Gear Review: FourSevens Maelstrom MMR-X flashlight

I was highly excited to be contacted by FourSevens about reviewing a light powered by an 18650 LiPo cell. I’ve as anyone who has read my previous flashlight reviews knows, I currently carry a modified version of the QT2A-X daily, and have been running it on a 14500 LiPo cell. This light has served me well and is still found in my pocket every day.

I was really intrigued by the possibilities of having a USB chargeable 18650 light. When the MMR-X arrived, I was quite delighted to find that FourSevens was including a number of accessories that allows the user to configure the light in several different ways, depending on the users preferences.

This light is the first FourSevens light to be powered by an 18650 cell.

Specifications for the MMR-X from the FourSevens website:

DIMENSIONS Length: 5.47 inches / Diameter: 1.24 inches / Weight: 3.26 oz
LED EMITTER Cree XM-L2
VOLTAGE RANGE
SPOT BEAM Angle: 7 degrees;Diameter at 3 meters: 360mm
FLOOD BEAM Angle: 60 degrees; Diameter at 3 meters: 3.45 meters
BRIGHTNESS LEVELS Moonlight: 1 lumen, 35 days
Low: 25 lumens, 40 hrs
High:150 lumens, 8 hrs
Max:Burst at 800 lumens, 1 minute
then 400 lumens, 2 hrs
SPECIAL MODES Strobe: 800 lumens at 10hz, 4 hr
SOS: 800 lumens, 4.5 hrs
Beacon High: 800 lumens, 12 hrs
Beacon Low: 150 lumens, 80 hrs
REFLECTOR Smooth highly tuned optical reflector
BODY MATERIAL Type-III hard-anodized aircraft-grade aluminum
BEZEL MATERIAL Stainless steel strike-bezel
Flat black aluminum bezel also included
LENS MATERIAL Optical-grade glass lens, sapphire coating, antireflective coating
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES Holster, 18650 battery (2600mah), USB power adaptor (USA plug), USB cable, lanyard, spare orings, spare rubber boots, flat black bezel, parts for flat tailcap

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I continue to be impressed with FourSeven’s commitment to providing good customer service. In addition to the standard spare oring (the wording has actually been changed to plural in the collateral (reflecting that they include more than one with every light I’ve ever bought from them), this light came with spare rubber boots, a flat bezel, and parts to convert the tailcap to a flat cap.

This light is a large departure from the Quark line in many ways, while being relatively small in form factor. Couple this with the fact that the user can reconfigure the light in several ways, and this is quite a versatile light.

Because of its size, I would personally not carry this as an EDC light, though I have a friend who carries a SureFire light that is about the same size (though nowhere near as bright). It has however found a home on my Maxpedition Versipack, and would be super handy in a situation where I needed a lot of light.

For an idea of the size difference between the MMR-X (on the left) and the light I carry daily (on the right), here they are side by side:

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You can see that the MMR-X is substantially larger, but is actually about the original length of the unmodified QT2A light. The head of the light is also substantially larger than the Quark series. Here is another side by side with the MMR-X on the left, and my modified QT2A-X light on the right:

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This is actually a good thing, as the XM-L series emitters that the MMR-X lights use needs a bit larger reflector than the XP-G emitters. This gives the MMR-X a good amount of throw, but make no mistake; the MMR-X is more of a “floody” light, it just also has some pretty good throw. On its highest output, I find that at about 200m the light reaches a point that it does not illuminate the target in a useful manner. At intermediate distances of about 100m though, the MMR-X illuminates the target very well.

One of the key selling points of this light is the incredible 800 lumen maximum output. Yeah, about that.

Let me say up front that I do not have the equipment necessary to test lumens. I believe that the light does put out 800 lumens (and not at the emitter like some manufacturers measure it either). It puts out 800 lumens. For one minute. Then it ramps down to 400 lumens over the next 30 seconds. I don’t know how I feel about that. On the one hand, and let’s be perfectly honest here, if I need 800 lumens, I’m really only going to need it for about 30 seconds, if that. My use case for 800 lumens is as follows:

Oh look, a bad guy! What do I do? I know!

