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Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership = CARGO




Hello Fellow CARGO Members,


The next meeting will be held at Napoli’s on Thursday, September 17th


We will meet at Napoli's in Wylie.



701 N Highway 78 # A

Wylie, TX 75098


For the dinner portion of the meeting, we will be in the meeting room between 5:45 and 7:00 for food and fellowship.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM and run until about 9:00.


Member Don Bridges has volunteered his shop for the meeting.  There are a very limited number of chairs at the shop, so please bring a camp chair for the meeting.  We will meet there from 7:00 (ish) until 9:00 (ish)


The address is:


2274 EAST Brown Street in Wylie


While heading east on Brown Street, it is 1/2 mile past stop sign that's at the intersection of Brown Street and Kreymer Lane on the right hand side. 


The shop is behind a small white house with a picket fence around the front yard.





Meeting gun topics:

·         Last year marked the 100th anniversary of WWI.  Hostilities lasted from 1914 to 1918 (with the peace treaty signed in 1919) and included countries from all over the world many firearms were used during the many battles.  Please dig through your collections and share anything that was used or designed for WWI.  Do you have a 1903, 1917, SMLE Enfield, 1911, Thompson, Gewehr 98, Gras, Lebel etc.?  Please bring anything to share from your collection.

·         September 1st marked the start of a new era in Texas: State Pre-emption for Texas knife laws.  No longer can municipalities create local laws that are in violation of Texas state law.  Do you have a blade that would have been illegal to carry in San Antonio, Houston or a number of other cities a few short weeks ago?  If so bring it with you to share.

·         Anything new, fun or interesting to share?  Bring it with you!


Additional discussion topics / guests:

·         Wal-Mart announced that they would no longer sell MSRs or any Semi-Auto anything.  Was this a political decision or purely a business decision?

·         We are seeing more and more calls for “common sense gun control” mainly as a direct result of a number of high profile and heinous crimes.   The mainstream news media is doing everything in their power to make these criminals notorious and then using the fervor that they create to call for more gun control.

·         Texas Law Shield is being sued in a class action law suit.  Let’s talk about what this might mean to the Texas Law Shield members in the club.


If you have any suggestions for future speakers or topics please send your feedback to CARGO@att.net.


When was the last time you visited our web site?  Please take some time to go to the CARGO website at www.cargogunclub.org 




From Texas DPS (Thank you Patrick Penton!):


Texas Department of Public Safety


Regulatory Services Division




House Bill 910: Open Carry & Trespass Signage for Private Property Owners


DPS has received numerous inquiries regarding the interpretation of House Bill 910 (84th Legislative Session), and specifically its amendments to the provisions on trespass by license holders, Texas Penal Code §30.06 and §30.07. The questions include whether the signs can be combined, whether the signs must be posted in a particular manner or at specific locations on the property, and whether they must be posted in both English and Spanish in order to be effective.


The determining factor is whether the license holder received notice that possession of a handgun on the property was forbidden. Whether notice was received is a legal question dependent on the specific factual circumstances and the legal judgment of a court of law, and cannot be addressed by DPS.


However, HB 910 does provide the following, effective January 1, 2016:


The “30.06” sign is used to prohibit the possession by a license holder of a concealed handgun on private property. This sign must include the language below in both English and Spanish; appear in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height; and be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.


"Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.”


The “30.07” sign is used to prohibit the possession by a license holder of an openly carried handgun. This sign must include the language below in both English and Spanish; appear in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height; and be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public at each entrance to the property.


"Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly".






Massive Taurus Safety Settlement Could Include 100,000 Pistols


Posted by Bob Owens on July 28, 2015 at 7:49 am


Though it seems to largely be flying under the radar, a $39 million class action settlement by Taurus Firearms could impact up to 100,000 handguns with alleged safety design issues:


Brazil-based handgun maker Forjas Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging some of the company’s most popular semi-automatic handguns can discharge when dropped and have a defective safety that allows the gun to fire even when it’s engaged.


According to court documents filed May 15 in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun models who opt to send their pistols back, with owners receiving anywhere from $150 to $200 for their pistols depending on how many choose that option.


