Thursday, January 18, 2018

Your Misleading Michigan Media Headline Of The Day

The headline from The Detroit News: Police: CPL holder shoots man who stole iPhone

You read that half expecting a CPL holder imrpolerly shot someone over property dispute, perhaps imagining the CPL'r shooting the thief who had grabbed an iPhone and was running away.

In reality, not so much, go ahead an read the whole short article but here's the highlight:

In the course of the transaction, the suspect pulled out a handgun, police said.

But the 23-year-old — who has a license to carry a concealed handgun — pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect in his right thigh.

The suspect was spotted leaving the area in a silver Toyota with three other men, who transported him to Henry Ford Hospital, where he remains in police custody. No update on his condition is immediately available.

The headline should more properly read, suing the same number of words: CPL Holder Defends Self From Armed Robbery

But that wouldn't fit in with the editorial bias, now would it?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Shield 45

After toting Murph's S&W Shield 45 around New Orleans and shooting it at the range, I was rather taken with both how well it carried and how well it shot. Yes, I had to go out and get one for myself.

Taking down the 45 Shield is the same as all other firearms in the M&P line - very easy.

The barrel standing alone looks rather stubby and rotund, being chambered in the .45 ACP cartridge in a short 3.3" barrel.

The 6 round magazine makes the gun fit in a front jeans pocket in a Desantis Nemesis holster reasonably well, appearaing just a little larger and a bit more of an outline than the Kahr PM9 and with the same capacity but 45 rather than 9. The Shield 45 with the 7 rounder as seen makes it a bit harder to do so and it doesn't fit nor conceal nearly as well, so it is better to keep that one as a reload in a pocket or mag pouch and carry it with the 6 rounder.

So how did it shoot?

50 rounds of PMC and 100 of my 230 FMJ reloads later it had not a hiccup and the centers of a couple silhouette targets were shot out completely.

Recoil felt like a gentle push rather than a smack, and it was very controllable with good accuracy. The grip surface fits the hand well and sticks perfectly without shifting while firing making it very easy and comfortable to shoot.

The stock trigger is acceptable but nothing to rave about - especially when comparing it to my friend's HK VP9SK trigger. Then again, the Shield 45 costs half of a VP9SK out the door. Probably an APEX trigger upgrade is in order.

I'm going to shoot a goodly sum of hollowpoints, probably Federal HSTs, through it, and if it functions without a problem as expected it will become the carry piece of choice for warmer weather.

If you like both to carry a 45 and have a compact shootable package to carry it in, the Shield 45 is well worth a try.

Monday, January 15, 2018

If At First You Don't Get Voters To Raise Taxes, Just Try To Get Voters To Raise Taxes Again

The last attempt at a regional transit levy ran out of gas as it was basically a subsidy for Detroit and for the SWPL types in Ann Arbor with Oakland and Macomb counties footing a large portion of the bill for services they would never receive.

Regionalism yet again - Oakland and Macomb counties picking up the tab for Wayne County's desires, now with a new serving of Washtenaw county to boot.

So not dissuaded by failing the first time, they're at it again:

The Detroit News: Regional transit tax pushed for November ballot

Since at first they did not succeed, they'll keep pushing a vote until they get the result they want.

Metro Detroit leaders are working to put a regional transportation millage on November’s ballot just two years after voters narrowly rejected a tax hike to expand mass transit in southeastern Michigan.

Regional leaders say they have been meeting to come up with a new plan and hope to make an announcement as early as this month. The group includes the “Big 4” — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. Washtenaw County also has had a representative at the meetings, according to Jim Martinez, a spokesman for Evans.

Assuming it will seek the same amount of tax as before -- if not more -- its going to be a hard sell:

The millage would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $120 annually, RTA officials estimated.

That's before you pay the fare for the ride, assuming the ride is even close to the home from which you're paying the tax.

Friday, January 12, 2018

An Interesting Correlation, Isn't It?

What do these cities have in common, aside from being the worst for bedbugs?

The Detroit Free Press: Here are the worst cities for bedbugs, according to Orkin:
1. Baltimore
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Chicago
4. Los Angeles
5. Columbus, Ohio
6. Cincinnati
7. Detroit
8. New York
9. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
10. Dallas-Fort Worth

Take a guess as to which party is running all of them.

Jett Sez:

"Global Warming my A##!"

Poor fellow was covered in just a few minutes during our walk this morning.

A mix of sleet and freezing rain this morning is being followed by 5-8 inches of snow expected to last throughout the day. It's wet and heavy snow too.

Monday, January 08, 2018

So Whose Fault Is That, Exactly?

The Detroit Free Press Editorial from the rather vacuous Nancy Kaffer is quite the read:

The Detroit Free Press: We should be more outraged about rape in Detroit

From the title on down, the editorial is pretty strange. After all, I don't hardly think anyone is not outraged nor ok with rapists plying their crimes in Detroit or elsewhere.

The howler in the article though is this line, basically, after noting over 11,000 rape kits sat untested in Detroit, it's a women and minorities hardest hit quote:

It's impossible to separate this casual dismissal of this crime from its most likely victims: In Detroit, African-American women.

