Monster Hunter Nation

I have a story in the new Predator anthology. Samurai vs. Predator.

The new Predator: If it Bleeds anthology comes out this week.

I got to write about a group of samurai fighting the “Oni of Aokigahara”. It came out pretty awesome. I got to do a few fun, interesting things, and I love writing samurai drama. My story is called Three Sparks.

So I have now officially written in the Aliens and Predators universes. Now I just need to write something official about the Terminator and I will own the 1980s!

Review of the Precision Rifle 1 Class at the Blue Steel Ranch

Last week I took the Precision Rifle 1 Class from JP Enterprises, held at their Blue Steel Ranch in Logan, New Mexico.

http://bluesteelranch.co/

The purpose of this class was to learn more about long range shooting. Because most of my rifle shooting background was 3gun competition, I’m reliably accurate at 200-300 yard targets, and though I’d hit targets at 500 to 600, that was really inconsistent, and I wasn’t very good at it. I’d tossed lead at 1000 yard targets for kicks and giggles, but had no idea what I was doing, and couldn’t hit anything at those kinds of ranges.

The PR1 class is all about learning to hit longer range targets, all the way out to 1000.

The further out you get, the more you have to hold over for elevation, and the more wind pushes your bullet around. There is a science to long range shooting that most shooters never learn. A regular .308 drops like 35 feet at that range, and it takes a while for the bullet to get there, with wind shoving it around the whole time. PR1 teaches you how to assess and account for these things. Gun folks call long range shooting “weaponized math” for a reason.

JP Enterprises is manufacturer of high end, top tier, rifles. They built a custom gun for my Monster Hunter series (the Cazador) so they invited me out to their training center so I could learn how to really shoot it. As a novelist when I do any sort of training, half the time I’m learning stuff to help myself improve, and the rest of the time I’m picking up cool stuff for characters to know to make them more interesting. So I’m a sucker for this kind of thing. Then I plugged the class which caused a bunch of my readers to sign up too, and that was fun.

Blue Steel Ranch is in Logan, New Mexico. It’s a couple hours from an airport if you fly in (you can ship your ammo right to the ranch to be waiting for you there). I drove 13 hours down from Utah with my friend Dave, listening to Dresden Files audiobooks. They put you in pairs, so I would work as Dave’s spotter while he shot, and he would spot for me. There are hotels in Logan, but the ranch also has a bunk house you can stay in.

The instructors were excellent. The lead was Brian Whalen, former Army Special Forces and a sniper instructor. He really knew his stuff, and was able to convey it in a way that the students could actually retain and absorb it. Plus, since the classroom portion could be dry, Brian kept it entertaining. Then there was Dave and Aaron, assisting, and both of them were extremely knowledgeable. (and because we had multiple Daves, my spotter was Beard Dave, and the instructor was Big Dave, because he was a former Marine and SWAT cop who pumps a lot of iron).

I’ve taught a lot of CCW and basic pistol classes, so I’m opinionated on what makes a good shooting instructor. Part of it is getting the information across in a manner that students can absorb it, but they’ve also got to be able to read the room and tell when people are lost or not. When actually shooting they need to be able to watch a student and diagnose their issues. Then it isn’t enough to just talk, a good instructor has to be able to demonstrate on demand that they can actually perform the skills they’re telling you about.

These guys were all solid.

Instructor to student ratio was good too. I believe there were 12 students, but since we worked in teams, that meant for all the actual long range shooting portions there were 6 shooting, 6 spotting, so it worked out to one instructor on 2 shooters at any given time.

The class goes for 3 days. The first day is mostly classroom, going over equipment, ballistics, range, wind, etc, followed by going to the range to get good zeros and to adjust equipment as necessary. The classroom stuff is like drinking from a fire hose of information.

I’ve been shooting rifles for most of my life, but I learned more about how to get a reliable, consistent prone that afternoon than the rest combined. I’d just never thought about it before. It was flop down and go. The instructors helped me out, and my group sizes shrank.

