“Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist.” “Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters.” “A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revolt from woman, and it is confirmed only by other men.” “American feminism has a man problem. The beaming Betty Crockers, hangdog dowdies, and parochial prudes who call themselves feminists want men to be like women. They fear and despise the masculine. The academic feminists think their nerdy bookworm husbands are the ideal model of human manhood.” “Modern liberalism suffers unresolved contradictions. It exalts individualism and freedom and, on its radical wing, condemns social orders as oppressive. On the other hand, it expects government to provide materially for all, a feat manageable only by an expansion of authority and a swollen bureaucracy. In other words, liberalism defines government as tyrant father but demands it behave as nurturant mother.” - Camille PagliaPublisher's Note: I think Paglia may be one of the most original thinkers on sex in out time. The trans- phenomenon has gained plenty of traction in popular media and academia for a variety of reasons, the victimhood card is, of course, de jure and de facto, putting it at the front of the line. The other reason (among many, all root cause analysis discovers many vectors) is yet another assault on masculinity, no matter the destination of the gender dysmorphia even a transition to "male"; the feminine is always superior to the masculine. The reason is [blood] simple. The masculine impulse will always challenge authority whether government or private, the nature of masculine ambition distilled. This is a partial explanation for the sex deficit of women among libertarians and the all the components ecologies of the anti-state and anti-authoritarian. The dearth of female adherents to anti-statist philosophy may very well be determined by a natural inclination to security and the mistaken perception that only a coercive state can do this. Hence the media swooning and pearl clutching over the plight and experience of trans folk. One can see that media portrayals of the feminine are shallow, worshipful and tilted in a confirmation bias that favors state violence and aggression to organize society while the media portrayal of men is mostly that of doddering, intellectually stunted sexual predators whose existence is merely guaranteed by female steering and moralizing. "Toxic masculinity" is the glue that has held human civilization together since time immemorial. The war against men is real and the West is simply rending itself in paroxysms of idiotic indulgence and short-sighted pearl clutching at every vestige of victim-hood, perceived or real. You see it everyday; in some chilling comments I read lately, the communist interlocutor claimed that both freedom and masculinity has lost and we simply don't know it because the commanding hights of the media and academia have been collectivist hothouses that have captured the mind of the youth and therein lies the true generational power. Teach your children well, especially your boys, Their entire future depends on it. In other news, WRSA was kind enough to publish this PSA for future outlaws on liberty's teeth. Make a Factory Quality 9mm Rifled Barrel in your Kitchen Using Salt Water and Electricity (ECM) The ‘Liberator12k’ – A DIY 3D Printed 12 Gauge Revolving Shotgun DIY Guns: The New Improved FGC-9 My prayers for the San Andreas fault continue. The Freerifleman was kind enough to provide a short essay on collapsitarianism. Enjoy. -BB
"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too."- Marcus Aurelius
"It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires."- Montesquieu
"He's still alive, isn't he?" Orrin Porter Rockwell (June 28, 1813 or June 25, 1815 – June 9, 1878) “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” - David Burge “...within an established totalitarian regime the purpose of propaganda is not to persuade, much less to inform, but rather to humiliate. From this point of view, propaganda should not approximate to the truth as closely as possible: on the contrary, it should do as much violence to it as possible. For by endlessly asserting what is patently untrue, by making such untruth ubiquitous and unavoidable, and finally by insisting that everyone publicly acquiesce in it, the regime displays its power and reduces individuals to nullities.” “Apart from the massacres, deaths and famines for which communism was responsible, the worst thing about the system was the official lying: that is to say the lying in which everyone was forced to take part, by repetition, assent or failure to contradict. I came to the conclusion that the purpose of propaganda in communist countries was not to persuade, much less to inform, but to humiliate and emasculate.” “If you are held responsible for what I do and I held responsible for what you do, does that make us not friends but mutual spies? Normal human bounds are dissolved by collective responsibility, to be repealed by distrust, fear, dissembling and withdrawal” “It is countries with no dissent, which live in the quiet of the grave, that are vulnerable and fragile.” - Anthony Daniels,Publisher’s Note: It's 2019 and most of the country believes that communism and socialism are viable social models for modern human zoo-keeping. Go figure. When I was much younger, I couldn't imagine what led to the fearful, informer-based culture in the Eastern Bloc that we were told existed behind the Iron Curtain. I understand now, though. The bigger the government , the more it needs citizens who not only conform but have so swallowed the Kool-Aid they are willing to inform on their neighbors or friends or family. The confidential informant culture is a vital survival and leveling mechanism for government supremacists. Grok this in your everyday life. More thoughts on disconnecting from the connected world. People could not distract themselves endlessly as they can now, and this also had ramifications for social bonding: the pretense that we are all sovereign islands unconnected to and independent of others was a lot harder to