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U.S. Army Finally Chooses M9 Replacement

The M9 is the US military’s Beretta Model 92 service pistol.  The M9 replaced the M1911 when it entered service in 1990. I remember when they did this. There was some concerns over stopping power when using the 9mm ball ammo.  A few arguments in favor of the switch from 45ACP to 9mm was increased magazine capacity, the military was getting more smaller men and women in larger numbers and the 9mm has less recoil  and standardizing the caliber with NATO. Never mind the USAF issued me a 38 Special, but that’s another gripe.

On 2005 the US Special Operations Command conducted the M9 replacement plan called the Joint Combat Pistol program. Some requirements were 45 caliber, striker fired, high capacity. Several manufactures submitted designs including S&W, Sig, H&K, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Ruger, Beretta, and FN.

On January 19, 2017 the Army announced it was replacing the M9 with the XM17, a military version of the Sig Sauer P320. This is a modular handgun system. Grips can be changed for better ergonomics, barrel lengths and calibers can be changed. The core is a serialized frame.  It is a polymer striker fired pistol with a Picatinny rail.

The Army has chosen the 9mm over the 40 caliber. I suspect that they will move away from ball ammo towards newer 9mm that offers better ballistics and expansion.  This is a result of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) study co authored with the Air Force.  The Marines have expressed a desire to replace their sidearms by 2020. I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t choose this by then. The Navy SEALS have always liked the 9mm cartridge and until recently used the Sig Sauer P226. It wouldn’t be that much of a leap for the Navy to get on board. The SEALS are now using the Glock 19 now BTW. But during the MHS trials the Glock lost out because it wasn’t a modular system.

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Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Open Carry Injunction

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and state leaders are hailing the ruling as a victory for the right to bear arms.whats the lock

Today, the state Supreme Court overturned a decision by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd blocking the open carry/concealed weapon law from going into effect.The bill’s author, state Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, said he knew his bill was constitutional and was pleased the state Supreme Court agreed with him.

House Bill 2 only clarified what constitutes a concealed weapon. He said the legislation didn’t change any law. He said open carry has always been allowed in the 1890 state Constitution. A concealed carry permit is still needed to carry concealed.

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FAL FILES REVISITED

Last September I blogged about my experience with my FN/FAL battle rifle. While the trigger pull kit improved trigger pull over 100 percent I still wanted an AR style rifle. I narrowed my choice to a lower priced Armalite AR, a DPMS CAR and a DPMS heavy barrel. The Armalite turned out to be an Olympic Arms that Armalite uses to manufacture it’s lower end models. The DPMS collapsible stock seemed a little too rear heavy. This is probably because of the increased weight of the 308 size and a 16 inch barrel. The DPMS LR-308B uses an 18 inch heavy barrel, flat top receiver, picatinny rail and the best part is the DPMS pattern uses cheaper parts such as magazines. One manufacturer is Magpul. So I got this. LR-308B

 

About this time I purchased a Remington 700P-LTR. 700pltr It uses a 20 inch fluted bull barrel, floated in aluminum bedding the entire length of the Hogue stock.

I ended up selling my FAL to a friend from work. So that dilemma solved. Despite being retired Navy, he will give it a good home. And as we are in troubling times when it comes to our second amendment freedoms I like to think that firearms are imbued with more character than washing machines, televisions or chainsaws. While stopping short of referring to them by given names, they carry a recollection fondness. Invoking memories of fun times, past experiences, sporting accomplishments and shared experiences with friends and colleagues. I’m sure he will give it the attention, use and care that past owners have given it for over 30 years of it’s colorful and interesting history.

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Oh and write your congress representatives. Let them know !!! Don’t forget to sign your name with your voter ID.That way they’ll know you are someone they have to be held accountable to. And support the NRA. Whether you agree with or not, they are the largest lobbying group out there. I feel that while the other groups out there may be doing fine work, the NRA has strength of numbers behind them. I’m not saying don’t support the other organizations, just support them also while supporting the NRA. Me personally I send money to the NRA-ILA also. I’m a life member of the NRA so Inever have to send dues to them. That doesn’t mean that my support stops there. The NRA-ILA is the political lobby arm of the NRA

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/ for AR-10s.(308) Figured I’d put a trigger reduction kit from Falcon Arms in my FN-FAL to make it more marketable. The old trigger had a horrendous pull, at least 10-11 lbs.   Rhodesia After I put the kit in to my surprise it now has a 5 lb pull , no creep, smooth let off.         Here is the target I shot after the trigger job.