Also, sand socks… Holy moly, what a difference. I’d never used one before. It’s a little bag you use in your support hand while prone, placed under the rear of your stock. Night and day difference in comfort and consistency.

A lot of us managed to screw up our equipment somehow. Bipods and scopes were adjusted. Stocks were changed. For me, I had just gotten a new suppressor, and didn’t realize that there was oil in the threads from the factory, so couldn’t figure out why I would start shooting a good group, only to have my zero start to vertically string. Brian diagnosed the problem, I degreased and cleaned the threads. It was good. But then decided that I was really going to torque that thing on there to make sure, and managed to twist my float tube to the side in the process. I swear, I was like Lenny petting the bunny this class. Once that was fixed I got a good zero and was ready for the next day.

On the equipment, if you are going to take the PR1 class, don’t hesitate to contact the instructors beforehand and ask them questions. I wish I would have. It would have saved me some time and frustration working with gear that wasn’t quite right.

The second day started out with checking our zeros and testing cold bore shots. Then we used ballistic software to build range cards. Being able to have all your data right at hand is absolutely vital, so once you know the range of your target you can dial in your drop and wind without having to mess around.

Then it was off to the range to try and hit targets from 400 to 1000. This was where all that class room rubber hit the road. While one of you was on the rifle, your partner would try to read wind and spot impacts. Then an instructor was watching as well, providing corrections and feedback. Judging the wind is the hardest thing of all, because it could be going ten miles an hour left at the target, but thirteen miles an hour at a 30% angle before that. It was the first time since college I had to think about cosines!

But we did it. We worked those targets. It was awesome. I’m pretty sure I giggled when hit the 1000 for the first time. (we’ll find out, that was all recorded and will air on an episode of Shooting Gallery on the Outdoor Channel).  Hitting a thousand is rewarding. There is also a 1,300 yard one if anybody is feeling ambitious. A couple of our guys hit that one.

The rest of the second day was spent shooting, reviewing, correcting, and improving.

Then the third day it got challenging, and the class headed out to the desert to shoot from a rim across a valley filled with targets. This is where you’ll be thankful you brought knee and elbow pads, because all of the shooting positions are improvised. The hardest part wasn’t hitting the targets, it was finding them (and they went over some really helpful tricks for scanning) and then keeping sight of them while you get into a position solid enough to actually hit them.

To give you an idea, in one position there were six targets from 500-800 yards. I was having a hell of a time because it turns out my back/neck is super inflexible, so I was really struggling with what the instructor referred to as “shit sandwich prone”. For this part my regular old Harris bipod didn’t have enough adjustment to get the right angle, so I was laying on my backpack to get my body up high enough. This was killing my neck, which made everything else start to quiver, so it was like as soon as I got into position a clock started, and when it ran out, I wasn’t going to hit anything.

But with Dave and Brian spotting and telling me wind, I’d find them, adjust the range, adjust for the wind value given, and boom. If they saw the impact of the miss, I’d adjust accordingly. (I love my Horus reticle now). It took me several minutes to find and hit all of those, and I’ll tell you, I felt like a total bad ass when I finally got that last one.

So then right after that, to demonstrate how this stuff could be done by a pro, Brian shot that same array, with Aaron spotting, and cleaned the six of them in thirty five seconds without a single miss. Yeah… Wow. That’s humbling. I think I need to come back for PR2.

Shooting on the rim was educational. You could have targets at approximately the same distance, but with a hundred yards between them, and the wind value for the two of them would be different. I felt pretty good about how I performed a few times, but then I totally screwed the pooch on one set. I spent too much time in a crappy position looking in the wrong place. Then I hit the ones that I could see, but I simply couldn’t find the last ones. But in the process I learned a lot about my weaknesses and what I need to work on for next time.

