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The Politics of the Tragic Charleston Church Shooting

It pains me to feel even the need to write this entry. I must apologize to the families grieving in Charleston right now; not for anything I’ve done or am about to say, but for the fact that we are living in a time where now what follows, an entry about politics after the very tragedy they haven’t buried their loved ones from yet, is being written. Funeral arrangements aren’t even finalized for some of these victims, but due to comments from the President, Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, and others in the gun grabbing camp, this tragedy will not go to waste in the interest of curbing our Second Amendment Rights.

The politics post Charleston church shooting had been predictable all along, from the first MSNBC rant about guns to the very comments from Obama claiming “more advanced countries don’t have this problem,” doubled down by Hillary calling for Gun Control at her most recent campaign event. The commentators are making the same baseless claims that Americans want more gun control. Their branding the issue with blatant propaganda and feeding said blatant propaganda through the air waves, day after day, have caused a small group of pro gun grabbing policies activists to believe that, you guessed it, more Americans want gun control.

Lets take the gun control debate out of the equation and define just what exactly gun control is and what it aims to do.

Political power grows from the barrel of a gun. It’s a statement once used by I think Mao, but it’s true. The founding fathers here wrote the Bill of Rights in such a way that after expressly announcing there would be freedom of speech and religion, there would also be the decree that the right to bear arms is necessary to the safety and security of a free society, and that right shall not be infringed. There they are, Amendments 1 and 2, and they are ordered that way for a reason.

That reason is simple. He who wields the pen against his government when writing to congress about a controversial issue cannot be imprisoned for his controversial letter, or stance. The possible penalty for imprisoning him, remembering that imprisoning him for the contents of political speech sent to congress would effectively be tyranny as we are not talking about reacting to a bomb threat here, but reacting to routine free speech. Also He bears arms. He is a member of arms bearing society. If his right to speech is silenced, the right for everyone left to pursue his silencers is in stone.

Thats exactly why we have the second amendment. So what is gun control?

Gun control is, by using the same example above of a citizen writing a letter to congress on a controversial political subject being immune to persecution for his viewpoints backed by his right to bear arms to prevent the loss of his right to free speech, the idea that the government can in fact punish him for his viewpoints because his weapons have been stripped from him, his speech is now subject to what is acceptable to society as he knows it according to socialites and politicians he may not know.

In simplest terms, gun control is the beginning of the left’s move to assert total control. While the agenda of US Gun Grabbers may not rise to the same agendas used by Hitler, Stalin, The Japanese, or even certain Americans at Wounded Knee. If you don’t know, Wounded Knee was a result of American gun control in the earliest days. The women and children had given up their guns and, in the one room school of the Indian reservation, were shot by US soldiers.

Total control to the left may not mean herding women and children into the church at Wounded Knee, but whatever it does mean, we are unfortunately left to find out after the gun control processes Post Charleston’s gun free zoned Church mass shooting begin.

So on the way to total control they will propose new controls. Those will include forcing background checks on family members doing gifted guns. They’ll include forcing a gun registration system that, when total control can be implemented, proves to be the database used to attempt disarmament. I think I need not elaborate as to why I wrote “attempt” disarmament.

Again, to the families of the victims of Charleston’s shooting, I pray for you and apologize for finding the need so shortly after your tragedy to write this. The media unfortunately picked the time frame, and so did the presidential candidates.

In the wake of Charleston, or any other tragedy, the left should learn that first, the bodies of the dead should be allowed burial. Second, our gun rights are not simple privileges you can license and regulate like driving. Third, stop standing on and using the graves of these dead children, grandparents, and parents to heighten your unpopular agenda of disarmament.

We will not comply. We will not give up our rifles or pistols willingly. We will stand for nothing more and nothing less than simple enforcement of current laws. There is already a national background checks system. There are already rules on substance dependency and guns. Stop trying to break it to fix it, it’s simply not broken. Guns aren’t the problem, they are our protection from the very types who would be so bold as to try and take them.

