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Pointless And Illegal


I’ll keep this one short. The man pictured in this video is either an idiot or a liar. Maybe an idiot and a liar. I’m not really sure.
What he purports to do is saw an AR15 in half to symbolize his sorrow at the recent mass shooting in Florida. All well and good except for two things.
First, he didn’t saw the AR15 in half. He sawed the barrel in half, which isn’t destroying the gun. It’s destroying the barrel, hand guards, and gas tube. All of which are commonly available and easy to replace. If he were to place a charged magazine into the gun, he’d be able to (ineffectively) fire the gun.

To actually destroy the gun, he’d need to cut the receiver in half. Technically, to destroy the receiver per the ATF, he’d need to “flame cut” it into three parts using a cutting torch of some type. Since the receiver is “the gun” according to federal law, he’d “have cut the gun in half”.

Second. What he did was create a “Short Barrel Firearm”. Those are regulated by federal and in many states, state laws. Building one without the requisite forms filled out and fees paid is a crime. It’s a very serious federal crime.

If the ATF were of a mind, they might be inclined to pay him a visit. A visit that he wouldn’t like at all. Violations of the National Firearms Act are crimes which the federal government considers very serious.

Here are video star not only commits a crime, he provides incontrovertible evidence for the entire world. Another victory for Social Media, as it were.

I think he, and the world, would be better off if he didn’t have any guns.

Upper Lip Stiffener Needed


The British have long had a history of stoicism. After all, they ruled half the planet at one time, ruled the seas with the greatest navy until after World War I, and of course withstood the London Blitz and near annihilation of their army at Dunkirk.

The term “Keep a stiff upper lip” is attributed to the British because of this, even though the term might have originated in the former colony that beat their lips quite a bit back in the late 18th century.

It appears that there is a need for a bit of upper lip stiffening required in Great Britain these days.

I found a story about a nasty note found on an ambulance in England. It seems that someone was a bit put out that the EMS crew had the temerity to park in someone’s “spot” while on a response. Said spot being on a public street in the West Midlands.

I originally saw the story on an EMS site, but as is often the case, the Daily Mail newspaper had the best story on the incident.

Stunned paramedic gets angry note from neighbour saying they ‘couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapses’ as they demand ambulance is moved

Not the most concise headline I’ve ever seen, but it conveys the sense of the story.

Paramedics were left stunned after finding an angry note demanding they moved their ambulance during a 999 call, with the message: ‘I don’t give a sh*t if the whole street collapses’.

The message was written by a woman who was annoyed that an ambulance was in a resident’s parking bay on Sunday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the resident also verbally abused staff members during the emergency call-out in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.

Okay, that’s bad, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever heard of on an ambulance call. It’s not like they were shot at, stabbed, or even beaten. All things that happened to me or my coworkers over the years. No, just a nasty note and some harsh words. Ignore it and move on.

Nope. One of the paramedics took a picture of the note and texted it about. Eventually, it hit the smart phone of Paramedic Katie Tudor. Who reposted it with the comment “So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!” The exclamation point is intended to tell us how upset she was.

Eventually (again) it reached the screen of an Assistant Chief Constable. Who at first didn’t seem to think that there was an actual crime involved.

We find out from Fox News that the woman was later arrested on “suspicion of public order offenses.”

As I mentioned to a friend of mine, we had a couple of cases over the years where patient’s families or bystanders thought that it would be a good idea to get into the ambulance and move it on their own.

It wasn’t, not at all.

That, however is different from a note or “verbal abuse” from an idiot. The best response to which would appear to be “piss off”. Or something similar.

Apparently there is a plague of rampant nasty note writing going on in England.

Why, last November someone left a note on an ambulance windshield. Oh, the horror.

I’m not suggesting that it’s okay for people to be nitwits. I am suggesting that people in EMS don’t need to respond in kind, let alone get a serious case of trembly upper lip over it.

Paramedic was so upset that she  had to take a “selfie” and send it in to the Daily Mail.

As I said, some upper lip stiffening needs to be performed.

Considering some of the crimes that the British Police DON’T prosecute, this one seems rather silly.

