Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 069: The Crazy Years

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss some of the crazy news in the 2nd Amendment;
  • Weer’d brings us Part 2 of his 60 Minutes audio fisk, wherein they claim that the AR-15 is “the Choice of Spree Killers”;
  • and Egghead teaches us how to convert an AM radio into a shortwave receiver on the cheap.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:  

 

Weer’d Audio Fisk

 

 

General Purpose Egghead

 

 

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A Tinfoil Hat Made Out of Copper

So on the Facebook I was targeted for an ad from this company

So for those that don’t know, since the Volstead Act Distilling spirits has been illegal. When the 21st Amendment was added to the Constitution the ATF (Which was created to catch bootleggers illegally selling alcohol) started taxing producers by requiring licenses.

Now I have a C&R FFL, which allows me as a collector to have some of the powers of a commercial FFL, and of course lots of limitations so that I’m not acting like a gun shop without having the proper license. It’s also totally ok for you to ferment your own beer, wine, mead, ect at home so long as its for your own personal use and never for sale.

But I really don’t drink much beer or wine, I like spirits, is there a license where I could buy a modest copper pot still like that one and turn home made beer into whiskey, or wine into brandy?

No, no there isn’t.

As a matter of fact it is ILLEGAL to have a still in a residential area (I’m not sure if it’s mere possession of the still, or is it operation….knowing the ATF I suspect it’s possession) so if you want to pay for a commercial license you need to establish that distillery in a commercially zoned area. So even if I wanted to dump the cash for a full license…..either FFL or for distilling, I can’t unless I open a commercial property.

Furthermore their FAQ has NO information about this!

I think what puts a bow on it is this line:

Absolutely FREE shipping and FREE returns, if needed. Street address required. Still cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes – they don’t fit!

Maybe I’m paranoid now. Yeah, even a small pot still won’t fit in a PO Box…..but it’s also not the place to send the ATF SWAT team to arrest you. Is this just an elaborate Sting?

I’m not taking the bait.

**UPDATE**

Found this on their Youtube Chanel:

Either this is a MUCH more targeted STING than a simple Phishing Trap, or the guy in the video is documenting his felonies and ignorance of the law for all to see.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 068: Number .223 With a Bullet

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In This Episode:

  • Erin prepares for Hurricane Dorian while Weer’d talks violence in the news;
  • David tells you how to turn melted lead into bullets;
  • and Weer’d fisks 60 Minutes‘ breathless take on the 5.56mm cartridge.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:  

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Weer’d Audio Fisk:

 

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You Don’t Need a Firearm, Just use a Taser

This is one of those debate points I have with people who aren’t really anti-gun, but just REALLY Don’t like guns and would rather there be less of them out there. They see the videos where tasers are deployed and they work like a charm, and say “Why do you need a gun when you could get one of those?”

It’s a valid argument. Of course when we see Tasers WORK it’s generally in a law enforcement environment, so when the person is on the ground, officers jump in and handcuff the suspect. They do this because it isn’t long before the effects wear off and the lethal threat you just took down is now a lethal threat again.

But that’s if everything goes perfectly. Here’s an example where it REALLY Doesn’t.

I lost count of how many tasers were deployed, some missed, but SEVERAL hit. Generally the word is if one barb misses nothing works, and if one barb hits but fails to penetrate the skin if also fails, so you often see people wearing heavy coats shrug off a taser, but this jerk was wearing just jeans and a t-Shirt. Plus given how many bean bag rounds from the shotgun he soaked up, this was a battle to the death, and frankly I’m not displeased he was the one who died.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast EP 067: Round Table vs. Dumb Gun Laws

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In This Episode:

Erin, David, Oddball, and Weer’d discuss the currently proposed anti-gun laws and why they are so stupid, why you shouldn’t trust the media, and a number of other digressions.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 066: Return of the Weer’d

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In This Episode:

  • Weer’d is back from vacation! Hear where he went and what he did, and the various problems Erin had with editing the podcast in his absence;
  • Egghead explains why financial prepping is necessary despite being unsexy;
  • David tells us how to cast your own bullets;
  • and guest Sean Sorrentino details why you’re making the wrong argument against red flag laws.

