Firearms

TAKE A KNEE

Photo borrowed from the official Ted Nugent Facebook page.

Reposted on the Ted Nugent official Facebook page. Originally written by Stanislaus Drew Copied and posted here for the sake of future reference to a well thought out piece written out of frustration during a time of National unrest. 



Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces… the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon… Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well… and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

 Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat… Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress… Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

 There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

 While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken… but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains… every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

 No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans… just American men and women… delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us… blazing a path so you would have ‘the right to take a knee.’

 You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your ‘protest’ is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another…

 If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all… because He is the one who provides those things.

 And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave It goes like this…

“GOD BLESS AMERICA!”

by Stanislaus Drew

Tired of the expense of buying cans of spray case lube?  The last can of Hornaday One Shot I purchased sports a sticker that says I paid $9.99 for it. That’s ridiculous for a 7oz can.  After doing a quick google and youtube search I was able to find an alternative case lube that’s both cheaper and more environmentally friendly.  

Purchase: Buy liquid lanolin at your local health food store. Ask them to order it if they don’t stock it. Or you can find it on Amazon.  Buy the red bottle Iso-HEET from your local auto parts store. What you are looking for is 99% pure isopropyl alcohol. Lesser quality contains more water and impurities.  Last, buy a high quality spray bottle that’s made for chemical usage. 

Directions: Add 1oz liquid lanolin and 12oz Iso-HEET (red bottle not yellow) together in a spray bottle.  Shake well to mix. Put a few hundred pieces of brass in a plastic bin or lesser amounts in a gallon zipper bag. Add a few squirts to your homemade brass lube to the brass and shake for 20-30 seconds to ensure an even coating. Add more lube if necessary. 

The following three videos are three years old though I haven’t changed a thing in my brass polishing methodology.
Step 1 – Tumbler and media

Step 2 – The mix

Step 3 – The finished product

Fill the tumbler bowl roughly half or just under full of lizard litter.  Add 3 cap fulls of the polish. Let it run for 30-45 minutes with NO Brass in it. This coats the walnut with polish. If you add brass immediately skipping that initial mix time you’ll have brass filled with polish. You can imagine that you don’t want that.  Add to your media a cool whip bowl quantity of dirty brass. Let the brass tumble 1-1.5 hours to clean it in preparation for de-priming/resizing. Brass is final polished after de-priming/resizing. This does 2 things. 1. It removes the resizing case lube your going to use. 2. It shines your cases to like new shine.  This step can be 4-8 hours depending on the condition of the brass.

I prefer Lyman tumblers for three reasons. 1. Excellent customer reviews. 2. Lower cost. 3. They simply work well.
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Lizard Litter of the crushed walnut variety is readily available at your local pet shop at substantially lower cost than commercially produced tumbling media.
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I use NuFinish car polish from Walmart or the auto parts store. It’s relatively inexpensive and adds the polishing agents that crushed walnut lacks.
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Hopefully you’ve found this to be useful information. If not, I’ve got nothing for ya. If you’ve got questions hit me up in the comments section.
–QBall45

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I will suggest using a 67# card stock for printing your targets on your inkjet or laser printer. No, you won’t find this at your local Walmart. You will need to stop by the office supply store or a custom print shop. I think the print quality turned out excellent. The best part of using this type of “paper” rather than the normal 20# copy paper that most of us use in our printers is that your target isn’t going to flap in the wind. Yes, card stock is a bit more expensive than regular paper. However, I think it’s worth the premium when you don’t have to contend with flapping targets down range. This would be of particular benefit to those using outdoor public ranges. I’m spoiled with my backyard range.

Please ignore my poor example of marksmanship. This was only the second outing with my 22/45. I am excited to get more time on the range with it as spring approaches. 

If you are looking for free printable targets check out the collection I’ve put together and posted HERE.

I’ve decided to share the collection of free printable targets that I’ve found while searching the interwebs. The pertinent particulars regarding origination should be visible on each target. So, I think I’m covered in copyright area as I’m simply sharing (without changing or claiming ownership) that which has been and currently is being shared for free by the original creating parties. Should you be interested in other free printable targets feel free to fire up the Google machine.

Below each image I’ve added a link to download from Drive for your convenience.
–QBall45

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image NRA B-6

image NRA B-8

imageSight In Target

image NA Hunter Bullseye

imageNA Hunter 2×1

imageNA Hunter 3×2

imageNA Hunter 4×3

imageMidway USA Pistol Target

imageLucky Gunner Targets Competition Bullseye

image Targetz Silhouette

imageMyTargets – Target22 Circles

I created the following targets using the target generator at PrintTargets.net

image Q Target 2 – 4×4

image Q Target 3 Rimfire – 4×4

image Q Target 6 – 5×4

image Q Target 4 – 2×1

image Q Target 5 – 1×1

The Smith and Wesson M&P 9c that has become my carry gun comes with 12 round magazines. While this is a big improvement over the 8 round magazines I use in my 1911 I was looking for an increase in backup capacity. The way I figure it is simple, if I end up needing my concealed-carry weapon I’m probably not having a good day. The last thing I want is to not have enough ammunition on hand should the day come that my firearm is needed as a lifesaving device. So, a pair of 17 round magazines have been acquired as a Christmas gift from my lovely wife. imageNaturally, the 17 round magazine is going to extend below the grip frame on a compact gun designed for 12 round magazines.
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imageAlien Gear makes a great hybrid holster if you’re interested. I like the 5.11 Double Duty Tdu Belt.
–QBall45

If you did your math correctly you’re probably shaking your head right now wondering why the necessity for 47 rounds… The answer is because sometimes shit gets messy and there’s no such thing as having too much ammo. If you enjoy the firearms community I’ll suggest that you head over to Gun District and sign up to become a member. It’s a wonderful social media site much like Facebook only better. Unlike Facebook, Gun District was created by gun people for gun people.

This afternoon I met a former coworker in the parking lot of a local gunshop. He was in the market for a shotgun and I happened to have one that rarely saw any use. After we exchanged gun for cash we walked inside. I proceeded to fill out the 4473 form, wait for the background check to be processed, exchanged cash for gun and walked out the door gun in hand. (No waiting period when you have a permit to purchase or a permit to carry)
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I picked out a new Ruger mkiii 22/45 22lr. I have been wanting a 22 pistol to use for teaching my kids to shoot handguns. While they are able to use my 45 and 9mm I know that the 22 rimfire is far more enjoyable for youngsters.
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With factory drilled and tapped mounting holes I’m thinking that I’ll probably end up adding a small reflex red dot sight.

As the sun was getting ready to set we lined up a handful of clay targets on the edge of the grove. Taking turns shooting and loading mags I heard only one complaint. “It sure would be nice if these 10 round magazines held more than 10 rounds!” I do believe that turning my 870 into this Ruger was a wise decision as this will likely be on the range every single time we shoot. The smiles on my backyard range this afternoon solidified the decision to change one gun for the other.