Captain’s Journal: Quiet Small Game Hunting

“Shhh, I’m hunting wabbits.” – Mr. E. Fudd

The Captain’s Journal has a brief article on Quiet Small Game Hunting. Actually it says “Quite Small Game Hunting,” but I’m assuming that is a typographical error. I’ve hunted rabbits myself with both .17 and .22 air rifles. Both are effective, though the .17 requires better shot placement. On the subsonic .22LR front, I had a friend back in the ’90s in another state who would slither into the heavily wooded city park near his home and hunt squirrels with subsonic .22LR. He took quite a few with a nary a complaint from anyone.

I live in a relatively rural area, but the county still has a law against discharging a firearm with a couple of hundred yards of a residence. Even if you have 5-10 acres of your own, with good backstops for firing, that can mean that you can’t use a firearm to hunt on your property. In that case, air guns are a fine option for hunting your vicious rabbit and squirrel pests.

In a recent conversation, the discussion of rabbit hunting came up. The rabbits are thick this year in our area. The intent is “backyard” hunting for food on several acres. Why not eat the rabbits while teaching your children to forage and harvest what God makes readily available in addition to regular hunting, fishing, chickens, and a large garden?

Hunting in most areas here is legal, but the 22LR is too loud for the desired purpose. A lower profile with the neighbors is a better choice. Early in the investigation of options, any info or background readers might have would be very helpful. The readership here is much more intelligent than a web search.

Below is some preliminary info on “quiet 22,” subsonic, and .22 air rifles. Also, the option of suppression comes to mind, which brings up questions about the law.

CCI’s Quiet .22 load is designed to deliver about 68 decibels (Db) at the shooter’s ear. This is about half the noise generated by high-velocity .22 LR ammunition and only slightly more than normal conversation. Sounds can be painful at around 95 Db and sustained exposure to noise in the 125 Db range, or even one time exposure to levels of 140 Db or higher, can cause permanent damage to hearing. When I was growing up hearing protection was rarely used when shooting and the incessant ringing in my ears is a constant reminder of that mistake.

 

While subsonic .22 LR ammunition—ammo with a muzzle velocity of less than about 1,100 fps—has been available for a long time, it generally comes in the form of expensive match-grade ammo or target rounds that are only slightly below the speed of sound. This means you either pay more for each shot or the noise reduction is minimal so as not to sacrifice velocity.

The Best Quietest Air Rifles mentions not scaring prey away and avoiding alerting the neighbors.

Looking to hunt vermin, rodents, or squirrels in your backyard? Well, after spending dozens of hours on research, I found and shortlisted some of the quietest air rifles in the market right now. Let’s dive straight into it!

An air rifle in .22 could be a good fit.

S2 Underground: July 26 Intel Update

The below video is the latest intelligence video from S2 Underground.

00:00 – Introduction

00:20 – Infrastructure – Southeast

01:00 – Infrastructure – East Central Midwest

02:18 – Infrastructure – West Central Midwest

03:12 – Infrastructure – Southwest

05:48 – Infrastructure – West

07:49 – Suspicious Fires

09:35 – Kinetic Incidents – Northeast

14:38 – Kinetic Incidents – Southeast

16:11 – Kinetic Incidents – West

17:17 – Significant Governmental Actions

30:08 – International Issues

36:43 – Closing Thoughts

Just a few reminders for everyone who’s just become aware of us, in order to keep these briefings from being several hours long, we can’t cover everything. We’re probably covering 1% of the world events when we conduct these briefings, so please remember that if we left it out, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s unimportant. Also, remember that we do these briefings quite often, so we might have covered an issue previously that you might not see if you are only watching our most recent videos. We’re also doing this in our spare time, so again we fully admit that these briefings aren’t even close to being perfect; we’re going for a healthy blend of speed and quality. If we were to wait and only post a brief when it’s “perfect” we would never post anything at all. So expect some minor errors on the slides here and there. If there is a major error or correction that needs to be made, we will post it here in the description, and verbally address it in the next briefing, whenever that is. We do not have a set schedule for when these videos are published…when we get enough info that we think is worth it, we brief it. If we were bound to a schedule we would be obligated to provide fluff for the days where there isn’t anything worth commenting on. Also, thanks for reading this far. It is always surprising the number of people that don’t actually read the description box to find more information.

Reason: US Dist. Court Issues Temp. Restraining Order against Colorado Gun and Magazine Ban

David Kopel at Reason.com writes about a US District Court Judge issuing a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of Superior, Colorado’s municipal code which banned certain firearms and magazines. Hopefully such rulings will be coming soon to a state near you.

