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Well, we have some ‘choices’ this time!


Seems it can’t be helped, the whole world is entangled with American politics this time around. Anywhere in the free world that gets any form of American news, the people have an opinion on the American presidential race. Clinton vs Trump. This is my blog, my opinion take it or leave it, see what you think.

Hillary Clinton. Really, are you kidding me? The most corrupt democrat politician in the USA is their choice for president? And they picked poor old Bernie Sanders to run against her! What a laugh that was supposed to be! BUT, crazy ol’ Bernie just about put ’em into a blind panic when he was doing so well for a while, right? He was never meant to get that close, and I’m betting their panties were in a knot for a while there. OK, have I pissed off the democrats reading this already? As I heard a conservative radical speaking at Yale the other day say, “Facts are facts, they are real. Sorry about your feelings”. The supporters of this uber-lying, life-long career criminal politician say ‘well, she’s never been indicted!’ Yeah, I suppose not, because the democrat DC teamwork has unraveled or stalled said investigations and indictments to frustrate the republican investigations. The latest email scandal COULD have prosecuted her, but with a quick private meeting will Bill, Loretta has put the brakes on any charges coming out, even as the FBI clown specifically stated she’s at least guilty of gross negligence! But, again, no charges. Besides all the probable criminal acts over the past 40 years, and the string of ‘suicides’ of people who would have testified in these matters, the sheer lack of any morals in pursuit of the most powerful position in the world should have disqualified her. Rep. William Dannemeyer listed 24 people with some connection to the Clintons who had died “under other than natural circumstances and called for hearings on the matter, which of course went nowhere. But beyond the sheer ineptitude and corruption, there is a serious health issue they are strenuously trying to keep hidden from the public, which is the reason she rarely talks to reporters, rarely does personal TV interviews and has a probable body double.

I’m personally convinced that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s disease after viewing the collection of Hillary’s ‘weird episodes’ that have been caught on film, which fit the professional doctor’s distance diagnosis perfectly. This ever gets out, like if she spazzed out during the upcoming debates, she should be medically disqualified to run for president, as the stress of the office (stress is one of many triggers of these ‘fits’ she has) would keep her so doped up she would be useless. And her latest weird persona displayed in video conference to union workers in Las Vegas, again no personal appearance. So, probably by medical condition or possible criminal indictment, at last, Tim Kaine may take over, and I don’t like him either

I’m a professional grade photographer, among other talents, and I have ‘the eye’ for details of people and things that many other people don’t catch right off. I’ve seen for months what appears to be two different ‘Hillary’s‘: One, the haggard, tired old bag of the real Hillary and the ‘other’ Hillary who is thinner, has different ear structure, and fewer of the deep facial wrinkles and saggy jowls the  real Hillary has.  She is really, really close to the looks of the real Hillary, however, which is the whole point of having a double, right?


The pictures are from the week when she spazzed out at the 9-11 thing, less than two hours after they stuffed her into the van, stiff as a board. Same woman? I don’t think so, pal. Oh, and the cool blue shades? Dyskinesia, early stages, related to the Parkinson’s.

And the main thing, for me, against Clinton AND her uber leftist running mate,  Tim Kaine, is that they are violently against the 2nd amendment (remember Bill Clintons ‘assault weapon ban’?), which is the cornerstone of American freedom as that is the ultimate guard against total government domination. If you are disarmed, as they did in Australia, they can essentially do as they damn well please and you can’t do squat about it.  If they “win” the white house, she will sit down with HER phone and pen and write executive orders to the degree that the 2nd will become useless, particularly after they install several ultra leftist supreme court judges (“they got it wrong on the 2nd amendment”) to skew the court left for the next 20-30 years, and then, next, the destabilizing and utterly mad idea to bring in 500,000 or more muzlims, young men of good fighting ages, from the worst parts of the world, and we see already what’s going down with that here before that many more are added.

Voter fraud. Now there’s an interesting topic that the democrats insist ‘doesn’t happen’. Yeah, right, and 0bama took certain counties in democrat no ID states with 110% of the ‘registered democrat’ voters. And other counties with not a single republican vote. Here’s a couple little charts that make you go ‘hmmm, wonder how that happened’:


This first chart shows the election results for the last election, 0bama vs Romney.


