A Stout Read. Take some Antacids before hand.
The ending quote says it all:
You either believe in freedom or you don’t. It’s that simple.
Everything else is just a deadly distraction. As Orwell observed in 1984:
“All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.”
Oliver Winchester was born in Boston, on November 30, 1810. He started his career with a clothing company based out of New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. After successfully running this aspect of his business, Winchester began to look for new opportunities. Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson (yes, that “Smith & Wesson” who later formed the Smith & Wesson Revolver Company) acquired and improved a rifle design with the help of shop foreman, Benjamin Tyler Henry. Talk about a genius cluster! In 1855, they began to manufacture what would be known as the “Volcanic” lever-action rifle. The company would become incorporated as the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company; its largest stockholder was Oliver Winchester.
After limited success with this new rifle, Winchester seized the opportunity to take control over the failing company and renamed it the New Haven Arms Company. Although initial returns were slow, Benjamin Henry, the company’s leading engineer, improved the Volcanic repeating rifle’s design by enlarging the frame and magazine to accommodate the all-new brass cased .44 caliber cartridge. This ingenuity put the company on the map, and in 1860, the patent for the infamous Henry rifle was issued. The next six years of production produced over 12,000 Henry, many of which were used in the Civil War. In the following months, Benjamin Henry, angered over what he believed was inadequate compensation, filed a lawsuit for ownership of the company. Oliver Winchester hastenly reorganized the company as the Winchester Repeating Arms Company to circumvent this issue.
The Model 1866 soon rolled out as the first Winchester rifle. Based on the Henry rifle, it came with an improved magazine and a wooden forend. In the following years, larger caliber rifles such as the infamous Model 1873, “The Gun That Won The West”, brought more notoriety and foundation to the company. Although Mr. Winchester would miss the opportunity to see his company’s greatest achievements; he passed away in December of 1880.
Winchester Repeating Arms Company’s collaboration with John Browning brought about much success with a host of shotguns, including the still produced Model 1885. The turn of the 20th century hosted a series of new arms developments, many from the top engineer at the time, T.C. Johnson. But it was the start of the First World War that set development and production requirements into full force. The company became a major producer of the .30-06 M1917 Enfield rifle for the United States military, and worked once more with Browning to develop the .50 caliber BMG.
During the war, the company borrowed heavily to finance the expansion. In an attempt to pay down its debt following the war’s end, they used their surplus production capacity to manufacture consumer goods such as kitchen knives, roller skates, and refrigerators. The strategy was a failure, and the Great Depression sent the company into bankruptcy. John M. Olin’s Western Cartridge Company purchased the Winchester Repeating Arms Company at auction in 1931, with plans to restore the brand to its former glory. The Second World War helped this cause tremendously as Winchester produced the U.S. M1 Carbine and the M1 Garand rifle during this time period.
Over the following decades, the Olin Winchester-Western division struggled with rising labor costs and other companies’ cast-and-stamped production methods. By 1980, Olin decided to sell the company back to its employees, which re-incorporated as the U.S. Repeating Arms Company. Olin retained the Winchester ammunition business. U.S. Repeating Arms went bankrupt in 1989, and after a number of sellouts to forgien holdings companies, the New Haven plant closed its doors on January 16, 2006, after 140 years of producing rifles and shotguns.
In August of 2006, Olin Corporation, owner of Winchester trademarks, entered a new license deal with Browning to make Winchester brand rifles and shotguns once again. The Model 1885, Model 1892, and Model 1886 are all produced by Miroku Corporation of Japan, then imported to the U.S. by Browning. Currently, Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal (FN) makes the remainder of Winchester’s rifle and shotgun lineup in various locations around Europe.
Winchester-branded ammunition continues to be produced by the Olin Corporation. Some of the most successful cartridges ever invented have been under the Winchester name: the .44-40 WCF, the .30-30 WCF, the .32 Winchester Special, the .50 BMG, the .270 Winchester, the .308 Winchester (the commercial version of the 7.62x51mm NATO), the .243 Winchester, the .22 WMR (aka the .22 Magnum), and the .300 Winchester Magnum. In North America, the .30-30 and .308 Winchester are some of the best selling cartridges in firearm history.
Through its history, the Winchester name has experienced great successes and significant failures; but it’s truly an important story to know in the realm of firearms. Here’s to the man that started it all, happy birthday to Mr. Oliver Winchester.
