RKBA Editorial

Today we have a guest editorial from a friend from   The New Rifleman.  He has a gun blog/ website well worth checking out.  

Lothaen

 

 

As gun owners, we face a litany of ignorant arguments that try to justify a better world sans guns. We all scratch our heads at the reverse logic, double-speak, and misinformation spread by our opponents. On a personal level, I try to be a good steward and representative of our lifestyle. I argue politely and educate people when I can.

 

Lately one argument in particular has made me cringe. Tyranny in America. Oil and water. It will never happen here. Who could forget Piers Morgan’s incredulity when Ben Shapiro brought up tyranny as justification for the existence of the 2nd Amendment?

 

“Do you understand how absurd you sound?… Do you believe your own government is going to turn on you in a way that you require an AR-15 to challenge them? … In modern day America, is that what you think?” – Piers Morgan

 

I stared at my computer screen. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was for Piers Morgan to digest the logic of Shapiro’s argument. Yes Piers… Tyranny is a constant threat. When it comes again to our American soil, it will be the majority who supports it.

 

The most important resource a tyrant has is that of a majority of the populace that supports his or her ambitions. Such support is often created during the height of a national calamity or tragedy, and many of the supporters will accept the plans of the tyrant… no matter how inhuman or despicable in action.

 

It was Hitler’s Nazi party that obtained a paltry 3% of the vote during the 1928 German election: 12 seats of parliament. By 1933 the same party occupied 288 seats of parliament. All it took was a distressed German state and a master orator to convince voters that the Nazi party should hold the majority of seats.

 

We all know about him… you know, Hitler. We all know of Stalin, Mussolini and various other tyrants that can be spat off by anyone with a clue. They all had their supporters. Times long ago, countries on the other side of the world. We forget that a tyrant has occupied the White House before, and will possibly do so again.

 

American Tyranny  

 

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was signed by Andrew Jackson. Of 130,000 who were forced to march West, 60,000 died of exposure, disease, and starvation… over a law passed by a Congressional majority and a President’s signature. Many of *our* ancestors were able to obtain new land during this push. It was popular with a thin majority of voters. A majority of voters.

 

Executive Order 9066. 110,000 of Japanese Ancestry placed into internment camps. Some sixty percent of these “Japs” were American born with Constitutionally protected rights. While the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (comprised primarily of Japanese-Americans) fought in Europe with distinction, their families were herded into camps back home on the whim of a hysterical war-time populace. Our grandparents. Congress. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Even the “greatest generation” can forget about the Constitution when crisis strikes.

 

The japanese in those camps lost lives, farms, property. On October 1st 1993 President Bill Clinton issued a formal apology to accompany reparation checks:

 

“Today, on behalf of your fellow Americans, I offer a sincere apology to you for

 

the actions that unfairly denied Japanese Americans and their families fundamental liberties during World War II.”

 

What was the cost of the businesses that failed, the land that was lost, and the property that was forfeited? What was the cost of being herded into cattle cars with your family into unsanitary holding areas? The loss of Liberty cannot be compensated with a check and an apology.

 

Resistance Comes in Few Flavors

 

It was the the Jewish people of the Warsaw Ghetto that resisted the Nazi’s attempts to ship them off to die at a concentration camp. History remember’s their last stand with favor and dignity.

 

It was members of the Seminole tribe of Florida that said no to the U.S. Government’s proposals. The Everglades were their home and they would fight to keep it. The last of the Florida Seminoles could not be routed by the U.S. Government.  

 

The Japanese-Americans attempted to take their plight to the courts. During war-time the courts, including the Supreme Court, found it justifiable to keep them in place. In these camps they were subjects and not citizens. 50 Years later Bill Clinton gives the surviving Japanese-Americans a check and a written apology as restitution for their crushed lives.  

 

The Constitution and our Bill of Rights attempt to place the inalienable rights of man into words. The framers developed these documents as a safeguard our individual rights against what the majority wants. When we begin to ignore the Constitution’s protections or diminish it’s ideals… then we turn the sacred document into what it really is: an old, parched, piece of paper covered with worthless signatures. Trash.

 

In Modern Times

 

As we have faced our own modern crises, the War on Terror, we have let our better sense and judgement lapse to favor protectionist laws. Lately, our apathy to examine these laws has culminated in the exposure of the largest surveillance program the world has ever seen. So vast is the power of this information at the Government’s fingertips…equally endless are the possibilities for abuse. The Constitution’s protections have once again been reduced by a crisis. It has yet again been turned into old, meaningless paper.

 

This time… shame on us.

 

When the constitution becomes worthless to our government, when your right to “free speech” can be used against you, and your liberty is threatened at every stroke of a legislature’s pen… then we can see with clear vision the importance of our Second Amendment in modern times. It is in place to protect the smallest minority, the individual, you, from the Tyranny of the Majority.

 

If that terrible day should come… where the law of the land is against your livelihood, your freedom, and your liberty…

 

“How you gonna come?

 

With your hands on your head

 

Or on the trigger of your gun?”  – The Clash

 

When someone blathers on about how tyranny won’t happen here… remind them that it has happened here before, it could possibly happen again, and if tyranny comes back to put the minority in its sights… remind them that you will kindly reserve the option to place tyranny back in its rightful place under your sights. 30 round magazine an all.

 

History shows the majority will not be on your side. Prepare accordingly.  