PR1 was a blast. I feel far more confident about my ability to hit long range targets. I recommend it to anybody who wants to learn about long range shooting. I look forward to taking their PR2 intermediate class in the future.

Blue Steel

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EDIT: to add, I forgot to explain the reference to Shooting Gallery. The first two days of this PR1 class were filmed, and will air on an episode of Shooting Gallery on Outdoor Channel sometime next season. Because I’ve been a regular on Gun Stories for the last couple seasons they thought it would be fun to do an episode of me taking this class. I’ll post when I have the air dates.

Update Post

Sorry, haven’t had much time for blogging lately, but to keep you guys in the loop as to what is going on I just got home from the Precision Rifle 1 class at Blue Steel Ranch in New Mexico. The first couple of days were filmed for an episode of Shooting Gallery on the Outdoor Channel. The class was excellent (I learned how, and then actually hit targets out to 1,000 yards), and I’ll do a full write up in the next few days.

I was out in the desert, really busy, with sporadic internet, and now I’m playing catch up, so if you sent me a business email, I’ll get back to you this week.

I have one more event this year, and that’s HonorCon in a couple of weeks, and then I am done travelling for the year.

The MHI bullets were a success. They’re sending me a check to send to the food bank. Loaded ammo is coming soon, and I’ll have another post up soon with details about that.

On the writing front, the Monster Hunter Files anthology came out last week and has been doing fantastic. People seem to be loving it, and that’s because we had so many excellent authors just having fun.

I’m in the anthology Predator: Blood Hunt, that comes out next week. I got to write samurai vs. Predator. It came out really bad ass.

My next release will be for the 3rd book of the trilogy with Ringo, Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints. I believe that is 2nd quarter 2018.

I don’t know the release date for my short story collection, Target Rich Environment yet for sure, but it will be out next year.

Tom Stranger 2: A Murder of Manatees, I should be able to announce a date for that soon.

Sarah Hoyt is working on the rough draft of our collaboration Monster Hunter Guardian and then she’ll be kicking that back over to me.

I’m currently working on House of Assassins, sequel to Son of the Black Sword. It is going awesome. The plan is to have it turned into Toni by Christmas.

The Savage Worlds version of the MHI role playing game kickstarter will be coming soon. That’s one of those I’m running behind emails I mentioned up top.

And finally, for the Yard Moose Mountain update, the road is in. We start drilling the well in a couple of weeks.

So things are really hopping here.

The Monster Hunter Files, On Sale Now

The Monster Hunter Files Anthology is on sale now

You guys are going to love this. We got so many talented authors writing stories in the MHI universe, it is awesome.

Here is the list of stories:

Here is a list of all the stories and authors:

“Thistle” by Larry Correia
(Owen and his team take on a new kind of monster in Arizona)

“Small Problems” by Jim Butcher
(MHI’s new janitor has to deal with some small problems)

“Darkness Under The Mountain” by Mike Kupari
(Cooper takes a freelance job in Afghanistan)

“A Knight Of The Enchanted Forest” by Jessica Day George
(Trailer park elves versus gnomes TURF WAR!)

“The Manticore Sanction” by John C. Wright
(Cold War era British espionage with monsters)

“The Dead Yard” by Maurice Broaddus
(Trip goes to Jamaica on some family business)

“The Bride” by Brad R. Torgersen
(Franks wasn’t the only thing Benjamin Franklin cut deals with)

“She Bitch, Killer of Kits” (a Skinwalker Crossover Tale) by Faith Hunter
(Jane Yellowrock teams up with MHI)

“Mr. Natural” by Jody Lynn Nye
(an STFU mission in the 70s has to deal with plant monsters and hippies!)