The second chart shows no ID states and those with ‘non strict’ photo ID. Ain’t it curious how 0bama won almost every no ID state and a lot of those with lax photo ID? Just coincidence, I’m sure, right? Enough with the democrats.

Donald J. Trump. Now there’s a gem. Before his ‘conversion’ to republican, virtually all his current views were totally opposite, back when he was a democrat supporter and pals with the Clintons. The Donald has no experience in government, other than buying favors FROM those in power. Which might be a good thing?


Trump gave in excess of $100,000 to the ‘Clinton Foundation’ for favors from Bill when he was in power. He was anti-gun, now pro gun and endorsed by the NRA, no less. He was pro-choice, now pro-life. In other words, complete 180° flip-flop from where he was. Can’t take personal criticism at all, which may be the reason he’s running for president in the first place. To get revenge against 0bama for deeply insulting him during that ‘roast’ before the presidential season even started? Makes me wonder what he’s going to think of the relentless leftist ‘Hollywood comedy types’ on late night shows ripping him every night. And he lies as effortlessly (or unaware) as the most long term DC politician you can imagine. Picking Mike Pence as his running mate gives Trump some creds with religious conservatives and is a pretty strong advocate for the 2nd amendment.

Then, there’s the distant 3rd choice group, the Libertarians. I like 90% of the Libertarian positions on government, particularly the less government the better. The idea of no longer being the world’s policeman is also sounding pretty good, among all the other different ideas.  Frankly, on the surface at least, Gary Johnson for president has a lot of appeal, 62% of America thinks so as well, per their website. Myself and one million other people who have signed the petition for Johnson to be allowed on the presidential debates, think so. That would be a bigger game changer than when Ross Perot got in between Bill Clinton and Bush 1. And as far as the main two choices, it’s like comparing two crap sandwiches to a nice hamburger. Johnson sounds pretty pro-gun, in interviews. What’s funny about some of the stupid comments against Johnson is that we hear ‘oh, that’s that pot-head Libertarian, right?’ Yeah, and what about the ‘pot-head’ we have for president today? He bragged about it on the late night show gigs, did he not? Democrats counted that statement as a positive. Both Johnson and Weld won and were reelected in democrat states as republican govenors! They balanced the states budgets and left a surplus in the bank when they left office.

However, on the down side of the Libertarian ticket, Bill Weld, the VP guy was just as anti-gun rights as any rabid democrat you can think of, and just as vapidly stupid with his comments on gun control, until he was tagged as VP on the Libertarian ticket. Now, he’s flip-flopped on the issue, similarly to Trump, all ‘pro-gun rights’ now.

I have an idea that if Johnson gets in on this first debate (probably not, it seems) or in the next ones, things may go wildly different when people find a viable 3rd choice in the running. I voted Libertarian once, a long time ago when Harry Browne was running. I don’t regret voting my conscience then, nor will I this time either.

I have not quite decided who will get my vote. Damn sure won’t be Clinton. Trump is just crazy enough to be either the best president in decades or the next worse thing after a Clinton “win”. Johnson and the LP ticket are so very different than the main two choices that I think if they should win, we could get so much personal freedom back from the politicians and prosperity that our heads would spin. The debates will tell the tale in the next few weeks. And as usual, I’ll probably decide at the last minute as I step up to the hackable electronic voting machine.


Shadowbanned into Submission!

Twitter has shadowbanned my account, @A_M_Perez. What does this mean?  I have been completely censored.  People at Twitter apparently don’t like what I have to say.  I primarily tweet and deb…

Source: Shadowbanned into Submission!

Well, here we are folks, proof yet again how the left thinks they can “suppress” CONSERVATIVE free speech through the power of shady, sneaky, leftist Nazis. Twitter and Facebook BOTH will shut you down if you don’t play by their leftist views of “free speech” (basically you must be a leftist wussie and only talk about ‘nice things’ that they dictate are ‘nice’. Then we have Google, yet another billionaire leftist who has been ‘adjusting’ the search engine to deflect the auto complete filter to OMIT any negative search suggestions on Clinton.

See this vid:

Use alternative search engines, any one you please, and type in the same searches like Clinton indictment (clinton ind…) and see what the auto complete fills in, for PROOF that Google is trying to swing 10 million voters to Clinton by suppressing negative, true information. Besides that, you know that Google tracks everything about you, right? So, I haven’t used ’em in 3 years. I use

There are many more non tracking search engines to choose from as well.

