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Alright I love tactical stuff but this is WAAY over the top


So its no secret I love the the tactical stuff and have my fair share of tactical gadgets that serve a pretty limited role in every day life.

Today while shopping online for more tactical gadgets I find THIS

The Tuff Kunai™ Tactical Pen

this is the product description taken directly from LAPolicegear.com

The Tuff Kunai™ Tactical Pen is constructed of the highest quality materials and is the most Elegant Tactical Pen on the market today. Built, Designed and Assembled in Japan from A7075 Aircraft Aluminum and finished off with a SUS303B Stainless SteelTip to ensure the highest quality, strength and craftsmanship. The stainless steel barbed clip allows the pen to be worn tactically in just about any pocket without the worry of it unclipping, yet leaves just enough of the Bamboo design finger channel exposed to effortlessly acquire a tactical grip. This tool is designed with a uniquely smooth “Twist-Loc” hi-tech ball point tip that allows for smooth, effortless writing. The strength of the pen is not compromised if you pierce or shatter a windshield. The Kunai™ pen will still continue to write smooth. The flip side of the pen is embedded with a SKS21 (Rockwell Scale 65)hard steel window breaking tool in for emergency situations. The pen uses standard refills and is easy to refill. When using the glass breaking feature (Use Eye and Hand Protection) use the rear end of the pen to strike the glass to shatter it or the tip to pierce the target.

A steel pen is a good defensive item and I am not opposed to them but this one priced a $299.99 seems like way over the top when you can pick up a good steel pen for about 10% of the price

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in TactiCOOL stuff

 

Oops its been 2 weeks since I blogged


Alright two full weeks without any new content is not exactly the way to keep my readers happy (all 3 of you). Oddly enough in the last two weeks I have had a pretty good run of gun related stuff happening. I went shooting last week with my Brother as well as my sweetie and her sister. We had a great time put a ton of rounds down range and enjoyed ourselves. However a few things did strike me.

1. Somehow the magic of the .22lr is still never lost on me, I spent FAR more time behind a .22lr pistol than I did my carry gun and I put less than 10rounds through my centerfire rifle but spent a significant amount of time shooting the .22lr rifle.

2. Forgetting your sweeties gun at the house is a GREAT way to tick her off. In the process of loading the car I forgot her .22lr rifle on my workbench. Luckily I did bring her .22lr pistol as well as several other guns but I felt pretty dumb for that one.

3. While I love the current range I have been shooting at Tacoma Sportmens Club I yearn for a more open less structured environment. Not being able to do any holster drills or even a set of double taps kinda bugs me.

Now the ammo cabinet is mostly empty and its time to restock.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Gun stuff

 

I found what I’m making for dinner


So I occasionally make dinner for the house and I try to be inventive and creative. Well today I am doing this by stealing a recipe from a blog who stole it from another blog.

Macaroni and cheese and deep fried mac’n’cheese ball pie, with a bacon lattice top – a tribute to Paula Deen

I found this link by Breda who found it on Desserts for Breakfast

And the actual blog post is here

 

 

 

For pastry:
2 cups flour
1/4 tspn salt
6 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
2/3 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 Tbspn tabasco sauce
5 Tbspn ice water

1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.
2. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the grated cheddar cheese and cold butter into the flour until the size of small peas.
3. Gradually add the tabasco sauce and the ice water one tablespoon at a time until, when you press the dough between your fingers, it holds together. Do not overmix!
4. Wrap the dough in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator roll it out, about 1/8″ thick. Place the dough into the pie plate and crimp the edge. Using a fork, pierce the bottom of the crust several times.
7. If the dough has become soft from rolling, place the prepared pie plate in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes.
9. Line the inside of the pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dry beans.
10. Bake for 15-17 minutes, then remove from oven. Remove the beans and parchment paper and line the edge of the pie crust with foil. Return to the oven for 5-7 more minutes until the crust is golden. Remove. Keep the oven on.

for filling and topping:
mac’n’cheese*
seven deep-fried mac’n’cheese balls
bacon

11. Spread a layer of mac’n’cheese at the bottom of the pie. Top with the seven deep-fried mac’n’cheese balls and fill the pie with the remaining mac’n’cheese.
12. Create a lattice top with bacon, making sure to cut the bacon strips long, since they will shrink in the oven.
13. Return to the 425 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes until the bacon is cooked. Remove.
14. Serve with hot sauce and maple syrup

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Day in the life

 

Maggie Reese wins again.


As a new blogger I am still very obsessed with my stats. So again I am pouring over my last set of statistics and again Maggie Reese tops the list in so many ways. I sent an email this week to Maggie Reese looking for some more specific information so I can please the people and as of yet she has not responded. But I think its pretty cool that even after her elimination from Top Shot she is still getting the web attention.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Day in the life, Gun stuff

 

Putting Cameras on Cops


One of the great things about working as part of the public transit system is that people seem to leave EVERY conceivable newspaper around since obviously they are too good to actually dispose of them. The upside of this is that I get to look over/ read 6-8 different newspapers a day. Well yesterday I found “Real Change” which is a local newspaper sold by homeless/ low income folks. I actually support their business model since they sell these papers to the vendors for $.35 and then the vendor sells it to the customer allowing homeless folks to actually earn some money rather than just begging. But thats another matter.

