Make a Decision

Choose wisely and explain why: You may only choose one.  Left: 10.3” 556, piston converted – middle: 12.5” 556, piston converted, suppressed machine gun – right: Galil Ace 7.62×39.



The Murder of Lieutenant Lawry:
A Case Study of British Naval Impressment in Newfoundland, 1794

(link) This is the story of one of the most serious crimes in Newfoundland history. It is an ironic tragedy because Lawry personally requested the North Atlantic mission that led to his death. The narrative begins with Boston’s daily routine in October 1794: loading the warship with victuals, Morris preparing to sail with the Iberian convoy, and the movements of the press-gang that resulted in Lawry’s murder. It continues with the interrogation of the suspects and their criminal trial. The state executions and military funerals that followed were theatrical events designed to reinforce the power and legitimacy of the Royal Navy.

It’s a good story, not a long one, but it may be worth your time to read it.

Press gangs were composed of ten or eleven sailors, called gangsmen, and one commissioned officer, usually the first or second lieutenant. A petty officer or midshipman commonly tagged along, but it was rare for press gangs to exceed twelve men. Contrary to folklore, they rarely included local toughs and rattan-swinging boatswains, particularly in colonial settings, but rather trustworthy seamen from particular warships, men who had been in the service long enough that they could be trusted not to desert.


New Sig

Per SIG SAUER’s press release:

The M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols are unique M17 pistols that were created using the same specifications for the U.S. Army’s M17 Modular Handgun System.

The ceremonial pistols are 9mm striker-fired pistols with a non-railed aluminum grip module, stainless steel slide, wood grip inserts, a 21-round magazine, and features the same optic cut as specified by the MHS contract, front night sight, removable rear plate, and black controls. The pistols also feature a high polish to withstand the inclement weather while the Tomb Sentinels stand guard. The unique distinguishing features for the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols include:    Pistol Names: each of the four pistols bears the name of Silence, Respect, Dignity, or Perseverance and is featured on the dust cover.

Dignity and Perseverance represent “The Sentinel’s Creed,” and Silence and Respect represent the request to the public by Arlington National Cemetery when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown, and during the Changing of the Guard;    Custom Wood Grips: in 1921 the chosen Unknown was transported to the United States of America aboard the USS Olympia. The custom wood grips are made with wood from the USS Olympia and include the crest of the 3rd Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge inset;

Cocking Serrations: XXI cocking serrations are engraved on the slide to signify the twenty-one steps it takes for the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknowns and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute;    Sight Plate: an engraved impression of the Greek Figures featured on the east panel of the Tomb – Peace, Victory, and Valor – are featured on the sight plate;    Sights: a glass insert made with marble dust from the Tomb of the Unknown fills the sights of the ceremonial pistols;    Engraved Magazines: the 21-round magazines feature an aluminum base plate engraved with the names of the Greek figures featured on the Tomb of the Unknown – Peace, Victory, and Valor – and include a nameplate on the bottom of the magazine engraved with the Tomb Sentinel badge number.

Serial Numbers: the pistols are serialized with a unique set of serial numbers that incorporate items of significance to the Old Guard: “LS” represents line six of the Sentinels’ Creed, “My standard will remain perfection; “02JUL37” to signify the first 24-hour guard posted at the Tomb of the Unknown on July 3, 1937; “21” to signify the 21 steps it takes the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknown, and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute. The full series of M17 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pistols serial numbers are LS02JUL37A21 (Silence), LS02JUL37B21 (Respect), LS02JUL37C21 (Dignity), LS02JUL37D21 (Perseverance).




The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system that is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent on abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office – or maybe a Motor Vehicle Department.

There’s nothing on Earth more progressive than George Floyd Square… Meme-of-the-Day


Parting Shot: Wolves and rabbits don’t sit down in a meeting and decide what’s for lunch.


  1. I’d take the Galil. AK’s are like old pickup truck. They’re robust, take a beating and still just want to do what they are meant to do. And then take that and let the Israeli’s make improvements and you have a very robust device indeed.

  2. Progressives – long, long ago I told my kids that if they let the other side define the words, then you’ve already lost the argument.

  3. I will take the ACE for the reasons Simpleman stated and I’ll add it’s the only one in 30 cal.
    I’m not sure what to make of the Sig. The extended mag that’s says Peace on it definitely takes away from it IMO.

