Gun-Day Monday: The Magnificent, Modular AR

OK, these two items illustrate how versatile and modular the AR has been shown to be. (Did the great Eugene M. Stoner think that any of this would ever happen?) – An AR upper crossbow (PSE also sells the full thing). $1299 is pretty far up there for me, and more than I’d care to spend on a crossbow but I expect that someone will be making a stripped down version in the near future. It packs a punch, too. – A blank-firing beer-can launching AR upper. A lot less than the damn crossbow, and probably even more useful for […]

Weapons Wednesday: Securing Guns in Autos

Thirty photos of gun storage solutions in cars, trucks and motorbikes. Some silly but amusing, most are workable, a few are very clever indeed. I like the second one, but since I have a stick shift it’s a non-starter. The third one is intriguing, since I have a pick-up. Number 19 might be a winner–

“Industry Help” for M4

The Captain takes due notice of the Army’s call to get “industry help” with M4 upgrades, breaks down (again) some numb-nuttery, and then offers a good point for the armed citizen. (And what kind of citizen, pray tell, is an unarmed citizen?) He quotes from more than one article and post, so I’ll ask you to go read the whole thing because I can’t summarize it one block quote as I like to do. But for our purposes, two points stand out: – “The procedures need to change to allow the [military] armorers* the freedom and latitude to arm the […]

News and views

Russia rolled out a new tank named the Armata, whose red carpet premier is the Victory Day parade in Moscow. Western leaders decided to snub Russia’s celebration of Victory Day over Russia’s seizure of the Crimea and military adventurism and blackmail. Given Obama’s “Dream Team” of National Security advisors, will America stumble into war with Russia? Meanwhile, back in America, an uproar over Cadets wearing heels at another staged rally. I suppose some would rather have seen them in Michael Kors or Givenchy, but Cadets don’t make that much money. At least the shoes are a bright, offensive shade of Artillery Red! […]

Weapons Wednesday: FPF Training’s New Offerings

Those who have been around this place for a while know my affinity for John R. Murphy and FPF Training. (If not, check the archives.) It’s worth noting that John has recently revamped his offerings and his site, with what appear to be distinct upgrades to both. Two things caught my eye. The first is the “Pistol vs Rifle” class– This four hour seminar deals with the tactical problems faced by an armed citizen confronted with a criminal armed with a rifle. Topics will be: – Ballistic Disadvantage – Movement and Cover – Marksmanship at Distance – AK Pick up […]

(He Said “Balls”)

No, really– Robotic War Balls: A research team from Stamford, Conn. has developed an amphibious drone that they are currently testing with the Marines. The GuardBot is a robot ball that swims over water at about 4 miles per hour and then rolls along the beach, at as much as a 30-degree incline and 20 miles per hour. It uses a nine-axis stabilization, “pendulum motion” propulsion system, which moves the bot forward by shifting the center of gravity back and forth and a variety of steering algorithms.  It took creator Peter Muhlrad some seven years to develop, but now that it’s complete […]

Farnam: “Self-Reliant?”

Since a large swath of the eastern U.S. is getting another round of meteorological boarhoggery, Mr Farnam’s latest quip is particularly timely: “Self-Reliant” or “Cell-Phone-Reliant?” Last November, a NY man froze to death while remaining in his stranded car for twelve hours, patiently waiting for help that never arrived. From his marooned vehicle nearly buried in snow, disabled when struck from the rear by a snowplow, the man repeatedly called 911 and was repeatedly ordered to stay put and repeatedly assured that help was on its way and would be at his location soon. It was all a lie! Help […]

Vespa (Anti-Tank Variant)

I’M NOT KIDDING. In the 1950s France, in the midst of dealing with insurgencies in its colonies in Algeria and Indochina, recognized a military need for easily transportable artillery that could quickly be deployed to the front lines. It happened upon one very novel solution: a militarized Vespa scooter with a built-in armor-piercing gun. The Vespa 150 TAP, built by French Vespa licensee ACMA, was designed expressly to be used with the French airborne special forces, the Troupes Aéro Portées (TAP). Read the whole thing, and be sure to watch the video. I wonder if it’d work on a KLR650??

Snow-Day Saturday: Gear Reviews

We’re getting a good dump of snow here in Mosby’s Confederacy, might be as much as nine inches when it’s all done tonight. I, for one, love it. I’ve been out on the skis once already, straight out from the front door, and will go out again later. In the meantime, here are a couple of pieces of gear that I own and are of interest to the prepper/citizen-soldier. Astro Mini cell phone portable charger: This is a slick little thing that was recommended to me back in the fall (summer?). It has lived up to its billing and more. […]

The Ride to the I, 2014

Thanks to CHC87’s timely reminder I was able to sign up for the 7th Annual “Ride to the I,” VMI’s own little Rolling Thunder. Alumni chapters from across our native state (to whom we are attached and of whose fame we are proud) are organized to gather at various points and then converge on Lexington, where we unite and ride in column of twos through the town and up to the parade deck. My day began early, to make my scheduled rally in Culpeper at 0700. It was maybe 50 degrees when I set out and I felt every one […]