Some people might assume that this means there will be a time period during which I will be, generally, less well armed. Oddly enough, this is not necessarily so. That's because when I have to do something like travel and my license is awaiting renewal, I just toss a rifle in with the rest of my gear. This means I won't have a gun at a restaurant or in a lonely rest stop bathroom late at night, but if I can get to my vehicle or if I'm already sacked out for the night, I'm not really the kind of guy you want to try to rob.
Guns are not, of course, necessary in order to commit murder -- not even mass murder -- and especially not in an environment where the average citizen is highly unlikely to have a gun of their own. And in places where gun laws are strict, private citizens will resort to improvised weapons of their own. A Russian cop I knew back in the 1990s carried a hatchet in the side door pocket of his Lada sedan when he travelled off-duty. Tire irons are also popular dual-use items for the Russian traveller. These weapons aren't much use against the serious criminals that dominate the Russian underworld. Those guys are generally armed with stolen military weapons. But the common street tough can at least be given a run for his money with a tire iron a lot of the time. I shudder to think what Ruslan would have done to a poorly-armed thug with that hatchet. Personally, I'd rather be shot than hacked up or blugeoned to death -- and I'd certainly rather not have to live with the memory of having to defend myself with such brutal, primitive weapons. Machetes, gasoline, piano wire, shovels, brush axes ,,, all very grim stuff and all very deadly. This is the kind of thing that people rarely consider when they promote gun control -- but they really should.
Progress in research has been good this week, but a bit invisible in terms of what I have posted to share with others. I read large parts of the report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations in prep for this summer's JFK - related acoustics tests. I got approval for use of the land for that testing -- during a week in late July to early August. I've got a 14 inch Hornet barrel on the way from E.A. Brown, an outfit that specializes in Thompson / Center's products (including the Contender pistol). I still have to buy the frame, which is, legally speaking, THE pistol. But that will come together. For those of you with an interest in the effects of the National Firearms Act of 1934, the history of Thompson / Center is worth looking into. They've gone through an amazing hassle over the legal status of their single-shot firearms ... owing largely to the fact that their highly-modular designs are easily reconfigured into NFA - regulated short barel rifle configuration, and could be easily -- even inadvertently -- reconfigured from rifle to pistol without federal authorization. Of course -- a hacksaw and five minutes of time will do about as well with most guns in criminal hands, but somehow this fact gets lost in the arguments. To be fair, however, the BATFE must be just as upset by the bizarre nature of the law as everyone else -- and they're held responsible for enforcing it. .