The agreement also will extend the warranty for the nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to send the pistols back to have the handguns inspected by Taurus technicians and address the “safety defects” alleged in the suit. Documents show the settlement could include as many as 100,000 handguns.


The settlement also calls for a maximum $9 million in attorney’s fees.


A Taurus official confirmed the settlement agreement, arguing the company does not admit any wrongdoing.


The settlement includes the following pistols.

·         PT-111 Millennium

·         PT-132 Millennium

·         PT-138 Millennium

·         PT-140 Millennium

·         PT-145 Millennium

·         PT-745 Millennium

·         PT-609

·         PT-640

·         PT-24/7


The safety issues do not apparently affect the older metal frame pistols based upon Beretta designs, nor the G2 models.




Gun control groups accused of ‘swatting’ open-carry permit holders, putting lives at risk


By  Perry Chiaramonte

·Published September 01, 2015


Second Amendment groups are accusing the gun control lobby of putting law-abiding owners of firearms in danger by urging people to call the police on anyone carrying a gun in public.


As more states relax rules about open-carrying of guns, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has taken to social media to urge the public to assume gun-toters are trouble, and to call the cops on anyone they feel may be a threat.


“If you see someone carrying a firearm in public—openly or concealed—and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene,” the group wrote on its widely followed Facebook page. “Never put your safety, or the safety of your loved ones, at the mercy of weak gun laws that arm individuals in public with little or no criminal and/or mental health screening.”


That approach, according to a blog post by Ohio-based Buckeye Firearms Association, could give rise to needless, tense confrontations between police and gun owners. The association and other similar groups liken the tactic to “swatting,” or the act of tricking an emergency service into dispatching responders based on a false report. Many online harassment campaigns have been known to participate in the practice.


“This practice is exactly what they [Coalition to Stop Gun Violence] are doing,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for Virginia-based Gun Owners of America. “It’s one thing if someone is using a gun in an illegal or unlawful manner. No one is questioning that. But this clearly sounds like swatting.”


Pratt adds that it may be a move of desperation by those looking to get guns off the streets.



“Anti-gun advocates are clearly frustrated. They want guns banned,” he said. “But they have been thwarted in the past, so they are looking for alternative means.


“They are inciting their radical base to turn their own neighbors in.”


It is not the first time supporters of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and other gun control advocates have pressed for the public to call cops on legal gun owners. An October 2014 National Review article found that the Facebook pages and websites of groups including the coalition, Moms Demand Action and GunFreeZone.net included numerous comments from the public advocating that people call the police and intentionally exaggerate what they see in the hopes of getting cops to stop those open-carrying guns.


Open carry rules, in one form or another, are legal in every state except for five—California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia. However, many states that do permit open carry have put in place stringent laws that require some sort of permit or license.


The main issue that gun advocates have with the Coalition’s tactics is the potential of putting law-abiding citizens in real danger. Officials for the anti-gun group say that this is not the case.


“In an era in which individuals are being allowed to carry loaded guns on our streets with no permit, background check or required training, it is common sense for concerned citizens to call 911 when they see an armed individual whose intentions are unclear,” Ladd Everitt, director of communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “These [open carry] laws guarantee that we—and law enforcement—will have no idea about the criminal and/or mental health background of these individuals until they actually commit a crime; and by then it could be far too late.  We have full confidence in our men and women in blue to assess these situations.


“Gun-toters who are truly law-abiding and mentally competent have nothing whatsoever to worry about. Their conversations with law enforcement will be brief and professional,” he added. “As for those who are dangerous and have something to hide which would not withstand the scrutiny of a background check or permitting process, they should expect to face some tough questions as a result of these 911 calls. And that makes us all safer.”


But the Buckeye Firearms Association believes the effort amounts to "conspiring to obstruct legal justice.”


Pratt agreed, and said people who call the police without legitimate reason should be charged.


“They would likely be the ones arrested for filing a false report,” he said. “And we are certainly hoping that would be the case.”





Florida gunmaker produces assault rifle 'never to be used by Muslim terrorists'


Published September 04, 2015 FoxNews.com

A new assault rifle being manufactured in central Florida has drawn fire after the gunmaker branded it the “Crusader” and said it was designed “to never be used by Muslim terrorists.”


