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Thursday
Oct042012

Mexico Feds Arrest Two Suspects in Shooting of Border Patrol Agents

Mexican Federal police have arrested two men who may be connected with the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent just north of the Mexico-Arizona border, a Mexican law enforcement official said Thursday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said it was unclear if there was strong evidence linking the men to the shooting of Agent Nicholas Ivie.

Lydia Antonio, a spokeswoman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, confirmed the two detentions, but declined to say what prompted their detentions and what made authorities suspect the two might be involved in the shooting.

Authorities have declined to provide key details about Tuesday’s shooting, including what they believe prompted the shooting, whether the agents were ambushed and whether any guns from the shooting were recovered. Still, they suspect that more than one person fired on the agents.

Ivie and two other agents were fired upon Tuesday in a rugged hilly area about five miles (eight kilometers) north of the border near Bisbee, Ariz., as they responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border.

The wounded agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks and released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent wasn’t injured.

Brenda Nath, an FBI spokeswoman in Arizona, and Border Patrol officials in Arizona declined to comment on the detention of the two men in Mexico. The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, which is also investigating the shooting, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press.

Wednesday
Oct032012

558 Days Since Obama Declared Border Security "Better Than Ever"

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning near Naco, the agency said. Border agents are searching the hills between Bisbee and Douglas for the gunman.

Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed around 1:50 a.m. after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near mile marker 352 on State Route 80, the Border Patrol confirmed about 12:30 p.m.

At an afternoon news conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Turgal refused to release specifics on the case; he declined to comment on reports that two suspects in the shooting have been detained in Mexico.

“I’m not going to talk about any issues regarding suspects at this time,” Turgal told reporters at 2 p.m.

The wounded BP agent, who has not yet been identified, was airlifted to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition Tuesday morning. The agent was expected to be released from University of Arizona Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, said George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing border agents.

The slain agent was identified as Nicholas J. Ivie, a native of Provo, Utah. Ivie joined the Border Patrol in January 2008. Ivie is survived by a wife and two children, agents said.

Gov. Jan Brewer blasted the federal government in a statement on the shooting.

“What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. There should be anger, too. Righteous anger – at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm’s way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result,” Brewer said in a press release.

“It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border ‘better now than it has ever been.’ I’ll remember that statement today,” she said.

U.S. Sen. John McCain said, “While the investigation is still in its early stages, today’s events are a tragic reminder of the threats that Border Patrol agents face every day in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with these agents, their families, and all those in the Border Patrol community.”

I worked almost thirty years as a U.S. Customs Service (now ICE Homeland Security Investigations) special agent in Texas.  Though I was not assigned to the Border, I worked with many agents who were.  The culture of drug smugglers has changed dramatically in the last four years. 

Both Human and Drug Smugglers used to give up or flee in the vast majority of their encounters with U.S. Law Enforcement authorities. For the last several years, smugglers have armed themselves with high capacity carbines (some supplied by Operation Fast and Furious) and body armor.  Drug smugglers no longer abandon their loads, but instead kill to protect the load and protect themselves from the Mexican Cartels if they lose a load.

This makes for a most dangerous environment for federal as well as state and local law enforcement officers assigned near the U.S. border with Mexico.  The fact that the Obama Administration, supplied the Cartel with semi-automatic weapons during Operation Fast and Furious has been established.  Where is the furor among the public? It’s no where to be found because main stream media is a propaganda machine for the left, including the Obama. 

Wake up America! The fate of our country is in your hands. Only 33 days left before Election Day on November 6.

Tuesday
Oct022012

Border Patrol Agents Shot in Arizona 

From FOX NEWS:

Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.

The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred about 8 miles from the border.

The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The Border Patrol station in question was named after slain Agent Brian Terry, whose murder brought the Obama Administration’s deadly Operation Fast and Furious to a screeching halt, because weapons deliberately ”walked” across the border by ATF agents were recovered from the scene.  At the present time, there is no indication that the weapons used in this new attack came from Operation Fast and Furious.

Terry wasn’t the only U.S. law enforcement agent killed by weapons Eric Holder’s Justice Department lost track of.  The big Univision report on Fast and Furious confirmed something that serious students of the scandal (i.e. not mainstream media reporters) have long suspected: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was killed with a “walked” gun in February 2011.  The Zapata murder weapon was “not from Arizona and Fast and Furious,” but came from “a very similar operation,” according to court testimony from Zapata’s sister.

The leading congressional investigators of Fast and Furious, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), have asked the Inspector General of the Justice Department to investigate Zapata’s murder.

Tuesday
Oct022012

Sig Sauer P239 SAS .357sig Conversion 

If you read the forums, you won’t find too many .357 sig fan boys.  You may even be lead to believe that the .357 sig is a passing fad.  H&K quit making a .357 sig model.  I believe the primary reason the .357 sig is the least popular self defense round is the cost of the ammo.  Its the most expensive, hardest to find and most difficult to hand load of the most common handgun rounds (.380 through .45).

Many gun owners don’t realize what a great defensive round the 357 sig is. The ammo is expensive, which is why I think the larger agencies have stayed with .40 caliber. Federal Air Marshals, the Secret Service and Texas DPS carry this round in their standard issue pistols because it spreads out considerably more than the 40 S&W when penetrating a target.

We purchased the P239 before I retired from DHS HSI. It was not approved for carry back then but last year DHS, decided to purchase Sig P229 DAK pistols as their standard service weapon.