“Sons Of The Father” by Quincy J. Allen
(Two young brothers discover monsters are real, and kill a mess of them)

“The Troll Factory” by Alex Shvartsman
(Heather gets some help from MHI for an STFU mission into Russia)

“Keep Kaiju Weird” by Kim May
(a Kitsune may have already earned her PUFF exemption, but she’s not going to let some monster squish Portland)

“The Gift” by Steve Diamond
(Two of the Vatican’s Hunters from the Blessed Order of Saint Hubert the Protector on a mission in Mexico)

“The Case of the Ghastly Specter” by John Ringo
(while studying at Oxford, Chad takes a case)

“Huffman Strikes Back” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost
(Owen’s vacation gets interrupted for some monster revenge)

“Hunter Born” by Sarah A. Hoyt
(remember how I mentioned Julie didn’t get to go to her prom because of monster problems? Here you go)

“Hitler’s Dog” by Jonathan Maberry
(It is WW2 and Agent Franks really hates Nazis)

 

An Opinion on Suppressors and the Hearing Protection Act

I have not written an article on gun control in a while, but since people have something new that they don’t actually understand to freak out about, it’s time once again to take off my Writer hat and put on my Gun Nut hat.

Today’s topic is suppressors, also known as silencers, which are basically car mufflers but for guns. Some folks are having a giant hyperbolic come apart because Congress is thinking about making suppressors easier for people to own. Note, they are already perfectly legal to own, but the process to get one is convoluted and stupid. This law would just get rid of the convoluted and stupid part.

For full disclosure, my gun related resume is listed at the beginning of this article. http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/06/23/an-opinion-on-gun-control-repost/ I own a whole bunch of suppressors, I’ve used dozens of different types of suppressors, and I owned a gun store that sold NFA items. Basically I’ve shot more rounds in a single burst than most of the people I’m arguing with have shot in their lives.

So when I see posts like the one copy and pasted below, I know how doctors must feel when some anti-vaxxer is “educating” them about how their healing crystals and essential oils will rebalance their chakras to prevent autism.

The following post is from author Elizabeth Moon, who is an extremely good science fiction writer, but who apparently knows jack shit about guns. Which is kind of sad, since she was a Marine. There is so much wrong with this post that later on I’m going to have to break it down and fisk it line by line, but here it is first in all its magnificence.

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So the House is once again trying to sneak through a bill that deregulates silencers on personal weapons. Yes, they really want us all dead…they really want to make it easier for their right wing goons to shoot us and not be heard doing so. Their excuse is that firearms are noisy and the noise can damage a shooter’s (or their hunting dogs’) hearing.

Uh huh. And can keep people from knowing there’s someone going around shooting people, so they’re easier to shoot, and nobody knows it’s happening. No witnesses, no investigations, no prosecutions. Enabling careless irresponsible hunters (the kind who shoot people “by accident” without being noticed. Enabling assassins and terrorists, who shoot people on purpose for political or personal ends.

Because seriously, people have been hunting with noisy rifles and shotguns a long time and seem to be able to get along quite well by sticking those earplugs or headgear on before they actually shoot. People in this country are not going hungry because they can’t kill enough deer or rabbits or quail or elk to survive. And game is spotted visually more often than heard (migratory waterfowl perhaps excepted.)

No, guys, this is not reasonable. This is stupid and serves only to enrich the firearms industry which is already rich enough to pay a huge amount lobbying you. They’re making a profit already. Let this alone.

 

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Wow… Okay. There is so much nonsense in there that it is going to take some time to refute it all. This is a perfect example of Brandolini’s Bullshit Asymmetry Principle, in that it takes an order of magnitude more effort to refute bullshit than to create it.

First off, it’s education time. How do suppressors work and why do we use them? When a cartridge is fired, the gun powder burns extremely rapidly, and this creates pressure which forces the bullet down the barrel. When those hot expanding gasses escape into the atmosphere, it is rather energetic and extremely loud.

If you’ve ever been around a really loud bang, you may have noticed that afterwards your ears ring. I’ve got some bad news for you, that ringing means you’ve permanently damaged your hearing. When that fades you will have lost some measure of hearing, and hearing damage is permanent and cumulative. The more of these loud bangs you are exposed to, the greater the damage. It will never get better. It will only continue to get worse.

