“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all of our friends, our fellow Americans, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,

The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance, to sing, and to live. A place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub. It was a place of solidarity and empowerment, where people came together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.”


Barack Obama

He was the first person i’ve seen to actually talk about the group directly affected. I will forever be proud of helping to vote this man into office both times I had the opportunity. 

This is an especially heart breaking day for our friends and fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance, sing and live.

The place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub. It’s a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness and speak their minds and advocate for their civil rights. This is a reminder that attacks on any American, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of integrity and dignity that help us as a country.

—  President Obama [x]

The Guns of Garand, Part I — Primer Actuated Bugaboo

 John Cantius Garand is perhaps one of the most important firearms designers in American history, inventor of the legendary M1 Garand, standard arm of the American infantryman during World War II and what Gen. Patton referred to as “The greatest battle implement ever devised”.  Ironically, one of America’s most important gun designers was not American, but in fact French Canadian by birth, born Jean Garand (his last name rhyming with “errand”) on a small farm near St. Remy, Quebec in 1888. Garand was an avid hunter and target shooter who had a penchant for mechanics and machinery.  In his early life he worked as an engineer for various textile mills and tool companies.  In 1917 he was appointed as a designer for the US Bureau of Standards, later becoming a firearms designer for Springfield Armory, then the national armory for the US Military.

The first Garand design was a light machine gun called the Model 1919.

Patented on Sept. 5th, 1919, the M1919 was a light machine gun that was similar in concept to the M1917 Browning Automatic Rifle.  The M1919 was fully automatic and featured a 20 or 30 round detachable magazine.  The M1919 utilized a primer actuated blowback system in which the primer was allowed to move back slightly, and in so doing, it was to transmit this motion through the firing pin to an actuator which would open the breech and extract the empty cartridge, after which the  gun would be reloaded by the action of a spring which had been compressed during the first motion.

The US Army was impressed with Garand’s design, however they did not adopt it due to their acceptance of the M1917 Browning Automatic Rifle.  Thus, Springfield Armory encouraged Garand to modify the M1919 into a semi automatic infantry rifle.  A year later, Garand introduced the M1920, a lightweight semi automatic version of the M1919 featuring a turning bolt of his own design.

The new M1920 was more compact and lighter than the M1920, and featured either a 20 or 30 round detachable magazine, or a clip fed box magazine. His next model, the M1921 was designed to be more in line with military specifications for an infantry rifle at the time.  It featured a fixed 5 round box magazine.  More importantly Garand did away with the turnbolt action of the M1920, replacing it was a straight action which locked at the rear.

The final Garand model was the M1923, also designated the M1924, which was a culmination of all his previous work, made to be lighter and easier to produce using less expensive materials.

Overall John Garand’s primer actuated system was successful, however, after the development of the M1921, the US Army changed the type of gun powder in the .30-06 cartridge, the standard infantry cartridge of the time.  As a result, the new .30-06 cartridge did not work with his line of primer actuated firearms.  After five years of work, all of his designs were rendered completely useless.  Garand decided to abandon his primer actuated action, and in frustration went back to the drawing board.

Review - Zacuto Z-Finder and Target Shooter

I was recently given the opportunity to try out some of Zacuto’s camera gear, including the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x, and the Target Shooter stabilizer. 

The Zacuto Z-Finder 2.5x comes with all the expected and necessary adapters to fit it to most any camera. It’s build quality is superb, and it feels very sturdy in your hands. It’s eyecup is very comfortable and the 2.5 magnification makes viewing the LCD screen a pleasure, instead of a hassle. The only down side I can think of is the price. At nearly $400, I would actually have to think twice about purchasing the Z-Finder. However, after having used it, I must say you certainly get what you pay for. 

Zacuto’s Target Shooter is a basic point of contact stabilizer. It certainly does help with camera shake, is very adaptable, and even uses the same convenient Gorilla Plate as the Z-Finder. While the Target Shooter is a handy little tool, it isn’t for long hours of use. The point of contact with your body is made of hard plastic, not even padded for comfort.  Unlike the Z-Finder, the Target Shooter is not something most photographers will use all the time. While it’s compact build and light weight make it a very quality piece of equipment, $500 seems a little pricey for something that will only be used occasionally.

In summary, Zacuto’s build quality is superb, and their products certainly set a high standard for the competition. The only downside is that you also pay top dollar for such a high level of quality. The Z-Finder is probably worth the cost, though. Especially to anyone using a lot of video. Chances are, I’ll wind up buying one myself. 

For more information on Zacuto and their products, click the link below.


Electronic harassment and mind control

ELF is a high tech weapon abbreviated for Extreme Low Frequency signals which mimic natural brain waves. It is not only used to brainwash and control people, it’s used to physically attack them as well.

First, lets look at some of the patents filed:
U.S. Patent US5629678: IMPLANTABLE TRANSECEIVER – Apparatus for Tracking and Recovering Humans.