SAI’s M1A Standard: A Rifleman’s Dream; His Wallet’s Hiccup

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Admittedly, I am a Milsurp fanatic. If it’s seen battle or has historical significance and is C&R Eligible, odds are I want it.  The Springfield M1A is neither C&R  nor battle weathered since they’re no longer using USGI parts, but for all intents and purposes it is the civilian application of the legendary US Rifle 7.62 MM, the M-14.

Since I love history, a little must be written in this review. The Army first decided it could use a magazine fed, fully automatic M1 Garand around the same time they started converting carbines to select fire towards the end of the Second World War. John Garand first had an M14 prototype, or at least something that resembles the rifle we know, by the end of 1944.

The end of the war however shelved the need for the rifle, so it remained on the back burner into the end of the decade. To spare the telling of an even longer story, the M14 finally entered service in the late 50’s and into the 60’s as the nations main battle rifle after winning out against a license produced FAL variant in field trials. The M-14’s rightful glory as the primary rifle would unfortunately go short lived as the M16 would unfortunately take precedence in the middle of the worst possible war for the jam-o-matic’s introduction–Viet Nam. One can only wonder how many American lives could’ve been saved had the M-16 not been so quickly introduced.

Meanwhile, back in 2015: The M1A carries on the tradition of its military predecessor, just without the happy switch. Each trigger pull is clean and quick to break, just in the Garand fashion.  My Standard model was procured at Lock N Load Guns here in Las Vegas after months of staring at them in anticipation and envy, and it should go without saying that the wait was worth it.

Accuracy was spot on out of the box, with further field testing to occur over the next few months worth of days off, .308 budget permitting. The windage and elevation adjustments don’t require an understanding of nuclear physics, and it’s safe to say even the most casual of shooters could quickly learn to make 300-400 yard shots with the now standard issue National Match grade sights.

The only planned modification I have for this rifle is swapping out the flash suppressor with one featuring a bayonet lug, to bring the rifle closer to its rightful battle rifle configuration. I’ll also eventually add the M6 bayonet to my collection to complete the package.

Everything about this hobby is expensive. The M1A Standard model can be had for under $1500, gradually increasing in price from there. The Standard is exactly what it sounds like out of the series, but don’t be fooled. Its price may be “entry level,” its workmanship is flawless like a Swiss watch. Standard merely means its closest to the military model in specification and appearance. A $50 flash suppressor switch turns it from M1A into a semi automatic M14 in appearance.

Magazines range from $12.99 on extremely luck of the draw basis to as much as $50. Ammunition, and some guns have been known to be picky, can range from $.37 a round to over a dollar. Needless to say the M1A isn’t priced for everyone, and other M14 type offerings from James River Armory, LRB, and more start at well over double the price of a SAI Standard. However, for those who find room for this rifle in their budget, it most assuredly will not disappoint.

Bump Fire Stocks, Glock 23’s, and Trucks

I’ve had much to do lately. Now a full time twenty-one dealer, and working night shift at that, my range time has been extremely limited. That is, it was extremely limited, until last Wednesday when on a last minute requested extra day off (thanks again boss!) I was able to finally sign the dotted line on a new-to-me truck.

Now with my 2012 Xterra, still under original factory warranty at under 27,000 miles, I am able to finally write up a range report as transportation is no longer limited to merely borrowing a family car to and from work. Today, my Saturday, I thoroughly enjoyed my two most recent purchases: a police trade in Generation 3 Glock 23, and a bump fire stock from  Bump Fire Systems (http://www.bumpfiresystems.com) that now resides on my Moore’s Machine Co. (Now Bear Creek Armory) M4.

Thanks to AIM Surplus having police trade in models for sale, I purchased my first Glock over the holidays as a gift to myself for $300. Previously I was relying on a TT-33, P64, and occasionally even a P38 for open carry purposes in Nevada. Compared to those platforms, the G23 is a Cadillac, and I am an infidel.

Gen 3 G23, new rear slide cover.
Gen 3 G23, new rear slide cover.

