Exclusive: Katy Obama Critic Jeremy Alcede Imprisoned by Federal Government | Covering Katy

The saga of Tactical Firearms in Katy, Texas continues. Word is, Jeremy Alcede has been jailed for failure to comply with a court order to turn over all account and password information relating to Tactical Firearms to its new owner. You can read more here –>http://coveringkaty.com/2014/12/16/exclusive-katy-obama-critic-jeremy-alcede-imprisoned-by-federal-government/

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The myth of over lubrication according to Larry Vickers

We have long had debates about gun maintenance. One of the biggest is the issue of lubrication. Especially with regard to how much lube is enough. Now, I have said many times, an oily gun is a happy gun. I didn’t make that up, it comes from old school Army guys who, sadly, are long dead. But, it is not an uncommon saying in the gun business. At any rate, Larry Vickers and the guys at TacTV have done a video to, as they put it, dispel the myth of over lubrication. It’s pretty convincing to me.

I will say that I tend to agree with Vickers on the points made here. Guns are best described as an “open” lubrication system. Your car’s engine has a closed loop system where by parts are constantly bathed in oil freshly pumped from the oil pan at the bottom of the engine in a wet sump system or an external tank in a dry sump system. Your car’s wheels/axles and various suspension/steering components however, are more akin to the gun. There’s no practical way to pump oil in and out of these areas. And so, typically, we grease the bearings in these areas of a car. Some shooters elect to use grease as lube with their guns for the same reason. Regardless of you choice of oil or grease, you can and should consult your owner’s manual for instructions on lubrication for your particular gun or consult a qualified armorer/gunsmith.
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BOHICA: Background Checks Part Duex is coming…

Background checks are back. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that five U.S. senators—enough to change the outcome—have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who led the fight for the bill, is firing back at the National Rifle Association with a new TV ad. The White House, emboldened by polls that indicate damage to senators who voted against the bill, is pushing Congress to reconsider it.

via Handguns, suicides, mass shootings deaths, and self-defense: Findings from a research report on gun violence..

According to William Saletan’s post at Slate.com, we’re going to see another push for background checks in the next congress. On one hand, I suppose that is really stating the obvious. Universal Background Checks may have been DOA last time around but, the liberal left and mass media outlets continue to harp on it and keep it in the minds of Democrats and others who believe their political futures are dictated by their support for gun control.

The Obama Administration has redoubled it’s efforts to twist the numbers until the desired results are achieved by telling the Center for Disease Control to reassess existing research on gun violence. And unfortunately, they still don’t add up quite the way the administration would like. They don’t line up entirely in our favor either according to Saletan but, I would argue the facts aren’t readily twisted into supporting the argument for more gun control either. You can read the rest of the article here or check out the actual report, here

SERPA Salesman of the year!

Figured some of you will find this entertaining. I managed to get into a conversation with a guy asking for holster recommendations. A number of shooters, including yours truly, recommended Comp-Tac. In response, “Brad” chimes in with “Comp-Tac Sucks.” “Brad” also claims Comp-Tac’s quality is “sub par.” When asked who makes a better holster, Brad’s reply is SERPA. He never responds to why he thinks the SERPA is a better holster.

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Lost and found: ZEISS riflescope in Norway | ZEISS International

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“After nine years, John was amazed when his friend Knut Øyjorda found his gun in the mountains: The wooden stock was bleached out and brittle, the muzzle was rusted and unusable. Only the scope was still like new. The coating withstood the weather, the cold and heat could not harm the optics. The Customer Service in Wetzlar checked the scope in detail and concluded: ZEISS products are indestructible.”
http://www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/en_de/hunting/experience/hunting-stories/lost-and-found–zeiss-riflescope-in-norway.html

Color me impressed if this scope was really found in that condition after 9 years in the elements.

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Officer Stacy: Showing kindness was ‘the right thing to do’

I figure it is time, in the middle of all the anti-police and racism/bigotry crap going on right now, to give some credit for good work where it’s due and recognize real cases of desperation that lead people to make bad decisions. So here it goes.

My nomination of good guy of the week is Officer William Stacy of Tarrant, Alabama. I’ve spent enough time in Alabama to be uncomfortable just visiting the state. The Texas legislature was smart enough to put up a big sign warning folks not to leave Texas. It tells you that your at the Sabine River. Turnaround! Let’s put it this way, A great many folks would have expected Stacy to cuff and stuff Helen Johnson and some who will read this will suggest she rot in jail as a thief. But, Stacy truly went above and beyond. Some may call him soft or say he used judgement befitting a rookie but, I say he’s being the kind of cop we should all want on our streets.