  1. Blind him with 800 lumens to the face! Is he still a threat? Yes?
  2. Burst of three to five, center mass.
  3. Still a threat? No. Don’t need 800 lumens anymore.

Now that’s pretty straight forward. But. On the other hand, what if maybe there is more than one bad guy? What if it’s not clear that I need to shoot them at all, and the light is doing a pretty good job of preventing them from becoming more of a threat/ controlling them? For how long? Is 400 lumens enough?

Don’t get me wrong. If you have ever looked into a 200+ lumen flashlight (guilty), you know that it is not a pleasant experience, and that you are not going to be doing it for very long, and you are definitely not going to be doing anything other than trying really fucking hard not to be looking into the light anymore.

So end result for me is that I really don’t need anything more than a 200 lumen flashlight. Is more better? You betcha. Does it help with illumination at distance? Logic would dictate that it does, so just be aware that you only get that 800 lumens in 1 minute bursts. If that is a limitation that you can accept, great, no problem. Besides, you really shouldn’t be conducting search and rescue ops with a pocket sized flashlight all by your lonesome in any event.

Just be aware that in Strobe, SOS, or Beacon (High) mode, you get the full 800 lumens all the time.

Now, this light offers five distinct operating modes. What does that mean? It means that you can choose how the light functions (and what modes you have available to you), at least you have five different choices.

Modes:

  1. Max output
  2. Max – Low (this is the default as it comes out of the package)
  3. Max – Strobe
  4. Low – High – Max – Strobe
  5. Moonlight – Low – High – Max – SOS – Strobe – Beacon (high) – Beacon (low)

I feel that (of the five modes offered), the default was a solid choice, and what I keep my light in. I do however take issue with how you have to change the operating mode.

To change the operating mode, the light must be plugged into the USB charger (which is included), and must be using the included “special” 18650 battery. This means that for all intents and purposes, you are stuck with whatever mode you select when you set this up. You can change it, yes. But you’d better be in a place where you have the charger with you. Is that a deal breaker? Not really for me, but I broke this down to several of my friends, and they didn’t like it. Of the five guys I talked to about it, they said they would not purchase this light for that alone. Are they serious? I’ll find out if any of them mysteriously acquire one.

I’ve mentioned before that I like the Quark Tactical interface. I like it in large part because I can select from any of the two operating modes of the light. Personally, I find Max – Moonlight the most useful. If I need a middling amount of light, I have other flashlights, but after over a year of carrying a light daily that was set at MAX – Moonlight, I have yet to need anything in between.

With the MMR-X, once you have the “special” 18650 battery, and the light plugged into the USB charger, you then close the switch on the tailcap, and the light will pulse a number of flashes (between 1 and 5) to indicate the currently selected mode. double clicking the tailcap will advance the operating mode to the next mode. So let’s say that you click the cap once, and it pulses once, pauses for about a second, and then pulses again. That means that the light is in mode 1 (Max). If you then doubleclicked the tailcap, it would advance to mode 2 (Max -Low, the default). Double click it again, and it would advance to mode 3 (Max – Strobe). To select the mode, you either unplug the USB cable, or you turn the light off).

I feel like FourSevens missed a huge opportunity here. If you’re going to require that I have the thing plugged into a USB cable to change the modes, why not just require that I plug it into a computer, and then allow me to configure the operating mode directly using the computer? Like I don’t know, maybe MAX – Moonlight? Or Moonlight – SOS, or… well whatever I want?

This frustrates me, because this is so close to an awesome feature, and then we get all of the pain, and none of the gain. Dammit. Oh well, there is always the next version, or model.

I know you noticed the “special” 18650 battery bit. Ok here is the deal. FourSevens decided to include some sort of modified 18650 cell in this light.

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I don’t know what exactly makes it special, but it is a pretty decent capacity cell, and notice how long it is, definitely longer than other protected 18650 LiPo cells that I have seen (I just happen to have a bunch of the things laying around).

