Archive for March, 2011

Glock Safety Warning

Here we go again.  Although in this case the accident was the result of a worn holster, it was exacerbated by the ‘type’ of gun contained therein. The ‘type’ of gun being a striker-fired Glock semi-automatic handgun. Now before you jump down my throat, is it not true that all too often when an Accidental Discharge (AD) happens, it is usually caused by operator error? Is is also true that the bulk of the accidental discharges are more common with a Glock weapon than any other? I don’t have anything personally against them, but for a weapon with “supposedly” three safeties to prevent it from occurring, they sure seem to go off a lot anyway.

As a lesson in gun safety/maintenance, this anonymous person still wanted to post this as a lesson to all. And yes, there is a spot of blood in the accompanying pictures so for those few sensitive people, you might want to omit the last photograph. Although I get that much blood from one of my finger-sticks (diabetes, blood-sugar testing). Moral of the story: Always make sure your gear is in top operating condition. The video is courtesy of  ITS Tactical and can be found here.

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‘Smart Meters’ Prove to Be a Dumb Idea

As an electrician, I stated that a plain electric meter containing a transmitter wasn’t a good idea! Weren’t there enough signals going through the air already without adding another one from every wired home and business around?  Appears I was right, and The Blaze agrees with this consensus. Find their article here.

Now join the crowd and demand their immediate removal and return to the plain meters. This would also give the added benefit of rehiring Meter-readers back on and don’t we need all the jobs we can produce in these times?

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We knew them as “Sandy”

This picture of a “Sandy” is celebrating the “6th millionth pound of ordinance dropped” over North Vietnam by carrying a special bomb (look under the right-wing!)  While this link (Thanks, Bayou Renaissance Man!) shows the Navy variants of the A1H Skyraider commonly called a “Spad”, the Air Force also had their versions in the Southeast Asian Theatre.  They were usually painted in camouflage colors and were known as a “Sandy” by both the U.S.A.F. and Army “Grunts” on the Vietnamese soil.  You can find some pictures further down on the same link above.  When they fired up the A1H, you couldn’t help but look to see what the loud “pockita-pockita-pockita” sound was coming from. The high horse-powered engine necessary to move such a heavy and highly-armored plane into the air by way of its massive four-bladed propellor.

The Grunts loved it because of the high “loiter-time” it was capable of, the pilots loved it because of the armor and the fact that even when shot full of holes, it would still safely return him back to base.  If it sounds like I thought highly of them, you’re right.  I was one of the aircraft electrical repairmen that kept them flying.  We were more commonly known by the nickname as “Spark-chasers” and were trained to work on many different types of aircraft.  Including but not limited to; jet-powered, propellor-powered and helicopters.  If it flew we fixed it, and not just from the Air Force.

Sometimes we would get battle-damaged aircraft belonging to the Navy and the Marines at our base.  We repaired it sufficiently for it to be able to Return To Base (RTB) back on ship, but sometimes we made sure that back aboard the ship they knew it was courtesy of the United States Air Force that got them their plane back by stating so in big print in the aircraft’s Repair Log.  A little competitiveness was always to be found between the different branches, you had to get your fun where you could!

As to the Sandy, it was a dirty, oily, noisy beast, but I will forever remember their great service to us G.I.s.  And now you know where my nickname originated from also.  By the way, the numeral 4 is because I am number four of nine children and as Paul Harvey would say, “and now you know the rest of the story”.

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Glock Manual Safety Kit by Cominolli Custom

For all you Glock owners who fear the “accidental misfire”, I came across this little conversion that someone with a little machining background can do or just take it to your favorite local gunsmith to have done.  With your newly installed “manual safety” you won’t have to worry about that misfire, especially for those that carry their Glock as a Concealable Carry Weapon. 

While many claim with already three safeties on it, a manual safety wasn’t needed in the original design. Others are used to handguns with manual safeties and prefer their weapons of choice to have them installed, no matter how many others it has (I fit in this group). This after-market “safety” retrofit might go to help ease the mind of the latter. Who knows, it might even boost Glocks sales with it coming availability.

If this item does becomes popular enough, maybe Glock might include something like it as an option on their handguns. Cominolli Custom is the manufacturer of this product.  You can find more information, including a video here through USA Carry.

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Arlington Cemetery update . . . again?

For those of you keeping score, this is my fifth update since my original post on June 11th of last year.  All about the ongoing screw-up happening at our national cemetery on misidentified graves.  They are dated: June 11th (the original), June 21, July 27, August 4 and September 21.  If you’re curious or need a refresher on these postings, just do a search on this blog for “Arlington Cemetery”.
 
Back to the update from:  VFW Magazine,  March 2011 Issue

Law Forces Accounting at Arlington

A law enacted in December seeks to ensure better management of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Public Law 111-339 requires the Army secretary to provide Congress a full accounting of all 320,000 graves and an evaluation of management practices at the Army-run cemetery.

According to the House VA Committee, the law requires a report by Dec. 22, 2011, that includes notification of any gravesite discrepancies, an accounting of all contracts and a status update on implementation of recent Army directives.

I guess we’ll see come Christmas time if they accomplish their goal or not.  I hope they’re successful as it will help to put the hearts and minds of many families to rest, finally. May He watch over them forever!

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