  4. I am not a big fan of piston converted AR’s or x39. I would prefer a Cobb MCR-300 in 30-06 as a battle rifle.

  5. I’d take the Galil though I’d prefer it in rifle format rather tan a “pistol.” Why? Because I don’t have one.

  6. I like Galil. You never know what kind of protective gear is used or the distance you discover the target.

  7. If those are my choices it would be the Galil Ace, and I know next to nothing on these rifles.

    Floyd Reprobate Central Shrine: This is what the Left does, trash everything they touch and call it good. Scum of the highest order…because they are mentally ill. “Renewables” are their favorite gambit sold as “good for you”…yet they trash massive land tracks and return us to unreliable power. They hate oil, coal, nuclear (best), hydro, & NG electrical production, yet their modes at an industrial level can’t pay for themselves and are useless at best. Electrical cars are their nirvana but these too are useless unless you’re going for groceries or the weekly Rec-Med run, yet proponents have no clue how to haul anything with them…meaning everything stops. These bums have sold their souls to Gaia…and call it good…yet forget Gaia doesn’t give a you-know-what about them, but they worship “her” (or is Mother Earth now going by another non-binary pronoun since “her/she” and “mother” is too white?…can’t keep up with the changes).

    Wolves-Rabbits: …unless the rabbit has a firearm.

      • I’d like to transport these idiots back a 120 years, in August, and plant them in the city for a couple days, the manure smell alone might change their minds. Then again, they are mental, so probably not.

  8. Re: Choice. Random thots in no particular order–

    Can you detail the optics?

    I am not much of a fan of short barrels, preferring 16 or 18 inch. That said, I would likely choose the one on the left. Light weight and simple, and I have more 5.56 ammo than 7.62 (although plenty of both). The center one looks heavy, especially with that loaded drum. Would love to shoot it though. Looks to be suppressed. I wonder how fast the “can” will heat up under full auto.

    Would be curious to try out the Galil. Like the idea of the left side charging handle. Is the safety/selector ambidextrous? I would likely prefer one in 5.56 that that takes AR mags.

    Re: books. I would add, “Can be read with a candle”. Lotta folks here in Texas found out about that recently. Nice that Texas has also reinstated cursive into primary grades. I am very much for being able to read our original founding documents.

    • Heat is a good thing, which requires reliable power not frozen asinine turbines. (I swear the Left loves windmills because they remind them of those little colorful pinwheels they had at their 3 year birthday party.)

  9. I suppose I’d go with the one on the left. Seems pretty straightforward.

    My inner Player Character wants the middle one, but I’ve heard snail mags are finicky, and I’m not sure I’d know what to do with all that stuff hanging on it anyway.

    The Galil is Israeli, so it’s probably very good, but that barrel seems amazingly short for a .30 cal and I’ve never liked the way AK mags go in and out, with the rocking thing. I understand you get used to it, eventually.

    Honestly, I kinda wish they all had more barrel length.


  10. If wolves and rabbits can’t be dining at the same table, then what’s the answer for the kids of the future? Why is our world so complicated? What and where are the right answers?

    • The rabbits will always be the main course at the table. The definition of ‘dining’ is open in this case.

  11. None of the above. If a suppressed Ruger 10/22 is good enough for Our Greatest Ally to teach rioters the error of their ways then it’s good enough for us.

    Now admittedly Our Greatest Ally is taking down 130-lb malnourished Arabs, while we have 200+ pounders gorged on high-calorie junk food, full-sugar sodas, and EBT steaks en skrimps, but when going for eyes and ears, body mass is less of a consideration.

    Press gang story just reinforces my friend James Lafond’s claim that British/American history has been a “plantation” since forever. Even less sympathy for idiots demanding “reparations” because *whites* have been functional slaves for centuries long before the first negro was brought over.

    • A Ruger 10/22 doesn’t need much to suppress it, and while it wasn’t on the menu, perhaps it should have been.

      Functional slavery (owing one’s soul to the company store) will continue, irrespective of race.

    • The short barrels are good for use getting in and out of vehicles quickly. I favor the shorter magazines – 20 rounds – for that application.

  12. The 12.5″, because it’s still short enough to be handy and the suppressor pi$$es off all the right people. I would prolly not run it suppressed very much unless the can works better than I think it might. I’d mostly use 30-round mags, however, and strip off the bipod.

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