The most interesting thing I’ve ever discovered while walking my dog was an attractive next-door neighbor. As it turned out, she was very committed to her boyfriend, so I guess it wasn’t as interesting as what a dog walker discovered in Mossley, outside of Manchester, England on Friday. A bunch of .50 caliber shells from a U.S. B-24 Liberator that crashed over 70 years ago were uncovered by recent weather in an area known as “Broken Ground.” The plane went down shortly before Christmas 1943 on its return from an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. After diverting twice due to weather over two different airfields . . .
the pilots flew north looking for a clear field, but ran low on fuel before finding one. All 11 members of the crew parachuted to safety, while the plane continued another 50+ miles on autopilot before crashing. The depth charges the plane carried did not detonate in the crash, and were destroyed by a bomb disposal unit shortly afterward. The rest of the plane was looted and then scrapped, with some larger parts (and apparently some smaller ones) left in place. The undercarriage legs and engines were left exposed, and only finally buried in 2001. As far as the recently discovered ammo, the Army’s EOD unit was deployed and disposed of the ammunition in a controlled explosion Friday morning.
Kahr Firearms is moving to Pennsylvania, a shift that’s been in the works for a while. Recently, while breaking ground on their new headquarters in Pike County, they discovered that their 620 acre property already had tenants. A female black bear and her cub were seen near where crews were working, and her den was located just 400 yards from where the future Kahr Firearms Group offices will be located. Game wardens were notified and they sedated the mama bear in order to examine her and fit her with a tracking collar. Both mama and baby were determined to be healthy, and the wardens left it up to Kahr Firearms Group owner, Justin Moon, whether the bears would be removed. Saying that he “strongly believe[s] that man can cohesively share habitat with animals,” he elected to leave them in place. They were returned to their den, and the crew has had no additional sitings. The Tactical Wire has a photo of the cub, if you need a cuteness hit.
That bastion of hard-hitting journalism, Cosmopolitan, has an article out today titled How Did The UCSB Shooter Have All Those Guns? (Note that this is the first and likely only time I will mention the Santa Barbara story (I haven’t really read anything about it, either), because I just don’t care. I could say I’m taking a stand and not playing into the publicity game surrounding it, but that would be putting on false airs. It’s not a stand or a decision, it’s apathy. That story has 100 times more to do with the state of mental health care in this country than it does to do with guns.) In any case, the Cosmo story shares a front page with other articles like “22 Things Nobody Tells You About Sex” and “The Emotional Stages of Coming Out” and, no joke, “Celebrities Doing Things!” I think that last one is an attempt at self-deprecating humor, but I’m not clicking to find out. In any case, what I noticed was that in the article, they repeat the “all those guns” from the headline, as well as describe “a massive amount of weaponry and ammunition” (three guns and 400+ rounds of ammo), and then refer to it as a “large stash of weaponry.” The rest of the story is, I suppose, a decent if shallow recitation of the mental health issues surrounding this case and others like it, so I suppose that’s something, but it’s clearly playing second fiddle to the GUNS! GUNS! GUNS! lede. Sad.
Hickok45 shows you How NOT To Shoot A Sawed-off Shotgun. You know, if you have something like that. Legally, of course.
I suppose I can see how it’d be easy to let your hand creep up a little too far up the forearm.
I heard a complaint that yesterday’s Digest didn’t feature The Yankee Marshal’s latest video. It might have been a comment on how many videos he makes, or the fact that some people hate him with a passion, but I don’t like disappointing my fans (or his), so here’s one:
…and if one’s good, two must be better, right?