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”. Wait till you read Mike Williamson’s suppressor safety story today!
Once again we find the questionable organization “Crowds on Demand” paying participants in violent demonstrations. The Los Angeles company ran a Craig’s List ad asking for participants for rallies and protests in the Charlotte, North Carolina area a week before the violent counter protest that occurred. Pay was variable but is listed as typically $25+/hour. They were asking for participants and photographers. Of course, the company denies any involvement in the protests.
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Reader H.L sent in this article outlining plans that some hard left groups are making for November 4th. Apparently, the goal is to replicate the “Days of Rage” campaign from 1971 and bring about enough anarchy that a change in government is forced. It is readily apparent that this isn’t about some confederate statues; it’s also about bringing down anything that the hard left disagrees with.
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By the way, the mainstream media is lying to you again. (duh!) The Charlottesville conflict was not “alt-right” vs “alt-left”. The so-called “alt-right” encompassed groups like Nazi sympathizers, otherwise known as Nationalist Socialists. Last time I checked, that was still considered a far-left movement. The antifa and BLM movements are basically communist, which is also far-left. This conflict has nothing to do with the conservative right leaning people. It is clearly a left-on-left conflict, and the only point of associating any of it with the “right” is merely distraction and misdirection.
The Art of Manliness published an article on “How to instinctively shoot a bow and arrow.” Don’t be fooled by the title of the website either. While they publish mainly interest items for men, this is a skill that is excellent for women or men. Instinctive shooting is shooting without the fancy sights. The goal is to shoot an arrow just like you would throw a baseball without careful measurements or complicated sighting mechanisms. The concepts are easy, but it does take practice and it is a perishable skill, so you have to practice.
A woman survived for a whole month in the wilderness by eating berries and mushrooms. She did lose 50 lbs from the ordeal though. The story is actually interesting because the woman was apparently in the company of two men who committed a robbery. Not wanting to be part of the robbery, she ran and became lost. She had no shoes, no bag, and only the clothing on her back.
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large sent this story in:
I recently took “screwing up” with a firearm to a new level.
I hope someone reads this and is prevented from making the same really amateurish mistake I made.
Friend calls me excitedly a couple of weeks ago to notify me that his 2 sound suppressors came in. I told him I was grabbing my threaded 9mm and my threaded 22 and heading over.
We shot a couple of his rifles through these things and were giggling at what a great job they did dampening the noise. 300BLK AR he built from scratch, and an HKMP5 pistol in 22.
I asked if I could also screw one on my 22 pistol and he said sure. I did and it was more fun. The mosquitoes were coming out but we were having so much fun hitting steel we didn’t care.
And here comes the royal screw up.
My royal screw up.
I didn’t realize one of them was only for 22 caliber ammunition. I didn’t ask. He didn’t tell. We were also caught up in the moment.
Like an idiot, without reading the side of this device which stated 22 caliber only, I screwed it on to my 9mm and pulled the trigger. He was watching. The can impressed us by how quiet it was. We were literally giggling.
Neither of us realized I had just obliterated the baffles and been lucky enough not to have it explode in my face, damage my hand and arm, etc.
Only the fact that the little Sig P938 I had it screwed onto did not cycle because it fit too tightly kept me from shooting it again.
As I loosened it to cycle the handgun, I heard chunks of baffle and bullet fragments rattling around inside of the thing. I stopped, knowing something was clearly wrong.
Then he looked at me and asked, “what caliber did you say that handgun is?”
Did I mention that it was brand new and this was the original test fire of his first two sound suppressors ever?
Did I mention that he had waited for an entire year to be federally approved to take possession of these devices?
You talk about feeling like a first rate idiot. That was me. First rate, world class imbecile.
When I’m wrong, I lean toward apologizing and making amends. (Except to communists. They are for ridicule. And their feelings never matter in any way.) But after apologizing 17 times and trying to hand him a wad of cash and begging forgiveness, nothing gave me peace about doing this incredibly stupid thing.
All I have been able to do is wait for it to come back from the manufacturer to find out how much money I was going to owe him and how long it would take before I would let myself off the hook.
He finally just contacted me. SilencerCo is the manufacturer.
They did not charge one penny to disassemble it, replace the baffles, clean it, put it back together, certify its safety and function and ship it back.
Shockingly, the tube itself was not damaged in any way, in spite of the pressures and forces involved.
And they did it for nothing.
My friend said the reason they did it without charging is stated on their website:
“We warranty stupidity for free once.“