Colorado U.S. District Court issues TRO against magazine and gun ban

Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore issued a temporary restraining order against the ban on so-called “assault weapons” recently enacted by the town of Superior, Colorado, in Boulder County. The case is Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Superior.

Lead attorney for the plaintiffs was Barry Arrington, one of Colorado’s top lawyers on education law, and now the victor in a major Second Amendment case. Arrington previously served in the Colorado House of Representatives, and as a trustee of the Independence Institute, where I work.

Judge Moore formerly was a corporate lawyer (Davis, Graham and Stubbs, Denver), and then head Federal Public Defender for Colo. and Wyoming. He was appointed to the bench by President Obama in 2013, and confirmed unanimously.

Like several other towns in Boulder County, Superior recently outlawed semiautomatic centerfire rifles that have at least one supposedly bad characteristic, such as an adjustable stock; various semiautomatic shotguns; various semiautomatic handguns; and magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds.

It was obvious that such arms are “commonly used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes,” which is the Supreme Court’s rule from District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) for which arms are protected by the Second Amendment. First, the Colorado Attorney General and plaintiffs in an earlier case challenging the state of Colorado’s ban on magazines over 15 rounds had so stipulated. Colorado Outfitters Ass’n v. Hickenlooper, 24 F. Supp. 3d 1050, 1068 (D. Colo. 2014), vacated in part on other grounds and remanded, 823 F.3d 537 (10th Cir. 2016). (I represented 55 Colorado Sheriff plaintiffs in the case, which ended up with the 10th Circuit declaring that neither the Sheriffs nor the many other individual and organizational plaintiffs had standing.) Commonality was also found in the undisputed facts set forth in Fourth Circuit Judge Traxler’s dissenting opinion in Kolbe v. Hogan, 849 F.3d 114, 153-55 (4th Cir. 2017). The opinions of many other Circuit Courts provide additional, irrefutable proof of commonality; the banned firearms number in the millions, at least, and the banned magazines comprise over half of all magazines.

Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s recent decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, courts are supposed to decide Second Amendment cases on text, history, and tradition. Judge may not decide based on their own opinions about good policy, nor should they defer to legislative policy judgements. The policy  balancing was already conducted by the American people when they adopted the Second Amendment.

In Bruen‘s historical approach, the most important periods are the Founding Era and Reconstruction (when the Fourteenth Amendment made the Second Amendment enforceable against state and local governments). English history is relevant to the extent that is shows an unbroken tradition that was adopted in America and continued to the Founding. Colonial history is also relevant. So is 19th century history, and (Reconstruction excepted), the earlier the better. The late 19th century is weaker, and the 20th century is far too late to show a historical tradition that could override the text of the Second Amendment.

Judge Moore wrote: “the Court is unaware of historical precedent that would permit a governmental entity to entirely ban a type of weapon that is commonly used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, whether in an individual’s home or in public.”

To be precise, there are a few precedents pre-1900, but none are valid any longer…(article continues)

Radio Contra Ep. 170 & 171: Civil War and Resilient Communities

Here are two Radio Contra podcast episodes from NC Scout of Brushbreater and American Partisan. Episode 170 deals with current fears of a US civil war, while Episode 171 is an interview with Bob Griswold on Resilient Communities.

Episode 170. Breaking down the story regarding half of Americans seeing Civil War on the horizon, I explain why this is not a strictly conservative position, and why you cannot afford to disregard the role the Left is playing – and preparing – in fomenting what they see as the next revolution. Next I dive into Facebook disclosing ‘private’ messages among Antifa activists to the FBI and what this means for you. Last, I give a quick review of the new spy fiction series “The Old Man’.

Radio Contra Ep. 170 Americans Seeing Civil War on the Horizon?

Episode 171. I’m joined by Bob Griswold of Ready Made Resources to talk community preparedness and why the prepper community needs to break away from the individualist mindset through recognizing what the militant Left is currently doing.

Radio Contra Ep. 171 Bob Griswold on Resilient Communities

Blood Drive, Prosser and West Richland

Benton REA will co-host two blood drives in July. If you would like to donate, make your appointment online: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=BREA.

Wednesday, July 27

West Richland Police Department Community Room

7920 W. Van Giesen, West Richland

11 a.m to 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 28

Princess Theater Green Room

1226 Meade Ave., Prosser

11 a.m to 4 p.m.