I want to give a shout out to my friends over at Ammo.com for this awesome write-up!
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!
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The Soviets won the Greatest Generation’s war.
That victory allowed them and their Commie-lite pals in the US to divide the world for nearly 50 years.
The Han heirs to the Soviet mass murderers, aided by their global allies, are now planning and executing a global clean-up operation to be completed NLT than the centenary of Mao’s triumph in 1949.
Don’t believe the hype.
You are surrounded by Reds here in FUSA 2019.
You know what you must do.
Harden your hearts.
Toughen your body.
Build your skill sets.
And keep working your intel ops.
The Big Game is coming.
Part 1 of this article can be read HERE.
Originally authored by our friends over at Ammo.com, this is the second half of their excellent historical analysis of militias in the US, running up to the Bundy Standoff and Malhuer Wildlife Refuge occupation. The critical takeaway is the coverage of militias on both sides of the ideological aisle and causes, ranging from post-Reconstruction era…
I have always been a big fan of Steven Crowder, not only because I like the guy’s Politics but also because I think he is one of those unique comics that can take complex political and social issues and break them down in short comedic and hilarious skits that the general public can understand.
This one entitled “To KIll a #METOO Bird” is about how the #METOO movement coerced public perception, and Legal Opinion, away from DUE PROCESS to a lone woman’s accusation of rape or sexual assault being sufficient to take away a man’s freedom, assassinate his character and destroy his livelihood.
Due Process (which is guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment) is not that complex of a legal concept to understand.
It simply means EVERY PERSON accused of a crime has the RIGHT to a certain, prescribed order of legal processes. The belief that a Person is PRESUMED innocent until PROVEN Guilty is in fact, the BEDROCK of the U.S. Justice System!
So where did it all start to go wrong? When and where did the legal system begin to fail in their mandate to uphold DUE PROCESS and how was the public bamboozled to believe this was for the “common good?”
Like all lies, it had it’s beginnings with a legitimate problem that was manipulated into a Political Weapon by the left. The “#METOO scare” bombarded the public via the MSM with dozens of accusations from women claiming some type of sexual assault or rape. In most cases, these ACCUSATIONS were the only evidence against the accused.
Proponents of #METOO, including Hollywood elitist and Weinstein flunkie Meryl Streep and failed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were quick to bolster this dangerous ideal claiming “Every WOMAN Should be believed when it comes to Accusations of Sexual Assault or Rape.”
Notice the ideal for this rest not in the CHARACTER of the person but purely in their SEX. Simply because they are WOMEN they should be believed. It’s an absurd principle but you would be surprised how many people swallowed it hook line and sinker.
This left wing psy-op had it’s culmination with the Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings which contrary to popular belief, was not a legal trial, but a Senate hearing to investigate claims of wrongdoing. It eventually turned into exactly what the left intended: a Court of Public Opinion to assassinate the character of Conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and consequently knock him out of consideration for the post. Not surprisingly, the ploy failed, but the damage was done.
So Fast Forward a few years and now Mass Shootings suddenly become the new media circus and the justification for the left (and elements of the right) to once again go after the Second Amendment. As is always the case, when these tragedies occur, politicians start talking about how we need more “gun control” laws when the obvious fact that CRIMINALS don’t obey laws in the first place flies right over their head. The most sinister of these proposed laws are RED FLAG LAWS or ERPO’s (Emergency Risk Protection Orders)
Why are Red Flag Laws Dangerous? Because just like the #METOO debacle, a person’s life and livelihood and not to mention Constitutional Rights can be trampled over with a mere ACCUSATION. That’s right. When a ERPO is filed, a person “petitions” the Court (ie fills out a Government form) and then Law Enforcement are bound to investigate the petition. Police then come to the person’s home and confiscate EVERY firearm they own BEFORE they have a chance to answer any questions about these accusations before a Judge!
And if you think this process sounds outrageous, our own President (supposedly our “Second Amendment President”) stands behind this unconstitutional premise!
The real danger in all of this lies in the fact that ERPO’s are being touted by those on both the Left and the Right as “Common Sense Gun Legislation.” So violating a person’s Constitutional Rights (Their 2nd, Fourth and Fifth to be exact) is now a Common Sense way to Stop Gun Violence?
