It would be a mighty cold day in Hell before I would say no to owning some a fine looking Wheel gun! Grumpy
it is almost too nice a looking rifle to even think about shooting! Grumpy
Now let us begin with that these Cops were really fired up & ready to go.
So at the risk of being a Monday Quarterback of these guys actions. It is at time like this that the Senior Cop should of told everyone to take a quick breath & calm down a bit. Yeah I know it is real easy enough to say that at my computer desk.
But I have had situations of violence in the Juvenile Halls like this but w/o guns. But the kids did have sharpened Toothbrushes and other weapons. That could & did hurt folks pretty bad at times.
The key thing during this incidents was & still is. Is to keep your head in trying times. Since that is what you really get paid for is for moments like this.
Now for the Dumb Ass Bastard / Citizen with the bullet hole in him.
Hey Numb Nuts, in a way you deserve to get shot. In that you having spent any time at all in the “hood”. You should know by now that the Cops are always very nervous in this area. That & they want to follow rule # 1 of Police Work.
To be able to go home at the end of their shift!
Plus unless there has been a major scientific break through . That Cell Phone do not yet have a Force Field app yet do they?
So why reach for it in a potential fire fight? Especially when you know that they Cops are really fired up. Plus some of them can hardly wait to blow you away?
I know that if I am in the same scenario. I do not care who are or what you are. If I think that you are going to draw down on me. Well you can just guess on what I am going to do first! Hint – It ain’t going to be pretty!
Also consider this below. Can we say some folks are a little trigger happy also? So maybe this is why the cops are going to be a bit more weapon free toward you?
Being a Rebel Leader: Disciplined Disobedience in the Army
What’s I’d like to talk about is disruptive thinking in the Army, and I’ll lead off with this:
“Disciplined disobedience to achieve the higher purpose.”
– GEN Mark Milley, Army Chief of Staff, 2015
In all large organizations, there is a severe temptation to follow by-the-book procedure. And this for the simple reason that when you’ve got just around one million people in your organization – as in the case of the U.S. Army – it’s a lot safer and efficient for everyone to be on the same page. In our case, we have doctrine, which is the fundamental building block of how we think and operate in the Army. Doctrine offers us our left and right limits in which to operate; provides a common language; and ensures that the organization operates uniformly. It even provides the Army definition of leadership and leadership principles; all in one handy twenty-six page document. And yet in that discussion of Army leadership, there is not one mention of willful disobedience – save for when not following orders that are unlawful or immoral.
So what does it mean to exercise disciplined disobedience, as Milley calls it? Harvard Professor Francesca Gino has written extensively on what she calls “rebel leadership” in organizations: “When I think of rebels, I think of people who break rules to explore new ideas and create positive change,” she says. So it’s not that these leaders are breaking the rules and being detrimental to their organization; rather, they are always looking for new ways of doing things, refusing to accept “that’s the way we’ve always done it” as an answer, and constantly innovating. By the way, read her eight principles of rebel leadership in the link above; they are excellent.
Now, the Army is a massive institution with a very important mission: to protect the United States. Lives depend on leaders making the right decisions. So should we as leaders diverge from our doctrine and think up new ways of doing things?
Yes and no. First off, there are some things that you just shouldn’t diverge from or change. Procedural things, like the 9-line medical evacuation formula or calling for artillery fire. These processes are put in place to ensure that communication is streamlined for maximum efficiency. Diverging from these processes can cost lives.
Now, lets take something like battle drills. Are these scripts for absolute victory every time? Not at all – they merely combine best practices (flanking, infiltration tactics, suppressive fire, obscuration, etc) gathered over the last century or so of combat in order to provide the leader with a baseline from which to operate. One can and should (using our good ol’ METT-TC) diverge from battle drills should variables change. Strict adherence to the letter of the law in these cases will get people killed. And that has always been the case throughout history. The British Royal Navy adhered so much to strict line of battle principles that they were never able to gain a victory over a near-peer force until 1782 when Admiral George Rodney broke from doctrine and defeated the French fleet at the Battle of the Saintes. Tactical leadership requires innovation and ingenuity and some elements of disciplined disobedience: operating within the commander’s intent but outside the norms of Army doctrine.
