Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Home Invasions are all the rage in "de hood." A long term ammo storage video from Canada. Gun value guides. Jury Duty. New M-14 rifles.

I try not to fixate on guns and ammo (believe it or not), but that's a big part of preparedness. It's a big part of just daily life in the U.S. today. If you don't believe me, watch the morning news from any of the Atlanta, Georgia news affiliates each morning.

Anybody can be the victim of a home invasion. The Goblins don't just pick on the wealthy gated communities. But sometimes, they do pick on the wrong door.  This 7 time loser in Tennessee found that out.

 This morning, there was a big segment about a ritzy "gated community" on the outskirts of Atlanta. It got hit by Morlocks from the city, and the police had plenty of security video of these guys breaking in and looting places. But the residents didn't have any recourse except fleeing out the back door and running to the neighbors, like a bunch of teen aged girls.

The news reporter doing the segment panned through all these hoity toity McMansions, and said "the residents are terrified and are staying in their homes."  I don't feel sorry for them, they're a bunch of Sheeple. Like the bandido said in "The Magnificent Seven" , "if God didn't wanted them to be sheared he wouldn't have made them sheep."  Maybe they should hire some "rough men" to protect them.

But you have to have plenty of fodder for your weapons.  Storing ammunition has always been a big subject of interest, both to survivalists, and just plain old shooters. The best article I ever read about long term ammo storage was by a National Guard ammo tech. He clearly was not an English major , but he knew what he was talking about. I tidied up the grammar and punctuation and posted the article years ago.  I still repost it periodically. If you want to read the article, here's a link to April , 2015 when I published it on the blog last.

Bird Dog the Ammo Techs article on Long Term Ammo Storage

Here's a good, non - technical discussion of the subject from a Canadian outfit.

I also want to post a link to a gun store in Texas. They have every gun you could want, but you have to be able to pay the big jing. They are not cheap.

Collector's Firearms

If you have guns you want to price, either for selling or buying, here's the standard reference for military firearms. I have them all, going back to volume 1. Before that, I used the Blue Book of Gun Values, but I found a lot more detail on my kind of guns in this series.

So, for military weapons, 

And for all others, 

This is purely my personal preference, of course. There are lots of gun value guides out there. These have served me best.  Just a note, if you look for guns in pawn shops, carry them in your car. Then when you find something you really want, go back out and see how the asking price measures up. It's a bad idea to take the book in with you, since pawn shop owners can have some rough edges and it gets their backs up. But never pay more than the guide would indicate, unless you don't care about money or the gun is something you just can't live without and you are willing to pay "too much" to get it.  Unless you do a lot of horse trading in the gun arena, you can't tell the players without a program, so these two references are worth the money.

M got selected for jury duty this week, so we had to go sit in the court house most of the day on Monday.  Fortunately, she was on the fourth panel and they didn't have to come back. Everybody on the first three panels got stuck and will be there most of the week.  There were 156 people on the jury list, and I saw about 7 that might have been younger than 55.  


Addendum: 1807 Wednesday 25 Oct. 17

After I did this post, I got an email from the guys up in North Carolina. They have some new manufacture M-14's for sale. Big bucks, but it's a big rifle.  I have a Springfield Armory M-14 (they call it an M-1 so they can cause maximum confusion), and I have a Norinco M-14. Both of these are tip top guns, despite the "I had a friend who knew somebody who worked with somebody who had a sister who said the metal in the receivers is soft on the Norinco's).

Anyway, in case there was some poor soul out there, thirsting for their very own M-14 but unable to find one, I wanted to post this.  Go ahead, take out that second mortgage and gratify your spirit!

Incidentally, I don't have any connections with any outfits and I don't make any money off the blog, no advertisements or anything. Just in case somebody got that idea....

Thought for the Day:


  1. Home invasions aren't really a thing over here, I've always got a sledge hammer handle under the bed though. Couple of boxes of shotgun shells is all I keep and thats far more than most people in the uk

    1. I think living out in your rural location, you are probably good to go with what you have. Particularly since you live in a small hamlet where you know the other people, and you all look out for each other. I don't think we have anything like that here.