Spike’s Tactical in Apopka etched its new $1,395 AR-15 with a Bible verse that says “Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle,” MyFoxOrlando reported.


Company spokesman Ben Thomas, a former Navy SEAL, said the scripture is something of an insurance policy to keep it out of the hands of terrorists. The idea came to him during the weapon's development. At the time, the U.S. government was preparing to arm rebel groups in Syria.


“When you make a rifle, you have to understand that it could be used for ill deeds if it got in the wrong hands,” Thomas told the station.

The gun went on sale this week and was quickly denounced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida, according to MyFoxOrlando.


“Sadly, this manufacturer’s fancy new gun won’t do anything to stop the real threat in America: the escalating problem of gun violence,” the council told the station. “This is just another shameful marketing ploy intended to profit from the promotion of hatred, division, and violence.”


Thomas defended the Crusader, saying he would like to take a weapon with scripture etched on the side into battle and that the gun is not meant to be racist.


“We didn’t say ‘No Muslims,’” he said.


The scripture is etched on one side of the magazine. Etched on the other is a symbol of a cross that dates from the Crusades of the Middle Ages.


Thomas told the Orlando Sentinel the company's owners did not intend to insult or antagonize Muslims.


He told the paper the owners believe America and much of the world is threatened by Islamic terrorism and the weapon is a symbol of shared Christian values and the right to defend themselves.


Thomas also told the paper the safety selector that controls the Crusader's trigger has three settings: Peace, War and God Wills It.


Click here for more from MyFoxOrlando.




One killer vs. 230 million armed Americans


By  Mark Meckler 

 ·Published September 01, 2015

The American people have always had heart, and lots of it.


Perhaps that’s why the same day as the horrific shooting of two journalists in Roanoke, Va., the White House decided to capitalize on the tidal wave of grief to push its own agenda.


Josh Earnest, White House Spokesperson, made a statement urging Congress to pass legislation to “reduce gun violence.”


This isn’t the first time Washington, D.C., has used tragedy to try and expand the regulatory strength of our ravenously power-hungry federal government. After all, doesn’t Uncle Sam know best? The current administration certainly thinks so. Following the shooting of nine Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, Obama made a personal plea for stricter gun regulations.



If one patriot had been armed in that South Carolina church, nine lives could have been saved. Now, more than ever, we must stand up and protect the second amendment rights that our Founders provided for just such a time as this -- a time when self-defense and protecting our neighbors saves innocent lives.


But don’t let clever politicians prey on your emotions. In the past two decades, violent crime in America has actually decreased dramatically. Pew Research Center reports, compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75 percent lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72 percent) over two decades.


So is there any truth to it? After all, fewer handguns, fewer shootings, right?




In fact, Detroit’s police chief, James Craig, ran a little experiment. In 2014, Craig encouraged the city’s residents to arm themselves. His police department issued over 1,100 handgun permits. More than 8,100 guns were registered in the city.


As a result, crime dropped by 12 percent. 


But Craig wasn’t finished. In a survey of 1,800 felons, he discovered that “armed citizens” were their single biggest fear.


So next time the federal government tells you more regulations are the answer, you can tell them we the people know better. Tragedies are always tragedies, but the medicine for mental illness is not to strip millions of honest Americans of their ability to defend themselves.


If one patriot had been armed in that South Carolina church, nine lives could have been saved. Now, more than ever, we must stand up and protect the second amendment rights that our Founders provided for just such a time as this -- a time when self-defense and protecting our neighbors saves innocent lives.


Today, thousands of Americans are banding together to say “enough is enough” to the abusive power of our federal government. Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows state legislators to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution. Our nation has never been more in need of this constitutional method to limit Washington, D.C., and protect our Second Amendment rights. 


One mentally deranged man versus a church or movie theater filled with armed Americans? Now that’s a country I’d be proud to call home.


Mark Meckler is an attorney and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots. He is president of Citizens for Self Governance.