sustain. Conversation became high art and debate started to reach its apogee only to plummets precipitously in the twentieth century. This in turn leads to mindless parsing of human attributes unanchored to morality or the human condition. Intersectionality is a mindless preoccupation with putting people into more and more refined pigeon holes. The only thing valid about it is that each individual human being is a unique intersection of varying attitude, aspirations, and aptitudes on a variety of subjects, issues, skills etc. I am amused at the intersectional cannibalism emerging from the myriad factions of mental illness parading as political discourse that seem to teem on the intellectual plains of the left-wing culture. I am convinced daycare and two working parents have caused trauma or irreversible damage to most children that makes them vulnerable to the deadly swansong of government supremacism. But remember, the left always pretended they opposed McCarthy on principle, when in reality they were only upset that it was their idols being blasphemed. Now that Woke Leftism has the cultural whip hand, they are gleeful at the prospect of enforcing their own blasphemy laws and dealing out McCarthy's tactics to their enemies in triplicate. In other news, yes, I am on the spectrum and I wouldn’t want to be neurotypical. "Neurotypical syndrome is a neurobiological disorder characterized by preoccupation with social concerns, delusions of superiority, and obsession with conformity.” Neurotypical (NT) individuals often assume that their experience of the world is either the only one, or the only correct one. NTs find it difficult to be alone. NTs are often intolerant of seemingly minor differences in others. When in groups, NTs are socially and behaviorally rigid, and frequently insist upon the performance of dysfunctional, destructive, and even impossible rituals as a way of maintaining group identity. NTs find it difficult to communicate directly and have a much higher incidence of lying as compared to persons on the autistic spectrum. NT is believed to be genetic in origin. Autopsies have shown the brain of the neurotypical is typically smaller than that of an autistic individual and may have overdeveloped areas related to social behavior. Celebrate neurodiversity. Don’t be a hater, NTs. 525 shopping days until the next monster in human form shambles into the Offal Office, children. Remember that Comrade Chuck (CPUSA-NY) wants to ban the placement of steel or composites on your body because... In the future, Simo Häyhä may become a verb. How a Glock works...really. 5010 rounds so far. No cleaning. Best rifle on Earth until the 40watt plasma rifle debuts... Make ready. -BB
“The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.” - Frederick Douglass” “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.” - Ludwig Von Mises”Government History is not race, class, and gender; these are simply faux-sophisticated academic constructs that fit nicely in unreadable journal articles the usual suspects pass off as research in the wretched academic Marxian hothouses polluting the educational void after K-12 has thoroughly scooped out any brain matter that could think for itself. The universities (why do you think they aren’t heteroversities?) are simply the finishing school to further refine the brainwashed automatons that eagerly hop onboard any government supremacist passenger train passing their way. History of all government is the history of power, violence and slavery. Politician is a deceptive colloquialism for violence brokers. The brokerage is the potential and actual dispensation of state violence through taxation, regulation, fining, kidnapping, caging, maiming and killing in the tried and proven continuum of government compliance. The notion that a single man is incapable of self government but a single psychopath and his connected minions and apparatchiks is the key to a peaceful and just society lording over millions. It is no more complex than that, all government outside of self-government demands violence to see its project in train and complete. Left or right is simply misdirection, it is always the choice between individualism and collectivism, the choice between non-intervention and intervention. In North America, there is no single political party that doesn’t want the reigns of government so it can take its collectivist vision and enforce it at gun point. Whether the Mango Mussolini or any of his other predecessors in the Big House, they all have one goal in mind: compliance or else. That may be the three words that most simply tell you what the plan is for ANY government that forces itself upon you. This is not about questioning authority, it’s too late then. You must question obedience. One of the greatest powers of the political class is that they tend to attract not only the worse but in economic terms provide no reliable future framework for decision making at the micro and macro level. In order for markets to optimally function, people need to be able to project and forecast into the future the variables that guide decision making and price signals. The state wrecks this calculus fundamentally and existentially hence the power of kakocrats at every level to use their "office" to extend favors and withdraw favor. Politicians are the enemy of all free-range humankind. Have you noticed a trend in the US? No matter what wing of the Uniparty gets in office, government gets bigger at the Federal levels and the state subsidiaries continue to expand their portfolio of zookeepers instructions to the zoo animals? I am only slightly encouraged by the repeal of a number of regulations under the Trump regime but don’t anticipate the Deep State taking this lying down. Some of these repeals actually expand the power of the Federal government. I would urge you to examine the Brookings Institution findings on the repealed rules and regulations. It is not what you think it is. But then again, the Federal budget continues to accelerate under the Grand Old Politburo. 4.7 trillion dollars. 4.7,000,000,000,000 Federal debt bucks. Even the communist vermin at the NYT approved.