Do you see where this is going folks? You have to remember every Totalitarian Regime that has ever existed DISARMED the populace FIRST and in most cases the way they did this was by CHANGING the “LAWS” to suit their agenda and aim.
Red Flag Gun Laws are not only Unconstitutional, they are UNAMERICAN in every way.
Our Legal system is BUILT upon the premise of DUE PROCESS and having the RIGHT to Face and Question our accusers. If all of that is boiled down to just a mere ACCUSATION, then we as a country have decided in an instant to throw out 200+ years of bloodshed and sacrifice by our forefathers in exchange for “Public Safety?”
I think Benjamin Franklin said it best:
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!
(By The Tactical Hermit)
Since Donald Trump was elected President in 2016 and the left-tards started throwing public temper tantrums akin to five year-old’s who do not get their way. The general consensus in the Conservative Patriot Community was “What do we really have to fear from a group of people with purple hair who don’t even know which bathroom to use?” But recent tragic events at the ICE Detention Center in Washington State requires all of us to prudently re-evaluate the REALISTIC THREAT LEVEL these people and their organizations really pose.
Sun Tzu tells us in The Art of War that in order to be victorious against an enemy, we must “Know the enemy as we know ourselves.” So in keeping with that wisdom, let us briefly outline the birth of radical left-wing militancy in the United States.
In the book Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, The FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence, by Bryan Burrough, several militant left-wing so-called “revolutionary” or urban-guerilla groups were discussed including: The Weather Underground, The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) (Who kidnapped heriess Patty Hearst) Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional or Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), The United Freedom Front, The Black Liberation Army (BLA) and The Mutulu Shakur Group or “The Family.”
Although it is beyond the scope of this article to go into any real analytical depth on any one particular group regarding their history, tactics and strategies, I do want to briefly discuss The Weather Underground. Simply because they share many characteristics with ANTIFA and their affiliates. The most obvious being their willingness to attack U.S. Government installations. But the most notable is the name of the group ICE Detention Center terrorist and really bad songwriter, Willem Van Spronsen (pictured above) was a member: The Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club. A name influenced from the latter history of The Weather Underground.
When the Weather Underground split up in 1976, several members (including Barrack Hussein Obama mentor Bill Ayers) decided to start a “publishing arm” called the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, also called “The John Brown Book Club” by core members. It is no coincidence then that the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club shares the same name as this notorious organization of domestic terrorist and criminals. The difference being the word “Book” has been replaced with “Gun.” Read into that what you will dear readers.
In the following three paragraphs I have listed three common-core traits that all of these groups share so we can better understand their motivations and beliefs and how those influenced modern day groups like The John Brown Gun Club, ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the Democratic Socialist of America.
Social Justice Warriors
We have all heard this term time and time again in the main stream media, but the real genesis of the word comes from counter-culture peaceful protest groups that began in the 1960’s and who eventually morphed into the urban-guerilla/domestic terrorist groups of the 1970’s. These groups are characterized mainly by marxist/socialist utopian fantasies rooted in anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist sentiment. Currently third and fourth wave feminist organizations like One Billion Rising and Reclaim the Night along with movements such as #METOO have joined in with the SJW movement and phrases such as “Toxic Masculinity”, “Evils of a Patriarchal System” and “Misogynistic Mentality”are now common place in their rhetoric.
Revolutionary Violence Justified
To see the origins of left-wing violence in America one has to go further back to the 1920’s and 30’s when the Communist Party was beginning to gain traction in America via the Labor movement. Violence and subversion were seen as necessary evils to advance the cause of communism, with the Russian Revolution of 1917 as a shining example of what could be accomplished when comrades banded together for a common goal. During the Depression era we saw humanity at it’s most vulnerable and weakest. It was at this time that the Communist Party bolstered it’s membership ranks into the tens of thousands by exploiting peoples hardships by blaming all of society’s ills on the “Capitalist” Industrialist system. Sound familiar? Fast forward to the 1970’s where groups like The Weather Underground, the FALN and the BLA claimed responsibility for over 2,500 bombings in an eighteen month period between 1971 and 1972. These bombings (in which less than 1% accounted for any fatalities) were always followed by some type of public statement that denounced the “evils of the capitalist system” of Democratic government. Again, sound familiar? Yes, nothing really ever changes with these folks.
Use of Propaganda via Main Stream Media (MSM)
These groups were very adept at using various forms of propaganda to further their cause. In the 1960’s, with the advent of television news at it’s zenith, public protest became a very popular way for these groups to get publicity and notoriety. In the 1970’s it was standard operating procedure for groups like The Weather Underground and the FALN to issue “communiques” after their bombings which more often than not acted as “exploding press releases.” These messages always denouncing some form of the “American capitalist condition.” Fast forward to today with the heavily biased leftist media enclaves like CNN and MSNBC giving these groups validity and publicity with biased anchors supporting their violent actions. While at the same time social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are obvious allies bolstering the leftist ranks. It can be said without exaggeration then that the left has the upper hand when it comes to “controlling the narrative” with their propaganda. While at the same time silencing the opposition’s viewpoint via censorship and false labels like “hate speech” and “racist.”
So after seeing the common traits these organizations have always had regardless of the time period in which they operate, what is the bottom line as far as violence goes with today’s left-wing groups? It can be said with some certainty after perusing the websites of some of the leftist groups in operation today, that VIOLENCE is certainly on the menu and is being prepared for with VIGOR.
For the DIY type of 21st century leftist revolutionary, there is the aptly named “Warrior Up” website which by it’s own description has “Techniques for sabotaging capitalist infrastructure and extractive industries.” For those of us old enough to remember when you could buy a copy of the Poor Man’s James Bond via mail order for $5.00, in comparison, websites like these are pitiful substitutes to be honest.
To get a sense of where the average leftist is at regarding violence, there is this overly biased article from the Guardian. In which members of the the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club stated that they were willing to be armed and get violent if need be to “Provide Security and Protect themselves from Right Wing Aggression.” This is classic deflection (blame) rhetoric. Since in most every video I can find of ANTIFA, it is THESE morons that start the fights, not the Trump Supporters or “Right Wing” groups.
The PSJBGC go on to clearly state on their website that they believe in “ACTIVE RESISTANCE” and that they train in Defense which includes the right to own, carry, and train with tactically useful rifles, pistols, and body armor. Not sure what “tactically useful” means here, but it is clear, at least to me, that they are trying to be better organized and sound more martially active or “warlike” if you will than other groups you typically find in this ilk which look and sound downright effeminate and weak.
In closing, it would behoove all of us in the Conservative and Patriot communities to keep an eye on these folks. While most of the rhetoric I found was mostly defensive in nature, there is no doubt these groups are attempting to take a harder edge, get better organized and talk and train more like their Conservative enemies. There is no doubt, at least in my mind, there will be more attacks like the one on the ICE Detention Center and as the 2020 Presidential debates and election approaches, more attacks on Conservatives and Trump supporters as well.
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!
You may or may not know Bill that everyday I go down to the waterfront with hot soup for the Irish as they come ashore. Its part of building a political base.
I’ve noticed you there, you may have noticed me.
Indeed I have. Throwing torrents of abuse to every single person who steps off those boats.
If only I had the guns Mr Tweed I’d shoot each and every one of them before they set foot on American soil!
You guys will have to excuse my obsession of late with the movie Gang’s of New York, but in watching this movie again for around the 12th time the other day, I noticed something new: America’s current CRISIS with Illegal Immigration and the exploitation of those Illegals by Democrats to secure votes is not new. In fact, it is as old as American politics itself.
Bill the Butcher’s last line in this exchange is one of my favorite lines in the whole movie. Mainly because it nails down a sentiment that is as popular today with a large majority of Americans as it was in 1860.
America is being invaded by foreigners and the traitorous swamp Democ-RATS are more than eager to help them come in.
Right Now in America we have a new version of Tammany Hall going on in that rat infested corrupt swamp called Washington D.C.
Our Government is OVER RUN with elected traitors in Congress and the Senate alike who want to roll out the red carpet to Hordes of diseased criminals teeming across our Southern Border who are intent on two things: Getting on Welfare and Voting Democrat in 2020.
In short, the destruction of America wholesale.
Don’t believe me? Let Tucker Carlson explain it in under 6 minutes.
I cannot say I am impressed with what President Trump has done so far to correct this Problem.
I have heard a lot of talk and promises, but not a lot of action, and ACTION is what this country needs now more than ever if we are to remain an INTACT Republic.
Irregardless of what is done or is not done regarding Illegal Immigration, As Always my mandate is clear:
I will defend my Family and Home First and my State Second.