Twenty years ago today and roughly 3000 miles away from where I’m currently attending college, two masked men walked into a bank and start one of the most influential events in police weapons and tactics since the 1986 FBI Miami Shootout. In all honesty, I didn’t even realize the anniversary until I saw Breach-Bang-Clear’s article on it. For the major changes it started, it amazes me that the event isn’t more widely talked about.
I’ve seen some friends posting links on Facebook petitioning to make their college campus a “Sanctuary Campus,” similar to the sanctuary cities around the country. At first I scrolled past and ignored them. I know far too many people that are constantly posting about all the protests they are taking part in, and figured this was just one of those brief movements that happen at liberal arts schools.
Then I saw one for my school…
Today is October 28th, 2016. One year ago today I was sitting in a hotel room in downtown Washington, D.C. preparing for a two month internship with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, when I posted my conclusions to “The Great Lube Test of 2015,” also known as #Lubegate2015. The results of the testing I performed on 18 different samples were released in groups of like products, and the FireClean vs. Canola Oil data was by far the most popular. Little did I realize that a few months later, it would cause some serious problems for me.
A few days ago I got an email from a reader regarding an article I wrote back in February. If you remember my FrogLube and Seal 1 article, I was contacted by an industry insider who gave me a brief history of Seal 1, TrackLube, and FrogLube. Well, it turns out that not only do people actually read my blog, but at least one of my readers has some history with these lubricants and Scott Lee.
A few years back I bought some old steel flechettes from a military surplus store because they looked cool, and I could use them in a presentation for a history class I was taking at the time (but mostly because they were cool). Recently, I got the idea to send some to the Youtube channel Taofledermaus to load and shoot out of a 12 gauge shotgun. If you haven’t seen his channel before he shoots all sorts of odd things out of a shotgun, including a lot of projectiles that are custom machined by some of his viewers. Many of them aren’t aerodynamic enough to stabilize at supersonic or near-supersonic speeds, and end up tumbling, resulting in poor accuracy and key-holing on impact. But the flechettes I have were made to be projectiles, so maybe they’d do better.
Far too often I hear people talk about their “God given right to own a firearm.” Most of the time this phrase comes up when discussing the most recent attempt to restrict the Second Amendment and firearms ownership. Whether it is a limit on magazine capacity, the features on a semi-automatic rifle, or open carry is irrelevant. What matters is that these people wrongly throw out the term “God given right,” without thinking about it. To put it simply, I don’t see ownership of firearms in America to be “God given,” and if you give me a few minutes, I think I can convince you too.
There was a lot of news recently about the Armatix iP1, a new handgun that will only function in the hands of the gun’s owner, and will lock out any unauthorized users. It does this by using an RFID equipped watch that sends a wireless signal to the gun, unlocking it and allowing the gun to be fired. Regardless of where people stand on the issues of gun control and firearms ownership, this new gun is a big deal in the industry.