Monday, June 17, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 303: News Callbacks

  

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • the Uvalde families have issued another outlandish lawsuit,  this time against UPS and FedEx;
    • Bank of America walking back their ban on lending to gun manufacturers;
    • the McCloskeys of Missouri have had their convictions expunged, and now they are suing to get their guns back;
    • and a Maine "Gun Safety" group shows they don't understand the meaning of those words... or the word "unloaded", either.
  • David talks about shooting in low light with flashlights;
  • and Myles talks about raising pigs.


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    Monday, June 10, 2024

    Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 302: Proud to be Gun Curious

      

    In This Episode

    • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
      • the Trump Conviction and how it might not be very significant for the Second Amendment;
      • families from Uvalde are suing Activision, blaming Call of Duty for the Robb Elementary School shooting rather than the people who were actually at fault;
      • Brandon Herrera losing his first Congressional Primary, but nevertheless it was a remarkable showing with close results;
      • the NRA winning a 9-0 SCOTUS Ruling on First Amendment grounds;
      • an interview with the new NRA Executive Vice President and what it means for the organization.
    • Weer'd sits down with Dr. David Yamane to talk about his new book, Gun Curious;
    • and David tells us the difference between Range Safety Officers and Firearms Instructors.


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    Monday, June 3, 2024

    Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 301: Walking and Talking and Reforming the NRA

      

    In This Episode

    • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
      • a gold heist in Canada with ties to gun smuggling;
      • proposed Federal legislation from New York Representatives to ban ownership of level III and IV body armor.
    • Weer'd sits down with NRA Board of Directors member Amanda Suffecool to talk about the NRA Board meeting;
    • and Weer'd also talks with Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America about the educational programs they offer.


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    Monday, May 27, 2024

    Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 300: THIS! IS! ACP!!!

      

    In This Episode

    To celebrate our 300th episode, we're having an ACP Round Table!  (Sadly, no one is dressed as a Spartan.) Join Queen Erinidas alongside Weer'd Beard, Oddball, Xander, and David as they take a stroll to the Hot Gates of the NRA Annual Meeting and discuss:

    • signs at the NRA Annual Meeting that the corruption is still around, but the members are clearly wising up and taking the NRA to task for it;;
    • Donald Trump's speech at NRAAM, which was more of the usual and with minimal talk of gun rights;
    • the possibility of Ronnie Barrett of Barrett Firearms becoming the next NRA Executive Vice President (but the day after recording this we discovered that Barrett didn't win);
    • more tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands for having a few pieces of ammunition in their luggage;.
    • the 9th Circuit Court striking down Hawaii's butterfly knife ban;
    • firearm prohibitionist politicians turning on the dubious Shot Spotter technology, citing racism;
    • a Federal court issuing a temporary restraining order against the ATF's change in the "Engaging in the Business of Selling Firearms" law;
    • legislation introduced in Congress to remove the $200 tax stamp requirement for SBRs, SBSs, and suppressors;
    • another NFA challenge regarding suppressors that are made in Texas and stay in Texas;
    • another surprising rule by the 9th Circuit, where one judge in three ruled that felons aren't part of "The People";
    • plus the usual silliness and side-tracking that happens with Round Tables.


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      Monday, May 20, 2024

      Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 299: a Dirty Shoot and More Machine Guns

        

      In This Episode

      • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
        • the senseless death of Senior Airman Roger Fortson in Florida by the Acorn Cop Sheriff's Department;
        • New York's proposed ban on striker-fired pistols;
        • the new machine guns that the ATF has allowed to enter the NFA registry;
        • the Washington Post winning a Pulitzer Prize for their propagandic hit pieces against the AR-15.
      • David talks about FOPA, the Firearms Owner Protection Act, and its dreaded Hughes Amendment;
      • and Weer'd interviews Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America to talk about the history and scope of the organization.


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      Gun Lovers and Other Strangers
      • Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 166
      • Firearm Owners Protection Act
      • S.49 - Firearms Owners' Protection Act
      • H.R.4332 - Firearms Owners' Protection Act
      • H.Amdt.777 to H.R.4332
      • FOPA Hughes Amendment VOTE APRIL 10 1986 ***Video Warning***
      • Public Law 99-308 ***PDF Warning***
      • 18 U.S. Code § 921
      • Small Arms Review: Machine Gun Prices, What Happened?
      • Operation Blazing Sword
      • Pink Pistols
      • Ronald Reagan On Guns ***Video Warning***
      • Brena Bock Author Page
      • David Bock Author Page
      • Team And More

      Sunday, May 19, 2024

      A Neat Historical Artifact from 1940s Japan

      I found this going through some of my dad's stuff. I'm not entirely sure, but I think what I have is actually from 1940. It certainly looks like it could be that old, as the backing paper is now khaki colored, but I have no idea if it was originally that color or if it's yellowed over time. 


      The bigger reason that I think it's legit is because dad was born a Jew in 1936 in Austria, and when he & my grandparents fled Nazi oppression in 1941, they fled east through Russia rather than going through war-torn and occupied western Europe. (I don't have a date on this, but it had to have been before Operation Barbarossa when Nazi Germany attacked Russia, so that's any time between 1 January and 23 June 1941.) They then took the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Manchuria, and from there they took a boat to Japan and sailed from Yokohama to Seattle. 

      My father was in the region at the right time, and Japan in 1940 more or less controlled all major ports in mainland China, so I figure it's likely that Japan printed out a ton of these such that they were still around and being used a year after issue. 

      Three bits of Japanese trivia related to this:
      1. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan Mail Steamship Company) operated passenger services at this time. No, I don't know why it's NKY and not NYKK. Kabushiki kaisha is a type of corporation in Japan; I think the English translation would be something like "Company, Limited". 
      2. The word maru (丸, meaning "circle") is often appended to Japanese commercial ship names. If you're a Trekkie you'll have heard of the Kobayashi Maru, which uses this same tradition. 
      3. The Emperor Zinmu referenced on the paper is likely an older translation of Jimmu, the legendary First Emperor of Japan who is said to have begun his reign in 660 BC. 660 + 1940 = 2,600, the anniversary given. 

      Anyway, it's a neat bit of history and I thought folks would find it interesting. I have a 1200 dpi scan of it if anyone is interested. 

      Monday, May 13, 2024

      Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 298: The Miraculous Malfunction

        

      In This Episode

      • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
        • 2024's NRA Board of Directors election results, and they certainly look good;
        • nearly 5 years of one-million-plus NICS checks;
        • a tenured professor's workplace harassment over a firecracker emoji;
        • God intervening when a man attempted to shoot the pastor at a church service;
        • Maine adopting gun control in the wake of the Lewiston shooting;
        • and SCOTUS is going to review two Assault Weapon Ban cases, hopefully granting cert to one or both.
      • Finally, Weer'd finished his fisk of David Hogg's debate with Spike Cohen.


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