Sunday, 24 May 2020

Massad Ayoob On Safe Carry & My Favourite Things:

"whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens"

Some of my favourite American things are Greg Ellefritz (Weekend Knowledge Dump) & Massad Ayoob .. both are writers of fact based common sense .. Link:

This photo image says much about U S society - but I won't comment...

I've been called "politically naive" a few times - I guess that's a price I have to pay for trying to focus on fact-truth-function rather than political expedience ..

.. Nah - I've GOT to comment. - If you are so aware of your ongoing safety that you get a handgun and your 'carry permit' in the States - please also pay attention to safety's life partner .. your Health.

These folk are at least training & learning eh - It fascinates me that while nobody would buy a bassoon for example and then think that they were a musician .. nor even would a billionaire buy a helicopter and announce that he was now a pilot - but many U S citizens buy a handgun thinking that they are then defensively capable ..

I'm a little shy in showing too many of my favourite things as one needs to 'keep a little back' .. while I recently passed some old collectables to my favourite auctioneers ..

But here are some of my different favourite 'paper punchers' ..
 Four Rugers - a .45" Percussion 'Old Army', two SP101's in .22" & 327 Fed. Magnum
a pretty .22" S/A and a Glock G19x.

Favoured Tools - Folders & Fixed - Mostly Low-Cost ..

- None of these is selccted because it is 'perfect' but each is designed to function well .. I'm interested & perplexed by what is it that makes me value and learn about such tools .. while many other folk go on oblivious to many of life's possibilities?

- Yet Another of Life's Many Mysteries .. why have I always liked things made of copper - perhaps because I couldn't afford gold?

Copper-ware LASTS .. it doesn't rust like steel .. it doesn't weaken and fall apart after a year like plastics - slugs & snails hate it - and it kills superbugs & viruses on contact. And it's beautiful to see.

Some Of My Useful COPPER Treasure 
 - The large cylinder at back is my 'log basket'
.. I made the wee bowl 62 years ago at school

I just like old copper - I even strangely enjoy occasionally cleaning it ... can I be psychoanalysed?

Marty K.
A Proud member & supporter of Sporting Shooters Association NZ.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Johnston Atoll & MT Vulcanus - Agent Orange - Nukes:

I always thought that vulcanus was something related to why the inner tubes of my childhood 2nd hand London push bike needed frequent re-inflation and the occasional rubber patch gluing-on and dusting with chalk before being re-inserted into the outer casing.  - Wrong again.

- Well naturally you won't have any idea of what these names mean other than the clue I've put at the end of the title .. nor did I until mate 'J' sent me a "heads-up".

The MT Vulcanus doesn't seem to exist any more .. either scuttled or scrapped - but for years this ship was engaged profitably incinerating toxic wastes such as TCDD - Dioxins & dioxin-like material, - liquid chlorinated hydrocarbon wastes - and later more than EIGHT MILLION LITRES of  Agent Orange left over from the Vietnam War in the South Pacific.

Built in 1955 as a freighter she was converted into a floating incinerator  and renamed Vulcanus in 1972 having two incinerators installed aft plus waste tanks for the nasties.

Vulcanus motored around the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico for years spewing out smoke before moving down to the South Pacific in 1977 where she pumped-out most of the AGENT ORANGE from the storage tanks on Johnston Atoll and set about partially burning that into our local skies.

- MT Vulcanus was re-converted into a tanker in 1990 after seaborne incinerating was banned ..

Johnston Atoll previously called Kalama Atoll is one of those "Artificial Islands" that some of the big powers like to construct for military purposes .. but unlike the Chinese ones in The South China Sea that we've been told all about by the media - Johnston Island was built and run by the U S  government supposedly as a closed 'National Wildlife Refuge' .. but in reality for nearly 70 years, the atoll has been under the control of the U.S. military. During that time, it was variously used as a naval re-fueling depot, an airbase, a nuclear and biological weapons testing site, a secret missile base, and a chemical weapons and Agent Orange storage and disposal site.
Johnston Island with Sand Island In the Forefront;

Johnston Island /Atoll has been used for rocket launch testing, herbicide tests - biological - virus and chemical warfare development - and multiple Hydrogen Bomb tests both "successful" and failed -  and is variously contaminated with Plutonium and other toxic substances. This contamination is reducing as the "island' is slumping back into the ocean that it was dredged-up from and the toxins are dispersing widely.

- I don't think that The U S Military want Johnston Atoll anymore ..

.. anyone fancy it? - and more to the point ... Anyone know why we let these maniac governments do this stuff to our planet?

Don't panic - as Jacinda has banned semi-auto and other rifles ..

Marty K.

P.S. There are two 'Nimitz' Class nuclear powered aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Ronald Reagan in service up around Japan and Guam which are both reported as suffering from a serious infection with COVID-19. - News of the illness and it's effect on the deployment of each carrier's roughly 5,000 crew members is of-course restricted by the military mouth-pieces. Roosevelt's Captain was fired for requesting help ... then the nutter who fired him has also resigned ..

