The deadly dangers of automatic transmission

In America, most cars involved in accidents and deliberate vehicular attacks have automatic transmissions. That’s no surprise, considering that most cars on the road have them. Almost everywhere else in the world, the auto transmission violence isn’t so prevalent. If we eliminate cars with automatic transmissions, the number of deaths attributable to them would drop. Sound logic, right? If that’s not enough for you, remember that the military HMMV uses automatic transmission too. Nobody needs a military-grade vehicle for civilian world!

In the enlightened Europe, much superior manual transmission are in use and hardly anything ever goes wrong with those. Since most heavy, powerful trucks use manual transmissions — as do those weapons of war, Jeeps — nobody should have manual transmissions either. The exception would be made for pre-synchromesh manual transmissions — they require double-clutching and would keep the drivers’ attention off the road, so they couldn’t possibly run anybody over.

None of this violates the rights of car owners. They can drive proper civilian cars like Ford Model A and its modern reproductions, or avail themselves of public transportation generously provided by the state using their taxes. Nearly 40 thousand traffic fatalities in 2017 alone demand action. Turn your murderous auto transmission car in now, citizen!

PS: Clutchless manual transmissions exploit loopholes in the law! VW Beetles and others with that nasty, nasty feature must be destroyed.

 

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The ethical imperative for small arms in private hands: new on GAT Daily

The ethical imperative for small arms in private hands.

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“Be sure to come unarmed.”

The date went well, though they disagreed on a few things: he carried, she thought all guns should be banned.  They decided to meet again.

“I’ll make dinner Friday night. Come over around 6pm,” he said “And be sure to arrive unarmed.”

She looked at him and said: “That’s a really creepy thing to say!”

“Why, aren’t you already against weapons? Why is me asking you to be unarmed for an evening creepy, while you wanting me to be unarmed for a lifetime isn’t?”

“Hmmmm….”

That got her to thinking. Several years, a wedding and two kids later, she carries daily.

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Articles old and new

New review on American Hunter about Traditions single shot .357 carbine.

Another new article on Shooting Illustrated about bullpup stock for the Hi-Point carbine.

American Shooting Journal an older article available online: Aero Precision M5E1.

Aero Precision M5E1

 

 

 

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The impossibility of surrender

Most gun owners don’t know exactly how many guns they own. That should not be surprise: most mechanics couldn’t tell you how many wrenches they have, either. Guns are tools, and sometimes objects of collection, sometimes heirlooms, sometimes wall decorations. So a person might say: “We have around thirty guns” and be pretty close to right. Two-three carry pistols per family member, rimfire rifles and pistols for plinking, shotguns for defense and sport and hunting, rifles for varmints and for deer, and another for unbidden 3am guests. Oh, and that heirloom gallery rifle, and great-grandma’s purse revolver that’s so old it has no serial number. And great-grandpa’s WW2 bringbacks. “I think that’s it.” So all thirty guns get turned in to the government, right?

If that family has only an approximate idea of how many guns they have, government officials are unlikely to know the true number with any greater accuracy. If the officials are convinced that more guns are on hand than the people actually have, how are the victims to cough up the balance or prove the unprovable? During WW2, occupying armies would check local gun registries and shoot those who couldn’t produce everything listed. A gun being lost or destroyed years prior was no excuse.

Or the government record might indicate thirty and the reality is thirty six. Now the officials have to worry about a trained group of people who have a legitimate gripe and some weapons still on hand. Even if they get all guns currently owned, more may be manufactured, bought, traded or stolen from official users. As a result, they forever have to worry about competent and motivated insurgents. Historically, such problem was solved with executions or imprisonment of the newly disarmed.

With those two options, gunowners cannot afford to give up anything at all — to do otherwise would be to condemn themselves and their whole families to immediate and dire peril. Both sides know it, and government bullies dare not deal a small injury to their constituents…some hold out for the opportunity to strike big, others try to encroach by degrees. In the 1930s Europe, encroachment by degrees took several years, culminating in mass murder.

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Finishing the murderer’s job?

The 18 to 21 age group is already the most vulnerable to criminal victimization. Florida legislators obviously want them even worse off.

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When is old enough suddenly not old enough?