By the way, if 0bama gets away with giving control of the internet away to foreign interests (like the UN) free speech and what’s left of privacy is GONE. Call your reps and demand they stop him!

A little hiccup in the gas supply!

Well, down south they have had a bit of a hiccup with the gasoline supply. Seems over in Alabama somewhere, there was a break in the main supply pipeline to Georgia and parts of the coast. So, for a few days the supply was essentially cut off. Well, now what an interesting preview of what a ‘real’ loss of supply would be like.

Not that this little thing was even a shadow of what would be going down if there had been an EMP blast in the upper atmosphere over the middle USA. That kind of thing would shut down EVERYTHING, not just a temporary little blip in a localized situation. But, none the less, in no time at all local gas stations had added $2.50 to the price of a gallon of gas.


Of course the Governor of Georgia promptly smacked them with ‘gouging charges’ for being so greedy. But as soon as one station got smacked, another would be doing the same thing. This is of course STUPID on their part, because motorists will remember for a long time that Abdul’s quicky-mart jacked ’em up nicely before other stations even ran out of gas. Those pissed off people will not likely go there again any time soon.

Meanwhile the petroleum company scrambled to make a work around pipe for getting the supply back on line for the area, and gasoline is now flowing at about the same capacity as before the break. (No mention of apparent sabotage, but you know us prepper types…always speculating about that kind of thing, right?) The local news was telling folks that it may be the end of the year before prices go back down to ‘pre-event’ levels. We’ll see.

This little event also illustrated just how quickly a taken for granted supply GOES AWAY in an insignificant ‘crisis’ like this, which was really only a minor annoyance.

At any rate, the point is that us prepper types try and anticipate these kind of things to try and mitigate our own situations during times like this. Several ‘gerry cans’ of gasoline treated with Sta-Bil gasoline stabilizing product may get one through a situation much longer, with careful usage, than Poor Joe Downdestreet who has nothing. I suggest if you, too, go this route, to store your several cans of gasoline in a separate storage building so that if anything went bad and a fire started with it, at least perhaps your house doesn’t burn down with the gasoline supply. I would keep all flammable items like this (propane, charcoal, etc) in this outbuilding.

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How much fuel to have on hand? Well, how far do you intend to run during a major crisis? Personally, I suspect the ‘entire world’ will seem to go into total gridlock / panic should something truly significant actually happen. So, I’m ‘hunkering down’ with my local group to ride it out for about three weeks. By that time, if the government hasn’t collapsed along with everything else, or they have attempted to SHUT DOWN everything else with the National Guard / cops / military like they did in New Orleans, we’ll send out a few members to scout around and see what’s left to pick over or see how well the authorities have dealt with the situation. It will not go well this time if they try again to disarm law abiding citizens who are safe in their homes “for their own protection against looters” as they did in New Orleans. (Visions of hurricane Rita come to mind)katrinia

Sitting there for hours idling your engine will put you in the same position as all those people you see pushed off into the grass. If you’re not moving, shut down the engine!

One last thing: Seems that these stations that had run out of gasoline….still had plenty of DIESEL fuel, it seems. Hmm. Maybe I’ll find a used VW diesel. They will also run on peanut oil, you know. At least the older one will.


How I do reloading 9MM ammo


OK, in reference to my previous post about ‘not blowing up your Glock‘ and because of the expense of buying ammo for new toys , I am now catching up my supply of 9MM ammo by keeping a close eye on discounted ammo sales at a local Gander Mountain sporting goods store and other local gun shops and reloading my own ammo. As an aside, I have begun a personal ‘boycott’ of the local Dicks’s sporting goods because they pulled their ‘scary looking’ AR-15’s in 2012 (and their prices aren’t that great either). Walmart hasn’t stocked any in a long time (they’re consistently sold out of 9mm) and ‘Cheaper Than Dirt’ online has stopped selling weapons entirely. Academy sporting goods supposedly still stocks AR’s, but you have to specifically ask to see one and they’ll only bring out one at a time. That’s kind of politically chickenshit, but at least they’re available “under the counter”.  However, the store managers are supposedly taking down the personal information of any customer who buys more than 10 boxes of ‘assault weapon ammo’,  so I’m not buying there for that infringement, and Gander Mountain beats their prices anyway.