The article that caught my eye is entitled Would new cop cameras protect and serve citizens? the short version is that at least 2 local Police departments are considering these small wearable cameras to be attached to officers uniforms so when an incident happens it is recorded on wide angle video with audio. The idea behind this is to provide an “impartial” witness. My libertarian side screams that this is a major privacy invasion but I also feel that in all reality anyone who lives in a major American city likely spends most of their day on camera anyway, between malls/ parking lots/ office buildings/ traffic cams /ect we are already “one nation under surveillance”. This makes me think that these cameras might actually do more good than harm. However according to the article In Lake Forest Park, Parrish wears Vievu PVR-LE2 and is evaluating it for the department. He said he turns it on when he’s approaching a citizen to make contact, mostly in traffic stops, and tells them they’re being recorded.” This is the part that bothers me, if these things are going to be used they need to be on all the time and have the recording capacity of at least 12-14hrs since the average LEO shift is 10-12hrs. They should be turned on at the start of shift and off at the end. I feel that adding one more duty for an officer as he approaches somebody is going to risk officer safety. Also picture this scenario, officer is on patrol, they see somebody in need or an emergency situation, they quickly call dispatch and “call out” then jump out of their car and rush to the scene. Somewhere between scanning the scene for safety and trying to figure out what exactly is happening they forget to trigger the camera. Then the situation goes south and they end up using force in one manner or another. The department does their investigation and finds that they don’t have the video footage, then somebody has to determine of this was intentional or human error. Of course the media will demonize the officer and assume that he intentionally turned the camera off. Also we can assume that as soon as these get issued out their will be some sort of requirement that an officer turns on the camera when coming up to a scene, this seems like a way to have a lot of disciplinary actions for what are at least in some cases honest mistakes. In fact the article brings up some of these issues,

Lake Forest Park’s Officer Parrish has found the Vievu cameras aren’t perfect.

When he goes to download video from the camera at the end of his shift, he only gets a 95 percent download rate. Whether it’s the camera’s fault or a problem uploading the video to the police department’s computer, he’s losing about 5 percent of the video he takes, he said. All in all I like the idea and think that it would protect officers and reduce complaints that are exaggerated or completely fabricated. The artice does mention some current issues in the law that would need to be fixed before these can be used widely in the field but I feel that adding a LEO exemption to some of these privacy laws would not be difficult.

Below I posted the technical stats from the Vievu website itself the part that really bothers me is the 4hr battery life and the 4hr recording time. These need to be tippled before I feel that these are ready for the field use.

  • Increased Low light Capability
  • Enhanced Image Quality
  • Digital Signature Security
  • 4 hr Recording Time
  • 4 hr Battery Life
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • Date & Time Stamp (GMT)
  • VGA 640×480 Resolution
  • 30 Frames Per Second
  • Color Video & Audio
  • Waterproof (IPX5)
  • Dimensions: ~ 3″x2″x.75″
  • Compatible: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
  • Green Design – RoHS & WEEE certified

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Politics

 

Elections have Consequences even in Wisconsin


So for the last 3weeks I have been watching the shenanigans in Wisconsin go on and on. Its fun to watch but now its just getting ridiculous. Today protesters forcibly broke into the Wisconsin capitol, broke windows and pushed passed metal detectors and other security measures.

I suppose I should be sorry that these leftists lost an election and Gov. Walker won but I don’t, the people of Wisconsin elected this current group of leaders and then they are doing exactly what they were elected to do, cut the budget and restore order. While I think both sides of the issue are starting to become more interested in the news coverage than actually serving the people who elect them I can’t help but default back to believing that they got what they asked for.

Now I say this as a union member, I am actually an SEIU Local 6 member in Washington. The idea of watching a portion of my paycheck go to SEIU bothers the hell out of me BUT I have to support myself and soon my family so sometimes you have to make decisions that might damage your ideals. However I need to note that so far my union has been good about only working on issues that actually effect our industry. That was until this week when I received an email asking me to “Stand with Wisconsin” I then immediately wrote to my union and explained that I feel that they need to stick to our own industry and not go political on this junk.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Politics

 

Ammo Recall


Stolen from Kevin

 

PRODUCT WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE

WINCHESTER® RANGER® LAW ENFORCEMENT 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point®

3/1/2011

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling six (6) lots of its RANGER® 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point® (PP) centerfire rifle ammunition (Symbol Number RA223R2).

Lot Numbers (last four characters): DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41, and DK51

Through extensive evaluation Winchester has determined the above lots of RANGER® Law Enforcement ammunition may contain incorrect propellant. Incorrect propellant in this ammunition may cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable, and subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury when fired.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® RANGER® 223 REMINGTON 64 GRAIN POWER-POINT® AMMUNITION THAT HAS A LOT NUMBER ENDING IN DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41 or DK51. The ammunition Lot Number is ink stamped inside the right tuck flap of the 20-round carton, as indicated here:

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Lot Number. If the last four characters of the Lot Number are DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41 or DK51 immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 to arrange for replacement ammunition and free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to RANGER® 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point® centerfire rifle ammunition with lot numbers ending in DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41, and DK51. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this RANGER® Law Enforcement ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: RA223R2 Recall), or visit our website at http://www.winchester.com.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Gun stuff