In case you hadn’t heard, Barry Elliot from the YouTube gun channel Iraqveteran8888 (and Moss Pawn and Gun) passed away over the weekend. IV8888 put up an announcement on their Facespace page yesterday, and I first read about it on ENDO this morning. Eric from MP&G followed it up yesterday afternoon with the 85th and final episode in their Gun Gripes series, titling it Final Farewell. Barry was one of my favorite YouTube gun guys, and like many others, I learned quite a bit over the last few years from watching him. He was a force for good in the gun community, and he will be missed. Godspeed, sir . . .
I’m forgoing the Lockdown of the Day™ today for a related article at reason.com, sent to me by Pascal, that discusses the mindset that results in my ability to have a LOTD every single day. Ohio Homeland Security has debuted the “Safer Ohio” smartphone app with the slogan, “If you see something, send something,” saying that concerned Ohioans can use it to snap and send camera phone pics of things they find suspicious, such as a messenger bag laying on the ground next to a file cabinet (an actual image from the 90-second tutorial video). The reason.com article says that deputizing everyone (or attempting to) has “done little besides generate an atmosphere of perpetual, low-level anxiety and excuses for official harassment.” It’s a quick read, check it out.
A kayaker in Maryland was believed to have been struck by a stray bullet on Saturday night, and though it didn’t kill him, you might be forgiven for being surprised, as capitalgazette.com is reporting it to have been a 357-mm bullet. Yes, you read that right. Specifically, “the NRP believes the bullet to be a 357-mm or 9-mm slug.” The man said he was floating on Main Creek when he saw a campfire on the shoreline where people were laughing and partying. Shortly thereafter, he saw a muzzle flash and immediately felt a searing pain in his abdomen. The bullet was lodged near his ribcage and was easily removed by hospital staff, consistent with a bullet shot from a long distance, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson. Police are still investigating.
Speaking of kayaks, Tom in Oregon sent this in a while back, and it’s worth sharing… After my raffle ticket won a polar bear hunt, I booked my flight to the Yukon Territory. I took my trusty Ruger .375 Alaskan to harvest the beast. I was hunting with another raffle winner who had his own Inuit guides. Our hunting was done in seal skin kayaks working around the ice floes as the polar bears hunt for seals there. On the second day, the weather turned really bad and we quickly found ourselves in whiteout conditions with the snow and sleet coming down at a 45 degree angle. I was huddled in my kryptek all white arctic gear, while my Inuit guide was in his fur parka. He kept a can of whale blubber in the kayak and lit it on fire to try and warm us. I could see the other kayak doing the same thing. A wave caught the other kayak the wrong way and tipped their can of burning blubber over, catching the seal skin on fire, and sinking the hunters in the icy water. They were all dead of hypothermia before we could pull them into our boat. Which just goes to show you… You can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
Hickok45 and a STEN gun in extreme closeup (of the gun, not of Hickok). Good stuff.
A STEN is definitely on my “unlimited funds” list.
I know it’s pure marketing and doesn’t actually have any real educational value, but I don’t care. This Silencerco video is beautiful.
Man up, and buy one. Or move to another state.
And finally, Taofledermaus brings us a video of a German World War I MG08/15 light machine gun, 500 rounds/minute, belt fed and water cooled.
Add another to the “unlimited funds” list.