 

THE BEST DEFENSIVE HANDGUN AND CARRY METHOD

Article submitted by Mark Hatfield.
THE BEST DEFENSIVE HANDGUN AND CARRY METHOD
Is there really such a thing?  Of course there is, I know this because because I’ve read that and been told that by the experts not just a few times but many times over a series of decades.
For a long time it was the 1911 (pronounced ‘nineteen-eleven’) when properly altered and fed with ammunition which it was not designed to use.  The alterations cost more than the price of the gun.  They were necessary to improve the accuracy, make it reliable when using that ammo which it was not intended to use, and make it more reliable in general, as well as making it more user friendly.  Now there are several other guns which can fit that description though they require fewer alterations.
But there’s a catch.  The ‘perfect’ gun is bigger (usually) and heavier (usually) than most people want to carry every day and even more difficult to conceal.  One pistol which the FBI briefly adopted was so large and heavy that insider sources says many agents did not want to wear it but kept it in briefcases or in the car instead.  “But’, says the purist, ‘That’s not true, all you have to do is to dress…, to wear…’.  Therein is the rub, one has to dress around the gun instead of wearing what you want to wear.
I have attended courses where the instructors and some students were dressed in additional layers of clothing which was quite unneeded, even insane, in the hot Florida sun but it was needed to conceal the guns.  One specific article of clothing was so used for a cover garment that it became known in some circles as sold mostly to gun carriers.  The same applied to a particular short-lived fad accessory.
An organization currently has put together an optimum handgun which works well for very close work, long distance work, fast work on multiple targets, and even for shooting while running.  It really does well for all these things BUT, like any tool, it needs to be in your hand to be used.  With serious research and testing, a holster has been designed for these guns which can be well concealed and can allow the gun to get into the hand with amazing speed.  BUT, (yes, there is another ‘but’), it works well with only one type of cover garment.  Even then, it requires very careful placement to be able to wear it for hours at a time or in positions other than standing.
I have met a number of people, serious people, who have their perfect defensive gun in their perfect holster BUT, ‘I had to go to a wedding and it doesn’t work with those clothes’, ‘I can’t use it when I dress for church’, ‘It doesn’t work with what I have to wear at work’, ‘Can’t wear it when I…’.  What happens then?  They take a gun which they usually laugh at and just stick it in a pocket, or even worse, carry nothing at all.
Years ago exactly the same thing was true with the devotees of the ‘nineteen-eleven’.  They designed the perfect gun, then carried something else.  What’s that old expression? “The more things change, the more they stay the same’.
There are tales of civilians and even police who taped concealed guns to their bodies, however getting them into action when needed was quite another thing.  One person who liked ankle holsters was in a situation where he realized that his gun might as well have been locked in the safe at home, such was his inability to get to it when he needed it.
It is not unusual that the ‘bad guys’ who simply stick a gun in their waistband can often get them into use faster than the legally concealed carrier can get to theirs.  Part of that is because the bad guy makes the first move, but even in controlled tests the results are usually the same.  The ‘good guys’ have got to learn exactly what they can and cannot do, particularly under stress, as Clint Eastwood said ‘A man’s got to know his limitations’.

Review: Trijicon SRS reflex sight

Article Submitted by Joshua Berry. 

When I first heard of the Trijicon SRS I could not have been more excited. As someone who always looks for the next best thing, especially in red dots the SRS was boasting a lot of features. Trijicon durability, 1.75MOA dot, Huge FOV, 3yr battery life on one AA battery, and a solar cell! Yeah a solar cell.

Sadly when mine arrived my joys were quickly crushed. I plan to keep this review semi short for the simple fact that I sold my SRS02 at a loss about a month after having it.

The best things the SRS02 had going for it was the 1.75 MOA dot and the huge FOV. The bobro mount mine came with was awesome but cost me extra, BTW Bobro mounts are the best QD mounts IMO.

Sadly the numerous cons far outweighed the positives this optic brought to the table.

1. Weight, the SRS02 was around 15oz…thats nearly a pound for an optic.
2. Price, its an expensive optic. I was given a discount and even with my $150 savings the SRS02 was still $850 shipped to my house.
3. Fleas, when I say fleas I mean things that can be worked out but at the time were issues. The tint of the front glass would often…and I mean often cause reflections of your face, the emitter, the threads, basically everything in and behind the optic. This was a huge negative as it became so distracting I often focused on it and lost sight of my targets.
4. The solar cell, its a great idea but poorly executed. My mind was going on about how this will be THE OPTIC for when Murphy strikes or SHTF, but sadly I was once again let down. The issue with the solar cell in this, is that it doesn’t run the optic unless the battery is good.

What I mean by that is you have to be able to turn it on by the battery in order for the solar cell to power the optic, so while this will increase the overall life of the already lengthy 3 year run time, and kinda keep it going in case your battery dies, it left me wondering why did they even add this feature.

Without it we would have a lighter, less expensive optic and it would still do everything the same?

5. The last issue was the brightness adjustment buttons, not only are the on opposite sides of the optic, they are so stiff you cannot easily adjust the optic on the fly.

Overall this optic left me with a bad taste in my mouth and out $850. Once again its a case of the Tripower….great ideas, but poor execution.

PS: as of this writing Trijicon has launched a Gen II SRS that switched from the Blue lens coating to a Yellow coating that negates the reflection issues. But from what I am told the rest still remain.

MK12 MOD 0 SPR

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

The Picture of above shows a MK 12  made around 2007 .  The lower, upper and BCG  are  from the Colt Match  HBAR Elite   CAR A3,  The FCG is the factory Colt  enhanced  match trigger.  Everything else is parts spec’ed for the MK12 MOD 0  used by the military.   With handloaded 77 grain ammo or black hills  MK 262 the gun has been used to make consistent hits on a target the size of a mans chest at 1,000 yards.