On This Day In World War II History


1945. The USMC landed on the Japanese held island of Iwo Jima. The ensuing battle went on for about a month before the Japanese were defeated. Two Japanese soldiers hid out and didn’t surrender until 1951.

This was a no holds barred fight to the death for the Japanese. Although the commanders knew that they were destined for defeat, they committed their 21,060 troops to holding off the Marines for as long as possible. In the end, 18,000 Japanese soldiers died. The Marines suffered 6,800 dead and 19,200 wounded of the 60,000 dedicated to the fight. One Third of all Marines killed in World War II died on Iwo Jima. In addition to the Marines, 245 sailors of the 133 Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) were killed or wounded on Iwo Jima.

The island was strategically important for two reasons. First, it’s airstrips served as bases for fighter planes attacking American B29s bombing the Japanese homeland. Second, once captured, it could be used as an emergency landing strip for damaged B29s and other aircraft carrying out those attacks.

Necessary, but incredibly vicious.

The story of the battle is far to complex for this blog and far too well detailed elsewhere for me to even attempt a complete history. I’ll have a post or two more about significant events during the battle, but you should go and read about the battle yourself.

On This Day In WW II History


1942. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the four term President who lead the United States deeper into the Great Depression and foisted the Ponzi Scheme known Social Security on the American public put the screws to over 100,000 Japanese-Americans.

He signed Executive Order 9066 which dispossessed the Japanese on the West Coast of the US and ordered them transferred to “Internment Camps”. A smaller number of Americans of German and Italian descent were also interned, but it was the Japanese that bore the brunt of the order. They were transferred far from their homes, many, if not most, lost their homes, businesses, and other property. The were interred until December 1944, when they were released to pick up their lives.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a bill into law which apologized and paid compensation for the losses suffered almost 50 years before.

We can argue that in the hysteria following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese that it was reasonable to think that some of those people might be enemy agents. I’ve never read that there were any prosecutions for that, but I do know that there were active Nazi supporters in the US before the country entered the war. In those cases, the FBI investigated and people were prosecuted. As individuals. For specific crimes.

Keep in mind also, that the majority of immigrants to this country were from Germany. Not from Britain, not from France, not from Italy. From Germany. Which would have made rounding up all Americans of German ancestry impossible.

I won’t delve into all of the allegations of racism, because it’s not necessary. Even if there were not racism, it is distinctly Un American to round people up with no proof of wrong doing. Why, we’re told that about people whose coreligionists have conduct several acts of terrorism here in the US and against US interests abroad.

If it’s wrong now, it was wrong then, right?

Ironically, many young Americans who happened to have ancestors from Japan did the last thing I’d do under similar circumstances. The volunteered to join the US Army and fight against the Axis. The US did not use them in the Pacific Theater, although having fluent Japanese speakers might have been helpful. Instead, after training, the 442nd Infantry Regiment went to Italy to fight there.

From mid 1944 until the end of the war the 14,000 men of the unit suffered 9,486 injuries which resulted in Purple Heart awards. Twenty One members of the regiment were awarded the Medal of Honor. It was one of the most decorated American units in Army history. It was staffed by men deemed untrustworthy by the President of the United States.

Think about that next time someone waxes all nostalgic about FDR.

Mass Shooting


Please note. If you came here from Facebook and saw a picture of a revolver, the revolver was not part of the post. The new blogging platform requires a “Featured Image” or Facebook will pick one at random from the images stored on my blog. I’ve changed the image and hopefully FB will update it.

Or, as the media prefers to call the, “Active Shooters” seem to be far more prevalent than they used to be. That might be, but it’s more likely to be that the media overplays them for maximum effect.

First, let me discuss a few of the things floating around in the mediasphere.

No, there have not been “Eighteen School Shootings” since the beginning of the year. The definition of “School Shooting” seems elastic, to say the least.

No, the most and deadliest mass shootings have not occurred in the United States. In fact, nations with very strict gun control have a higher fatality and occurrence rate.

No, banning “Assault Rifles” won’t solve this problem.

