Go give this guy some love!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Huh.

Looks like the idiot TSA agent who left the note in that woman's luggage got suspended. Of course, that probably means the individual got a promotion.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

San Diego protest to bear arms



I'm starting to like this Mark Dice guy.

Monday, October 24, 2011

So...everyone's pretty certain the TSA's staffed by hornballs, right?

In case you aren't 100% certain, maybe this will help cement that idea.

Dear TSA goons: Sex work pays better AND is more honorable than working for the TSA. And I've heard it can be a lot more fun. Might want to reconsider your line of work.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Zombies and Shotguns

With the Walking Dead new season starting I saw a few posts from fellow gunbloggers (namely NJT, The Miller and Says Uncle) that go against convention and suggest that a shotgun is not the best zombie survival weapon. This theory is also espoused by Max Brooks in The Zombie Survival Guide. He actually advocates a .22lr pistol for dispatching zombies. I am going to have to both disagree and agree with them. While another choice in firearm and caliber may be better at actually dispatching zombies more efficiently, surprisingly, I believe conventional wisdom is correct in this case and think the 12 guage pump shotgun is the all around best zombie survival gun. Now before you jump on my case, I'm looking at the big picture here. While most gunbloggers and readers are familiar with and are usually somewhat practiced with firearms the average person is not. The average zombie figher may never have even picked up a gun before. I know, I know; you say let the zombies eat them and we'll have an ideal utopia of gunbloggers and gun blog readers, right? Keep in mind, I'm trying to be helpful. Usually, when I'm asked this question, it's by an average Joe/Jane and I'm not going to advocate something like an AR-15 to them. I do always say that if they want to be prepared when the zombies come they should buy a firearm and practice with it, but I know they won't. They want a quick fix like everyone else, a magic bullet if you excuse the pun, one gun to cover everything. To them I say get a 12 guage pump and here's the top ten reasons why.

1.)The 12 guage pump shotgun is availible almost everywhere. Chain stores, sports shops, gun stores and poice departments have them. They will be very easy to find and are inexpensive if you purchase ahead of time.

2.)Because of this widespread availiblility, ammo for them will be extremely easy to find and you will most likely run into 12 guage shells most often.

3.)They are extremely easy to operate.

4.)You don't have to keep them sighted in since they are designed to be point shot. Most Zombies you need to shoot will be at short range.

5.)They are extemely effective with almost any shot size. You are not shooting living flesh, you are shooting dead and rotting flesh with no ability to repair and heal itself. You'll probably get good penetration even with bird shot. People tend to forget zombies are not very sturdy.

6.)You can be reasonably sure your headshots are going to hit the brainstem or you can take most of the head off easily.

7.)You can incapacitate a zombie quickly by separating its spine or blowing a leg off in one or 2 shots and run away.

8.)Reloads - while slower - are straightforward and easy. You push shells into the firearm until you can't fit any more and you won't accidentally drop the mag while you're panicked.

9.)You'll get used to the recoil. After taking out a few to several hundred of the walking dead you won't be crying about your shoulder, since you won't really feel it anymore.

10.)The noise and flash will disorient Zombies closest to you and if you can't reload quickly most hunting shotguns make effective clubs.

As you can see I'm talking Zombie survival here, not zombie hunting. Hunting is a whole other scenario, one in which my weapons choice will be extremely different. Go see the blogs mentioned at the top of this post for that discussion. As for the problem of hoards of zombies and the limited ammo capacity of most pump shotguns, I'm thinking that's why I carry this Molotov Cocktail. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Spookytime - Undead

A couple of years ago, Chris and I came across this odd Aussie zombie flick on the boob toob, and sat down to watch it.

It turned out to be a festival of awesome and gore, capped off with one of the most ridiculous firearm contraptions I've EVER seen.

First, the website. A small warning - it's noisy and flash-heavy, so be aware of that before visiting.