Arms Trade Treaty: The blame America first crowd goes to Cancun


By  Theodore R. Bromund   ·Published August 25, 2015


The first annual meeting of the nations that have ratified the 2014 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened on Monday, August 24 at a spa in Cancun, Mexico. The treaty’s been controversial in the U.S. from the moment negotiations on it began, and this meeting will surely stoke the suspicions of those who think the treaty’s real aim is to crimp America’s sovereignty and constitutional liberties.


The meeting was originally supposed to be in Mexico City, but wouldn’t you rather spend your off-hours by the pool?


Of course, you may think it’s weird, or sick, that all these nations pretend to believe that the best place to discuss the arms trade is at a seaside resort. After all, many of them spend all their time pleading poverty and demanding aid from the U.S. to implement the treaty.


But frankly, they don’t care how bad it looks: they’ve got a great boondoggle going, and no-one’s going to spoil it for them.



Everyone’s going to Mexico not just because it’s got great beaches. Mexico has been one of the leading campaigners for the ATT. It wants to use the treaty to promote gun control in the U.S.


But everyone’s going to Mexico not  just because it’s got great beaches. Mexico has  been one of the leading campaigners for the ATT. It wants to use the treaty to promote gun control in the U.S.


Mexico’s theory is that, since any gun in the U.S. might at some point conceivably cross the U.S. border, all U.S. guns have to be controlled in the name of controlling the international arms trade. That’s not going to happen at this meeting (or ever, if the U.S. retains its sanity).


But Mexico, the other nations that agree with it, and “progressive” groups that campaigned for the treaty – the blame-America-first activists, in other words – are in this game for the long haul. So it’s not a good sign that Mexico’s been given the job of hosting the first treaty meeting.


It’s even less good that Mexico’s spent much of the past year colluding with the activists to try to keep skeptics (like myself) out of the room. Their view was that only true believers who campaigned for the treaty should be allowed to see what’s going on.


You might wonder what they’re afraid of. We skeptics make no secret of our views, but we’re a well-mannered bunch: no spitballs. However, if we were always in the room, we’d report on exactly how closely the activists are working with Mexico and other likeminded nations.


The activists – led by the global Control Arms Coalition, which has a massive presence at Cancun -- are the only insiders in the treaty process, and they want to keep it that way.


The ATT was adopted through the U.N., which means it was drafted by the world’s nations. That’s bad, because there are lots of incapable and evil governments in the world. But it’s better than the alternative, which was for the ATT to have been drafted solely by the activists.


Now that the treaty exists, however, the activists want to take it over and direct it for their own purposes. What they want is to turn the ATT into an arms control and disarmament treaty.


Trying to keep skeptics away is part of that campaign.


So far, they’ve not succeeded in keeping us out, or in taking over the treaty. But the ATT isn’t simply a treaty that’s over and done with. Like many treaties, it’s a process that will go on and on, in meeting after meeting, year after year. And the activists have lots of people, lots of money, and lots of time.


The U.S.’s goal in Cancun should be to do whatever it can to prevent the activists from getting any footholds. That means ensuring  a treaty secretariat that’s strictly limited in its purposes, conference rules that don’t privilege the activists, and reporting requirements that don’t go beyond current U.S. practice or identify individual U.S. firearms owners.


Because, thankfully, the U.S. hasn’t ratified the ATT, we won’t have a vote in much of what goes on. But that doesn’t mean we lack influence. Let’s hope we use it wisely.


Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations at the Heritage Foundation in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.





Germany To HK: You Suck, And We Hate You


Posted by Bob Owens on September 10, 2015 at 7:47 am


Tired of G36s with zeros that wander more than Josh Duggar’s eye at a family reunion, the Bundeswehr is giving their current-issue assault rifle the heave-ho:


Germany has decided to entirely replace the recently troubled Heckler & Koch (HK) G36 as the country’s service rifle, Katrin Suder, German State Secretary for Defence Procurement, told the defense committee of the German parliament on 8 September.


Suder told the committee that the decision to fully replace the rifle was based on the fact that “the G36 was procured with a service life of 20 years in mind, which will be reached in 2016. Furthermore, the current forces’ requirements by far exceed the potential of modifications that could be made to the G36″.


