VZ-2008 First Look with surpise visit from Military Arms Channel and a Snowman

13C takes a quick look at the VZ-2008 and MAC from Military Arms Channel pops in to talk about an upcoming team up for a review of the VZ-2008, VZ-2000 and CZ import of the famous VZ-58.

There is also a visit from a deranged snowman.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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A look at some post repair XDS concerns.

xdsreturndayThose of you who follow 13C know I had quite a bit of experience with the XDS 45 prior to buying my XDS in 9mm.  I had a chance to evaluate a few T&E guns as well as those friends and colleagues purchased themselves.

While I wasn’t in a rush for a new EDC (every day carry), or backup EDC to be precise, I did want one in my collection.  So rather than buy when they first came out, I waited until prices settled a bit and picked one up… about a week and a half before the recall.

I did quite a bit of dry practice with it and I had one solid range day with it before shipping it back.  While it wasn’t the most stellar piece I definitely preferred it to some other options like the Ruger LC9 and I placed it just sightly ahead of the M&P Shield.

Now that it’s back… My gut reaction is to trade this thing in on a Shield as fast as I can get to my LGS.  The trigger is pretty bad.  The trigger pull has increased but worse than that, it’s gritty and little spongy.

I heard the trigger on a repaired XDS being referred to as almost “two stage” and the amount of travel is remarkable in and of itself but  I’m not talking about that, I’m specifically speaking to the about the press itself once you take up the slack. Right out of the box it’s horrible.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect leading up to today.  I knew I was in for a heavier trigger but beyond that reports have been all over the place from “crisp and constant” and “clean break” to the issues I’m having with my mine.  Some indicate the trigger gets better when it is “broken in”…

Broken in?  I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I bought another Keltec P11.

If it needs to be broken in, then there are problems that haven’t been properly addressed at the factory which result in to poor workmanship and quality control that then manifest themselves into fit and finish problems, or worse.  As to being broken in, I have dry pressed the trigger a few hundred times at this point and the good news is, it is getting better.

Personally I’m shocked SA would send something with a trigger this bad out the door.  It appears to have been test fired before it left the factory, was the person who did the repair actually satisfied with the trigger?

Something else interesting to note and that I don’t recall on my XDS prior to this repair is with the magazine release. It will push the trigger forward (as well as other internal components and the grip safety) when the trigger is dead.  Upon dis-assembly you can see  the trigger pack sits low enough that when the magazine release rotates it pushes the trigger linkage forward.  That’s probably why the magazine release is a slight bit stiffer than before, it has to move the trigger slightly forward before the magazine releases.  With an extended magazine the release is quite difficult to press. Curious and Curiouser.

I’ll be teaming up with my good friend Tim from the Military Arms Channel and doing an article over at The Bang Switch over this coming week and taking a closer look at my repaired XDS9 and his unmodified XDS9, including measuring the trigger pull weights.

I’ll also contact Springfield with my results and report back on their thoughts.  Hopefully I just got a lemon and they can get my XDS back to specs.  As unhappy as I am with my XDS right now, I do realize SA had tens of thousands of XDS’ to repair and occasionally a dud is going to slip past their QC.  I’ve had excellent service from SA in the past and I own several SA firearms, from XD’s to XDM’s to 1911’s and M1A’s.

We’ll keep you updated.

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Constitutional what?

My latest article is live over on The Bang Switch about Rights and the term “Constitutional rights”.

You can read it here: http://www.thebangswitch.com/constitutional-what/

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Registration always leads to confiscation. NYPD is sending out confiscation letters.

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“Register your guns” they said… “No one is coming to take them” they said…

The latest outrage comes from New York and the thieves at the NYPD.  In blatant disregard for their oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution letters are going out to gun owners requiring them to turn in firearms or move them out of the state.  IMMEDIATELY.

Registration always leads to confiscation.  Always.  It isn’t a myth or some delusional fear by some guy in a wood cabin wearing a aluminum foil hat (Tin works better), it’s been proven time and again all across the globe and now from one coast of this country to the other.

I feel for our brothers and sisters in NY and every state where politicians and law enforcement officers ignore the Constitution and violate their oaths on what is quickly becoming a daily basis.  It’s seems basic human Rights, such as being secure in your person, papers and possessions and the Right to self defense mean nothing to some people any more.

Stand up, let your voices be heard.  We shouldn’t write any state off.  We are all living under the same Constitution.

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The “Knock out game” continues to spread across the country. It isn’t a myth.

