With lows in the teens all week I’m really for a little Global Warming. That’s still a thing, right?
Is it just me or do more of you read the constitution and bill of rights and wonder where our country went wrong? There is so much to go through I just don’t think I can cover all of it.
One thing I would like to cover (and no it’s not because I got a ticket today and I’m bitter about getting caught breaking the law) is police writing tickets. This is something that has been on my mind for months now. I know we’re decades into legal precedence here but I still have to ask the question, when did we allow street cops to act as street judges? They catch you speeding, or changing lanes improperly, or any other minor traffic infraction and they have the legal right to convict you on the spot and issue you a monetary judgement.
Look I know we have more issues than our forefathers. Bigger population equals more crime. We need more police and they need to have the power to deal with somethings on their own. We simply couldn’t hire enough judges to handle all the petty crime that our street hero’s deal with on a daily basis. I get it. It just seems to me that we have given up some of our liberty in order to have this happen. I know I have readers that are lawyers and I welcome any response you may have. This is something I would like to better understand myself.
Look, I know most of our police are 100% hero’s and I have no desire to disrespect them. I have, however, ran into a few that basically hid behind their badges. I can think of one instance where my wife pulled up to a confusing intersection. It had signs all over and each said something different. She’s yelling at me in the car beside her trying to figure out where to go. She stops a little late, but she stops. The cop on the corner (obviously this is a common occurrence on this corner since they had two cops just standing there waiting to tell you to pull over) flags her over and proceeds to badger her, call her a lier, and basically treating her in a manner that any red blooded American husband would beat the shit out of someone for. What was the difference? He knew I couldn’t do much without being arrested for pissing off and officer. The guy needed his head shoved up his ass so far he looked normal but that badge makes it an immensely illegal thing to do. He was an asshole but we give him a badge and tell him to go fourth and be a dick. Maybe he was just having a bad day. We all have them. Maybe he didn’t like being ordered to a corner that was poorly marked and took two cops sitting there pulling over one vehicle after the other because they don’t know where to go. He still had the power to pull over people all day, act as judge and issue a fine determined on his opinion alone, and treat people like crap in the process. No one could say anything to him about it or they would have to face his further judgement.
What the hell is the matter with us? Why are we completely happy to have a few elites pass laws governing our every move, how we react to each other, what we can and can’t say to one another. This is America. I, for one, think it’s time we stop giving up small amount of freedom at a time for the illusion of an ounce of security. It’s a lie. It’s just more intrusion into our lives. Sure, not driving drunk is a good thing. Let’s do something about that. But every little thing I do while driving, walking on the sidewalk, or whatever? No. Stay out of my business. One of the local cities here put this “distracted driving” bill out there. They can literally pull you over for eating a french fry if they think you are driving while distracted. How about you go screw yourself? That’s the thing about being personally responsible for what we do. If my actions eating that fry when I should be paying closer attention to merging onto the freeway then I am responsible for the outcome. The last thing our government needs to do is find ways to add more fines onto a fender bender.
Ok, rant over. You may now return to your regularly scheduled lives.
There are big changes coming to Crusader. I’m turning the entire company upside down and getting rid of the fluff.
Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. There just needs to be some changes so we can hold on to Crusader during the remainder of the Obama Economy.
After a lot of thought I realized that the business model I’ve been trying to keep alive just isn’t stable as a “one man show”. I actually tried to start the business with a couple of other guys. One, the Ogre, stuck around a while and helped get Crusader off the deck but as for day to day operations it’s been that “one man show” since 2009. Running things like I have, and under the Obama administration’s economic policies, it is no longer sustainable under the current business plan. So what do we do? ADAPT AND OVERCOME!
Until further notice Crusader is getting scaled back to the part time (hobby) model. What that’s going to mean is that I will build a rifle and I will do it my way. It will be perfect and I will have no one trying to rush me on it. For those that know me well that means that this rifle will be an one of a kind rifle that everyone will be envious of, including it’s new owner’s friends. I will make it a rifle that makes me shed a tear to get rid of, and then let someone take it home. They will soon see, like everyone else, that they have the finest sporting rifle ever made. The sale of that rifle will fuel the next rifle which will come to be the next two rifles, three rifles, and so on. I may be persuaded to do specific custom builds but as a general rule it’s no longer my bread and butter. I believe this will actually get my customers even better rifles than have come out of my shop so far.
Just picture this, Gundoc is now unleashed. All the fitting and polishing is no longer rushed because parts have been scarce this year. I can take my time to get everything perfect. I can take a week on a single camo to make sure that I love each and every one. (believe it or not many customers have loved camo jobs that I didn’t care for. I’m just too much of a perfectionist for my own good sometimes. There are just times that I don’t care for a great camo job because it isn’t a perfect camo job…yet.) Ask yourself this, do you want just any rifle or do you want one of real gems to come out of Gundoc’s shop? I think the answer is obvious.
Does this mean I’m expecting to not be doing this by the end of the coming year? No. Crusader will always be here. Rifles, shotguns, pistols, and Slipstream will be here for you. Full time Crusader will make a comeback. We will probably have to get the current occupant of the Oval Office into a different job but Crusader will be stronger for this temporary change. Now I will have time to finish my book, write more posts here in Gundoc’s Doctrine, and maybe even get in some range time that isn’t test firing and running back to the shop. I say temporary…and I mean it.
