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November 5, 2014

Elections, Crime and the Remington 887!
 
Last night was an interesting ride in voter frustration, and the media is already focusing on the next phase of the battle between the president and the legislature. Executive action on immigration will be a train wreck, but failure to follow through on yet another promise will be equally catastrophic. Now we'll see if Obama and the republican controlled legislature is interested in governing or in doubling down on their entrenched positions. My bet is on the first in the legislature - apparently along with the rest of the country - but my faith in the administration to do the same is low.

The line between crime and terrorism is tough. From a practical perspective, we need to be very careful about how we pursue these activities on U.S. soil (and being a bit more careful over seas wouldn't hurt either). Jimmy wrote a great review on the 887, which you can check out below! The news is chalk full of gun control advocacy failures last week. It would appear the majority of Americans are finally coming to their senses.

We are starting to populate next year’s schedule and will open registration next week, but you can get an idea of what is coming up on the schedule page! Of note, Steve will only be out for two weekends next year for the Edged Weapons programs, so if you want to get into those, now is the time to schedule it and get it on the books. The Improvised Weapons course this Saturday, and Curved Blades in December will close out the year!

Lastly, The Marine Corps Birthday is Monday - Happy Birthday Marines!

Stay safe and have a great week!
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Crime, Terrorism and the Lone-Wolf
 

The media outlets seem to praising Canada for its immediate pronouncement that the recent acts of violence committed against two Canadian soldiers were terrorism. They are equally critical of America’s initial reluctance to do so in the cases of Alton Nolan and Zale Thompson. It brings up the question of what is the difference between crime and terrorism and where and if we should draw a line. For those who are fuming about the initial classification of Alton Nolan or Zale Thompson as a criminal act vice a terrorist act, you may want to consider the potential impacts of what you are asking for.

I heard one commentator on Fox explaining his logic for shipping them to Guantanamo under the auspices of the ongoing Global War on Terror. His recommendation is that we turn all terrorism-related activities over the military because law enforcement in this country is not equipped or trained to prevent attacks… The statement reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how our national counterterrorism (CT) efforts actually work, as well as a functional disconnect with the way prevention plays out both at home and abroad.


~ Patrick Henry

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Remington 887 Nirto Mag Tactical - Review by James Stahl
 

Remington has taken the venerable and reliable shotgun and pulled it into the 21st century. For the most part pump action shotguns have changed little since John Browning’s model 1893, and most innovation (after double action bars) was a plethora of accessories you could add on to your favorite gun to make it as tactical, or look like bush. There was no reason to re-invent the wheel, so Remington refined it instead. I first picked one up when I borrowed Howard Hall’s to attend a weeklong shotgun course. Lucky me, Howard had obtained his recently and despite his intimate knowledge how a fellow Marine can break things, offered me the chance to “break it in”. Challenge accepted sir. I did in fact bring it home in one piece.

Lets face it. The Nitro Mag looks cool, and looking cool is half the battle. Its space age in a world of wood and metal, and regardless of its bulky appearance is a smidge heavier than its predecessor the 870. Underneath the exterior Remington has made a few modifications to their design that improve operation. After shooting hundreds of rounds through his, from birdshot to slug, I knew what I was going to buy. A few months later I had my own, an 887 Nitro Mag tactical. Now I buy shotguns for one reason, home defense, so I cannot speak to its hunting and sporting applications too much. Remington offers the 887 in a Nitro Mag base model, Waterfowl, and combo models so the technology works for many disciplines.

~ James Stahl

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NJ Gun Buyers Would have to take Course in Responsible Gun Ownership Under Proposed Law

New Jersey gun buyers would first have to successfully complete a firearms education program, under a law proposed by two Bergen County state Assembly members. Check out the full story here.

 

Man Steals Gun from Cop, Opens Fire

A Brooklyn thug on Sunday tried to swipe an NYPD sergeant’s gun in a desperate effort to level the playing field against a fellow ruffian, a law-enforcement source said. Check out the full story here.




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Every single case involving a horrific mass shooting in this country in recent years has had one thing in common: At least one person knew that the perpetrator struggled with a mental illness. Check out the full story here.

 

Gabby Giffords' Gun Control Tour: Like it Never Happened

Gabby Giffords recently embarked on a nine-state tour around the country to push gun control and gun control candidates. Two weeks later, the Associate Press reports that Giffords has completed her tour, which, judging from the political climate, was rather unremarkable. Check out the full story here.
 
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Do you know who invented the striker-fired pistol?

John Browning’s FN-Browning 1900 is believed to be one of the first, if not the first, striker fired pistol.

The Model 1900 became the first pistol to use a slide assembly over the major components and action of the firearm. He originally came up with the design in 1896 and refined it over the next four years until the mass production of the 1900. Browning teamed up with the Belgian gunsmith firm Fabrique Nationale to produce his idea for the pistol.

This particular Browning gun did not make it to military use like so many of his designs. However, during its short production time of 11 years, almost one million pistols were produced.

And now you know!

So we Never Forget:




The President of the United States takes pleasure in present the Distinguished Service Cross to Specialist Felipe Pereira for actions as set forth in the following citation:


 

Specialist Felipe Pereira distinguished himself with heroism and exceptionally meritorious service on 1 November, 2010, while under heavy enemy fire as a team leader with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Air Assault while service in Senjaray, Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Specialist Pereira and his squad were returning from a dismounted patrol in Senjaray, when a suicide motorcycle borne explosive device detonated in the middle of his squad as they attempted to enter their combat outpost. Two Soldiers were killed instantly, while four others were severely wounded including his squad leader and fellow team leader. Specialist Pereira sustained shrapnel wounds to his spleen, liver, and left lung. While Soldiers struggled to gain situational awareness, the enemy initiated a complex ambush, firing on the patrol from an estimated seven fighting positions with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. His lung beginning to collapse, he struggled to breathe. With little regard for his own safety or care, Specialist Pereira refused medical treatment and instead commandeered an all-terrain vehicle and moved back into heavy enemy fire to provide an evacuation platform for his wounded comrades. Specialist Pereira was able to move the vehicle within 20 meters of his fellow Soldiers; who were pinned down by enemy fire, but was unable to gain effective cover. Specialist Pereira immediately provided suppressive fires from the vehicle, allowing two of his fellow Soldiers to move two casualties to the vehicle. As bullets ricocheted off the vehicle and narrowly missed Specialist Pereira, he continued to provide fire direction for the remaining Soldiers on the ground. Specialist Pereira then quickly pulled the vehicle back into the entrance of the outpost, where medics were standing by to receive the casualties. Specialist Pereira helped move the casualties to care then moved back into enemy fire a second time to continue evacuating and directing his fellow Soldiers. Specialist Pereira is credited with saving the lives of two of his fellow Soldiers, while risking his own multiple occasions. Only after all of the wounded Soldiers had been evacuated and were receiving medical care, did he accept treatment himself.


A Look Back in Time

From November 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Marines

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem."

~ Ronald Reagan




 
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