Tuesday, December 26, 2017

AR Pistol Concepts. Updated: 15 May, 2018.

Updated: I have added more thoughts on the AR GPP concept here.
An AR-15 General Purpose Pistol concept.
It utilizes a 12.5" barrel on a pistol lower.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about AR Pistol possibilities. I have been using the online Gunstruction app to develop these ideas visually. Generally the idea is the same, using four different calibers: .22lr, 5.56 NATO, .308 WIN, and 9mm. The way I see it, the biggest advantage of an AR pistol over a SBR (short barreled rifle) is the ability to transport it anywhere as a pistol without the necessary transport paperwork that a SBR would require.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Early Merry Christmas.

This Christmas season has been memorable for our immediate and extended family. Not all of it good. Yet, we will seek to find the good and right in all of our circumstances. While we cannot gather with all of our family, at least my wife and I's oldest son is here to celebrate the holiday with us. We are grateful for that.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Overheard in a Hospital.

I love listening to other people's conversations. I figure if they are talking loud enough to be heard clearly, then they are are not desiring privacy.

Very recently, my son was having an outpatient procedure done at one of the hospitals in our town. The conversation I overheard was fascinating. Two couples, one of whom had a family member also having a surgery done, were talking business dealings and the market. Both couples were wealthy for the area. This was obvious by their clothes, watches, shoes, and their demeanor. Especially their demeanor. There was a casual crassness that indicated how bored they are with their lives.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Repost from 2014: "You Don't Choose A Life, You Live One."

Original article: https://wearethenewbarbarians.blogspot.com/2014/09/you-dont-choose-life-you-live-one.html

It seems appropriate to re-read this at this time.

"You Don't Choose A Life, You Live One."

This quote comes from a line the movie "The Way" that I watched this summer while at Fort Knox. In a nutshell, the story follows a widower whose only child dies on the Camino De Santiago (CDS) in Europe. As a last minute change of mind and heart, the father chooses to finish his son's pilgrimage, challenging and changing his own life. The CDS is a pilgrimage of about seven hundred miles. Many have died on the trail. Parts of the story are told through flashback discussions between the father and his son. The above quote is from one of those discussions.

In many ways our life's journey is much like a pilgrimage. Much like the father in The Way, we may think that we have our lives down pat. A career, a house, some adversity (but not too much) on the way, a family, yet, many people yearn for a more meaningful life. Some attempt to find this through faith, volunteerism, or diving more deeply into their career. Others chose drugs to "open" their mind. Sometimes we have to allow our lives to be altered in other ways. But what if there was a more profound way to change our lives and find meaning in it. One that accepts the journey, not just the destination.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thoughts In The Light Of Our Current Holiday Season

Once again we are in the end of the calendar year holiday season.  Thanksgiving was very quiet here. I worked my normal shift at my job. My wife made an excellent, albeit small, Thanksgiving dinner for the family members that were here. Our oldest was spending the holiday in his chosen hometown. Our 2nd and 3rd oldest are still visiting relatives in Missouri. So it was just our two youngest, my wife, and I.  Our dog quivered with anticipation at the prospect of sampling tasty morsels of the left overs.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Dying Culture. Soft Targets.

This is where we are at.

The talking heads on the TV talk with crocodile tears about lives being snuffed out by evil guns, yet, are all in the tank for abortion on demand. According to the CDC in 2013 there were over 650,000 "legal" abortions conducted. I would say that it is infinitely more dangerous to be a child in the womb than just going about your daily life.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Only two months in and I got a promotion at my new job. Again, I am grateful for the opportunity, but I am also aware of the potential problems.


Very Long But Read The Whole Thing: Ironbound Concepts Sends, shared by Brushbeater, is a long, sometimes hard to read translation, of the current lessons learned by a participant in the

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Here Is What I Have Been Watching Lately.

The world is filled with too much bad and strange news lately. So, I am going to talk about something else.

My video watching is pretty much limited to my 30 minute lunch breaks at work. There is an advantage to being able to download movies and documentaries on both Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Here is a sampling of some of the things I have been watching.