IHS Jane’s understands that, with the decision to replace the G36 taken, the German Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning to introduce a new service rifle by 2019. To this end, the Defense Procurement Office (BAAINBw) has issued a note to industry and is already evaluating and screening the assault rifle market for a replacement.


The move comes after a technical evaluation by the government-funded Fraunhofer Research Institute reported in late March that the G36 failed to meet accuracy requirements both through “self-induced” heating (for example by firing the weapon rapidly), as well as increased climate-related temperatures in simulated environments.


Since 1996 HK has delivered 178,000 G36 rifles, which fire the NATO 5.56×45 mm round, in a range of variants for the Bundeswehr.


German soldiers have long complained that the G36 suffers from wandering zero when:

·         it’s hot outside

·         the rifle is fired enough to get hot

·         it’s a day of the week ending in “-y” in any country ending in “-stan”


HK at first denied there was a problem, and blamed the ammunition.


It appears that the German M0D is looking for an existing COTS (commercial, off the shelf) system to replace the G36 from existing assault rifles on the world market.


If you don’t “get” the headline, it comes from a snarky letter dropped on a gun forum by author and gun nerd Larry Correia.


Larry Correia’s letter:




HK. Because you suck. And we hate you.

October 9, 2007  



An open letter to the gun community from HK’s marketing department: In a world of compromises, some people put the bullets in the magazine backwards…But it doesn’t matter, because our gun is on the cover of the Rainbow Six video games. Look how cool that SEAL coming out of the water looks… If you buy a $2,000 SOCOM, you will be that cool of an operator too. And chicks will dig you.


At HK, we stuck a piston on an AR15, just like a bunch of other companies have done, dating back to about 1969. However ours is better, because we refuse to sell it to civilians. Because you suck, and we hate you.


Our XM8 is the greatest rifle ever developed. It may melt, and it doesn’t fit any accessories known to man, but that is your fault. If you were a real operator, you would love it. Once again, look at Rainbow Six, that G36 sure is cool isn’t it? Yeah, you know you want one.And by the way, check out our new HK45. We decided that humans don’t need to release the magazine with their thumbs. If you were a really manly teutonic operator, you would be able to reach the controls. Plus we’ve fired 100,000,000 rounds through one with zero malfunctions, and that was while it was buried in a lake of molten lava, on the moon. If you don’t believe us, it is because you aren’t a real operator.


By the way, our cheap, mass-produced, stamped sheet metal guns like the G3 and MP5 are the bestest things ever, and totally worth asinine scalpers prices, but note that cheap, mass-produced, stamped sheet metal guns from other countries are commie garbage. Not that it matters, because you’re civilians, so we won’t sell them to you anyway. Because you suck, and we hate you, but we know you’ll be back. We can beat you down like a trailer park wife, but you’ll come back, you always do.


Buy our stuff.




HK Marketing DepartmentHK.  Because you suck.  And we hate you.


I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m not the biggest fan of H und K.  I posted that letter on THR a long time ago as a joke, but it sure did manage to tick a lot of people off.  Ironically, the tag line, HK.  Because you suck.  And we hate you, has been popping up in various places ever since. 


Sure, they’re decently reliable, decently accurate guns, but they’re massively overpriced and overrated by legions of fan boys.  One of the most frustrating things about dealing with gun people on the interweb is that folks tend to pick a brand, and then base some of their self-esteem on that brand.  Kind of like rabid sports fans who feel the need to burn cars if their team wins, or loses, or they just felt like burning stuff.   Say something negative about that team to one of those rabid fans, and you’re probably going to get beat up.  Likewise, if you say anything negative about the Teutonic superiority of HK, people get mad at you. 


Well, I love hate mail, so here goes. 


For each of their wunder guns, you can get something else that costs a lot less, and works better, and has ergonomics designed by people that actually shoot.   HK came about when some Nazis fled to Spain and built the Cetme.  But Cetme doesn’t sound very tough, does it?  So they went back to Germany and became H and K, and if you call it H and K, fan boys will get mad, and insist that it is HK, because manly Teutonic operators and Navy SEALs don’t have time to say the word And.  So HK rose to prominence by building the G3, which is what the Germans call the Cetme.


