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

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.


  1. avatar SelousX says:

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

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      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!

    2. avatar BLAMMO says:

      I can’t imagine someone would just toss that log on the fire without noticing.

    3. avatar Michael in GA says:

      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. avatar Hannibal says:

    “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.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      “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.

      1. avatar Ing says:

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

      2. avatar Hannibal says:

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

    2. avatar Jim R says:

      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.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        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.

        1. avatar Ben says:

          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. avatar Pashtun6 says:

    Colion Noir always puts out good videos, I just which there were more.

  4. avatar Jimmy Wade says:

    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?

    1. avatar Michael in GA says:

      High capacity mahogany.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        It may be dogwood. You can usually tell by it’s “bark”…..

        1. avatar blackspike2710 says:


      2. avatar rosignol says:

        High capacity mahogany.

        Only in NY- it holds 9 rounds, so I’m pretty sure it’s CA/MA-compliant.

        Seriously, though, whoever made that is either a damn fool or had criminal intent.

  5. avatar jirdesteva says:

    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! ! ! ! ! !

    1. avatar racer88 says:

      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.

  6. avatar pcman312 says:

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

  7. avatar John Thomas says:

    ive got $25.

  8. avatar Jake Tallman says:

    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!

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      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.

      1. avatar Jake Tallman says:

        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.

  9. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    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.

    1. avatar JeffR says:

      I think the point is to get “the team” to donate.

  10. avatar Jake Tallman says:

    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

  11. avatar Rikoshay says:

    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.

  12. avatar Gunr says:

    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.

    1. avatar Moonshine says:

      Wood =/= steel. Also, the case head is quite exposed. The case will fail before the projectile.

      1. avatar JeffR says:

        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.

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          Nope. That primer would pop well before the lead would melt.

        2. avatar Cliff H says:

          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.

        3. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:


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

      2. avatar Stinkeye says:

        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.

        1. avatar Mick says:

          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 ☺.

        2. avatar Stinkeye says:

          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.

    2. avatar 16V says:

      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…

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

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

        1. avatar 16V says:

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

    3. avatar neiowa says:

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

  13. avatar Maineuh says:

    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.

    1. avatar jirdesteva says:

      You can save money by going to :


      You get 10 off the membership.

      1. avatar Maineuh says:

        Huh. Shows what I know. I just paid the fee off their site. This is why I never save money on anything.

        1. avatar jirdesteva says:

          I pay the 33 dollar fee and get the digital version of the magazine I chose.

    2. avatar JAS says:

      I do. What’s the point of saving ten bucks when you’re donating to a cause.

  14. avatar Paul53, says:

    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.

    1. avatar Davis Thompson says:

      Not as tired as those of us who are (temporarily) stuck here.

  15. avatar DisThunder says:

    Well, that video was a good way to get my renewal. Well played, NRA peoples.

  16. avatar dirk diggler says:

    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!!

  17. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

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

    1. avatar Davis Thompson says:

      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.

  18. avatar Davis Thompson says:

    Okay, $25 donation to the NRA just made. Wish I could afford more.

  19. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    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.

    1. avatar Justsomeguy says:

      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.


  20. avatar Excedrine says:

    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.

  21. avatar N8thecowboy says:

    How much they want for the log? I’ll take two…

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Do they come in .22 LR? Some marketing genius could make a killing (whoops – bad pun).

  22. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

    I just dropped them 25 more bucks yesterday.

  23. avatar Ross says:

    I did have $25 untill I watched that ad, now my wife’s membership has been renewed.

  24. avatar Justsomeguy says:

    “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.


    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      You’re thinking of the “…and I carry” video. It was put together by the Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum, and was featured in this space back in November.

      1. avatar Justsomeguy says:

        Thanks. That was the one I was thinking of. I think we need more of that type of thing.

  25. avatar Larry says:

    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.


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