The Battle of the Chosin - A PBS documentary. I admit that I have not studied the Korean War like I should have. I knew about the Battle of the Chosin. I know about it much better now.

Gas! Gas! Quick Boys! - An excellent documentary about the use of chemical weapons during World War One.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Coming Up To Periscope Depth.


Life has been more than a little crazy recently. The job is going well enough, just the schedule leaves little time to blog, much less spend time with the family. The hard part was the end of August/the first of September when we were informed by the family member who owned the house we were in that he had decided to sell it. We had little time to find a new place to live and virtually zero funds to make the move. Fortunately, generous gifts from family, friends, and even strangers helped make the unplanned move possible.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Very Light Posting For A While.

My computer bit the dust. I am posting this from my phone. Between starting my new job and catching up on some bills, it may be a minute before I can replace the computer and start posting again. Please bear with me in the meantime.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Katanga The Untold Story (Of U.N. Betrayal)

I would also refer to my earlier post on Jadotville and The Wild Geese. This film from the early 1960s is an interesting look at what was going on in Congo and Katanga. These experiences unfortunately became part of the playbook to be used later on to change Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa.

I quite stumbled on this film by accident. I am surprised that I had not seen it before. The otherwise well filmed Siege of Jadotville for Netflix doesn't really get into any of this at all. Which does not surprise me at the least.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Poland Is Leading The Way.

Hat tip WRSA (link)

If Poland is ticking off the EU, then you know that they are doing something right. The Poles are definitely sticking their thumb in the eye of the globalists. Maybe the spirit of Sobieski is not dead.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Khauzuarabstian: A Primer and Brief History of the Geographic Wonder (Part Two)

Tied into this post.

The KhaZulu arrived on Khauzuarabstian around 300 years ago. They trace their arrival to a large fleet of Arabian slave ships that were run aground on the continent. A majority of the KhaZulu survived the grounding and flourished in the southern part of the continent.

They live in kraals of varying size. Their wealth is measured in cattle, hence the need for large expanses of grassland and veldts. Their military might is primarily infantry, with very little cavalry and artillery. The infantry is typically armed with knobkerries and assegai. They do have units armed with rifles, but their effectiveness does not reach Imperial troop quality. Do not underestimate their power when they attack in large numbers.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Quick Update.

Thank you for the prayers. I am still working through the situation. One day at a time.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Incoming Rant.

I am trying to. But it is more difficult than you can imagine. It haunts my dreams. It is the monster under the bed and in the closet. Yet, if I don't surrender, I risk losing everything.

I need to get this out of my system. It is not a cry for help. It is not a temper tantrum. It is my barbaric scream in defiance. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Khauzuarabstian: A Primer and Brief History of the Geographic Wonder (Part One)

NOTE: Tied into this post. Originally composed circa 1997.

Khauzuarabstian circa 1900

Khauzuarabstian is a fictional continent located in the upper northwest portion of the Indian Ocean near the eastern coast of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Indian sub-continent. There are four large deep-water bays. A large desert ringed by imposing mountains ranges dominates the upper third of the continent. In the desert there are five large oases' that are interconnected by roads. There are passes thru the mountains that allow travel thru the mountain ranges at different points on the continent. There are five major rivers that start in the mountain ranges that anchor the center of the continent. A dormant volcano sits in the middle of these ranges. South of the volcano sits a large jungle which borders the ruins of a large city that was populated by an unknown civilization. Archeologists that have investigated the ruins have yet to determine what the origins of the lost civilization were, although a lot of theories have been tossed around, with the primary theory connecting the indigenous people of the continent to the ruins. A sixth river, starting in a very small mountain range, is in the lower southeastern portion of the continent. All the rivers are navigable for the most part. The balance of the continent is primarily grasslands, veldts, rolling hills and forests. There is snow in the higher elevations of the mountain ranges.

Butchard Island, named for that famed British explorer/scientist Sir Arthur Butchard, is a large island off the southeastern coast of the continent. At its closest point to Khauzuarabstian it sets about a full day or so voyage away by fast steamer. The island is primarily jungle with a small mountain range in its center.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Now For Something Different. Some Favorite Movies Of Mine You Can Watch In Full On Youtube. Major General Tremorden Reddering.

