Issue With Old Ballycastle Ginger

Just wanted to put out a word of caution on the Powell & Mahoney Ginger I wrote about in February and March, apparently it should be refrigerated. I decided to make a Bourbon and ginger last night and had not refrigerated the opened and almost drained bottle of Old Ballycastle and it had black sediment which came loose from the bottom of the bottle in nasty looking sheets and went into my Bourbon. It was too gross for me to be able to stomach and I ended up ditching the glass and the remaining ginger as a result. I seem to recall the bottle suggesting refrigeration after opening and so I took my second bottle and shoved it in the fridge. If you are not using P&M ginger in a relatively short period of time I suggest you refrigerate the bottle.

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Taurus Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

Taurus has long been known to have QA/QC issues with certain firearms and I must admit I don’t actually own one of their firearms. A settlement has been granted preliminary approval in a class action lawsuit over one million defective pistols. If you have any of these models you should definitely check out the settlement options.

Taurus pistols subject to these defects include the PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640; and PT-24/7.

Do Peeps Impair Head Retention?

Some may remember the posting of Iron Brewer back in April where the secret ingredients were Star Anise, Jaggery, and Peeps. Well three of the resultant beers had zero head, one had a slight head, and one was off the charts with head due to over carbonation. Star Anise certainly does not affect head in beer. Jaggery could, but it is nothing more than salt and sugar so nothing there to cause an issue. That leads me to believe Peeps are the culprit. While it was only one package of Peeps per 5 gallons, perhaps that was enough to impair the head when the carbonation level is low. Note to self, when using Peeps in the recipe know they may impair head formation and retention. ;)

To The Rescue – H562

So I’ve been pouring over H562 in the final version and came across a few glimmers of hope in the final watered down version. Here is the first section:

SECTION 3.
  G.S. 14‑269.2 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

(l)        It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under subsection (b) or (f) of this section that the person was authorized to have a concealed handgun in a locked vehicle pursuant to subsection (k) of this section and removed the handgun from the vehicle only in response to a threatening situation in which deadly force was justified pursuant to G.S. 14‑51.3.

Basically if you have your firearm on educational property with a concealed handgun permit and the firearm is secured in a locked vehicle you can retrieve it to respond to deadly force. Under the current law you could have the firearm in the car, but you could not legally use it outside the car and could have been subject to prosecution if you did. So if a deranged person came onto campus firing at students and you went and got your firearm and stopped them you still could be charged with having that firearm outside your vehicle on campus. With the new law you would not be charged provided you have the right to use deadly force. It’s a subtle change in the law and a good one which will allow concealed handgun permit holders to potentially protect themselves and others.

One other clarification which is wonderful is how the firearm is handled in the vehicle on campus.

SECTION 2.  G.S. 14‑269.2(k) reads as rewritten:

“(k)      The provisions of this section shall not apply to a person who has a concealed handgun permit that is valid under Article 54B of this Chapter, or who is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to that Article, who if any of the following conditions are met:
(1)        The person has a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle or in a locked container securely affixed to the person’s vehicle. A person may unlockvehicle and only unlocks the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided while the firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times and immediately locks the vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit.(2)        The person has a handgun concealed on the person and the person remains in the locked vehicle and only unlocks the vehicle to allow the entrance or exit of another person.
(3)        The person is within a locked vehicle and removes the handgun from concealment only for the amount of time reasonably necessary to do either of the following:
a.         Move the handgun from concealment on the person to a closed compartment or container within the vehicle.
b.         Move the handgun from within a closed compartment or container within the vehicle to concealment on the person.

Not having to remove the firearm to a closed container while in the carpool lane is terrific. Hopefully more nuggets such as this lurk within the legislation to be discovered!

H562 Heads To The Governor

So H562 finally passed and is heading to the Governor. I’m reading it and it seems to be clarifications with little teeth. I do note Section 13 which appears to require the CLEO to issue a certification for NFA regulated firearms. It is a small segment of the population who can afford to own such firearms and I see nothing in it about supressors. I suppose if the CLEO has to sign for a machine gun they wouldn’t even blink at a can, but I still don’t see much in this legislation other than corrections which clarify things like a locked car. I’ll go over it a few more times to see what I may have overlooked.

Hi-Point C380 Review?

I’ve been tempted on several occasions to purchase a Hi-Point and give it a once over since I eventually may have a student show up with one of them. They have to be the ugliest firearms on the market and at the same time the least expensive. I happened upon the video below and if I could find one for $79 I probably would buy it just to say I did. Check out the video below, if you are a gangsta he is making fun of you!

The Truth Is Always Stranger Than Fiction – 6.5 Tons Of Ammunition!

I’ve been following the story of the man who died in CA and claimed to be CIA agent who was left in the car to be picked up by some unknown agency. He had 14 cars and while you may think that is the strange part, he had 1,500 guns and 6.5 Tons Of Ammunition. Even I think that is a bit extreme and I’m the guy who believes you should have ammunition for every firearm you own. The story gets more odd every time I see an article about it.

Here’s a few you should take the time to read:

http://palisadesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Palisades-News-July-22-2015.pdf

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-family-id-s-dead-man-with-cache-of-1-200-guns-20150722-story.html

http://www.guns.com/2015/07/23/bizarre-details-emerge-of-calif-man-who-died-leaving-1200-guns-behind/

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dead-man-guns-20150723-story.html

http://www.guns.com/2015/07/25/gun-dealers-seek-impounded-collection-now-at-over-1500-guns/

That Didn’t Last Long – Kovalev Shorts Stripped?

Readers may recall I mentioned the logo for TulAmmo on the back of Sergey Kovalev’s trunks at a bout in March 2014. Now according to the NSSF Kovalev has been asked by HBO to remove the TulAmmo logo for the fight Saturday night. I’m scratching my head over this one. How many times do I have to see some stupid logo for a Mitsubishi dealership I will never purchase from or some studio that I don’t even know what it is during a boxing match. HBO should leave Kovalev alone and let him keep crushing the way he has always done. It will be interesting to see if the logo is still there on Saturday or if HBO wins this round.

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