Yes, the FBI seems to have screwed up, but exactly how isn’t really clear. No, the FBI Director shouldn’t step down. Keep in mind that if the FBI had arrested or even entered the shooter’s name into the NICS system, there would be people crying out that he was being racially profiled. Also, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t exactly covered itself with glory.

The FBI needs to do a better job following up and worry less (not at all) about being racially insensitive.

No, we shouldn’t “make it easier” to strip people of their Second Amendment Rights in the name of public safety. The process in place now is fine, it’s the application that is failing. Anyone adjudicated too dangerous to be out in public with weapons should be committed to a mental health in patient facility. The problem being  that there aren’t enough of those. We need more mental health beds in either private or state run psychiatric hospitals.

Oh, there weren’t thousands of people protesting in Florida this weekend. How do I know? Because when “thousands” of people are protesting, the photographers take long distance shots to show the size of the crowd. They don’t do close ups of maybe thirty people holding up signs. Yet, I haven’t seen anything other than close shots.

Finally, this is not the fault of the NRA, the President, or me. Or any other gun owners except for the guy who did the shooting.

Speaking of which, the murderer was a classic “Rampage Shooter” in that he had a specific target area, maybe specific targets, and didn’t much care about killing people who just happened to be at the scene. He’s a bit unusual in that rampage shooters usually kill themselves or surrender when law enforcement, or any armed person, confronts them.

The killer certainly gave enough warning signs if people were paying attention. It is incredibly difficult to get expelled from a public school in this country. Yet, he managed to do just that.

I’m over 400 words into this and I’m not even close to my main subject. This might be a two part post.

All of the foregoing has been mostly stage setting for the main points of this post.

Fox News  has the timeline of the event here. Note that the shooting started at 2:21PM. It was over three minutes later.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Department didn’t respond until 2:53PM. The timeline doesn’t say when the first call or text came into the dispatch center, but this seems like a long time to me.

CNN tells us that Columbine (1999) changed how police respond to mass shootings. Would that this was true, but it really doesn’t seem that way. What is supposed to happen now is that the first responding units enter the school and attempt to make contact with and engage the shooter. That didn’t happen at Columbine, but it also hasn’t happened as recently as last year. It didn’t happen in 2013 when a man shoot a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport. In that case, LAPD placed a cordon around the area and stopped paramedics from entering the terminal until after it was “secure”. Which resulted in the TSA officer bleeding to death from a survivable wound. Which also happened to a teacher at Columbine in 1999.

It didn’t happen in 2016 at the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, FL. In that case again, fire and EMS were excluded from the command post and only brought in after the damage was done and the shooter was killed.

It doesn’t appear to have happened last Wednesday either. The SWAT Team arrived, the school was cordoned off, and the non injured students were brought out with their hands on their heads. It appears after that was done, EMS went in to look for survivors and evacuate the wounded.

I’m not sure that sending EMS into the “warm zone” of an Active Shooter incident is particularly wise. Unless they have an armed police escort, it seems like just bringing more potential victims to the scene. The police have shown time and again that protecting and assisting EMS at these incidents is not a priority. Stopping the bad guy seems to be, but only after the situation is “contained”.

During that time period victims with potentially survivable wounds are going to bleed out and die. The military has shown that most casualties who don’t die immediately die from blood loss.

Usually, it’s preventable blood loss.

Which is why the military trains all of their people, at least the ones that might go into combat, in Basic Life Saving and Combat Life Saving. This isn’t confined to medics, but is widely taught.

Which brings us to today’s topic.

We need to do that in high risk areas. Keep in mind that I am not talking about acts of terrorism, although this same approach might work there. It depends on how the attack is being carried out. We know that rampage shootings follow a pattern and are usually over within a few minutes. Which doesn’t mean that the police, fire, and EMS are going to be there right away. There is going to be some time lag, even if everyone arrives promptly and enters the active area right away.

Minutes, sometime many minutes, will go by.

Which means that the victims and their potential saviors will be all there is for some period of time.

Which means that venues that are identified at higher than average risk should have people trained and equipment cached to “Stop The Bleeding”.