Ok, so, how about everything else? We all know that leadership doesn’t begin and end on the battlefield. In fact, often the most effective moments of leadership are the common ones in day-to-day life. And operating within Milley’s guidance and the examples provided by Professor Gino, there are a myriad of things that one can do as a leader to make subversive yet positive changes to an organization. After I took command, I examined the number of meetings the company was having and eliminated or consolidated them down to the bare minimum needed to keep communication flowing, even though they were meetings that people said “had to be held.” They really didn’t. Everyone hates meetings, so this not only made the organization more efficient but also raised morale. Win-win.
You can also be a little more subversive and can enter the gray area that characterizes disciplined disobedience. Take taskings from higher, for example. All units get them, there are always too many, and sometimes you feel like you’re drowning under the pile of them. We all have limited time and limited resources. So by attempting to do everything, we will necessarily be less effective at our priorities. My rule of thumb is to gauge the tasking by what line of effort it falls under, and if it’s not in my top three – and if it by ignoring it or missing it I do not put undue stress or more work on my subordinates – then I drop it to the bottom of my priority list. It’s not literally disobeying an order, it’s prioritizing effectively according to the resources available.
Disciplined disobedience needs to be explored more as a theme within the Army, because it has obvious pitfalls if it goes awry or if people misinterpret it to mean “disobey all orders.” Discipline is a fundamental part of the Army and we still have to be mindful of it. Therefore, this concept needs to be a discussion between leaders. It should be held at the lowest levels of the force and should be championed by mid-level leaders who can use it as an opportunity to encourage this kind of thinking rather than stifle it. In order to maximize resources, retain and promote talented leaders, and gain an edge over our adversaries, we need to build rebel leaders.
I know, I know in that the Helicopter Parents out there are having some sort of fit right about now!
Precision Rifle Company Michigan Mjolnir .450 Bushmaster
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I have been covering the .450 Bushmaster here on AmmoLand since this past summer and have had the opportunity to test and build some great guns. Some of these projects proved difficult to perfect, but others were ready to go right from the box. This rifle is something entirely different in that it is a professional custom build from a world-class gunsmith operation. I am happy to be able to present the very first of these guns made in this AmmoLand exclusive: The Michigan Mjolnir chambered in .450 Bushmaster.
Precision Rifle Company (PRC) in Dorr, Michigan is the party responsible for this unequaled build. PRC was opened in 2015 with the ambition of becoming ‘the’ dream rifle custom shop in Michigan, but it fast became the premier precision smithy in the entire Midwest. The folks at PRC will build just about anything, and in my tour of the facility, I saw a number of rifles that attested to this. They do it for the love of the build. It should be said that PRC is primarily a bolt-gun company, however, they work on a number of different rifles. They do not work on handguns.
While it might sound like a strange word, I guarantee you that most eyes reading this article have seen at least one representation of the war-hammer Mjolnir, likely in the hands of Thor in the Marvel movies. While movie Thor wields what is probably the most recognized interpretation of this weapon, it has been in Norse and Scandinavian mythology for millennia.
In that mythology, Mjolnir was considered one of the most powerful weapons ever created. When it was forged it was imbued with magical properties, such as the ability to never miss what it was thrown at and to be small and light, as to be carried easily on the person. It also, due to a problem when it was made, had a short handle. Despite being small, it was able to kill monsters and topple mountains.
The PRC’s Michigan Mjolnir is very similar in that it is short, light, exceptionally powerful, and has a hard time missing what it is aimed at. The short barrel is the only exception to the similarities with its ancient counterpart.
Unlike Thor’s hammer, our modern version was made intentionally short, with the barrel being 16” overall including the pinned-and-welded proprietary brake. You may think that this is a foolish thing, but what if I told you that this gun has the recoil of a .223? More on this surprising property in a moment, so hold tight.
