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Off Topic / Swords: Buying and Training
« on: May 16, 2024, 09:33:49 PM »
I want to buy a Katana and do some training with it, at least to a novice level.  Need some recommendations on what to buy and where to train at.

On my research, I've seen that Katana's can be damaged very easily and it requires a good amount of skill to cut things properly.  So I'm considering starting with a cheap used monosteel Katana like a Dojo Pro for around $200.  Then later on look at a Motohara or similar that looks nice but can still be used.  Am I on the right track?
Off Topic / 911 - no one available to take your call
« on: May 06, 2024, 02:47:07 PM »
Sad to see people come into these situations and learning no one is coming to help you.  A bottle of OC could've prevented this.

My friend said he had a similar situation twice for non-emergencies.  He got the same message and had to keep calling back

Staff shortages plague Honolulu’s 911 system

When Kenneth Jacob, a 75-year-old Waikiki resident, was attacked by a man on the Ala Moana bridge over the Ala Wai Canal, he yelled, “Call 911."

Jacob’s automated phone assistant Siri called immediately...Instead, Jacob got an automated message indicating that no one was available to take his call.

He said that he also wanted first responders to come quickly to address the lump on his temple and three broken ribs.
Off Topic / Cheeseballs
« on: May 02, 2024, 02:36:39 PM »
In these divisive times of war, riots, crime, and fear comes hope.  From the dredges of New York appears a hero to all, uniter of all races, political views, and backgrounds.

Cheeseball Man

A man broke a window during the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board meeting.  Now the entire 400 member Neighborhood Board wants active shooter training because of it.  Training and preparedness is good.  But they're panicking.  Like they never encountered a crazy person before.  It feels like they have lived sheltered lives, even those representing high crime districts.

Perhaps it could be a good thing if they realize that people are responsible for their own safety.

Neighborhood Boards To Get Active Shooter Training After Alarming Incident At Meeting
Legal and Activism / SCOTUS: Garland v VanDerStok (80% RCVR)
« on: April 22, 2024, 07:39:21 AM »
SCOTUS has taken up the ATF regulation of 80% receivers appeal with a Fall 2024 oral arguments.  I'm not sure if this will affect our State law, probably not, but any SCOTUS 2A decision would be good.

General Discussion / Defensive Gun Use? Paradise Park shooting
« on: April 21, 2024, 10:04:36 PM »
This is a potential self-defense shooting on the Big Island where a person visited a residence and threatened and assaulted people with a knife and broken bottle.  The resident responded by shooting him and was arrested for attempted murder.

Light on the details but what seems like self-defense is the owner wasn't a prohibited person by court records, wasn't charged with the usual firearms offenses, it was his residence, and witnesses say the "victim" assaulted people.
Off Topic / Downtown San Francisco
« on: April 16, 2024, 10:44:23 PM »
My review of downtown San Francisco.  I traveled to San Francisco for a couple days to support the Wolford v Lopez hearing in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which is located in the middle of downtown.  Subway from the Airport to Downtown SF during the day was okay and it was surprisingly clean. There were a couple of homeless people sleeping in the car

First thing out of the station, I see two homeless guys scrapping.  There were 2 security guys in reflective jackets trying to stop them, kind of.  All they did was just try and get between them, but the two guys kept scrapping.  SF has a lot of security and law enforcement in the tourist and financial districts.  They just stand around and don't do much. I guess they only get involved when the homeless mess with tourists and businessmen or do something major.  Most of the retail stores, malls, and hotels have a security guy at the door.  Go a couple blocks off the main strip, and there are no police or officers to be seen and it gets more sketchy.

It's relatively okay during the day, equivalent to Downtown Honolulu at midnight.  There's homeless screaming, sleeping on the ground, begging, and wandering around dazed.    There is  quite a bit of poo on the ground in the early morning where I have to watch my step.  A poo patrol goes around to clean it up. Most of the homeless are well dressed.  Guess that's all the clothes they steal from the stores.   People also openly use and sell drugs on the street.  Anything from pakalolo to black tar heroin.

Nighttime reminds me of the old NES Castlevania game where regiular people come out during the day, but are replaced by vampires and monsters at night. They have a "swap meet" to sell things like tidepods, handbags, and clothes.  The homeless setup their camps for the night alongside my hotel.  These pics are from early in the night and it gets worse around midnight.

Off Topic / Man narrowly escapes sawblade
« on: April 01, 2024, 10:23:07 AM »
Now that's a lot of stopping power and penetration. 

Man narrowly escapes as runaway sawblade flies at him from construction site

Shane Reimche is still shaken thinking about how he narrowly escaped death on Thursday after a 4-foot concrete sawblade came flying from a nearby construction site, slamming into the wall of a liquor store just seconds after Reimche walked in.

The blade embedded itself nearly two feet deep into the wall of the store, Grewal says. It took three men to remove it.
Off Topic / Hawaii is not part of NATO
« on: March 29, 2024, 07:34:46 PM »
Other NATO allies don't have to come to Hawaii's defense if attacked, due to we are not in the Atlantic region.  We need to get more guns.  And more Aloha spirit!