It has been a number of years since I loaded any 9MM, preferring .357 magnum for sheer power over the 9MM round, and in light of the blown up Glock I referred to previously, I have reviewed the entire process of my own reloading as I outlined somewhat in that posting. Each hand loaded cartridge now goes through the following process:

I buy my once fired brass from a local gun range, where they sort and clean the brass, and bag it up in approximately 500 round bags, by weight, plus a few thrown in to cover the inevitable cases that must be discarded. This brass is polished again in my own tumbler for two or three hours until it is as ‘like new’ as possible. They have an excellent sorting machine, and I rarely find an oddball case in the mix, but have occasionally found a .380 case or two (that’s OK, I reload that also) or a 9MM Makarov case.

So, the process begins by carefully researching accurate, real information from the powder manufacturers for the particular weight, brand and caliber bullet I’m dealing with at the moment. Most of the powder manufacturing data will also include a vital bit of information, namely the “O.A.L.” the overall cartridge length. This is must have information for the tiny 9MM case, not only for the proper functioning of the rounds cambering correctly (without blowing up your Glock), but because pressing the bullet only .015″ too far into the case can DOUBLE the firing pressure of the load. And for a lot of pistols, that ain’t good.

Hodgdon      Alliant     Accurate      IMR       Vihtavuori

There are a number of ‘reloading information sites’ on the web. I find these to range from pretty useful and reliable to the other extreme of ‘I’m not touching that idea’. If you use these sites, proceed with careful consideration and at your own risk.

So, after a thorough polishing session, the brass is ready for the very first step, namely inspecting the empty cases for defects of the neck (like a partial eject from somebody’s firearm which makes a heavy nick in the rim) or the case is split. If it’s merely a little out of round from being stepped on at the range, no problem, the sizing / decapping die will take care of that. (Sorry about the crappy quality of the pics for this post, it was just a phone camera). I wear nytrile gloves during the process because fingerprints will accelerate the brass going ‘dull’ in storage. And when using cast lead bullets, keeps the lead off my fingers.


Next it’s run through the sizing / decapping die and then size checked with a 9MM Lyman case gauge. At this step, I also clean out the primer pocket. If the cleaning tip doesn’t fit the primer pocket (which obviously wouldn’t allow the primer to seat properly) I’ll try fixing the problem with the reamer on the other end of the tool. If it still won’t allow the cleaning tip to easily fit in, I toss that case.  You will run across that condition far more often than you may expect.


Checking with a sizing gauge at this point may seem too soon for some reloaders, but there’s a reason for this step. If the case doesn’t just fall into place at this point, the case may be ‘Glocked up’, being stretched at the base where a standard sizing die won’t reach. Glocks are notorious for stretching cases at that point because of their unsupported ‘6 o’clock’ open base design. If this step was ignored, or the gauge not even used as some reloaders don’t bother with, it will jam up in your barrel breach like driving a cork into a bottle. Bad situation during a competition run or a shootout with a bad guy. See the next picture for what that looks like:


This case had been run through the sizing / decapping die, but still won’t fit the gauge. It will have to be full length resized with a Lee ‘Bulge Buster’ kit which will cure this problem 9 out of 10 times. The kit will full length resize a loaded cartridge, but in that 1 out of 10 times when it won’t drop into the gauge after the process, I would rather catch it before the assembly even starts, like at this step. So, when I run across one of these, it is set aside in a bin for full length resizing in a batch, some time later. For that 1 in 10 that just won’t resize properly, I won’t waste any more time and materials, and toss the bad case. Also doing the gauge check at this stage will find the occasional oddball, like a missed .380 or 9MM Makarov which will fall down into the gauge as shown here:


A 9MM Makarov is actually marked on the headstamp of the case, as with “9mmM’, the extra ‘m’ indicating the specialized cartridge. Yep, that one got buy me and I wasted a primer on it instead of checking before the primer was installed. Pushing out a live primer is risky, because it may set it off or may damage the primer anvil, causing a misfire. So, that one is wasted.

To make a consistent quality of ammo, I check the powder charge and over all cartridge length on the first cartridge of each row of the cartridge box, meaning that critical part is checked 10 times out of 50 loads. I use a Lee beam scale for powder measuring because although it’s “slow” it is absolutely accurate. The only caveat is that it must be level for it to achieve that accuracy, thus the level bubble in the plastic case on the base.






