

Last week, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff Chuck White made the news by saying,

Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it."

He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it."

… and continued by repeatedly exhorting people to get concealed carry permits and lawfully carry firearms for their own personal self-defense.

In a perfect world, any one of those exhortations would serve [...]

shoot stuff. save money.

It seems to be something of a red-letter day for firearm-related deals here in the Patron State of Shooting Stuff.

In order of expiration we have…

Coal Creek Armory here in Knoxville is offering both a year’s range pass for $100 and a handgun carry permit class for $45, both of which are 50% off. Move fast, though – the discounts are up at midnight.

Tactical Response over in Camden is selling [...]

don’t be a robert farago

My opinions regarding Robert Farago are not exactly state secrets – the man is an attention-whoring, victim-blaming, content-thieving, fuddish jackass who has latched onto the Second Amendment as his new "golden goose" after he drove The Truth About Cars into the ground and played the part of a rat leaving a sinking ship – but I was more than happy to let him wallow in his own self-delusions after the whole, "ZOMG, ebil CONSPIRACY!" fiasco… [...]