Stupid people, stupid places, stupid things… Five teenagers thought it’d be fun to drive around Santa Fe, New Mexico, and shoot at random cars with BB guns. What could possibly go wrong? Since you’re reading it here, you’d be forgiven for assuming that one or more of them ended up perforated, but that didn’t happen this time. They did, however, shoot the wrong car at one point, and the victim decided to give chase. When he did, the kids got so scared that they called 911 for help. The cops, who had already gotten reports of the vandalism, showed up . . .
and arrested the teens. In addition to the property crimes, they also face drug paraphernalia charges because police found marijuana pipes in the car. [h/t Pascal]
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Portland, Oregon. [It’s worth noting that this was from last Tuesday, so it was not an overreaction due to the shooting in Oregon today.] The lockdown encompassed a whole two classrooms. It seems someone set off some firecrackers in a hallway on the third floor of Jefferson High School. The noise was “so similar to gunshots” that some thought there was an active shooter. [As opposed to an inactive shooter? I really hate that phrase.] The two nearest classrooms went into lockdown; in one of the rooms the teacher had the students get on the floor. In the meantime, the vice principal ran up the stairs to see what the commotion was about. Administrators quickly figured out it was firecrackers, not gunshots, and say they are “grilling students” to find out who was responsible. According to the district, administrators called fire crews to find out the best way to clean up the debris. Well, I’m no fireman, but I’ve played with a few firecrackers in my time, and I’d suggest a broom and a dustpan. [h/t Tom in Oregon]
Back in April, I told you about a kayaker in Maryland who had apparently been hit in the abdomen by an errant shot (a “357-mm”) from some campers on shore. Police searched extensively both above and below the water looking for evidence that would lead them to the shooter, without result. It turns out they should have looked a little closer to home, because evidence now indicates the man shot himself. Gunshot residue swabs were taken from the man’s hands at the time, but those tests take some time to come back. When it came back positive, police went to his house to execute a search warrant, and here’s where the story gets even weirder. The 58-year-old man answered the door, and police found that he had shot himself again, this time in the face and torso. He remains in the hospital in critical condition, and upon his release will likely face charges including filing a false police report. [h/t WarsawPactHeat]
After two years of videos, mattv2099 finally broke his GLOCK-brand GLOCK 17. Luckily it was only the recoil spring, and he had a spare, so it was quick work to swap that in. With that done, the gun needed to be relubed to factory specs, and since GLOCK-brand GLOCKs ship from the factory with a copper-based anti-seize compound on them, that’s what he uses.
Of course, that copper-based anti-seize is messy, and it gets everywhere, so you have to get it back off. Enter, orange hand cleaner. It works like magic. With grit. Gritty magic.
I suppose that has the added benefit of ending up with hand-lapped frame rail interfaces.