More Hollywood Lies About the AR-15

I’ve already said that I consider the S.W.A.T. television series to be much inferior to the Canadian version (from a few years back) Flashpoint. Sure S.W.A.T. can afford to blow more stuff up than the budget allowed to Flashpoint, but that just means that they spend time blowing stuff up, and crashing cars, or whatever, instead of actually having to tell a story.

That said I have seen more than my allotted share of S.W.A.T. episodes. Case in point, an episode that originally aired on March 4th, they talk about a suspect who owns and AR-15, but the gun that guy uses is clearly fully automatic, not semiautomatic.

If you have access to episode, via a cable recording or whatever, the offending sequence starts at about 6 minutes and 30 seconds into the program.

Because if you are going to be anti-gun, and you have access to a big megaphone, why not tell lies? </sarcasm>

But The Left Tells Me I Can’t Use an AR-15 for Self-defense

I guess she should have let them continue to beat up her husband or partner. Sheriff: Pregnant woman uses AR-15 to fatally shoot home invader.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff spokesperson told NBC News, when one of the intruders began pistol whipping the male homeowner, the pregnant woman retrieved her legally owned AR-15 and fired one round. She struck one of the men.

This story is from Friday, though the media was apparently sitting on the fact that it was an AR-15.

And self-defense is a human-right.

Homeowner Uses AR-15 to Defend Himself From 4 Intruders

You could almost file this under “Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0,” except that they did wound the homeowner. And you meet the nicest people on Craigslist. Or not, as the case may be. Two dead, two jailed following Craigslist-related Summerfield home invasion.

But… the gun-hating Left is always telling me that I cannot use an AR-15 for self-defense. Impossible they say. I guess they’re wrong.

Jackson’s body was found in the home’s dining room floor. He was wearing a “Jason” mask on top of his head and gloves on both hands, with a semi-automatic pistol with the slide locked near his head, the report says.

Doyle was found outside the home with a shotgun lying on the ground next to him. And the wounded homeowner was located in his bedroom with an AR-15 assault rifle lying across his legs, the report says.

Whenever someone goes on about how many bullets should be permitted in a magazine, I always ask, “How many people are going to attack me at one time, in the future?” Since they seem to know what the future will hold when they say “You won’t need more than X bullets.” The follow up question is, “How often can I miss?”

The first guy died at the scene. The guy with the shotgun died in a local hospital. Two other miscreants were apprehended by the police. The homeowner was shot, and is in a local hospital.

The Craigslist connection? The homeowner had dealt with one of the 4 previously.

The homeowner told detectives that about an hour before the incident one of the suspects knocked on his door. He said he didn’t answer it and then saw the man peering through his back sliding glass door. He said the man mentioned the previous Craigslist transaction and said he needed help with his vehicle. The homeowner told him he was disabled and not able to help and the man left, the report says.

Then when they crashed front and back doors, he grabbed his AR, which was next to his bed.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida, it is mostly your legal right.

USA Today Loses Twitter (and it’s mind)

Chainsaw Bayonet OK Twitter is usually pretty entertaining. And the mainstream media’s understanding (or lack thereof) of all things firearm related can be entertaining. When you apply one to the other, it is downright synergistic.

USA Today, in it’s fine tradition of journalism about guns, decided to take a look at the Ruger version of the AR-15 that was used in the latest shooting in Texas.

While they get it MOSTLY right, they include a reference to a “Chainsaw Bayonet,” which do exist – but mostly as a joke for fans of Gears of War, or The Walking Dead.

Since you can bolt pretty much anything to the front of an AR-15, yes, you can bolt on a chainsaw. Why you would want to as anything but a joke… or a reference to The Army of Darkness isn’t clear to anyone. Least of all USA Today. The denizens of Twitter immediately responded, as they are wont to do in these circumstances, with the hashtag, #ChainsawBayonet. Everything from velociraptors to “Fully Functioning” Deathstars are shown bolted to the AR-15.

USA Today did offer a clarification.

To clarify, the video shows both the shooter’s modifications, as well as other possible modifications. The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet.

The full video is below.

As noted, you can bolt just about anything to the front of an AR-15. You could bolt a Table saw to the front of a rifle and it would be only slightly less useful than the chainsaw version.

AR-15 Trigger Animation

It seems like a lot to expect from a couple of pieces of metal and some twisted wire, but it has to be drop-safe, and keep the trigger from working when the selector is set to “safe.”

Anyway I found this when I was looking at a review/comparison of some of the various options for AR-15 triggers. Not really of interest, I put it here for my own reference. People (non-shooting people) are often confused about how stuff works in the world of firearms. (Gas-blocks, and direct impingement systems seem like magic the first time you try to explain them.)

Here is a more complete animation.

With the Price of Ammo So High, Accuracy (even in Self-defense) Counts

AR-15 as a home-defense tool? I thought the gun-fearing-weenies said that isn’t possible. NC Man Fends Off Pistol-Wielding Home Invader With AR-15 | The Daily Caller.

The bad-guy took 15 minutes of pounding to break down the door. He had a pistol. The homeowner had an AR-15. And better control of his gun.

As Haith rounded a corner he says he looked up to see the intruder pointing the pistol at him. The intruder fired and missed. Haith fired back with the semi-automatic from a crouched position, hitting the intruder in the stomach and shoulder.

The bad guy collapsed before he could reach the getaway vehicle, his partner, who tried to get him into the vehicle, was picked up by police.

The guy who got shot is in critical condition.

Responding to a friend who suggested that he should have fired 30 rounds to protect himself, Haith wrote that he “only needed one well placed”.

“Ammo is too high.”

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0. [Hat tip to my friend Keith, who sent an email.]