I was a firearms instructor for about a decade and spent a lot of time running ranges and teaching people. I was religious about wearing my hearing protection, but if you spend enough time on the range you will be caught unaware eventually and somebody is going to touch something off right after you take your muffs off. 

I have tinnitus. Basically, there is literally no sound of silence in my world. For me it is a constant ringing noise that’s about the same pitch as my lawn sprinklers. I also can’t pick up a lot of things in higher ranges, like for many years, my daughters’ voices. If you’ve ever spoken to me in the dealer’s room of a con, you’ll notice that I tend to lean over the table to get close to the speaker. That’s not because I’m being weird, it’s that I can’t understand you, especially in a room with background noise that aggravates the perpetual ringing.

I’m not alone. I’m sure audiologists love old gun nuts because they sell a lot of hearing aids that way.

Guns are loud, but are also incredibly useful. If you want to be proficient with a firearm, you must practice with it. So we put up with the loudness and put things in or over our ears in order to mitigate the damage as much as possible.

However, muffs slip. It is really easy to break the seal of an ear muff when you place your cheek on the stock of a rifle. Boom. Hearing damage. Or that little foam plug in your ear isn’t squished in quite right, or deforms and falls out? Boom. Hearing damage. I used to hate when I came home from a long day teaching a class, and I’d hear that ring that told me that at some point I’d screwed up. Because there’s no going back.

Suppressors were invented to mitigate that danger. You can call them silencers too, that’s fine, but Silencer was a brand name, not a particularly true description. It’s like Xerox or Kleenex. Many of us gun nuts just refer to them as cans, because that’s basically all they are.

I wasn’t joking when I said they work exactly like the muffler on your car. As those expanding gasses from the burning gun powder escape the muzzle, instead of flying outward to bombard those delicate little hairs in your ears, the gasses are trapped in a can screwed onto the end. That’s basically it.

Cans are usually filled with something that increases the interior surface area that gives the sound waves more things to bounce off of. In the olden days we used things like rubber gaskets, steel wool, grease, and all sorts of other stuff. Nowadays since good precision machine tools are common and cheap, most of them use metal baffles. The hardest part about building a can to last is dealing with the temperature. That energy which would normally escape as noise gets trapped as heat. Cans get hot fast.

So if you screw a suppressor onto the end of your gun, usually it isn’t going to make it silent. Not even close. The actual noise reduction is going to vary greatly depending on a whole bunch of different factors. The quality and construction of the can is secondary to the power level of the gun. The more powerful the boom, the more can required to contain it. It’s all about the amount of expanding gasses escaping that muzzle.

Also, most bullets are supersonic. Just like a fighter jet, when that bullet breaks the speed of sound it is going to make a sonic boom. Though since bullets are much smaller, it is more of a sonic crack. The baffles in a modern can never actually touch the bullet, so they do nothing about the bullet breaking the sound barrier.

I won’t get into decibel ratings (which are indecipherable gibberish to most folks anyway) but if you slap a suppressor onto a standard rifle, shooting standard ammunition, it is still pretty loud. It is still noticeable by anybody nearby. Everybody is still going to hear the sonic crack of the bullet. Only for the shooter is doesn’t feel like you’re getting hit in the ear canal with a hammer.

Regular pistols with regular ammo aren’t movie gun quiet. Not even close. In the movies the hit man shoots somebody with his 9mm and the people in the next room don’t hear it. Bullshit. A suppressed 115 grain standard 9mm sounds like taking a big ass dictionary and slamming it down as hard as you can flat on a hardwood floor. WHUMP. Bystanders are still going to hear, it’s just not as sharp.

There’s also the mechanical action of the gun working. On a semi-automatic firearm, the action is still going to cycle, and that also makes a pretty distinct noise. Bullet impacts are surprisingly loud, especially when they land close to you.

