Yeah, that’s how I feel as well

Kerodin lays it out.

I’ve had a tough time coming up with something to say that doesn’t involve screaming obscenities and yelling “no effing way…”

I have however calmed down enough to perhaps craft a message:

You cannot have my property. I will not peaceably give it to you for any reason.

Whether that is a magazine, rifle, pistol, ammunition, pocket knife, 40mm howitzer, or sharpened stick.

You cannot have my property.

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Some Updates

Some updates.

I’m traveling for my new day gig. Lots. Mrs. Matson is pissed and the brood misses having dad around every night. Opportunities sometimes cause situations like this to pop up. This too shall pass.

This also means I have the indelible displeasure of having to deal with the TSA on a twice weekly basis. Awesome. To top it off, most of said travel is to Detroit. Lovely – which is actually not that bad where I happen to be while there, though I have gear cached and a detailed E&E plan to head 180 if I need to.

On top of this I am involved in a few web/software type startups. I generally roll the dice on stuff like this to see what can come out of a little effort. Sometimes the payoff is high. Most times not.

Finally, I started a drone manufacturing company last week while out on the road. It will be based in GA unless something radical changes on that front. I will share details as that one progresses because I believe it has the most significance to what I talk about here. Like Kerodin’s citadel and arms company, this org will strive to build for the citizenry in support of liberty and freedom. Details soon with pics of the prototypes.

 

If I’m Honest, This Stings a Bit

And, what I say below downright hurts…

NC Renegade, via Kerodin.

I have faith in the real American people. The people who are moral and virtuous. The people who understand the concept of both honor and sacred Honor.  The people who will stop putting their future in the hands of politicians. The people who will sacrifice everything to give their children back their Freedom.

I respectfully disagree. We are not moral & virtuous. In fact, I cannot remember back to a time in my life when we were either of these. Tough, resourceful, independent, yes. Morality and virtue? Not so sure.

Now, before you start firing up that email client or hammering down the comment section, let me clarify. There are those who walk among us who are. In fact, there are lots of them. My point is that the majority of my countrymen are not. The III% are few an far between. They are the exception rather than the rule and that is my point.

Cheap money, nice, fine, touring saloons at low interest rates over 60 months. A 3000 sq ft shoddily built house that in reality resembles an ATM rather than a home. Careers spent chasing the next comma in your annual income instead of stepping out and doing or making. This is what Americans are now.

Sir, I appreciate your post more than you could ever know, and hope to God almighty that I am completely wrong in my opinion.

On Scout Rifles

Oh yes. Oh yes indeed.

Kerodin says that “every patriot needs one”.

I would go a bit further and say every able bodied man in the country needs one. Fathers should get one for each child as they come of age. Wives and daughters as well.

This is the Swiss Army Knife of guns. Simple as that.

Here’s the concept:

Light, fast, good solid chambering, magazine fed, bolt gun. Cooper idealized the platform as something to serve the user with its inherent versatility and flexibility. If you ever saw him shoot his Steyr, he would throw it up to his shoulder and pop a man sized target out to 200 yards. He called it the “Snap Shot”. I never trained with him or went to Gunsite. I saw him do this on Shooting USA or something similar years ago. In fact, that was the first time (i think I was in my very early 20’s) when I was introduced to the concept. 15 minutes after seeing this, I called my local gun store and asked them to order me a Steyr Scout. It was only after they told me the price that I gasped, said ‘no thanks’ and hung up.

Fast forward a few years and I picked up a Mosin Nagant and scouted it all up using after market this and that. I still have said abomination. I’ve killed more deer & hogs with it than I would ever admit to in a public setting. 7.62x54r is one hell of a hammer. The Mosin however, is not really a true scout. For that, according to Cooper, it would have to be in .308win, have a bigger mag, and come with a bi-pod.

Fast forward again a few years to the Savage Scout. Great rifle. Limited production run and not a good seller. I missed that window.

Forward still, Ruger introduces something akin to a scout – maybe the frontier? Don’t know. I was too busy doing grad school and thinking about how to pay for that second and third kid.

However, last year, the final ball dropped.

Ruger GSR. Ho-lee-crap. Best rifle ever.

Again, not a true scout per Cooper – no bi-pod. But, it’s close enough for me.

Just after I snapped the above pic, I dropped an eight point about 180 yards off to my left. Later on that season, I popped a doe at sub-50 yards, got down to check her, looked up in the opposite direction and saw two bucks about 100 yards out behind where I was.

Here’s where the scout concept shines dear readers…

I chambered another round, brought the rifle up and dropped buck #1, worked the bolt and put a round into buck #2.

Get it? Long range accuracy, high round count mags, solid .308win, long eye relief optics for extremely fast follow ups. Cooper’s concept proved out. BTW – tier 1 operator? Nope. Pushing 40 glorified network admin.

On my last three training exercises I have taken my GSR as my back up or “bench rifle” while the others in the group tote Savages or Remchesters that weigh twice as much. Gee guys, with optics and two spare mags you are still south of a middle level AR or AK.

Is it an SSG? Nope. Some AI, or custom Remchester thing that shoots sub-MOA. Nope. Though, I would argue it is one of the most flexible rifles out there today. You could do a lot worse, but you would have a really tough time and spend lots and lots of cash to do better.

Go get one.

The Long, Hot Summer Indeed

Prayers Mike. Always.

Our long, hot summer ahead.

