Obama’s Press Secretary recently said that Barack Obama is running the most transparent administration in US History.  This from a guy who can’t produce a “REAL” birth certificate or release his school records…

Hey there, “Mr Transparency”…

Bob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?

Jim: “You mean releasing 5 dangerous terrorists for a deserter?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean corruption and terrible conditions at the VA after Obama attacked Republicans for it and said he would fix all those problems?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean outing the CIA station chief in Afghanistan?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama saying the average family would save $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama intentionally ignoring our immigration laws?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our insurance and doctors if we wanted to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”;

Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels many of whom apparently are Al Qaeda?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Fast & Furious?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! … You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering,  corrupt administration in American history?”

the-lexinator  Okay, somebody sent me the Jim/Bob banter, but it was so good, I had to run it. :)

Okay,  in keeping with our “Homestead Helpers” theme, here’s  another food source that you can grow in your yard.

There was a bit of outrage at my suggestion yesterday that you should eat “Rabbit Sausages” instead of pork. Apparently, it’s a “Southern Sacrilege” for those of the Gentile persuasion.

I mean, I even got “facetimed”  (it’s an iPhone thing) and cussed up one side and down the other. I mean, man… that lady could cuss!  She went on and on for ten minutes! She offered to slap me senseless! She offered to come to my house and strangle me with my own intestines!

For crying out loud, Aunt Ruthie! I’m SORRY! Sheesh! It’s not like you didn’t know I’m Jewish! You were at my Bar Mitzvah! LOL!

So, for those offended few who got their chicharrones choked when I boiled Bugs in beer, here’s something for them to measure my own protein production against.

It takes about 10 minutes tops to skin and butcher a rabbit. In a year , you can grow hundreds of pounds of rabbit protein in a pretty small space.

To get that same sausage goodness right from the pig, it’s a little bit larger endeavor. In fact, this is just HALF of the process.

From “Instructables“:

Much of meat’s flavor comes from fat. People are starting to embrace fattier cuts, and cooking with pork lard is making a comeback. With the welcome of full flavored, lard-laden pork, the fat, furry Mangalitsa heritage breed of pig, native to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is gaining in popularity. Known as the “kobe beef” of the pork world, their meat is marbled and fat stores plentiful. It’s said that their fat is less saturated that normal pig fat, and so tastes lighter and cleaner. Farmers are cross breeding them with other breeds to get a pig that grows fast and has lots of fat. This one that we broke down was cross bred with a Red Waddle, also a chubby breed and a fast grower.

Jointing a pig is different from traditional butchering. If you separate at the joints, you don’t need big knives or saws. Notice, we were able to do most of this pig with small paring knives, though doing it with this method, some of the cuts are less traditional. Every part of this pig has been used, except about 2 cups of glands that were thrown out. The liver and pancreas were saved for pate, the hooves made into “SPAM”, meat scraps into sausage, bones cooked into stock, skin into chicharrones, the ears cooked and sliced, fat rendered down into lard and the head will become pozole. Keep in mind, there are only two tenderloins on a pig, and not that many pork chops-often, so in our traditional food chains, many lesser-valued parts of the pig get thrown out. So eating the whole pig will require more creativity and an adventurous spirit. But it’s a sustainable way to reduce food waste in our system and stretch your pork-laden pleasure.

(After watching all of that, I’m liking rabbit stew more and more. MUCH less work! Okay, you do get bacon, and pork chops and ribs and roasts for “pulling” in BBQ heaven, but…)

Now, I gotta go call Verison about changing my  phone  number before Aunt Ruthie see this…

Until next time!

the-lexinator

 

 

 

As we build out our farm/ranch/cult/den of iniquity in Montana, there are a LOT of systems to put into place that will interact with each other to help us maintain sustainability.

Many people have asked us about the “layered systems” that we’ll be using to insure our success.

Everything we do involves redundancy.

There are multiple power sources – photovoltaics, micro-hydro, wood gasification.

There are multiple water sources – river, creek, pond, wells.

There are multiple sources for fruits and vegetables – gardens, greenhouses and aquaculture.

There are multiple protein sources. Livestock, fish, rabbits.

You see the pattern. There are multiple options in case of failure.

Today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite protein links; Meat Rabbits.