      Some years back, there was a British television series called "Survivors." It ran two seasons. It was , I thought, a fairly accurate projection of what would happen if there was a pandemic there and a mass die off. Weapons figured in a peripheral fashion, as a kind of after thought. If the same situation occurred here, with the massive influx of people into this country that have no connection to our culture or our history, I think it would be a much more violent evolution. We're already in a situation where people live in enclaves comprised of their own ethnic groups. Balkanized as we are, we have more in common with the old Austro-Hungarian Empire than we do with the America of the 1950's and before. So, anything that causes events here to start to get out of hand will turn violent and that will spiral out of control. I don't know if that would happen in England or not.

      I have, from time to time, seen articles in the press where someone has used a shotgun over there to defend themselves from intruders, and has been prosecuted for it. I would not be very comfortable with that. Doubtless that's why I live where I do, and not on our Left Coast or in New England.

      I don't think I'd care to try to break into your house, with you in there next to a sledge hammer handle. :-)

    2. And a digger out the back...
      i think things would be very different in the Us and compared tot he UK. Not saying either would be nice. Using a gun here against an intruder is a no no unless they are heavily armed and even then you'd spend the next year in court and never a own a gun again.

    3. Kev, here in America, we say " a man's home is his castle." Our laws that specifically authorize a citizen to use deadly force against a threat are called "castle laws."

      We got the concept of a man's home being his castle directly from the English.

      I can't understand why you can't use deadly force in your own home.

      If somebody breaks in, you don't know what they want. Do they want your silverware, your tools, your money, or your wife?

      If you can't kill them, they have all the advantages because they know what they are going to do, and you don't.

      It seems grossly unfair to put a householder in that situation.

      I remember reading about the farmer who had been broken into several times, who finally shot some sh*tbird who came into his house at night through a window. The farmer got arrested and prosecuted, although the intruder had a record as long as your arm.

      I don't envy you, in that situation. It seems unjust to me.

      Don't think I am being critical of England. It's your country and your laws. From my perspective, it looks like a tough row to hoe for the average homesteader, is all I mean.

  2. Around here pawn shops seldom have guns of any kind. The Norinco M14s sell for about 600$ in Canada. Shame we can't get them here these days. The James River ones are out of my range just as is the Beretta version Ian McCollum reviewed yesterday.
    I guess I'll stay with my Mini 14 for now, LOL
    I am seriously thinking about one of the Star BM9s that J&G has on offer for 230$

    1. Pawn shops are loaded with guns here, and the gun stores all have plenty of used pistols, rifles and shotguns. I go to pawn shops looking for old military weapons. There are a lot of them here. Surplus guns were big items in the Blue Ridge mountains in the 1980's and 1990's. You could buy them in the hardware and feed stores. Now, as older men die off, their wives just want to clean out the closet and get rid of the stuff, so they either take it pawn shops to sell, or they take it to a gun store.

      I'd like to have a James River M-14, but not enough to pay that kind of money for it.

      Nothing wrong with a mini-14. They are good guns. I like them better than AR-15 types.

      I have a Star BM something pistol, but I can't remember the full designation. It looks like a little Colt .45 and fires 9mm Luger ammo. JG Sales is a good outfit, I've bought from them over the years. Ever so often, they have good sales on ammo.

  3. Crime everywhere today is out of control. The city in Florida where I live just became the #1, top dog, top of the list for the state, for homicides (this doesn't include all the daily shootings). Chicago, you better lookout we'll take the top spot away from you soon!
    Time to move I guess.

    1. Mike, seems like the further out from a city, the less crime. But we still have violent crime here, usually associated with Morlocks that come up out of Atlanta.

      I guess it just is part of the normal scene everywhere now.

  4. Gated communities have a real false sense of security. Usually it's really easy to get around the gate. I've noticed quite a few of them don't even man the gate full time. You can bet they'll be on top of things with this incident in the news, but security will quickly lapse. If security is too tight, the residents get annoyed by the delays. At my dad's park,they had a big deal security gate, but often left two back gates wide open all night.

