Awesome News On The Arm Brace

The idea that the pistol brace is NOT a shoulder stock and the BATFE has NEVER considered it as one….but you could MAKE it a shoulder stock by shouldering it is insane.

Using the blade of a knife to tighten a screw does NOT make your knife a screw-driver….and conversely putting a key ring on a switchblade doesn’t protect you from places that ban such things because your spring-activated knife isn’t a “Switchblade” its a “Novelty Key chain!”.

Also let’s talk about the elephant in the room. People have been shouldering these things no matter what the ATF has said. People are using these as a work-around for Short barreled rifle builds….and there should be nothing wrong with that because there is SO much wrong with the definition and regulation of Short Barreled rifles and shotguns.

The only reason this crap exists is because the NFA originally controlled ALL firearms but conventional rifles and shotguns. Yep, if the anti-rights forces had their way it would cost you $200 and 6+ months of your life to buy a REVOLVER!!! And everything but what we now consider a standard “Rifle” or “Shotgun” would be registered by the NFA.

That foolish idea died the death it deserved, but when the antis were trying to ban all handguns by cost (Remember back then a decent revolver was around $25), they needed to define handguns from rifles and shotguns, so the idea of a “Concealable” rifle or shotgun became a restricted weapon.

It DOES make sense if handguns are heavily restricted….but in a world where your carry gun can be a .460 S&W Magnum, or an AR-15 Pistol, or a Taurus Judge loaded with buckshot, it is VERY VERY stupid.

Also paired with a good suppressor, a short AR-15 (no matter how it’s classified) makes for an AMAZING home defense weapon, as 5.56 bullets are prone to tumble and fragment when it hits any resistance, meaning it penetrates building materials less than the ubiquitous 12 gauge buckshot.

Of course the idea that suppressors are also restricted is also foolish, and anybody who tries to claim that noise moderators should be restricted or illegal, suggest to them that car horns should be set at a legal minimum of 150 dB.

The idea that “Guns should be loud” makes sense until you realize that they are so loud that you can damage your hearing for life if you accidentally are near a gunshot in close proximity with no ear protection.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 140

EP140 GunBlog VarietyCast – Going to NRAAM 2017

There’s no yellow brick road, but be sure to follow the GBVC cast at NRAAM!

Beth is still going to NRAAM… but the USCCA is not. Beth tells us how the NRA dis-invited them.
Some relationships are fiery; this one ends in arson. Who lit the fire? Sean takes a look.
Barron is on assignment this week.
Discretion is the better part of valor, and so Miguel reminds you to pick your fights lest you get in over your head.
In the Main Topic, Sean and Erin talk about concealed carry handguns as Personal Protective Equipment.
Tiffany is on assignment this week.
Friend of the show Sarah Cade asked Erin, “How do you find your family members in an emergency?” Erin has some ideas.
For some reason, family members seem to get upset when their criminal spawn get shot! Weer’d brings us the grandfather of one of the home invaders killed in Oklahoma.
And our plug of the week is NRAAM 2017. Follow us on Instagram!

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support

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Instant Pot Risotto

Holy CRAP this is MAGIC!

So I’ve made Risotto before. It’s not HARD to make, as even when I didn’t know what I was doing, I’ve never made a bad batch of it. It’s just FIDDLY.

How you generally You’d make it similar to this.

You cook some onions and garlic in butter, heat up your rice in that sauce, then SLOWLY spoon in a mixture of warm wine and chicken stock one spoon at at time, as not to saturate the rice. It takes a bit of time, and you’re over the hot stove the WHOLE time. It’s delicious, and its not like you’re stirring rice ALL day, but an hour or so over a hot stove with no breaks is pretty tedious.

Enter the Instant Pot. I heard you could make Risotto, and I was skeptical, but the people of The Squirrel Report assured me that it indeed worked.

We all know “Worked” is subjective….would this be as good as slaving over a stove top?

So I found this recipe that sounded good enough. Here’s a video if you want to watch it go down

And then I did a REALLY stupid thing I didn’t follow the recipe. See when we have Risotto, we make a meal of it rather than a starchy side, and I was on a mission as we had leftover ham from Easter.

