1) From Last Stand on Zombie Island comes this video of Russian teens practicing assembly/disassembly of AKs for a school “Patriot” contest:
FWIW, this makes me really want an AK to play with.
2) From the AK Operators Union, Local 47-74 channel on YouTube, we get another interesting AK video on how to fire in “Emergency Mode,” sans dust cover, recoil spring, etc.
3) The Firearm Blog has an interesting piece going into some detail on the painful phenomenon known as “Garand Thumb.”
Like Laika, Comrade sacrificed himself for Science!
4) Kyle Defoor auctioned off his handbuilt BCM AR today to benefit the Elder Heart charity organization. Looks like the winner paid $15k even for it, which seems like a steal. Hope he saved some cash for an optic and sling.
5) Since it’s already been trumpeted all over the gunblogosphere this week, I feel obligated to include the link to a Sheepdog(TM) who was relieved of his shiny new toy by some guy who was less than impressed by his Openly Carried P22. One detail that I feel has been overlooked is how helpful the victim’s description of his assailant’s weapon should prove to investigators:
“The weapon he used in the robbery was described as a possibly semi-automatic, black gun.” – THE NEWS
Well, that oughta help narrow it down.
6) How competent, benevolent, and not at all corrupt governments can waste half a billion dollars in aid this week:
Exhibit A – The Air Force is under investigation into why the Defense Logistics Agency recently destroyed $486 million worth of aircraft (16x C-27s) provided for the Afghan government. The return on that particular investment? $32,000 worth of scrap metal.
Net loss for those keeping score at home = $485,968,000.00
Exhibit B – Meanwhile in Sierra Leone, a CONEX containing “100 bags and boxes of hospital linens, 100 cases of protective suits, 80 cases of face masks and other items — in all, more than $140,000 worth of medical equipment” donated for the Ebola crisis (the ongoing one you may have heard about with a 4,000+ death toll worldwide) has sat rotting on the docks for two months because the shipper “expected the shipping fee of $6,500 would be a small detail for Sierra Leone.”
According to the official, the government has already received well over $40 million in cash from international donors to fight Ebola.
The shipping company, as a good-will gesture in a moment of crisis, had agreed to send the goods without being paid first…
Instead, top government officials argued over the fee, said that the proper procedures had not been followed, and finally brushed aside the official urging that the supplies be let in, saying they wanted to hear nothing more about it.
Ibrahim Kamara, a Sierra Leonean in Canada who has put together what he says is a $55,000 container of medical supplies, said that he was now encountering the same problems with the government — an unwillingness to pay the $5,000 shipping fee.
It just goes on like this, in pathetic fashion, for well over a thousand words. Please do read the whole thing.
7) Okay, so that last one was kind of a downer, but at least the guys over at Polenar Tactical have put together the humorous video below to buoy our spirits in these trying times:
P.P.S. Since I will shortly be in the market for some more ammo, it’s also worth taking a look at the new edition of their weekly price rundown.