Loud noise creates pandemonium at the mall. UPDATED

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Want to promote an anti civil rights agenda by disarming citizens and make people unnaturally fear firearms?  This is the end result.  Mass hysteria by shoppers because of a loud noise leads to people getting trampled by the crowd.  “Everybody was running. Some people — an elderly man — got trampled over because it was hectic.”  What did the police find while investigating a loud noise?  “We have not recovered any shell casings, no rounds of ammunition, anything along those lines,” Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said.  Click the link if you want to see more.  -13

Town Center at Boca Raton back open after fears of shooter cause confusion, panic

 

UPDATE: 15OCT2019 Mall chaos caused by single balloon popping, police report delayed reaction.  All I have to add is this is why people need to be educated about firearms.  Running in terror from a popping balloon sound.  -13

Balloon Popping Sound Mistaken as Gunshot Inside Boca Raton Mall: Police

 

UPDATE: 17OCT2019 Video footage of balloon pop causing pandemonium at mall.

Surveillance video shows balloon-popping incidents that triggered Boca Raton mall scare

Why shopping at Costco could get you killed.

I’ve been wanting to cover this issue since I found out about it.  The purpose of witting this is to call attention to the issue and to put pressure on Costco and all businesses to stop this practice of putting profit over life safety.  Let me be clear from the start, I fully support the second amendment, unrestricted.  I have been carrying a self defense firearm since 1982 and have no plans to stop no matter how emotional it may make irrational people.

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The shooting that happened in Corona California sometime in June of 2019 is a perfect example of exactly how shopping at a Costco in could get you killed.  I have this opinion based on experience as a firefighter and lessons learned by the deaths of others.  There’s a reason emergency responder’s say “every second counts”.  They do, I’ll use two videos as an example.

 

First I’ll use the video that was hosted by at the time Indiana Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell.  In the video the sheriff is demonstrating how ridiculous magazine bans are.  We can see how fast an inexperienced individual can accurately put rounds on target.  20 rounds with an AR-15 was 14.79 seconds and with a Mini-14 it took 12.03 seconds.  Both of those fall within the 15 seconds before the door could be opened.  I’d call that life threatening in the event of an active shooter.

Next I’ll use the video from the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people to demonstrate again how seconds count in an emergency.  Approximately one minute (1:26) into the fire it’s easy to hear the cries for help, people pounding on the glass trying to escape.  Ever wonder why doors open outward?  History has proven time and again that when those doors won’t open and sometimes when they do, people pile up quickly making it difficult or impossible to escape from modern exits.  As is painfully made clear in the video at the 1:56 mark.  All it takes is for one person to trip to start a chain reaction.  They will stack up like cord-wood.  “When I got to the inside doors, which is about 30 feet inside the building, I saw these big double doors, and people were stacked like cord wood. They were clear up to the top. They just kept diving out on each other trying to get out. I looked back over the pile and it wasn’t dead people, there were dead and alive in that pile and I went in and just started to grab them two at the time and pull them off the stack and drag them out.”  That quote from a responding firefighter to the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire and the Station nightclub footage is impossible to deny.

Also at issue is whether the system will function as designed.  We all experience modern product malfunctions when they don’t perform as designed.  In California an earthquake could possibly disable the system and no one would know until an emergency.  Same thing if there was an explosion.

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So called experts think delayed exits are okay for you and me.  They justify them in terms of profit for them and the company that purchases them.  In my opinion those companies and those who run them have questionable ethics at best.  They certainly do not have your safety in mind, only profit.  Read the quotes in the photo above for proof.  Shame also falls on fire officials that approve this kind of thing, they do not belong in that job.  Says me!

Is shopping at Costco a gamble with ones life?  Sure seems like it to me based on the evidence.  Will I shop there?  Yes, however, I always go armed and my plan if escape is necessary is to activate the fire alarm before trying to open the exit doors since that is supposed to deactivate the delay.  The real solution is to send a message to Costco that if they don’t stop this practice we will have a customer revolt.  According to Costco’s 2018 annual report their biggest fear is loosing customers in mass.  The report states it would affect the company drastically.  Think you’re not in danger?  Better go back and review the videos.  If you read this I’d like to know what you think.  Post your thoughts in the comments section.  -13

 

Good People With Firearms #3

NAAGA, the National African American Gun Association, ever heard of it?  I hadn’t until a saw this in the local news.  Click the link below for more good news.