“You can’t let kids go hungry. I ran inside, bought the eggs for her and walked out and handed her the eggs,” Stacy said.

“She tried to give me all the money she had on her, which was $1.25. I told her to keep it. I don’t want it. The way she can repay me is to never do this [shoplift] again.”

via Tarrant cop says showing kindness to a shoplifter was ‘the right.

 

Stacy didn’t have to do what he did for Helen Johnson. But it’s great to see his chief and the community standing behind him. One can only hope that should Stacy have the misfortune of being in a use of force incident later in his career that people will remember this moment and give him the benefit of the doubt rather than instantly vilifying him as a “jackbooted thug.” Good show Officer Stacy! Keep it up!

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S&W may not be in quite such bad shape as first thought

There are signs that Smith & Wesson’s profits will remain under pressure. With demand soft, the company’s inventory has continued to rise. At the end of October, it held $99 million in inventory, up from $76 million at the same time a year earlier.

The company also said it plans to offer “aggressive promotions” in coming months to protect market share. It acknowledged that gross margins could take a hit as a result.

Unfortunately, margins are already looking depressed. Gross margin for the quarter was 32.1 percent, the lowest level since the quarter ended in January 2012.

via Gun lovers leaving Smith & Wesson for dead?.

I’ve mentioned before that my day job consists of managing IT for an investment manager. And it was just a week or two back that I overheard the conference call in which S&W discussed their current financial status. News of S&W’s financial “difficulties” set the ears of the financial world’s liberals ablaze. This of course includes the network that carries Michael Bloomberg’s name as well as a branch of MSNBC known as CNBC. And we mentioned it this in last Sunday’s podcast. Robert Farago also covered it on The Truth About Guns. But, since then I’ve had a chance to sit down and talk with one of my co-workers. A guy much smarter than me who recently took over managing our equity portfolios. We’ll call him Cranky Curmudgeon.

Cranky tells me that as he looks at S&W’s public filings, the picture isn’t quite so bleak. While the firm has taken on $100 million plus in debt as part of their recent acquisition of Battenfeld Technologies (think Caldwell Shooting Suppplies, Frankford Arsenal, or Golden Rod Moisture Control), Cranky says there’s currently no significant financial strain on the company.

Sales are down and inventories are up but, with respect to debt, or servicing that debt, current revenues more than cover it. More specifically, the company has done something that is not at all unusual for corporations in that they’ve effectively kicked the rock of paying off debts due in 2015, down the road to 2017. Corporate types might call it cash flow and debt management. It’s one of those things us normal folk can’t do. It’s all a bit more complicated than anything I’m prepared to explain but, the bottom line is, S&W, at least in Cranky’s eyes, isn’t going anywhere and they are in a far better situation than many energy companies right now. In fact, it may soon be a time to buy S&W since the stock price has fallen to around $9/share from a high of $17 or so back in June. One rule never seems to change in the investment industry…Buy low, sell high.

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P.S. I am just an IT guy and a shooter. Please don’t confuse my musings and commentary above as investment advice. That’s not my job. Talk to your CFA certified investment professional about investing. Talk to me about guns. I like S&W. I’ll continue buying their guns. I’ll let “Cranky” manage my money.

Santa Cruz Officers Using ‘Smart Guns’ To Track When Weapons Unholstered, Fired « CBS San Francisco

“I could draw my weapon and fire it and dispatch would already be notified that I had done that prior to me updating,” said Wright. For him, that means a sense of reassurance that for him, help would be on the way.

via Santa Cruz Officers Using ‘Smart Guns’ To Track When Weapons Unholstered, Fired « CBS San Francisco.

This is the first time I’ve heard an honestly good idea associated with “smart guns” that doesn’t involve taking away a citizen’s right/ability to use a gun.

In short, this system alerts the PD that an officer has drawn his weapon. A “yellow” alert. The alert becomes “red” when the gun is fired. The idea being, as quoted above, that help rolling to the officer before he ever makes a radio call.

The technology presents the opportunity to provide telemetry for the officer’s performance in both training and on duty shootings. Combined with video, you’d have accurate information on rounds fired, reaction times, reloads, etc. But, as a friend points out, there’s a potential dark side. Specifically, officers may be “unwilling to incur the wrath the administrators and the “smart guns” will never leave the holster.”

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