Easter bonfire ammunition courtesy thelocal.de

Two 12-year-old German girls found a branch (above) hiding inside a pile of wood into which someone had inserted nine live rounds of ammunition. The woodpile was to be lit on fire during an Easter celebration the next day. The girls were climbing on the woodpile when they found the branch buried deep in the heap at a local shooting club. Shooting clubs are known for organizing Easter bonfires, which are a tradition in Germany. It was clear that someone purposely drilled the holes and placed the cartridges in them with the intention that they’d go off in the fire. Whether they intended harm or just surprising explosions is unclear. After several days of investigation, police still had no suspects. Read on for the first Lockdown of the Day™ in a few days . . .

Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from San Diego, California, where the Naval Base Point Loma was locked down for about two hours on Thursday morning after a sailor waved a weapon from a sixth-floor barracks room window. The weapon turned out to be an airsoft gun, and the sailor admitted that he fired the weapon at a mirror in a parking garage. When the sailor was first sighted at about 10 a.m., all base personnel were told to stay inside and away from windows and doors. The sailor surrendered to NCIS officers around 12:30 p.m. and was taken into custody. Naval Base Point Loma is home to seven submarines, Third Fleet Command, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command and several other major units. The base has about 7,000 people on board during the day.
 

Magpul Armorer's Wrench & BEV Block

Magpul is introducing a couple new armorer’s tools this week. First up is the Armorer’s Wrench, made in the USA from solid steel with a grip-enhancing phosphate finish. Fits standard and pin-style barrel nuts, standard sized flash hiders, and castle nuts, with extended teeth for use with Magpul’s ASAP plates. It has a socket to accept a 1/2″ torque wrench, and torque specs are engraved on the body of the wrench for reference. $79.95 from Magpul.com. The second new tool is the BEV™ Block, a vise block for AR assembly that has a steel interface for engaging the barrel extension, so the torque of installing barrel nuts and flash hiders is distributed to the strong barrel rather than just a slot in the aluminum receiver. The rest of the block is made of polymer so it won’t damage the softer aluminum of the receiver. Price is still TBD.

New York City is getting picky about who will be allowed to buy the NYPD’s spent brass shell casings and recovered lead from now on. Often the stuff goes to scrap dealers, but two years ago the winning bidder for more than 28,000 pounds of spent brass was our friends over at Georgia Arms. Georgia Arms is a major reloader and seller of once-fired ammunition, which the New York Times points out they then sell “to the public, no questions asked.” The article then points out that what makes the transaction even worse is that it occurred right around the time of the Aurora, CO theatre shooting. Never miss a chance to wave the bloody shirt, right? Anyway, the picky part. This time around, NYC has more than 67,000 pounds of brass for sale (which could be converted into “millions of bullets” according to the NYTimes), but not so fast, Georgia Arms. This time, bidders must be metal recyclers. They must sign an affidavit stating that the metals “may not be reused for reloading purposes under any circumstances” and “shall be recycled in such a way that they shall be rendered useless for reloading purposes under any circumstances.”

This went up on Colion Noir’s channel this afternoon.

Cue the folks telling us how bad the NRA is. No, I mean the ones purportedly on our side. You know what? If the NRA is bad, then I’m bad. Because I am the NRA.

Demolition Ranch is back with Fifty-cal Friday, and they’re putting it up against 5000 sheets of paper. 10 spaced out 500-sheet reams. Whee, confetti!

Those exit holes are pretty amazing. Almost like a frozen-in-time expansion cavity.

64 Responses to Daily Digest: I’ve Got Twenty-Five Dollars Edition

  1. Regarding the spiked log: Who does this?
    Apparently they’re making sailors dumber than when I was on subs; just sad.

    • I don’t know but they way those rounds are seated it could actually be dangerous. The story of two girls digging down into a bunch of logs and finding this raises my eyebrow but it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing they’d have done!

    • 12 year old girls in Germany climb on wood piles…………
      Our friggen boys in America don’t do that anymore!
      Are we a Nation of wimps? There’s your sign!

  2. “This time around, NYC has more than 67,000 pounds of brass for sale (which could be converted into “millions of bullets” according to the NYTimes)”

    Neat trick, that.

    It staggers me how people can write so authoritatively about something they clearly know nothing about.

