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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 12

Sep 20th, 2014 | By
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This originally ran as a Gun of the Week piece.  I have renamed it simply so it is easier to retrieve as I have rerun it on occasion and will probably do so again.  It is a compilation of bits of firearms history through the end of the 19th century.  I hope you find it

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Gun of the Week

Sep 20th, 2014 | By
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Beaumont-Adams percussion revolver The Gun of the Week this time around is the Beaumont-Adams percussion revolver.  This weapon was patented in both the UK and US in 1856 and was adopted by the British military in 1862, staying in service through 1880. It was originally a .442 caliber design, though many were later adapted to fire metallic cartridges.  It was a very early functional double-action pistol.  They were often favored over the much less effective Colt .36 single-action caliber weapon. It is generally considered that the competition from this pistol caused Colt to shut down

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And you thought you had a messed up family

Sep 19th, 2014 | By
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Don C. Sprint, 51, was a grandfather until very recently.  He had a checkered past.  In 2001 he was found guilty of possession of a firearm by an ex-felon following a hunting accident in which he shot his 8-year old son to death. Yesterday Spirit murdered his daughter, Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28, and her six

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Man charged in shooting of his one-year old son

Sep 19th, 2014 | By
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A Oakland (CA) man is now facing charges in the accidental wounding of his one-year old son on September 11. Onisema Tua, 23, was pushing his son in a stroller shortly after noon along 77th Avenue in Oakland when a gun in his pocket fell to the ground and discharged. The boy was taken to

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Stockton racks up #35

Sep 19th, 2014 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested hole known as Stockton racked up homicide #35 Wednesday evening. The cops responded to a shots fired call (that is unusual in and of itself, not the shots, the police response) and found a man down on the sidewalk of W. Flora St. adjacent to I-5.  When they arrived they found

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And as for the OTHER Scottish vote

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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The denizens of Scotland voted by a surprisingly large margin (over 10%) to stay a part of the United Kingdom.  It was widely touted as being a very close vote, meaning that many people wanted to seem as though they were going to vote for separation but in reality thought better of it.



Surprising vote result from Scotland

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, a 260-year old institution, voted today for the first time to admit women as members.  The vote of the 2,400 members was 85% in favor. They are still counting the votes on that other Scottish question.  Polls are going slightly in favor of separation.



Jury tourism

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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In a highly unusual move a jury will be brought in to Burks County (PA)  to hear an almost ten-year old murder beef. Miguel Torres, 43, is accused to gunning down his estranged wife as she split from work years ago.  Torres was on the run for seven years until his arrest in March of

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Indiana goes for the gold

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Prosecutors in Lake County have announced that they will seek the death penalty against Carl L. Blount, 26, who is accused of murdering Gary PD Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, 47, in Gary on July 6. Blount admitted to his brother that he shot the officer and is on video fleeing the scene.  He was probably intoxicated

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Oakland School District PD settles beef with their officer

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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Regular readers will remember a couple of pieces on a suit by Sgt. Jonathan Bellusa against his employer, the Oakland Unified School District Police Department.  He alleged he was coerced into submitting a false statement concerning the dead of a man who was shot to death by another Oakland School cop.  Assuming the school board

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Victim’s family wants adult trial for young killer

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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The family of Rashawn Williams, 14, who was knifed to death by a not-publicly identified 14-year old, is incensed that the murdered is being tried as a juvenile rather than an adult.  And they are letting people know about it. The DA’s office has declined to comment, citing confidentiality rules on juvenile proceedings. The victim

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Parolee murderer turns zombie

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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Joseph Oberhansley, 33, murdered his 17-year old girlfriend in Salt Lake City in 1998.  He did 13 years and has since been paroled. Recently he was in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Last Thursday the cops were called to the residence of Tammy Jo Blanton.  Twice.  Once at about 0300 and once at about 1000.  On the second

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Store clerk +1, robber -1

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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A clerk armed with a handgun in a Houston (TX) convenience store and a robber armed with a shotgun had a serious disagreement Friday night.  The robber lost, big time. A young man, his sister and their father were working in the family owned and operated store when a man came in carrying a shotgun

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300,000 counts of murder

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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I suppose it just might be a dubious record.  Oskar Groening, 93, of Hanover, Germany, has been charged with 300,000 counts of being an accessory to murder.  The charges stem from a 2 1/2 year stint Groening did as a S.S. guard Rottenfuhrer (Sergeant) at Auschwitz.  Groening is said to be in good health and

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DA wants Senator Wright to do time for doing wrong (Updated)

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Rod Wright is still the Democrat state senator from Baldwin Hills-Inglewood.  He is still drawing a paycheck from the taxpayers though he has been suspended from his seat.  The DA wants to give him another seat, in the county  slammer. A Los Angeles jury found him guilty of various forms of nastiness when he lied

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Drunk dies in police shooting

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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The Richmond (CA) PD terminally rehabilitated a belligerent drunk in a liquor store in the wee hours of Sunday. The cop stopped in to Uncle Sam’s Liquors shortly after midnight to check things out.  The place has had issues and was shut down for a while recently due to ABC violations.  Inside the store was