In June, the Red Cross collected about 12% fewer blood donations than needed to keep the blood supply stable. That’s one of the largest blood donation shortfalls in a single month in recent years. Donors of all blood types – especially types O negative and B negative – are needed.

Regular Assembly, Thurs. July 21

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 21st at 6:30pm at the Patriot Barn at 22202 N Hinzerling, Prosser.


We’ll be hosting a candidate forum for Benton County Commissioner with candidates Mike Alvarez, Barry Bush, and Bill Jenkin. Also, Julie Michener will give a short talk on things you can plant outdoors now for a winter harvest.

S2 Underground: One Time Pads/Encipherment

If you taken the Groundrod course from Combat Studies Group, then you’ve learned about one-time pads, but maybe you need a refresher. Maybe you’re completely unfamiliar with this method of encryption which is considered unbreakable unless your pad is compromised, either through being stolen or if it was not randomly generated. Get an introduction or refresher from S2 Underground in this video.

WA Policy Center: State’s new tax on CO2 emissions projected to add 46 cents per gallon to the cost of gas

The Washington Policy Center reports on the effects of a new CO2 emissions tax on the price of gas.

Key Takeaways:

State’s new tax on CO2 emissions is projected to add 46 cents per gallon to 2023 gas prices

An increase of 56 cents per gallon is projected for 2023 diesel prices

By 2030, the new tax is expected to add 80 cents per gallon of gas

By 2030, the new tax is projected to add 97 cents per gallon of diesel

Current state gas tax is 49.4 cents per gallon, so the new tax is projected to nearly double taxes on gasoline paid by Washington residents

Fiscal note on the cap-and-trade bill projected a $20.60 cost per metric ton of carbon emissions, a fraction of what the state Department of Ecology now predicts

Environmental activists seek to remove protections from the cap-and-trade bill for energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries (EITE)

Through 2026, EITEs are exempt from the tax on CO2 emissions. Starting in 2027, 97% of their emissions would be exempt. Denying exemption timeline could mean business failure and reliance on Chinese alternatives that pay little and cause environmental and human rights harm

Washington state’s new tax on CO2 emissions is projected to add 46 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas as soon as next year, the state Department of Ecology reports.   

The Washington Research Council noted that an analysis from Vivid Economics and McKinsey & Company for Ecology projected the cost of a metric ton (MT) of CO2 to be $58.31 next year. That would add a tax of about 52 cents per gallon or just over 46 cents per gallon for fuels required to include 10% ethanol in accordance with Washington state law. For diesel, the tax on CO2 emissions would increase the cost of a gallon by about 59 cents per gallon, or 56 cents per gallon for fuels that include 5% biodiesel.

That amount would climb to $100.23 per MT in 2030, equating to 89 cents per gallon, or 80 cents per gallon for the 10% ethanol mix. For diesel, it would add more than a dollar, $1.02, per gallon, or 97 cents for diesel mixed with biofuel.

This is significantly higher than the $20.60/MT used in the previous projection given to legislators in the state’s fiscal note on the cap-and-trade bill, which agency staff called “conservative” at the time. Rather than a tax on CO2, the state system would sell permits to emitters for each MT of CO2, creating an artificial market. As a result, prices can fluctuate significantly, as these new estimates demonstrate.

The current state gas tax is 49.4 cents per gallon, so this would nearly double the amount of taxes Washington residents have to pay for gasoline…(article continues)

AED, CPR, & First Aid Training at Bleyhl, July 20th

AED, CPR, & FIRST AID TRAINING
(GRANDVIEW ADMIN OFFICE)
Are you looking to get CPR, AED and First Aid certified?

Join us on Wednesday, July 20th for an interactive class hosted by Firepoint Training Associates, LLC.

Cost: $35 per person. Cash, check or card will be accepted. We can also charge Bleyhl member accounts.

Register at:
https://bleyhl.typeform.com/to/U9HsE98n

Where: Bleyhl Co-op Main Office
When: 07/22/22 @ 8:30am (English) & 12:30pm (Spanish)

Questions? Call or text (509) 778-2731

Radio Contra Ep. 169 World Events with Angery American

In Radio Contra podcasts’s episode 169, NC Scout talks to Angery American, Chris Weatherman, author of the bestseller Going Home series, to break down the geopolitical events here in the US, who’s in the chute to be the next VP when Biden gets removed, the NYC Nuclear Attack PSA, and the Russian and Chinese position in this.