“Pretty soon there'll be a new kind of murderer, who will kill without any reason at all, just to prove that it doesn't matter, and his accomplishment will be worth no more and no less than Beethoven's last quartets and Boito's Requiem-- churches will fall, Mongolian hordes will piss on the map of the West, idiot kings will burp at bones, nobody'll care and then the earth itself'll disintegrate into atomic dust (as it was in the beginning) and the void still the void won't care, the void'll just go on with that maddening little smile of its that I see everywhere, I look at a tree, a rock, a house, a street, I see that little smile-- That 'secret God-grin' but what a God is this who didn't invent justice?--So they'll light candles and make speeches and the angels rage. Ah but 'I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't matter' will be the final human prayer.” - Jack Kerouac, Desolation Angels Publisher's Note: I am a committed collapsitarian and thank my friend Skip for essentially reviving the term. Jim touches on some thoughtful notions germane to the coming Endarkenment. I am an antifragility advisor (one of my jobs) at my current employment and have presented two papers at the Military Operations Research Society annual symposiums on this very subject. The good news is that all insurgencies are by their nature antifragile while the counterinsurgency efforts in the western world have tended to a fragility that sunders their...
"The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness." ~ Robert A. HeinleinPublisher’s Note: I just finished a 96-hour water fast, dropped some weight, cleared toxins and simply felt better. I had to gut it out several times but I held fast, pun intended. Our diet is paleo and keto minus because potatoes (a nightshade, no less) are my Kryptonite. This particular act of self-discipline caused me to reflect on parts of my life that need to be improved especially social media. I have never had a FaceBorg, Instagram or other social media modality but I have maintained a Twitter account for years and have finally pulled the plug, I won’t delete it but I won’t be posting anymore. My publisher told me that a Twitter account would boost my sales and I got sucked into the Twitter-verse. So while I have not closed the account, I will no longer be frequenting the Twitterverse. Trying to cut the frivolous screen addiction. Conducting my personal digital declutter… The screens that will remain in my life in addition to the work monitors are my Macs at home and the new Kindle Oasis, my Kindle DX (9.7” screen) that I purchased in 2011 is finally about to give up the ghost. The Kindle goes with me everywhere to supplement my life-long reading habit. I am trying to declutter my screen life. Cal Newport has some great insights: “The real problem — and this surprised me — is figuring out how to deal with all the free time this move toward minimalism suddenly injects into your life.” Pity that but I will muscle through. My oldest son is a minimalist, so I am on my way. Just finished ProfCJ’s interview with Cathal Nolan on the allure of battle in Episode #182. Yet another brilliant episode. I started at #53 and I am nearing the end to catch up. Want to make your commute fly by? Listen to ProfCJ. Kyle Reese from Blooded The Brave will be wearing the ZeroGov shirt and flying the abolitionist freak flag in his first video and title track to the new album "Sovereign Soulja". If you have Alexa or any other voluntary surveillance system in your house, get it out. And get a Faraday bag for your cell phone. The Jesuit magazine America has published an article making a case for communism for Catholics. I am not astonished. this is nothing new. Government supremacism and communism all share the same basic philosophical premise: individual natural rights are non-existent, but are privileges granted by the state, which may curtail their exercise at will so long as it is for the perceived "common good." There have been Christian apologists for Communism since the Paris Commune. Of course, it always begs the eternal question, when the last Catholic becomes Communist will freedom be made secure by strangling him in his own entrails? Personally I rather like Krushchev's line that when Communists become Christians, shrimp will learn to whistle. Given how Krushchev was buried in an Orthodox cemetery, there is a certain irony in that. One might call this the left wing analogy to Holocaust denial and revisionism. Maybe the Catholic church can start writing screeds advancing the joys of pederasty, cannibalism, sado-masochism, on and on...wait, they already do that. In other news, I have a day job so I couldn’t watch the moral Lilliputians eviscerate the feeble and imbecilic Comrade Mueller but the snippets I’ve seen are most satisfying to see the Deep State eating its own. The Uniparty will let the malefactor fade into a comfortable retirement. I don’t give a shit about the welfare or machinations of the Mango Mussolini but I think this performance has significantly dimmed the possibilities of impeachment thus Race Bannon will not become President in the Offal Office. Could there be a better example than this affair to demonstrate the utterly corrupt and chronic-to-the-point-of-terminal dysfunctionality of the US? This is a good one making the rounds: Question to Mueller: “What is your name?” Mueller: “Can you repeat the last part of that question?” Q: “your name?” Mueller: “…that is beyond my purview” Q: “…your name is on the report” M: “Report? What report?” Q: “…your report” M: “I cannot answer that question” Whatever the government vermin do to each other and ultimately against you, just prepare accordingly and harden your hearts for the coming Endarkenment. As a committed collapsitarian, my soul is at peace. “The parties