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Saturday, February 27, 2010

People keep asking me which gun to get... as I have pointed out this is like asking which tool should I buy... a screwdriver or a hammer.... there ya go... anyway - KNOWLEDGE is the first place to start... you are going to learn about Geometry, metallurgy, propellant chemistry, ballistics, psychology, physiology, History, Physical Fitness, Moral Hierarchy, situational awareness, and self-evaluation... and you get to learn to be Free - only the Armed are Free... the unarmed are slaves whether in chains or no. Best place to start is Boston's Gun Bible... John Rawles gives a great review below:

JWR’s Book Review: Boston's Gun Bible

Boston's Gun Bible stands alone as the very best all-around reference for firearms owners. Not only does it cover practical rifles, pistols, and shotguns in detail, but it has a wealth of valuable information on related subjects such as optics, practical carry, training, legal issues, and legislative issues. The new expanded and updated edition (with 200 extra pages) is fantastic!

This weighty tome is an absolute must for all gun owners. At $28 it isn't cheap, but as I stated before in reviewing the previous edition, it is worth every penny. Boston's observations and conclusions about guns are precisely researched, scientific, and relatively dispassionate. Unlike many other writers in the firearms field, Boston has consistently shown that he is willing to change his mind when presented with logical evidence.

This is a book that may very well save the life of yourself or a loved one. It is also a highly influential book that may contribute in the long run to the restoration of our Constitutional Republic and freedom around the world. Boston's Gun Bible doesn't just whine about the decline of our God-given Constitutional liberties. Rather, it shows practical solutions that individual Citizens can and must take to insure the liberty of future generations. It is nothing short of a monumental work of non-fiction!

Don't just buy one copy. Buy two! You will soon find that you'll need an extra copy to lend out to family members and friends. By the way, if you already have the older edition, then I strongly suggest that you buy the latest expanded edition. This has valuable new information, so is well worth getting a new copy.

As a published writer, I stand in awe of this important piece of non-fiction. It deserves a place of honor on the bookshelf of every freedom-loving Citizen.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

व्हो इस माय अल्ली ?

Who is my Ally?
Who is my Foe?


Any person who holds the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to be the Highest law of the Land...
these people are my Allies.


Christian, Muslim, or Jew... Libertarian or a Socialist... if they will honor the U.S. Constitution – it matters neither to whom they pray nor how they worship...
they are my Allies.


Anyone, High or Low, who works against the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights is either an Enemy or a Traitor. Terrorist or Senator it matters not - they have made themselves my Foes.


I have sworn a sacred oath to defend our Constitution from all enemies; Foreign or Domestic. The Constitution SHALL NOT pass from this earth – not on my watch...
May God grant me the Strength & Wisdom to keep my
Loyalty Oath Sacred.


Scott A. Campanaro – FEB 2010

(for the Blair County Tea Party & Liberty)

Monday, February 15, 2010

http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2010/02/baugh-nation-without-country-part-iv.html

Tom Baugh,


An interesting scenario... I find my appreciation of history somewhat different than yours. I suspect that you live in a larger urban area or suburbs... and have lived there for sometime. It is a different culture than in my area. While we are on the same team I think we see it from two different directions.

Ex. the day after the Obama election my good friends, who teaches at the local university, asked his college class (freshmen) what they thought of the election (he is/was a Ron Paul supporter as am I). It was the usual muddle until one bright sister-girl from Newark came out with: “It means we is on top... not whitey.” The Professor was intrigues that 10% of the population could take this election of a signal for black supremacy and ask what he thought was the crux-question: “What if white folks don't want to go along with that?” to which sister-girl immediately replied “who cares what white folks think – we got all the guns...!” He was so shocked that he said nothing and the conversation went back to sounds/null content that passes for speech in a society that does not teach high schoolers Latin or Greek.

This was quite interesting to me – it shows how blind urban peoples can be to reality different from their societal norm. From her perspective she is absolutely right... teen age urban black girl – all she had seen is urban non-whites with guns... she sees her middle class white friends as non-gun-owners as most are. What she has never seen (and I pray to G-d she never does) is a black youth trying to bully/dominance (including flashing his gun) some 50 something cracker only to, with in seconds, be on the ground with a knife sticking out of his eye (nor should she see his $200 tennis shoes nailed to the side of that Virginian's barn)... so I've heard through the grapevine. What this girl has never seen is bored guys waiting to get on a 1000 yard range (we have three of them with 90min of my home) take out .22 pistols and start banging away at a 300m steel target... 25% - 50% and 80% were their hit %s... I was only at 33% with my .44... so I can't chide them on poor shooting... it was just havin' fun. She has never seen what I see everyday. To her firearms are -cool or trendy or a right of passage – around here they are a skill set.

I did live in a larger urban/suburban area for about 18 years – until I just could not take it anymore and took an 80% pay-cut to return to my mountains... the Alleghenies.

Therefore, I am cognizant that these are two very separate cultures. The Red/Blue COUNTY map shows this quite well.





It will be a cultural war against the socialist/city culture. People are not going to just go along with military occupation... it is nowhere near there now and you have federal prosecutors and such disappearing every now and then... not to mention officious JBTs or JBT-lites who turn up hanging in trees.

All that being said – I would think the model will be much more of a Russian or Serbian one with bits of the IRA thrown into built-up areas.