And for $15, it’s not terribly expensive as far as protected 18650 LiPo cells go ($15 isn’t bad). I’m kind of a battery geek (simply because of how much I’ve had ot learn about them to use them safely), and I’m kinda intrigued about this cell. I have a feeling that it is not only protected, but it has some sort of charging circuitry in it as well.

The users manual (which is not very well laid out) does claim that you can run other 18650 cells in the MMR-X, but I’m skeptical simply because the manual states that to do you, you need to remove some plastic piece from the tail cap and insert it into the light before using other 18650 cells in the light. There is no plastic piece that can be unscrewed from the tail cap that I can find.

Then again, this was an advance model for review, so something may have changed and simply not been changed in the manual. In any event, the light did work with all of the other 18650 cells that I tried it with. I tried the light with a variety of 18650 cells, including protected ICR cells, unprotected IMR cells (I don’t know if this is kosher with 47′s, or what kind of safety circuitry is in the light, so you should probably clear that with support before doing it, but it does work), and a couple of unprotected hybrids.

Unfortunately, FourSevens states in the manual that using anything other than the “special” 18650 disables the USB charging capabilities of the light (as well as disabling your ability to change configurations). Due to the nature of LiPo batteries, I didn’t feel the need to burn down my house, or destroy one of my 18650 cells and the light to test that. Again, another missed opportunity.

For me the take away on the whole battery thing is that you are kinda stuck using their “special” 18650 cells if you want to be able to change the modes of the light and use the USB charger. That’s not a terribly big problem because they are warrantied for 12 months, and relatively inexpensive, but something about the loss of functionality unless you use their battery just chaps my ass. It smacks of vendor lock-in, and I hate that.

Not a deal breaker, but not ideal either.

Once of the other major selling points of the MMR-X is that it is user configurable, physically. From the factory, the light ships with a “tactical” style configuration. Momentary on exposed tail switch, and crenelated strike bezel. I’m of mixed feelings when it comes to strike bezels.

Take a look at this bad boy:

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Yeah, that’s gonna leave a mark. Unfortunately, it is also going to leave a mark in a DA’s mind if you ever had to use it, and to a jury you might as well tape a saw blade to the front of your light. I’m just saying that I don’t particularly feel the need to find out what kind of criminal mayhem charge using that thing might bring. Luckily for me, FourSevens was nice enough to include a basic flat bezel in the box, and I switched that out most riki-tik.

They also include parts to change out the tailcap to make it a flat tailcap, which gives the light the ability to tail stand, which is useful if you want to use it to light a room (or for a rave in an abandoned warehouse if you use the strobe mode).

One thing that I do want to touch on is craftsmanship.

Whatever shortcomings this light may have, fit and finish isn’t one of them. Everything fits well, tolerances are tight, knurling lines are crisp (the knurling could be a bit more grippy for my tastes, but that’s a trade off). The USB charging port was an area of concern here. Shouldn’t have been. The connection is tight, the enclosure is well sealed, and the threads on the protective covering are corase, and squared off, so the probability that they will be damaged or degrade over time is very low.

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The red light that you see above indicates that the light is charging, and will turn green once the charging is complete. I do not know if there is cut off circuitry in the light, so you should never leave this light on the charger once charging is complete. LiPo batteries tend to fail in spectacular ways when they over charge, and there is no venting on this light.

Essentially the danger is that when LiPo batteries fail, they tend to do so in a fairly… spectacular manner. It would essentially turn the light into either a grenade or a rocket, depending on what is stronger, the threads on the end cap, or the aluminum body. I’m not saying that failure is likely, but LiPo cells are industrial cells and are not like the alkaline batteries that most consumers are used to dealing with. If you are going to run lights with them, you should do a little bit of research about battery safety and just don’t take any unnecessary risks with them.

Over all, the light is well made, and it does exactly what FourSevens says it does.

Summary

MANUFACTURER:  FourSevens
MODEL:
Maelstrom MMR-X Regen
POWER SOURCE: ICR 18650 cell (x1)
COLOR:
 Black
MSRP: 
$100
WARRANTY:  
10 year manufacturer’s warranty on everything that comes in the package (except batteries, the 18650 has a 12 month warranty)
VERDICT:
A good performing flashlight, I just can’t help but see missed opportunities when I look at this light.

Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, CA 27MAY2013

Today we have four guns that were seized by FPD.

This first one breaks my heart:

Webley & Scott Revolver in .38S&W

The information from the post:

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO THE RECOVERY OF A CONCEALED FIREARM

On Monday May 27, 2013, just before 6:20 p.m., Motor Officer Josh Pantages was patrolling in the area of Clinton and Vassar Avenues, when he noticed a vehicle having five occupants, traveling westbound on Clinton. The vehicle was in violation of expired registration, and some of the occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. Officer Pantages initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for the purpose of issuing a citation for the expired registration and not wearing seatbelts. Officer Pantages contacted the driver and discovered he was operating a motor vehicle while having a suspended driver’s license. After identifying the other passengers, Officer Pantages discovered one of the passengers to be providing false identification to him. Through investigation Officer Pantages discovered the passenger’s name to be Christopher Powers, 25 year old resident of Fresno. Powers was taken into custody for a Felony Weapons warrant for his arrest. Upon conducting a vehicle inventory Officer Pantages located a loaded concealed firearm under the right front passenger seat. Officer Pantages arrested the right front passenger, Lane Whittenberg, 25 year old resident of Fresno for the concealed firearm. Posted by Officer Mark Gacayan Fresno Police Department Traffic Bureau 621-5050

This is an antique. These revolvers are collectors items, and this poor specimen will now likely be destroyed.

Crimes: Carrying concealed in a vehicle without CCW.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.

Up next we have these beauties:

M1_SKS

M1 Carbine in .30 Carbine, SKS in 7.62x39mm

SKS in 7.62x39mm

SKS in 7.62x39mm

Information from the post:

Newsline for 5/27/13
Three Assault Rifles and 14 pounds of Marijuana Seized

Good evening, this is Sgt. Jerardo Chamalbide, a Supervisor with the Street Violence Section Tactical Team. This will be a newsline update for Monday, May 27, 2013, regarding the arrest of a drug dealer with West Fresno ties for possession of marijuana for sales and for possessing three assault rifles.

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, at approximately 11:36 pm, Southwest Patrol Officers were dispatched to 1550 E. Church #251 regarding a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers contacted Eugene Rauls who stated he lived at the location. Rauls is a 26 year old Fresno resident but is originally from Miami Florida.

Officer Nick El-Helou contacted Ruals at the apartment and obtained his statement. Rauls said he was shot at by two males near his front door of his apartment. Rauls had a minor graze would to the left side of his stomach. While officers were searching the area, they located an assault rifle near the front door to Rauls apartment. While officers were talking with family members, they noticed ammunition to the assault rifle inside the Rauls apartment.

Street Violence Detective David Porcella responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. Porcella realized that the Rauls was not being totally truthful with officers. Porcella authored a search warrant for the apartment and it was signed by a judge. They located 14 pounds of marijuana and two additional assault rifles. Rauls was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and illegal gun possession. The two unknown suspects that shot Rauls are still being investigated.

Attached to this email is a photograph of Rauls. If you have any information on this case please call Fresno Police at 498-STOP where you may remain anonymous. Please visit our Facebook page for the same posting. Should you have any questions please feel free to call me 621-2416.

First, none of those are “Assault Rifles”. I gigged FPD for that pretty hard (I always take the time to correct incorrect firearm information when they post it, you’d think that after a year or so of it they would at least run it by someone who knows something about guns before posting).

We have here (what used to be) an M1 Carbine that has had the stock cut off (making it an SBR and an “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law, and two SKS rifles with detachable magazines.

The SKS rifles are an interesting issue in California. In 1997 California AG Dan Lundgren reversed a position that he had held since 1991 and declared that SKS rifles that could accept detachable magazines were “Assault Weapons” as defined by California Law at that time, and no registrations would be accepted. A Californian was arrested in 1996 over an SKS (which is what led to this reversal), and his case wound up at the State Supreme Court which ruled that surprise, the SKS with a detachable magazine is an “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law.