"If you're a person of color, if you're a different economic class, then your case across the board — across the board, not just sexual assault — they're treated differently," Worthy told me last month. "And that's just the truth. People may not want to admit it, but I've seen it throughout my career and I know it's true."

So sayeth the Black, pretty much elected for life, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy who has been in her present position since 2004 -- as the head of the prosecuting organization responsible for prosecuting rapes in Detroit mind you -- in a city that has had a Black mayor during the time the test kits were ignored, and a Black police chief to boot.

In a city that has been run solely by Democrat mayors since 1962, and with Blacks running the institutions responsible for fighting crime during the time the rape kits were ignored, it's a little facile to make a claim of structural racism or classicism against women and minorities is somehow at fault for this failure to prosecute rapes fully and competently. Especially when its the women and minorities running the show - unless they're going to argue with a straight face that thewomen and minorities running the show have been brainwashed or conditioned into treating "a person of color, if you're a different economic class" differently, which would be quite the trick.

Better to blame structural racism and classicism than have the people in charge step up and take responsibility for this colossal malfeasance.

P30SK Hits 1,000 Rounds

Yesterday, I went to a nearby indoor range with a very good client of mine.

I brought along a few firearms as did he, the subject of which will get their own posts once I process a few pictures.

We both shot a total of 200 rounds through the P30Sk, bringing the round count up to 1,000.

That's 1,000 rounds through with only one failure (round 22) which was not due to the firearm.

He also brought along his HK VP9SK, the striker-fired version of the P30SK. The trigger on that firearm has to be felt to be believed.

Certainly the best striker-fired trigger I've shot, and it is unmodified right out of the box and was both lighter and smoother than the PS0SK's LEM trigger, making it easier to make accurate and speedy shots. Very impressive indeed and I could get badly spoiled with a trigger like that. No failures observed on the VP9SK either.

Afterwards, we got together with the families for dinner and had a great time.

A very nice way to spend a Sunday.

Friday, January 05, 2018

When Is It That A Penny Goes For A Pretty Penny?

When it is a United States 1793 Penny and just sold for $300,000.

Fox News: Rare US penny sells for $300G at auction in Florida

One of the first circulating coins released from the US Mint into circulation, only 500 have survived in various conditions.

Note that these pennies were rather large with a diameter of 26.5 mm, and quite substantial as a dollar worth of these pennies weighed 3 pounds.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

No Happy Glow Of A HALO

Murphy's Law reports on the successful completion of the transfer of his Gemtech HALO, which I did get to shoot when visiting him in the Big Easy.

We each bid on used Gemtech HALO's from the same dealer on the last day of the NRAAM - Paducah Tactical in Kentucky run by Stephen Douglass and both won our bids on used Gemtech HALO suppressors.

In April 2017, right after winning the bid I duly sent in my money via money order for the suppressor and $18 for shipping and my SOT FFL's paperwork for the transfer and patently waited for the NFA Branch to do their paperwork processing and waited some more.

Well, the day came when the initial transfer paperwork from Paducah Tactical to my dealer was approved and he then shipped it via Postal Service Priority Mail in June 2017 to my dealer, with tracking information. Should be simple, right?

Not so much.

Apparently the Post Office tried to deliver to my dealer on a day he was not open and they did not leave a notice that they had a package for him. They tried to deliver it once.

Then the package . . . . disappears.

The Post Office has no trace of it, it was not returned to Kentucky, it is not at my dealer's local Post Office where the last scan said it is, in fact it has vanished without neither a trace nor an explanation.

My dealer checks into it and is told by the Post Office that they don't have it here. Paducah Tactical says they check their post office and no record there either. Both request the Post Office trace it and nothing happens.

This gets to be more fun.

So it is clearly lost without a trace and my dealer both reports it as lost to the Post Office as a lost item and to ATF, as apparently does Paducah Tactical. I go personally to the Post Office and have them search for it again and also file a lost report. Unfortunately, I cannot make an insurance claim on the package as I'm not the sender, only Paducah Tactical and Stephen Douglass can do that.

Unfortunately Paducah Tactical and Stephen Douglass have failed to refund my money on this and he/they are the only ones who could do an insurance claim on the package as they are the senders. Requests for refunds have been met with silence.

As such, if you do any businessmen with Stephen Douglass and Paducah Tactical, I'd say its a 50/50 chance you'll either end up happy like Murph or screwed out of your money like me. You have been warned.

Make America Cold Again!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Oregon's Learned Vehicular Helplessness

Oregon passed a law that in rural areas only, people could now be legally permitted to pump their own gas.

Oregonians duly freaked out.

The Detroit Free Press: America is laughing at Oregon for having to pump its own gas

That a licensed driver, someone deemed by the state to be able to control and maneuver a multi-thousand tn machine in public is unable to fill it with gas is simply crazy. That they are reacting with sheer panic to the thought of having to add gas to their own cars is even more insane.

Now only New Jersey and urbanized areas of Oregon remain where people are deemed by law to be too stupid to add gasoline to their vehicles and it is illegal for them to do so.