So the basic premise is this: meteorites hit a town in NSW, Australia. Somehow (and this is not explained), people start turning into zombies. Then craziness ensues. Oh, and there are aliens helping to keep the infection contained. Because that makes sense. Read more about it over here.

And now for the gun list:
1 Remington 870 Slug Gun
2 Inglis Hi-Power
3 Beretta 92FS
4 Satin Nickel M1911A1
5 Norinco 77B
6 Colt Combat Python
7 Micro UZI
8 Smith & Wesson 916A Shotgun

The 916A is the wacky contraption I'm talking about. One of the characters, Marion, rigs THREE of these bad boys together. And shoots them. The ridiculousness is unparallelled. We haven't seen anything this nuts since Reggie's quad barrel from Phantasm II and IV. BUT WAIT, IT GETS BETTER! At the end of the movie a survivor, Rene, is seen with a QUADRUPLE shotgun.

Yes, friends, I have seen awesome. And it's made of four shotguns.

Friday, October 14, 2011

ugh.

"Hey, random company in Virginia, here's all this money. Go record your fellow citizens for us."

Friday funny!

...What? There's a gun in it!





:D

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More controversy over printed AR15 parts.

About a month ago, I posted about printable AR15 magazines. Now, Make reports that this has caused Thingiverse to reconsider allowing weapons and parts of weapons to exist on the site. More about it here.

I understand their concern - they want the site to remain accessible to schools, and schools will most likely block any website that shows how to create firearms. I don't think it's unreasonable to make those how-tos restricted by age.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How did I manage to know nothing of this movie before now?

I just watched The Final Countdown. I didn't know it existed before this week, and thankfully Netflix Instant had it ready to watch for me.

If you haven't seen it, watch it. It wasn't superb, but the premise is neat and there's a decent amount of planepr0n. It reminded me of a series of books that were likely inspired by this movie.

I like this idea of suddenly being dropped back in time. I like the concept of forcing characters to decide whether to be honest about who they are, or hide their background in an attempt to fit in. I guess that's why I liked Back to the Future as much as I did.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spookytime - The Crow



The Crow, based on the comic by James O'Barr.


Some will say it's an action movie, but it's really horror. I'll give you action/horror if you prefer. It is a tale of revenge, witchcraft, magic and redemption. The film was very popular, but if you haven't seen it please check it out before the damn remake comes out. It tells the story of Eric Draven and Shelly webster, a couple who planned to marry on Halloween. They never made it to their wedding - they were brutally murdered the night before, on what is commonly referred to as Devil's Night. Eric is mysteriously brought back to life a year later by a crow that guides and goads him on a path of revenge/redemption. This movie is dark, as is the comic - its color pallette, subjects, and mood are creepy and interesting. Is Eric just a zombie killing machine, the angel of death, or on his own path to somehow atone for his self-perceived failure? You'll have to ride along and find out.

The movie stars Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, who died just before filiming completed. He was killed on set by a dummy bullet stuck in a barrel propelled by a blank cartrige during a scene. Sad, as he seemed like he would have been a rising star based on his performance. The movie's director and producers decided to finish the film and shot the few remaining scenes without Brandon, opting instead for a script re-write and a stunt double. I think it wound up being a nice tribute to Brandon as people finally got to see his acting ability.

When I saw this film in theaters I made a mental note of the firearms on screen. This movie stood out to me as it seemed to be a collection or "who's who" of some of the most popular firearms at the time. The list can be found here on IMFDB Now that I look back at the list it seems the director or prop master chose guns for characters that somehow reflected their status or perceived status in the gang or the stereotypical gun they thought the character should have.