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I was thinking about getting a full stock. Mitch has this.       Now I’m torn, I’ve all but talked myself into an AR-10. At this point I’m thinking about keeping the FAL for a long gun and getting a CAR flattop A3 style.

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

A few years old. But The Daily Caller ran an article today. Read this and think. What ever your view on gun control is, it may shift a tad after reading this. Even if you don’t believe in the second amendment right, a thug punk criminal, aka illegal gun possessor, don’t give a shiite. It all boils down to will you keep yourself, your family and your close lifelong friends on the face this earth? Or will you cower as the wolf kills you and all those you love? And I did put my money where my mouth is. I did buy Col. Grossman’s book.

By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing.”

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: “Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.”

This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation.

They are sheep. I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators. ”

Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. ”

Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathe.

Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.” Until the wolf shows up.

Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them.

This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door.Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero? Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle.

The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference. There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population.

There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself. Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, “Let’s roll,” which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers – athletes, business people and parents. — from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. – Edmund Burke Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep.

Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice.

But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision. If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

For example, many officers carry their weapons in church.? They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones.

I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, “I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy’s body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, “Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”

Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for “heads to roll” if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids’ school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them. Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, “Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?”

It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up. Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn’t bring your gun, you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.

Gavin de Becker puts it like this in Fear Less, his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: “…denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.” Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level. And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself… “Baa.”

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth. The Caller

No Habla Espanol

On Sunday the Obama White House administration rushed to call Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai condolences for the alleged shooting of civilians by a U.S. service member. Obama stated to him that no effort would be spared to gather facts and hold those responsible fully accountable under the law. The incident in question accuses one lone US service member of walking into Afghanistan homes and shooting down a conflicted number of civilians, including nine children and three women. I say conflicting because when reporters showed up, they were shown burned bodies under blankets. Why were the bodies of a shooting burnt? The accused was a regular soldier in support of a special ops unit. If he did this , I hope he gets everything he has coming to him. But let me stress one thing, He acted alone.

Someone who did not act alone was Eric Holder. President Barack Obama has never apologized to Mexican President Felipe Calderon for the 300 civilians murdered with weapons the United States provided to Mexico’s drug cartels. 300 civilians and one American border Patrol agent Brian Terry. When asked the White House on Sunday March 11why Obama hasn’t similarly apologized to Calderon for the murders that resulted from the U.S. policy of providing weapons to the Mexican cartels. Obama spokesman Eric Schultz did not answer.

Mr. Obama, if you want to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible in Afghanistan, don’t you support the same goal in regards to Operation Fast and Furious?

 

Peter Principle

Up to Date

By now I’m sure you are aware of the operation Fast and Furious debacle. In case you haven’t surfaced from Dancing With the Stars, Survivor or Two and a Half Men long enough to catch some headlines, let me offer a quick refresher. Between the fall of 2009 into late 2010 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms launched an operation to permit otherwise-suspected straw buyers to purchase weapons in the United States then transport them to Mexico , to build cases against Mexican drug cartels. The operation ended in December 2010 with the death of a US border agent, Brian Terry. Two of the guns known to have been purchased in the operation was found at his murder scene. Out of 2000 guns released by the ATF only 600 of them have been recovered. Leaving 1400 unaccounted for. Probably into drug cartel hands.

Announcement

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that William G. McMahon, William D. Newell and David Voth, three key supervisors in the Phoenix-run investigation that went awry, were promoted to management positions at the ATF’s Washington headquarters. The agency’s acting director, Kenneth E. Melson, told the Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff that the jobs were not considered promotions because no one got a raise. AFT said in its statement: “Media reports inaccurately characterized personnel changes “as promotions.”