We purchased a .357 sig barrel from Sig Sauer and dropped it in our P239SAS.  I’ve shot the SIG SAUER P239 in .357 sig with only 200 rounds so far. The SIG SAUER P239 (henceforth called the P239) is a single-stack, semi-auto pistol with classic SIG SAUER features, including a hard coated anodized aluminum frame and a stainless steel slide. It comes in the DAK, SRT, or DA/SA trigger. My model is a DAK trigger version, originally sold as a .40 S&W model.

This gun has performed without a hitch having fired over 1,000 rounds of .40 S&W before converting to .357 sig.  The P239 is a smaller and slimmer version of the P229 and the SAS model comes out of the Sig Custom Shop.  SIG SAUER uses quality components like hardened roll pins and full-length slide rails. The barrel and chamber of the P239 (and the P229) are markedly reinforced compared to most compact handguns.  This suits the .357 sig round, which is loaded considerably hotter than the .40 caliber round.

The DAK trigger is a smooth double action trigger that gives the user the same pull all the time if the shooter allows the full reset.  There is no decocking lever on DAK models. After the pistol fires and the trigger is released forward, the trigger has an intermediate reset point that is approximately halfway to the trigger at rest position. The trigger pull from this intermediate reset point is 38 N (8.5 lb). If the trigger is released all the way forward, this will engage the primary trigger reset and have a trigger pull of 29 N (6.5 lb). To engage the intermediate reset, the trigger must be held to the rear while the slide is cycled, either manually or by the recoil of a round being fired.

The .357 SIG cartridge was designed to mimic the .357 magnum in an auto pistol. It is a bottleneck cartridge, which means the bullet has a narrower diameter than the base of the cartridge. In this case, the bullet diameter approximates a 9 mm bullet and the base of the cartridge approximates a 40 caliber cartridge.

The .357 magnum had a reputation of excellent performance in ballistic gelatin tests, especially after barrier. That is, one fires through tempered glass into ballistic gelatin to test one aspect of bullet performance. There are several factors including the weight retention of the recovered bullet, the amount of expansion and what it actually does inside the gelatin.

FBI tests resulted in the .357 SIG cartridges generally duplicating or exceeding the 357 magnum performance, except in heavier bullet weights. It appears that the nominal bullet weight for the 357 SIG was about 124 grains, simply because the 124 grain combinations were more accurate and tore up the gelatin.  The 357 SIG gave after-barrier performance, which could only be described as remarkable.

SIG SAUER has a reputation for design ergonomics in their handguns, which are more expensive than most of the other major manufacturers.  The P239 should fit a variety of shooters comfortably, especially the grip angle, which tends to absorb the recoil of this cartridge. The inherent design advantages of the 357 sig cartridge are perfect for this handgun. I am able to shoot a superior cartridge that feels like a +P 9mm in a handgun package small enough for comfortable concealed carry.  The carry weight (7+1) of my P239SAS is just over 2 lbs.

Another reason to carry this gun in .357 sig caliber is its accuracy.  Using duty rounds, I consistently hitting 4’ steel plates at 50 yards during my first test.  The only handgun that I consistently shoot more accurately than my P239 is my single action S&W 1911SC series E .45 ACP pistol. 

Here’s a good video on the Sig P239 SAS from my YouTube buddy Tom at Weapons Education

“The great object is that every man be armed.” and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
Patrick Henry

Monday
Oct012012

Is the .357sig the Best Concealed Carry Self Defense Caliber?

I converted my Sig P239 SAS from a .40 S&W caliber to a .357 Sig this summer.  My plumber, who happens to be one of the most knowledgeable “gun guys” who I have ever met, changed his EDC pistol to the Glock 33 .357 sub compact. 

My EDC varied based on a number of factors. Lately I’ve been carrying a S&W M&P Shield 9mm around my small town and a S&W 1911SC Series E .45ACP when I venture into the jungle (Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington). In the past I reguarly carried either my Glock 36 slimline .45ACP sub compact or a Ruger SR40c.  I still own all four and have no plans to sell any of them.  They are all great concealed carry pistols that I plan on keeping in the rotation.

It’s October and change is in the air.  Hopefully we have seen the last of the days of temperatures in the 100’s and 90’s.  Today I’m putting the Sig P239SAS into the rotation.  I purchased this fine pistol before I retired.  ICE in all their wisdom refused to approve it for duty carry.  Carrying pistols that ICE would not approve is one of the greatest pleasures of retirement!  None of the five pistols above were listed on the ICE/HSI approved list for either duty of off duty carry.

The .357 SIG cartridge was introduced in 1994. SIG executive Ted Rowe had noticed representatives of many departments, which were trading in their .357 Magnum revolvers for SIG auto loaders had appreciated the firepower and shoot ability of the SIGs, but didn’t think any auto pistol would equal the power of the 125-grain .357 Magnum hollow points they’d carried in the old six-shooters. Texas Highway Patrolmen spoke wistfully to Rowe about the “lightning bolt effect” the 125-grain Magnums, with nominal velocities of up to 1,450 fps, delivered on the street in their actual gunfights.

Rowe reached out to Federal Cartridge in hopes of creating an auto pistol round that could do the same, and the .357 SIG was born. Resembling a necked-down .40 S&W (though the construction is actually more complicated than that), the result was a jacketed hollow point that weighing 125 grains and actually delivering 1,350 to 1,400 fps.

Among the premium loads, the 125-grain Speer Gold Dot is by far the most street-proven .357 SIG round. It has long been used by Richmond (VA) Police, Virginia State Police, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. It has amassed an awesome reputation along the way for tactical penetration and for what is colloquially called stopping power. It also has an excellent reputation for accuracy.

All that being said, Mr. Wolf declares October, .357 Sig Month.  Don’t leave home without it!