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

British Redcoats In NZ Land Wars:

A thoughtful & respected fellow shooter recently said .. " I have in the past been a 100% supporter of New Zealand police .. However, they have over the last few years destroyed my enthusiasm for them  - with their duplicity, arrogance and aggression towards those who have been more carefully vetted than their own recruits.  So right now I see no reason to cooperate with them when the result of that will be that they make our sport and our interests more difficult and more expensive."

If you have not yet watched this bit of video from COLFO - I recommend it for it's 'common sense' :

NZ Armed Constabulary 1869 .. Formed 1846:

- RNZ National broadcast an old interview with History Professor Charlotte MacDonald where she declared that during our 'Land Wars' as many as 18,000 British troops were rushed here by the London Secretary of State for War from all around the world to help suppress Maori resistance to white settlers taking their best lands - between 1845-1872.

That's quite an astonishing number - considering that our present 21st century military comprises less than 9,400 members.

These British Infantry regiments and RN Marines fought alongside a few settler volunteer militia - against only some 4,000 Maori warriors.

This overwhelming British force prevailed despite skilful & strong resistance - and then the government confiscated large tracts of land for "settlement" - while imprisoning Maori opposition.

At the time of the major campaigns in 1863-64 there were around 12,000 British soldiers in New Zealand. - About one in five of these soldiers applied to take their discharge from the army in New Zealand. - Giving up their issued rifle and uniform they became 'soldier settlers'.

British Soldiers of the Light Infantry Company, 65th Regiment (Yorkshire, North Riding)
- which saw action in Taranaki and the Waikato. Photo / Alexander Turnbull Library.

Much respect is due to those Maori warriors forced from their homes .. and it is most interesting that many of our current 21st Century military force are Maori (.. around 20% of our army).

Link to 2017 newspaper story:


"Winter is coming" .. well yes of course - but change is coming soon to New Zealand in that our settlement by Maori and Europeans is to be introduced into the school History curriculum by 2022. - For the very first time since ownership and control of this beautiful land was assumed by "The Crown" - the factual historical record of the years of armed conflict will now have to be taught in our schools ...

Marty K.
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Sunday, 17 May 2020


.. Today's Latest Police press release  'boasting' ..

"The search warrants executed have resulted in 93 arrests on more than 250 charges.
Police have seized 43 firearms, 25kg of methamphetamine, 30kg of cannabis, and small amounts of cocaine, MDMA, GBL, and LSD.
There were 14 clandestine labs located and a substantial amount of chemicals and equipment relating to methamphetamine manufacture seized, along with more than $1.2 million in cash.

Gangs targeted include Comancheros, Mongrel Mob, Black Power, Nomads, Headhunters, Rebels, King Cobras, Tribesmen, and Mongols.
Charges laid relate mainly to the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine, supply of cannabis and MDMA, possession of firearms and ammunition, and breaching court bail. .."

While I applaud police achievements - their results do confirm that the TWENTY MILLION PLUS DOLLAR BUY BACK & the rushed ill conceived gun law changes have been a total failure and an abject waste of public funds.

Can we now have both our Civil RIGHTS and our lawfully owned firearms back please? .. Oh I expect that it may be too late for that ..

- However - I do note that the responsible Police Commissioner & Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement have both now been replaced-retired-resigned .. Is there any connection?

Marty K.
A Proud member & supporter of Sporting Shooters Association NZ.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Have You Cottoned-On Yet?

My 'Countdown' supermarket receipt lists 100g Vaseline @ $5.89 - 200x cotton balls Made in India @ $2.50 - & 80x Help at Hand Make-up Pads (pure cotton-Made in India@ $2.50

Now you well might smear a little Vaseline onto each of your cotton-balls for use as fire starters and put them into some sort of screw-top jar or zip-lock plastic baggie - but I reasoned that the disc shaped cotton make-up pads might nicely peel apart to let me smear a wee glob of the petroleum distillate inside with my knife blade and squeeze shut again neatly & cleanly .. yes - I reckon that these clean non-sticky campfire starters work-out at around 10 cents each .. packing nicely into my antique copper lidded "Tinder Box".

When checking a batch of (cotton) Denim char-cloth - I just now thought I should try see what sort of char those pure cotton balls from India might make ... the key feature has to be how well they might catch a spark and form a nicely glowing ember, - and so this proved to be .. except the hot well charred cotton balls cooked very easily and needed sealing from the air least they rapidly self-oxidised .. when spilled fresh from the charring can they wanted to self ignite and glow cheerfully until only ash remains. - Hmm - better sealing & properly screw lidded retort vessels needed.

Possibly ...
Vegetable Lamb Of Tartary.

Many Northern Europeans in earlier days believed that cotton came from vegetable lambs that grew on the ends of tree branches .. but they found God rapidly after restoring English Royalty & then the British East India Company saved India from independence .. As Donnie Trump said - "The population of Britain is very dense."

Even the best of tinder needs decent kindling to start your woodland camp fire - if you are trying to use a wet cabbage ..  you'll be in for a cold evening.

Marty K.