NAAGA wants to break the stereotype of how people view African American gun owners

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #2

More good news for Florida, approved teachers can now carry firearms at school.  Sure hope they don’t act like the Coward of Broward did when it was his time to prove himself.  Click the link for the details.

Florida Teachers Can Now Carry Guns Inside Classrooms Thanks To Guardian Program

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

 

Good People With Firearms #1

Starting another new feature on my blog titled “Good People With Firearms”.  It will feature individuals that prove why we must not compromise our Second Amendment rights.  Evidence will be gathered most likely when I see it in the local news so I don’t expect this to be a regular blog post.

19/SEPT/2019, Miami, FL.  Woman stops robbery in progress.  Local news is reporting a legally armed female patron of Popeye’s used her firearm to stop a robbery in progress.  Footage shows a person on the ground with what appears to be a male standing over the victim removing items from the victims pockets when the Popeye’s female patron points her firearm at the robber then fires.  The good Samaritan identified only as Eula states she had to do it to save the victim when she fired into the air to repel the robber that was later detained by police.  Go check out the link for more.

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

20/SEPT/2019, UPDATE – More accurate information than the first report.

Traitors Among Us – Judicial Watch on the Second Amendment

Judicial Watch video on “Red Flag” laws and the traitors among us.  Gun control is not your friend.  -13

 

 

When Seconds Count Help Is Minutes Away

This is why firearm owners will not compromise or negotiate second amendment rights in any way whatsoever.  The video below says it all no more commentary necessary. -13

 

Defensor Fortis LCS PALS Filler Panel

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Defensor Fortis – Load Carrying System

Once again another DF-LCS (Defensor Fortis Load Carrying System) modification.  This time it’s for the elastic that connects the rear section to the two front sections.  After using the DF-LCS I was unhappy with the unused space created by the elastic connection and wanted a solution.  I had a surplus fighting load carrier (FLC) on hand when it dawned on me to break it down into individual components and reuse the parts to fill the space.

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Elastic connector between front and rear DF-LCS sections.

The PALS (pouch attachment ladder system) panels on the FLC would be perfect with little modification necessary.  Once they were removed from the rest of the assembly it would be easy to cut the parts to size, sew on the recycled edge binding, then sew the free ends together.  This would allow them to slip over the elastic connector then be laced to the front and rear section of PALS webbing with military spec paracord.

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PALS filler panel over elastic connector, laced onto front and rear sections.

The idea works well for the ALICE M-16 pouches I converted to MOLLE.  So far those have performed as expected when the ALICE magazine pouches are fully loaded with gear.  I did have to tighten the lace up to eliminate the slight sagging issue.

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Front view ALICE magazine pouch attached to PALS panel.

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Rear view of ALICE magazine pouch and PALS panel on a DF-LCS.

I don’t have a lot of detail here because it’s in the video.  The video moves from FLC disassembly, to layout, then sewing and finally how to make it work with the LCS.  Video below.  -13

Defensor Fortis LCS Belt Keeper & Flashlight Holster PALS modifications.

Time for some gear updates.  After switching from my old favorite ALICE LBE to MOLLE DF-LCS I experienced a couple of issues.  When using the LCS it would inch it’s way over my pants belt and push down creating discomfort.  I also noticed when in a sitting, crawling or in a prone position the rig would tend to climb toward my chest.  After thinking of a solution the only one I could think of was to attach straps that would keep the LCS from moving away from my waistline.

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Right segment of DF-LCS before adding belt keepers.

The idea came from my experience wearing a duty belt with belt keepers that were designed to hold the duty belt in line with my pants belt.  With this in mind I measured the area I wanted to place the keepers, doubled the length then added a inch and a half.  The extra length would give my fingers a place to work the snaps I intended to use.  Once I had the dimensions for the strap I cut six lengths of poly webbing, folded them in half and sewed them so the two halves would work as one.

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Right segment of LCS after belt keeper straps were added.