I was thinking about these movies recently and I thought I would share them.

Waterloo (1970)
What a cast. Not completely accurate. Beautifully shot.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Chapter Two to the Story Started From The Previous Post.


Chapter Two of the Little Still Untitled Fiction Story

Chapter 2

     When I returned to the table, my father was sitting down looking at the old picture of his family. It was faded, creased, and worn. A corner had been torn off. His hands were folded together in prayer, his lips moving but no sound came from them. When he was done, he crossed himself and saw me standing there.

      "Em, come sit."

     I rooted for a moment. Did I really dare dig into my father's worst memories? Still, I moved forward and set up the recorder and microphone. I inserted a blank cassette, closed it, and pressed the play and record buttons. The tape wheels began to turn. I consulted my list of questions and spoke into the microphone, "Interview 256. Date is June 4th, 2045."

     My father cleared his throat and then began to speak. "My name is Theodore McBride. I was born on September 4th, 2002 in Branson, Missouri. I am 42 years old.
I have or had a father and mother, Lee and Dianne McBride, and three brothers and one sister. Linder, Ruth, Donald, and Joseph. Donald and Joseph were younger than me. I do not know if any of them are still alive today."

Another Repost of a Fictional Story I Wrote 2 Years Ago.


A Little Still Untitled Fiction I Wrote Earlier This Year. Chapter One.

Chapter I

     "It came hurtling out of the blackness of space until it smashed into the atmosphere of the third planet from Sol. Only a few other recorded natural disasters marked close in it's destruction. The CA-CRV-5 asteroid impacted into the vast empty expanses of eastern Russia. Large enough to hold its mass together as it burned its way through the dense air, it was the size of the old Twin Towers of New York City before they fell on September 11, 2001.

     Around the world seismograph needles jumped and danced as the earth literally rang like a harshly struck bell. It would be over a decade before the first organized expedition set off the find the crater. The astronauts and cosmonauts stationed on the ISS in low earth orbit were able to film the impact and the after effects. Their bravery and sacrifice helped the shattered remnants of their governments move survivors towards areas where survival would be more achievable." Excerpt from "Rang Like A Bell: A Survivors' Memoir of the CA-CRV-5 Asteroid Impact, by C. Thomas Unger, Published 2056


     My father never talked much of the early years after "the Day." The more I find out, the less I blame him. Civilization, most of it, collapsed with days of the impact. Whole regions, inflamed by fear, panic, and looking for some one to blame, ignited into a frenzy of war and slaughter. People survived anyway they could.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Prayers For A Fellow Liberty Blogger.

T.L. Davis was injured in a weather related car wreck in Colorado. He has been tirelessly working on an important 2nd Amendment documentary entitled "Lies of Omission." T.L. was the first fellow blogger to run across my blogging here and helped me to start reaching a larger audience. His writings are always thought provoking. He is okay (relatively speaking), and blogged about the wreck. Send him your thoughts, prayers, and whatever else the Lord lays on your heart.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Neo-Jacobins. That Is Your New Term For The Day.

Jesse James over at The Virginia Freeman's Society has hit it out of the park with his post "The Price of Delegitimization." He wrote it as a response to the American Vendee article by Zman. As one other person put it when I shared this with them, they said this article was bullseye accurate. The Democratic (and many of the establishment Republicans as well) are the present day Jacobins.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Very Long Post From The Smallest Minority. You Need To Read The Whole Thing Through.


It is nice to see other folks seeing that modern liberal/progressive thought has its roots in the French Revolution. For the question of who would you kill in the past to prevent future catastrophe, Hitler is not the top of my list. Robespierre (maybe Rousseau), Karl Marx, and Stalin top mine.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Revisit: The Clearing.

Something I wrote last year:

The Clearing

The soldier crept through the woods in a clumsy fashion. He did not know exactly where he was. The trees reminded him of the forests of his home. There he was safe. Here he was not.

In his mind he still heard the cries of pain from his fellow troops he had left behind in the confusion of the battle. It was not his intent to desert them in their time of need. He had been overwhelmed by the sense of fight or flight, and he had chosen flight.

