Kalashnikov relaunch… as a FASHION brand: Assault rifle company unveils plan to become as big as Apple – and rebrands its most famous asset as ‘a weapon of peace’Siberian arms maker Kalashnikov wants to expand business beyond its AK-47 rifles into a lifestyle brand as recognised and valuable as Apple computers. And even its most-famous product – arguably the world’s most widely used weapon of war – has been caught in the slick corporate makeover and re-branded a ‘weapon of peace’. Shoppers will soon be able to buy Kalashnikov-branded jumpers, trousers, jeans, and sportswear as the firm struggles with a dip in Russian military spending. Kalashnikov rebrand’s itself In the nonsensical world of advertising, I’d say they are onto a winner… Yours Aye.
Nearly 35,000 New Yorker’s have been deemed mentally unfit to own guns under new post-Newtown massacre law. Almost 35,000 New Yorker’s are now listed as too mentally unstable to own guns in New York state, an explosive report has revealed. The shock figure comes from a new database drawn up as part of the NY Safe Act, established in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. The 19-month-old law is one of the nation’s toughest concerning mental health and firearms, and compels licensed mental health professionals in New York to report to the authorities any patient ‘likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.’ Nearly 35,000 New Yorker’s have been deemed mentally unfit to own gunsObviously I am not a native New Yorker, however; I have on a few occasions sampled the delights of ‘Hong Kong on the Hudson’ where I can vouch for the fact that it does have its fair share of nutters – the majority of which do come out at night. That said, 35,000 out of a population of 8,000,000 is a low percentage, and relative to any major city around the world (quadruple that figure and then double it for any major Islamic city!) Yours Aye. York, so unique they named it once!
The battle-tested M777 155mm Ultralightweight Field Howitzer. Also known as “The world’s largest sniper rifle” due to its range and accuracy, which enables it to “hit windows from 25 miles away.” With a digital fire control system, the M777 has the ability to fire five rounds per minute. “The world’s largest sniper rifle” M777 155mm howitzer fires at a low ballistic trajectory in Afghanistan.
“Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield.” Winston Churchill. Yours Aye.
When ever life throws up a brick wall I tend to follow the Roman’s train of thought. Problem solving whilst walking is different to walking for pleasure, as I tend to do it at a faster speed to get a rhythm going forcing the heart to pump faster, while the senses take in the surrounding countryside subconsciously. It normally involves a route local to my humble abode, of which I tend to head out an hour before dawn breaks. Returning from this mornings perambulation I sat upon the tree logs and watched the swallows expertly skimming at grass top-level, feeding on insects warmed by the suns rays. Just as I poured a hot wet of tea from the flask, a shot rang out, followed by another…Both ’rounds’ came from a firing point 300 feet away, the kinetic energy being well and truly spent as they flicked through the hedge-line into the air over towards my spot. Then another ’round,’ which lifted a leaf from the lightning tree – scattering the birds within. The spent ’rounds’ being .22 lead pellets, and the ‘blapp’ of the rifle meant some f***wits were on the other side of the hedge with air-rifles. Or as I was about to find out, they refer to themselves as ‘air-gunners?’ I stormed over to their firing point bellowing out “Stop-Cease-Fire” (range officers rant from my previous life), before jumping through a gap in the hedge to find two f***wits dressed from head to toe in camouflage, yet sporting brightly lit faces and bare hands as they wriggled about on the ground puffing and wheezing (shape, SHINE, shadow, silhouette, surface, spacing, MOVEMENT.)At this point both portly built ‘air-gunners’ stood up looking coy and embarrassed, as I went into rant mode, giving them both a point-blank ‘spitwash bollocking’ whilst reciting the code of conduct for countryside shooting. My point being that Hannah and Nipper often mooch around my side of the hedge while I sit and ponder with a mug of tea on the logs, a pellet close up would take an eye out. Besides which, I take an instant dislike to any barsteward who kills for the sake of it, especially those incapable of making a decent shot, and more so when they hunt small birds!
They both informed me that “air-gunning” was a recent hobby, which inflamed the situation even further (1). Air Gunners were brave young men who sat within perspex bubbles at 20.000 ft gallantly defending their ship. (2). My 3 acre field is my open air temple, that has brought forth untold pleasurable canine adventures that is not for the use of two grossly over weight wannabe hunters…
My grand finale was a gypsies whisper in their shell-like ears, which they both hoisted aboard, and departed at the rush with their camouflaged tails between their legs. It was only after they trundled off that I realised I had a stout blackthorn walking stick in my hand, which I must have been waving around like a ranting raving mad man. By the way, I solved my original brick wall problem, and the rest of the day has gone really well. Yours Aye.