When I picked the gun up from Davidsons Firearms, who I strongly recommend transferring through when in Southern Las Vegas or Henderson, I went ahead and ordered the above pictured slide cover, a steel guide rod, extra factory original magazines and some Korean high capacity mags.

My Glock 23, a 50 round Korean Drum, and 30 round stick mags.
My Glock 23, a 50 round Korean Drum, and 30 round stick mags.

Shooting Federal and Prvi Partizan brass, I learned quickly that the stick mags and drum are very fun but in a matter of practicality with good shooting the traditional 13 round factory mags will most likely be more than enough to dispatch any two legged animals that may come across my periphery with the intent to do harm. That said, I love the hi caps for training and even the slight chance there’s a room full of trouble somewhere for me to walk in. Compared to 9mm Luger and Makarov, or even 7.62x25mm Tokarev that I am used too, .40 S&W has plenty of stopping power and a hell of a recoil. The police department that traded these in clearly made a mistake, unless of course they were merely upgrading to Gen 4.

My target was whatever was in front of me in my mountain shooting area west of town. Today that happened to be a big bird doll already shot up, a car door also torn up but still perfectly propped against a cactus, and other various pieces of discard and refuse people were using on their own outings. All in all, the recoil was manageable but proved to be drastically uncomfortable half way through the drum. Accuracy was rated on if I hit it, since I was shooting as far as 50 yards away but I certainly didn’t feel cheated by not using a traditional target. The sights are easy to line up, the weapon is easy to hold, and I simply love it. However, a pistol is only for surviving long enough to reach your rifle, which brings me to the best for last.

MMC AR-15 from Classic Firearms and Bump Fire Systems Stock
MMC AR-15 from Classic Firearms and Bump Fire Systems Stock

The AR itself is nothing special. Purchased as a $499 special before MMC changed its name to Bear Creek Armory, it’s a run of the mill flat top. However, after a break in period last year after purchase, it shoots as good as a rifle twice the price. At first it would FTF/E once per magazine, now it’s a rarity and is usually only while shooting cheap Russian steel cased WPA. This rifle screams “bump me.” So, I did.

Bump Fire Systems’ stock was a perfect fit, at $100 compared to $250+ for SSAR, or $4-500 for Bumpski’s product line, this baby holds its own and does exactly as designed. With the same targets before me as those used by the Glock, I learned how to control my fire from 2-3 shot bursts to entire drum and magazine dumps. This is considerably the closest I will come to select fire in awhile, unless we can get a new President and an overturn of the October 1986 ban.

BSSAR15

The stock is made of plastic, but slides easily and comes with the ability to “select bump fire” by locking it into a position or allowing it to slide freely. The company backs the product up with a limited warranty, returns accepted, and also produces a model for the millions of AK variants floating around the states. Due to SSAR and Bumpski suing each other over product infringement, BSS is able to carve its own market niche by not getting involved in the legal overhead. While that’s the case is the time to pick them up.

You, like me, will find that it’s very addicting to control bursts by speeding up your time to pull the trigger. Like me, another shooter may wind up confusing your rifle for a fully automatic variation and call the police in to check your paperwork. After 500 rounds of shooting in rapid succession, just as an already dead tree was falling down from being sawed down in a hail of bullets, a state trooper showed up asking about reports of automatic gun fire. After showing him what it was and explaining that it works by using the recoil of shooting the weapon to “slide” your finger back on the trigger for every shot which makes it legal under the one round per pull rule, I was good to go home.

But I should have gone for more ammunition. At publishing time I am itching to go back out. Fortunately for me, tomorrow is my Sunday. Like the kids say these days on my table before a stupid double down decision or splitting tens, you only YOLO once. Or something like that anyway.

WTB – Luvo Arms LA-11 in the USA

Luvo’s advertisement image from their site.