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Female Victim of Knock Out Game

This past week the ‘main stream’ media has finally  been reporting on a trend we have been covering for months.  The “Knock Out Game”.

For those still not familiar with it, the premise is a simple and violent one.  Pick a random person and try and knock them out with a single punch by sneaking up on them and punching them in the back or side of the head with all of their weight and strength.  This game is sometimes called “one hitter quitter”.

It is truly a game for cowards, rarely does the assailant pick someone capable of mounting an effective defense, and it is always done ‘out of the blue’.  Usually the assailant is an older teen or young adult and usually a male.  Race may also play a factor in the attacks.  Of the dozens of stories documented on the first 5 pages of a search, all of the assailants have been African Americans and virtually every victim Caucasian or Asian.  There are stories where the victims have been homeless African Americans or of the same race as the attacker so that isn’t always a deciding factor obviously.

The assailants not only catch their victims completely by surprise but usually their victim exhibits some form of ‘weakness’.  Usually the assailant picks someone with a perceived weakness that generally focuses on those of smaller stature, women and the elderly.

Videos are popping up all over of these games and people are dying because of them.  The interesting thing about these assaults is it seems to be bringing reality back to the “if you can’t take a ass whooping don’t carry a gun” crowd.

Folks, as an adult, you need to realize this isn’t the elementary school playground you are walking around in.  This is real life.  You need to come to the reality that punches can kill, that if you get a “whooping” you or those with you could be robbed, raped or killed as part of the aftermath.

Normal people, walking around in a civilized society don’t just ‘get into fights’.  If you are walking down the street or across a parking lot and find yourself in a ‘fight’, you can only assume it’s a fight for your life.

There is only one legitimate response to being the victim of or witness of a “knock out game”:  Violence.  The only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.  The only appropriate response to a vicious and violent attack is an immediate counter attack of overwhelming violence assured to carry the day.

The vast majority of stories about the knock out game leave the victim seriously injured and in some cases dead.  In only a few cases has the victim successfully fought back.  One man from Michigan, waiting on his daughter at a school bus stop, lucked out when teen snuck up from behind him and tried to tase him.  The taser malfunctioned and the would be victim turned the tables and shot his attacker twice.  The teen admitted to police he was playing the knock out game and his friends put him up to it.

Looking back at the Trayvon Matrin event, I have to wonder if Trayvon decided to play the knock out game on Zimmerman that fateful evening?  The game itself has certainly been reported going back that far and Martin had a history of violence and fighting.  His facebook page was rife with posts and pictures embracing the ‘thug life’.

When out and about you need to keep you head on a swivel.  Your situational awareness will determine if you get blindsided or have a chance at dodging or surviving the encounter.

You need to learn how to ‘Manage Confrontations‘ from the very start.  In virtually every single incident of ‘knock out’ we’ve seen, the victim had no idea they were in a fight until they woke up after being decked… assuming they woke up.  There are numerous classes available that can teach you everything from recognizing prefight indicators to deterring an attacker from even initiating the fight.

While the old ‘routine’ crimes may be declining, the violence and intensity of some crimes, like flash mob mini riots, knock out games and home invasions are on the rise.

Be safe and stay vigilant.

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Mini-riots, wildings and flash mobs are increasing. Do you have a plan for them?

flirriotaustin2Mini-riots, flash mobs or “Wildings” as they are being called are becoming more and more common across the US.  These “wildings” are usually perpetrated by younger males, sometimes as young as 13 years old, although the Chicago incidents over the spring and summer had numerous young females also participating.

It seems no section of the country is immune, not even in the nicest areas, like this incident<video> from Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” where reports range as high as 500 “urban youths” attacked shoppers and police back in March.

This most recent ‘wilding’ happened in Austin Texas, outside of the House of Torment Haunted House, where a crowd of approximately 200 descended upon a mall parking lot and chaos ensued. Follow the link<video> for some overhead FLIR imaging.

It’s interesting to note that the haunted house house wasn’t involved, probably because responding officers cars lined up in between the parking lot and the haunted house.  Either one purpose or by accident.

Unless you plan on never leaving your house, you have to come to the realization that you may find yourself in the middle of a “wilding” one day.  Even the best situational awareness may not buy you enough time to steer completely clear of an event like this.

magmilepolcieriotThe Chicago incident (one I have firsthand reports of from local police who responded) had a “swarm of hundreds descend in a matter of seconds and sweep through the strip”.  Imagine getting 15 feet out of a store door and from around the corner or alley 50 teens and young adults come sprinting out with basically no warning… from multiple directions.