Now the G3 is a decent rifle.  It is a cheap, stamped sheet metal, battle rifle.  It has terrible ergonomics, with a hard to use safety, (and this is coming from a guy with gorilla hands), and difficult to use charging handle.  It is reliable, because of the roller locking bolt that destroys your brass, and recoils worse than other competing .308 rifles.  The FAL smokes the G3, and the only reason the G3 exists is because the Germans were too proud to pay royalties to those uppity Belgians. 


The G3 can be really accurate, if you weld a bunch of metal to the sides of it, stick on a nice barrel, and jack the price up $10,000.  And no, that’s not a typo.  The PSG1 is absurdly priced, and the cheaper version, the MSG90 is proof that if make anything absurdly heavy enough, it can be accurate. 


There is a collapsible stock available, which is awesome, if you like getting hit in the face with a piece of rebar, which is what their $400 stock feels like when you shoot it.  Germans must be tougher than we are or something.


Other stamped, sheet metal guns exist, but HK fan boys mock those as commie garbage.  See, if you build a cheap gun, but it is from Germany, then it is superior, but if you build a stamped gun in the eastern block (a hundred miles from Germany) then it is commie garbage. 


But what brought HK to international fame and the cover of Dick Marcinko books (for example, Rogue Force Delta Green Team 7 Ninja Force Alpha II:  The beginning)  was the G3s little brother, the MP5.  Take a G3, shrink it, and chamber it in 9mm.  At the time, CQB doctrine was to use 9mm subguns.  Now the MP5 is a neat little gun.  I have two.  They work well, and if compared to the other subguns of the day, like the Uzi or the Mac, then the MP5 was a lot easier to use, easier to hit with, and was decently reliable. 


The MP5 became famous when the SAS used them to kick the living hell out of some bad guys at the Iranian embassy.  This was marketing gold, and HK rode the wave.  Pretty soon everybody wanted an MP5.  It was what all the cool kids were using.  Soon every video game and action movie was filled with HK stuff.  HK may have overrated guns, but they’ve got the best marketing department in the gun business, and they milked that fee cow until it was dry. 


But the MP5 isn’t as great as people make them out to be.  They still malfunction.  (if you’re favorite gun hasn’t malfed, you haven’t shot it enough).  The mags are hard to insert on a closed bolt.  Safety still sucks.  Most versions don’t have a bolt hold open.  Honestly, if I had to get into a gunfight with a subgun, then I would rather have my PPsH. 


HK long guns were mostly unobtainable to US civilians, primarily because HK hates the civilian market.  If you don’t believe me, go talk to them at SHOT show, and watch them sneer at regular people.  They can’t help themselves.   But like all unobtainable things, like Ferraris, and super models, regular folks start to imagine these unobtainable things as perfection, when really they’re just an expensive car that spends most of its time in the shop, or a chick with mental problems and Bulimia.  That’s what happened with HK.  Their products took on this aura of coolness amongst the fans, that just isn’t real. 


For example, go to any thread on the internet where somebody brings up “What is the Best Rifle EVAR!”  and there is a poll.  On the poll will be some HK long guns that 99.85% of the gun owning public has never seen, let alone shot, but those guns will have the most votes, because the HK marketing department told you how awesome they are. 


Read up about the XM8 on most gun boards.  According to the interweb, the XM8 is the finest combat implement of all time.  In actuality it is a plastic AR18, that tends to melt, break, and is universally loathed by the Army staff that had to test it.  It takes bizarre attachments, so no US accessories will work.  They took the G36, which is basically a blah rifle, used by a handful of countries that don’t ever actually shoot people, and uglied it up so that it looks like the demented lovechild of Bloaty the Pizza Hog and a Super-Soaker.


Or the HK416. According to the internet, the HK416 is the best gun EVER!  It is called THE AWESOME.  Lightning bolts of coolness fly from the gun and smite your enemies with Teutonic fury!  However you can’t have one, because you’re a civilian, ergo, you suck.  And HK hates you.