T-bird the leader of the thugs has a pistol. Blued Taurus Pt-92
Top Dollar the overall leader of the gang has a pistol but its shiny, Stainless Pt-92
Fun Boy the gang's brash sadist uses a S&W model 29
The cop, Albrecht uses what else? A Bretta 92fs
Pawn Shop guy has a Mossberg 500 Crusier of course
Bad Guy that's supposed to know what he's doing has something exotic a Calico M900
and a Mossberg bullpup.
Skank the guy who thinks he's in charge has a Desert Eagle
Generic Henchman get MAC 10's
and the skilled henchman get MP5's

So were they trying to stereotype the guns or did it just turn out that way? What do you think?




Monday, October 10, 2011

Did you miss out on the Kilted to Kick Cancer contest?

You now have a chance to win some of the stuff that was originally listed. JayG is auctioning off everything he won in it. Go check out the details here.

Try and Crack a smile on Monday!

Turkey Attack!!


If the overreaction of this news producer doesn't do it your Monday is hopeless. :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Washington Times is taking on the gun issue in DC...

And it's being written from a woman's perspective.

For a small bit of background: Senior Editor Emily Miller is a DC resident and wants a gun. Says she doesn't feel safe in DC anymore. Has decided to go through the entire process of purchasing a firearm, and is posting about it daily.

To follow her story on the Washington Times site, go here; go here if you want to follow her on Twitter.

Hopefully this will be helpful to others in DC who want to buy, but don't have a clue where to start...and good luck to Emily!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Black powder guns for sale!

Posting this list for a friend of mine. All listed prices are negotiable. She will be watching this post, so please feel free to ask questions. If you prefer a more direct line of communication, please email me and I'll get you in touch with her. My email is falnfenix AT gmail DOT com.

Anyway, on with the list!

CVS, Kentucky, Flintlock .45 -- $200
Euroarms Brescia, Kentucky, Percussion .45 -- $380
Ranson Italia, Zouave, Percussion .58 -- $380 - SOLD
Pistol, Tower, Flintlock .58 -- $138 - SOLD
Thompson/Center, Hawkin, Percussion .45 -- $260

She's also selling two .22 bolt action rifles:

Winchester, 67 -- $170
Springfield, 82 - $155

Pictures and serial numbers are available upon request. All are located in Maryland.







*Since the legality of this has come into question by the resident blog troll, whose name I won't bother mentioning, these are legal to sell. Black powder firearms are legal to purchase online without a background check, and in Maryland, the personal sale of long arms without a background check is perfectly legal. My friend would not deliberately break the law, and neither would I.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I'm a supporter.

There's a new link over in the sidebar for Violence Unsilenced. I was going to write a hefty post about it, then I visited Jennifer's blog and noticed she wrote a better post than I could have written.

Go read it, and take a newbie to the range.

Monday, October 3, 2011

It's Spookytime!

In honor of my favorite month and my love of horror movies I will be making some suggestions for your viewing pleasure, while using the wonderful database over at IMFDB to highlight some of the firearms that make appearances in these movies.

We'll start out with one of my favorites. The Monster Squad


This great poster was done by artist Tyler Stout for the Alamo Draft House.

This is a great movie to start the month with. It's got a pretty good script, comedy, 80's camp, and the classic Univeral Studios Monsters as reimagined by Stan Winston. At the time it came out it had very advanced effects and it still looks pretty good. It's also very kid friendly. It follows a group of friends and their secret club The Monster Squad, where they talk about and share their love for all things monsters. Lucky for us their geeky knowledge becomes the only thing to stand in the way when Dracula puts his plot in motion to rule the world.

If you're going to battle monsters you need some tools right? Here's the List from IMFDB of the guns that make an appearance in the film. It includes a 12 Gauge side by side, a Webley Mk IV, a S&W Model 15, and a S&W Model 3000 pump gun. In addition there's daggers, bows and arrows and some dynamite. There's even a scene in which one squad memeber makes his own silver bullets. These nerds turn out to be pretty resourceful and it's amazing how the grown ups are just never prepared.

So what would you choose for battling monsters? Remember you have to use the right tool for the job and your zombie aresenal just might not cut it against real monsters.