Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 158: Put a Thumb in It

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the controversy of Chris Cheng’s appearance on the cover of Recoil Magazine, and Recoil’s amazing response to complaints;
  • Xander brings us his independent Thoughts on Mark Serbu’s breakdown of Kentucky Ballistics’ blown-up RN-50 rifle;
  • David gives his thoughts on the ammo shortage and some of the potential causes for it;
  • and Weer’d sits down again with Tom Kubiniec of SecureIt Tactical, who shares some of his thoughts on college.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Independent Thoughts with Xander Opal:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Interview Tom Kubiniec:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 157: Whole Lotta Geekin’ Goin’ On

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the recent Federal Court ruling on California’s Assault Weapon Ban by judge Roger Benitez, as well as the ATF’s proposed reclassification of pistols with stabilizing braces;
  • Xander brings us his Independent Thoughts on Gun Geekery and how it’s perceived by less experienced people;
  • David gives us a deep dive on the history of the striker-fired pistol;
  • and Weer’d sits down with Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons again, this time to talk about the origins of his company Headstamp Publishing.

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Main Topic:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Ian McCollum interview:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 156: The Oblate Spheroid Table

In This Episode:

Erin and Weer’d are Joined by Oddball, David, Xander, and Adrian for a Round Table episode where we discuss:

  • Being a good ambassador for the Second Amendment;
  • David Chipman’s Senate hearing for ATF Director;
  • Several recent shootings;
  • A story where an armed teacher saved the day
  • And Ian McCollum’s wildly successful Kickstarter Campaign for his book Pistols of the Warlords;
  • Plus the usual unscripted shenanigans!

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 155: A Whole Lotta News

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss a bunch of news stories:
    • Leo Prinsloo, the driver of South African dashcam fame, gives his account of the harrowing attack on his transport vehicle;
    • Texas gets Constitutional Carry;
    • March For Our Lives activists cry some more as the media has topped giving them attention;
    • the Congressional hearing for anti-gun lobbyist David Chipman as ATF Director has been scheduled;
    • and we review an attempted spree killing that was stopped by a good man with a gun.
  • Next, Xander brings us his Independent thoughts on the Mark McCloskey campaign video;
  • and finally, Weer’d interviews Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons and Headstamp Publishing about his latest book, Pistols of the Warlords.

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Main Topic:

Independent Thoughts with Xander Opal:

Ian McCollum interview:

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Contact Your Senators in Opposition to David Chipman as ATF Director

I’ve been asked to put some of my thoughts for distribution and inspiration for people to let their voices be heard about David Chipman, who was nominated for ATF Director by President Joe Biden.

There are some aspects of Mr. Chipman’s career that should bring pause to anyone, such as his testimony in support of the ATF Raid in Waco Texas, as well as the lies he later told about that raid. I think the greatest cause for concern about this nominee is his work AFTER he retired from the agency.

In 2012 Chipman began working with Michael Bloomberg in his anti-gun corporate lobby group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization Bloomberg would eventually rename Everytown for Gun Safety. This In that time he worked with the group to advocate Assault Weapons Bans, Universal Background checks, Red Flag Laws, Preemptive local gun restrictions, and many other restrictions on our freedoms.

In 2013 he became a salesman and Lobbyist for Shot Spotter, the urban technology that claims to be able to identify gun shots and help Law Enforcement make arrests and lower “Gun Violence”. It appears that this company’s claims might be a bit overblown .

After Shot Spotter he settled into his most recent job, a Lobbyist and advisor to the Giffords Anti-Gun Lobby group. Giffords was founded as “Americans for Responsible Solutions” by now Senator Mark Kelly. The Group failed to gain much traction until they partnered with Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Changed the name to “Giffords” after Mark Kelly’s wife Representative Gabby Giffords, who was severely disabled in an attempted assassination.

While working for Giffords Chipman Lobbied for the Assault Weapons Bans, Red Flag Laws, and Background Checks he did when working directly for Michael Bloomberg, but also home-made firearms he labels “Ghost Guns”, and to end the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms act that was enacted when the Clinton Administration attempted to bankrupt the domestic firearms and Ammunition industry by filing endless frivolous lawsuits.