So here’s what I did:

2 tablespoons butter
1 Small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 Pound of Diced ham
1 1/3 cups arborio rice
1/2 cup dry vermouth
3 cups chicken broth
8oz frozen chopped okra (peas if that’s too off the reservation for you)
1 cups shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

Saute the onion in the instant pot until it’s translucent, then stir in the garlic and ham. Once that’s warmed through add the rice and stir to coat and warm it up.
Then add 1/2 cup of dry vermouth (you can use any dry white wine, but boy this added a good flavor, plus if you know me, I use more Vermouth in my house than any other wine!) and 1/2 cup of the chicken stock. Stir until the liquid has been completely adsorbed by the rice. After this you can add the remainder of the stock, as well as the chopped okra and half the cheese. (Okra works AMAZINGLY in the dish, but the ham risotto recipe I’m adapting it from called for peas, and I tired on a whim with okra once, and never looked back….asparagus also works)

Put the instant pot on high pressure for 9 mins. AND THEN YOU JUST SIT DOWN! This recipe allows for a quick release of the pressure.

Even with my adaptation it came out PERFECT! Like PERFECT, and it was so much easier.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 139

EP138 GunBlog VarietyCast – Beth, What Is Best In Life?

By Crom, what a podcast!
The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo is worth several shows. This week, Beth tells us what some of the women in the firearms industry have to say.
It’s a complicated storyline in this week’s Felons Behaving Badly, but the characters are much the same as they always are. Sean gives you their backstories.
Barron is on assignment this week.
Are you a snob? Miguel has a few words for you.
In the Main Topic, Sean and Erin explore why no one is talking about that school shooting in San Bernardino last week.
Are you a parent? Do you have responsibility for others? Tiffany brings us an interview with Melody Lauer who, along with John Johnston, teaches the Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent course.
Erin wants you to bury your stuff. Safely. For reasons.
From the “You can’t make this stuff up” files, Weer’d brings you an interview with Moxie Cotton, a drag queen who will be helping school kids film a “gun violence documentary. Seriously.
And our plug of the week is “Concealed Carry is Herd Immunity Against Crime” shirts by our very own Erin!
Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 137

EP137 GunBlog VarietyCast – You Keep Using That Word
The media being inaccurate or having an agenda? Inconceivable!

You think shooting a gun is a hair-raising experience? Beth suggests you try trimming a baby’s nails. If you can do that, maybe shooting isn’t so scary after all!
What kind of person shoots his girlfriend to death outside of her home? Sean takes a closer look.
Barron is on assignment this week, but in his place we welcome back Miguel in the inaugural episode of his new segment The Flea Market of Ideas. Miguel talks about less-lethal options for dealing with Antifa mobs.
In the Main Topic, Sean and Erin commiserate about the total misuse of the phrase “Stand Your Ground” in the media.
As promised last week, Tiffany tells us all about her trip to Germany to speak before the World Forum on Shooting Activities.
Last week Erin told you what emergency trauma equipment you’d need to keep people alive until the professional rescuers got there. Well what are you going to do if rescue isn’t coming? Listen and find out.
We give them our tax dollars, but what does NPR do with them? Weer’d shows us that they don’t try really hard to be objective.
And our plug of the week is Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series, the books that inspired the Russell Crowe movie, “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World.”

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 136

EP136 GunBlog VarietyCast – Vault 7 Sorcery, REEEEing Ted Cruz, and Perfidious Senators

“To Wikileak” is apparently a verb now.

How can you run afoul of the TSA? Beth counts the ways.
Who is so bad that even his Mom turns on him? Sean looks at the crime, and the criminal, to find the answer.
Barron is back, and he brought a Sorcerer to talk about the Wikileaked Vault 7
In the Main Topic, Sean and Erin remind people that they don’t own the culture. Ted Cruz is allowed to be a geek too.
Tiffany screamed herself almost hoarse at the 19th annual Tactical Conference, and she’s back to tell us about it.
Sure, you have a blowout kit on your belt, but what about for traumatic injury at home? Erin tells you what to put inside your at-home kit.
You’ve heard of the NRA A-rated politician from Florida who turned her back on gun owners? Weer’d puts her interview through a Patented Weer’d Audio Fiskā„¢.
And our plug of the week is Mike Leon’s book Rated R (The Postmodern Adventures of Kill Team One Book 1)

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 135

EP135 GunBlog VarietyCast – The Spotlight Effect

-What’s it like to be a woman in the firearms industry? Beth tells us about how she has to prove herself every day.
-A fire, a fire extinguisher, and a knife are the what; Sean takes a closer look at the who.
-Barron is on assignment and will return soon.
-In the Main Topic, Sean and Erin talk about getting over that feeling that EVERYONE is watching you as you learn to carry concealed.
-Tiffany is on assignment and will return next week.
-We know there’s no reason to read them, but Erin says that newspapers actually still have uses.
-He’s half of the “Armed with Reason” duo, and as Weer’d will show, he’s not any more intelligent or reasonable in audio form than he is in print.
-And our plug of the week is the Striker Control Device, aka the Glock Gadget.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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When Mixology Takes Flight

So I went and did something interesting. I bought a set of tiny cocktail glasses!