of special interests, which see nothing more in politics than the securing of privileges and prerogatives for their own groups, not only make the parliamentary system impossible; they rupture the unity of the state and of society. They lead not merely to the crisis of parliamentarism, but to a general political and social crisis. Society cannot, in the long run, exist if it is divided into sharply defined groups, each intent on wresting special privileges for its own members, continually on the alert to see that it does not suffer any setback, and prepared, at any moment, to sacrifice the most important political institutions for the sake of winning some petty advantage. “To the parties of special interests, all political questions appear exclusively as problems of political tactics. Their ultimate goal is fixed for them from the start. Their aim is to obtain, at the cost of the rest of the population, the greatest possible advantages and privileges for the groups they represent. The party platform is intended to disguise this objective and give it a certain appearance of justification, but under no circumstances to announce it publicly as the goal of party policy. The members of the party, in any case, know what their goal is; they do not need to have it explained to them. How much of it ought to be imparted to the world is, however, a purely tactical question. “All antiliberal parties want nothing but to secure special favors for their own members, in complete disregard of the resulting disintegration of the whole structure of society. ” Mises, Ludwig von (1927). Liberalism [classical liberalism, not the modern definition] Von Mises called the ball nearly a hundred years ago. Resist. -BB
"The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison."- Fyodor Dostoevsky"All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do."
"Even if the absence of government really did mean anarchy in a negative, disorderly sense - which is far from being the case - even then, no anarchical disorder could be worse than the position to which government has led humanity."- Leo Tolstoy “We must ask, not whether an anarcho-capitalist society would be safe from a power grab by the men with the guns (safety is not an available option), but whether it would be safer than our society is from a comparable seizure of power by the men with the guns. I think the answer is yes. In our society, the men who must engineer such a coup are politicians, military officers, and policemen, men selected precisely for the characteristic of desiring power and being good at using it. They are men who already believe that they have a right to push other men around - that is their job. They are particularly well qualified for the job of seizing power. Under anarcho-capitalism the men in control of protection agencies are selected for their ability to run an efficient business and please their customers. It is always possible that some will turn out to be secret power freaks as well, but it is surely less likely than under our system where the corresponding jobs are labeled 'non-power freaks need not apply'.” - Friedman, David. "The Machinery of Freedom Guide to a Radical Capitalism" 2nd Edition, Chapter: "The Stability Problem" p. 123-124
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” ― Lysander Spooner, No Treason: The Constitution of No AuthorityI took a stab at modifying the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, a brilliant document announcing the divorce of thirteen nation states from London, to present standards of governance, moral malpractice and cowardice; I discovered that much would be left out on the cutting floor and severe alterations to verbiage would be necessary to keep the Homo Sovieticus Booboisie in America from filling their pants and gibbering in abject fear at the prospect of freedom with risks and costs not underwritten by their neighbors. I had to erase over half of it and wipe out any reference to any behavior absent government permission. So I had to move on to the more fitting document for human bondage and perpetual government, the Constitution. The Constitution buried the ideals of the DI to import the "London-in-a-box" solution the Hamiltonian Federalists designed to smother freedom in its fifteenth year after the coup in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence continues to be a masterwork of brevity and directness in its promise to sever ties and formalize a divorce. There is no sizable sector of America today that would even have the temerity to sign it much less live up to it. Well, maybe at an abolitionist meeting but I digress. So I scrapped that project and found a document more in keeping with the modern 21st century American mood. Now, the Soviet Constitution is something that most Americans can cotton to with the slightest modification in verbiage. I chose the latest of three variants from 1977. I have included a link to the original text at the bottom. All I changed were the descriptors and none of the prospective language. Most of the ahistorical tax Helots automatically associate the 4th of July with the wretched Constitution anyway. Constitution Day is in September but why wait when the DI has been so famously and ingloriously betrayed in every aspect of its essence and message. The majority in that decision would applaud the Soviet Constitution not that the earlier American version was any shakes when it came to liberty. The Fourth of July is the same day in 1863 that the defeats at Vicksburg and Gettysburg snuffed out any hope of the South prevailing in its divorce proceedings during the Second American Revolution and the Lincolnian juggernaut would take the Constitution to its final stages of expanding and securing a place for the leviathan state in North America. Happy Dependence