Generally speaking, my Lee Precision turret press and dies will make a pretty consistent over all length with a tolerance of about .005″ of the ‘perfect’ setting. And the powder charge measure is within .01 or so of a grain of where it’s set. I have used a progressive press before, but I find the quality to be less than ‘my standards’, with messed up primer installs and the occasional split case getting by until after it’s assembled. I suppose if I closely inspected every case beforehand, I could weed out the split cases before they got that far. I prefer the slower method I use currently because with the increased inspection steps, my reloads are as about as close to ‘factory’ specs as can be done.

Next after the cartridge is assembled, another visual inspection then dropped into the case gauge again, which verifies the finished cartridge is up to specs.

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If the finished reloaded cartridge just drops right into the gauge all nice and flush, it’s good to go. But even with this much nit-picking, every so often something will go a little sideways, like below where somehow the primer got stuffed into the pocket sideways. Whoops.


So, get out the bullet puller, tear it down, and start over. This primer can be pushed out with the sizing / decapper die carefully, with the bullet, the powder charge and case being salvageable.

With all this quality control and slow procedures, it takes me about 30 minutes or so to make 50 rounds of ammo. But, in my personal opinion, I make ammo with the idea being that one of these bullets may change the course of history depending on that quality or lack thereof. Or if nothing else, if misfired at a criminal invading my house, resulting in him winning the encounter. Imagine if Adolf Hitler had been killed in world war one. Perhaps the bullet intended for him by the opposing army had missed the mark because of a low powder charge or some other minor defect that escaped the factory inspection. If that bullet had killed him, how vastly different would world history be today?



Don’t Blow Up Your Glock!

blown up glock

Hi, Folks.

Well, while cruising YouTube the other day, I ran across one where the dude was filming himself shooting his .45 caliber Glock. Things were going fine…until the thing blew up in his hands! Ouch! This isn’t an exclusively Glock problem, but strangely seems to happen to that brand more often than we would like. Read on.

Fortunately, other than some bruising, he was OK. Watch his ‘boom’ and his analysis of what happened here.  He is spot on for the cause of his malfunction, as he pointed out that he had shown someone what over crimping of a hand reloaded cartridge looked like and forgot to reset his sizing dies back to where they were supposed to be!

Folks like him and myself, who reload their own ammo, have an obligation and self interest to pursue this activity with the utmost care and caution, because “simple” mistakes like this can be devastating! One may find all sorts of ‘load guides’ on the internet for hand reloading of cartridges, but unless you’re an experienced person who is self confident enough to risk blowing up a weapon and possibly losing a finger or eye in the process, you should stick with the ‘professional’ guide books one can buy or download free from the gunpowder manufacturers websites, such as Accurate Powders. These books and online sources are the ONLY sources of information on this ‘hobby’ that I trust.

If you’re feeling not quite up to par, or you’re emotionally distracted (fussing at the kids or arguing with your wife), or have a headache or a TV going in your loading area, you are asking for trouble because of dangerous distractions or missing a detail you would normally catch if you weren’t feeling bad. So, load another day when you feel OK….and turn off the stupid TV!

As the Glock boomer pointed out, the critical mistake he made was over crimping the case neck as his loading gear produced the final stage of the process of seating the bullet into the case. His nice illustration pointed out that in that situation with his Glock, or any other auto-loading, straight walled cartridge firing weapon, you have a possible disaster in the making. The bullet, wedged into the area ahead of the chamber neck, has no place it can go, so the massive pressure of the gunpowder gases has nowhere it can go other than to find the weakest area of the weapon to escape through. And considering the typical chamber pressures of a normally fired .45 caliber bullet is in the area of 20,500 PSI, when it’s backed up against a bullet “plug” in the barrel, well, then you can count on disaster. A .357 magnum full power load cartridge can routinely hit over 34,000 PSI, but that’s a different critter altogether, for a completely different firearm.