 

After sewing the keeper straps together they were sewn onto the three segments of the LCS.  Next the holes were punched then the snaps were added.  It was an easy project taking no more than 45-60 minutes to complete.  After testing the idea seems to work well to prevent the LCS from moving around and causing me trouble.  The LCS rig still has some movement/flexibility however it won’t move away from my waistline.  I made a short video, the link is below.

 

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I also modified what was labeled as a MOLLE flashlight holster to meet PALS specifications so I could attach it to my quick response belt.  The holster had the vertical snap strap but did not have the ladder webbing.  To fix this issue I removed the belt loop strap, opened the sewn seam to join the holster, added the new ladder section, then sewed the piece back together.  Time spent was about a half hour.  I made a how-I-did-it video the link its below.  -13

Gun Control = Mass Hysteria

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I usually don’t get political here but sometimes it’s necessary.  People calling for “gun control” remind me of the hysteria of World War 2 and Hitler fanatics.  First it was books then it was weapons.  The Nazis disarmed the Jews for a reason, fear of self defense.  If one was educated/trained one would not be so fearful.  A recent example is the motorcycle backfire in New York where everyone are subjects of the state with no self defense capabilities so they ran like cockroaches when the lights turn on.  Shame on them for letting their constitutional rights being violated by politicians.

Giving up second amendment rights will not make anyone safer, it won’t.  It will place one in danger from those who intend to do harm.  If people had the ability to defend themselves they wouldn’t need to run like sheep from wolfs.  A few Jewish people I met in the 1980’s with number tattoos were very clear why gun registration and confiscation will always lead to trouble.

I don’t believe everyone should be armed, my one bullet video proves that.  I do believe that carrying a firearm since 1982 has made me and those around me safer.  I’m a person who runs toward danger, not away.  Individuals that are frighted of firearms belong in a therapy session to overcome the phobia or in a mental ward safe away from the rest of us who understand our responsibilities as human beings.  My safe space is created by my armed presence and nothing else.

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It’s the reason the founding fathers wrote the second amendment, it didn’t have anything to do with hunting game.  When it comes to freedom there are no compromises nor negotiations, none.  Could anti civil rights fear mongering politicians be driving us into another civil war?  If so there is only one place for them.  -13

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Cupcakes lead to terroristic threat at the courthouse.

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I’m sure I’ve written this story before on this blog but can’t find it so here it goes.  One of the most unexpected experiences I’ve ever had was a trip to the convenience store for some cupcakes.  The assistant fire chief also operated the city water plant.  He called me one day to meet him at the city’s water pumping station.

He was very concerned by the bullet impressions on the steel door to the pump house.  Someone was shooting a very high powered rifle at the door that would almost go through the thick steel.  He was worried that if one of them made it to the pump itself it could shut off the city water supply until a new pump could be installed or repaired on site.

Either way the city could be without water for some time if it happened.  He wanted me to help surveil the area and see if  we could catch who ever was doing it.  Our plan was to make our presence known whenever we were there.  The town usually only had one police officer on duty at a time and was too busy to spend much time there.

We’d spent a few weeks working alone or together.  Mostly sitting on top of a hill that overlooked the area it would be easy to see us and for us to see others moving in the area.  Week one, nothing, week two, nothing.  We got to thinking that either our presence was having an effect or the shooting was a one time thing and the person might not come back.

It was during a conversation about what to do next I expressed the need for some cupcakes.  Assistant chief(AC) said to jump in his truck and we’d head over to a convenience store for some snacks.  We were armed with pistols and shotguns.  I put my Remington 870 in his truck, got in and he headed off to the store.

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There were two convenience stores in town.  The town borders a military base so all the business were on the east side of the main highway.  From the state line heading north there were many businesses that reached along what was called the strip which ended in an agricultural area.  At night someone unfamiliar with the area it might appear to be far away from anything.  The police and fire department were only a mile away.

Okay that’s the layout of the area we having a conversation of which store to go to.  I wanted hostess cupcakes from the store farther away.  There’s no traffic its 3 or 4 am so we’re moving quickly.  AC pulled into the highway median directly across from the closest store before the conversation was finished.

We sat there for a moment still in discussion when I noticed the door to the store was propped open.  Thats odd I thought, it was winter and cold outside, too cold to leave a door open like that in December.  I said something about it to AC when we both noticed there was a man standing in front of the clerk and she was holding her hands up in the air.

