Springfield Armory Daily Digest: Peaceful Open Carry, a Quieter Bronx, and ‘Assault Rifle Camp’


“As a demonstration against police shootings made its way downtown here on Thursday, it differed from others around the country in one startling way: Twenty to 30 of the marchers showed up with AR-15s and other types of military-style rifles and wore them openly, with the straps slung across their shoulders and backs. In Texas, it was not only legal. It was commonplace.” Nothing happened. And yet nytimes.com reckons it’s cause for defenestration. Or something like that.

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wmur reports that “Brookline police arrested a Robert Napior, 62, for theft of lost or mislaid property and a felon in possession of a firearm. Earlier in the day, an ex-girlfriend of Napior who had lived with him reported that she had purchased two shotguns while living with him. Upon moving out, the firearms were left at the residence.” There were more firearms in the apartment, safely stored. Bad boy. Op-Sec people. Op-Sec.

Bronx gun buyback (courtesy nydailynews.co)

nydailynews.com cordially invites you to connect these dots: “The Bronx is a little lighter on fire power after the NYPD netted 165 guns in buybacks at two churches on Saturday . . . Shooting incidents are down 19.3% citywide compared to the same time period last year, with 531 shootings through July 31, compared to 662 in 2015.” How’d it go?

NYPD (courtesy ammoland.com)

Knock knock! Or not. A Safariland press release reveals that the NYPD are donning new lids and plating-up: “The Safariland Group’s ballistic equipment being readied for deployment to the NYPD include 20,000 high-performance Delta™ 4 helmets; 12,000 Hardwire® Type III armor plates and 6,000 TAC PR plate racks.” That’ll be $7.3m (and the cost of maintenance, storage and administration) Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer.

“About 9 in 10 young adults say they support criminal background checks for all gun sales . . . Stiffer penalties for violating existing gun laws are supported by 9 in 10 young adults, including about 9 in 10 whites, Asian-Americans and Latinos, as well as 8 in 10 African-Americans. Fifty-seven percent of young Americans support a ban on semi-automatic weapons, with support especially high – 74 percent – among Asian-Americans.” Dubious poll from a dubious source: “GenForward is a survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.” Anyway, how many Americans supported slavery back in the day?


Doing it for the (tourists’) children: DC Travel Guide Rejects NRA Museum Ad – “’I am writing again about the ad your team has recently submitted for the Destination DC’s Official Visitors Guide,’ Claire Carlin, VP of partnerships & alliances of Destination DC, told NRA officials in an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. ‘We recognize the place that firearms have had in history, but have decided not to run any ads that depict weapons or ammunition at this time.’ The organization told the NRA it was willing to run an ad for the firearms museum, as long as it does not depict any firearms.”

BRAVO04 (courtesy sigoptics.com)

“Sporting a 43-percent wider field of view than traditional prism-based sights in the market, the BRAVO4 Battle Sight is the world’s first ultra-wide 10° field-of-view optic in its category. The flat, distortion-free target image of the BRAVO4 boasts unprecedented edge-to-edge clarity by means of low-dispersion glass, SpectraCoat lens coatings and an aspherical lens design. The magnesium BRAVO4 is a rugged, dependable and no-nonsense fixed-power optic. The BRAVO4 comes with MOTAC Motion Activation technology to extend battery life of the illuminated reticle, an adjustable eyepiece of +/-2 diopter and horseshoe dot etched-glass reticles in either 5.56/7.62 or 300 Blackout with 12 levels of illumination intensity.” So much want.


“CCI Ammunition, the only American manufacturer of handgun shotshells, introduces all-new handgun shotshells featuring larger shot for deeper penetration and extended range . . . CCI has added to its one-of-a-kind offering with exciting new CCI Big 4 loads to extend the range and capabilities of these downsized shotshells, thanks to a payload of No. 4 lead shot.”

Assault-Rifle Camp for Kids, Courtesy of the American Military. A look at the Army’s annual marksmanship clinic for children aged 9 to 18. Uh, those aren’t “assault rifles.” They’re not even modern sporting rifles. Anyway, a remarkably pro-gun piece from the otherwise irretrievably anti-gun rights Atlantic Monthly. Even a stopped clock and all that.