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Remington pistol problems

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
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A few months back I wrote up the Remington R51 in one of my Gun of the Week pieces linked here.  I just spotted in a piece in the gun press (American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2014) that Remington has stopped production of this item due to problems.  It seems that the pre-production guns worked just fine

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Stockton gets two triple shootings in one day

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested cesspool that is sometimes known as Tuleburg manged to get a serious honorable mention yesterday with two possibly related triple shootings in the same general area on the same day. Both shootings occurred in North Stockton near Royal Oaks Drive and Duke Lane.  In the first incident one man was shot

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Gun stolen from cop’s unlocked car (Updated)

Sep 13th, 2014 | By
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At about 0630 yesterday morning an off-duty San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped in at a stop-and-rob on W. Hammer Lane.  He didn’t lock his car.  He had a backpack visible in the car.  There was a loaded gun in the backpack.  He saw two people grab the backpack and he rapidly left the store,

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 11

Sep 13th, 2014 | By
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(This originally ran in June, 2008) Chapter 11. Use of force and the law. Massive disclaimer here. These thoughts are mine and mine alone. I am not a lawyer. I have never been a street cop. I have done a lot of research on the subject, and have studied the law on the use of

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Gun of the Week

Sep 13th, 2014 | By
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Ruger LC9s The Gun of the Week this time around is a variation of a previous theme, the Ruger LC9s pistol. This weapon is a striker-fired version of the Ruger LC9.  This is a light, compact 9mm pistol which was previously made in a hammer-fired format.    The pistol uses the same magazines, holsters and other accoutrements that the earlier LC9 design does. Like its predecessor the pistol features a glass-filled nylon grip frame.  The new trigger system is supposed to be lighter and crisper than the hammer fired version. The weapon features a 3.12″ barrel

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The potential perils of political correctness

Sep 12th, 2014 | By
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The local constabulary in San Leandro made an interesting bust a few days back.  They busted two grow houses in the Marina Blvd area.  It seems that both were operated by the same people as the men taken into custody had keys to both houses. In one of the houses were three AR pattern rifles

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High school shooter escapes prison (briefly)

Sep 12th, 2014 | By
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T. J. Lane, who was doing three life sentences plus 37 years for a school shooting, managed to escape from prison in Ohio over night.  He was recaptured about six hours later, about 100 yards from the prison. Lane was doing time for the February 27, 2012 murders of three students at Chardon High School

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Which is worse for kids, seeing a man beat to death or being around a gun?

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
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At about 1945 hours on Monday at Linwood park in South Wichita (KA) a group of men approached a 37-year old junior football league coach.  One of the men was unhappy about his kid’s lack of playing time.  He said so, then pulled up his shirt, exposing a pistol in his waistband.  At that time

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New cell extraction policy

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
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I got some interesting info from an old bud at the institution level recently about the newly approved cell extraction procedure. There are supposed to be three chiefs there when the deed is done.  A custody person (typically an AW) a medical person (typically a RN) and a psych person.  Nobody is actually in charge. 

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Vacaville vs. Local 39

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
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The city of Vacaville is imposing a salary cut of 21% on members of Local 39.  These are public works employees.  They maintain vehicles,  maintain the streets and parks and operate the water plant among other things. The city has been negotiating with the group for over a year.  Thus far all other city employees

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Short, fat handicapped people are incapable of dangerous behavior

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
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That absurd point of view is being taken by the family of Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, now dead.  She was shot to death June 3 by a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy near Half Moon Bay.  Ms. Serrano-Garcia was 5 feet tall, weighed 200 pounds and had a club foot, which impaired her ability to move

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CDCr discrimination beef moving through court…again

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
justice
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Andrew Mount is a Parole Agent with the department.  He alleges that he has been the victim of racial discrimination due to the fact that he is white and that he was passed over for promotion in 2007 to allow a less experienced and less qualified black man to get the promotion.  This matter was

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Excrement occurs…

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
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…but you would think the plumbing system of a new, modern prison hospital could deal with it.  Some of the r&f employees are blaming substandard materials and shoddy installation.  I personally don’t know about any of that.  I do know, however, that having raw sewage backing up into patient rooms is probably a bad thing,

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14-year old murder suspect in court

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
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A not publicly identified 14-year old made his first court appearance yesterday on a murder charge in Juvenile Court in San Francisco. There seems to be no doubt the suspect did it.  The stupid bastard even threatened the dead kid, Rashawn Williams, on a social media site before knifing him to death.  There were witnesses. 

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Some thoughts on going it alone

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
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A very significant vote is going to take place next week.  That is the referendum on Scottish independence.  Scotland became part of the United Kingdom in 1707.  A significant portion of the population there are still not happy about it and want to go their own way.  Scotland already has a separate legal system, their

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Masked cop accused of attacking woman with bat (Updated)

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
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This one is fairly high up on the weirdometer.  Walnut Creek (CA) police officer Gregory Thompson, 54, of Martinez, is alleged to have accosted  a woman about 0200 hours on August 16.  At the time Thompson was off duty, wearing a mask and armed with a baseball bat. The woman had allegedly run out of

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