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  1. 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/
  2. 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:
  3. 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.
  4. 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. )
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Just to remind us of the way synchronicity often works ... I was looking through my standing toolbox this afternoon, gathering some odds and ends for a chore i was planning to take care of out on the upper deck, and what did I find mixed in with some odds and ends? TWO black handled Tinker SAK's. Both showed signs of a lot of usage, and one of them might've migrated to that toolbox "misc" drawer from one of my older range bags. I think I have a red one in my main armorer tool kit, too. I'd not be surprised to find that I've collected maybe half a dozen Tinker and Super Tinker SAK's over time. Lots of others, but those were my early choices for medium-sized EDC task folders. Thye've ended up being stashed all over the place.
  10. I can't remember if I got mine a little faster or less costly because I was LE when I ordered it, but if I remember correctly I think I paid $35 for mine directly from the maker. I actually bought a second one a little later, but had a bout of stupid and gifted it to a close friend who liked knives. He stupidly left it in his office desk drawer one night and it disappeared. No break-in of the office, and it was an unmarked/disguised UC office for a special bureau. I was pissed off he couldn't discover which special cop assigned to that task force had stolen it. Well, that's why they put locks on lockers in patrol dressing rooms, right? The hand-honed edges are seriously hair-popping sharp, which makes sense when thinking back to the low key promo of it indicating this knife was never meant to be a general everyday task blade, but was made with close quarter survival in mind for gov folks who couldn't be armed with firearms. I've often tried to find info online about Jerry Price, whose shop I vaguely recall may have been located in AK, but without success. I won't wear this blade due to the concealed dagger laws in my state, and no longer having an active badge, so it remains in one of my boxes of older and interesting blades. Even back when I was a young cop I somehow never got around to having my wife sew on some Velcro patches to the inside of my jeans and slacks to accommodate the sheath. Always too busy with other things (and spending my discretionary money of lots of guns and holsters). Wicked and nasty little double edged blade that was ahead of its time, though.
  11. It's amazing how many formerly carried SAK's seem to end up in a drawer, toolbox or workbench top and continue to provide service for years. I think the Spartan and the Tinker are probably a couple of the most commonly purchased and used daily workhorse SAK's. I seem to always be finding copies stuck away in drawers, tool boxes/bins, armorer tool kits and former range bags. That Tangram is one of the Kizer company folders made under their Tangram brand, right? From what I understand, the ACUTO 440c alloy has a bit more chromium and some vanadium than regular 440c, so it ought to have some decent corrosion resistance and may keep an edge a little longer than regular 440c. Kinda depends on the heat treat as far as ease of re-sharpening . Personally, I think some of the Chinese-made folders are competing quite favorably in the modern market, at least as long as good QC is demanded and maintained.
  12. Personally, I always thought that never going anywhere without a knife ought to have been placed much higher on Leroy Gibbs' list than at 9 ... with the agreement that there's a legitimate reason some places are off limits to bringing a knife into them, of course. I've generally tried to operate using a corollary of Rule 9, myself, meaning that unless specific circumstances (or the law) prohibit it, carry more than 1 knife. I normally carry 2-4 knives, but when I'm in the surf I only carry 1 folder, being a Spyderco Salt I with plain edge, although I have it in the back of my mind to eventually replace it with a fully serrated Salt version. I have an older Police model made with the GIN-1 fully serrated blade, engraved with the Seal Team 2 logo ( Spyderco Model C07 Seal Team 2 ), which I understand were made under contract by Spyderco distributor John Jensen back in the mid 90's. I don't have a letter or the original box, as I intended for the knife to just be a secondary workhorse. It's still in like-new condition, though, as I seldom ended up carrying it. Guess I ought to correct that oversight and add it to my normal carry routine. One of my retired LE friends still carries his regular Spyderco Police everyday, everywhere. Old habit from his time working UC, he said. I bought one for a former partner upon his retirement a few years ago, one of the current production models. I had a local company engrave it commemorating his service as USMC Military Police and for 3 civilian LE agencies. Nice knives, if a bit thin and slick in the hand and long in the handle.
  13. It's a tossup for front mounted knife carry, whether cross or AWIB. What puts the blade readily at hand for the wearer also does so for a frontal attacker, presuming the blade is visible. This may be more an issue for a uniform cop, as the belt gear is often readily apparent to a possible attacker before the cop may detect and recognize danger. Ditto ankle carry. Handy for reaching while being seated, but if that ankle becomes caught or wrapped up by an attacker, the ankle mounted blade (or gun) is now quite possibly readily at hand to the attacker, but it may be as far as is possible for it to be from the wearer's hands. To use a knife pun, it can be a double edged situation. These are the kind of things that may require some careful thought before deciding which side of the coin may be weighted more in your favor, versus that of a potential attacker. While we're on the topic of neck knives, usually meaning concealed blades, here's a neat little double-edged one I picked up after the Iran Hostage situation. It was produced by an American blade maker who wanted to offer something low profile that might escape detection in a less rigorous search. It was called The Last Friend. It was meant to be secured within the waistband of dress slacks, via attaching the hook part of a Velcro system inside the waistband. The sheath came with the soft part already attached to the outside of the sheath. It was made of 440C and was ground flat on the "outside". It had to be ordered for a right or left hand draw. Neat and wicked little double edged dagger. The sheath was a hard kydex/plastic on the inside and a softer plastic on the outside. Very thin. Being handmade, it came wickedly hair-popping sharp. The obsidian rock in the pics was just used to prop up the knife and sheath so the thinness was visible.
  14. OP, if you don't mind, I thought I'd post my feelings regarding this to the soundtrack of a music video on this forum, too.
  15. Yep, I remember those. I no longer have any of the original Hydra-Shok left from those days except for a single (full) Ammo Wallet of the .45ACP version.
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