AC pulled his truck up a couple of feet and we could see the guy had a gun in hand and was robbing the store.  Oh shit I thought what the hell are we going to do now?  We quickly decided to leave the truck in the median and wait for him outside the store with our shotguns.  We called it in on the radio and ran across the street to the store.

There was one of those outdoor ice cooler stores sell ice out of, AC took a position behind there and I crouched outside the door behind a trash can.  There would be no way for him to see us until he came out of the store.  We could hear him yelling at the clerk to open the safe.  It was a deposit drop/timer safe and couldn’t be opened by the clerk.

I think he saw the truck in the median and began to exit the store.  We had no idea where he would go because there wasn’t a car in the lot of the store.  When he came out he turned left toward the ice cooler right where AC was standing.  AC moved back next to the cooler quickly because he didn’t expect him to move directly toward him.  Turns out the guy had parked his car at a used car lot about a 100 feet or so away.

I had missed it but he had also put his pistol in the sack with the money from the cash register.  Lucky for him.  As he moved toward AC I jumped up behind him and ordered him to stop or I’d shoot him with a shotgun.  I didn’t chamber a round to make my point or switch off the safety that had already been done I was ready to shoot him.

Thank goodness he didn’t decide to fight.  He saw AC come from concealment with a shotgun and got down on his knees.  AC moved to a better position closer to me.  Robber was told to move back away from the cooler and sack of money, lay on his stomach, keep his hands visible, not to move, talk or do anything or he’d be shot.

I moved over to where the guy was laying, made him cross his legs then held him at gun point.  AC went to pick up the sack when he discovered the pistol.  We didn’t have an ETA on the police so we decided we would search him for any other weapons.  AC was a big guy so he knelt down on the guys back, searched and found nothing.

Almost as soon as he finished the only officer on duty arrived on-scene, came out of the car with pistol in hand and asked excitedly “did you shoot him?”  I said no.  He says “why not?” now sounding disappointed.  I said “we didn’t have time to he just surrendered”  I could tell the officer was so let down we didn’t shoot him.

Soon the guy was in handcuffs and in the patrol car ready to head off to jail.  The officer half scaled us for not shooting him.  Said they wanted the town to have a reputation for shooting robbers to keep them out of our little town back across the state line.  I’ve never seen anyone so disappointed we didn’t shoot someone.  Maybe I should have the story’s not finished yet.

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Time goes by we get our subpoenas to appear as witnesses for the prosecution.  AC and I show up early at the courthouse go say hi to friends working there we haven’t seen for a while.  It’s an old courthouse where everyone has to go in the same door, the accused and witnesses.  Courthouse staff instructed us to wait in a particular area outside the courtroom.

Something had changed so they requests us to move just outside the courtroom entrance.  As we waited for them to call us the jailers brought the robber to the courtroom.  For some reason there was a delay and AC, I and the robber ended up standing face to face nearly close enough to touch each other.  He was escorted by two jailers.  They had complete control and were right on the guy.

I recognized him right away.  It must have took him a moment to remember us because at first he didn’t seem to recognize us.  Once he did he leaned toward me and told me he did recognize me and was going to kill me and AC if we testified.  I got a big smile on my face because just behind him one of the jailers had leaned in to hear what he was saying to me.  I looked at the jailer and asked him if he’d heard what robber said and he confirmed he had.

I said to robber you’re the dumbest idiot I’ve met yet.  You threaten to kill witnesses in front of a jailer.  I probably should remind you I had a shotgun pointed at your head.  Now with your threat, you gave me permission to shoot you in the future.  I have no other option past this point but to assume if you approach me anytime after this day you’ve come to kill me.  But you’ll have to take a number and get in line there are others who feel the same way.  And don’t forget I always carry a firearm I’ll be waiting.  The jailers laughed.

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AC and I were told to move away from the door and wait.  The jailers rushed the robber into the courtroom.  They informed the judge of what happened.  The judge called AC and I into the courtroom and questioned us about the threat made in the hallway.  The proceeding for the robbery case was postponed because robber was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of terroristic threats taken back to jail and processed there.