Deployed to the Rockpile unless redirected to Chicago. That would not surprise me in the least. I thought the summer of 2009 would have been it, but it looks like the odds are increasing by the minute on a very bloody summer across our Once Great Republic.

The same old political and social class stratification arguments are pushing us in directions that we never wanted to go. Intentional? At this point, does it really matter?

AP has a good one here. Fairly sure I agree with him. I lived in that area of FL for a long time and understand the very simple cultural aspects of that part of our country. And quite honestly, this is getting worse and worse.

An no, Mr. Kerodin, I’m not sure I am ready for true evil.

Want some heartfelt insight? Doesn’t matter. That’s the kind of mood I’m in this evening.

Every Sunday, for the last few weeks, as I sit in church and listen to one of the greatest communicators that the world has ever seen, one constant prayer plays over and over in my mind:

“Lord, please, let us find a way out that doesn’t come to a fight. Please let us go on, and find that one way out that won’t involve bloodshed.”

Our Decadence, Our Darkness

I had intended to post something in response to Kerodin’s post here, but as usual, capitalist greed got in my way.

Having piles of things to do this afternoon, and not wanting to do them, I had a random, passing thought on a few events that have made me re-evaluate our current social climate.

  1. Just before Christmas, I had all three of my kids in the truck going to WalMart of all places. We were accosted by a 40-ish year old man in the parking lot over a left turn. While I’m not clear that this is my fault, I’m willing to admit that to quell a potential violent situation. This man disagreed with that tactic and I was forced to reveal my sidearm in what turned out to be a very diffusing and non-threatening manner. No cops, no marshals, no 45 degree blading. Merely an idiot who was having a bad day and essentially realized that his temper would cause him to lose his life should he continue on the path he was walking down. BTW, first and only time I have ever had my hand on my piece while holding a baby. Dude, seriously? A left turn gets you this upset? How have you lived this long?
  2. Traffic again (it is Atlanta). Two teenage girls in a $45,000 BMW convertible almost causing an accident. Mobile phones were involved. I merely stared and shook my head in bewilderment. This drew her ire, and I was told vociferously that I was indeed number one. I would be remiss not to point out that a sixteen year old in a vehicle that expensive did not in any way produce enough labor to compensate for the cost of that car. She was given this, and based upon the area, is likely to be the recipient of this level of decadence for all of her short sixteen years on the planet. She was also rather corpulent. I do not point this to laugh at her and speak ill. I point this out because it shows a lack of self respect and self loathing. At that age, kid should not look like that. They should be in their physical primes. I know there are exceptions, but given the other components of these circumstances, I would bet the Bachelor Chow consumption is a bit too high.

Takeaways from this could be a couple of things:

  1. I’m a very bad or aggressive driver, which is true, though live in Atlanta and you will turn into this as well.
  2. The state of societal degradation has increased.

Can you view an entire society through the lens of two random encounters? No. Definitely not. However, you can use them as a sample of what is out there and blog about like I’m doing.

For the first, I attribute it to how crazy Christmas has become. I truly do. From October to January I have gotten to the point of wanting to stay inside and cower.

For the second, I’m not sure.

If you think the FSA has a sense of entitlement, try hanging out with upper middle class Republicans. It is the ghetto, only the rims aren’t chrome, and the stay-at-home-moms have better drugs.

The larger point here though is not about violence or how bad teenagers in BMW’s suck. The larger point is how are we, as patriots, III%’ers, Constitutionalists, etc ever going to get anywhere when the most solidly conservative people in the country feel entitled to free healthcare, cheap prescription drugs to ingest, and low, low monthly payments on fin German touring saloons?

You think about that dear readers.

My neighbors are the most entitlement laden bastards I have ever encountered.

“Lower the overall debt of the county by using tax revenues to pay down the note? Hell no! We need more schools! Class sizes are too big and little Timmy here needs extra attention!”

“That script is how much? I’m not paying that! F’ing Obama, making my meds go up in cost.”

“30 round mag? Why do YOU need a 30 round mag? The cops are here to ‘protect & serve’.”

The above, I excrement you not, has been overheard at every tennis match, stupid social gathering, and drunken business lunch I have attended since 2008. Take that, add it to the issues down in the inner city, and other ghetto like aspects of American society, and what do you have?

A perfect storm.

We have as a nation, society, and culture reached a pinnacle and peak of decadence the likes of which the world has yet to see. The higher the climb, the more brutal the fall guys. Questions? Ask the Romans, or more to the point, those who were left after that empire smoldered.

This flinch is a tell

John Venlet via The Green Dragon Tavern.

Comment by Pat Hines is what I really wanted to pull out of this:

I hate to skewer your illusions, TPaine, but the US government’s military will do, at least above the 65% level, exactly what their superiors tell them to do, exactly like they did after Katrina in New Orleans and nearby Parishes.

Betting on the US government’s military to act within Constitutions limitations is a fantasy.

Posted by Pat Hines  on  02/21  at  06:46 PM

 

Look up a little further on that page to find the phrase, ‘preparing the battlespace’.

All, we are in for one hell of a fight. Better get ready now, though I have to admit, the concept behind John’s piece did make me smile a bit.

As to regular posting, I’m not sure when I will have time. Our major deal was complete as of last week, and now I’m working through transition and integration. 20 hour days have turned into 22 hour days much to Mrs. Matson’s chagrin. I still owe Kerodin an E&E post with pics. Will do my best to get that complete by weeks’ end.