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  1. Man, there must be some dark conspiracy behind the different researchers all announcing that their independent genetic studies of this coronavirus makes it appear very unlikely to have been engineered, but one that is naturally occurring. 🤐 I know that some people live to "see" conspiracies everywhere. Having attended (out of curiosity and for entertainment) an occasional "conference" where conspiracies are one of the main focal points, it's interesting to see how many people are attracted to conspiracies like moths to a flame. The old "I want to believe" ... https://www.yahoo.com/news/fact-check-did-coronavirus-originate-215649018.html
  2. You may have read one of the earlier articles where it was speculated (conspiracy-wise) that it had been combined with part of the HIV virus to make it deadlier and more easily transmitted? When I forwarded one of those articles to my retired military doctor friend who has knowledge of NBC, a polite paraphrasing of his response was that it was utterly ridiculous and demonstrated a lack of understanding of how difficult it was to transmit HIV versus any of the rhino & corona viruses.
  3. The sources I was looking through weren't those generated from background checks. Also, CA doesn't have many pawn shops who can handle firearms anymore. When I was talking with DOJ (before I retired, working on something else), I learned that there were less than 15 remaining pawn shops in the state licensed to handle firearms.
  4. Hard numbers are very difficult to find, and that doesn't even begin to take into consideration the unregistered firearms bought before the GCA, back when you could order guns through the mail, and many older guns didn't even have serial numbers. I came across some "researched guesstimate" numbers from different sources that exceeded 400 million, and that was almost 3 years ago before the last couple of buying sprees. If I remember right, some numbers just for CA in the last big panic sales exceeded 350,000, and back then the best estimates for lawfully firearms in CA exceeded 8 million. The unregistered, pre-GCA and illegally acquired guns are anybody's guess.
  5. I suspect his interview belongs on InfoWars, or in one of the MIB's favorite "Hot Sheets" in a supermarket aisle.
  6. My 8" #1 Fighting Knife. It was refurbed by Gary Randall in the early 90's, if I remember correctly. It was a gift to me. Note the RH Stag handle. While I'd asked about having the handle replaced with micarta when it was being refurbed, Gary called me and said he recommended I leave the Stag handle intact, as it was every bit as strong as any micarta handle material, and was a type of Stag material they couldn't get anymore. He said he just had to fill in the 2 nerve holes in the butt of the handle that had opened up over the years, and then reseal the handle. I got the impression he didn't think it wise to alter the knife from how it had been made by his father, and I certainly wasn't inclined to go against his recommendation. The sheath was replaced with a new one he said was made by a retired state trooper who made sheaths for them. His refinishing of the blade was absolutely outstanding.
  7. Sigh. I spoke with a retired doctor who served in the military and who was, until very recently, teaching DoD field classes for military members regarding reacting to NBC threats. Interestingly enough, he also has prior professional experience lecturing in Wuhan in the early 2000's (neural procedure). His personal (albeit somewhat informed) opinion is that there are many factors mitigating against this SARS-Coronavirus outbreak having being the result of anyone (nation state level) being stupid enough to think to try and develop a flu virus as a bioweapon, let alone have it "escape" from some lab in mainland China. He was very emphatic in his warning not to fall prey to any rampant conspiracy theories. I'm inclined to listen to the opinions of medical experts in such things before I'd give much credence to a professor of international law who drafted a law about bioweapons back in the late 80's. It's not like that lab in Wuhan is the only such L4 lab able to work with such pathogens.
  8. Did anyone see this follow up article of the Birmingham AL McDonald's shooting, with an interview of the victim father from earlier this year? https://www.wbrc.com/2019/01/08/father-who-shot-masked-gunman-mcdonalds-speaks-first-time/
  9. I finally own a Zippo lighter. Mine is one available for members to buy at the I'm With Roscoe private website, which is a forum and training website for aficionados of snub revolvers (and fedoras). It only costs $40 for a 2-year membership, and the names of some of the folks involved ought to garner some attention among shooting enthusiasts. ;) https://www.imwithroscoe.com/staff/ https://www.imwithroscoe.com/product/im-with-roscoe-zippo-lighter/ While I might just carry it against the need for fire, I might also order a cigar torch replacement insert for it someday. Cigar lighters can use more refined, cleaner fuel which doesn't affect the taste of the cigar, and a single or double torch flame lights heats and lights cigars faster. Mine:
  10. When I feel like carrying one of my Glocks (G26 & G27) - which isn't as often as my other retirement choices - it's usually in a Rosen Premier Express a close friend once gifted me. I still have some assorted plastic holsters, though. The ammunition is typically one of the former issued and/or approved duty loads I've carried in each caliber (I've carried issued 9, .40 & .45 at one time or another), of which the more modern lines have been T-Series, Golden Sabre and HST. Other than being somewhat partial to the 127gr +P+ RA9TA (or older RA9SXTP, which uses an earlier revision of the SXT bullet), I don't have any particular "favorite" among the various ammo lines.