One thing people do all the time is feel that TV is presenting the truth (you gotta go years – as an adult – w/o TV to become immune to it... Claire Wolfe was dead right about that) it is not. TV is an elegant tool for altering mental states to lower inhibitions – this is why it is such a good sales tool. One thing it is almost constitutionally incapable of is presenting the truth. It is just too limited and without an interactive component. The only people getting press are the LEOs – and certain Jingoistic Military shows. Okay, I guess... though I think it makes our people very complacent about fighting people who see on these shows because they are invariably weenies. I think these TV shows do more harm than good (no matter how weak and unskilled you should not underestimate your enemy – ALWAYS a bad habit) this is a bit reversed in urban areas where these TV shows are always regarded with Awe that the Man is invincible and blah, blah... same TV - two very different takes.... neither helpful.

I think, ultimately (say 15 or 20 years from now), people will see this as the beginning of a Renaissance... a war of restoration in which, through the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Promise of the American Revolution was fulfilled. We have been going through 25 years of Low Intensity Conflict here in America with hundreds of dead patriots and lots of inoculations against tyranny... it may just get a little more heated before it is resolved.

This is nature of Man, History, & Liberty... it is always a struggle – an upward spiral towards the nobility of the Individual vs. the oppression of the Group. Free and Noble men form Communities – slave form collectives... again we win... always. In this set of circumstances (remember: win fights with tactics – win wars with logistics) we will be pretty quick to win. After all we do have all of the logistical cards. As well as HUGE force multipliers... and the two critical ingredient – Motivation and Leadership.

Overall I am quite optimistic – Socialism – Partyism – Cronyism... they are all dying – albeit messily – like a dinosaur... dead but not knowing it.... just in multi-year death-throes... don't get squished. I think we will see more and more local autonomy and regional alliances... and it will be much easier in NON-TANK country.

I think Counties not States are going to be the going concern in the next level of American Freedom and Liberty... I am working on that Essay next.

So much for my take on that article – now to one that I have found profound.

Your “How-many-shoes” essay was very timely and I am using it to show others the importance of doing our best to control or facilitate a transition away from dark-ages collapse to a renaissance-ages transition... thank you for this essay.

Link thru here:

http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-many-shoes.html

Friday, February 5, 2010

Knives & Binoculars




Part One: Binoculars

I may be a simple Hillbilly from Appalachia but it seems to me you can get 90% of the result with 10% of the cost – if you use your noodle... especially when it comes to weaponry and gear.

Binoculars, I like a medium sized pair that will give me a good field of view and not reflect light (or a little as possible).


These are Nikon 8x40 – very robust and have lasted 3 years without any problems.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/nikon-8x40-action-extreme-binoculars-7238.html

http://www.chuckhawks.com/binocular_basics.htm

Note: I take off my lower (Objective) lens caps but leave on the upper (Pupil) lens caps – which seem to gather dirt, gunk, and water.

Part 2: Knives – Mr. Pointy to you.

I have had dozens of knives – since I usually pay between $50 and $100 for knives I have never been let down... truly a wise man who said “Only the rich can afford to buy cheap stuff.” I cannot afford to keep buying stuff so I have finally found all the edged goodness that I will need.

I have very large hands – though I stand only 5'-10” at 220# with an honest 34” waist I have been blessed with great huge bones – edged weapons that fit me are rare... I would look until I found something that would suit me and then give it to my latest 1st Class Scout after I found the next thing that would work better for me... now I am having to buy knives for my Scouts for I am keeping what I have.

What I have... My Helle Lapplander – Available from Dryad Bows out of Texas. This knife fits my hand – it was meant for me... and I use it 90% of the time in the field – I would use it as a combat knife to as did the Finns in WWII... can't argue with a 40 to 1 kill ratio.

http://www.dryadbows.com/helleknives/KNIVES/images/Knives_large/70_Lappland.jpg

Cold Steel Vietnam Tomahawk – with the silly stock handle replaced with an old sledgehammer handle - hickory... pinned in place with two (2) wedges and soaked in linseed oil for about two weeks... 20” handle works better for me – especially since I am not foolish enough to throw away a weapon that is useful. The stock (13”) handle is way too short IMNSHO...

http://www.coldsteel.com/vito.html

I am a fan of the weapon-not-seen is the best one to use. So my fighting knives tend to be folders... I gifted (to my last Eagle Scout) my Gerber Mark II after I got my Ti-lite 6” folder.

It easily fits into my jeans pocket.

http://www.coldsteel.com/tilite.html

CRKT M-16 is a nice small utility knife... that opens like a charm and has a double locking mechanism... this is in the nature of sgian duhb and very useful... see “Quigley Down Under” for how this works.

http://www.crkt.com/M16-01-EDC-ZytelHandle-AutoLAWKS-Razor-Sharp-Edge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgian_dubh

I also have two multi-tools and a Swiss army pocket knife (note: mine has a locking blade and a locking screwdriver... how cool is that). One of these tools is in either the pocket of my Flight Jacket, or my pants pocket.

http://www.gerber-tools.com/

http://www.multitool.org/miscellaneous-tools/large-tools/schrade-st1.html

http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/Pages/Product.aspx?category=lockblades&product=54865&

One last little Item at top right of below pic is a 25 year old Remington hunting knife – and it has served me well – with this full plate I am set for edged weapons.

Note: the little took kit just by my Helle's sheath... magnesium block, hot spark, whetstone, P38, and sundries.