    • “It staggers me how people can write so authoritatively about something they clearly know nothing about.”

      It’s called “journalism”. Apparently they even go to college to learn how to do that.

      • It takes practice to develop that much stupidity and keep it flowing in the face of all evidence and reason.

      • I guess it’s the old confidence game… as in with enough confidence you can say anything and make someone believe you.

    • I actually wouldn’t doubt that 67,000 pounds of brass could make a million rounds of ammo. That’s a LOT of brass. What’s one empty case weigh? If there’s 200 to a pound (and it’s probably a lot more than that) then that’s over a million rounds right there.

      • Except it doesn’t say “millions of rounds of ammunition” or “millions of cartridges”. It says “millions of bullets”, a dead giveaway that the writer doesn’t know shit about how ammo works, or what the reloading process actually entails. The retard probably thinks they’re melting down the casings and molding them into bullets.

        • To be fair, there are brass bullets out there. They’re generally not that same alloy, but that can be changed after the smelting process.

  3. I am honestly surprised how many pages of paper that 50 went through. I only guessed would go through 3 stacks.

    P.S. Is that an assault log?

  4. I already renewed my membership this year. So I donated 20 to the NRA, 20 to GOA, and 20 to JPFO. Let’s dance Bumberg! ! ! ! ! !

    • Inspired by Bloomie’s efforts, I upgraded to “Life” membership in the NRA a couple of days ago.

      FWIW, the NRA is having a “sale” on “Life” membership for $500 during the annual meeting.

  5. I’ve got $25, but the nraila donation page isn’t showing me a captcha properly. I’ll try again tomorrow.

  6. So, if you want to cripple a Navy Base and, oh, I don’t know, take control of some submarines (and we all know there is no one in the world who would want to do that….), just wave an airsoft gun out of a window. Then, move in with a small, lightly armed team (most of the personnel will be locked in wherever they are), take out what little resistance you’d encounter, and take control of the armory. Voila! You now have control of a US Navy base, with minimal casualties and only a handful of shots fired. Congratulations!

    • Sounds nice on paper but plans like that are best left to Die Hard films where the thousand things that would have to come together perfectly can be written in and anything left out is just a plot hole.

      • Oh absolutely. It’s not a likely scenario by any stretch of the imagination, but my point was that it’s a sizable military vulnerability.

  7. According to theblaze.com that video with Colion was played at the NRA convention this afternoon, and received popular approval.

    It’s a good “fire up the team” kinda thing, but not much use beyond the pro 2A community.

  8. Colion Noir’s videos are always good. I especially like the one where he compares the 9 and .45 (ah, caliber wars!). “A 9 kills your body, but a .45 kills your soul.” Lol

  9. NRA’s new definition should read as New Republic of America. Bloomberg and The Shannon’s of the world should realize they are trying to take on the people with the guns. For the children, I love children. Its people who keep wanting to stomp on My right to be free that I am against. I would rather give my money to the NRA then this broke azz country.

  10. Usually, when a round goes off in a fire, The case is the thing that shoots out, as it is lighter than the bullet.
    Also the velocity is somewhat low because the case and bullet are separated from each other before the gas can reach a substantial pressure. This of course, because the case is not surrounded by steel.

    However, in this case, from what I see in the photo, the cases are mostly surrounded by wood, which would enable the pressure to probably reach a greater level before releasing the bullet. And of course with the wood being heavier, I would imagine the case would stay where it’s at, and the bullet would be the one taking flight. The fact that it’s pointed on the receiving end, instead of being blunt, means there would be a higher probability of a serious injury.

      • Would the lead bullet melt before the powder would ignite? Serious question. I understand the pressure issue with cartridges in a fire but have often wondered if anything would be left of the bullet at the time of ignition.

        • According to Mythbusters…

          Intrigued by the question, they placed a live round in cooking oil and measured the temperature. As I recall the cartridge discharged at around 360 degrees (F). That is significantly lower than the melting point of lead or brass.

          All things being equal, would you risk your own safety by throwing such a thing into a fire and standing around waiting for the bang? Even if the projectile(s) weren’t launched with significant velocity the compressed explosion would be fairly directional as opposed to a round lying loose in the fire.

        • No.

          There’s at least a couple hundred degrees C difference between the ignition temp of nitrocellulose-based propellants and lead.