Ok so I know I’ve sang the praises of Multicam before and I really don’t want to get into that right now. They have an announcement on their website right now that is pretty exciting. They have some new patterns coming out that I can’t wait to see.
I’m in an arid area. The original works in a variety of areas including mine but I really want to see what they came up with. My main interest is, for a while now I’ve been adapting desert colors to the Multicam pattern (blended background, hard close shapes, some hard shapes fade at an opposite edge) and would like to see if they essentially did what I did.
Tropic…that might just be cool. Can’t wait to see if they changed their shapes or not.
Alpine…depending on the colors it may work well in certain areas I like to go in Colorado. Looking forward to the coloring of this one.
Last….but certainly not least is Multicam Black……
If the picture from their announcement is any sign of the final pattern….I NEED SOME. Just say’n.
Anyway, when all is said and done I am really glad to see some initiative in the industry. Just when we think we’ve probably seen it all except for something out of Scifi…an innovator steps up and gives us something to look forward to. Kudos.
So I’ve been trying out a new piece of carry equipment. I’ve been introduced to Magholder products before but haven’t given them a second thought. I’m even friends with a couple of their few dealers here in Utah but quietly scoffed at the very idea of carrying only a single extra mag or buying multiple, possibly uncomfortable, devises. I guess I’m just the type that being prepared isn’t quite good enough. I like having that second magazine as a means of overkill because you just never know what you’ll run into. So, to that end I turned my nose up at Magholder even after listening to Massad Ayoob tell a class that he only carries a single extra mag. It wasn’t until a friend of mine gave one to me (and even then I thought it was ridiculous) that I decided to give it a try. One day that I didn’t have my family with me I made the jump of carrying a single magazine. After all, I don’t have to worry about keeping my wife and kids out of harms way if anything hits the proverbial fan. What I found was nothing short of amazing.
The Magholder is extremely comfortable. Even for those of us with a little extra around the middle. The magazine stays secure with built in retention. The molded construction is sturdy and will last unless you decide to stomp on it or run it over with a truck. I actually began to regret my earlier feelings toward this piece of equipment. I do have one thing I would fix on this piece of equipment. It is set up to have the rounds face downward. Having a good bit of training I would orientate the rounds upward to make loading the mag in the pistol more like the way we train to do with vertical magazine pouches. That being my one and only complaint…you need a Magholder. If this isn’t part of your daily carry options you need to buy one. This one is Gundoc approved. It’s that simple.
What do you think when you hear the word “militia”? For most it brings up visions of a bad Steven Segal movie. For some of the groups out there, you’d be right. Others…may not be what you think.
I recently heard about a nation wide “Continental Congress”. This group of douchecanoes officially declared war on the United States government. Luckily the leaders, according to my source, were quickly apprehended and they can now rot in hell. These are the visible, in your face, militias that taint the image of our forefathers during the Revolutionary War.
That brings up a good point. What did the militias start out as? Okay, history 101 time. During the Revolution all those that believed as the Continentials did stood up for what they believed in. Some in the Continental Army, Marines, and Navy. Others took up arms in a humhle way as Minute Men. These patriots were shopkeepers, farmers, and all around common men. They loved their country and were willing to fight with whatever arms they could afford to ensure it’s freedom. These are the men that modern militias claim leniage from.
As I’ve previously reported, there is a strong militia presence here in Utah. Some of the groups are on the shady side while a couple will surprise you. I’ve met a few of the local guys. (What can I say…being a gunsmith draws all kinds.) The few I’ve come across seemed to be well meaning. They hold strong to the Utah State Constitution which states that every man 17 to 70 years old is automatically part of the State militia. The man leading the group appears to be competent and trustworthy. He has has his hands full. A militia would an easier entity if it was all former military. Being what it is it has it’s share of civilian bred men and women. They ask for a certain amount of professionalism from them but, not having a military background, they don’t know what that means.
One thing they have right is community outreach. They believe part of their mission is to be ready to assist when the need arises. They do their best to be “Jonny on the spot” when there is flooding or other natural disasters. They come out in attire marked with their militia symbol and do a good deed. I think it can be much more though.
At the end of the day these people are trying to express their patriotism the best way they know how. After one dillhole and one jackass too many I know their group isn’t for me but I do think their top leadership means well and has the security of Utah at heart.
I think there’s a better way to run things. If the state had any common sense they would task each county’s Sheriff department to create a volunteer group. Being all volunteers they would have to equip themselves so there would be no drain of tax payer funds. Have them seek out training on their own. Have them accomplish a set amount of said training quarterly. This will give each county a backup group to call in. In many instances law enforcement can get swamped. It would be advantageous to have a trained group ready to pick up a shovel or hold a roadblock. A group that doesn’t have to be paid overtime. A group that is just as ready to pick up sandbags as they are a rifle. A group that the community respects.
There’s no mistaking that the word militia carries a stigma. So lets call it something else and have it run as part of the sheriff’s office. It wouldn’t change what it is but it would avoid the stained name and the image that goes along with it.
I have in front of me the latest issue of Tactical Weapons magazine. Almost every “operator” in the articles is wearing Multicam. Elite ICE agents to military, the majority are in “mall ninja” camo. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something more to it.