Can you get a gun movie quiet? Yes. It is possible, however it means using slow, subsonic ammunition that never breaks the sound barrier, a high quality can, on a manually operated firearm like a bolt action. The easiest way to do it is with a weak little .22, though there are bigger specialty subsonic calibers (not cheap, but fun), but There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. All of those are going to suck over any kind of distance because slow bullets drop fast, which means you can’t hit crap because you have a trajectory similar to a rainbow.

Basically, cans aren’t magic. All this stuff is just basic physics.

Suppressors are also perfectly legal at the federal level, and legal in most US states right now. The law regulating them dates back to the 1930s (the National Firearms Act) and it doesn’t make a lick of sense. The NFA is like the poster child for silly pointless government inefficiency.

Quick version, in order to purchase a suppressor you need to get it from a special kind of gun dealer (an SOT Title 3 or 7, which I was). Then you fill out some special federal paperwork and pay a special tax ($200) to the BATF. This paperwork (the Form 4) is actually pretty simple, the kind of thing that could be done over a website, or processed by a private company with a couple days turn around, but the BATF takes about a YEAR (not a typo) to cash the check, stamp the paper, and mail it back to you, so that you can take possession of your suppressor.

The last can I bought it took the ATF nine months to approve it, which is actually pretty good. I’ve had them come back in as fast as four months, and as long as eighteen. I’ve got two stamps that I’m waiting for right now.  It’s not like they’re doing a rigorous background check that whole time or anything. That’s all done instantly with a computer database. It is literally just a year of waiting for a government employee to work through the stack, to stamp your paper and put it in their registry. (yet somehow people still thought the government was going to improve healthcare? Go figure)

Basically, these things are already legal, and lots of us already own them. I’ll get back to just how many of us later.

The thing that congress is talking about doing is moving suppressors from the NFA, to treating them like they were regular guns. The NFA is bloated, inefficient, slow, and basically a useless relic requiring 1934 level tech. We have a National Insta Check System already for firearms purchases, so there’s no reason they couldn’t just use it instead. Personally, I think they’re just glorified pipes, so even treating them like a firearm is kind of silly, but it’s an improvement over our current archaic system.

Now let’s break down Elizabeth Moon’s hyperbolic silliness, line by silly line.

So the House is once again trying to sneak through a bill that deregulates silencers on personal weapons. Yes, they really want us all dead…

 

That’s just stupid. If congress wanted us all dead it would be easier to just put the democrats from Flint in charge of our water supply.  

 

they really want to make it easier for their right wing goons to shoot us and not be heard doing so.

 

That’s right. Congress wants roving bands of redneck ninja death squads, silent but deadly, offing delicate Bambi-like progressives who were just standing on the corner minding their own business. 

It was that stupid line which caused me to write this blog post. I like Moon’s books, but that line took the gold in the thousand meter moron.

 

 

Their excuse is that firearms are noisy and the noise can damage a shooter’s (or their hunting dogs’) hearing.

 

Nope. That’s perfectly true. Already detailed above. A single gun shot will cause hearing damage, and all hearing damage is permanent and cumulative. I mentioned how suppressors are already legal here, but they are considered normal safety equipment in some European countries, and it is considered rude to shoot at a range without one.

That is my excuse. I’ve shot a lot, but I’ve never even joined a single right wing murder squad… I must be doing this wrong. 

Plus, deaf dogs? That’s just sad. I didn’t even think of that. Poor things. HPA now! Won’t someone think of the puppies?

 

Uh huh.

 

Yeah huh.

 

And can keep people from knowing there’s someone going around shooting people, so they’re easier to shoot, and nobody knows it’s happening.

 

Sure, if you’re dealing with TV assassins using action movie physics. Those Redneck Ninja Death Squads are elite operators.

 

No witnesses, no investigations, no prosecutions.