The case must have never went to court.  We were never called as witnesses to either the robbery or threat charges but the guy went to prison.  Somehow it came down the line he’d be behind bars for 20 years.  So far he hasn’t showed up to kill me.

As for the city pump station.  Mr. R who was the original owner of the water company.  Laughed at us and told us to go get some scrap metal plate from his pile of junk and weld it to reinforce the door and that would be the end of that.  He was right.  We should have done that to begin with.  But if we’d done that we would have missed all the excitement at the robbery.  I love working in rural areas there always opportunity for things like that to happen.

One thing I would change about the incident is that AC and I were on opposing sides of the door creating a crossfire situation.  If that guy had decided to shoot at either one of us the other would have been in the line of fire.  We should have been together or positioned differently. I love remembering all these past incidents.  You live, you learn.  Don’t forget if you plan on killing me, take a number there’s a line. -13

ALICE Magazine Pouch Turned MOLLE

From the Laboratory of Insane Schemes.  ALICE military surplus has been my load bearing choice since the mid 1970’s.  Not perfect for sure but it was a great place to carry my canteens and other items that would fit into ALICE 30 round magazine pouches.  Cut off the grenade pouch and they fit together nicely on an issue pistol belt.

Moving into the 2000’s.  After checking out some of the PALS / MOLLE surplus available I decided to change over.  Although the webbing can be hot and heavy the PALS way of attaching pouches or attachment of any kind to LBE or packs is a good one that almost makes the attached item a part of what it’s attached to.

Moving forward left unused canteen and ALICE magazine pouches packed in boxes and me wishing I had a better way than the adapters made to use ALICE on MOLLE.  The adapter still leaves the pouch flopping around like its on a pistol belt.  Not a very good solution.

I had the idea recently after a resupply to take apart an ALICE magazine pouch and see if I could convert it over to a MOLLE pouch.  If it would work it would fit perfectly on the space fillers on the DF-LCS rig elastic section I’d made from a zippered FLC purchased to salvage for parts.

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Inside view of FLC adapter/filler and “new” MOLLE magazine pouch attached.

First I had to figure out where the attachment straps would be placed near the top of the pouch and where to snap it on.  At the top I chose the hinge point for the lid so it wouldn’t interfere with access.  Snaps on the bottom.  When the snaps are on the back of the pouch they tend to push it out due to the bulk of the snap.  If snap popping becomes an issue they can always be changed to lift-the-DOT.  We’ll see what happens in the future.

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Finished pouch.

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The web straps were the same length.   Doubled, folded in half and sewn together.  Measuring the magazine pouches for the PALS webbing I discovered that the pouch width could vary as much as a 1/4″ between 4 pouches.  I chose the widest width and cut all the pieces that size.  There are no actual dimensions in here because the variation in pouch width, measuring devices and points of measurement may not be the same as mine.  Duplicating it exactly may cause problems.

After lots of seam ripping and thread picking the pouch was in half and the ALICE webbing was removed.  Laying out the PALS is as simple as can be 1″ x 1 1/2″.  Since the pouch is so small I sewed a center line and the edges like I’ve seen on some issue pouches.  Sew the straps to the hinge point.  Keep it simple.

Although the snaps used and the Pres-n-Snap are designed to cut through the fabric without punching a hole, I did punch because the amount of pouches were small and I wanted more precise location of my snaps.  I’ve had puckering and slight movement of the snap post under pressure from the hand press that the finished snap was visibly off mark times I haven’t punched a hole first.  It’s also much easier on the body with a hand press if the hole has been punched.

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With the holes punched and the webbing sewn on, the stud part of the snap was installed on the bottom of the pouches.  I try to leave them until the end of the project or leave them off for as long as possible.  In the past I’ve put them on early thinking I’m saving time but they were in the way of the sewing machine on many occasions or were scratched up.

Once the snap half was in place the pouches could be sewn back together again.  The top and bottom received four stitch lines and the whole side of the pouch received two stitch lines.  That complete, the other half of the snaps were installed on the web straps and that was it.  Those are the steps I took to convert ALICE to MOLLE.  Now I have some of my favorite pouches to use again.  There’s a video below of the process.  -13

Materials used: Mil Spec DOT snaps, poly webbing, sunbrella thread.