Yes. I know that they’re soft and cuddly and cute. Yes, I know they have “Betty Davis Eyes”. My calves  are  cute too, but I still eat them. They’re food. Deal with it.

I raised rabbits as a kid. Yes, we ate them. And it was during that time when girls wore rabbit fur jackets and leggings and carried rabbit fur purses.  We made a killing selling the pelts to fur hucksters..

And it’s time to to do again. Okay, we won’t stray into the “Fur Fashion” zone unless we want to provoke those people in the PETA shirts, but….

Did you know that pound for pound, rabbit meat has more protein and less fat than any other type of meat that you’re likely to find at your local grocery store or butcher shop?

And, it’s quite  tasty. Rabbit tastes like chicken meat.

One of the cool things about rabbits is that you don’t need a lot of space to raise them. In fact, we converted a 20′ High Cube ISBU to build a “Wabbit West” (don’t blame me, my kid named it) to house them.

A female bunny is called a “doe” or “Pamela”. I forget which. :)

A single breeding doe can produce over 40 bunnies annually. We’re raising New Zealand Whites.

New Zealand Whites
Those little “Clydesdale’s of bunnies” weigh in about about 9-10 pounds of meat by the time we eat them. I’m told that the average meat rabbit (all the varieties averaged together) yield at least 2-3 pounds of meat per rabbit so that means that in the worst case scenario, you’re looking at around  120lbs a year of meat you can produce from a single rabbit.

Raising New Zealand Whites means that you’re yielding considerably more. We’ll grow a few hundred pounds of rabbit meat a year.

I’ve heard of people breeding rabbits in their apartments.  I don’t mind eating them, but I draw the line at actually living with them. I know that they’re pretty quiet unless you’re trying to kill them.

(WARNING! Rabbits DO scream if you’re not quick about it when you dispatch them. Keep your children someplace else during “harvest time”.)

And for the record… if I’m gonna live with a “bunny”, I prefer one of another variety. Use your imagination. If you can’t figure it out, you probably lack enough imagination to survive Armageddon.  :)

Rabbits (of the meat variety) don’t live on air or sparkly jewelry, but they are pretty inexpensive to raise. Rabbits eat rabbit pellets (approximately $15 for a 50lb bag) and grass hay (which you can also buy in pellets).  A lot of people add supplements to their diets, but aside from fruit and  vegetable  scraps, they get what we give ‘em, or they’ll go hungry.

And, in keeping with our “Reuse, Recycle or Repurpose” theme around here, we’ll use the fur for everything from fishing flies to foot warmers and the organs of the rabbits  are going  to be fed to the dogs.

Let’s not forget about the other stuff that rabbits yield. That’s right, poop.

The droppings can be used  in your garden or around your flowers and amazingly, it one of the few manures that can be used directly on plants without any processing. It’s easy to store because it doesn’t really smell (after you let it dry in the sun on old window screens)and it doesn’t burn plant roots.

I’m even told that worms like it, but I’ve yet to explore vermiculture, so I can’t say for sure.

Raising your own meat rabbits insures that you’re raising food that gets the best possible treatment before it goes exactly where G-d designed it to go… on your plate right next to the mashed potatoes and broccoli.

And, they’re delicious. Stewed, braised, you name it, prepared properly rabbit meat is wonderful. Other than for dinners with lots of vegetables (I still kinda laugh when I see the irony of stewed rabbit with grilled carrots on the same plate) I eat it on a regular basis when the rest of my family is eating pork sausage.

Here’s how I do it.  This makes the best brunch ever…

“Wabbit Winks” Recipe

rabbit sausages3 pounds of coarsely ground rabbit meat including the fat
(I’ll use the rabbit bones for the stock for the rice component of the food that I feed to the dogs)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
a dash of Ginger powder
1 level tablespoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
a pinch of garlic powder
a dash of Mrs Dash Original or Garlic and Herbs powder
a little dash of cayenne pepper (okay… a spritz! LOL! )
(3) cans of Guinness Stout Beer
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons butter

Combine the seasonings with the ground meat (everything together should total about 2 pounds), and regrind the mixture (this helps to get everything well blended). Refrigerate overnight.

Remember to put one of the cans of Guinness in the refrigerator with the sausage.

The next day, test the flavor by frying a small patty, and adjusting the seasoning if that seems necessary.