Day, comrades. PREAMBLE to the 1977 Soviet Constitution slightly modified to American standards: The Great November Democratic Revolution, made by the workers and peasants of United States under the leadership of the US Government headed by its Presidents, overthrew capitalist and landowner rule, broke the fetters of oppression, established the dictatorship of the voter, and created the American state, a new type of state, the basic instrument for defending the gains of the revolution and for building government intervention and democracy. Humanity thereby began the epoch-making turn from capitalist to government intervention. After achieving victory in the elections and repulsing free market intervention, the American government carried through far-reaching social and economic transformations, and put an end once and for all to exploitation of man by man, antagonisms between classes, and strive between nationalities. The unification of the American Republics in the Union of American Democratic Republics multiplied the forces and opportunities of the peoples of the country in the building of government intervention. Social ownership of the means of production and genuine democracy for the working masses were established. For the first time in the history of mankind a democratic society was created. The strength of government intervention was vividly demonstrated by the immortal feat of the American people and their Armed Forces in achieving their historic victory in the Great Cold War. This victory consolidated the influence and international standing of the American Union and created new opportunities for growth of the forces of government intervention, national liberation, democracy, and peace throughout the world. Continuing their creative endeavors, the working people of the American Union have ensured rapid, all-round development of the country and steady improvement of the democratic system. They have consolidated the alliance of the working class, collective-farm peasantry, and people's intelligentsia, and friendship of the nations and nationalities of the US. Sociopolitical and ideological unity of American society, in which the middle class is the leading force, has been achieved. The aims of the dictatorship of the voter having been fulfilled, the American state has become a state of the whole people. The leading role of the US Government, the vanguard of all the people, has grown.
“I’d like to think about it. I mean nobody’s talking about silencers very much. I did talk about the bump stock and we had it banned and we’re looking at that. I’m going to seriously look at it. I don’t love the idea of it,”Like most everything else he does, there seems to be no intellectual nor moral underpinning to any of the garbage that dribbles audibly from his pie-hole. As if the 1934 NFA monstrosity doesn't do enough damage in what it requires for a private human on the tax plantation in America to get a suppressor... And then he nominates a mouth-breathing coproach from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to be the next commissar of the incompetent and fetid swamp directorate, the BATFE. This organization has always been hostile to all aspects of private weapons ownership. Like almost all badged Orc leadership in the US, the eradication of private weapons ownership as advocated by their political masters is the final goal. There is a reason why coproaches tend to shoot on sight any human with a gun America no matter the circumstances. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the National Sheriff’s Association all support weapons control, but, again, the leadership tends to come from large cities which haven’t grasped the connection between strict gun control and higher rates of violent crime. Here is John's guest post here at the Green Dragon Tavern... The second part of Andy's Glock series will be published on Monday. You now have 592 days of shopping until the next shambler-in-a-suit stumbles into the Offal Office and the Deep State slips their fist in their ass and meat puppets the march to communism. -BB
“Buy the best. Pay cash. Take delivery.” – Max Blumert “If you have a 10 dollar head, buy a 10 dollar helmet.” – Bill Buppert.My buddy Mosby over at Mountain Guerrilla has been writing quite a bit about gear lately and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s something different for a change. I have been following the articles not necessarily to learn about his opinions on gear per se, (largely because I pretty much already know what he is going to say) but more to witness the reactions from the Lumpen-Patriotariat on the blogosphere. Bitter polemics often ensue amongst folks without real world experience. These folks are no different than WorldNet Daily and Daily KOS readers who are flinging rhetorical Starbucks lattes and Chick Fil-a sandwiches at each other over identity politics and culture/social justice war hysterics without any conception of actual freedom or with any critique of power. There is a maxim that used to be tossed around the training industry. I first heard it from the late, great, Paul Gomez, but I believe Massad Ayoob is the originator of it. It’s the hierarchy of Mindset, Tactics, Skills, and Gear. In the Threeper milieu (but also in most of the general firearms culture as well) we see this flipped on its head. All people want to talk about is gear. They may talk about skills secondarily, but heaven forbid having to demonstrate those skills on demand. Whereas gear, can just be a show and tell. While most was praise, I did catch flack from the Budget Build article found here: https://backofbeyondsite.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/junk-budget-builds-and-gear-reviews/ I’ll attempt not to revisit the same material as best as I can. Let's get started.