David Chipman is nothing short than a direct enemy to the Second Amendment, and has supported every form of gun control that has existed in this country. If you, or your Representatives support the Right to Keep and Bear Arms there IS no other answer than to vote against confirmation.

But what if your Representation has been Hostile to the Second Amendment? I would direct you to the letter I sent to my Senator, Elizabeth Warren:

Dear Senator Warren,
I’m writing to inform you of my opposition to David Chipman as Director of the ATF. While agent Chipman did serve honorably in the ATF as a special agent, his resume is tarnished, in my opinion, after his retirement from agency. After serving with the ATF Agent Chipman began working as a lobbyist for several corporations. The first was Everytown for Gun Safety, which is directly owned by Michael Bloomberg. I will take this moment to praise your standing up to Mr. Bloomberg on the Debate stage last year. Then he worked for the Shot-spotter corporation working to sell high-dollar propitiatory hardware to major US Cities. Finally he is currently employed by The Giffords group, which was founded by Now Senator Mark Kelly, and this group is closely aligned both politically and financially with Michael Bloomberg.
I feel that these corporate connections bring Mr. Chipman’s objectivity in question. Will he work to help the agency and the American people, or to the corporate interests who elevated him to this nomination. I hope you take these factors into consideration during the upcoming confirmation hearing.
Thank you!

While Senator Warren, and many other Senators might not hold reverence to the right to keep and bear arms, they MAY share my skepticism of a professional lobbyist and activist being the head of the ATF, especially when Said Activist has worked with a man who has been labeled as a Pariah to the Democrat party, as well as many human decencies as Michael Bloomberg.

So no matter who your Senator is, Start drafting letters! You may use this post as a template, but you should make any correspondence your own because form letters speak against grass roots support. Supporters of the Second Amendment should oppose Chipman because he is an anti-gun prohibitionist, plain and simple and he will actively work against our rights as ATF director. Those who might not support the Second Amendment as strongly should oppose him for his life as a lobbyist for corporate special interests, and Michael Bloomberg.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 154: A 9-0 Supreme Court Decision? In Favor of Gun Rights???

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the latest Supreme Court case involving gun rights, and yes it went 9-0 in our favor!
  • Both the ATF ruling on receiver definition and David Chipman’s confirmation hearing as ATF director has yet to materialize.  Is the Biden Administration even prioritizing gun control?
  • A question was asked: How could Bill Maher could be fully vaccinated, yet test positive for COVID-19? Weer’d talks about what PCR is and how this might be possible.
  • Xander gives us his Independent Thoughts on food prep and impulse buying.
  • David talks about Pistol Caliber Carbines.
  • Finally, Matt from Geeks, Gadgets and Guns gives us some survival tips for the open road.

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Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 153: The ATF Plays Calvinball

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss both an amazingly tone-deaf statement by a politician before exploring the new ATF Memo about re-defining what constitutes a legal firearm;
  • Xander lists his Independent Thoughts on the importance of friendship when it comes to prepping;
  • David talks about some misconceptions common to new or uninitiated shooters pertaining to firearms;
  • finally, Weer’d interviews Tom Kubiniec of SecureIt Tactical about how he came to be the CEO of a gun safe company when he started as a professional guitar player.

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Tom Kubiniec Interview:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 152: The Worst Victims to Select

In This Episode:

  • Erin talks about Operation Blazing Sword – Pink Pistols joining the Second Amendment Foundation in an Amicus Brief for New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett;
  • Weer’d explores a Newsweek article lamenting that Gun Control has lost the support or 18-30 year olds;
  • Then Erin & Weer’d discuss a few videos where would-be thieves make poor choices in the victim selection process.
  • Next, Xander brings us his Independent thoughts on events where warnings of great tragedy weren’t heeded;
  • and finally, Weer’d interviews Tom Kubiniec of Secure it Tactical on what makes a good gun safe.

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Xander’s Independent Thoughts:

Tom Kubiniec Interview:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 151: CRY SOME MORE!