Now, I’ve reloaded my own handgun (and some rifle) loads for quite the while now. And I have had an issue or two that could have been much worse than they turned out. On one occasion I was running .357 magnum handgun cartridges, lightly loaded for Cowboy Action shooting. I switched over to .38 special on the same loading machine and ran a few hundred of those. Then I went back to the .357 cartridges, but forgot to ‘reset’ the powder measuring device for the slightly longer .357 cartridge. So, I get out to the next competition match for that sport and about halfway through the day, I’m in a stage, shooting away when my rifle goes ‘putt’ instead of ‘bang!’. I instantly noticed that, and as I worked the lever, sure enough an empty casing is ejected. I knew then that I had fired a ‘squib’ load, which is an under charged situation which lodged the bullet in the barrel instead of  firing it out to the target. Had I not paid attention and fired the next bullet in line, that would have probably blown up my Winchester lever gun. Instead, just lesson learned and match lost.

I no longer use that particular loading machine ( a Lee Pro 1000) not just for that issue, but additionally because I now prefer to inspect each and every bullet, case, primer and powder charge for every single cartridge I reload on my Lee turret press. And the turret press can switch over to a completely different cartridge setup by just changing the turret assembly with the required dies installed into it. It takes a few more pulls of the handle to crank out a cartridge, but I feel the process is worth it for the better quality ammo I can produce. I also meticulously weigh the powder load at the start of every session, and again half way through the usual 50 cartridges at a time, verifying the charge against the manufacturers data, and use calipers to measure the finished cartridge dimensions to make sure they are as close as possible to those specs, plus or minus within .002″ particularly of the case neck as I reload 9mm Luger ammo for my new toys and other 9mm handguns. Reloading your own can save a pile of money. Or get you better stocked up for ‘whatever’.

9mm dims

For a 9mm cartridge, as you see above, the highlighted numbers are the crucial ones. The .380 neck diameter MUST be met as closely as you can, for every cartridge you reload. Being .002″ over probably won’t hurt anything, unless the gun is so filthy the firing chamber won’t allow the cartridge to seat at all. The overall length must not be exceeded or you’ll be having failure to feed properly issues and / or the situation also pointed out in the video where the bullet ‘ogive'(at the .3550″ dimension) is too close to the start of the rifling which can also create a disaster. Being undersized, say at .370″, is where you start risking a ‘boom’.

Anyway, if you were on the fence about reloading your own ammo, don’t be too put off buy this kind of thing. But you must be extremely vigilant about every step of the process. Watch the YouTube channels of people who have been successfully doing this for quite a while, like FortuneCookie 45LC or perhaps Ammosmith Reloading for some useful ‘how to’ information.

Safe shootin’, pardner.

Beretta Storm Pistol and Carbine

Welcome to my latest posting under a split topic of tested gear and firearms.

And that will be on the latest item from Beretta, their “Storm” series of pistols and carbines that share ammo. In this particular version, the 9mm platform. Cx4_PROFILE_L

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Some years ago, Ruger made a series of pistol caliber carbines that they labeled ‘Camp Carbines’ and came in .45 caliber and 9mm. I had the 9mm Camp Carbine and found that the Smith and Wesson 53 series pistol shared the magazines with the Camp Carbine. Since both had been on the market for quite a while, one could easily find many useful accessories, such as 30 round magazines that worked on both.  Kept that pair for quite a while until the political climate changed when 0bama became president.  So for a Christmas gift, I “loaned” this pair to my brother, who basically had nothing for self defense in his home. No, I didn’t take it back after 0bama only became the world’s greatest motivator in the firearms business, yet didn’t ever get his gun-grabbing wet dreams fully engaged, thanks only to the majority party in congress being the spineless republicans who barely stood up for our 2nd amendment rights. They still sat on their thumbs while he relentlessly cranked out executive orders while giving congress the middle finger, which infringed citizens rights in many areas.

The 2016 election cycle is now down to two of the most disgusting choices of ‘president’ in my lifetime, and as Han Solo might quip, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”. Clinton, of course, has been anti-gun rights her entire criminal politician career, and Trump was anti-gun before he ‘converted’ to republican. Question is, will he revert back to the original Trump should he be elected? There’s no question at all, that should Clinton be elected, that our Constitutionally guaranteed rights will instantly and constantly be under attack by manipulation through the supreme court ‘getting it wrong on the 2nd amendment’ and insane federally imposed regulations of all sorts by executive order. In any case, I sense a disturbance in the force, if you will, that smells of the dark side. At least that’s my excuse for going out and buying some new toys since that Rossi .357 lever gun last year.