  11. It's not really a surprise the USSS changed calibers, as that was a rumor I'd heard within LE training circles more than a year ago. As I recall, it was mentioned that a couple of the fed agencies currently using .357SIG were reportedly planning transitioning to 9mm as their existing ammunition stockpiles of .357SIG were being depleted through training. Nothing was mentioned about planned T&E to replace the existing brand weapons with another brand, but it's hardly surprising that the more expensive metal-framed weapons would end up being replaced by one of the current much-less-expensive plastic weapons seeing a lot of duty use. Especially when there are already existing major LE/Gov/Mil contracts that could be piggy-backed upon. Granted, this will inevitably cause some consternation and angst among some .357SIG groupies in the private owner world, but what doesn't do that? The caliber has been declining for some time in the LE/Gov world. Things move on. (And sometimes go in circles, or at least behave cyclically. )
  12. Read through the requirements, including for application at the bottom of the page. https://ca.db101.org/ca/programs/income_support/calworks/program2.htm https://california-assistance.org/california-dss/snap-in-california/food-stamp-application/ https://pocketsense.com/apply-welfare-california-5585.html
  13. One of the subtle changes I've made when it comes to my penchant for continually adding to my knife collection is that I'm adding more partially serrated and fully serrated folders. I was buying Cold Steel, Benchmade and Spyderco folders with serrations many years ago, but I've become interested in adding more. Serrations and their practicality can be a controversial and much debated topic among knife users. However, one thing remains pretty clear, if you really need to rip/cut something thick, serrations can help. I was helping my brother load a truck for his move out-of-state (now that he's retired), and some of the heavier items were being strapped and tied to the inside of the truck using heavy, thick nylon ties. At one point I needed to cut one and my regular blade was having a hard time getting into a spot so I could apply enough force and leverage to cleanly sever the tie. I also had an older Spyderco folder in my pocket that day, with a partially serrated G-2 blade, and was able to maneuver the blade to where the serrations would engage. The ease with which the serrations smoothly parted the heavy nylon strap was pretty damned satisfying. A single push and the nylon parted like thick butter with one pass of the serrations. No sawing at all. I can't remember the name/model of that original Spyderco, but it's one of the all plastic handled models (integral plastic clip) with a soft rubber insert in the hard plastic handle on the side opposite the one with the clip (to help prevent slippage). I I remember right, it was the "budget" version of more expensive metal-handed Spyderco of that time period. If any Spyderco fans might recognize it, here it is in a pic. It's the bottom knife in this pic. Both it and the original Delica with the fully serrated blade are from my younger days. You can see the outlined edge of the softer textured insert in the hard plastic handle on the side facing the lens.
  14. I also started getting more interested in wheelguns as I neared retirement, and it didn't really abate after I retired. As much as I like S&W revolvers ... (being a former Colt and Ruger Sec-6 enthusiast, but being issued S&W's once I entered LE) ... I have to say that the S&W's of the 70's-90's could be a coin toss regarding whether they were assembled and fit properly, or even well. I saw more work required to make some of the "pre-lock" smith's of those years work right than I'd have ever expected to see needed done. Our S&W and Colt revolver armorer (we issued Pythons at one point in the 70's) was kept pretty busy repairing guns and putting them back in spec. Once I came back from my S&W revolver armorer class I started seeing some personally-owned Smith's brought in by our folks for some repair. Except for a new production NIB .22LR that came with a hand spring problem, the rest were all older 60's thru maybe early 80's smith's. Looking inside some of them made me wonder how they'd been allowed to leave the factory. Rough machining, to say the least. Some fitting parts either on the ragged edge of spec, or out-of-spec. When I called and asked the retired revolver armorer about some of the nasty older production I was seeing, he just chuckled and welcomed me to the wonderful world of seeing regular production work and variances. Of course, he was the guy who'd previously had to repair a couple of my own 90's production New and LNIB Smith's (pre-MIM/pre-lock) so they'd function, which came back to mind. Of course, as an armorer our folks wouldn't be bringing us the good/excellent examples to open up, would they? I guess the variance in the older parts makes sense when you realize that it used to require 7 different machining stations and steps to make an older revolver hammer, before fitting might be required to assemble a gun, while the MIM ones just pop out of the molds to spec. We were also told the old style frames used to require 75 machining steps during manufacture after forging, but the new style frames and manufacturing methods only require 3 machining steps (not counting the barrel). Much less hand-fitting required as the newer parts are being made to much tighter tolerances. One thing I rather liked was that the MIM hammer sears drop into a gun virtually 90% of the time without any fitting. The other 10% require minimal (easier) fitting. (One revolver tech at the factory said it was mostly like "buffing" a spot.) After having had to replace and fit a DA hammer sear in an older Smith revolver for the first time after the class, I really, really appreciated the better tolerances of the newer MIM hammers and hammer sears. All that said, I only own 1 S&W revolver that has the ILS (lock), and only 2 that have MIM. Of those, 3 of the old style required some correction to get running normally, and 1 of the MIM required dressing a couple burred spots inside, and I cut a new extractor to adjust the carry-up to be earlier (personal preference). Besides, it gave me an excuse to use the hand-cutting tool in the revolver armorer kit to practice cutting the ratchets of a new extractor. I did it twice on my own gun later on, because they only let us do it once in the armorer class. A well made revolver is fine thing to shoot. A well skilled revolver shooter can better learn to shoot damned any handgun well, too. Newer shooters who only learned their handgun foundation skillset on a plastic striker gun often have a much harder time learning to shoot a DA revolver. Especially one chambered in .357MAG or .44MAG.
  15. Updated article from yesterday ... (more in the link) ... "While touting California’s gun control policies, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that residents would need Real IDs or equivalent documents to buy ammunition next month. Minutes later, the California Department of Justice contradicted him, clarifying that there would be no Real ID requirement as part of new firearm and ammunition regulations taking effect July 1." And ... "A spokesman for the Department of Justice, whom the department declined to name, said Tuesday that Californians could use regular California drivers licenses to purchase ammunition and would not need a Real ID. He said there was no regulation requiring Real IDs for ammo purchases moving forward. The only licenses that would not be acceptable are ones that say “federal limits apply,” such as licenses for undocumented immigrants that are authorized under a 2013 California law. People with those licenses would also need additional documentation, such as a passport or birth certificate, according to the Department of Justice." Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article231938023.html#storylink=cpy
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