There’s even an organization that is dedicated to doing this. BleedingControl.Org  is a collaboration of the American College of Surgeons, FEMA, the National Association of EMTs, and ironically perhaps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These groups developed “The Hartford Consensus” which developed the program.

Stopping the bleeding is the best way to increase survivability. Having the people who are already on scene do the stopping is the best way to stop the bleeding.

Schools, hotels, malls, movie theaters, and other venues should train their staff and buy the necessary equipment. There should also be pre designated rallying points where the patients can be brought for extraction. Oh, and equipment to do that. You can buy kits of various sizes from BleedingControl people, but you can probably find them from other sources as well.

This company HILT makes patient moving devices that might be useful as well.

Note that I have no connection with either BleedingContro or HILT and there might be other training and equipment vendors These are just two that I’ve come across.

In order to become an instructor, one has to take the course and then apply to the BleedingControl organization. There is a course coming up in the near future near me and I plan to take it. Then, I hope to teach it.

It’s easy to blog about solutions, but it’s meaningless unless one does something about it.

All EMS providers, regardless of their experience or training levels can help in this project.

If you know of other courses or equipment vendors, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add the information to this post.

One last thing. This training can come in handy in a lot of non shooting circumstances as well. It’s always nice when training spans several different areas.

Firearms and Marijuana


Let me start by saying that firearms and any intoxicating drug or substance don’t mix. As my longtime readers might remember, I enjoy a glass of good Scotch now and then. Well, more now than then, but that’s a different story. One thing that I don’t do when I plan to consume adult beverages is carry a gun. I’m careful about with whom and where I drink since I don’t like not being able to defend myself. On the other hand, the consequences of being convicted of “carrying a fire arm while under the influence” in my state are a permanent loss of Second Amendment Rights.

Wow, that’s a big disclaimer. On to our subject for today.

Several states, including mine, have legalized Marijuana use for either medical or recreational use. Some states are going so far as to vacate convictions going back decades if they involved “mere” possession of Marijuana.

I have no opinion on that as long as people using the drug don’t drive or do other dangerous activities that might endanger me or my loved ones. I don’t know if it’s more or less dangerous than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol containing beverages, and I don’t much care. That’s their business, not mine.

The problem for these people is that while Marijuana use might be legal in their states, it is still illegal under federal law. A lot of people are complaining because Attorney General Sessions has instructed the employees of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws as written. People have complained that he is just a rigid old fool who insists on enforcing an unpopular law.

People seem to have gotten use to the President and many federal officials picking and choosing what laws they will enforce, as well as against whom they will enforce those laws. The previous Administration made a practice of this and many people thought it was okay. Fortunately, in several cases the Supreme Court of the United States disagreed. In a surprisingly large number of those cases, the vote was unanimous.  Which means that the laws need to be enforced as written. The alternative of course is to repeal laws that are no longer relevant. Which would require the other two branches of the federal government to actually do their jobs.

Good luck, and don’t hold your breath waiting.

Back to Marijuana. Federally, its use, possession, growing, or sale, is illegal. The federal government still prosecutes that, and some local agencies do as well.

So, how does this all relate to firearms?

Simple. People who use Marijuana in any form for any reason are violating federal law and are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Those you you who have purchased firearms from Federal Firearms Licenses (FFL) are all too familiar with the ATF 4473 form. For those of you who don’t own guns and have no interest, the 4473 is a form that must be filled out any time someone buys a firearm of any type from a gun shop. There are no exceptions, no “loopholes”, no tricks to avoid going through the process. Whether you buy a .22 rifle or shotgun from a Walmart store or a $3,500.00 1911 pistol from a high end dealer, it’s the same process.

The 4473 is a long, hard to fill out, form that is mostly still done on paper. It’s a pain in the neck to do and simple mistakes often require redoing the whole form. One of the questions on the form is “11e”. Here is the text of the question,

“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any other depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance?” “The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.

Note that the part in bold was added by the ATF in 2016, while Barack Obama was still President.

