The rule “Don’t bring a sword to a gunfight” was reinforced once again in Miami, FL on Wednesday. Hector Hechavarria (above) ran into the Presidente Supermarket in Little Havana waving a “sword or machete” and saying he was going to kill everyone. He managed to nip a female customer’s elbow with the blade before the store security guard, Jose Mendoza, drew down on him and ordered him to drop the weapon. Instead, Hechavarria charged him, and Mendoza fired several rounds. Despite being shot, Hechavarria managed to run outside, where he continued to attack the guard. Mendoza, struck over the head, was still able to subdue the suspect . . .
with the help of another man until police arrived. Mendoza was treated and released for his head wound, Hechavarria remains in hospital with “several gunshot wounds.” I was unable to find out what caliber Mendoza was carrying, but since the guy managed to keep fighting, it’s clear it wasn’t .40 S&W. [Commenter Pantera Vazquez points out below that security guards in Florida are limited by statute to carrying firearms in 9mm, .380, .38 or a .357 revolver utilizing .38 ammo.]
Your Lockdown of the Day™ for today comes from Surprise[!], Arizona. Paradise Honors High School was placed on lockdown for about an hour this morning after a report of a student bringing an airsoft gun to the school in his backpack. He never took the airsoft gun out, but his girlfriend knew about it and told a teacher, who then told someone in the school office. A Maricopa Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that no crime had been committed because the student had never taken the gun out of the backpack and never pointed it at anyone. Furthermore, the spokesman said that an airsoft pistol “does not qualify as a real weapon.” Sold out by his girlfriend today. Valentine’s Day was a week ago. Coincidence?
As part of MAIG’s email blast from a couple days ago when they publicized the “We are not gun grabbers” letter from three (former) mayoral members, they also touted adding “more than 65 mayors in 2014 alone.” The list actually totals 68, and since MAIG is very cagey about showing anyone their actual member list so I can’t point you to a page on their site, here’s the list of new members, according to their email. They’ve been sneaky in the past about claiming mayors as members who have done nothing more than sign up to receive “more information in the future,” so take a look and see if your city or one nearby is on the list, and maybe reach out to them and see if they actually intend to have their name associated with this bastion of civilian disarmament.
From The Tactical Wire: Tualatin OR – Warne Scope Mounts has just released an aluminum one piece base for the Ruger 10/22. This new one piece Weaver style base for the 10/22 features four slots in the front and two slots in the rear as well as built in 10-MOA (minute of angle) cant to maximize adjustment for your optic. Made from lightweight aluminum and built ultra-low to not interfere with the factory open sights makes this base a must have for 10/22 enthusiasts. Add our Maxima Quick Detach rings and unleash the full potential of your 10/22 utilizing the 10/22’s own open sights as well as our Return to Zero Guaranteed QD rings for the best of both worlds.
Reader JP writes: “I am getting married at the end of April. As a groomsmen gift, I am heavily leaning towards giving each member a knife. Ideally I want something somewhat stylish, could be EDC, and performs well in most situations; an “all-purpose” knife. Something that 20 years from now they will still fondly use and appreciate, whether it ends up in the glove box of the truck, in the belt loop at all times, or in a survival kit that saves the day when Daryl from the Walking Dead ain’t around. Any suggestions?” Hop over to The Truth About Knives to help him out.
The traffic on last night’s Digest was a little low, and it had one of the coolest high-speed camera shots that I can remember seeing pretty much ever. So if you missed The Slow Mo Guys shooting a full auto M4 filmed at 18,000 frames per second on a $100,000 camera, check it out.
If you’re unfamiliar with 22Plinkster, here’s a trick shot montage to introduce you. If you do know about him, it’s an opportunity to get reacquainted with some of his older stuff.
I’d never seen the one where he shoots down the pipe before. That’s somewhat ridiculous.
Larry Potterfield is the founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, a company that needs no introduction. His company has produced several hundred videos, many featuring the man himself, that contain a wealth of information in a concise, easy to follow format. All are searchable and categorized on the MidwayUSA website here. I ran across this one the other day, and like many others, it’s a neat thing to watch. He’s finishing a gun stock with bar top varnish under a boiled linseed oil finish coat. The bar top varnish is hard and durable, and he uses it to fill in the pores in the grain to get a nice smooth finish for the linseed oil to polish. It’s very time consuming, and not nearly as easy as he makes it look, but the results are undeniable.
The was amazed by how little oil was necessary to finish the stock. If I’d never seen this (or a similar tutorial) and tried it myself, I guarantee I’d have used about 10x too much the first time.