Bad Marketing

So at SHOT Show this happened:

Their hostility was because of THIS train wreck of an interview:

The Reformation was a bit of football bat, but I LIKED what it was doing, but FA was answering a question that nobody asked, and with that you need a GOOD pitch…and they didn’t have one, and I would argue one DOES exist.

Now I will note that their new Providence is REALLY fucking cool.

Looks like a double-action revolver type action put around a Pistol Caliber Carbine. Great idea, and given that my 10-shot revolver isn’t considered some sort of “Assault Weapon” I suspect they have a good idea.

And I will note that from the “Evil” Boys at In-Range came this coverage:

Now that Volleyfire seems like a complete gimmick….but all points made in this video are good ones…..Franklin is making enemies when they don’t need to IMHO.

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Reminds Me of a Few People

I am fucking addicted to Don Shipley’s videos.   There I said it,  and I swear I’m going to sling Dan some money on his subscription service.

So whenever I have a chance I watch his videos. I just finished this one:

Boy that shitbag reminds me of a few dicks who harassed me back during the golden years of Blogging. I’m sad that blogging is kinda dead, but I’m not sad that the parasites that clung to it are also gone.

Just curious I looked him up, because the housing development looks kinda like where my Father-in-Law lives…..turns out all the housing developments look like that, and I’ve never even been near that jerk’s house.

But my quick search pulled up some VERY interesting results.

An unusual copyright infringement lawsuit–that included outlandish claims of terrorist plots and child pornography from a national veterans group, and drew a counterclaim for libel and defamation–may have come to a sudden, and tragic, end when its embattled plaintiff died in a plane crash only days after his release from jail.

Daniel A. Bernath, 68, of Fort Myers was killed in the Jan. 22 crash. According to a Fort Myers News-Press report. Bernath’s two-seat Vans RV-12 airplane crashed in a wooded area of Bonita Springs.

Described by the website Oregonlive as a Social Security lawyer, Bernath’s prior troubles included a reported scuffle in an elevator with a judge in Portland, Oregon, in 2010.

In 2015, Bernath filed a copyright-infringement suit against Mark Cameron Seavey, later amending the complaint to include the infliction of emotional distress. Seavey, an inactive attorney and media specialist, blogger and reporter for the American Legion, answered that suit by filing a claim against Bernath alleging libel and defamation.

The lawsuit against Mr. Seavey is one of the things he’s babbling about in the video….It turned out as well as anybody would expect.

On Dec. 27, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida awarded Seavey $500,000, special damages of $135,000 and attorney fees of $195,000. The American Legion was awarded $300,000 in general and punitive damages. The total amount was approximately $1.3 million.

Bernath filed an appeal Jan. 8 even though he had been incarcerated since September in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was released from custody just a few days before his death.

Yep he lost, and he was in Jail because the Shipley’s filed a restraining order against him, which he violated.

So yeah, he’s Dead, and I must say, that doesn’t upset me a bit, as every news report on his death seems to lead with what an abject piece of shit he was. FYI people this is the whole point of life, make for a good Eulogy when you go, because in the end that’s all you have….and Dan Bernath sure fucked that up.

Still as a Gun Blogger I MUST dive a bit into some things in my wheelhouse for this.

#1. Even though he was ON VIDEO, and Mr. Shipley was in constant contact with the Sheriff, it doesn’t sound like he was charged with illegally open carrying a firearm. (I’ll note that 90% of the video he’s on his private property with the holstered weapon, but on several occasions he steps into the streets, and it appears he’s still packing the rod when he goes for his random bike ride. I would assume with Mr. Bernath’s long history of crazy lawsuits, the local constabulary wasn’t interested in booking him on a lesser charge….

#2. Anti-gun nuts claim that we need to revoke permits for all sorts of minor crimes for public good, yet this guy who is a CLEAR nut still had access to an AIRCRAFT! He parked that plane on a GOLF COURSE in the middle of the day in Florida. It’s pure luck he didn’t kill anybody.

Also I REALLY have to wonder if his mental state had ANYTHING to do with that crash.

Either way, I’m glad to read that news, monsters like him cause a lot of trouble and a LOT of sleepless nights to good people.

**UPDATE** I found this news report…sounds like his cheese slipped off his cracker

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 039: Back on the Defense

Hello Internet!

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the Universal Background Check and Assault Weapons Bills in the House and Senate;
  • Oddball talks about how to deal with the inevitable rust on your knife;
  • Weer’d explains what the Dickey Amendment is, what it does, and what it doesn’t do in a Patented Weer’d Audio fisk;
  • Egghead starts a series on his favorite rifles,  the AR-10 pattern, and gives some of the history and innovation of the gun;
  • and David gives us another segment on carry,  this time focusing on methods targeted for women.

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Gun Death: Cambridge

So this story is all over the local news

It has been more than a week since 60-year-old Paul Wilson was found dead inside Danehy Park in Cambridge and investigators are still looking for clues.

District Attorney Marian Ryan and police spoke about the case at a community meeting at the Andrew Peabody School Thursday night. They said authorities are still unsure whether the attack was planned. Investigators have not identified a possible motive.

“We have no information at this point that suggests it was other than random,” Ryan said to a crowd of more than 150 people, according to The Boston Globe.

…Police found Wilson suffering from “blunt force trauma to his head,” Ryan said. He was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 10:18 p.m.

Wilson was 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and often traveled through the park to get to and from work, police said. Police do not believe Wilson was robbed because he had multiple possessions on him when emergency responders found him.

It’s a very strange case, man walks to work every day through a public park (something very similar to a commute I once had) and one night when walking home some monster came and caved his head in.

Of course Cambridge and neighboring Boston it is all but impossible for people with political connections to get a carry permit, hey but no gun was used, so no “Gun Death”.