“The ominous 50th anniversary of the University of Texas mass shooting from atop the 307-foot UT Tower should signal lawmakers in states like Kansas to abort plans to allow firearms on university and college campuses.” Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. [Note to kansascity.com‘s editorial board: next time find a more detailed historical link; check out the role an armed civilian played in ending that UT mass shooting.]

abcnews.go.com is happy to present a study based on the idea that correlation equals causation: “One of the most startling of Johnston and Joy’s findings is that the more tweets that occur about a mass shooting, the higher the chance of another gun massacre occurring soon after. If, after a school shooting, at least 10 out of every million tweets mentions the incident, the likelihood that there will be another school shooting increases to 50 percent within eight days after the initial violence and to 100 percent within 35 days afterward, according to the paper.”



  1. avatar RJ says:

    I’m surprised they even have that program called what was it? The kid assault weapons thing we or some shit? If I had known about any such program back when I was in high school I would have signed up. The closest thing to a course like that that in was ever involved in was not until I was in my early twenties whitch was 20+years ago and that was the CMP. For whitch that’s where I purchased my M1 Grand (not hardly an assault weapon ) but still is a cool rifle to have, I do still have it too.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And as mentioned, the men in the photo are definitely not shooting “assault weapons”. They look an awful lot like PCP Pre-Charged Pneumatic) airguns.

      1. avatar FedUp says:

        Exactly. If TTAG didn’t pull just any group rifle shooting picture out of the library, then the headline should have read “Air rifle camp for kids”.

        I’m not going to click the link to find out. Idiocy doesn’t deserve extra page views from POTG.
        If you want to read it, search the link and read it from Google Cache or similar.

        1. avatar BDub says:

          I clicked for you. The photo is used in the article and is even captioned – “Wounded Warrior soldiers conduct a practice match under the tutelage of soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia.”

          So the photo has even less to do with the fiction of children and assault weapons, than you’d suspect.

        2. avatar FedUp says:

          I thought those ‘kids’ looked a little old, in addition to the ‘assault rifles’ having compressed air chambers under the barrels.

  2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    ‘Anyway, how many Americans supported slavery back in the day?’

    It was quite popular among Democrats. Not so much with Republicans.

    1. avatar Binder says:

      How about a new survey; Should the Federal Government be restricted by the Constitution?

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        Grab yourself a cameraman and head to the nearest campus. Post it on YouTube.

      2. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

        You might be disappointed with the results of such a survey.

    2. avatar FedUp says:

      And probably acceptable to 90% of voters before there was a Republican Party.

      1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        Obviously not. If that were true there would never have been a Republican party.

    3. avatar Chris Mallory says:

      The Republicans under the tyrant Lincoln enslaved us all. We went from a Constitutional Republic to an Empire under his malevolent rule.

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        The imperial ambitions of this country started long before Lincoln came along.

  3. avatar dh34 says:

    Is it just me or does the rifle on the “buy back” table look like a M1903 with the stock sawed off?

    1. Looking at the back of the bolt I’m pretty sure it’s an Arisaka which would be pretty hilarious. Imagine Thug Jo walking into Big 5 and asking for some ammo for it. In any event, that short barrel won’t help anything but the Shot Spotter system and blind anyone within 5 blocks from the muzzle flash.

      1. avatar anaxis says:

        By jove, you’re right; it does look like an Arisaka. Quite a shame it was so defiled, I’m glad it ended up in the hands of the NYPD, so they can put it out of it’s misery.
        And is that a Nambu as well?

    2. Yep. It’s a type 38 carbine judging by the positioning of the barrel band and the shape of the back of the bolt.

  4. avatar Vhyrus says:

    I was interested in that sight… then I saw the price… ho lee crap.

    1. avatar Bobinmi says:

      For a company with very little track record of selling optics, they have a very high opinion of themselves. As a former sig beta tester (556R gen 1, 556xi) I will let someone else put these through the paces.

      1. avatar 16V says:

        For $1300, it better come with a whole lot of positive reviews from objective sources.

        Otherwise, as noted, it’s a lot to pay as a beta tester.

  5. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Couple things:

    Openly carried rifles are not “commonplace” at protests (or anywhere other than where hunting is going on, perhaps) in Texas. Legal, sure. Occasionally carried to prove a point, yeah. “Commonplace”, not so much. But it wouldn’t be the NY Times without some exaggerations and fabrications, would it?

    How is “theft of lost or mislaid property” a crime? Aren’t losing an item and having that item stolen pretty much mutually-exclusive propositions? Wasn’t all this covered by the rulings in the landmark cases of Finders v. Losers and Keepers v. Weepers?