"Eighteen years and 250,000 rounds later, after immersion in both fresh and salt water dozens of times; being tossed into the sand, dust, snow, mud and grit; being presented from a holster and fired constantly in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to over 100 degrees; and even being left on the bottom of the ocean for six months, my conclusion is that the test Glock 17 is without a doubt a heck of a pistol."My time with a 1911 when I was on a Pacific Regional Navy Rifle and Pistol team cured me of any ambition to ever own a 1911. We will not solve that fight here nor do I care to. If you have a reliable 1911 and that is your fighting sidearm, there are legions of blogs and books that will assuage and entertain that confirmation bias. Skip, our Village Armorer, has also been rocking the Glock nearly as long as me and has built several of the 80% Glock lower builds with terrific results. Enjoy. -BB For the past handful of years, I’ve been training with my Glock pistols several days every week, firing up to 40,000 rounds a year through Glock pistols alone. Almost all of that has been with my carry gun, a Gen 4 Glock 19. Today I own several G19s and a couple of other Glock models. These constitute the entirety of my pistol collection; save for a couple of curiosities I’ve picked up over the years. All other pistols I sold because they held no purpose for me. I did not start out owning and shooting Glocks, but I soon learned and amended the error of my ways. I’m not blind to other popular pistol models, however, as I have also spent the past few years putting a different pistol model through its paces every month in my capacity of writing firearms reviews for my local indoor gun range’s blog. In doing so, I’ve put hundreds and even thousands of rounds each through Walthers, Sig Sauers, Caniks, Tauruses, Kimbers, Rugers, Springfields, Smith & Wessons, CZs, FNs, Colts, Brownings, Sphinxes, Hudsons, H&Ks, Remingtons, and likely others; in most cases, several models from each of these manufacturers. All of that is to say that I’ve not lived my shooting life in a unidimensional Glock box. I’ve spent copious time with other models, often in extended use and always with careful examination and deliberate or unconscious comparison. With few exceptions, Glock pistols are superior in many discrete, substantive measures and always superior in the overall comparison of substantive measures. Note, however, that this evaluation is firmly couched in the context of a fighting gun. I do not care about a target gun or a competition gun or a range gun. I evaluate every feature and overall package exclusively in the context of a fighting tool that one carries all day every day in the course of normal, everyday activities in public and private. I have almost no regard for specialized pistols made for something other than the job of assuredly stopping violent people or animals so that I and those I love can escape their violent intent. My G19 is the pistol I carry in public and private, the one I use in at-least-thrice-weekly training, the one I used in target competition, and the one I use in run-and-gun competition. It is the only pistol to which I entrust my life. A little objectivity, please. Now, many intelligent and discriminating folks won’t simply rely on someone’s experience and hard-won insights and take them at face value. I’m a stranger with a stranger’s opinion. Fair enough. Luckily, there are a great many others in the world who extol the virtues of Glock pistols and there are several objective measures that qualify a Glock pistol’s quality and explain its widespread popularity among responsible folks and experienced warriors who get to choose their own tools. The primary reason that Glocks are the most popular choice among trained individuals whose lives depend on their guns is Glock’s incomparable reliability. There are no pistols on the planet that have taken as much abuse and grime and time between cleaning and lubing and still functioned perfectly as Glock pistols. In fact, they’re deliberately engineered to stay in the fight despite imperfect or even awful conditions. I’ve seen top-tier instructors who have deliberately not cleaned or lubed their Glocks for many thousands of rounds just to see where the failure point would be. The lowest round count I’ve seen documented was 7000 rounds without cleaning or lube for a Glock 19, by instructor Kyle Defoor. He said that at near 7000 rounds it began to cycle a bit more slowly and get the occasional stovepipe (tried and failed to find that Instagram post from a few years back). In my own near-170,000 rounds through Glock pistols, I have experienced zero—not one—malfunction in a G19, G17, G30, G30s, or G43 that was not due to a faulty aftermarket component or a part that I should have replaced thousands of rounds beforehand. The full extent of my Glocks’ malfunctions includes four instances: