SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Mike Williamson has some words for AR-15 owners today.
That electronic leash you carry on your hip or in your purse is about to become more annoying than ever. In 2017, robo calls made up only about four percent of cell phone calls. In 2018, that jumped to 29% of all calls. In 2019, the number of robo calls is expected to increase to almost half of every call made on a cell network. the vast majority of these calls are scams mining you for personal data so they can steal your identity or take money from you. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
More Creepy Facebook
Facebook is getting more creepy by the moment. Their new smart display device is scheduled to be announced next week and it’s prime feature is a camera. the device will use facial recognition technology to track users around the room, tagging them. with it’s main feature being video chat, turning the camera off will only defeat the purpose that it was purchased for. The device will most likely not even have other features that are driven by Facebook. rumor has it that the “search” functions and “voice recognition” will be driven by Amazon’s Alexa.thanks to R.C. for the link.
According to this article sent in by reader P., Google is reporting that they continue to allow third part applications to scan your personal data in your Gmail account and share it with other people. You should always remember that wehn you are using a free service, you are the product that they are making money off of.
Threat to AR-15s
From Michael Z. Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large:
Recently, BATFE is pushing a claim that .50 BMG upper assemblies, not themselves a firearm, that attach to a numbered AR-15 lower receiver–legally a firearm–are themselves firearms without the lower receiver.
The claim is based on the fact that the upper assembly contains a bolt with firing pin that, if struck with a tool, could discharge. Legally, if it can discharge a single round, whether or not it is safe or worthwhile to do so, it is a firearm. It is apparent that .50 cal uppers do fit this definition. One can build one at home without documentation, but any sold commercially would constitute a firearm. This has never been pursued before, but the claim is supportable and would likely survive in court.
The danger here is that ANY AR-15 upper assembly could be fired with the bolt carrier group in place. A rod inserted into the rear of the carrier and whacked with a tool will cause the firing pin to strike the cartridge. It is an obvious step for BATFE to use the .50 uppers, uncommon and publicly perceived as threatening, as an easy precedent to then go after all upper assemblies.
Originally, the AR-15 was intended to be a modular weapon for the military with multiple upper assemblies for different missions. Therefore, the lower receiver (trigger group) was numbered as the weapon, rather than the upper receiver (action group). This made the AR very modular for civilians–buy one lower and multiple uppers.
If all uppers are designated as “firearms” due to the ability to be discharged independently, that entire concept is lost.
The following threats are twofold:
Every AR-15 type firearm will consist of TWO serial numbered, transferable receivers. Which means if you wish to make a Short Barreled Weapon, or Any Other Weapon of them, you will need two $200 stamps and approval. From the ATF point of view, this solves the “problem” of hundreds of thousands of AR-15s being SBRed. It will also affect the handful of people who have full auto receivers, who will need TWO machine gun stamps, or more if they have multiple uppers. Except, of course, no new machine guns can be registered since 1986. Every one of those full autos becomes instantly useless, since the upper cannot be registered and the lower can’t be used without one.
The only workable “compromise” would be to petition Congress to make ONLY the upper assembly the firearm, and declare lowers to be merely trigger groups. This means the AR-15 loses a lot of its flexibility as every upper will require dealer paperwork (When new).
Anyone interested in this matter should pay close attention to goings on. If ATF puts the matter out for public input, I’ll share the link.
Reader DSV sent in this article on why you should try Christian based healthcare alternatives. Note that even though this link is an obvious ad, it does list some very important features of the program. While it may seem, at first, that you get less benefit from the program than you do the state run programs, remember that these are typically not-for-profit groups that don’t pay shareholders and they don’t get government funding. This is a true cost-sharing program and there is no free lunch on someone else’s dime.
Reader D.B.sent in this inspirational video of Marines running from their barracks into a raging inferno that had engulfed a senior living apartment complex to save lives. The news reports interviewed a couple of the Marines and you begin to see the quality of character of these men. I didn’t see any slackers there. Just young men running as fast as they could into danger.
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