    Also, those have got to be the LEAST assaulty-looking rifles I’ve ever seen.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      I don’t particularly mind falsehoods from NYT, when they overstate the popularity of guns or open carry.

      Hey, look, everybody else carries rifles and nothing bad happens, why can’t New Yorkers do it too?

    2. avatar Chris Mallory says:

      Better check your state laws. “Finders v. Losers and Keepers v. Weepers” will get you a criminal charge in many states.

      Here is the Kentucky law on the matter:

      KRS 514.050 Theft of property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake.
      (1) Except as provided in KRS 365.710, a person is guilty of theft of property lost,
      mislaid, or delivered by mistake when:
      (a) He comes into control of the property of another that he knows to have been
      lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake as to the nature or amount of the
      property or the identity of the recipient; and
      (b) With intent to deprive the owner thereof, he fails to take reasonable measures
      to restore the property to a person entitled to have it.
      (2) Theft of property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake is a Class A misdemeanor
      unless the value of the property is:
      (a) Five hundred dollars ($500) or more but less than ten thousand dollars
      ($10,000), in which case it is a Class D felony; or
      (b) Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more, in which case it is a Class C felony

      So, picking up that shotgun case in the road that Henry Hunter left laying on the roof of his car and not trying to find the owner will possibly get you a felony. None of this is legal advice. I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express.

  6. avatar strych9 says:

    1) 20-30 isn’t really worth talking about.

    4) Yay! More poorly trained assholes who are overly reliant on gear just itching to “go kinetic” with their high speed, low drag bullshit. If you want to play solder; grow a pair enlist with an infantry MOS. That way you can’t quit when it gets rough and you have very few acceptable excuses for fuckups. Let’s play a a game and see how many flashbangs they can get into a crib in a single raid to find three joints…

    5) “GenForward is a survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.” Nuff said. This poll doesn’t line up with any other polling of that age group on this topic. Not a single one. It’s not even close. 9 in 10 young people want to ban semi auto’s but access to firearms for self-defense is tied for first place with the female 18-24 demographic… These things can’t both be true at the same time. *Does not compute! Danger Will Robinson! Danger!*

    8) The old stuff loaded into a .40 or a .38 takes care of rattlers pretty good. I’d wager this does better and better is always… well… better!

    9&10) Dumbasses gonna dumbass.

    11) Correlation ≠ Causation. Still, yet another reason to say that “only twits tweet”. Oh, and fuck twitter and their “defense of free speech” while banning people who say things the CEO doesn’t like. Their stock is cratering. As it should.

    1. avatar Adub says:

      I’d say with all that gear the cops have no excuse for not breaching a gay nightclub within two minutes but who am I kidding. They probably won’t be able to move once they put on their plate carriers…

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        They probably figure “plate carriers” are designed to carry plates of donuts, and are really disappointed when they are inadequate for that job.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          Harsh but it got a laugh out of me.

  7. avatar dph says:

    Those so called assault rifles are kind of AR’s as in AiR rifles. They look like PCP guns. This young man from South Africa has some very nice guns and has some very nice videos of him taking sparrow size targets at close to 100 yards with them. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCthxJ7N1usTDbd4n_aSSO7g

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I’ve got some of those shot shells in .44.
    It’s my carry piece when fishing the snake river. There is a ton of mountain rattlers there. I tried the .22 versions. Too ineffective.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      The ineffective 22lr, was that in a pistol or rifle length?

      I’ve used CCI ratshot in my NAA mini, and it dispatched a sick armadillo that showed up in my yard just fine…

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    “The Bronx is a little lighter on fire power after the NYPD netted 165 guns in buybacks at two churches on Saturday”

    I was born and raised in The Bronx. Back in the day, 165 guns could be found in a typical small basement apartment.

    1. avatar DaveL says:

      Does that 165 include the paintball gun in the middle? Makes me wonder how many of them actually work and fire real bullets.

      1. avatar Noah says:

        Think that “paintball gun” might be a Calico M100, a carbine with a helical magazine, though I’m certainly not the best gun-spotter on the site. That said, Calicos are rare enough I really hope they don’t destroy it.

  10. avatar Shootboot says:

    As a relatively young guy myself i can say with certainty most young people these days are retarded and their opinions should be deemed irrelevant. Dont believe me? just head to your local college safe space.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      And if 90% of young adults support mandatory instant strip searches of women any time, any place, for any reason or no reason … would that make it legitimate?