The issue for would be gun owners is two fold. Or maybe I should say that this is a two pronged fork. Either way, no matter how a marijuana user answers this, he potentially has a big problem.

First, if he answers “Yes”, the dealer is NOT going to proceed with the sale. The dealer isn’t even going to call the phone number used to run checks under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This systems is run by the FBI and as the name suggests, runs instant checks to see if there are reasons that a gun sale should not proceed. I won’t get into the problems with NICS today because they are not pertinent to the subject at hand.

If the potential buyer answers “No”, but is a habitual user of marijuana, then he has lied on a federal form. (U.S. Code 18 Section 1001). That’s prosecutable whether or not the person actually purchased a gun. The lie itself is a crime.

For my EMS readers who might not be directly interested, Dawn Nguyen illegally bought two firearms in 2010. On her 4473 she lied about a number of things, including her answer to Question 11e. She also lied on Question 11a, which asks if the person purchasing is the actual buyer or transferee. In this case, she was buying the two firearms for one William Spengler, Jr. Spengler couldn’t buy guns on his own because he was at the time a convicted felon and thus a “Prohibited Person.”

On Christmas Even 2012, the now late Spengler murdered his sister, set his house on fire, and then shot and murdered two volunteer fire fighters.

Back to the main post.

While it is unlikely that a person who lies on a 4473 about this will be caught, there is a possibility that he or she will. Besides that, it’s not inconceivable that some states might enter medical marijuana card information into their databases. Pennsylvania, which is decidedly pro gun state, was going to do something along those lines as well as rescind the concealed carry licenses of people with marijuana cards. In the end, the state decided not to do that, but it still doesn’t change federal law.

Even though Pennsylvania isn’t doing this, that doesn’t mean that the federal government and New York, Massachusetts, California, and other similarly anti firearm states won’t enforce these laws.

The easy fix for this would be for the federal government to just decide not to enforce the law. The correct fix for this is for the Legislative and Executive branches of the government to change the law.

I wouldn’t expect that to happen in the foreseeable future. As a result, people who use or possess Marijuana for any reason will remain at some legal peril.

There’s a good explanation of the various laws at the website of the Wallin and Klarich legal firm. A much more detailed description of the various laws involved. I recommend it to the reader who wants more information.

The Hardest Thing In EMS


EMS is hard. Really hard. EMT school isn’t that hard, unless you want it to be. Then it’s hard. The hard part comes after you finish the program and have to take the Cognitive and Psycho-Motor tests. Those tests are difficult, but not because they are challenging. They are difficult because the Cognitive part is based on questions which may or may  not have “right” answers. They have “best” answers, which might not be even close to correct and are sometimes worded so arcanely that you have to decipher the question before you can answer.

The Psycho-Motor tests are, or at least were, like scripted plays. Again, they often have no connection to real world EMS. They are a sort of Kabuki Dance which one must pass in order to prove that you aren’t a danger to the public.

Or something.

I’ve often referred to the EMT (or paramedic) exams as being the “Bunny Slope of EMS.” All that passing allows you to do is start the process of learning how to treat patients. This is the Affective Domain of learning. Which you can read about here. I think of the Affective Domain as the “putting it all together” domain. It’s where you take the book learning, the learning of the skills, and put them into practice. This is hard and many people just can’t do it. I worked with a number of providers, especially paramedics who were way smarter than am I. They could talk about medical theory in far more detail than I ever could. They even understood Axis Deviation and Hemi Blocks. I can learn those, and have. Several times. I just can’t retain that.

What those other folks could never do was put that all together when standing or sitting in front of a sick patient. I used to call it “Vapor Lock”, but other called it “Analysis Paralysis.” I was lucky, I guess, in that I could usually put what I was seeing, hearing, and all too often smelling (yech) together and figure out what was going on with a patient. And then devise and implement a treatment plan on the spot.

There were medics far better at it than I was, but I did my best to learn the intangible things from them and treat my patients well.

One of the highest complements we ever gave people was “He (or She) can recognize a sick person.”

That’s hard, but it’s still not the hardest thing in EMS.

This is.

Unlearning old untruths.