    1. There's a security gate at my daughters apartment complex, but the state put "low income" subsidized renters in there, who then moved in all their relatives, and they gave out the gate code to the gang bangers who came to visit. Now the whole complex is infested with "bruddas" who set fire to the dumpsters, fire weapons at the buildings, and have lately escalated to shooting it out in the parking areas between rival groups of "homies."

      We thought she would be out of there by October, but the hurricane damaged the office in Jacksonville, Florida she was transferring to and she can't go now til March. Where there used to be nice people in the apartment, she has a family of Nigerians above her now, some black guys who are clearly in the retail pharmaceutical trade on one side, and a raucous family of "project" people on the other side. Almost everyone decent has moved out and I worry about her. I will until she can get out of there.

      The gated communities here here cover a wide spectrum. Some have armed guards at the gate 24/7, and you can only get in if you live there or if a resident clears you.

      Some just have rent a cops at night, driving around in little "security" cars.

      And some don't have any security or gate at all, their only claim to fame is that the houses are all expensive and the residents are " upper class." So of course, when the Goblins come out at night "out de hood", they go there to break in. In Atlanta, they have started killing old people and even children during the break ins. It's sick.

      I figure "the lord helps those who help themselves." It will be a cold day in hell before I put my safety and the safety of my family in the charge of some 60 year old making $9.00 an hour.

  5. We all stock ammo deep but how much are we going to use? If you shoot dry a modern defensive rifle with a standard 30 round mag you would be at least 2 standard deviations from the norm. Go through 2 full mags and you will be nationally famous.

    Still my rifle sits next to a PC with 2-3 reloads and in the closet is an active shooter bag that among other things has 2 more mags.

    I figure by the time I go through half that the cops will be here.

    Needs for defensive ammo are realistically not that high.

    I don't like my odds of living through enough fights to burn up hundreds of rounds of ammo. Guess I keep buying it just in case things go all walking dead but somehow I keep on living.

    1. "This I ever held worse than all certitude, To know not what the worst ahead might be." Swinburne.

      In normal times, that premise would hold. I'm more concerned about abnormal times. The coin has two sides, from my point of view. It's true that for common, everyday events like home invasions, burglary, assault, and the like, a single pistol magazine might be enough.

      I plan long term, for my lifetime and after that, my children. I'm not at all sure that life will just keep on going ,day by day, as it does now. I look at the changes since the 1950's, and the degradation of the quality of life. When I project those trends 20, 30 years into the future, I would like to be sure that whatever kind of world exists at that time, my own family will be well provided for.

      There may never be an EMP event, a nuclear attack, a breakdown of social order, civil war, a natural catastrophe of sufficient magnitude to knock apart what passes for civilization today. But then again, there may.

      Rather than survivalist fantasies, these are all things that could transpire today, or tomorrow, or a month from now.

      I plan for the possibility of running into Morlocks, or of having some more far reaching event occur. My day to day life goes on, and I don't lay awake at night fearful of tomorrow, I just don't take "normalcy" for granted.

      One of these days, the people like Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Clinton, and the other leftards are going to figure out they will never, ever be able to "turn them in, Mr. and Mrs. America." But they can do what California has done. Register every purchase of ammunition including .22, make people pass a background check to buy ammunition, or simply make it illegal for civilians to have ammunition. There's no second amendment right to have ammunition that I ever heard of, and only the second amendment protects the right to bear arms in this country.

      How much you stock, depends on the period of time you are planning for, and the expectations you have of the future, as you point out. It will never be the same for any two individuals, that being so.

    2. I understand the reasoning. Maybe the dialog is more of a rhetorical question about whether we are kidding ourselves and wasting money on stuff we won't live to use.

      Personally I go long on ammo mostly in case as our buddy CZ says "It's all I'm ever going to get."

      Not so much for eic SHTF gunfights but periodic test fires, rezeroing, and training newcomers.

      A thing many of us probably mess up is going deep into rifle and handgun cartridges but at the expense of .22lr and small game shotgun loads. Remember in One Second After when everyone realized they had a single box of .22lr and a half box of birdshot for their old .22 and smoothbore? That is ammo people in rural areas are going to actively use if things get ugly.

    3. Nobody has a crystal ball that I know of. You make your best estimate of the situation, and react to it. It's largely subjective and a lot depends on your life experience. My view of life is that you can never be sure what will happen tomorrow, that really bad, unimaginable things do happen, and you can't stop them. You can ameliorate their impact to one extent or other by prior planning.

      In most cases, money you spend on preparedness isn't wasted even if nothing happens. I spent a small fortune on Y2K preparations, which turned out to be unnecessary in the event. But, everything I did or bought or built has come in handy during hurricanes, ice storms, etc. Also, I never worry about going hungry no matter what happens.

      I've had some ugly experiences in the last 30 years, usually with trash who accosted me on the road, or in the national forest, or just on a city street. They are out there, in large numbers, and I am not sure how long or if they will be held in check. Seeing that scum in action is a lot different than reading about it in the paper, or watching the news. I think, given your military background, you may know what I mean by that.

      This whole place up here was built to take care of my family. When I built it, I never dreamed my kids would grow up and leave. I am hopeful they will come back someday, or at least one will, and I can turn it over to them as a going concern, lock, stock and barrel.

      If I were younger, and single, I would certainly put more of my money into things like nice cars, travel, socializing, etc. I had all that when I was younger, before we came here in 86, so I'm not being snide or condemning the lifestyle at all.

      I may have "overbuilt" over the years, but if I can turn it over to my kids it will be worth it.If I can't, then I will lose heavily. Life is always a gamble, and you take your best shot and live with the results.

      "Alas Babylon" has the same aspect on things like shotgun shells and .22 ammo that you mentioned. I think that those do seem to be ancillary items to a lot of people, and they are important. All of Rawles' books stress .22 as trading wampum if nothing else. I have a lot of .22Lr, and 12, 20 and 16 gauge ammo stored away, but nothing like I have in terms of pistol and rifle ammo.

      I appreciate your thoughts on the matter. I'm a firm believer in both prior planning, and the inherent instability of life in general. Those are subjects that interest me greatly.

  6. Hey Harry,


    Yeah, I want one of those M-14's. I don't have the money now because of hurricane stuff, etc. Maybe one day.

    Nice neighborhoods attract bad guys. That's where all the goodies are. Now the latest thing is ripping off packages off of porches in massive numbers. Amazon's been having lots of problems with that right now.

    I know think at least 40 percent of all Americans are potential bad guys in most urban area's. I am including white collar crime, scam artists like contractors, conmen, con artists, and convicts in that number too.

    (Maybe we should include Bankers, Stock Brokers and Bureaucrats)

    1. I'd like to have one too, but I can't justify spending the money for the gun.

      You are exactly right, people living in prestigious communities , in million dollar houses, are high priority targets. The fact that you have an alarm system doesn't mean much, since the police response time is usually more than 15 minutes in ATL, according to a recent news report. By then, you are screwed, blued and tattooed, and the Goblins are gone.

      I think your estimate is a little low. Just about everybody in "de hood" will have no trouble with being opportunistic predators. Watching the news on tv, I see lots of security videos of someone getting robbed at a gas station, and after they are beaten up and the robbers leave, more Goblins, even kids, come out of the woodwork. Not to help, but to see if they can find anything else of value on the victims.

    2. lower than animals,,makes you wonder if that demographic have souls.

    3. I don't know what the issue is. I think it's just cultural, that they grow up admiring people who steal, kill other people, and sell drugs. Those are their role models. Nothing is going to change that. The same people, if they had been born into middle class or upper class black families, would have been completely different persons. I know there are some individuals who are born defective and remain that way all their brief lives, just evil people. But I think as long as urban inner city blacks lionize criminals, they will behave as criminals.