The soldier was young. Only nineteen. He had been lured by the promise of excitement, adventure, and money. Plus, if he served his time, he had promised a house and land near the town he was currently stationed. 

He stopped and knelt down. He reached for his canteen only to discover it was gone. Fear had parched his throat. He considered trying to lick the dew off the grass, but decided it was not worth the effort. Nervous sweat stung his eyes. He wiped his face with his free hand. His other hand gripped his rifle tighter. At least he had not dropped that. His sergeant, a brutal man, would have beaten him for that. But that did not bother him. His sergeant was one of the first ones killed in the battle, almost as if he had been targeted. In fact he had noticed that all the leadership of his patrol, the officer and four sergeants, were the first ones shot. All control had been lost. It seemed like the attackers knew exactly what to do. 

I Have Been Saying The Same Thing.

The American Vendee.

The Z Man tells it like it is.

I have been saying the same thing for a while now too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Think I Was Wrong.

I had thought that with the election of Donald Trump we were going to have a small (2-6 year) reprieve. A buffer zone so to speak in order to finalize what we needed to have done in preparing for a resurgent Left. I think I was wrong. Instead, the timetable has been sped up.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Familiar Ground.

Today I hit my second job fair in a week. It has been a tough week. Plenty of rejection in the job hunt. Over the weekend I was hit hard with thoughts of failure and being over the hill. A majority of my old unit is deployed to Afghanistan and I miss "the guys." After going to the job fair, I decided to take advantage of being in the suit and hit a couple of private business here in town. Both are fairly well known in the industry. One is an AR manufacturer amongst other things, and the other is in the AR500 body armor industry.

Monday, May 8, 2017

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer

The original movie always has had a special place in my list of all time favorite movies.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Reverse Mozambique Drill?

I have shared his writings before. Gabe Suarez is talking more about a reality that does exist today, the idea that more training needs to be done for head and neck shots. While we no longer live in the same world that Jeff Cooper and other great "hoplo-philosophers" (whose wisdom is still valid) of days past, the ability to adapt to the new threat today is key to our survival in the battlespace.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Additions to the Blog Roll.

Regular readers may have noticed a few more additions to the blog roll.

Men of the West

Damian Michael (You need to especially read his 16 points of Alt-Christianity.)

Restricted Data - Relates to what I did while on active duty.

TAMOCK Agrarian Order (Used to be The Iron Legion) I am have some difficulty getting my link to work correctly in the blog roll.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Quick Update. What I Am Reading Currently.

I hope everyone had a good Easter. We had family come in and it was nice to have that time together.

Time seems to pass by quickly more and more.

There are apologizes in order for not posting more in recent days. I have had issues with inspiration on topics or the lack thereof.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It Keeps Getting Better. (Related To The Last Post)

So, I am in the middle of more job hunting today and when I log in to the Arizona job connection website, I am notified of this. Yep, America's job link was hacked about a week ago. The full text below the jump.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Modern Hazards Of Job Searching.

Many long time readers know that I was medically separated from active duty service last October. My family and I moved from one part of the desert southwest to another part of the desert southwest in January (story here). Hunting for work is a full time job, not made any easier by the federal hiring freeze (which I do support by the way). One has to get used to a lot of rejection, which is not easy.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Anthropoid. A Quick Review.

I stumbled across this movie while looking for something to watch on Amazon Prime. I remembered that I had wanted to see it when it was initially released.

Here are some quick thoughts:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

This Is An Interesting Article. Controversial? Yep.

You need to read the whole thing through. For those who do not care to click through to the original article from Return of Kings, I will have the entire text below the page break. The author puts into words some things that I have been thinking about for quite awhile. While he is arguing a perspective of manhood, I have been thinking more on it from the perspective of faith, society, and our future.
It is time to cast off the wimpy, namby, pamby Christianity of today. In many respects, it has become the lukewarm water that one spews out their mouth. Something that is referred to in the Book of Revelation. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Interesting Analysis On Our Current Time. Trying To Get Caught Up.

Author Sarah Hoyt, on her blog, has this interesting analysis on what is going on right now politically and socially.