Now, since I’m lucky enough to have that KitchenAide Monster with the sausage stuffer… I use casings to create “Wabbit Winks” (again, I take no credit for the vast imagination of a little kid).

I dump (2) cans of Guinness in a small pot and toss minced garlic in. Turn the burner up to low boil and then toss in the links. Let them low boil for about 5 minutes and then reduce the heat until they just simmer for about 30 minutes.

Once they’ve simmered in “Leprechaun Pee” for a while, take them out and then brown them in a skillet with a couple of pats of butter.

Serve up with a pile of scrambled  eggs and some sourdough toast. Wash it down with that remaining Guinness that guarded the meat in the refrigerator.

That’s some good eating, there, boy!

the-lexinator

 

Many of us dream about getting away from it all to some remote location or even (gasp!) a deserted island. But they aren’t making more real estate and what’s available is getting more and more expensive…

Until now.

This could be one of the coolest “fallback” or “bug-out” locations EVER.

If you have $228,000 (USD) burning a hole in your pocket, you can buy your own island off the coast of Ireland.

94 acre Irish Island for sale - cheap - but you can only reach it in good weather or by helicopter3

That’s right. The asking price is less than $2,500.00 (USD) an acre. This lush, green private island is on the market for less than the average UK home price.

Inishdooney Island is a 94 acre island located off the northwest of Northern Ireland and is a part of a string of four islands. It’s completely uninhabited land.

94 acre Irish Island for sale - cheap - but you can only reach it in good weather or by helicopter

But, don’t let that scare you off. The island lies three miles off the mainland of County Donegal and includes all the things that island seekers have on their checklist;

  • scenic homesites that rival the most picturesque you’ve ever seen,
  • enchanting ruins to inspire your imagination and creativity,
  • rolling graze perfect for agriculture or livestock,
  • secluded harbors,
  • a stunning freshwater pond,
  • tunnel caves and, of course,
  • pebble beaches.

There are no buildings on the island, which is only accessible by boat or helicopter when weather conditions are suitable.

94 acre Irish Island for sale - cheap - but you can only reach it in good weather or by helicopter2

The island is currently on sale with a guide price of £140,000 –  around £50,000 lower than the average home price in the UK.

Pedro Arez of Vladi Private Islands, who have listed the island, said;

This is a very exciting private island. It’s in a very remote area and can only be accessed by boat or helicopter when the weather conditions are right. It contains the ruins of old buildings and a freshwater pond which is perfect for people wanting to keep livestock on the island.

94 acre Irish Island for sale - cheap - but you can only reach it in good weather or by helicopter5

The listing agent goes on to say;

Nature lovers will feel right at home on Inishdooey Island. People who travel to the island will have a real adventure.

Would you buy it if you had the money?

I would… in a heartbeat.

Sure, you’d need to build infrastructure and plant some trees. But that hard work would pay off, in spades. I’d make this island the FIRST Irish ISBU Colony. (Provided, of course, I could get the boxes to the island cost-effectively.)

If I had to, I’d land those boxes on the island “like the invasion of Normandy”.  Storm the beaches with them and then drag them (on trollies) to wherever you needed them by tractor. ;)

(Now, I’m sure that this won’t come as a shock to most of my readers, but I’m admittedly partial to blonde Southern girls with curves that go on for miles… but… have you ever seen Irish girls? I tell you, they’re about the most beautiful women on the planet. Fair skin. Red hair. Hard working, hard loving and fiery. I’d just import a bunch of those curvy Celtic lovelies to sing me to sleep every night.)

You can learn more about this island property, HERE.

My thanks to Alan Amend for pointing this gem out to me.

the-lexinator

 

Montana Mountain Dreaming…

Posted: September 13, 2014 by itsmrlexx2you in Bug Out Bunkers, Bunkers, Cabins, Home Preparedness

I’ve  been traveling a lot lately.

When you’re  away from home, you dream about returning. At least I do. For many years, leaving meant just that… “leaving”.

You might make it home, you might not. You just played it hard and hoped that the stars all stayed in alignment.

Lately, I’m spending more and more time in the mountains thinking about a place so far back in the woods that the only noise you hear is the creek flowing and the trees rustling as the elk move through them.