Also given that it has been so long and there aren’t any leads, I have my doubt the monster that did it will ever be caught….at least until they decide to prey on their fellow man. But why would you need a gun in a City and State with such good gun laws, right?

Also nearly unrelated, when looking up the story to cite Google also gave me this story, not from Cambridge Massachusetts, but Cambridgeshire England

A thug who nearly decapitated a dementia sufferer with a rake is a child killer living under a pseudonym, it’s emerged.

Stephen Chafer was just 17 when he sexually assaulted and stabbed to death three-year-old Lorraine Holt.

He was jailed for life but the Parole Board has been condemned this week for giving him to chance to reoffend.

The dad, now known as Stephen Leonard, was released from jail after 23 years in 2002, returned to prison in 2013 for arson – but then released again on licence in 2017.

And this month Chafer was convicted of trying to kill Fay Mills, a 60-year-old dementia sufferer, in Peterborough in another frenzied attack in a row over garden tools.

So this piece of shit rapes and murders (note with a knife, not a gun) a Three-year-old girl, and gets life in Prison….but is released at age 40 (my age, so one can argue still in his prime), and within a year is sent BACK to prison for Arson.

And what boggles the mind is after that they again grant him Parole, and now he attempts to murder a 60 year old over neighborly disagreement, and theoretically he could still be released again, and given how the “Justice System” obviously works there I’d be suprised if he doesn’t go free again, and hopefully when he’s free he’s too old and frail to cause much harm, but does any resonable person think the monster can be removed from this Man?

And here lies the core of the “Gun Death Files” there are people who are just dangerous. A Man who would rape and murder a small child is so beyond any normal human behavior I find it difficult to ascribe malice to his actions. Somebody who would even CONSIDER doing this is no different than a coyote snatching a kid for a meal.

The idea of having a “Life” Sentence that can be reduced seems a bit of a misnomer, but then having somebody get early release and then be convicted of such a serious crime and EVER seeing the light of day is a fucking travesty. What the hell did they think would happen when they let this monster go?

Really he never should have seen the light of day, and personally this is why I’m so pro death penalty. There are monsters who walk among us, and when they make their presence known they should be removed from society just to keep us safe, but unlike some death penalty proponants, I don’t see it a justice or revenge thing, but really an issue of Humanity.

He was 17 years old and he raped and murdered a Three-Year-Old. You can argue that 17 is just a minor, and I think we were all doing things our older and wiser selves consider stupid now, but that isn’t even in the same ballpark. He’s broken, and modern medicine can’t fix that kind of broken, and we have clear examples here that his kind of broken is a danger to all who are around him.

He raped and killed a little girl, he burned his unit in a 9-unit Apartment building down, and now he’s going back up the river for nearly killing a woman while arguing over a damn rake. He’s a monster, and should NEVER have contact with other people. Now think about that, that means if we aren’t going to euthanize him, it means locking him up until he dies on his own (A Life Sentence really is just a lazy Death Sentence), which in itself is tragic, and reminds of of the Medieval Oubliettes where prisoners were simply locked up and left to die. But it is also tragic in that he will STILL have contact with other people, Jailers, who are good people doing good work, and other prisoners, who by definition aren’t as good a people, but at the same time in no way deserving to be harmed or maimed by a violent creature.

I just think a life sentence is more humane if we just come to terms with WHY we stick people in prison and what it means when we say Life Without Parole.

Sorry I got a little preachy but that second story really pissed me off.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 038: .38 Masshole Special

Hello Internet!

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss The Dumbness that is the Massachusetts License to Carry permit system;
  • Weer’d interviews Jay Grazio of Shooting Illustrated on growing up as a gun nut in the gun-unfriendly state of Massachusetts;
  • David finishes his series on carry methods with some of his favorite holsters;
  • while it may be too late for Christmas, Oddball gives some knife recommendations that might help you to spend your holiday gift money;
  • and the ACP House Dick tells a story about how easy a GPS retrieval can go…and how hard it can be.

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Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Oddball’s Corner Pocket


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Handgun Radio Live

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

You hear this in discussions on lethal force to protect Property.   To be clear I’ll get more stuff, but also By nature that I won’t voluntarily hand my property over to the lowest members of society, it means I would only do so under lethal duress….

But the flip side is this story:

A driver made off with a bag of change after robbing a toll booth along Interstate 93 in New Hampshire on Monday, police said.

…He didn’t realize exactly what was going on until the suspect exited his vehicle and was essentially entering the toll booth with a knife in his hand with his backpack opening saying, ‘Put the money in the bag

Luckily when the toll booth operator surrendered his till, the robber moved on, it could have gone MUCH worse.

The attendant had just started his shift collecting the $.50 tolls and told the man he had no money.

“The exact amount of the change that was taken is still unclear. However, it appears to be a quite small amount. It may have even been under $1,” Field said.

There have been stories where the crook had an idea of how much they wanted the score to be, and when they found that the till was light they flew into a rage and harmed or killed the clerk.

Not only is this an insane case, but this dirtbag is looking at serious prison time for stealing less money than I used to make as a kid collecting cans for spending money.

Also I put this in the “Gun Death Files” even tho there was no death, as we have a pretty serious violent crime, in New Hampshire, the most gun-friendly place in the UNIVERSE, and yet no guns were involved.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 037: Our Headspace on the Bumpstock Ban

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the recent Bumpstock ban;
  • Oddball explains why he hates the term “Sheepdog” to explain gun owners;
  • David continues his series on Holsters, this time with carry methods that don’t utilize belts;
  • and the General Purpose Egghead returns, this time to explain headspacing of firearms.

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Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

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Handgun Radio Live

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