Far too many providers in this field refuse to keep current on the state of the science in EMS or medicine in general. In the last ten years a lot has changed in EMS.

The barbaric practice of strapping patients with possible spinal injuries to hard boards, driving them over often bumpy roads to hospitals, and then leaving them on those boards at the hospital, sometimes for hours, has finally been debunked. Not only did that “treatment” not help patients, it caused demonstrable harm. Patients with respiratory illnesses, especially the elderly, found it hard to breath and sometimes got ill. Patients that had minor aches from falls or low speed collisions, had significant pain, sometimes with attendant neurological deficits after being “treated”.

Finally, the science caught up with what just about every field provider knew. This was a poor practice that was meant only to protect cowardly medical directors and risk managers. It had nothing to do with medicine and was a horrible practice.

Most, if not all EMS systems, have abandoned the practice, yet there are providers who insist that we are going to fill the streets with quadriplegics in electric wheelchairs because we have stopped performing a vital treatment.


For most of the 1990s and well into the current century, stupid medical directors insisted that ALL patients that needed Oxygen be given high concentration doses via non rebreather masks. The pin headed logic was that EMTs and paramedics were incapable of assessing patient respiratory status. Thus, the only viable treatment was to flood their systems with Oxygen. Besides, the Chicken Soup School of EMS told us that it couldn’t hurt and might help. Then the science started to turn. Physicians started to study the effects of high levels of cellular Oxygen and found out that it not only didn’t help, it definitely caused harm.

All of those Stroke, Seizure, and Cardiac patients that we were giving boatloads of Oxygen to were suffering from the effects of the release of free radicals. Stroke patients in particular were prone to extension of the Stroke because of the effects of Oxygen.

Still, it took a number of years for EMS systems to change protocols and more time before individual providers were convinced that this was the right course of action.

Trendelenburg, Traction Splints (in most cases) and giving high doses of Dextrose to hypoglycemic patients have started to follow the same path. Those will take more years as the dinosaurs retire and younger, hopefully better educated, providers not only take to the field, but take to the classrooms and teach the new science.

It’s hard to let go of the old “truth” and embrace new ideas, techniques, and procedures. Hard, but important. All too many providers believe that once they have finished their class, passed the test, and received “their card” that all they have to do is go to a refresher (now renamed “National Continuing Competency Requirements) class and listen to some boring lectures that repeat the misinformation of the past. Go to some other boring classes, keep up your CPR and ACLS cards (you can sleep through those classes) and you are a “minimally competent” provider.

Just lovely.

I have a friend who used to work for one of the state OEMS regulatory agencies. We used to joke that one day we were going to start out own EMS company. We’d call it “MMS Ambulance Service”. Meets Minimum Standards Ambulance Service. Our motto was going to be “We’re minimally competent”. Not exactly confidence inspiring, but that seems to be the goal of both individual providers and many systems.

They seem to mistake mediocrity for excellence.

If you want to be more than just minimally competent, you have to work at it. First you have to be willing to take some classes beyond what is minimally required. Then, you have to be willing to case off old ideas as they become outdated and proven wrong. Finally, and this might be the toughest part, you have to stand up to mediocrity and laziness amongst your fellow providers.

See? I told you EMS was hard.

Good luck.

Iconic American Handgun


I was recently on a firearms forum where someone asked the members to name three iconic handguns. He didn’t specifically ask for American handguns, but many of the people who replied named American handguns. I think that’s because no other country has produced as wide a variety of guns that are so widely known and well regarded. Which is the definition of iconic.

My answers were,

Smith and Wesson “Hand Ejector” revolver.
Colt 1911.
Colt Single Action Army.

While I’ve shot all three types of guns, I’ve never owned a 1911 pattern pistol or a Colt SAA.

I have owned and still own, a variety of “Hand Ejectors” in a variety of frame sizes and calibers.

There have been books written about Smith & Wesson revolvers and I’m not going to attempt to give more than a cursory review of it’s development.