You know, one of those places where you sit out on the deck with an old guitar in your lap and a mason jar full of frosty cold adult libations on the table.  You know, a “this is MINE” place.

Rustic Mountain HomeIt’s easy to think about settling down and focusing on pretty girls in the yard and growing things…. like kids, crops and cattle.

We’re at a turning point in American History. In my travels, I’m hearing about “America redefined” as others look in and see the rot in the core of the apple getting larger and larger. Friends we relied on for decades are becoming indifferent as policies in administrations turn friends into foes.

We used to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Now, we live in the land of legislation that consumes freedoms and liberties with a pen stroke and the Brave stand in lines waiting for medical care at VA Hospitals that care more about paperwork and politics than patients.

So, I’m just going to carve out a place where I can go decompress as the Angus graze and the tomatoes grow tall and strong.

I mean, otherwise… we aren’t gonna have anything to cook in the kitchen.

Rustic Kitchen Concept Have you thought about what you’ll do when push comes to shove?

What do you do when it all starts to unravel?

What will your kids do when they need milk or eggs and have no idea where they really come from?

Can you bake bread? Grow beans? Milk a cow? Build a stone wall? Fix a roof?

Jobs are disappearing as fast as the Rights and Liberties that American Citizens used  to hold dear.

The economy is falling faster than Obama’s approval rating.

Something has to give. Something has to break. If you’re not asking questions, it might just be YOU that breaks next.

Here at TBE, we ask that you think beyond your yard, beyond your driveway, beyond your corner stop sign. If you’re not thinking about how you’ll get through hard times, you’re not going to get a chance to figure it out when it starts to fall apart.

Information is the purest form of power.

Please, think about your future. Think about your kid’s future. And stop by from time to time as we share “law and lore” with you.

the-lexinator

Readers of The Bubba Effect know that we love Mogs. The Unimog is a Mercedes on Steroids. Combine German Tech with a need for the outdoors and you have a winner…

Or, so we thought, until we saw this:

It’s called the KiraVan.

KiraVan
An inventor named Bran Ferren developed the Kiravan (named after his daughter) as a mobile learning lab for scientists and film crews. The RV allows scientific crews to go places they couldn’t go before, at a level of luxury that is quite frankly, astounding.

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And if you’re  thinking that the KiraVan looks like a Mog, you’d be absolutely right. If you combined a Mog with Godzilla, you’d get a KiraVan.

You see, the KiraVan is a hybrid. Not in the traditional sense, as you’re not gonna get terrific fuel mileage out of this beast. As Mog fans, we’re well acquainted with the front end of this beast. You’re gonna be lucky to get 12 mpg, if you’re REAL lucky. It sucks down fuel like a Starship…

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What you are gonna get is one part Unimog and one part fifth-wheel camper.

From the grille back, the KiraVan is a heavily tweaked Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck chassis with a four-door cabin powered by a 260-horsepower/700lb-ft of torque six-cylinder turbodiesel. This combo will pull an “elephant through the eye of a needle” but it won’t do it with fuel efficiency in mind.

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From the hitch back, this RV is LUXURY at it’s best. An articulated 52′ foot trailer is decked out like a luxury sailing ship suite. You get sleeping berths, a full kitchen, two computer workstations, a bathroom, a private area solely for Kira’s systems and operations, and even a tricked out turbodiesel KiraBike (which Ferren also built) that is located on a rear lift.

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This beast is going to take up a few  parking spaces at Walmart, but it isn’t challenged by rough roads. If the road turns to rubble, the  driver can send power to the trailer’s rear wheels allowing 6×6 operation at speeds approaching 25mph.

Like most luxury RV’s, the KiraVan has all the gadgets. You’ll find a media server/library, global 3D GPS location and navigation devices and even a recon drone for those  times when you wanna see “the  Smokies” before they see you.

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And once you set out on your adventure,  you’re not gonna have to worry about making a lot of unnecessary stops. The KiraVan sports 170 gallon diesel fuel tanks that will get you into the 2,000 mile range zone before you have to start thinking about melting your gas card in a fuel pump.

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Seriously, you could  drive from Los Angeles, CA to Mobile, Alabama without stopping for gas. Okay, that’s IF you wanted to drive to Mobile, Alabama in the first place.

