UK police looking after criminals

Police are investigating and seeking evidence on commuters who were filmed appearing to kick and beat XR protesters James Mee and Mark Ovland, who targeted Canning Town tube station on Thursday.

The extinction rebellion protesters have done nothing but disrupt lives, businesses, and cause serious financial problems. WHILE THE POLICE LOOK ON!

So when the public’s patience finally cracked, where were they then?
Fashionably missing I suppose. Or eating doughnuts!

Something has been raised that deserves a mention here.
Last year 2,628 SEX crimes were reported  within the rail network, but there were just 402 prosecutions.

Efficient policing? What think you?
Still it is easier to pursue those doing the police’s job than catch criminals isn’t it?
Sex crimes? No, Justifiable anger? Yes.

I’m just wondering when the Untied (not a typo) Kingdom became all third world in the terms of policing and governance.

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Yes, That Smell Was Betrayal

Sick to death of the braying masses within the Houses of Parliament someone labelled MP’s, BREXIT is looking like it’s going to be stalled again.

As a consequence I don’t think I’ll go out tonight, especially to the pub. The mood will be heated to put it mildly because very VERY FEW want to stay in the EU in our town.

There lies the problem.
Lincolnshire is the countries biggest County (State) and wanted Brexit and an end to uncontrolled migrant workers. We wanted our country back, we wanted to be in control of our destiny again, not Brussels.

So, what now?
The ideal scenario is to hold a general election.
Only the MP’s won’t vote for that.
I think I know why.
The political cull of the traitorous will be one for the history books.
As for what now?
More of the same I suppose. Braying donkeys voting for ? ? ?
And there is the problem. Not even they know what they want!

Just saying here BUT the extinction rebellion wasters pushed too hard in London and the public eventually took matters into their own hands and started beating the crap out them. Thus protest seems to be “winding down”.

Thus I find myself wondering when will the public start on the other wasters in our country, the politicians.

First shoot with his new gun.

It went well (sort of).
I did the spotter bit and got him into the black and zeroed in 9 rounds which pleased him immensely.

Yet 50 rounds in 10 minutes (which included reloads) went though the barrel shortly thereafter and he was showing all the signs of fatigue towards the end.
It’s blatantly obvious that the stock is 2-3 inches too small for him.
As a consequence the cheek weld was forced, and as a result, he tired FAST.

As for the little rifle?
On the bench it was happily key holing at 25 yards with only a couple of misfeeds.
Both caused by loading problems and not seating the rounds to the back of the mag with the ‘double tap’ of the mag many will know about.

As for his IA when addressing those jams? Mm.
Lets just say I was glad were the only people on the range.

Using Blazer HV, I felt the ammo was a little too hot for the rifle and as a result the recoil was brisk which added to his fatigue by causing him to come out of the aim to address his stance and cheek weld a lot. So I wasn’t surprised he called it a night after that brick was used up, him complaining about shoulder and neck stress. The classic signs of too small a gun for a large frame.

It turns out the range has a cleaning station and as I had taken my kit he could have run a critical eye over his first shoot effects on the rifle. He could have, but didn’t.

On the way home he also didn’t want to clean the little rifle that night, intent on downing his bottle of wine before bed time.

Take a guess why I lost interest fast!

Overall impressions.
The rifle operated well.
The economy Hawke sight held it’s adjustment nicely.
The ejection sequence was strong slinging the brass some 18 feet.
The magazines weren’t easy to align BUT that may improve with familiarity.
Having said that I’m still not a fan of synthetics.
Despite the moderator, a SAKS, the report was sharp, loud, and in the dim light there was considerable muzzle flash.
There was also flame blow back from the chamber.
As no strip and clean was carried out, I can’t tell the cause about that BUT, with a simple blow back system semi, it’s not unknown. Especially with a hot load.

My gut feeling is too much power though a short barrel.
So if it was me I’d go subsonic for a brick to see if his fatigue, recoil, and ejection stress is reduced. The danger could be the cycling of the action may be poor but there is only one way to find out, TRY IT. (It could be £9 well spent I’m thinking)

That butt length. Something I have already discussed.
Back home I researched butt pads and they are available as are comb raisers to help with cheek weld. Yet I’m not so sure that would improve things a lot. A small weapon in the hands of a bear is still a small weapon. I’m thinking that a change of butt stem is called for more than anything. That would add about £30-50 to the bill. All part of rip off UK.

The desire for a bipod was also an issue.
Using blocks, the ideal height would be 8 inches because of the mag length.
That’s going to add a considerable weight to the plastic fore end.
BUT, changing to a 10 round mag would be my preference thus enabling a more sensible, lighter 4-5 inch bipod. That would suit him better as the ultimate aim for him is to not use the range supplied rests.

Slings. Love them or hate them, and I do love them, there are attachments for one.
That full sized mag would be my concern there so I think I’d go tactical single point rather than the more sensible two point. The rifle is light(ish) but to carry it all day it would tell after time.

Sights.
Low mounts and a long scope don’t exactly work with a M4 cocking handle.
I found myself checking the eye relief of the scope and he ‘could’ move it forward by a couple of inches thus uncovering that cocking handle. The rail is plenty long enough to accommodate that. The other thought was to fit a QR sight. After all even 4 MOA is only 2 inches at 50 yards or an inch as 25. Plus it would reduce his ‘stress levels’.

And that is it for the range report.
Would I buy one? No.
If one was gifted to me? I’d pass it on.
Nothing bad about the weapon itself but a personal thing more than anything else.
It is a plinker, not going to be good for pest control, no way “covert”, and I suspect the shortness of barrel would make 1 inch accuracy an issue out to 100 yards.
I also don’t like modern synthetics AT ALL now.

Rain, rain, go away, come again on another day.

It’s a childs Nursery Rhyme

1. Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.

2. Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again.

3. Rain, rain, pour down,
But not a drop on our town.

4. Rain on the green grass,
And rain on the tree,
And rain on the housetop,
But not on me.

5. Rain, rain, go away,
Come again on washing day.

6. Rain, rain, go to Germany,
And remain there permanently.

7. Rain, rain, go away,
Come on Martha’s wedding day.

8. Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day;
Little Arthur wants to play.

9. Rain, rain go away,
Come again some April day,
Little Johnny wants to play.

10. Rain before seven,
Fine before eleven.

11. Rain on Monday,
Sunshine next Sunday.

12. Rain, rain go away,
Come again on Saturday.

So you may have guessed, it was tipping it down last night with more predicted today. I needed just one more dry day to lop the top off the grass and my poor, tired, £40, 2 year old mower can snuggle down for winter. Then, apart from digging over the veg patch for the last time, that’s it outside.

Meanwhile, the second water butt is installed and hard piped to the first one.
So, if the damn thing hasn’t leaked as the connection was a tad hard to do, we’ve increased our water storage to 40 days.

Darn it I’ve just checked and realized the tanks are one inch higher than yesterday and that has defeated the down pipe take off point.

So today I’m going to get damp again. “LUVERLY!”

Only having enough water storage isn’t always foolproof.
Each year we have been hit by Russia in the form of freezing winds the media labelled as the “Beast from the East” and, although our tanks are on the West side, the garden temperature has clocked down to MINUS 25 C (-13F) on a number of days. The only problem would be how to use our 160 liters of ice Popsicle!

Meanwhile this year has been a dead loss for our vegetable  growing.
Too hot, too soon, wet when it shouldn’t have been, and scorching hot burning the fruit, has left us today with no home grown veg whatsoever. However we are well stocked up on Elderberry. A good source of Vitamin C.
Our freshwater lake got infected with blue algae so, call me funny thinking if you wish, The ducks will remain safe this winter until it’s drained, cleaned, and refilled. That’s strike two if things get bad.

There are however the fen drainage ditches and they seem clear as they are free flowing BUT the only thing that lives and breeds there is swan. They also pass through farming country and now the growing season is almost done (yippee, no agri spraying for a few months), with sufficient rain to cleanse things, elvers may be eatable later on i.e. February to May. Having said that, I am VERY partial to white meat!

With £2000 off our fixed income, courtesy of the UK welfare system, that leaves us £8000 to live on. Add the loss of our home grown veg, fruit, and potentially no free meat, I can see us eating one heck of a lot of fish (the cheapest ‘healthy option’ in the supermarket freezers).