Here are some great quotes:

"Because of movies and books, and the inevitable Marxist gloss on anything created/taught in the last century, a lot of us think a revolution comes about when the pressure on the people being oppressed is so strong that they rise come against the oppressor, and assert the will of the people.
This is not jut crazy, it is fricking delusional.  Like most ideas Marx had and disseminated to gullible minds, it would have benefited a little bit from JUST a little exposure to the real world.
If this were the case, the Soviet Union would not have lasted, and Cuba and for that matter North Korea would be a thing of history.  As would be Venezuela for that matter.  And before you tell me “no, because those are populist movements” think very carefully, because otherwise I’ll send you to the corner without books to contemplate your sins.  This is precisely what the left thinks, that those governments are populist and “the will of the people” and that’s why no matter how horrible the suffering they haven’t been overturned."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Smallest Minority: The Death of Civility

I just discovered this blog. Wow. Absolutely spot on.

Edited: I have added it to the blogroll.

The Smallest Minority: The Death of Civility: Remember the calls for increased civility following the 2011 shooting in Tucson where Congresswoman Giffords was wounded and 18 others were ...

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Silver Lining To The Forever War Of Our Time.

One apparent silver lining to our current constant state of war is the reemergence of a warrior/manly culture. I think the rise in the popularity of everything Norse is a reflection of this. The Norse appreciated a smart, intelligent, masculine warrior. Most cultures in their rise were the same way with their respective warrior classes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gadsden Dynamics 15% Site Wide Sale.

Gadsden Dynamics has become my first stop if I am looking for new gear. Their war belt is second to none, and their owner Andy is a great guy to work with for custom gear. They are having a 15% site wide sale this week. Use the coupon code at the bottom of the picture below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

AO Recon or Biking Around The Neighborhood.

One of the things that I have been doing since we moved into our new home is learning the neighborhood. We were warned about one specific set of neighbors from the very get go by long lived fellow neighbors. "Make sure and keep your children away from them. They are nothing but trouble."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Job Hunt Continues. What I Am Reading On The Interwebs Right Now.

So, the job hunt continues here in our new hometown. I have applied for both governmental and non-governmental jobs. At some point I will have to change tack and look at other avenues for income. It is a challenge.


More Skull Stomping Sacred Cows: Mosby is at it again. In very direct language (meaning: he is a advocate of the Patton Doctrine), he addresses concerns and thoughts about how the progressive-

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Transitions Stacked Upon More Transitions. Other Posts I Have Been Following In The Meantime.

Transition is always difficult. It can become easily overwhelming when you have multiple transitions stacked one upon another. Leaving a career and moving alone seem difficult enough. Having your oldest child move out at the same time add to it. It is exciting to see him start to spread his wings and begin his own life. There is also loss. Siblings miss him. His mother and I miss him. But it is the way of things.

Then you add the wreck during the move. My family is still dealing with the aftermath of that.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Settling In.

We just got internet at the new house. Thanks for sticking with us. I could see the comments submitted, I could not get them published until now. Thank you again for the prayers.

Now, the challenge is taking care of the old house when we are a bit gunshy of traveling and driving due to the accident.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grateful Beyond Words-A Quick Update On Our Move

On Tuesday morning we left our old house (not for good, still have to do final clean up and paint) and 45 minutes later my 14 year old son and I were involved in a head on collision when an oncoming car drifted hard into our lane of travel and smashed into our truck. My wife and three other children (17, 10, and 8, plus the family dog) were in our mini van behind the truck and saw everything. My son and I walked away from the wreck. I started first aid on the driver of the car that hit us, relaying his injuries to 911 through bystanders and my wife who were calling everything in.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Posting Will Be Light to Non-Existent For The Next Several Days.

Prayers for safety, weather (it is raining, here, right now!), tempers, and an autistic son dealing with everything are most appreciated.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Betcha You Have Never Seen That Before!

I have written before about my interest in Western Martial Arts. Most folks are familiar with the concept of samurai swords being tested in the cutting of tatami mats. Most folks are not familiar with the same concept with European swords.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Starting Our 3rd Year.

Yesterday marked the start of the 3rd year blogging. Where does the time go? Thanks to all of you for reading the ramblings posted here.