In case you didn’t know, a company in Prague (Luvo Arms) makes AR-15 variants in calibers like 6.5 Swedish and 7.5 Swiss. While this posting is essentially useless to my blog, I am seeking an LA-11 here in the USA. The 11 is Luvo’s AR chambered for the Swiss GP11 rounds my beloved K31’s eat, so naturally I either want an entire rifle or just an upper. If you’ve come across this via a search, I apologize, unless you’re a Luvo distributor, in which case, please contact me via the form on the site or comment below.

The Swiss K-31 Reviewed: Part 2

Monday afternoon I was finally able to take my K31 into the mountains surrounding Las Vegas for some target practice so that I could complete this review. First and foremost, the rifle is accurate. To sum it all up in two more brief points, it kicked as hard as a Mosin carbine and it handles with as much precision as was put into building it.

I had a paper target on a $8.00 Allen brand stand from Wal Mart. The plan was to demonstrate the rifles accuracy at a hundred yards and take a picture. Unfortunately the first shot from the cold barrel went a little lower with the wind than anticipated and literally blew the stand to pieces.

So, after switching to a reactive bowling pin target I proceeded to have fun. The action was smooth, and despite being straight pull the spent cases ejected with simplicity. For the ambidextrous or left handed shooter, the rifle is too right handed oriented to be effectively cycled any other way.

Strangely, if you catch the case after ejecting it, it’s cold. Most spent cases are warm after firing. I’m guessing copper and nickel alloys are good about heat dispersal.

Overall on a scale of 1-10 the K31 is an easy 8 or 9. More accurate than most, with drawbacks being scarcity in ammunition and a stout recoil, the rifle is worthy of being a prized hunting gun or a match ready competition rifle. Whatever the use, it belongs in your collection.

The Swiss K31 Carbine Reviewed: Part 1

Despite remaining neutral through out most of modern history, Switzerland has maintained a very capable home guard  by establishing firearms ownership in every home. During World War Two, Swiss General Henri Guisan instructed that if invaded the Swiss would fight through the last cartridge and into hand to hand bayonet combat. At that time the K31 was the nations most modern and capable bolt action rifle. Developed after the long line of Schmidt-Rubin straight pull rifles, the 31 is an improvement of the K11 but is not a true Schmidt Rubin design as both men were dead. The Swiss produced these rifles from 1932-1958, and they produced them well.

Unboxed K31

I ordered my K31 from AIM Surplus at the end of June. It arrived before the July 4th holiday and I immediately got to work documenting the transaction and set my sights to un boxing the rifle and bayonet

K31 bayonet

I was very impressed at the craftsmanship of the rifle and blade, and surprised at the weight of the unloaded carbine compared to that of a Mosin Nagant M44 of similar length. The walnut stock is very heavy compared to the Russian Birchwood. There is evidence that the rifle had been drilled with for years by a Swiss soldier, but unfortunately there was no famed troop tag under the butt plate of the gun.

k31 butt

The rifle was produced in 1946 and is built like a Swiss watch. The craftsmanship that went into these rifles, while expected for a country that missed out on two world wars, is intricate. They are renowned for their accuracy and are still popular in Switzerland today among match shooters. Their GP 11 cartridge is loaded to match grade ammunition criteria and despite being as costly as an AR15 to shoot, is very fun and powerful. The gun holds six in a detachable magazine, and the straight pull action has little trouble cycling through and ejecting rounds.

The guns sell in the $250-450 range with mine being $279 plus shipping. Like the famed Mosin Nagant and formerly SKS rifles, these guns not long ago were $99 specials. I highly suggest considering one, as the 7.5×55 Swiss has .308 diameter bullets, similar ballistics, and can down any game animal on the continent.

Aftermarket products include diopter sights, sight upgrades by Furter, a clamp on scope mount the Swiss used that can be bought at Brownells, leather cheek riser pads, and just about anything else of relevance. Thanks to large Swiss expatriate populations in the country, most everything can be ordered without waiting for customs.

Stay tuned. Part two of this review will be about shooting the K31.

K31 after stock oiling
K31 after stock oiling