The 416 is basically an AR with a gas piston, which has been done by like ten companies now, but somehow the HK is better, because it was on Future Weapons, and HK won’t sell it to civilians.  In fact, a couple of 416s slipped out into civilian hands, and HK freaked out about it.  There is no legal reason that 416 uppers can’t be sold, but HK despises regular people, and the idea of you having their long guns offends them.


You can get civilian HK long guns, once in a while, when HK feels like it, but they’re usually hyper-neutered and over priced.  Hell, the last ones were actually grey, because you know, black is too dangerous, or something.


HK’s new subgun is the UMP.  They tend to break.  One of our local PDs traded all of theirs in after they broke all the stocks.  Cool idea, because everybody loves .45, but bad execution.


HK’s flagship pistols, the USP line, are decent polymer handguns.  They are extremely reliable, that is the plus side.  On the down side, their triggers universally suck, but they don’t have to.  HK likes to use a square peg in a round hole, (literally) that makes the trigger pull a lot heavier and grittier than it needs to be.  Why?  Beats the heck out of me.  The USP series should be reliable, they’re enormous. 


The most annoying thing about the HK pistols is how they cost almost twice as much as every other polymer handgun on the market.  Somehow being made in Germany means the USP series is worth $800-$1000, when all of the polymer guns made within a thousand miles are $400-$600.  Only most of those guns tend to have better triggers, are just as reliable, and are usually more accurate.


Then there is the Mk23.  Which is huge, accurate, reliable, (which it damn well better be, since it is the size and weight of a Mini-14) costs as much as a used car, huge, and is universally despised by the SF that it is issued to.  Talk to anyone that is in an SF unit.  The Mk23s they’ve been issued sit unused in arms room.  Did I mention that it is HUGE?  But that’s okay, because the HK fan boys will explain that it is an OFFENSIVE handgun.   (scratches head) whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.  


They are reliable, but so is a $125 Makarov.  Only the Mak has a better trigger.


I have two guys that I work with that have been to the HK armorer’s school.  If you think I’m biased, you should talk to them.  They especially love working with the Germans.  One fellow was yelled at because he had two magazines clamped together on his MP5, because “NEIN!  That is not the H und K way!”  Even though he had bought the mag clamp from HK.  When you ask why the original MP5 doesn’t have a last shot bolt hold open, they’ll yell at you and say, “NEIN! Why would you want your enemy to know your gun is empty!”  Hell, Hans, I just want to know when my gun is empty!


One friend of mine took his personal MP5, and cut an extra notch into the collapsible stock, so it would be shorter for when he was wearing his armor, and also it removed the nasty wobble that all HK collapsible stocks have.  It is an easy fix, and a no-brainer that the HK should have been doing for years.  Fritz at the armorer’s school damn near had an aneurism when he saw this blasphemy against his ineffectual German gods.  


Look, gun owning public, just because you saw it on Future Weapons, or read about it on the internet, doesn’t make it true.  For the love of John Moses Browning, before you formulate super strong opinions about a weapon, you should have at least shot the damn thing first.


Do I have anything positive to say about HK?  Yes, the sneer of disdain they give you at SHOT is priceless and entertaining.


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After 5 burglaries in 6 years, man buys gun to defend himself and shoots intruder hours later


Published September 02, 2015

·Associated Press


ROCKLAND, Maine –  After five burglaries in six years, a retired Maine lobsterman bought a gun to defend himself and ended up shooting an intruder hours later.


Sixty-seven-year-old Harvey Lembo tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1JLFFX1 ) he bought a 1941 revolver Monday.


Just past midnight Tuesday, he says he was awakened and saw a big shadow. Lembo says he climbed into his wheelchair and found an intruder near where he kept his pills.


Lembo says he ordered the man to stay where he was while he called police, but he says the man bolted toward the front door and Lembo shot him in the shoulder.


Forty-five-year-old Christopher Wildhaber was charged with burglary and violating probation and was ordered held without bail. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.




‘Anti-gun stupidity’: Honolulu destroys $575G worth of police firearms


By Hollie McKay  August 31, 2015


Second Amendment advocates are firing away at a decision by Honolulu officials to destroy $575,000 worth of perfectly good handguns in a move one critic called the “height of anti-gun stupidity.”


