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Enjoying the Spa in the Summertime

Being Prepared

During the Summer Months, The Better Half and I keep the spa at temperatures in the mid-eighties to ninety degrees F. That is plenty cool enough to contrast with our normal daytime temperatures of 100 degrees plus. Once in the spa, the water cools us right down.

Prior to getting in, we go through our Spa Checklist:

  • Towels for drying when getting out - check
  • Drinking water - check
  • Water temperature/level OK - check
  • Spa jets activated - check
  • Personal defense accounted for - check

We aren’t terribly remote from civilization, but our lot size is the better part of an acre isolated on three sides by hilly, natural desert. If some danger were to present itself in the two-legged form, it would likely have to enter via the driveway which encircles the house. If something like that sort of threat were to occur while we’re in the spa, we want to ensure our personal protection by providing for that ourselves, thus the loaded Glock 30 (Fat Man) next to the spa.

The day I took this photo, the temperature on the patio was 105° in the shade and the water temperature was 87° in the spa. TBH and I had an enjoyable fifteen or twenty minute dip in the spa. Clickable image.

Premium Pistol Magazine Loader

Composite Image (Clickable)This neat magazine speed loader is the BOMB! I ordered it last week and it finally came today. I tried it out immediately on several magazines, including my Glock 9mm 33 round magazine.

As we’re getting older, the act of hand loading magazines seemed to get tougher for old, arthritic hands. However, this loader, if properly used, makes it a snap even for that last spring-compressing round.

The device itself, is well built of steel and polymer. It is a product of Israel which is a relief from the Chinese crap so commonly imported these days.

We tried it on several different 9mm and .45 magazines both single and double stack and everything works just dandy. The loader even works for our fifty round drum magazine, but is not actually needed since the SGM Tactical has its own built-in loading mechanism.

The following is from the page where we bought the magazine loader.

UpLULA - 9mm to 45ACP Maglula Uplula Pistol Speed Magazine Loader. Loads all* 9mm Luger, 10mm, .357 Sig, 10mm, .40, and .45ACP cal

  • Brand New UpLULA™ - 9mm to 45ACP Maglula Uplula HandGun Speed Magazine Loader. Loads all* 9mm Luger, 10mm, .357 Sig, 10mm, .40, and .45ACP cal. single and double stack magazines., including 1911 mags, of all manufacturers.
  • The UpLULA™ is a military-quality universal HandGun magazine loader and unloader designed for loading and unloading virtually all* 9mm Luger up to .45ACP magazines, single and double stack, of all manufacturers. It does so easily, reliably, and painlessly!

What Will You Do When They Come For You?

This came in an email from Dave Kopp, president of the Arizona Citizen’s Defense League. I do not know if it is available on line, so I’m reposting it here. There is some very instructive information in this article that Dave sent this weekend.

acdllogo.jpgRecently, our good friend Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition penned an opinion piece on the Nice “assault truck” terror attack. His piece drew several satirical parallels to the tendency of the anti-rights zealots to immediately politicize every horrendous attack with calls to advance their citizen disarmament agenda, no matter how tenuous the connection to the reality of the event. We sent his article to our Alerts list of about fifteen thousand subscribers, to largely positive feedback. However, there were a few negative responses. “How could you be so insensitive?” some asked. “In times like these, we should remain silent, and respect the grief of the victims’ families,” others added. Still others mentioned that we should not attempt to politicize a tragedy, no matter what our opponents do. After all, we’re the good guys, right?

Is it to these folks that I address this missive. Allow me to digress for a moment …

As a NRA certified firearms instructor of some years, one of the things we try to convey to our students is “situational awareness”. If you’ve ever taken firearms training, odds are fair you may have come across something known as the “Tueller Drill”. In a nutshell, anyone interested in being able to defend themselves must learn how to determine how close is “too close”. During the development of the “Tueller drill”, it was determined that a bad guy armed with a knife or other contact weapon could cover a distance of 7 yards (21 feet) from a standing start in about 1.5 seconds, or about the same time that a trained individual could draw his holstered firearm and put two rounds on target. In short, a bad guy with a knife standing 21 feet or less away is “too close”.

What does that have to do with Nice and the politics of tragedy, you may ask? A fair question. The answer is that, much like in the “Tueller drill” scenario above, our opponents are already “too close”. The time to be “sensitive”, to be “silent and respectful”, to not “politicize tragedy”, has passed. The opposition will give us no such consideration. The fight is on, ladies and gentlemen. The battle has well and truly begun. In case you hadn’t noticed, these people have already made proposals ranging from removing your right to bear arms because you’re on a secret government list to front page editorials in the NY Times calling for banning entire classes of guns altogether. Much like the bad guy with the knife in hand, these people mean to do you harm. If you think they’re not serious, they you are NOT paying attention. Lack of situational awareness can and will get you in deep trouble.

Now that the bad guy is “too close”, you have to make a decision, and you have to make it quickly. You can fight, or you can let him win. Those are your only options. If he was going to negotiate with you, he wouldn’t be holding a knife. Same thing with the anti-rights zealots. If they wanted to “compromise”, they wouldn’t be talking about “gun bans” and “Australian style” gun control. People who want to talk do not hold a knife to your throat in order to get you to to do so. That isn’t “negotiation”, it’s “extortion”.