Radio Contra Ep. 169

Heritage Foundation: Law, ICE Are “Irrelevant” to Biden Administration

From the Daily Signal and the Heritage Foundations comes this article detailing how the current administration is actively working to remove border security – Law, ICE Are “Irrelevant” to Biden Administration

President Joe Biden has been functionally abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from his first day in office.

A year and a half into his presidential term, Biden’s administration is getting bolder and more strategic, gutting ICE resources and funding, doing everything it can to stop immigration enforcement, and directing ICE lawyers to close tens of thousands of illegal aliens’ cases.

Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas continue to welcome record numbers of illegal immigrants at the border every day and refuse to protect the homeland (causing states such as Texas to take unprecedented measures to protect their residents).

Then, they take it a step further by refusing to detain or deport illegal immigrants once they are here. (Mayorkas has told ICE “that unlawful presence is not grounds for removal.”)

They have no problem stating their intentions:

From Day One, Biden got to work demoralizing the ICE workforce. The Washington Post reported in May of 2021:

‘It’s a weird, frustrating time,’ said one ICE official, who is not authorized to speak to reporters, describing a climate of distrust. ‘It feels like the administration doesn’t have our backs.’

Just as quickly, the administration largely defunded ICE, making it next to impossible for the agency to do its job.

And despite a federal court last month vacating Biden and Mayorkas’ latest attempt to radically limit lawful immigration enforcement, it’s hard to believe the administration will comply and not push back. It has a well-documented track record of ignoring court orders and acting as though it’s above the law.

To make matters worse, Biden’s DHS is on track to let 1 million deportable illegal immigrants off the hook through “de facto amnesty.” This irresponsible direction not only compromises public safety, but also leaves illegal aliens without any sort of official determination of status or directions for how to proceed.

Most recently, Biden’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued June 24 policy guidance reinterpreting the law and, in effect, waiving explicit language in the Immigration and Naturalization Act stating that illegal aliens who were previously “unlawfully present” for at least six months are barred from returning to the U.S. for three or 10 years after “departure or removal.”

In short, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will approve of prior lengthy illegal presence.

What’s more, the Biden administration is sending the message that if deportable illegal aliens have willingly left or been removed from the United States, they can enter again unlawfully and stay in the interior of the U.S. as many days as they wish.

It also opened the door for illegal aliens whose applications were previously denied on these inadmissibility grounds to submit a motion to reopen their case any time before Dec. 27. (Normally, a motion to reopen must be filed within 30 days of a decision.)

One of the highlights in the Citizenship and Immigration Services policy alert states: “a noncitizen’s location during the statutory 3-year or 10-year period and the noncitizen’s manner of return to the United States during the statutory 3-year or 10-year period are irrelevant (emphasis added) for purposes of determining inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(9)(B).”

You read that right: The written law is “irrelevant” to the Biden administration.

Meanwhile, the administration continues to refuse to release the congressionally required ICE Enforcement and Removal Report for fiscal year 2021.

The most obvious conclusion is that the Biden administration wants to effectively do away with ICE and immigration enforcement, hide the glaring issues that come along with nonenforcement policies, make it appear that all is well at the border, and dodge all responsibility by escaping congressional oversight and the criticism of the American people.

Although the president himself says he’s “working on” abolishing ICE, actions speak even louder than words.

Biden’s border policies and directives are some of the clearest examples proving that he bows to the demands of far left, open-borders activists. Day in and day out, this administration’s actions reveal nothing but disregard for national security and public safety, and disdain for the enforcement of the rule of law in this country.

CSG: GroundRod 2 Course, CDA, ID, Aug 6-7

Combat Studies Group will be holding their Ground Rod Level 2 course in Coeur d’Alene, ID on August 6-7, 2022.

 We have a GroundRod Level 2 coming up in CDA, Idaho AUG 6-7.

Contact us at: comstugrp@protonmail.com to register.

GroundRod 2  covers the following:
– Review of GroundRod Primer skills
– Discussion of current events as they relate to privacy, security and liberty
– In depth study of the Invisible Internet Project / I2P
– Setting up anonymous mail service via I2P
– Exploration of Zeronet and other distributed networking systems
– Setting up and using Retroshare with extra anonymity
– The latest in encryption techniques, including ECC
– Setting up open source router firmware
– Metadata analysis
– Testing secure alternatives to Skype and other mainstream teleconferencing software
– The latest in crypto-currency trends, techniques and software
– Real-world tradecraft application
– Setting up resilient, “Ministry of Truth” proof websites
– Hands on training for SEPIO laptop owners
– and tons more………

The American Mind: The Purposeful Degradation of America’s Schools

Christina Villegas of the Independent Women’s Forum writes at The American Mind of The Purposeful Degradation of America’s Schools by radicals with money.