Shut Up and Color

At first I was outraged when I read this. But then after a couple of drinks and a couple of days I looked at it in a different light. In the military there is the inside joke that when a high ranking commander gets fired, especially failing a major Inspector General inspection, that he gets a headquarters assignment. Now this isn’t a fast track assignment. It’s an assignment to quietly finish a career. Too close to retirement to get separated. They are given a desk and a position with no authority. They get a box of crayons, a coloring book, maybe a phone and are told to shut up, color and don’t make waves. I

have seen this happen to senior enlisted. We called them ROAD sergeants. (Retired On Active Duty) This may be the case on these ATF agents.

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I don’t know. But that’s how bureaucracies work. Let them retire because to fire them would create unwanted attention. If this is the case, it would have worked if not for those pesky kids at the LA Times.http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/fast-furious-Newell-Voth/2011/08/25/id/408717 http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/17/nation/la-na-atf-guns-20110818

Backdoor Gun Control

knotted gunLast month the United Nations held a third meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Arms Trade Treaty. The committee discusses the content of the treaty in advance of a meeting of the conference in 2012 to finalize the treaty and open it for ratification. In January 2010 the U.S. joined 152other countries in endorsing a U.N. Arms Treaty Resolution that will establish a 2012 conference to draft a blueprint for enactment. None other than our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to push for Senate ratification. Hillary Clinton is not generally known as a gun rights enthusiast. She has been a long-time activist for federal firearms licensing and registration, and a vigorous opponent of state Right-to-Carry laws. As a New York senator she ranked among the National Rifle Association’s worst rating-F. President Obama’s record is no better. First he hails from Illinois, the only state that denies its citizens from lawfully carrying a concealed weapon. His appointment of anti-gun rights former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as an alternate U.S. representative to the U.N. In a move unprecedented in American history, the Obama administration quietly banned the re-importation and sale of 850,000 collectable antique U.S.-manufactured M1 Garand and Carbine rifles. Then you have Vice President Joe Biden. He voted for permanent waiting periods, to limit magazine capacity, to effectively eliminate gun shows and to ban most rifle ammunition. He was a leading advocate for the original semi-auto ban and for reauthorizing it a decade later. As the one-time chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden was in a key position to attack the Second Amendment, and he rarely missed the opportunity to do so. They know taking on citizens second amendment rights head on is political suicide, like the 1994 house elections after failed gun control legislation. So they approach it under the radar, hoping you won’t notice. Bringing us back to the UN arms treaty. It probably won’t surprise anyone but United Nations doesn’t approve of your Second Amendment rights. Under the masquerade of a proposed global Small Arms Treaty our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms are being targeted. You can see this by the sculpture of a gun with its barrel knotted up outside the UN headquarters in New York. Now to you and me, an arms treaty is like when Gorbachev and Reagan met in Reykjavík to reduce nuclear missiles. But the UN sees things differently. The Arms Treaty will almost certainly force the U.S. to:

  • Enact tougher licensing and registration requirements. Clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation
  • Confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms. Meaning yours,not the governments.
  • Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons. Youknow, not revolvers or single shots.
  • In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process bypassingour constitution and elected law making bodies.

At last count, 58 senators, including 13 Democrats, have signed letters to the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying they will oppose the Arms Trade Treaty . The treaty must win a two-thirds majority to win passage, meaning that approval appears doomed if the treaty language isn’t changed. Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran is leading the largest group of opposition. In a letter signed by 44 Senators to President Obama he writes, “An Arms Trade Treaty that does not protect ownership of civilian firearms will fail in the Senate. Our firearm freedoms are not negotiable.”

You can also take a stand by contacting your elected officials and letting them know that an assault to your constitutional freedoms will not be tolerated. Hint: I’ve found that including your voter ID number in the signature ensures a response.

Contact your Senators and Representatives: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ Chuck Norris gunfight: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61942.html Rand Paul Survey: http://www.nagr.org/UN_lp_survey2.aspx?pid=UNWS

Wayne Lapierre addresses the United Nations: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=7001