  7. I will never understand why people are so reluctant to defend themselves from those who wish to do them harm. If you can get out of harms way, fine. But running should not be your only option. My apartment has one door. Should someone be coming through it with mayhem on their mind, I am not running anywhere. The police station is less than two city blocks away, and yet the one and only time I have needed help, it took twenty minutes for them to arrive. Had I been in a life or death situation, I could have been badly wounded or dead for nineteen of those twenty minutes.

    Folks need to come to the realization that Mayberry no longer exists. We don't leave the keys in our cars like my Dad did back about 1950. He never locked the house doors either, but I do. Always. There is more hate and discontent now than in any other time in my memory. Violence was once uncommon. Now it seems to be the norm. Should someone break in, chances are really good there will be no time to call 911. If my only defense is to throw a can of soup at them, that will not be helpful. I don't want to just tick them off. I want to stop them. And I had better have the means to do just that.

    1. There are thousands of people out there who have no idea of how things work today. Most of them live in nice neighborhoods, work in nice offices, in nice parts of the city. They don't watch the news. Every day is quiet and routine. Then, one day, something bad happens. They've never considered the possibility, never thought about what to do, never took any precautions. Afterwards, if there is any afterwards for them, they look at the environment differently, but by then they are a day late and a dollar short.

      It's really a state of mind. The Sheeple really are sheep. They're the ones who wind up victims most of the time. There are people who do take precautions, do have the mindset to defend themselves, and they usually survive.

      Like you, I can never remember at time when society was as frayed at the edges as it is now. Younger people, like my son and daughter, having been around for a shorter period, are not so cognizant of how badly the quality of life in this country has degraded, or how much more dangerous it is than it used to be.

      I don't know where it will all lead, but as I remarked to Ryan, I am hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. I truly don't know, from day to day, what is going to happen next. Almost anything seems possible given the way things are in the country now.

  8. Hi Harry :) Interesting videos. The first one..."residents are afraid to leave their homes" OMG...that is pathetic to me. I don't think I am capable of living in fear. (unless you count the irrational fear of panic attacks that I can't seem to cure myself of!!)...but that kind of fear. Yes, if you are such a little wussy, get yourself protection. For us, we aren't getting guns just yet, but we (now) have the 5 dogs that bark up a storm if anyone comes near the door. For us that's all the protection we need in this little village. But once we're more in the woods, it'll be firearms for sure.

    We don't have jury duty here. I'll be honest, I'm quite okay with that.

    1. Rain, we do that to ourselves. Our public schools teach children to be dependent on higher authority for everything. Anyone who demonstrates initiative or independence is punished, in one way or the other.

      So, right from elementary school on up, we make good little sheeple who do what they are told. This is largely true even in my state. I taught fifth grade for three years, and one of the many reasons I quit was the constant conflict between our administrators and myself. If you didn't teach the party line, which was pure socialism and social engineering, you were the nail that stuck up, as in the Japanese proverb that says "the nail that sticks up gets hammered first."

      Our higher education is even worse. We get all these kids coming out of college with degrees in "Women's Studies", or "Medieval Literature", who have never really lived outside the gated community environment. They don't know anything of the real world. So, when something bad happens like the Home Invaders breaking through the back door, they just aren't of a mind set to defend themselves.

      The example that always springs to mind is the Doctor in Connecticut. Two criminals out on parole broke into his house. They stayed there two days. They raped the wife, the 17 year old daughter, and the 12 year old daughter repeatedly. They took the wife to the ATM and made her draw out money. The whole time, the man of the house lay sniveling on the kitchen floor. Apparently, it never occured to him to try to do anything to protect his family. When the felons left, they tied the women up, put them on the beds, and burned the house down with the women in it. They just left the man and he escaped, but he did not save any of his family.

      When the two were caught, there was a great uproar because they were out on parole, and because they were simply sent back to jail, it being considered "inhumane" in that state to execute the murderers. Here in Georgia, we would have fried them and they wouldn't have had a chance to be out on parole again in a few years and repeat the performance.