So, checking around my local gun stores I’ve done business with, I worked up a package deal with my buds at the store where I bought all my Cowboy Action Shooting gear and grabbed the Cx4 Carbine and the Px4 Pistol at the same time. The links take you to the Youtube channel of Hickok45, who has posted a very large number of gun evaluation videos without generally showing little, if any, bias against or for the guns he reviews. I took that Rossi lever gun and left it there on consignment to get a few bucks back on the deal, which was $1,450 or so out the door after taxes for the pair. I had researched pistol caliber carbines pretty well prior to this decision, and while there a quite a few out there, there really aren’t that many that have the complete magazine interchangeability and manufactures reputation that this Beretta set has. Also these are available from Beretta in .40 caliber and .45 ACP platforms. The way I figure the ‘worst case scenario’ for the coming years, I’m guessing that if Clinton wins, there won’t be a firearm or bullet left on any shelf in any store across the USA before she’s sworn in, because they’ll all be bought before she gets the chance to ban them all like Bill did with so-called ‘assault rifles’. So, in that kind of situation, having a side arm and carbine that share a pretty common caliber bullet just may be a good thing.  And even better, is having the skills / equipment to reload your own ammo.

OK, now, finally on to the actual guns. The Beretta brand is famous, apparently, for their ergo-dynamics and design configurations and it shows very well with the Cx4 carbine and the Px4 pistol. I suppose that being in the business for a few hundred years helps with that. And the package deal that I experienced with both items was very satisfying.   The Cx4 Carbine came out in a huge cardboard box, which had me a bit confused at first. However, as things were brought out, my grin got bigger and bigger. Seems the Cx4 Carbine deal included a hard case, a soft backpack type case, 3 butt plate extensions, picatinny rails on top and the lower fore-grip set, along with a “hidden” rail, 2 seventeen round magazines, a thumb saver magazine loader, the sights adjusting tool, a sling, cleaning kit, the manual and warranty papers.


I added one of the butt plate extensions to the one installed from the factory to make it perfect for length for me. The AimPoint style sight I’ve added fits in the hard case with no problems. However, the rail mounted flashlight I like on my weapons has to come off for it to go back into the hard case, because I like it on the left hand side of the lower rail block so I can thumb it on or off. A compact laser would fit nicely on the lower front rail underneath without having to come off, which is nice because it wouldn’t compromise your point of aim from taking it on and off.


Sight installed

The ‘hidden rail’ is revealed by pressing in the front sling post, allowing it to slide out for mounting a small item, perhaps a miniature laser and in case you don’t like the lower rails located where your favorite holding position might be.


I put a label on the sight with the battery type listed so that I can keep track of such things. The hollow spaces between the butt plate extensions are handy for small, crucial items like that. You only need a slotted screwdriver for access, which of course should be in your Leatherman type belt tool that you wear daily, right?

Next, the Px4 Pistol. Almost as many ‘freebies’ came with it. Comes in a typical manufacturers hard case, along with 2 extra back strap options, 2 seventeen round magazines,  a cleaning kit, the ‘thumb saver’ loader again, and your paperwork.


My hands are kind of large (maybe bigger than Trump’s) so I swapped out the standard installed back strap in favor of the extended one that you see in the center of the case. . The weight is surprisingly light because of the mostly polymer construction, but it has a hefty barrel / slide weight which makes it comfortable to shoot and recover position for the next shot very quickly. Since the Px4 has a built in lower rail, I’ll very likely add a compact laser to it.

As Hickok45 demonstrated in his videos, these guns are ambidextrous in configuration and can be ‘flipped’ to suit a left handed shooter very easily. They are also accurate, easy to shoot, utterly dependable.

Because the Storm series is fairly fresh, the aftermarket hasn’t yet caught up with the higher capacity magazines that were available for the 92 series pistols and the earlier version carbine which shared up to 30 round magazines. But, Beretta has a nice deal for the 20 round magazines they do stock. Don’t know how much longer it will be in effect, but I ordered 2 twenty round Px4 magazines and got their custom retention holster with magazine holder attached for $18 off the retail price of $28 as a nice discount. Shipping was pretty quick, only about 3 business days to get here. The fitted holster is fully adjustable for the angle of draw you prefer and the magazine holder adjusts for retention tightness pretty well.

So, there you have it. An excellent pairing of carbine and sidearm, for that particular niche. I’ll get back later, after a few thousand rounds through each and do a part two posting.