In the wake of school shutdowns, distance learning, and widely publicized school board battles, two trends have become increasingly difficult to conceal. The first is the failure of many of America’s primary and secondary schools to educate children competently—a failure marked by distressingly low levels of student proficiency and widening achievement gaps in core subjects like math and reading. The second is the growing prominence of radical ideology in the nation’s K-12 classrooms.

Equally disturbing is evidence that these trends are largely correlated and that an iron triangle of self-interested actors is contributing to their acceleration in school districts across the country—even those esteemed for high achievement.

Over the past decade, local school districts have proved easy targets for radical ideologues seeking to acquire cultural power. Though prolonged distance learning and draconian mandates have shaken the pre-pandemic confidence that many parents had in edu-crats to put the well-being of their children first, local districts and school boards have historically enjoyed a high level of public trust. Until recently, little attention was paid to union politics, school board decision making, classroom curriculum, or teacher training.  As a result, activists and special interest groups bankrolled by far-left foundations have inundated primary and secondary education with radical race, gender, and queer theory, usually under the guise of innocuous sounding phrases like equity-based education, culturally responsive teaching, and social and emotional learning. While children are increasingly being taught that western institutions are systemically and irredeemably racist, sexist, etc., they are not adequately learning to read or do math. The districts most vested in radical ideology often have the worst results in terms of academic achievement and racial disparities. Seattle has embraced left-wing initiatives for decades and has one of the worst black-white achievement gaps in the nation.

Many people concerned about the perversion of children’s minds by radical theories still believe that the poisoners are animated by the good intentions of promoting racial sensitivity, tolerance, and advancement of the vulnerable and less privileged. More attention, however, ought to be paid to the monetary and other interests motivating those facilitating such initiatives and how these actors directly gain by betraying the interests of children.

In his new book, investigative journalist Luke Rosiak highlights pocket lining by captured interests. In the name of “equity” (a code word for forcing equal outcomes and making reparations for real or alleged past injustice, even by lowering the bar and rigging the stats), school districts have hired an army of extravagantly paid bureaucrats and consultants. Even as children were barred from attending schools, newly installed equity officers continued to bring in six figure salaries. School districts across the nation, including many that are financially struggling, frequently dole out hundreds of thousands to cover the extravagant fees charged by “anti-racism” consultants, sometimes having to lay off teachers as a result.

These highly paid hustlers are not the only ones who profit from the lucrative “equity” and “anti-racism” racket. Union leaders, superintendents, and others seeking to conceal responsibility for failure have a vested interest in maintaining the charade. Rather than working to fix the problem and admitting that they are failing children, tax paid activists promulgate the idea that attendance requirements, performance standards, and other criteria used to measure merit and success are rigged to preserve white cis-gender privilege. Low and high performing educators alike are pressured to drastically lower the bar. Practically speaking, this has resulted in wide-spread grade inflation, eliminating testing and attendance requirements, and graduating students from high school who are functionally illiterate. This enables self-interested parties to cook the books and claim success even when the situation has worsened.

All of this dysfunction is funded by elite foundations, staffed by radicals and stuffed with billions of tax-free dollars. “It doesn’t occur to most people that the Ford Foundation is a villain,” Rosiak says. “The people behind CRT are the foundations I named, they are profoundly radical and profoundly powerful. And so it’s like a lot of things in the school’s world. Radicals escape accountability through anonymity.”

This shameful coverup for the abysmal performance of government schools hurts poor, minority, and other vulnerable students most. Furthermore, the bigotry of low standards, which has only aggravated disparities, is used to justify expansion of the same initiatives that contributed to the problem in the first place. In the end, the destructive cycle further advances the interest of radical ideologues. Children who aren’t prepared academically, who are told that they are either victims or perpetrators of racism, and who are constantly pressured to question their identity, are more easily groomed into disgruntled activists. Lacking the skills required for upward mobility and the capacity to critically evaluate what they have been taught, they become useful serfs in the Left’s cultural revolution.

It’s time for lawmakers who believe that education should be directed towards academic achievement and preparing American children from all backgrounds to live responsible, meaning-filled lives to stop funding radical, destructive interests. Instead, they should vest power, influence, and options directly into the hands of parents—the only group across race and class whose self-interest is based simply on a desire to see their children thrive.