Some 2,300 Smith & Wesson 9 mm handguns, including at least 200 that are brand-new and in unopened boxes, were issued to the city’s police department. But with the 2,200-member force upgrading to lighter and less expensive Glock 17s, the guns were set to be permanently holstered. While it is customary throughout the country for departments to auction the guns to law-abiding citizens, including the police who once carried them, or donate them to another department, Honolulu opted to destroy them.


“Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu Police Department agreed that they would not allow the guns to be sold to the general public and end up on the streets of Honolulu,” Honolulu Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu told FoxNews.com. “The same goes for selling the individual gun parts that could have been used to assemble a gun.”


“These guns in the hands of lawful civilians could provide an important means of self-defense, especially for low income people who can’t afford them.”


- Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation.


Selling the guns, with mandatory background checks to ensure they were only purchased by legal owners, could have netted the city $575,000, according to Hawaii News Now. Several police officers reportedly were interested in buying old service weapons for personal use, and the department has previously sold phased-out weapons to its staff, but this time opted to melt them down two weeks ago.

Yu said no other police departments were interested in the guns.


“Law enforcement in American Samoa initially expressed interest in acquiring some of the guns, but there was a change in administration and the new administration is no longer interested,” she said. “The local sheriff’s department recently replaced their guns, and other county police departments (Kauai, Maui and Hawaii) are looking to replace their Smith & Wessons in the future.”


A representative for Smith & Wesson declined to comment, stating that the company does not provide any information regarding their customers in law enforcement.


Despite Yu’s claims, the Hawaii state sheriffs division – which uses the same gun manufacturer – told Hawaii News Now that no offer for donation was made to them.


Hawaii’s Department of Public of Safety recently replaced its Smith & Wesson firearms with different SIG Sauer models and received a credit of more than $150,000 for trading in its old guns. But Yu no trade-in discount was available and insisted “the only remaining option was to destroy the guns so they don’t end up on the street.”


Destroying working firearms, as well as valuable taxpayer property, was “the height of anti-gun stupidity and will not stop one criminal from getting a weapon,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.


“These guns in the hands of lawful civilians could provide an important means of self-defense, especially for low income people who can’t afford them,” Gottlieb said. “Or the sale of them could help pay for much needed law enforcement equipment to help keep the public safe.”


Any city the size of Honolulu could use $575,000, said Amy Hunter, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.


“There is no reason why these firearms couldn’t be used by law enforcement or sold to law-abiding citizens, the proceeds of which could go to much-needed infrastructure, programs, training, etc,” she said.


The Hawaii Rifle Association’s President Harvey Gerwig, together with safety training non-profit Lessons in Firearms Education President Bill Richter wrote directly to Caldwell over the issue, emphasizing that “in these times of lean budgets and continual cost cutting to needed city services, to throw away a half a million dollars seems senseless.”


“The reason your office and HPD gave for not selling to the public seemed to be a slight on those legal gun owners who would have purchased them and who supported you during your election,” the letter continued. “You should be ashamed for suggesting that the good citizens of Hawaii cannot be trusted with buying HPD’s surplus guns for fear of them falling into criminal hands when record numbers of firearms have been bought by those same citizens for the last ten years without any such problems.”


Over the last 15 years, the number of guns registered in Hawaii increased dramatically. Data released by the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office shows that 420,409 firearms were registered from 2000 to 2014, in addition to the already existing one million firearms in a state that has an estimated population of 1.4 million.


Hawaii has one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation, which some attribute to its spike in ownership per capita, while others claim it is a result of its strict gun control laws.


Caldwell’s office declined to elaborate on Yu's comments. The Hawaii Police Officers Union, did not respond to requests for comment.


But while the destruction of the guns generated criticism from the gun rights community, others have welcomed it.


“It beats putting those (guns) back on the streets,” said Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “There are so many loopholes in federal law that dangerous people often get guns legally in this country.


“There's a reason that Hawaii has the lowest gun death rate in the country,” he added. “They'd rather see guns destroyed than families.”



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