Crap sandwiches.

Well, it’s been a while since I got around to posting something on my page here, and it’s reluctantly about politics. Yeah, other things in life show up now and then. But sometimes that happens.

I’ll post this as an exercise in first amendment rights, if you will, before the first amendment, along with the far more important second amendment rights of Americans are radically changed and aborted by the probable outcome of this year’s political circus. I try to avoid politics on my blog here because such discussions inevitably devolve into the sewer that all politicians play in.

So, at this point, the ‘presumptive’ presidential candidates of both sides has supposedly been decided, by popular vote. Clinton for the democrats. Trump for the republicans.

To me the choices of president for the past 50 years of personally voting (since 1966) have generally been to choose between the lesser of two evils nearly every time. A couple times, of course, it was an easy choice between the typical democrat running against the typical republican. For the recent past elections and this time as well, it seems the cult of personality types have trounced all legitimate competition, all the really qualified candidates with experience and common sense, all sacrificed for the ‘novelty’ of somebody different.

History was made this time from many angles of view. The sheer number of republican contenders was overwhelming. The ‘establishment’ types, the same old runners from several previous attempts, and so forth. Then there was Trump. My, how different he was, right? From day one, a poo flinging, say whatever to whomever about any question or topic bombastic blowhard. But the people loved him. Or so it seems. In my opinion, Trump as a novelty item over the rather bland band of same old politicians (save one or two stars) got the attention of the ‘masses’ who viewed him as one of their own, as he says outrageous crap to the media, hitting several hot buttons that the average Joe might have said themselves. The mediocre mass of his competition was in itself a deterrent for many to even vote in the primaries. Trump’s wins against this mass divided against itself were not that impressive, although he did indeed win. But, you see, the telling evidence was that while Trump takes NV as his ‘biggest win’, for instance, with about 46% of the vote. Well, that was split with all the others still in the pot. In NO state in the entire run did Trump get any higher than that. Which means that in NO state would Trump have had the probable victory had the field not been so diluted. Even after all the others have dropped out and Trump is ‘unopposed’ he still pulled less than 50% of republican voters. One is led to think that perhaps this entire thing has been orchestrated behind the scenes.

So, here we are in mid-June, 2016, and we have the choices of Clinton or Trump. Assuming neither (or both) get indicted in federal court, her for the top secret email scandal, him for the Trump ‘university’ scam, we’ll have to choose in November. This is like a deli with a single item menu….crap sandwiches. The only options are the ‘bread’ that the crap is served on. On the democrat side it’s plain, stale white bread with fake minority sauce. On the republican side, it’s a NY sub bun dipped in vinegar.

I absolutely will not vote for Clinton, knowing what kind of disaster her leftist, one-world,  anti-gun rights agenda will do to the USA. So, if I can get mayo on the side, I’ll have to settle for a Trump crap sandwich, in hope that he may keep some of his ‘suggestions’ like the Mexican wall, and not revert back to his old democrat favoring, anti-gun self before his conversion to republican for power’s sake.

On coldest night of 2016, Birmingham’s homeless warming station used for Sanders rally |

Boutwell Auditorium last week housed about 300 homeless people a night last week.

Source: On coldest night of 2016, Birmingham’s homeless warming station used for Sanders rally |

Yeah, old Crazy Barney is a really compassionate leftist moron, is he not? Throw ’em out, I gotta have the space to spout my BS about socialist ‘compassion’ and ‘care for the poor’.

The Heritage Action Sentinel Program – Heritage Action for America

Source: The Heritage Action Sentinel Program – Heritage Action for America

If we expect to save America as we know it, it’s time to get off your backside and do something about it. Get involved. Become a sentinel. Take America back.

Historic Flooding Kills 13, Sparks Evacuation and Road Closures – ABC News

Source: Historic Flooding Kills 13, Sparks Evacuation and Road Closures – ABC News

THIS is the kind of thing that preppers are all about. The crazy rains, tornadoes, snow and ice coming down for the past week or so, this proves again we should all be more prepared for unexpected events. In my own area, over flood stage creeks, rivers and lakes have caused havoc with closed or washed out roads to neighborhoods or individual homes. So, if your driveway or road to your house was washed out, how long would you last before you had to get across for more food or other supplies?