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Show Notes

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

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Wind and Solar: A Real-World Observation

So this is one of those obvious things I see in the world,  but I’ve been having a hard time explaining it to people.

The Observation: Wind and Solar Power Suck, and will never amount to anything in our infrastructure.

The push back I always get is “Well it isn’t great now, but we’ll make some advancements, right?”

No, never, then I try to make an analogy that they fail to grasp and it goes down hill from there.

But I had an epiphany while doing the laundry. Yes, the laundry, and not just any laundry, my wife’s delicates.

See, Mrs. Weer’d has laundry that is made from spun angel hair, or the down from baby frogs and other such materials that just can’t be cleaned in normal ways. They aren’t “Dry Clean Only”, but we have a special hamper where she puts that stuff in.

How do I clean these magical things? Well step one is to dial back the washing machine to “Delicate” so it beat them to death like the rags I wear, and that setting will only dispense cold water so no delicate fabrics will shrink, and no colors will run.

Step two: Line dry only. This part SUCKS in the winter, I have racks I set up and it generally takes all day for the bastards to dry. But in the warm months it’s not bad, I have a clothes line that I hang them out in, and generally they’re dry in a few hours.

See today I was noting that it wasn’t terribly hot or sunny, but it’s retentively dry out, and there was a nice stiff breeze blowing….. EUREKA! WIND AND SOLAR!

My issue with wind and solar is not the technology, it’s the medium. Wind and solar just aren’t violent things, it’s energy for sure, but nothing compared to say the force of water dropping several hundred feet, or a raging fire generating steam.

Think about it, when I wash my clothes, I can just pitch them in the dryer and set that sucker on “Max” and I have dry clothes in 20 mins. think about it, a clothes dryer is simply a small gas fire on a rotating drum. There’s air flow and agitation too, but honestly that feature is mostly there so it doesn’t catch the clothes on fire. It’s so violent that it drys clothes in a fraction of the time, and might damage more delicate clothes. Oh and my gas-fired dryer costs pennies to run. Cheap, easy, and efficient power.

Now I’m not AGAINST wind and solar, I hang out my laundry in the summer because it costs nothing to dry vs Pennies, and what do I care if my clothes aren’t dry in 20 mins. So if there is a cheap solar or wind system that I can put up to make even a little bit of power on my house for free, I’m cool with that.

Except wind and solar isn’t cheap, in fact it’s really fucking expensive, and it simply can’t keep up with the types of power we use RIGHT NOW, and until we live in a planet where stepping out on a windy or sunny day is as dangerous as jumping off Hoover dam, or standing on a pile of burning garbage, it never will compete.

There is energy there, but frankly it just isn’t very much.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 064: Erin is Captain Now

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In This Episode:

Weer’d is on vacation in Ireland, so Erin takes over the ship (“Look at me. LOOK AT ME. I’m the Captain now.”) and enlists ACP contributor Egghead to be her Cabin Boy for the show.

  • Erin and Egghead discuss two very surprising Tweets that address mass shootings in unexpected ways;
  • David tells us what gear we need to avoid doing the Hot Brass Dance;
  • Egghead reviews the CountyComm GP-5 General Purpose Radio for both Ham operators and preppers;
  • and Trunk Monkey Steve tells us how he keeps his Ninja Wagon up and running in Tales from the Trunk.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

General Purpose Egghead

 

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 063: Circuses and Monkeys

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the return of Cam & Company and some of the recent developments at the NRA, specifically the consolidation of power by Wayne La Pierre;
  • Egghead reviews the Niteforce P12 flashlight;
  • Oddball explains the pros and cons of different knife handle materials;
  • and Weer’d brings us an interview with Jake Skillett of VonBernd K-9 Training.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

General Purpose Egghead

Oddball’s Corner Pocket

Jake Skillett

 

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 062: A Case of the Sillies

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d giggle a lot;
  • David brings us some tales of humor and woe from his job as a firearms trainer;
  • The Egghead reviews the Thyrm Switchback flashlight accessory;
  • In part two of his interview with Logan Metesh of High Caliber History, Weer’d and Logan discuss the Pederson Device;
  • and Steve brings us a little snapshot on what a Monday afternoon looks like for a private investigator.

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Show Notes

Egghead

High Caliber History

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