So the real question is, why do those of us on the pro-rights side keep responding to these terror attacks with the same old “quiet, respectful silence”, the same old “we won’t politicize this tragedy”, the same old “we won’t point out the idiocy of the other’s side’s arguments, because we’re the good guys” answers. It’s been said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time. I submit that we need to start doing things differently if we want to see different results.

No more silence. When another one of these attacks happens, and it will, because the bad guys aren’t going away, we need to make the point loudly, clearly, and immediately, that gun control kills people. We need to boldly state, right away, that make believe “gun free zones” are just hunting grounds for terrorists and other criminals. And maybe most importantly, we need to show the opposition’s proposals for what they really are. At best, stupid, useless, feel-good but do-nothing idiocy. At worst, anti-constitutional, freedom stealing, rights restricting garbage that should get them impeached and removed from office.

Remember folks, the bad guy is in front of you, knife in hand. You must decide. Stand and fight, or hesitate and lose everything. There is no third option.

Dave Kopp, AzCDL President

AR-15 Carbine for Home Defense


I read an article on the American Rifleman website entitled The AR-15 Carbine for Home Defense: One Expert’s Opinion. They interviewed Sgt./Maj. Kyle E. Lamb, US Army Special Ops (Retired) who generally favored using the carbine for home defense.

The following is what I took away from the discussion:

AR-15 Carbine: Easy to shoot, better accuracy at longer distances, lightweight, low recoil thus less time to re-acquire target, standard 30-round magazine capacity (in Constitutional states), fast learning curve, can operate with one hand

Shotgun: Semi-auto shotguns expensive and unreliable with every type/brand of ammo, limited magazine capacity, generally unsuitable for one-handed operation, heavy. Pump shotguns two handed operation mandatory and slightly slower reloading chamber.

Semi-Auto Pistol: Larger recoil resulting in slower target re-acquisition, accuracy diminished at longer distances, somewhat limited magazine capacity (depending on gun).

Revolver: Large recoil, limited cylinder capacity, slower reload times even with speed loaders.

Keep in mind that any one of these weapons will be better than having nothing at all for home and self defense. Training and practice, practice, practice are key to keeping your proficiency with whatever weapon you decide to use. Why not train and practice with all? And keep the carbine handy at home.

We Carry Concealed All The Time

Fatman Exposed

We had a desert twister, a.k.a. dust devil, come through our neighborhood today. We heard some thumping outside, so I went out to investigate. It turned out that the neighbor’s trash and recycle dumpsters had capsized and there was some debris scattered about. I put on a pair of work gloves and went out to gather the debris and set the dumpsters upright. After I was done, The Better Half came outside and got this photo of me scouting around for any stray debris before yelling “Fix your gun!” I guess that when I bent over to upright the dumpsters or something, my shirt didn’t cleanly fall back over my gun.

We both carry every day because we can. Reading the internet blogs and news about defensive gun uses every day is also a good reason to never be without the gun, even inside the house. We are in a low-probability crime area, but we are also a quarter mile from a relatively busy US Highway that carries who knows what passing through.

Just yesterday, the Wickenburg Police arrested two young men who had kidnapped a fourteen year old girl in Michigan and brought her to town. The men were taken into custody and were to be returned to Michigan to face charges. Child Protective services were called in to return the girl to her parents in Michigan.

The point is, we NEVER should turn Jeff Cooper’s white and feel as though nothing ever can happen here. Violent crimes have happened here and will again.



When I unpacked a recliner chair for my Mom last week, I found a packet of desiccant inside the shipping container. Even though we live in a relatively arid environment, we like to keep desiccant in the safes (a big one here and in the California house and several small ones for The Better Half’s jewelry). I opened the big safe here, tossed in the desiccant packet and (of course) took a photo of all the wonderful goodness in the safe. Clickable image.

AR Ammo - NATO 5.56 vs. Remington .223

ammo556.jpgSince we’re new to owning one of those scary-looking black rifles, we were curious about the ammunition, specifically, the difference between Remington .223 and NATO 5.56×45. We knew that the two were essentially equivalent and either could be used with our Wyndham AR, but what exactly is the difference between the two cartridges?

Well, today I received the weekly mailing from American Rifleman, and buried down close to the bottom was a link to a short article by Mark Keefe, AR’s Editor-in-chief, where he explains the difference in a very concise paragraph:

Externally, the two cartridge cases are identical. The main differences are that 5.56×45 mm NATO operates at a higher chamber pressure (about 60,000 p.s.i. versus 55,000 p.s.i. on the .223 Rem.) and the 5.56’s chamber is slightly larger than that of the .223 Rem. Also, the throat or leade is longer in the 5.56×45 mm chamber. What does this mean? You should not shoot 5.56×45 mm NATO out of a rifle that is chambered in .223 Rem. And be aware that some .223 Rem. ammunition will not reliably cycle through some AR-style .223 Rem. rifles, but it usually does. As a matter of fact, I have not encountered any difficulty with current .223 Rem. loads cycling through a 5.56 mm AR-style rifle. Generally, most AR-style rifles are intended to accept 5.56×45 mm NATO and are marked “5.56,” while some are marked “5.56/223.” In the case of an AR-style rifle marked “223”, check with the maker as it may actually have a 5.56 chamber.

We have only used .223 in our Wyndham AR, but now we have some 5.56 and will try them soon.

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