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d talk about an editorial written by yet another gun prohibitionist in deep despair, and then discuss the leaked ATF Document which shows just how ridiculous the current administration’s attack on 80% kits is becoming.
  • Also, the US Supreme Court will again hear a Second Amendment case!
  • Weer’d Brings us a fisk whereine Brady Campaign encourages a minor to commit multiple felonies;
  • Xander celebrates his one-year anniversary on the show with some reflections on guns and the 2A Community;
  • and finally, David gives through instructions on how to inspect a used revolver for purchase.

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Weer’d Audio Fisk:

Independent Thoughts with Xander:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

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Fixing up an Old Cast Iron

I LOVE cooking on cast iron.   There are some recipes I use a steel pan, other I use aluminum,   but if it CAN be cooked in cast iron,  I want it cooked in cast iron.

If you price out cast iron cookware you’ll find even the cheap stuff is 2-10x the price of a similar non-stick skillet.     BUT if you go to yardsales,  antique shops, and thrift shops, you can find some pieces that have fallen out of love.

I grabbed this one at a local thrift store,  you can see the tag was $8.99…..and since I gave them some old clothes and puzzles my wife had finished so I got a discount!

As you can see,  it has fallen on hard times.   The brand is “Delmonico’s”    I can’t find much about this brand online,  but I assume its relatively new,  and the rust is VERY superficial.    Still when I saw this pan there was a woman right in front of me….she looked at it, and I THOUGHT she might take it,  but she passed,  because most people will think this is a lost cause, and it is VERY far from it.

So first up I’ll defer to Kent Rollins because he has more experience than me.

So this one has the newer feel to the cook surface, it’s SLIGHTLY pebbly, it feels a little bit like fine leather rather than the hood of a car. I didn’t take any effort to smooth out the surface, I might change my mind, we’ll see. I DO know you can take it too far

Still step one is to get this pan down to bare metal so I can get that rust off, and make sure it has a proper seasoning. Clearly the last owner did NOT love it the right way, so I don’t trust ANYTHING on this pan. My preferred method is to toss it in the oven and run a cleaning cycle. This gets the oven SCREAMING hot for a long time. My oven goes up to 550 degrees, and I suspect cleaning is hotter than that. After the cleaning cycle this is what you have.

Note that dull grey color. That’s the bare Iron. Since it isn’t stainless it IMMEDIATELY starts to rust, but that rust layer, as well as the rust that was already on the pan is now VERY loose. Once it’s cooled so that water doesn’t boil off the surface of it, you can hit it with soap and water and scrubbing pads. I even took some steel wool to it just to get off as much of the ash and rust. This is the ONE time when it’s GOOD to use soap on cast iron.

Once it’s clean I hit it with some white vinegar to inhibit rust, rinsed it with water, then put it on the burner to heat-dry it. with the iron dry, I used a rag to coat it with a generous quantity of oil, and put it back in the oven, this time set to 400 degrees. Remember cover EVERYTHING with oil. Top, bottom, sides, and handles. You can use any edible oil or grease. I used canola, but you could use lard, shortening, avocado oil, peanut oil. Just ideally something with a high smoke point.

For this step I like to put a baking sheet under it, and put the pan in upside down so that excess oil can drip off the cooking surface. I let the pan bake for about 45-min to an hour. Then I take it out and re-season it. I like to do this at LEAST three times, but today I did it four.

There’s the family. The two other skillets are heirlooms. The 10″ belonged to my Wife’s Grand Mother, and very possibly her Great Grandmother, the 4″ belonged to the mother of a family friend. The fried passed away last year and he was in his mid 90s, so I’m fairly confident both skillets are over 100 years old. The square pan I got at the same thrift store for IIRC $7, and it, like the two skillets aren’t branded, so it also might be quite old. The 12″ Delmonico is likely much newer, but it should last just as long, it’s nice and heavy. You’ll note the more bronze color on the Delmonico, that’s simply because the seasoning is new. As I cook on it it’ll darken to the jet-black of the others (Actually the square pan has only been used a few times since I seasoned it, so it’s also a little ruddy still). While it has this gold color I won’t cook anything acidic (like tomatoes or fruit) or anything you cook on a dry skillet like flatbreads, at least until that coating is a little thicker and harder.
I plan on cooking a steak on it tonight!

Hope you found this fun and interesting, and let me know if you’ve saved some old Iron that was orphaned!

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