The long and short of it is that SKS rifles with detachable magazines in California are a no no. After January 1, 2000 they are considered unregistered “Assault Weapons” as defined by California law, and their possession is a Felony (we had a “buy back” for a little while in 1999 where the state would pay you up to $230 for an SKS Sporter or an SKS with a detachable magazine, which was mighty wide of them considering that they were turning thousands of Californians into felons with the stroke of a pen).

Crimes: Possession and sale of Marijuana (not really gun related), possession of an unregistered “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law (x3), possession of an SBR (x2), mutilation of an M1 Carbine (if that’s not a crime it damn well should be).

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.

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Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, CA 28MAY2013

Today we have two firearms found in possession of criminals in the fair city of Fresno.

First we have this beauty:

Smith & Wesson Revolver

Smith & Wesson Revolver (686?)

Here is the information we have from the post:

On May 28, 2013, at about 8:00 p.m., North Bureau Impact Team officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn at 4141 N. Blackstone. Officers contacted the occupant of the vehicle and found him to be in possession of a loaded/concealed handgun. Rudy Romero, 32 years, was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition and for having a loaded/concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Posted by: Sgt. Doug Goertzen, North Bureau Impact Team.

Notice the speed loader that was also recovered.

Crimes: Felon in possession, carrying concealed in a vehicle without CCW.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.

Next we get some foreshadowing of the things to come from this little experiment:

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 10/22

Here is the information we have from the post:

CONTACT OF SUSPICIOUS PERSON LEADS TO RECOVERY OF CONCEALED LOADED FIREARM

On Tuesday May 28, 2013 just before 8:00 p.m., Motor Officer Tom Hardin was patrolling in the area of Balch and Waverly avenues when he noticed a vehicle traveling on Balch ave. The vehicle had no front license plate and the rear passenger was not wearing his seatbelt. Officer Hardin initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for the violations. The vehicle stopped in an apartment complex parking lot in the area of Beck and Phillips ave. When the vehicle came to a stop the passenger in the rear seat immediately jumped out of the vehicle and ran from the scene. The passenger was holding the waistband of his pants appearing to conceal something while running from Officer Hardin. Officer Hardin gave foot chase but had to return to the vehicle which contained other occupants. Assisting officers arrived on scene to assist Officer Hardin. Officer Hardin noticed a subject matching the description of the passenger who ran away, was ducking behind a large bush nearby. Officer Hardin advised nearby Officers to contact the subject who was near the bush while he stood by the vehicle. Officers Jason Peterson and Angelica Alvarado-Risco contacted the subject and found him to be in possession of a concealed loaded firearm. Through investigation officers discovered the subject to be Javonni Lavender, 20 year old resident of Fresno. Lavender was arrested for being a Felon in possession of a concealed loaded firearm, and ammunition.

Posted by Officer Mark Gacayan
Fresno Police Department Traffic Bureau 621-5050

Notice the Butler Creek 25 round .22lr magazine.

Look at that poor old plinker. I’m pretty sure that this was a rifle stock that someone cut down, and then screwed a pistol grip onto. I’m also fair certain that the silver stud you see on the rear of the stock is a sling attachment point (looks like a swivel stud screwed into the side of the stock).

Magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds are legal in California, if legally possessed prior to 1/1/2000. Since our criminal is 20 he could not legally possess that magazine (I know, well maybe his dad gave it to him when he was 6! Yeah… do you want to be that test case?). The magazine issue is a “wobbler” (could be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony). I’m thinking they should go felony here.

So we had a guy running around with this shoved down his pants who initially eluded pursuit, and then was spotted in his attempt at ninja like stealth while trying to hide behind a bush in line of sight of the initial crime scene. Genius.

Crimes: Felon in possession, concealed carry without CCW, unregistered SBR, unregistered “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law (length and pistol grip with a magazine outside of the pistol grip), unlawfully possessed magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No. Pretty much everything about that firearm is illegal to possess in California already.

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Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, California

We’ve been hearing a lot about evil criminal guns in the media lately (especially here in good old Kalifornia), but we know from the UCR data that rifles of any kind are not used in many shootings. So what are criminals actually using?

I subscribed to my local PD’s Facebook page, and have been kicking this idea around for a while now. I am going to start posting the actual firearm photos that they confiscate from criminals, along with as much information as I can get. I wish I could get all information for every single gun seized from criminals in this city (unfortunately not happening), but I can share what they post.

Get ready, some of this stuff is WILD.

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Your intentions don’t matter; what matters is the consequences of your actions

Note:

This is mostly addressed to the people conducting a coordinated “shaming” campaign against the Congressional Representatives who voted against the latest Federal Gun Control legislation (but the rest of you gun grabbers can learn a thing or two here so pay attention). You people should be ashamed of yourselves, and you’d do well to pay attention to the truths behind this rant. If you push this nation into a bloody revolution, you will be held to account for your actions.

As the man once said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

In light of everything that has gone on since the Sandy Hook shooting it’s patently obvious that the people who are pushing gun bans and restrictions in the US have no idea what they are fucking with.

For the last four years guns shops have been doing brisk business, selling tens of thousands of firearms a month (to law abiding citizens), with frequent ammo shortages in all of the major calibers. For the past 12 months one of the maybe 10-12 guns shops in my city of ~600,000 people has had a stack of 4473′s (this is the paperwork for buying a firearm from a dealer) that is 10-12″ thick sitting behind their counter (this is only 10 days worth of purchases where I live).

For the past three months that stack of 4473′s has been two 14-18″ stacks. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds are pretty much gone as soon as the boxes are opened. Magazine rebuild kits are gone as soon as the box is opened. Ammo is gone for pretty much all calibers. There are maybe 10-15 rifles of any kind or caliber in stock at any given time (18 months ago this was more like 150-250).

That’s one gun shop, in one city, in one State. I’ve talked to a lot of people in different places in this country, and from what I can tell this is the rule rather than the exception in nearly all of the US right now.

This is not a country stocking up on things that may get banned. This is a country preparing for war.

If these fuckers keep pushing it, the unintended consequences will be thousands (if not hundreds of thousands or millions) of dead Americans, and a completely different US than the one that we all know today.

It will be a sad day when Americans are shooting Americans, and I’ll shed tears for it. But I won’t shed any tears for the fuckheads who started this bullshit.

Let’s see if any of those aforementioned fuckheads have gamed this scenario out at all. Let’s say that one of the literally dozens (if not hundreds) of proposed pieces of firearm restriction legislation pisses off enough people to the point where we see the shooting start. It’ll take a while to get started, and once started (which I fear is a very real possibility for the first time in my life), it will not stop until the people who started this shit (the gun grabbers pushing their agenda) are held accountable for it, or gun owners are exterminated.

By my best estimates there are about 800,000 law enforcement officers in this country. At best (every reserve active) we have maybe 2 million soldiers in our armed forces. Let’s call that 3 million (which isn’t accurate, because there is literally no possible way to get all of them in the US at the same time without just pulling out all the stops and leaving the rest of the world to fend for themselves).

There are 600,000 people with hunting licenses in Wisconsin alone. Every one of those 600,000 have experience stalking and ambushing live targets. I’m not saying they’d all be on the same side (no more than all LEO’s and soldiers would) in a second civil war, which is what we’re actually talking about here.

Aside from the large number of LEO’s and soldiers who will never fire a shot at a US civilian over this shit (which should be pretty plain in light of the dozens of Sheriffs and Sheriff’s associations who have sent in letters to our “legislators” flat out telling them that they will not be enforcing any new gun bans), and many of who will defect taking their “military grade” weapons with them, plain old US citizens can field a force estimated to be between 3 and 6 million at any given time.

That’s only three to six percent of the estimated 100 million gun owners in the US. Let’s go low and call it 3 percent. 3 million insurgents without uniforms or identifiers.