Mind control technology is not simply the creation of paranoid conspiracy theorists, nor is it the stuff of science fiction based on imagination. In fact what is science fiction? It’s the future foretold. Is there anything really fiction about most of the fiction we’re seeing today? Truth is often masked under the term fiction so that you won’t think it’s real when often it indeed is.

Mind control technology established, certifiable fact that the media won’t tell you about. The technology exists, the hardware is in place, the patents are on record and the agencies to run and control it are in and have been in place.
There are even declassified cia documents that admit to the existence of mind control programs:

Mind control through elf is also to blame for many lone gunman shooters, a few examples:

Myron May was the FSU Shooter and a self admitted Targeted Individual and under Extreme Second By Second Surveillance by an ongoing heinous and illegal CIA program. In the months leading up to the shooting, he told people in detail of his elf harassment (which point by point fits in with thousands of other victims’ accounts of this harassment), and then before the shooting he told people that his harassers told him that if he shot someone they would stop harassing him.

The Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, also driven by elf fueled delusions, scratched the words “End the torment!” on the barrel of the shotgun he used; The mainstream media also reported that Aaron Alexis carved the phrases “My ELF Weapon” and “Better off this way” into his weapon before 12 people were reportedly killed with it in a mass shooting. Alexis was targeting those in the Navy who he suspected the people who were responsible for the criminal activity perpetrated on him.

Miriam Carey was a Targeted Individual, she wanted to know why she had been put on an extreme form of electronic surveillance. Carey’s case remains shrouded in a fog of misinformation. Initial reports claimed she “rammed” White House and Capitol “barriers” — and that she tried to breach two security perimeters. Those reports have since been proven false. We were told that Carey “rammed” White House and Capitol “barriers.” That she tried to breach two security perimeters. That she had mental problems. But how did a supposedly mentally unstable person remain a longtime, reliable and valued employee at two dental practices until the day she was killed? She had a condo and a family and, according to colleagues and relatives, plans for the weekend. And what person ignores commands from officers pointing guns, hits a couple of their cars, and drives on? “There was no indication she ever had issues,” Nicholson continues. “You couldn’t ask for a more professional person than her. No one ever complained about her, and that’s highly unusual. She was the sweetest person you ever want to know.” Why did Miram Carey do it indeed: “She stated that President Obama had put her residence under electronic surveillance and that it was being fed live to all the national news outlets.” The day she drove to the white house was a mystery… no one knows what led her there, likely the same voices in her head that disturbed her before.

Here is a episode of coast to coast am that covers elf and targeted individuals very thoroughly:


A friendly reminder that those right-wing extremists occupying a federal building in Oregon are precisely who the NRA fights for: people who want to be able to take up arms against the government. That’s the interpretation of the Second Amendment they defend, and the ultimate purpose of their existence. They don’t fight gun control to protect the rights of hunters or target shooters or people who want to use a firearm for personal self-defense.

The NRA exists to guarantee that people can object to a government they don’t like with deadly force.

Olympic target shooter Amanda Furrer dropped this weekend and hung out for a bit. While she ran around the forrest imagining herself in Fern Gully, we made sure to give her a Hodge Defense Systems AU-MOD 1 built up with a Geissele Automatics SMR.

Eotech EXPS 3-0 in Tan

Sufire 3 Prong Flash Hider and Suppressor Mount

Surefire M300B, mini scout light

Magpul Industries Offset Scout Light Mount, M-LOK

MagPod for Magpul PMAGs

Stop The Hate!

I Stand With The People Who Are Grieving The Loss Of Family Members, Friends, And Loved Ones.

I Stand With Them Because I Am A Gay Man…

Because I Am An American…

Because I Am A Person!

Stop The Hate!

“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends – our fellow Americans – who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub – it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights. So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation – is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans” President Obama

Domestic AUs

  • Sock skating in the newly waxed floors.
  • Fighting over the thermostat settings.
  • Movie night on the couch.
  • With nowhere else to be, they both spend their rare day off at home.
  • Hosting a holiday party for their mutual friends.
  • Game night.
  • “Oh! Hey! Could you come and taste this to see if it’s okay?”
  • Your stray red item turned my whites pink.
  • Rosh ambo to see who has to go talk to the neighbors upstairs for being too loud.
  • Swapping “miracle cure recipes” for hangovers.
  • Having to put up holiday decorations together after a big fight.
  • Target practice with marshmallow shooter and the local kit of pigeons.
  • Power outage causes them to have dinner by candle light.
  • “My parents are coming over in 10 minutes so please put some clothes on”
  • Person A is sick and Person B takes care of them.
  • “What is ______ doing in the freezer?”
  • Person A runs into Person B’s one-night stand at breakfast.
  • Sharing book titles/CDs.
  • Volunteers to investigate the strange noises coming from the closet.
  • Begrudgingly adopts the cat that climbed in through the open window and hid in said closet.
  • The ceiling is leaking. Who wants to deal with the apartment manager?
  • Person A suspect the new neighbors are serial killers. Person B attempts to placate them.
  • Choosing to repaint the apartment and goes to the hardware store together to pick out color swatches.
  • Thunderstorm cuddles


The most mind boggling thing about the Orlando shooting is that people try to play it off as some racism instead of religious extremism. While I was camping at Bonnaroo, I literally saw someone on facebook complain that white gay men were appropriating the event when it “really” “belonged” to QTIPOC (Queer Trans Indigenous People of Color). What??? 

