UTAS XTR12 shotgun

XTR12 is essentially an AR10 in 12ga. Currently, it takes 5 or 10 round box magazines, but 15/20/25 round drums are coming. This photo is an outtake from the upcoming Small Arms Review article detailing my experience with this gun.

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A lady with a 1911

Writer Monalisa Foster with her .45 Sig Spartan. Professional make-up by Paula Petry.

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Shepherding citizens

“If you aren’t paying for a service, then you are the product and not the customer.” On the national scale, this concept came in widely with Bismark’s welfare state. Prior to the 1870s, less numerous rich families usually had more surviving children because they could afford to raise them. Closer to WW1, the incipient welfare states were raising more future soldiers by encouraging and supporting less prosperous parents with wealth transfers from others. In effect, they ranched people to increase the size of draftable population, along with the future tax base.

Perverse incentive being what they are, eventually the less productive started having more kids, while the more productive were paying the freight. In farm terms, the mules do the work, while the meat breeds reproduce. I strongly suspect that the sudden world-wide interest in socialism after WW1 had more to do with population increase strategies and less with fears of revolutions or kindness to the masses. After all, handouts don’t stop revolutions — they are far more likely to foster them by giving resources to the idle.

The first time something is given freely, it may be appreciated. The second time, taken for granted. After that, the paucity of the handout is held against the givers. Witness any urban riot in cities where half the adult population is on the dole. With the perpetual underclass neither improving its station nor getting syphoned off through colonial or continental warfare, socialism as a dampener on unrest doesn’t work. And while recent immigrants are viewed as takers who don’t honor the concomitant social contract, native upstate residents can view metro dwellers the same way.

Shepherding of people, by the state or by religious authorities, is all about the milking of taxes and tithes,  and about access to labor. The state, being more coercive and forcible about the process, is even less ethical than the various cult leaders who rely only on brainwashing. Religious cults acting as national governments combine the worst features of the two.

We see the drastic differences between prices of men in different countries by how they war: the West would rather use up a million dollar missile than lose an expensively trained soldier, while the Third World casts their combatants as bomb controllers in preference to simple electronics. The scarcity of the trained soldiers comes not only from the expense required but from the reduction in the population growth rates. On the flip side, each productive Westerner can support rather more government activity thanks to increasing productivity. Since each productive person represents a long-term value, I would expect jurisdictional competition for them: the US reality does show consistent migrations from high tax and social control states to those with lower monetary and regulatory burdens. By contrast, the welfare population has lower mobility that’s generally directed towards higher tax and more socialist states. As the paying customers exit and the dole-collecting product moves in, I wonder how those states would put them to use. For now, their main use to the masters has been in the voting booth.

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Two new articles on AllOutdoor

Winchester 1886 Rifle in 45-70 and 450Marlin.

HTA convertible 10-22 magazine

 

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Season’s Greetings?

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First Halloween snapshots

A well-hung dinosaur with friends.

Jello shot.

Bunny hostess.

Zombie schoolgirl.

Harambe?

Jizsaw

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A maquisard and his nemesis.

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Amie’s book series just got extended for Halloween

Book 4 in a paranormal mysteries series. Check it out!

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Gunstock color has no effect on the bullet velocity.

Savage Rascal .22 rifle, Vortex 2-7x rimfire scope. It’s the same optic I use on a Marlin 60.

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This is my (first) safety!

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The beards of Big 3 East trade show

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Happy face

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vz58 Liberty model in Dillon Blue Press

My review of the clip-fed California/New York version of vz58 is up at Dillon Blue Press, page 48.

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Fun!

Grand Power Xtrim is the rimfire clone of the 9×19 Xcalibur. Since I am just one Dragon Leatherworks holster short of carrying the Xcalibur, this one helps to stay in practice.

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Halloween portrait

My favorite realtor, incidentally.

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Father and daughter

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My photos in Tactical Life

Arsenal SAM7R review

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Past the tipping point

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Manual blindfold

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New story by Amie is available on paper and Kindle

An anthology of linked science fiction and fantasy stories by several excellent authors, including Amie Gibbons. Her part is called “Chaos Candy“.

Sitting outside of time and space is the Inn Between Worlds. Residents might say it’s a place for travelers, or a place to rest, a place to find excitement. Or they might say it’s dangerous and to be avoided at all costs because Reality Does Not Work Right inside its infinite walls.

The three stories share one important point: their events would not have been possible without The Inn.
“Gideon Wallace and the Sapphire Woman” is the first story in a new series by Thomas A Farmer, and shows what happens when a mortal man finds himself drawn into a fight between gods.
In “Chaos Candy,” by Amie Gibbons, supernatural bounty hunter Zee tries to uncover a dark secret and learns much more than she ever wanted to know.
Finally, Michael David Anderson’s “Flux” continues the adventures of Teddy Dormer, taking him once again to strange new places and showing him new nightmares.

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