Looking at those raw numbers, it seems like it would be pretty even, but it wouldn’t be. The vast majority of soldiers and LEO’s would not side with the government. Even if they didn’t side with the rebels, that’s still gonna be a huge blow to the gun grabbers. Let’s be pessimistic and say that only 25% of soldiers and LEO’s would refuse to side with the governement. That leaves about 2.3 million government forces.

That three percent number I used for the rebels wasn’t just pulled from thin air; three percent is the number most often quoted when discussing the number of colonial combatants fielded during the American revolution. But that was 3 percent of the total population. If we use that number we’re talking 9+ million rebels against at most 3 million government troops.

If an armed rebellion were to happen here, it’d be months (best case scenario) before things start to normal out.

In the interim, what do you suppose daily life is going to look like in this country? Hell ONE ex cop kills three people in LA (only two were cops), and LAPD starts shooting up any vehicle that vaguely matches the description without even bothering to identify that there were two elderly women in one of them.

Two guys set off a couple of bombs and shot one cop in Boston, and the police lock down the entire town (4 towns actually), shred the 4th Amendment, and start doing door to door raids to find the remaining bomber. Think about that for just a second, two guys completely shut down a major US city for days with a couple of IEDs and one gun.

Can you imagine what it will be like if hundreds or even thousands of people started putting down the politicians, media talking heads, and LEO’s pushing this shit?

You know cops aren’t going to be responding to jack shit after the first couple of emergency calls that turn into ambushes.

In just my tiny little city of ~600,000 people, law enforcement estimates that there are approximately 35,000 active gang members. Expand that to the entire county of just about a million people and they estimate there are 70,000 active gang members. We have (and I’m being really generous here) maybe 5,000 Law Enforcement Officers in the area. That’s 15:1 odds against the police.

You think those gang members are just gonna sit around when they see that cops aren’t responding to calls? What do you suppose will happen once some of them start to figure out that “Warlord” has a nicer ring to it than Gang Leader? Now add to that the proliferation of Mexican Drug Cartels operating in the US right now. A sincere heartfelt thanks to the ATF and Eric Holder for handing them 2000+ rifles (the semiautomatic “weapon of war” variety rifles that the gun grabbers are trying so hard to ban).

So suddenly we’re living in a Mad Max movie.

By the time we get that mess cleaned up, our economy is going to be in a shambles (not that it’s real healthy just now anyway). So the US is going to look quite a bit different than it does today. You think North Korea (or any of a dozen other despot run shitholes) won’t take the opportunity to start some shit while we’re busy in our own backyard? You think some jihadists won’t figure out that it would be a good time to play their little games?

If you don’t see how easily that could happen, you don’t know enough about the situation. Look at what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, and that was just one city with the undivided attention of the entire government.

Is this what you want? Is this what you had in mind when you set out to “save the children” by banning firearms Ms. Feinstein?

I’m not prescient, so I can’t predict how it will happen in detail, but I know (with the limited intel that I have access to) that all of those things are likely. Not just possible, probable.

Not something I want to see in my lifetime. So how about this; let’s just stop trying to punish law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals? Seems much simpler to me.

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Police State USA

Last week’s bombings in Boston were a terrible thing. It took me a week to write this, as I had to get my head on straight. Yes it is terrible that a couple of asshats decided to kill and maim a bunch of innocent people. My heart goes out to everyone who has a family member, close friend, or were themselves injured.

I am heartened by the response of the citizens of this country, but at the same time terribly saddened at the actions taken by Law Enforcement in trying to locate the remaining suspect.

This:

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…is completely disgusting. We have Janet Napolitano yammering that there are absolutely no connections between these two bombers and any terrorist organizations, but police responding like Al Qaeda invaded the East Coast. Yes we needed to bring the people who committed the act of terrorism to justice, but not at the price of shredding the Constitution.

The actions of Law Enforcement here are nothing short of those of a police state, but it’s ok because it is all being done in the name of protecting the public safety, right?