Friday, 15 May 2020

VASELINE .. Great For Your Balls:

I got a phone call last week .... Hello I'm "Moira" from CIVIL DEFENCE - just ringing to see if you are all right ... "Why wouldn't I be - but the cat's just puked-up onto the carpet"  - Ah mine's done that today too she says - but we are checking to see if you are all right under the 'Covid-19 Shut-Down' - She says, - I'm a farmers wife up here .. we've got 4,000 sheep .. Blimey you must be a bloody millionaire, with lamb chops costing $10 dollars each .. No she says - we haven't got any money .. A nice lady so I ask - Tell me, what would you have done for me - if I'd replied that I was going stir crazy and had no food, no power and was depressed and pulling-out my hair? - well says she - I've got a couple of phone numbers I could give you for counselling ....  ...

I guess that I'm already notorious for suggesting CANOLA OIL from your supermarket & kitchen shelves for superb all-round gun lubrication .. see:
Great Lubricant in Wet Conditions.

.. So I've nothing to lose by suggesting Vaseline as a nice pure non-allergenic non-carcinogenic greasy lube for everything else you can think of - especially for smearing on your balls - that is your pure cotton-wool balls that are close to 100% CELLULOSE and will catch a spark from your flint and steel magic fire lighter very readily once you have practised and refined your technique eh.

I suppose that I should include here a 'PC" WARNING that both oils & Vaseline are flammable substances ..

.. Just don't go putting a 50:50 mix of concentrated nitric & hydrochloric or sulphuric acids on your cotton wool - NO  .. naughty  (.. nitrocellulose = guncotton).

- I've just been rung and told that an old work mate Dusty Miller has passed from a stroke .. on my birthday. That old pommy blighter genuinely owed me a bottle of Scotch for getting him voluntary redundancy from Air NZ years back when I was Eng. Union Delegate. It would be rude to tell his wife but ..

Yes Vaseline - originally called "rod-wax" 😁 is a (flammable) petroleum distillate that may be used as a lubricant.

The name Vaseline  comes from the German Wasser (water) and Greek elaion (olive oil).

I suppose that I might take a step too far if I were to suggest that a clear(ish) wax such as beeswax is THE RIGHT STUFF to apply to your favourite lovely sharp knives ? - NEVER use oil (except when sharpening maybe) on a decent knife - as that attracts grit .. whereas a nice furniture wax - maybe 'RENAISSANCE Wax' will be perfect for blades - handles & sheaths  and for your blued firearms too ... Don't argue - I'm a step closer to making 80 this week and I know that of which I speak ..
Very expensive WAX & "Elbow Grease"

Yup - but you've got plenty of dollars .. go ahead and spend some on weird smelling fancy canned & gas propelled aerosol stuff .. they do look pretty on the retailer's shelf eh .. probably won't do any harm.

Marty K.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

'Antis' Emotionally Disturbed BUT Motivated;

I planted 50 daffodil bulbs over the last two days .. a very calming process and they'll be lovely when the coming 'down-under' winter ends ..

The anti-gun movement has been shouting since about an hour after the fire lance was invented

Voices of The Anti-Gun Lobby invariably are neurotic, suffering from fear of the other - while happy to substitute lies & 'perceptions' for reasoned argument - seemingly incapable of learning fact.

Anything that some people do not understand - frightens them.

Here is an observation from Australian antique arms collector the late John Swinfield writing in 1978 .."The anti-gun lobby has always been with us but it has stepped-up it's activities to a new high lately, and if the responsible owners of antique firearms (and indeed modern arms) do not remain on the alert, we will see a diminishing freedom of ownership of those old weapons which have a great historical background because the unthinking 'do-gooders' do not heed the differences between old and new arms."

I have been subjected to a variety of ignorant neurotic personal argument over the last 62 years - ever since I was instructed aged 14 in the required skills to safely control and shoot a rifle at school in the Combined Cadet Force.

When wound-up and ready to go the 'anti-gunners' are even demanding 'pointless' knives ..

Of these many "anti-gunners" NOT ONE has retained even the most basic understanding of how a firearm works - what are the SAFETY RULES - or of the fact that it is not the tool that is dangerous .. but rather it is the insanity, - lack of control - or violent nature of the dangerous person who uses that tool to take life, - that is the danger.
2016 Bastille Day Killer Murdered 84 Using This Truck In Nice France:

Without exception these gun banners do not trust us with firearms because they would not trust themselves to control any such tool - fearing their own uncontrolled emotions and violent actions.

When reminded that they depend on armed Police & Military for their own safety .. inevitably they respond something like .. "Ah but that's different because they are properly trained and under control of the Government".

Themselves often being vegans - they see no need for others to enjoy wild harvested organic meats - as they function on factory farmed processed vegetation and grain.

Every Gun Banner I have been close to has displayed the early signs of agoriphobic emotional hysteria and willing ignorance .. If I were to be unkindly critical I might sum them up as DEMENTED AND DELUDED .. but sadly that same assessment might be applied to many persons promoted into positions of power.

These anxious & disturbed Anti-Gun Lobbyists do however seem to have emotional energy and a religious fervour that is sadly missing from our New Zealand shooters - who's dominant characteristic seems to be APATHY & a stubborn refusal to support those who support them - the unified shooters rights associations.

Marty K.
A Proud member & supporter of Sporting Shooters Association NZ.