Or lots of three day vegetable stews courtesy of a few walks around the fields.
Stew day one, St-oup day two, and soup for day three.
Not forgetting the odd fat pigeon that accidentally crosses my line of fire as I test out this or that. So, it’s looking like double up our stock essentials. Rice, onions, garlic and potatoes. Spuds we’ll put off buying till way later when the winter crop is harvested and the price falls dramatically.

I’m also thinking about long lining.
Walking out and anchoring a long line of feathers at low tide returning the next day to see what the seals haven’t eaten.

Now there’s a thought, SEAL!
After all if one commits suicide on an extremely large feathered hook, who wouldn’t take such a gift home! Best bit about that is it’s way out of their breeding season so no danger to them sweet little seal pups. 🙂

 

 

So, about my friends steel.

Yesterday I wrote about ‘that gunshop’ and my friends new acquisition, his shiny new toy the Tippman M4-22lr. (Still no cleaning kit on order by the way!)

So, probably because I know what is coming, I downloaded the user manual and “gunsmith’s” manual (what a game that was to find) for it.
Now read, cover to cover, I settled down to a Youtube (and other video sharers) hunt for video on it and sat on the Tippmann site to watch their user help videos.

Disregarding the little boys with toyz articles, there is a surprising quantity of good hands on instructional material and, as I’m high school education level, I do learn more by watching rather than reading, when I can’t get hands on.

Funny thing is I have handled an M4 before and I can see why people would like this little plinker. That’s because it “could be” easy to maintain.
Yet, there are some notable issues.

  • Some say it’s fussy about what you feed it. That might be significant in the UK if true where the quality is sometimes dubious to say the least. Note. I believe strongly that you should always use the best, cleanest ammo you can afford it cuts down on fouling and corrosion. Having said that, others claimed it’ll eat anything. To that I’ll say “We’ll have to wait and see”.
  • Out of the box the lubing wasn’t very apparent.
    The weapon in the shop was distinctly “dry” which I did note during my brief handling. Being a bit ‘synthetic rich’, movable items without lube is always a short term pause to opening your wallet. The cocking handle was a noted case in point in 3 videos. As for the assist? If you are using that a lot, I suspect your problem is fouling rather than lubing. That fault did come up on 1 video where it got “stuck”.
  • Loading mags.
    I’ve used full bore sized mags before that have been “sleeved down” and they all allowed for thumbing in the rounds like their big brothers. The Tippmann needs a lot of help, there is a knack to loading correctly, and when deliberately “mis-loaded”, the weapon was reported as a pig when clearing misfeeds. I suspect that true if the shooter isn’t well versed with mis-feeds so I only mention it in passing.
  • Cleaning.
    I’m passionate about weapon cleanliness, especially with low power rounds, so I probably over clean my weapons, always dry patching before a shoot,  and once a year give ‘whatever’ a full level two strip down (which also occurs if ‘whatever’ gets wet). That’s a habit where me and the little M4 would be at odds. I cite main pin or chassis retainer wear as the reason.
    It’s simple, the more you do it, the more things loosen up. I’m not happy about that and it’s been skipped over by the vid’s I’ve watched. Why is that? Having said that, there was a ex-seal who did a level 3 clean and lube (that’s down to trigger group servicing). A nice, plain English demo.Dry patching (rightly or wrongly) for me on a standard fixed barrel auto loader is usually a sleeved rod run through a muzzle protector back into the chamber. That and canned air for stirring any ‘debris’. That’s something this little gun would see a lot of if it was mine.
  • As for lube?
    Lubing for me is sparse anyway BUT things like the cocking handle (synthetic) are going to be well lubed as a matter of course.
    Personally I like divers grease as I haven’t found a synthetic it degrades (to date). Plus, a little goes a long, long way.
    I’m a fan of “If you can feel it’s lubed but not see the lube, you’ve got it right”.
    As for oil? I use a micro needle to apply oil and it’s always ultra low temp grade. I guess I would have stirred up a few purists by those thoughts.
  • Fixings. While I appreciate that fixings come loose, the use of Loctite Blue Medium (LBMed) seemingly everywhere on this weapon does seem a tad worrying. (Note:- When removing the flash guard, it took TWO people and a huge adjustable to remove it before screwing on a moderator). Me sat quietly supping tea thinking “I hope they don’t use the fore end guard to hold things down). The amount of LBMed was ridiculously excessive. A manufacturing line error of judgement? OR was it something else?  As for that being a noted cause for concern? Maybe it will be but was skipped over by all reviews.
    (There again, a lot of ‘review sites’ were more concerned with firing into lakes and at spinners at arms length range than the nuts and bolts of the weapon.)