Why would I do such a thing? FLIGHTS!

What is a flight? In bartending talk a flight is a bunch of small servings in lieu of one full-size one. This could be a row of small shot glasses, some tiny pony cups of beer, or some miniature cocktails.

Why do that? Well they don’t all have the same stuff in them! Think of it as Tapas Dining for your drink! You can have a few tiny drinks instead of one big drink…..or a few big drinks and be totally inebriated. better yet if you have a lot of drinks in your repertoire, and have started thinking of mixology on a conceptual level, you can make a flight of drinks a composition in its own light!

Let me show you some of the drinks I’ve made!

So there you have up front a Manhattan, a Dry Martini , and behind them the Martinez which if watch the linked video, can be argued is a common ancestor of both. Drinking them together can let you see things differently than drinking them separately. And with little glasses you get the proper look and feel of a full-size drink, but you can toss back three of them and not be much worse off than having just one.

Also for these a good Jigger is a must, as making a tiny drink means lots of little measurements.

Also if you ever were classically trained in music, one of the ways you could show your true skill is to play a fast song at a very slow tempo. (When all the notes are sustained, any mistake becomes glaring) this is also a cool way to show off your mixing skills. If you can scale down a drink, and make it taste as good as a big drink, you have precision as a mixer!

Here’s more of a James Bond theme. Granted I don’t really much care for Bond’s taste in Martini. All of these drinks are stirred, they are from left-to-right a Dry Martini, a Vesper which I developed from the text of Casino Royal, and a Vodka Martini, tho since I don’t do vodka martinis, this one is made with black pepper flavored vodka for some more character.

OK I like Martinis! These are all super dry drinks. The Dry Martini (Can you tell what my all-time favorite cocktail is?), a “Taquini” (Awesome, somebody besides me is talking about this) and a Cocktail I don’t think there is a name for, which is Dry Sherry, and Aquavit. This trio is very much for your savory pallet.

No martinis here! This one is all very similar drinks but with some minor changes. A Gimlet a Margarita and a Daiquiri , They are generally the same drink, just using Gin, Tequila, and Rum with simple syrup and lime. Of course I substituted the syrup for St Elder liqueur in the Gimlet and Margarita, and Orgeat in the Daiquiri, and Lavender Bitters, Celery Bitters, and Orange Bitter respectively.

This was surprisingly interesting in how strongly they can be different, yet so the same.

Last was something that looked really pretty

More martinis, but these have a little color to them. The Pinkish is a New Orleans Dry Martini, which is simply a dry martini with some Peychaud’s Bitters and a dash of absinthe (tho I use Pernod), the Yellow Green, and Blue are the same drink, but with one substitution. Both are 3 parts gin 1 part Lillet Blanc and one part either blue Curacao, or Green Chartreuse.

These glasses also make a great way to mix a drink to a novice who doesn’t exactly know what they like. The Libby brand glasses I bought are both reasonably priced, and very good quality!

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 134

EP132 GunBlog VarietyCast – Condiments and Cutlery
In Mordor on the Potomac, only criminals can carry guns.

People are so fixated on being “Nice” that Beth thinks they’ve lost sight of the real goal: being Good.
When a suspect ends an hour-long standoff by shooting himself, is that a good resolution? Sean tells you who the suspect was so you can decide for yourself.
Barron is on assignment and will return soon.
In the Main Topic, Erin tells us about her trip to Maryland Shall Issue.
Tiffany is on assignment and will return next week.
It’s good for your tea and it’s good for hypoglycemia – Erin tells you about honey in your EDC.
When someone tries to open an indoor gun range in Northern New Jersey, the anti-gun nuts lose their minds. Join Weer’d as he listens to their proposed “Reasonable” restrictions.
And our plug of the week is for War Stories Podcast.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Thank You Internet

I’m so glad there are people on the internet making videos JUST for m!

God I love these videos! And they fit so much into such a small run time!

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