 

“What do we have here, Sergeant?”

“Well, Detective, we’ve got a body with multiple gunshot wounds, there’s shell casings over there, we’ve got eye witnesses, security camera footage from the surrounding buildings, cell phone footage from the bystanders, and a bunch of other pieces of forensic evidence… But nobody actually HEARD the gunshots due to the whopping 28 decibels of reduction. So we’ve got no case.”

“Okay, cool. I’m just going to call it a day. Praise Trump.”

“Praise Trump.”

 

Enabling careless irresponsible hunters (the kind who shoot people “by accident” without being noticed.

 

Following that logic we should take the mufflers off of cars so that drunk drivers don’t get away.

Plus, I like how she puts by accident in quotes, because you know how it is out here in red state flyover country, with us constantly getting away with outlandish murders and nobody ever notices. All I have to do is tell my local sheriff, “aw shucks, I totally thought he was a cow” and we all have a good laugh.

 

Enabling assassins and terrorists, who shoot people on purpose for political or personal ends.

 

Yes. Because even though there are millions of suppressors already in circulation, and anybody with some basic mechanical knowledge can improvise one, a professional hit man never would have thought of using a suppressed weapon before now. Sure, we’ve got drug cartels who manufactured their own submarines, but that $200 tax is just too hefty. And I can just imagine all those terrorists who’ve been thwarted by the NFA. “Oh no! I have not done the proper tax paperwork on my silencer! Abort the mission!” They must be from those same terrorist groups who obey Gun Free Zone signs.

 

Because seriously, people have been hunting with noisy rifles and shotguns a long time and seem to be able to get along quite well by sticking those earplugs or headgear on before they actually shoot.

 

This is stupid because it makes a few shockingly ignorant assumptions. Hunters don’t walk around wearing plugs, because they are annoying, and make it hard to hear what’s going on around you. Even electronic amplification muffs start to suck pretty fast when you’re doing anything other than actively shooting (and your ears get hot). So most hunters don’t wear earpro while hunting. When they see a deer, they don’t suddenly stop and pull out their plugs. Like hang on a minute Bambi, I’ll be right with you. Hell no. They take the fucking shot.

And once again, boom. Permanent and cumulative hearing damage.

 

People in this country are not going hungry because they can’t kill enough deer or rabbits or quail or elk to survive.

 

What a derpy straw man. I’m deaf, not hungry.

 

And game is spotted visually more often than heard (migratory waterfowl perhaps excepted.)

 

Moon has obviously never been hunting. And if I’m wrong and she has, I’m guessing she was remarkably bad at it.

What a stupid thought. Like the ONLY possible thing a hunter would need his hearing for is spotting animals, and not all of that normal hearing stuff we use our ears for every single day, like hearing somebody calling for help, or somebody shouting a warning about that bear that’s about to eat you, or the most likely danger, that dumb ass mountain biker flying down a trail about to run into you. Or shit, Elizabeth, maybe I just want to listen to the birds sing or the wind whistle through the trees and that’s none of your fucking business. 

 

No, guys, this is not reasonable.

 

Nope. It’s perfectly reasonable. I can’t help it if you are emotional and terribly ignorant about the topic. (Originally I was going to be polite, but when she got to the part about right wing death squads murdering with impunity, I said fuck it, let’s go)

 

This is stupid and serves only to enrich the firearms industry which is already rich enough to pay a huge amount lobbying you. They’re making a profit already.

 

I’ve talked about the myth of the ultra-powerful gun lobby on here before, but it’s crap. The gun industry lobby is comparatively tiny. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is nothing compared to any of the big industry or union lobbying machines. The NRA is big, but its dues are paid by regular people. Regular people like not being deaf.

The part about enriching the firearms industry is exactly ass backwards. Last year suppressor sales were up big time. Then this year when congress started talking about the Hearing Protection Act, suppressor sales cratered. Why? Because all of their customers thought if that there might be a chance they could buy the same thing without paying an additional tax and waiting a year, why buy now? So they crossed their fingers and waited.