Here is a video of one of the “voluntary” house to house searches that were conducted in Watertown:

Now I could understand that if maybe there were some credible evidence that the suspect was hiding in an unidentified house on that street, or even in that neighborhood. But there wasn’t. They just knew that he was somewhere in “the area”, and so they decided to door to door everything, despite the 4th Amendment and about 100 years of case law clearly precluding that.

This should shock you. No? How about these:

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Well it looks like these guys are pretty serious, just wait until they find that bomber. Just the SWAT team, no big deal…

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Well ok, maybe they have two SWAT teams…

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Hey…

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Oh come on!

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Eh…

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Wow.

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Uh, do you at least have some intel that the badguy is in there? No?

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This is disturbing…
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Yes, that pistol was just pointing at you ma’am.

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Wait a tick, there is something about that last image… what is that? Let’s take a closer peek shall we?

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Is that…? Closer…

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Yeah, that’s the most disturbing photo I’ve seen come out of Boston yet. That is (presumably) a cop in an up armored hummer pointing an AR at someone taking a picture of him.

That photo was taken with an iPhone, and at that distance there is absolutely zero reason for Ramjet the Rookie there to be pointing an AR at the person taking it. Just because you’ve got a hardon does not mean that you can just trample the Constitution. This isn’t the sandbox, this is a US city.

But officer safety!

NO. It’s a dangerous job, and you’ve got armor.

Is anybody paying attention here?

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90% or 49% who cares?

So the favorite trope of “90% of people support background checks” (which is like saying “90% of people support police” or something equally silly) has been debunked again, this time by USA Today.

While I’m sure the gun grabbers will still continue to use the 90% myth, I say; so what? It doesn’t change anything.

If 4 out of 10 or 9 out of 10 people want me to never say another word, it doesn’t change (even slightly) the fact that I have a constitutionally protected right to tell them to go pound sand.

My wife resorts to this crap when she knows that she can’t win an argument based on logic or reason; “…well Jenny and Tammy think that you’re wrong.”

I don’t care that there are three of you with the same wrong opinion, it doesn’t change facts.

100% of the people I encounter today could tell me that if I shaved my goatee I’d look like Brad Pitt, it wouldn’t change the fact that I look absolutely nothing like Brad Pitt.

Wrong is wrong, and background checks don’t stop crime. Want proof?

Adam Lanza failed a background check and was denied the opportunity to purchase a rifle right before he shot up Sandy Hook. The background check system worked (which is amazing considering how flawed it is), and it still didn’t stop the crime.

But this is a little different. They’re using the statistic lie that 90% of people support background checks to say that it is “the will of the people”.

Still doesn’t make it Constitutional, or even a good idea.

I know that better than 90% of the people who pay income taxes want to pay less income tax (wonder if I can get a grant to conduct a study on that one?).

When that is grounds for abolishing income tax, then we can talk about background checks, ok sparky?

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FEDERAL: H.R.65 — Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013

Summary

  • Raises the age for legal handgun possession to 21
  • Prohibits anyone under 21 from possessing “semiautomatic assault weapons” or “high capacity ammunition feeding devices”
  • Enhanced penalties for youth in possession of the above
  • Enhanced penalties for transferring the above to youth under 21
  • Requires all buyers to have a “secure gun storage safety device” before receiving a firearm from an FFL
  • Establishes penalties for gun owners if a child obtains their firearm
  • Requires that anyone under 18 be accompanies by an adult while attending a gun show, required parent or guardian consent.
  • Establishes grants for law enforcement gun safety programs for parents and children.
  • Recommends (but does not mandate) that each school district should provide or participate in a firearm safety program for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

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FEDERAL: H.R.138 — Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

Summary

  •  Bans transfer or possession of any magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or “similar device’ capable of holding  (or readily restored or converted to accept) more than 10 rounds of ammunition
  • Requires a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” manufactured after the date of enactment be marked with a serial number clearly showing that the magazine was manufactured after the ban.
  • 10 year imprisonment for violation.

 

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FEDERAL: H.R.226 — Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act

Summary

  •  Provides a split over two year $2000 tax credit for anyone turning in a legally owned “assault weapon” (read the text for the definitions, I think they meant “semiautomatic weapon”).

 

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