This US state is not covered by the NATO treaty. Some experts say that needs to change

“People tend to assume Hawaii is part of the US and therefore it’s covered by NATO,” he says.  But, he concedes, the tip-off is in the alliance’s name – North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Hawaii is, of course, in the Pacific, and unlike California, Colorado or Alaska, the 50th state is not part of the continental US that reaches the North Atlantic Ocean on its eastern shores.
“The argument for not including Hawaii is simply that it’s not part of North America,” Santoro says.

Events / HIFICO 2A Patriot Pau Hana Meetup - March 28
« on: March 26, 2024, 08:11:11 PM »
HIFICO 2A Patriot Pau Hana Meetup - Honolulu

Come out for an after work meet and greet at Ruby Tuesdays - Moanalua. Just relax and talk about 2A stuff, gun stuff, legal stuff, training stuff, and other stuff. Meet other gun enthusiasts and patriots.

Ruby Tuesday - Moanalua Center
Thursday March 28 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Meet on the outdoor tables. Happy Hour specials end at 6pm.

See you there!
Reviews / Axil XCOR earplugs
« on: March 08, 2024, 01:14:51 PM »
I bought the Axil XCOR Bluetooth earplugs ($188 after disc, 21-23nrr) after seeing it advertised on Facebook a lot.  I prefer plugs over muffs for comfort, and have used the SportEars custom plugs ($1200, 29nrr) and 3M EEP100 w/skullscrews ($250, 23-30nrr) in the past.

The XCOR regular price is $199 and $299 with Bluetooth and there are regular discounts of 30 to 40% off.  It comes with a charging battery case, silicone tips 21nrr, foam tips 23nrr, and USB C charging cable.

The charging case is small and easily fits in a pocket.  The plugs are a bit in the larger side but fit comfortably and stay in well.  You could wear them all day with no problem.  These are rated for 12 hours of hearing control, 6 hours Bluetooth only, and 4 hours of hearing and Bluetooth. These ratings seem accurate with my use and 12 hours is more than enough to get through an extended range day.

These do an adequate job of blocking gunfire at the outdoor Koko Head bullseye pistol range.  I haven't tested the XCORs at an indoor range yet, but I'd expect the 23nrr is just enough for standard pistols, and anything more powerful would require doubling up.  My old 3Ms 30nrr was usable just by themselves at indoor ranges with the exception of muzzle brakes and the most powerful calibers.

The XCOR filters down loud noises which is better than cutting off all volume that cheaper stuff does, like the popular Howard Leight muffs.  However It does so noticably with a slight lag to return to normal volume.  Not bad, not great.  My SportEars did the same magically where you didn't notice it filtering.  The 3Ms cut off all sound for a split second which is a bit jarring.

The hearing enhancement is adequate.  There are 3 levels of enhancement from 1x, 2x, and 6x.  It performs as expected amplifying soft sounds and speech is clear.  However there is white noise from a soft hiss at 1x that you'll ignore after a short time but it gets louder at 6x where you probably won't use it.  I've found nothing that tops my old SportEars which were crystal clear and I could hear conversations at the other end of the firing line.  They were basically hearing aids that blocked sound. My 3Ms were poor in comparison with speech a bit muddied and the max amplification was about 1.5x..

I like having Bluetooth on my muffs/plugs as I use a shot timer app on the phone.   I don't bother other shooters next to me. The volume is loud.  Sometimes I'll listen to podcasts and the speech is clear.  The microphone for taking phone calls is just usable.  Music quality is just adequate with weak highs and lows.

Overall they're a good value for what they cost.  I just wish the NRR was higher.  It is a good improvement from my 5 year old 3Ms, but still nowhere near the performance of my 15 year old SportEars.

General Discussion / Everytown hits under the belt, calls us liars
« on: February 26, 2024, 02:16:26 PM »
In this article by our favorite Marvin the Veteran, he states we are liars.  Or his exact words "I say: false, deceptive, reprehensible."
He goes.on that hunters don't use AR type rifles because it's too powerful with bullets ricocheting and tumbling inside destroying the meat.  He also call us paid mainland shills of the NRA.  That we have mainland people testifying as locals and make people lie that they hunt.

I can't let that slide because it insults me and worst of all, the hard working people protecting the 2A and hunting traditions in Hawaii.  I started HIFICO because the NRA was ineffective and didn't take my offer to help them.  I put thousands of hours into it along with tens of thousands of my own hard earned money not to mention sacrifices I made to do it.  I appreciate all of the people and orgs that I've met along the way and followed me on this road and I can't let this slander them.

HIFICOs philosophy is for grassroots locals (and our mainland guests here) to fight for our rights through dedication and teamwork.  We work with other groups but are not affiliated with anyone.   We never used templated testimony because we want people to use their own thoughts and own words and to be educated on the subject.

I can't put in words how insulted I am.
Political Discussion / Hawaii is going broke...we go broke too!
« on: February 20, 2024, 10:42:06 AM »
On the down side, more taxes and fees for us.  On the plus side, I don't think the gun buyback and the new gun violence office are happening.