Customers want cans, but they hate the NFA so much, that if there is any chance they don’t have to get a government proctologic exam, they’ll hold off. So until the HPA passes/fails, it’s actually hurting the industry.

I know of a couple different suppressor manufacturers who have had to lay off workers since rumors about the HPA started up. Some of the layoffs have been huge. They need congress to either act or not, because right now the wait is killing their business.

Also, if it passes, if you remove the NFA requirements then it becomes a whole lot easier for more manufacturers to get into the suppressor business. Which would increase the existing manufacturers’ competition. Right it requires an SOT7 to make a can, which is another specialized hoop to jump through. So I don’t know what the hell she thinks they’re lobbying for, starving their business, until they can add more suppliers to compete against? Brilliant.

 

Let this alone.

 

Make us.

You’re talking about bullshit like right wing death squads murdering people with impunity right now, but your side keeps getting this stuff embarrassingly wrong. You were wrong about “assault weapons”. You guys ranted about Uzis in the streets, yet the ban went away and nothing changed. You were wrong about concealed carry. You predicted wild west shoot outs over every parking space, but now its super common in most states and we’re fine. You’ve been wrong about gun free zones. They’re shit and killers love them. You’ve been wrong about every fucking thing. But you guys keep on lecturing us, aggressively certain that this time your doom and gloom will come true.

But it won’t, because it’s stupid.

Let me break down why moving suppressors from the NFA won’t result in a sudden upswing of right wing death squads creeping through your windows at night in their confederate flag ninja pajamas and MAGA hats.

We already have lots and lots of silencers.

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That’s not all guns. That’s just NFA items. Regular firearms transfers are way, way bigger. Here are the stats from the BATF. https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/data-statistics

NFA items include legal machine guns (yes, those exist too!), short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and suppressors. I couldn’t tell you how many of that are of each kind, but based upon my own time selling this stuff, suppressors are a big honking chunk.

There were 2.5 million NFA transfers last year alone. A ton of those were for suppressors. We’ve been making these things forever, and good ones don’t really wear out. But no right wing death squads have been murdering with impunity. Go figure. These right wing death squads must be constrained by something other than a supply of suppressors, oh, like maybe THEY ARE FUCKING IMAGINARY.

I could write a post in favor of a border wall because it would keep out the Loch Ness Monster and it would be about as realistic as Moon’s post. Because fuck you, Nessie. I’ve got my eye on you.

But wait, there’s more. Let’s suppose that our country has fractured to the point that we now have roving Redneck Kill Teams picking off caring liberals (why? Maybe they’re mad liberals made it so their poor hunting dogs are all deaf). So we’ve got this massive break down of law and order to the point murder is unremarkable, who gives a shit about the NFA? What’s to keep Bubba from going to Home Depot and putting together a functional suppressor out of some pipe and tubing? Hell, we can make these things out of oil filters. It ain’t rocket science.

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, all those millions of transfers weren’t conducted by elite TV hit men, they were purchased by regular guys like me who are trying to protect what hearing we have left.

Excuse me, your highness, but if it pleases the crown, I would like to have the ability to teach my children to use firearms safely, in such a manner that they don’t end up hearing perpetual lawn sprinkler noises for the rest of their lives.

People like me, who have a clue about this topic, think it is dumb that sticking a pipe on the end of a gun is a felony. People like Moon are worried that if people were free to put pipes on the end of their guns, it will somehow lead to roving death squads and a complete breakdown of law and order. But they said the same thing about CCW and the AWB, so I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Suppressors are great, but they’re basically just another tool, and they’ve got their pros and cons like any other tool. I would encourage anybody who isn’t familiar with them to find their local range that offers NFA rentals, and try one out. Trust me, it’ll be a whole lot more educational than watching hit men on TV.