The magic sauce of this build comes from the fact that PRC treats their .450 builds just like they do rifles made for 1,500-yard competition. This is a benchrest accurate, ruggedized hunting machine that is peerless in the woods. I have put about 500 rounds through it so far and can say that it is easily as accurate as my dedicated long-range target rifles.
I test fired the rifle from the bench at 100 yards for accuracy. My Oehler 35P chronograph was used to record velocity eight feet from the muzzle. Accuracy was the average of three five-shot groups while velocity is the average of ten shots.
- Hornady BLACK 250gr FTX—————-2089fps, .75”
- Hornady Custom 250gr FTX—————2091fps, .75”
- Buffalo Bore 250gr JHP——————–2165fps, 1”
- Buffalo Bore 275gr Barnes XPB———1977fps, .75”
- Buffalo Bore 300gr JHP——————1995fps, 1.25”
- Buffalo Bore 360gr HC FP GC———1600fps, 2.25”
The recoil was something that I mentioned above. The .450 has a reputation as a shoulder-bruiser. Indeed, I received my first-ever bruise from an AR while shooting a .450 build. My expectations for this gun’s recoil turned out to be completely wrong. I do a fair amount of shooting with SBR-length barrels and they tend to generate a greater amount of noise and blast than a longer one. When I pulled the trigger for the first time on this rifle, I thought something was wrong. It barely moved.
The low recoil comes from a number of proprietary design features that have been perfected by PRC. As the premier maker of bolt action .450 Bushmaster rifles, they have had time to make the little tweaks that others overlook or fail to notice. It is in these details, from how the gun is chambered to the type of rifling used, that PRC takes a firm lead in the market. The .450 is no easy round to master, but they have, in no uncertain terms, done just that.
In a testament to this mastery, the velocity numbers I recorded were only about 100fps lower than the numbers I was getting from rifles with barrels as long as 22”. In fact, the three jacketed Buffalo Bore loads were actually faster than in the 16” build I did on AmmoLand earlier this year. A short barrel that equals a longer one in velocity is a great thing because it is handier in the field, but has just as long a reach.
The particular Michigan Mjolnir in this article is the first produced but is very similar to what you would get if you were to order one. My example was built from a Remington 700 barreled action I used for a Brownell’s custom .308 build here on AmmoLand. Some of the parts of that build are used in this rifle, such as the Timney trigger, bottom metal, Sightron scope, Grayboe stock, and Warne rings and bases. PRC can work on your action like I had them do or you can order a complete rifle.
The pricing for a complete rifle, very similar to the one pictured here is $1,700, while a base model runs $1,300. If you supply your own action, PRC will finish and true your action with their .450 Mjolnir-type barrel for $750. There are lots of options available to you in the build process, and the guys at PRC will be happy to talk you through your unique requirements.
The original concept behind this rifle is something that I worked on, albeit briefly, with the guys at PRC. What I never expected was to have something so effective emerge as a result. It is safe to say that I severely underestimated what PRC was capable of when discussing the ideas around this rifle. This is something that has never been seen before and I am ecstatic that it works as well as it does.
At the time of press, I have successfully used the PRC Michigan Mjolnir in several hunting adventures and it was a simply amazing gun to have afield. The lightweight and stellar accuracy made for easy walk-ins and I wasn’t hindered by brush thanks to the short length. This is the best bolt action hunting rifle I’ve ever had the pleasure of using and I strongly recommend you take a look at getting your own of you are the least bit serious about taking game.
For more information in Precision Rifle Company, go to www.precisionriflecompany.com. To see more of the ammo used in this article, visit www.hornady.com and www.buffalobore.com.
About Josh Wayner
Josh Wayner has been writing in the gun industry for five years. He is an active competition shooter with 14 medals from Camp Perry. In addition to firearms-related work, Josh enjoys working with animals and researching conservation projects in his home state of Michigan
Back in the middle to late Victorian Age. The Market was flooded by these small concealable pistols. I guess that the Good Old Days were pretty rough at times!