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Three Rules vs. Four

July 31st, 2011 | 3 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now and I am finally getting to it.  I noticed that the NRA rewrote the four rules of gun safety into three rules and I’m not really sure why.  Well, I have suspicions, but that is all.

Now, the four rules (as they were taught to me) go as follows:

The 1st Law – The Firearm Is Always Loaded!

When you pick it up CHECK it and safe it.  Even then, if it’s unloaded – you still treat it as if it IS loaded, it’s the best way to make sure you don’t have a negligent discharge.

The 2nd Law – Never Point The Firearm At Something You Are Not Prepared To Destroy!

Best way to make sure you don’t have years of regret is to always keep your weapon under control and on target.

The 3rd Law – Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

Know what you are shooting and what is BEHIND what you are shooting.  Bullets can go through quite a few things before stopping, so be dang sure you know what is there before pulling the trigger.  For an example of penetration power, I direct you to my friend Michael

The 4th Law – Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

Until you are ready and willing to fire, keep the booger hook off the bang switch!  Until you know for certain that rules 2 and 3 are being followed, then you don’t move on to rule 4

Notice, that not once in the rules does it say anything about what the ‘target’ is.  The target could be a milk jug, a paper silhouette, or a goblin trying to get into your house.  All the rules still apply.  These rules have been just fine since Col. Cooper came up with them.

Now, the NRA rules read a lot different.  Maybe they were written for younger shooters, or new shooters, or who knows what, but they come across a lot different to me.

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

Now, I am no firearms expert.  I haven’t spent years studying the stopping power of various rounds or going to tactical training camps to learn how to get the most out of my weapons (though I would love to!!!) I’m just a simple guy that likes to keep things as straight forward as possible and it seems to me that the NRA rules just kind of muddy up the waters.

Why isn’t the first rule “A Firearm is always loaded”  To me, that is the most important fact to drive home in any shooters mind.  the NRA rules don’t even talk about until rule three and that is a muddle right there “ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use”???  WTF?  Lot softer of a sell that saying ‘IT’S ALWAYS LOADED NO MATTER WHAT!”

The rest of the rules to me are just as muddled.  It seems like they wanted to have all the information of the Four Rules, but not call it that, and make it friendlier and less scary.  Well, what a firearm can do is scary, and to me you should always handle your firearm with the respect that is required.

Maybe I’m just being pissy, but it seems to me they fixed something that wasn’t broke.

And more screen shots

July 31st, 2011 | 4 Comments | Posted in Penn Station, pretty pictures

Getting much closer to finished.  Only details left are the lights on the support beams and some security fences on the north walls stairs.  After that it is a matter of filling out some of the walls to the outer areas and then the modeling of the station is done!!!  FINALLY!!!

Click on the image to embiggen it

The Pot is Calling the Kettle Black???

I understand that the word for this would be chutzpah

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration accused Iran on Thursday of entering into a “secret deal” with an Al Qaeda offshoot that provides money and recruits for attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Treasury Department designated six members of the unit as terrorists subject to U.S. sanctions.

The U.S. intelligence community has in the past disagreed about the extent of direct links between the Iranian government and Al Qaeda. Thursday’s allegations went further than what most analysts had previously said was a murky relationship with limited cooperation.

After allowing the ATF to sell guns to the Cartels, many of which have landed in the hands of MS13, one of the most violent gangs in the United States as well as arming the Sinaloa cartel, not to mention the fact that the State Department has also been helping arm the Zeta cartel the Obama administration is pissing and moaning that Iran is doing something bad.

So how is Iran arming terrorists different and/or worse than our own government arming narco-terrorist??  Oh, because one wants to kill us and the other wants to kill us too??

Maybe they should clean up their own act in Washington before doing too much chest thumping over what other other countries are doing.

Gee, What a Shock

July 25th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in We're from the government..., WTF

The Feds have no comment about how a couple of convicted felons were able to purchase over 300 firearms WHILE THEY WATCHED ON CLOSED CIRCUIT TV!

In the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials won’t say how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun.

Under current federal law, people with felony convictions are not permitted to buy weapons, and those with felony arrests are typically flagged while the FBI conducts a thorough background check.

However, according to court records reviewed by Fox News, two of the 20 defendants indicted in the Fast and Furious investigation have felony convictions and criminal backgrounds that experts say, at the very least, should have delayed them buying a single firearm. Instead, the duo bought dozens of guns on multiple occasions while federal officials watched on closed-circuit cameras.

So, while we hear more and more from the anti’s about how we need stronger gun control and we need to ‘close loopholes’ so that the bad guys can’t buy guns (even though most bad guys just steal them), here we have the federal agencies that are responsible for making sure that the people buying guns aren’t criminals turning a blind eye to the whole situation while they catch it on tape.
It seems more and more obvious to me that this is a situation of the government causing a major problem in order to then be able to come in and “fix it” through more totalitarian controls.
Syndrome would be proud.
When asked about the breakdown, Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the NICS System, said the FBI had no comment. However, ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who worked the Fast and Furious investigation, said NICS officials called the ATF in Phoenix whenever their suspects tried to buy a gun. That conversation typically led to a green light for the buyers, when it should have stopped them.

Of course they have no comment.  Any lie they tell would be found out and they sure as hell don’t want us to know the truth.  Everyone that was involved in this should be fire or in jail, and the agency shut down.

More Progress

July 22nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Animation Stuff, Penn Station, pretty pictures

It seems that I am actually getting close to finishing the modeling on my thesis environment. I was stalled for quite a while on it due to a number of things: moving, baby, finding a job and not having a really good view of what the platform level looked like.  Well, after finding the platform image I posted a few weeks back it energized me to get back to work and finish this thing.

I may have the final major parts done in by the beginning of August. After that I’ll need to build the train, carriage cars and some environmental props. Once all that is done it will be off to texturing, lighting and then I will call it done.

The end seems to be in sight. Let’s just hope all this work can translate into a job.

Platform view

And from the 31st Street Stairs.


July 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized, WTF

I was told a long time ago that 5% of any profession has people in it that cause 95% of the problems.

Here’s one of those Five Percenters in action and giving the rest of the honest, decent officers that risk their lives every day a bad name.

From Hotair we know that the officer has been relived of duty and is under investigation but this should never have happened in the first place.

This is the kind of thing that make the public not trust or cooperate with the police, when one badge happy jackass thinks that he is Judge Dredd and is somehow ‘king of the streets’.

With any luck, this individual will be looking for new employment soon.