Do you have a plan?  Do you have a plan that the people you are with know about and understand?

The shoppers and police in Chicago, several of whom were on foot on the magnificent mile at the time of the mini-riot were overrun, including officers on horseback.  Shoppers were robbed of purses, packages and wallets.  Many were beaten and several were sexually groped by the mob.

Not everyone takes their responsibility for their safety and that of their friends and loved ones seriously.  I occasionally take heat from fellow gun owners because I carry a full sized handgun (a G19 or XD9) and at least one spare magazine with me at all times.

I hear the same tired B.S. from these lazy people, it usually goes something like this “If I need more than 5 shots, I’m doin’ something wrong”.

Really?  That’s awesome you know how many rounds you’ll need in a gunfight.  Tell me again how many life or death situations you’ve been in?  Zero huh… How many gunfights?  Zero again… How many training classes have you taken? NRA hunters class… That’s super.

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Mob advancing on police line (upper right)

Gangs have taken to using mass text messages and social media, let alone old school tactics in disturbing new ways.  They are becoming more brazen and consistently have less fear of police.  Want proof?  Watch that video of the crowd going after virtually the entire on duty shift of the Austin PD and only 5 of them getting arrested.  The Chicago incident?  Out of 500 rioters, only 17 were arrested.  That’s even more shocking because of where it happened and the fact that hundreds of Chicago PD officers were on scene within 10 minutes of it starting.

I’m not saying you have to be paranoid, I’m saying be aware that bad things happen and you could find yourself caught up in the middle of something, no matter how great your situational awareness it.

Does the training you have taken or you are going to take help you in these types of situations?  If you took one defensive handgun class where you stood still and shot a few tight groups at a piece of paper, you probably aren’t where you should be in your skill level.  I won’t get into the details here but you need to have a full compliment of skills that don’t just include shooting.  After all you just can’t start shooting because a few dozen people happen to be running in your general direction.

Don’t just plan for it, train for it, because you alone are responsible for your own safety.

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AAR: 2013 YouTube Range Day shoot hosted by Iraqveteran8888

Processed-3341I had the privilege of attending the 2013 YouTube Range Day shoot  in Georgia a couple weeks ago and it was a blast.

Many familiar faces were also there from Eric and Barry (Iraqveteran8888) who hosted the event to Military Arms Channel, Sootch00, TNoutdoors9, Plinkster22, FateofDestinee and many more.

We all had to opportunity to socialize, blow some things up and try out some cool new items.

Enough of the talking, in this case I’m sure you’d rather see it than read about it-

I had a great time and I think everyone else did too.  We’ll definitely be back next year.

You can subscribe to 13C YouTube channel here and check out the FaceBook page here.

Below is a short list of some of the sponsors and channels in attendance-

A special thank you to the sponsors: ATI GUNSTOCKS, FEDERAL AMMUNITION/CHAMPION, and MOSS PAWN & GUN, FOSTECH OUTDOORS, HEAD DOWN PRODUCTS, KEYSTONE SPORTING ARMS, SHOOTSTEEL.com and 1776 UNITED.

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Disclaimer: Binary explosives are meant as a target indicator only. Any use of binary explosives for commercial use has to be done by FEL holder according to Federal and State laws.

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Where does pacifism come from? Dealing with a murderer by “talking to them”… VIDEO

Where does pacifism come from?

I’ve asked myself this question and you may have too.  Often times we try and imagine these people come from sheltered lives where the “idea” of violence is one removed from them and it’s more of an abstract thought than something real.

If we do think of someone who has been exposed to actual violence, especially on a large scale, who still espouses pacifism even in the face of imminent death, it’s almost always a image of someone like Mother Teressa or someone else equally religious or supposedly pious.

malaladailyshow-1.jpgWhat about someone who grew up in a relatively peaceful place?  Who’s life got turned upside down by violent terrorists moving into the region and then started blowing up numerous schools and children?  Murderers who would regularly execute townspeople and are now about to kill YOU?  Could anyone in that situation be a pacifist? Apparently so, or at least they allege they would be.

Meet 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai.  Malala has experienced what I have just described.  Up until the part of actually being confronted personally anyway.

Her answer?

“I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’  But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”

Perhaps, in America, we could ascribe such a pie in the sky thought process to a typical 16 year old girl.  One who spends her days reading glamor magazines and who’s hardest life challenge is getting her double half grande latte with a smidge of soy milk as opposed to a schoach of that retched half and half.