Out of faults now, and a couple of things I noted.
Accuracy. Firstly I NEVER believe manufacturers claims.
It’s always a question mark with mil type semi’s and some practical shooters (non sponsored) claim the little 22lr pencils in at 3-4 MOA on a few forums.
However none specified the load they were using.
Saying that, 3-4 inches over 100 yards is a bit worrying for the table as rabbits, hares, and fox will love that level of accuracy. As will my arch enemy, crows!

You kinda get the idea why I prefer bolt action after that with ‘my usual’ perfectly capable of 2 MOA with ‘general purpose’, cooking grade ammo.
Having said that, I’m a fan of Eley TENEX and that’s 1 moa (God, light, and wind willing) at 100 yards.

After that it’s sights and as my friend has had his iron flip ups removed in favor of a Hawke 3-9 scope, I’ll not waste my time talking about iron over optical and visa versa.

So, now I wait.
I suspect this Saturday will see him down the local range.
200 rounds of cooking ammo as a gift? That’s only 10 mags.
About a morning’s worth for boyz with toyz, and I’ve got an idea everyone will want to play with it. I just hope the range armorer has a set of rods he can use! 🙂

BOJO’s BREXIT Deal

The devil is in the detail and that’s not exactly forthcoming.
17.4 million also didn’t vote for a deal, we voted to LEAVE the EU!
What a lot of us are scared of is what we call, in the UK, A FUDGE.
Which can mean:-
To avoid making hard decisions about something,
Of not making a good job out of negotiations,
A stitch up to appease one’s peers or betters, or
Agreeing to something lame to keep one’s job.

Yet, it could all be a ploy by BOJO, Boris Johnson.
After all if parliament won’t approve it, the clock may run down to a HARD BREXIT! Which is exactly what 17.4 million mandated.

Nice if it happens but like everyone in the outcast profession of politician.
I don’t trust any of them to honor the will of the people.

STOP PRESS:-
I don’t know if people are just gullible but HERE you’ll find the supposed full text of the new agreement. Except it’s all about Northern Ireland and miscellaneous shite. The full guts of the BREXIT deal is not forthcoming.
Another reference to this “document” is from CNN, HERE.

So don’t be fooled, nothing is clearly set out that includes the ‘full agreement’, and not everything printed is in anyway “open and transparent”.
Plus there is the UK parliament to think about.
Probably the largest collection of braying donkeys in the UK.
Only unlike real donkeys, the whole lot of them combined has less brain power than a single four hoofed real life donkey!

 

The bog’s have it.

As I write this, Brexit is once again being held to ransom by the Irish DUP, and I wonder when will the British MP’s ever get their heads around the obvious.

You can’t trust the Irish or the Scot Politicians.

Yet the answer is simple.
Like two wayward children it’s time to stop their pocket money or just send them packing in the form of:-

Give Northern Ireland to Eire, lock stock and terrorists.
Let Scotland have their independence.

Then stop all aid, welfare, and access to our financial systems and using the GB pound.
Take away their right to use UK passports and work freely here.
Now foreigners, they will all have to apply for the right to stay in England.
Get rid of the unskilled and undesirable including their travelers and rogue traders.

Cancel all government contracts with the now foreign Northern Irish and the now ‘Free’ Scotland have with us.

Stop ALL their now foreign commercial traffic from crossing English borders without the full force of foreign goods inspections.

Then sit back and see who bleats first.
Except the Brit politicians won’t as they have absolutely no cohones.

United Kingdom.
A sick joke is that description of a divided country with false hope that you can negotiate with their (should be foreign) version of the latest outcast profession – POLITICIANS.