There’s enough storage for food and drink to allow three people to live inside her for three weeks without running low on Gatorade or Beef Jerky.

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She’s an impressive beast, but I’ll warn you now;

“If you have to ask the price… You can’t afford it.”

The builder gave it to his daughter, so you’re not  going to see it on the market any time soon.

the-lexinator Image Credits: http://www.boldride.com

Here at The Bubba Effect, we teach “Family Sustainability and Survival”.

It’s not about basements filled with guns, ammo and beef jerky that will be washed down with cases of beer… while the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” tear up your front yard.

four_horsemen_of_the_apocalypse

“Sustainability” isn’t about having a bunch of gadgets in a bag in your closet or car trunk. While a BOB (Bug-Out Bag) is important in getting your  butt from point to point, once you arrive at your destination, the hard work starts.

Sustainability is about having an integrated plan that combines several systems to create a “sustainable environment” for your family to live within.  We all know people why continually boast;

“I have this, and this and this…”

Yeah? So what. While it’s cool to have “stuff”… you need to “build an entire beast”.  All the systems have to work together in unison, otherwise, you’re just left with THIS:

Steampunk_Gears
There are many components of sustainability that have to be taken into consideration;

  • Water and water retention and storage,
  • Food and Dairy production – proteins, milk, cheese  and garden oriented,
  • Power production and Power Management,
  • Sanitation and composting,
  • Shelter,
  • Security,
  • Income generation (there are some things that you can’t grow or barter for), etc…

For example;

Here in Montana, hay is King. In “my” part of Montana, we grow it from “Idaho to Canada”. We have to. The reasons are simple – we haven’t taught our cattle to eat quiche! LOL!

Hay? Yes, we have it. Would you like some? LOL!

Hay? Yes, we have it. Would you like some? LOL!

But in America’s heartland, corn is a BIG deal.

Did you know that in the 1930’s, 7,000 corn plants per acre were grown in the average U.S. corn field? Seeds were planted in rows 42 inches apart so that horses could be used to work the fields. That planting strategy yielded about 27 bushels per acre.

But the 1930s was a long time ago. Now 35,000 plants and 150 bushels per acre is pretty common. That means that we’re getting nearly five times the yield in our cornfields thanks to modern tractors, fertilizers, pesticides and seeds (which are genetically modified to resist insects and herbicides).

A LOT has changes since the 1930s.

A LOT has changes since the 1930s.

But while genetic modification–using biotechnology to insert a genetic trait into a seed–grabs headlines (and stokes health fears), traditional breeding programs by seed developers have done just as much to raise yields.

A guy named Stine (who literally owns the soybean industry) is using his techniques to increase corn yields.

Harry Stine - Soybean KING.  - Image Credit - Forbes  Magazine

Harry Stine – Soybean KING. – Image Credit – Forbes Magazine

Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

You decide.

If you’re a homesteader or “family farmer” you probably read about planting techniques. And, corn is indeed an important “staple” crop. Here’s a pretty interesting read if you’re interested in farming or Agro-tech;

(It’s a little one-sided – and I don’t buy some of it – but it yields interesting facts.)

“Can THIS man feed the world?”

Till next time…

the-lexinator

It all seems to run “full circle”. Hard times bring hard tasks. Gardening isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it.

But with the struggles that American families face, we can take a lesson two from our past. When the U.S. began rationing consumer goods for civilians due to the demands of the World War (WWII), every American woman was  touched by the conflict.

If they wanted  to feed their families, they found out that they needed to grow the food in their yards.

A lot of us are doing that now. It seems that hard times aren’t just a thing of the past.

War Gardening

We can learn from that past.

Learn about the role that women played on the home front during the war: http://bit.ly/1jU1Dwy

 

(Photo: War gardens for victory, c. 1939-1945. Library of Congress.)

I know this guy.

I don’t “know” him in the traditional sense. I know him by his work. He’s a top notch photographer who does some of the best “weapons grade” photography in the biz…

He’s also pretty sharp and his product reviews and technical blogs are very informative. So without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you to him…

In fact, I’ll let him introduce himself;

“I am a Full-Time Local Law Enforcement Officer and also spend a considerable amount of time doing Weapon and Tactical Photography, Marketing and Reviews for a number of great companies with Defense Marketing Group, a Contributor for Harris Publications, and an Administrator of the Weapon Evolution Forum.