Most of the victims were Latino because the club happened to be having Latin night during the time of the shooting. Do people really think that the shooter specifically targeted gay men of a certain race? Why can’t people wrap their heads around the fact that a religious extremist wanted to shoot up a gay club in a city with a large Latino population?

Also I love that the attack was branded as racist even though people of color also supposedly can’t be racist against each other. Guess Latino and Arab people are PoC when it’s convenient and white when it’s not. 

Finally I wonder why the victims had to be branded as Indigenous ™ even though none of them probably had any sort of indigenous self identification even though they might have some native South/Central American ancestry. Honestly these acronyms are becoming dumber and dumber every day…

People complain about folks erasing the fact that the shooter targeted lgbt+ people at a gay club, and that’s something I also take issue with.  But they do this while they ignore the fact that he was documented as being very racist and saying he wanted to shoot Black people and these victims were all Black and Latinix. 

I’m seeing three camps:

I’m already seeing people use this shooting as an excuse to be islamaphobic, and they think they can be racist on our behalf (even though many of them are openly homophobic and transphobic, as in they take pride in bullying young lgbt+ folk and other marginalized people).  These are the people who usually call us “special snowflakes” to make up our marginalization just to stand out because we want to be coddled.  They mock the concept of “safe spaces”, applauded the racists who threatened kids at Missou, and excuse the murder of LGBT+ and people of color every day.  But they’re suddenly “moved” (after refusing to condemn people like Dylann Roof) to protect us from “terrorists” because they saw an Afghan man and thought “ISIS is out to get US”.  There’s a reason they won’t talk about the white guy who got arrested with guns and other weapons on his way to LA Pride.  

Others, just weeks ago, were defending racism and erasure in our (lgbt+) community as a “matter of preference” and I can’t help but think they have their own motive for why they need to erase the fact that these were Black and Latinix people…because his racist views weren’t too different from their own and they know they’ve been utterly crap towards qpoc (if they acknowledge us at all with their “vanilla or spice, no chocolate or rice” crap) and realize their racism bears fruit just like other people’s homophobia does.  And they’re talking about how afraid they are while they try to make queer spaces even MORE unsafe for qpoc. I think the fact that people are using apps like Tinder to harass anyone who looks “Muslim” is evidence of that.  Also look at how many are suddenly so happy for extra police presence, no matter how dangerous that makes things for Black and Latinix (and now Muslim) lgbt+. There are people on here saying “well I’m gay” as if this act of terrorism excuses the racism they already had and entitles them to speak over people they would usually ignore. 

And then you have the fact that straight people have managed to make it about themselves, yet again; anything to avoid acknowledging that the systems of belief (and policy) that they inexplicably protect have cost far too many lives. Yeah they cry about the fact that over 40 people were killed but they’ll protect someone’s right to dehumanize us at will or deny us basic rights. It shouldn’t take a massacre for them to recognize us as human beings.   

They’re all pretty much saying that those people are only fit to be mourned if they can erase parts of them that are inconvenient for their narrative or agenda and I’m just so over that.  I’m honestly crying right now because that’s been my reality as a bisexual who’s also black and now I’m seeing it in real time. 

*EDIT for spelling

Major George Nonte Jr. (1926-1978) US Army ordinance, weapons expert in the JFK assasination investigation, professional target shooter, and prolific gun writer who wrote for American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, The Handloader, American Handgunner, The Rifle, and Guns.  Editor and Chief of Shooting Times magazine.

The French Contract Model 1914 Remington Rolling Block breech loading rifle

One of the most prolific breechloading firearms of the later half of the 19th century, the Remington Rolling block was sold all over the world, including North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.  It was a favorite of Buffalo hunters in the American West, a common staple among target shooters, while at the same time becoming the primary military arm of many nations. One of the rarest and least known model, as well as its last production run was the French Contract Model 1914 produced in the early years of World War I.

While the United States was neutral throughout most of WWI, American firearms manufacturers made a killing selling weapons to the Allied Powers.  In November of 1914 the French Government contracted Remington to produce 100,291 Rolling Block rifles for use by the French military, which were delivered in 1916. While the French had the Lebel and Berthier rifle, a national shortage of arms caused France to purchase weapons from a number of American companies. The French Contract Remington Rolling block was chambered for 8x50mmR Lebel cartridge, then the standard French infantry cartridge. Since the Rolling Block was a breechloader, technology that became obsolete with the adopting of bolt action repeating rifles, the French Government was able to purchase these rifles at a substantially lower price.  Since it was a single shot rifle in a war involving bolt action rifles and machine guns, it was not intended as a front line combat weapon.  Rather it was issued to rear line units such as supply units, guards, military police, and support personnel.  Thus, its purpose was to free up Lebel and Berthier rifles for combat units on the front lines.