      Try that one on your young friends and acquaintances.

  11. avatar AznMike says:

    Well, I’m proud to say I’m not one of those Asian Americans who are for gun control. Proof? Just bought me a CZ P07. next up, gonna try and get some kind of MSR before the summer ends.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      Any insights into why so many people of Asian background would not support firearm ownership?

      1. avatar FedUp says:

        The real Asians I knew, the ones who grew up in Asia and went to university here, don’t mind their home countries’ gun laws at all, they came here for economic reasons.

        Looking back on my grad student days, I sorely regret not having done a ‘Take a Japanese Chick to the Range Day’ once a month.

      2. avatar Yellow Devil says:

        Culturally, Asians are more adherent to a strong, centralized form of authority. My father (Chinese) would fall into this camp, who for the most part, thinks that having a firearm is unnecessary with the police around. Granted he doesn’t question my personal decision to carry a sidearm or own firearms, but probable only because I was in the U.S. Army for a time. My mother on the other hand, who still remembers the Communist atrocities during the “Great Leap Forward” or “Cultural Revolution” doesn’t share the same default mentality. But keep in mind this is different than paying proper respect to authority when need be.

        Than you have other Asians who fall victim to that protective class minority status and thinks it applies to them, like some of my university cousins.

        Than you have other Asians who do own firearms, but don’t consider it to be the number one issue politically and would trade those rights for a government that dictates social issues with more control. I have a Korean friend in California, who was also in the Army, who is a bit of a Fudd in that respect.

      3. avatar AznMike says:

        Hi Uncommon,

        Sorry for the late response. The others more or less covered it. Most people in my generation along with their parents grew up in a era where the government confiscated firearms and made it seem like they were unnecessary to own unless you were military or police. This doesn’t mean all guns were turned in of course, I have a friend who’s uncle still own a Tokarov, granted without any ammo since he shot it all but every once in a while would take it out. So as Yellow Devil put it, most Asians just don’t equate firearm ownership to freedom. Lucky for me, my father falls into the group where he is fully supportive of the 2A, after all he was the one got me into shooting in the first place.

    2. avatar Setnakhte says:

      But how is it that so many of them don’t seem to learn from things like the Japanese-American Internment (and the politicians who even today consider it a good thing!), or the murders of innocents at Sikh temples or Hindu-owned gas stations in America, or the disarmament-to-democide pattern in their ancestors’ nations?

      1. avatar AznMike says:

        Wish I knew the answer to that.

  12. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    The organization told the NRA it was willing to run an ad for the firearms museum, as long as it does not depict any firearms.”
    Sort of like having a laundry detergent commercial without any laundry detergent.
    I always wanted to go to an Assault Rifle Camp with no Assault Rifles.
    is that the more tweets that occur about a mass shooting, the higher the chance of another gun massacre occurring soon after.
    Sooo….if we shut down Twitter, the world will be safe for democracy.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Hey! If it saves only one life, right? I’m ready, outlaw Twitter.

  13. That picture of the gun buy back “success story” says a lot. Who’s the only one not smiling in the photo?

    That’s right! The old white guy.

  14. avatar Joe says:

    Do people have good experience with those CCI handgun shot shells? I was at a family reunion in Columbus, MI that was rudely interrupted by a rattler. My uncle retrieved his wheel gun (38 special I believe) and looked to score three direct hits, but the snake didn’t die. Another uncle finally came along with a shovel and chopped it’s head off.

    Small sample size, but it seemed pretty ineffective.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      They never worked for me, but it’s been decades since I tried one.

  15. avatar Rick says:

    That Kansas city fish wrap can’t seem to understand that Whitman wasn’t allowed to carry on campus at the time. Then for an extra dose of straw man we read about Treyvon and the absurd corelation to stand your ground.

  16. avatar BDub says:

    How is it that a photo of wounded vets shooting air-rifles used as the visual center-piece of a fictional fear-article about the army teaching kids how to use assault rifles, doesn’t get these “journalists” called out on their bullshit?

  17. avatar ATTAGReader says:

    Did the DC Travel Guide reject the Marine Corps Museum or Annapolis? They don’t exactly need pix of guns (including the 16 inch variety) to underscore their historical relevance but they are inherently about guns, among other things. This political correctness and hoplophobia will kill us.

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