I am a Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the United States Army and worked as a PSD Team Leader and NCOIC for a General-Grade Officer. I served for 7 years and received an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 2005 as a Staff Sergeant.

I am currently serving as a Washington State certified Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, Taser Instructor, and Reality Based Training Instructor.”

Okay, the guy has street cred and he’s a braggart. But he did it the old fashioned way. He EARNED it.

(Actually, he’s pretty damned humble. I kinda like the guy. And I don’t like ANYBODY.)

Remember, good intel needs verification. We don’t want you to “just take our word for it” when we’re talking about guns or gear. We want you to do your homework and that demands reliable data from multiple sources. Remember, it’s all about “verification and redundancy”.

Whether you just want to see “the latest and greatest” (his SHOT Show product photos ROCK!), you want an assessment of a new piece of gear, or maybe you’re looking to brush up on your “shooting/safety skills”… he’s one of our favorite “go to” guys.

Fundamental-Firearms-Safety-RulesGo on. Click it. You know you want to.

the-lexinator

 

 

Speaking of shotguns;

We were reading on our sister page’s facebook site (@RenaissanceRonin) about a “shotgun” designed to shoot salt. It’s purpose is to rid the world of houseflies. Now, while the idea of stalking flies through the house with this little beast does bring a smile to my face, I can’t imagine a significant other being too thrilled about it as she’s forced to clean up salt grains scattered all over the house after one of your hunting expeditions.

I suggest that repairing the screens on your windows and doors would probably be a more “harmonious” solution to the housefly problem many of us face this time of year.

That gave us pause to think of other crazy “shotgun related” stuff we’ve seen lately.

They make this shotgun shell called “Dragon’s Breath”. It does exactly what you’d think it would do. It makes your shotgun belch fire.

There are gun enthusiasts out there who love this round for it’s pyrotechnic value.

It should be noted that Dragon’s breath shotgun rounds are banned in many locations, due to their inherent fire hazard. Even in areas where the round may be shipped, an extra fee for hazardous materials may be charged.

Dragon’s breath is an exotic incendiary round for a 12 gauge 2 3/4″ shotgun. Dragon’s breath shells consist primarily of magnesium pellets/shards. When the round is fired, sparks and flames shoot out of your barrel (to a distance of about 100 feet). The rounds are safe to fire out of an improved cylinder bore as well as a modified choke barrel commonly found on many of our shotguns.

This is NOT a combat round, folks. Its actual professional combat or tactical usage remains undocumented and unreported.  We haven’t read an NRA reports about homeowners defending home and hearth using this round. We haven’t heard any reports of people using this to signal aircraft or to gain emergency assistance. It’s just a “novelty round” if you ask us. It doesn’t have any real tactical value. The key to it’s popularity is in it’s ability to produce a visual effect that is impressive and entertaining. It’s “muzzle blast” is similar to that of a short-ranged flamethrower or fireworks, making it popular among gun enthusiasts looking for a cheap thrill.

Wait… it’s $5 a round. For $5 a round, I’ll break out the Barrett .50 cal .

Again, while it’s claimed that the rounds are often used as a distress signal (similar to a very short duration emergency flare gun), most  would argue that a flare would be better fitted for such.

The round has also been used for intimidation purposes. Contrary to popular opinion and urban legend, there is no credible record we can find that documents its use in actual combat. I never saw one used in Iraq or the Sandbox, nor has anyone I’ve spoken with.

In fact, because the Dragon’s Breath shells are low-power rounds, you cannot (and should not) chamber them in an auto-loading shotgun or semi-automatic shotgun without risking a misfire or jam. The shell doesn’t produce enough recoil energy to cycle the action (which  causes the mechanism to fail to cycle).

It’s noted that an additional reason to use the round only in a breech loaded weapon is that round shoots at least a little flame for 3–5 seconds. Can you imagine what would happen if a shell that was still on fire was ejected into the dry grass at your feet?

Now, put that shell in a shotgun and hand it to a bunch of idiots. I mean, it’s just a “range test” right?  Note the shotgun used for the test. What could go wrong? What do you think will happen?

They KNEW that they were shooting incendiary shells. WHY didn’t they have fire extinguishers at the ready?

Till next time…

the-lexinator