Very much adding confusion to a legal injury, the Florida legislators claim that people who were perfectly capable of legal actions must be stripped of that ability on the basis of their age…which is now insufficient. And yet, the same 18-21 year olds are exempted from the regulation is acting as cops or soldiers to protect the scheming legislators, so they are obviously not incompetent. Should the legislators be similarly stripped of their positions, with their own actions as evidence of obvious old-age mental incapacity?

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Old enough to fight for you…not old enough to protect herself?

Emancipated enough to volunteer for the military and be accepted. Not emancipated enough for the Florida legislators!

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One 19 year old committed a crime…every 19 year old in the state got punished!

Collective punishment is what occupying armies of totalitarian states do to subjugated populations. And now we know how Florida legislators view their neighbors.

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Safety first

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Backpack armor.

A friend from a body armor company just wrote: “With the shooting that happened in FL, we are about 3-4 months backordered on some products right now.”

Since most of the armor for kids is used in the form of backpack inserts, doesn’t this put the decision by many school administrators to prohibit kids from wearing backpacks to school in a different light?

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New lightweight armor

During Tennessee summer, the surplus vest I have gives the option of either cooking in it or risking exposure to gunfire. It’s also getting long in the tooth, and there’s no good way of testing Dyneema for degradation over time. Finally, a second vest with ammo pouches is required over the top: donning both quickly is a challenge. I do have steel, both mainstream AR500 and thinner Premier…but steel is heavy and conducts heat and cold equally well. I don’t feel that my level of physical conditioning is up to using it for extended periods outside of home defense.

Level III (left) and much thinner IIIA (right)

DFNDR caught my attention by being the next step past Dyneema in strength. Such plates don’t require separate anti-spall layer, so they tend to be fairly thin.

These two plates, level III for the front, IIIA for the back, weigh 5.6lbs with the molle plate carrier. At this time, I am not sure if using lighter plate in the back is practical, considering that mag pouches also attach up front. The vest by itself seems comfortable enough to wear without having to make allowances for it, but I will report more detailed findings once I have time to use it more extensively.

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Another article in the newest Blue Press

Numerology of Gun Control on pages 36-37.

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Rifles as canaries in the coal mine.

Weapons are unique in the lineup of the items typically banned or regulated by governments. They are the only contraband that can be used to fight the enforcement of the ban on them. Neither a bottle of rum, nor a cigar, nor a bag of salt, nor any of the other things that governments control or ban are good for defeating a team of revenuers. Firearms and other weapons are, and that makes them the subject of special ire from those who wish to control others. Disarm the population, and all other items on their wish list fall into place.

In going after rifles, prohibitionists are more concerned about politically significant firepower than they are about crime. The authoritarians aren’t comfortable with constituents who don’t need state services, however unwanted those “services” may be. This is why shotguns with short effective range remained legal in many countries where rifles were banned from private ownership.

Those of us who hope to hide behind legal definitions, such as the items above being nominally pistols…that’s not how the other side plays this. One, there’s nothing to stop states from re-defining a pistol as a banned rifle. For example, until 2014 Ohio defined any firearm holding 31 or more cartridges as a “machine gun” (“Automatic firearm” also means any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than thirty-one cartridges without reloading, other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges.”) Words mean what politicians and their enforcers want them to mean. Further, the various prohibitions simply cover appearance (pistol grip or thumbhole stock), performance (such as muzzle velocity), specific calibers (the way California bans 50BMG), specific actions (ATF banned open bolt semi-autos by an administrative ruling) and, the most encompassing of all, by the political affiliation, sex, age, economic status, medical condition, country of origin or some other attribute of the potential owner. Combined, these bans get the other side their dream of dominance.

Our best hope of stopping this without bloodshed is winning the hearts and minds of our generation and of the next one. Some states and many foreign countries prohibit teaching kids to shoot. Their aim isn’t the achievement of public safety but rather the denial of education and freedom.

What have you done to preserve your own rights lately?

 

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Reducing ricochets from BBs: new on AllOutdoor

Dust Devil BBs

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A blue watch face.

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Paper products at SHOT 2018: new on AllOutdoor

Coloring books and high-visibility targets.

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Two articles in March ’18 Blue Press

My reviews of M+M 10x and Keltec RDB-S are up in Dillon Blue Press.

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Six new posts on AllOutdoor

Six news posts from SHOT show 2018.

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Lost necklace

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