Bad News For The Budget: Maui Fire Costs Could Top $600 Million This Year Alone

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Donovan Dela Cruz told his colleagues in a memo last week the state’s share of the recovery effort this year alone may amount to $600 million, which is the sum Gov. Josh Green had earmarked in his financial plan for the Maui recovery during the next four years.

The state must also budget for hundreds of millions of dollars in hazard pay that is still owed to state workers from the pandemic, Saiki said, adding that the combined cost of hazard pay and the upfront wildfire recovery costs this year may top $1 billion.

Proposed HECO Bailout Bill Could Force The Utility Company To Restructure

The fundamental change sought by HECO would allow the company to impose new fees on its 460,000 customers statewide outside the standard ratemaking process.

Hunting / Meeting for Hunters and Gun Owners 2-20-24 7pm
« on: February 19, 2024, 10:01:15 PM »
Meeting for  Hunters and Gun Owners
Re: Semi-Auto Rifle Ban SB3196
Zoom Discussion Monday and Tuesday, Feb 19 & 20 at 7pm
Your help is needed this week to prevent a tragedy from happening in the legislature. that will destroy hunting and gun ownership in Hawaii. I will discuss what the bill is about and what you can do to help.   SB3196 would:
1.   ban the buying or transfer semi-auto rifles with a detachable magazine. This includes M1 carbines, Ar10/15 rifles, Ruger 10/22, Mini-14s, etc.
2.   Ban the inheritance of these firearms
3.   Ban the use of these firearms on public lands, to include for hunting. Ban pest control on private property open to the public in some circumstances.
4.   Ban rifle and shotgun magazines over 10 rounds.
Also SB2845 bans the sale or transfer of ammunition to person's under age 21 thereby preventing them from hunting with firearms.
Please join the Zoom discussion and pass the word to others.
or call in by phone:
+1 253 215 8782 US
Meeting ID: 857 0426 6468
Passcode: 705793
Todd Yukutake
President, Hawaii Firearms Coalition
General Discussion / Citizens helping Cops
« on: February 06, 2024, 08:15:10 AM »
Armed citizen assists a cop with felony stop.   I can see issues with an untrained person shooting when they shouldn't or adding complexity in a situation for cops.  But it will be a godsend for cops in dire situations or in remote areas where backup is a long ways away.

Another story.  HPD Chiefs worst dream, armed citizen defends 2 cops

Deeter story on saving the cops

Strategies and Tactics / Disarm video
« on: January 30, 2024, 02:26:44 AM »
Found this on a ARFCOM post.  Guy pulls out a gun and victim(?) disarms him.  Lessons on both sides of the fight.  As the person with the gun being drawn at you: Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable.  As the person drawing the gun, getting distance or using close contact techniques is key.
Off Topic / The challenges to Build the Wall
« on: January 28, 2024, 08:10:18 PM »
Saw the Vietnam memorial wall in Hilo today.  I've seen the original and the replica before and just thought it was a wall with names on it.  I took a short tour this time and was enlightened to what the wall means.

The wall designed by a 21 year old college student in a contest with 1,400 entries.  Veterans hated the design of the wall which was plain, below ground level like a ditch, and black - the color of sorrow.  It didn't show any grandness or heroism that monuments usually do.  Maya Ying Lin, who was Chinese and born in Ohio, received a lot of hate mail for her race and age, and that the wall represented communism.

The reason the Wall won was because of the care and symbology she graced it with.  The wall represented a wound, as if a giant knife cut a wound into America, splitting it apart, with both ends extending into the ground.  The black granite, a fairly rare material, represents the color of the earth and is long lasting.  The wall was polished so a person can see their reflection in it to connect the living and the lost.  One end of the wall points to the Washington monument with the other pointed to the Lincoln memorial showing it's place in history.

The names, no ranks listed, are listed in chronological order not from end to end, but from the center.  This is to show that everyone was the same regardless of rank, race, or time they died.  The first panel in the center represents all of the service members who died in the first 5 years of the war.  The 2nd represents the next 5 months. The 3rd panel represents deaths in the next 5 days, to include those soldiers in the La Drang battle.  The chronological order allows those who died together to be listed together.  it also tells the story of the war like a diary.

Learn more about it

Off Topic / Cat Rapist
« on: January 25, 2024, 10:19:17 PM »
Whats wrong with Big Island people.  Nothing better to do?

I wonder if cat rape is considered a crime of violence for gun possession.  I didn't know there was a HRS for this kinda stuff.

Police investigating report of pet cat being sexually assaulted on Big Island
Political Discussion / Shopping Cart Control - the Task Force
« on: January 19, 2024, 10:00:49 PM »
There is no right to keep and bear shopping carts!  They must be regulated.

Join the Task Force!

Political Discussion / New Sensitive Places Ban...on ski masks
« on: January 16, 2024, 02:02:42 PM »
So you can't wear a ski mask in public or private places open to the public.  Sounds familiar.

Also of note it excludes the following place from the ban.  Why on earth would a person wear a mask to one of these events
 (f)   While lawfully engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
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