      Our whole system is really messed up, in some states a lot worse than others. The South and the SW, the middle of America tend to be more rational than the Left Coast or New England.

      Don't feel bad about the panic attacks. They are fairly common in our society today. My wife takes medicine for that and it helps.

      Dogs are invaluable. I couldn't live up here in these woods without mine. My daughter is still in Cincinnati, and she has a big German Shepard in the apartment. If she has to go out to the car in the parking lot after dark, she always takes Willa. She also has a snub nose .38 I gave her, but she let her Georgia carry permit lapse and hasn't gotten an Ohio one, so that's a last resort til we get that problem addressed on her next visit home.

      Jury duty is the pits, especially for people who work and are not on salary. It can tie you up for a full week, and you get paid $25.00 a day. but if you make a couple of hundred a day when you work, that means you are suffering a net lose of $175.00 a day. Jury duty also gets you in trouble at work. I had it twice and I had to put up with a big ration of abuse from the sociopath I worked for, as if I could do anything about it. If you don't show for jury duty, they issue a bench warrant and you spend three days in jail....

    2. Harry, that's crazy about the jury duty. Don't you think that promotes people who just don't give a crap about what happens to the defendant? If I were told I had to spend a week listening to testimony, get paid $25 a day was threatened with jail time if I didn't want to do it, I'd not really care too much about my so-called "duty".

      Your daughter is smart with her German Shepherd. Our Marlene has a bit of German Shepherd in her and can look quite intimidating when her heckles are up. We call her "street smart" lol...not much going on up there but anything that moves or gets her attention gets those heckles up so when I'm out alone, I take her over any of the other dogs, though our black and white husky Charlie looks quite scary herself, she looks like a wolf and she has NOT stopped growing since we got her 2 years ago!

      That story about the doctor is awful. I know Alex would protect me, but then again, I would protect myself. I wouldn't just bend over backwards (so to speak), I'd fight to the death.

    3. Rain,

      Jury duty is strange. The one I was on, it was half women, and half men. None of the women ever said a word. There was one guy who thought he was God's Gift to Mankind, and he tried to take over and make everyone vote "guilty." There was another fellow who got mad when two of the of the other men wouldn't go along with the ridiculous "guilty" finding. Then there was one guy who said right out loud in the jury room that he didn't care which way the jury went, as long as we were finished by four that afternoon because he had a T time at the golf course for then. I never met anyone who wanted to be selected for a jury. There are all kinds of negative aspects, and not much in the pro column. Especially years ago, when there were only half as many people here, it seemed like everybody was interrelated by blood or marriage. So if you got on a jury and found somebody guilty, you just made an enemy of all his relatives. Not good.

      Pretty soon M and I will be too old for jury duty. Anybody with a medical excuse can get off. Then , the first time the jury pool meets, you can go up to the judge one at a time and try to beg off. This time around he let some old lady go who had to be on oxygen, and that was about it. But the "pool" is always a lot bigger than the number of jurors they need. That's because after the panels are set up, the defense lawyer and the prosecutor get to "challenge' people and get them off the jury. If you have a close relative that was a victim of a similar crime, or you are are law enforcement officer, you will get kicked off. I got removed once because I was a company commander in the Marines, which automatically made me responsible for NJP (non-judicial punishment) and the judge of that one took me off. I never knew why that mattered.

      Good guard dogs are especially valuable in an urban environment because more Goblins are afraid of them. When my wife lived with her family in Nigeria, they had two big German Shepard's in the compound, to keep the thieves from coming over the compound walls. It worked, although if the bad guys had known my father in law they'd have been more afraid of him than of the dogs.

      Any dog is good, because they will know there is a problem before a person does. Big dogs are especially good as they can pitch in to defend the "pack" which includes the people in the family. One good thing about you having all those dogs you gave refuge to is you will never be surprised by housebreakers or out on your walk.

      There are people who can react to a situation, and there are people who just can't. They freeze up. You strike me as being one of the former, and I think my wife fits into the same category. Women can be just as dangerous as men in a dangerous situation.