      • Are you sure the case would fail? Seems to me the weak link is the crimp on the bullet. Wouldn’t that give way before the case ruptured, sending the bullet off? Obviously, it’s not going to have the same velocity as a round fired from a gun, but a hefty chunk of hot metal at even a few hundred fps is not something I’d want to be standing in front of.

        • As a test, I once took a handful of .38 Special reloaded rounds with cast lead bullets and put them in a coffee can (back when they were really cans) and set them on a bed of coals within a 55 gal. drum, then got back quickly. After having heard the appropriate number of “pops” I checked out the results. Some had primers blown out of the pockets and bullet intact, the rest either had split cases or simply the bullets and cases separated. The can was not damaged in the least. No animals were injured as a result of this experiment ☺.

        • Yeah, unsupported cases will rupture. But the rounds in question here, jammed into holes drilled in the log, might have enough support to keep the case from splitting, is what I’m thinking.

    • Holy carp, absotively posolutely sweet FA would “happen”. Save for some minor “pops”.

      Idjiots used to throw 5 gallon propane cylinders into the fire at Burning Man, and nobody ever got hurt…

      • “If you EVER had a relative who died immediately after saying, ‘Hey y’all, watch THIS!’ – you might be a redneck.” – Jeff Foxworthy.

        • I’m not encouraging the behavior, but it’s one of those illusory dangers – there’s just no frakkin’ risk here.

    • Testing by burning ammunition indicates that likely result is that the primer would be expelled from the case.

  11. Am I the only guy who pays $35 for the yearly NRA membership? I mean, I’m glad to pay that extra ten clams, but I have no idea why I do.

  12. Really, REALLY tired of hearing about New York. What say we offer the native Americans double the money to take it Back? Well worth the $48 to be rid of Trump, Cuomo, etc.

  13. life member of NRA and trying to convince The Boss (she is watching me as I type 🙂 ) buy life memberships for my 6 and 9 yr old daughters. yes Bloomy, it is for the children. my children you shriveled up bastard with your private security. I bet you just $50 you wouldnt walk thru the south bronx at 3 am with your Brioni suit minus your bodyguards. take me up on it – be a man!!

  14. Life member here too.
    Think I’ll send in money in the granddaughters name. Then I’ll get the other magazine

    • I was on the Journal News’ “Gun Owners Map.” That motivated me to upgrade to “Endowment Life Member” whatever in hell that means. I also joined NAGR, GOA, SAF and JPFO the same day. Thank God my wife never sees the credit card statements.

  15. I’m a life member of the NRA. I still need to donate to the other groups I like also.

    All of that brass going to the recyclers is criminal! Nothing new for the rulers of New York City to screw the people. I shouldn’t be surprised they would do this. It would be funny if nobody bid on it.

    • The funny thing is that destroyed brass cases can still be recycled into brass cases. they just added a couple of unnecessary, expensive and energy intensive steps to do so. It made them “FEEL” good though, so I guess it’s worth it.

      JSG

  16. Still not joining the NRA, but I’ll donate to them (and to every other organization that I am actually a member of) just to spite Nanny Loonberg.

    Let the games begin, you smug sonuvabitch.

  17. “Cue the folks telling us how bad the NRA is. No, I mean the ones purportedly on our side. You know what? If the NRA is bad, then I’m bad. Because I am the NRA.”

    I’ve been reading a lot of comments lately about how bad I am too, and of course the BMs (Bloombergs Mayors and Bloombergs Moms) have just released their ad telling me that I am responsible for the injuries of people I’ve never met.

    I always thought that the “I’m the NRA” ads were good ones. There was also a television ad put out a while back that showed ordinary Americans. In it, they explained what they did in their day to day lives and revealed that they were concealed carriers. I’m not sure who did it. It was well done and put a face to the people that are being demonized. We need more of that, and theses ads need to be placed in the mainstream media channels, not where they will preach to the choir.

    JSG

  18. This video covers unsupported ammo being fired, as well as ammo in fires.

    We’ve been fighting fires in gun shops,hardware stores,sporting goods stores and homes with ammo,since well ammo and fires….

    I’ve been in reloaders houses as they burned and it sounded like some ones making pop corn.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlOXowwC4c

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