The original Hand Ejector was introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1896. The revolutionary design features of the firearm were a solid frame and a swing out cylinder. The solid frame made the revolver stronger overall. As new, more powerful calibers were introduced this would be important as frames were more resilient and less likely to break. The swing out cylinder made reloading faster, which is sometimes a nice feature to have. The early Colt revolvers had solid frames, but were not fast or easy to reload. The S&W “tip up” and “tip down” revolvers were easier to reload, but the hinge was a point of failure.

As the years went on, S&W worked with various ammunition manufacturers to make new, more powerful, ammunition. The “Hand Ejector” evolved into a series of revolvers in various frame sizes with different ammunition capacities and features. The two consistent features in all them are the solid frame and swing out cylinder.

Of the various frame sizes, the “K” frame is the most popular. The Military & Police Model of 1905, Fourth Change was introduced in 1915 and was produced without significant change until 1942. Well over 700,000 examples were built in several calibers. Chambered in .38 Special, it became the standard sidearm for American police officers. The M&P would become the Model 10 when Smith & Wesson in 1957 when the company switched from model names to model numbers.

If you watch just about any crime drama on TV or in the movies from the 1930s until the early 1990s, a K frame of some variation was featured. Occasionally, you would see a Colt revolver, but by and large it was a S&W. The bad guys often carried semi autos, but the good guys almost always carried a revolver.

There are even a few active police officers who carry a “Hand Ejector” to this day, although the number decreases each day as officers retire and new officers are not allowed to carry revolvers.

The Model 10 is still produced to this day, with some relatively minor changes in it’s design. Most of those changes are to make the gun safer to shoot or to improve manufacturing efficiency. The basics of the design, however are unchanged from 1896.

That’s iconic.

The Model 10 is one of those handguns that every gun owner should have at least one of. So, it won’t surprise my readers to find out I have two of them. Plus a bunch of other Hand Ejectors as well. They are great guns to shoot and if you can master the Double Action trigger on these guns, you’ll be able to shoot just about any gun accurately.

Here is a picture of one of my Model 10s. This is a 10-6 .38 Special with a four inch barrel. It’s also Nickel plated, which gives it a very nice appearance. The grips aren’t all that good looking, but they make the gun comfortable to shoot in my increasingly ancient hands.

A Quick Note


Two things. I’m working on a longer blog post, but hit a block. I’m also working on yet another gun post. It might even turn into a series of blog posts.

One thing you will never, ever, see on this blog. Captcha. I hate the F*CKING thing. Since I’m not overwhelmed with comments, so I can moderate them all. If I get to the point where I am overwhelmed with comments, I’ll figure out something.

That is all. As you were.

Of Blogs And Linking


As my loyal readership, such as it is, has no doubt noticed, I’ve been blogging more although less about EMS. I’ll work on that part, since this is after all an EMS related blog.

I recently marked five years of retirement from actual EMS work. What I do now, although it may sound conceited, is work with younger providers to improve their skills. By skills I don’t mean their IVs or airway skills, most people are actually proficient at the mechanical skills. What I do is work with them on their diagnostic skills and their documentation skills. Some of that is pretty boring and deathly boring to write about let alone ask you to read.

I might find a way to write about some interesting cases, but I have to be careful since I work for a smaller company and don’t want to expose them to any issues. Other than that, I plan to blog about EMS stories in the news. Much of which isn’t all that positive these days. I’ll probably continue my “Things you can’t do in EMS” stories as I come across them.

I’ll also continue to blog about firearms and Second Amendment issues since they are important. If I can test some newer guns I’ll do that, but I have to work on the mechanics and logistics of that.

If you look over at my list of links, you’ll notice it’s somewhat shorter. I went through my list and deleted the ones that are dead, haven’t been updated in two years or more, or which I just never read any more. I also updated a couple that changed their URL and were dead. I guess you could say I resuscitated them. Part of my blogging resurrection is going to be more reading of blogs, particularly EMS related ones. Which brings me back to my goal of trying to stay current with trends and technologies in EMS. Some of which are good, some of which are bad, some of which are just silly.

Stay tuned and check in frequently.

All About Me

After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it?

I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs.

I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non-EMS subject matter.

Thanks for visiting.

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