Published on Jun 5, 2014: Gun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise…A majority of Americans say they think gun crime has increased over the past 20 years, even though it has actually fallen dramatically, a recent Pew Research Center survey shows. Sources: Department of Justice: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Annual Firearms Manufacturers And Export Report: United States International Trade Commission: Pew Research Center: National Safety Council: Gallup.Gun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise ‘Hey don’t shoot the messenger!’ Yours Aye
Red-faced defence chiefs squandered millions of pounds on 6,000 pistols that were scrapped after just five years. A damning example of waste by the Ministry of Defence top brass, who bought the Sig Sauer handguns before ditching them in favour of Austrian-made Glock. The embarrassing fiasco came at a time when the cash-strapped department was axing 30,000 troops, fighter jets, warships and tanks in a desperate bid to save money. The MoD ordered the consignment of Sig semi-automatic pistols in 2008 as an Urgent Operational Requirement to enable British soldiers to protect themselves better in Afghanistan. UPDATED: out of pure interest 1.Welcome to Ex-MOD.com 2.MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land Rovers for Sale 3.Direct Sales – MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land … Change the £ for $ to appreciate valueBut in January last year the Army announced that after extensive tests it was replacing the ageing standard-issue Cold War-era Browning pistol – introduced nearly 50 years ago – with the Glock 17 Gen 4 handgun. The Treasury has spent £6 billion on Urgent Operations Requirements, or UORs, which has involved rushing new kit into service in Iraq and Afghanistan when existing equipment proves to be dangerously inadequate MORE HERE: Ministry of Defence spent millions of pounds on 6000 pistols which it ditched after just five years
It is my own humble opinion that you cannot judge a decision made in 2008, by the standard of today. In addition to this, the decision to purchase the 6,000 Sig Sauer pistols was part of an ‘Urgent Operational Requirement’ for troops engaged in hostile operations. As such it would have been placed as a bulk emergency order, with the criteria to over match the Browning, at the cheapest price. Its use as a secondary weapon would have been against targets up close and very personal. It was well-known that the 9mm Browning High Power pistols were at the very end of their life in 2000!
As far as kit and weapons were concerned when I served as a RM; we fortunately had the best, as well as specialist kit unseen in the Army/RAF at the time. I had only one complaint, and that was against the first issue of the RM high leg combat boots. The procurement officer within the Corps should have been reamed out with an old Christmas tree for signing off on them. Typical of such a trial the main issue went to Staff officers, clerks, cooks, and bottle washers. Only a small handful of Commando Unit Marines received a pair for evaluation, of which all complained of their total unsuitability; no one listened. It took five years before some genius rectified the fault, which resulted in a far superior boot. Drip session now over… Yours Aye.
Gun Manufacturers Smith & Wesson have unleashed their newest revolver: a monster .460 calibre handgun which they say is ‘great for a back-up gun, or for hunting’. Named the ‘Backpack Cannon’, the gun was unveiled in Las Vegas on Monday at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show, the largest gun show in the U.S., which around 60,000 gun fans attend every year. The cannon features a three-inch barrel, high visibility sights and synthetic shock absorber on the rear of the handle, as well as a massive chamber to fit the gigantic .460 calibre rounds, which are some of the biggest and most powerful bullets in the world. MORE HERE: Smith & Wesson unveil the Backpack Cannon, their monster .460 caliber revolver
I thought they released a version of this several years ago? Apparently this version comes with an optional two-wheel ‘strap on barrel bogey,’ and twelve feet of thick para cord, so owners can trundle along dragging it behind them! OK, I made the last bit up about the wheels and cord… Would I have one? Of course I would, just in case ‘Nipper’ ever went rogue, and turned on me Yours Aye.
That’s what you will require to purchase Wild Bill Hickok’s Smith & Wesson No 2 revolver when it comes up for auction. The .32 gun with a 6in barrel, blue finish and varnished rosewood grips comes with documentation proving its provenance. WILD WEST fans will need a fistful of dollars to buy the pistol Wild Bill Hickok was carrying With todays currency conversion, that’s $ 498,352-USD, or £ 320,000-Sterling. I would lay odds on that it stays on the $ side of the pond, which is where its true history sits. (it would have to be de-commissioned if it was brought into the UK, a gross act of legislative vandalism)!
Moms Demand Action is a little hot under the collar about Starbucks honoring state and local laws regarding the carry of firearms in their stores. Essentially the java joint matches their store policies with law. So they allow firearms in the coffeeshop if local law allows it. And to show appreciation, gun aficionados are staging a buy-in on August 9th. (I thought it was today and passed by one at the mall. We rolled in and bought three drinks to show support. None of the baristas had any idea about the buy-in, probably because I had the wrong day. But they were friendly to the idea. 2nd Amendment, one of them asked. Neat.)
I find the idea of concealed carry enticing, it’s a great privilege and responsibility. One day, when I’m finished with Navy deployments, I’ll explore a CCW license. In the meantime, I’ll just have to go here:
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Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, also known as South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley, visited the FNH-USA factory:
Just looking up information on the governor yielded some interesting results:
Her husband, Michael Haley, is a federal employee with the United States Department of the Army and an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard and was sent on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in January 2013. The couple have two children, Rena and Nalin. Haley’s brother Mitti Randhawa was an active duty officer who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.
Every state’s governor should learn about firearms. They are our national heritage. The story of United States is interwoven with the development of guns. I’ve given up on California’s politicians, but I commend the governor of South Carolina for visiting the FNH plant (and getting a concealed-weapons permit.)
I know this may be wrong, but I ever time I see a picture of a mass gun turn-in, I scan the table to see if there is anything callin’ my name. (Be honest, I know you do too!)
I kinda got my eye on a coupla those handguns and I like that brass-barrelled long rifle.
Dear Dan, With the recent debate over gun control and protecting school children, should we arm schoolteachers to make schools safer? —Ron
Hard to know from the point of view of policy, but here’s one thing that is clear to me: If my own schoolteachers had been armed, I would not have survived middle school. -Dan Ariely
Coy Tolonen, from Clackamas County (and his neighbors in Jennings Lodge) use:
And they post fliers that read: This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911.
If you have an extra five minutes, go hustle your happy way over to this gun-grrrrl’s site to watch a video of Sarah Merkle.
She is a Maryland teenager, eloquent in her defense of the second amendment.
I can’t think of a recent clip I’ve seen that states the constitutional position with such clarity.
And I love how she brings up Chicago and compares the stringent laws the Windy City has with its gun deaths. (There were more gun deaths in Chicago than in the Afghanistan War during the same time period.)