This isn’t your typical 16 year old.  According to her claims, she’s seen the aftermath of hundreds of school bombings and murders by these “Talib”.  While her ‘fight’ for education is admirable, it shouldn’t negate her suicidal tendencies.

I don’t want to seem mean or cruel but I have to say it:  What sort of warped perspective and faulty thought process must a person have in order to believe that the proper response to someone who has murdered hundreds of people, including children, and is now about to kill you is to respond by saying: “how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well’.'” Then submit to whatever the terrorist wanted to do with you?

malaladailyshow-2It’s suicidal.  It’s certainly not something to be commended over or for Jon Stewart to swoon over nor that of his audience.  You can see the video HEREThe embed isn’t working at the moment.

I have no idea what makes the pacifist tick.  I have no idea how someone could think fighting back against someone whose chosen profession is blowing up children and schools would make you ‘just as bad’ as them.  It’s absurd.  It’s worse than that, it truly is suicidal.

I wonder how those dysfunctional genes and traits have survived so long in the human species.  You would have thought Darwin would have weeded those people out millennium ago… although thinking about it, they generally had different names for pacifists back then.  They were called serfs or subjects and sometimes slaves.  That would explain Malala’s desire to: ‘submit to whatever they wanted’.

While we may not know why a pacifist thinks the way they do, we do need to realize these people exist and perhaps they, unlike a person who murders school children, can be reasoned with.

This young woman and her pacifism is going to be paraded around the globe next week as she is poised for a 2013 Nobel Peace Peace prize.  No, I won’t be getting into the lunacy of that contest or what a joke it has become in this article.

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Joe instructing his first born.

If you run into any suicidal people pacifists, do your best to try to gently explain to them the best way to educate a murderer is with hot lead.  Preferably copper jacketed, moving at hundreds of feet per second and passing through their face on the way into their brain housing unit.

The Right to self defense is an unalienable Right and I can guarantee you my daughters know how to properly deal with murders.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Gun Request (ban) -Video-

starbucksceoStarbucks has taken quite a bit of heat of it’s request for customers to not carry weapons into their stores.  This request is what I would refer to as a “soft ban”.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz took to CNN to try and shed some light on his recent open letter to customers where he “requests” they no long carry into their stores.

He drones on and on about the company not being a “policy maker” and how the company is “neither pro or anti gun.”.  Some in the gun community view this “request” as some sort of code that Starbucks is progun, because it is a “request”.  I think that argument *could* have been made prior to this CNN interview.

In the interview Schultz makes several references to customers being uncomfortable and so forth but listen for the classic key words such as “children”.

The “Request isn’t a ban”…  that’s what some people are saying.  I think it’s important to note that in some states, carrying into a Starbucks now could be a crime, because a “request” may satisfy legal requirements.

The Starbucks CEO ends the interview with these words:

“When you are on right side of your values and believe strongly…. I’ve made this decision through the lens of civility and respect and in the best interest of our people, our customers and our company.”

“I believe very strongly it was the right decision.”

You can share your thoughts on Starbucks decision and if it will affect your coffee purchases at our Facebook page.

You can judge for yourself where the CEO stands by watching the full interview here:

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Is the coverage of Mass Murders purposefully deceptive? -VIDEO-

During the tragic murders at the Navy Yard I was spending the day with my family and basically ‘unplugged’ from the situation as it was unfolding.

I received several messages from friends and via the 13C Facebook page, not just about the shooting but about some of the on air coverage and what was happening.

1238971_220327421466168_1640842282_nThings like “AR-15 Shotgun”.  Sure there is a ‘AR shotgun’ on the market but that’s not what was used.

Some will ascribe this to the ignorance of the news media when it comes to firearms, they will easily write this off but I’d be willing to bet the term made it past the editors because “AR15 shotgun” sounds really scary.

I think it’s long over due to start changing the terminology as well.

How about ‘active murderer’ as opposed to ‘active shooter’?  Why is it is a ‘mass shooting’ instead of a ‘mass murder’?  Would this be any less egregious of an event if a knife or chainsaw was used?

Of course not.  Their agenda is the same, to blame the firearm(s) instead of the person with murder and malice in their heart.  Something no talking head is mentioning is that once again a mass murder happened in a “gun free zone”.  In fact every single mass murder involving a firearm, except one, has occurred in these so called “gun free zones”.

Perhaps not everyone on TV is oblivious to the lies streaming from the main stream media, I leave you with a clip from the Daily Show where Jon Stewart calls CNN out on the carpet for it’s coverage, the segment is entitled “Wrongnado” –

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-september-17-2013/wrongnado—cnn

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