Builder Ben Tardif created this impressive motorized marble machine which carries hundreds of ball bearings up an elevator, then rolls them down a miniature ski jump, where they make their way back to the bottom to repeat the feat. You can check out the build process if you’re interested in seeing it come together.
We had no idea that Sharpie permanent markers came in so many colors. This Ultimate Collection comes with a whopping 115 markers, including a mix of fine, ultra-fine, neo, metallic, twin tip, and chisel tip markers. It’s also available in a 72-pen set.
But what if I told you there was way more to it than just slapping a gun on your hip and rolling out the door?
In fact, concealed carry is so much more than just making sure you aren’t printing.
(Printing is a fancy way of saying the gun shows through your clothing.)
While, yes, concealed carry’s top priority is making sure the gun is hidden from view, there are other things you might want to conceal, too — and I’m not talking about knives, mags, or other gear.
When operating in the concealed carry world, disguising our intentions and our capabilities is just as important.
What do I mean by this? Well, you’re in luck because we’re going to explore those two things in this very article.
We’ll talk about how your behaviors and mannerisms can give you away as a gun owner and what to do to improve your overall concealed carry mindset.
By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of how your mental attitude impacts your physical carry.
For more details on concealing your intentions and avoiding looking like a guy or gal with a gun, check out the Brownells Daily Defense video below. Jeff Gonzales of Trident Concepts offers up some great info on staying incognito while carrying!
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Intentions & Capabilities
We can all agree that concealing the gun is first and foremost. But concealing information comes in a close second.
What do we mean by this?
Well, bad guys are very good at reading behaviors. They’re practically pros at it.
A bad guy’s entire focus centers on assessing people, determining who would make a good victim.
They’re watching for all sorts of things — are you wearing nice designer clothes or jewelry, are you aware of your surroundings…even whether or not you seem like someone who would put up a fight if confronted.
So, it’s important to not draw attention to ourselves or reveal too much information — like the fact that we’re carrying.
If a stranger approaches asking a question, you probably shouldn’t reach for your firearm…at least before you determine whether they are a threat.
Telegraphing you have a gun before you actually need it just hands that info to someone who might attempt to use it against you, i.e. steal your gun.
While we hope we never have to use a handgun, if we are faced with that decision, we want to use it as a last resort. Meaning, you want to wait until there’s another choice.
Bringing it out too soon can result in way more headaches.
Concealing that you have a gun until the moment you need it keeps the information with you and out of the hands of someone who might use it to gain the upper hand.
Similarly, bragging about your awesome shooting skills and your custom gun could tip your hand to nefarious baddies.
Again, information is crucial. So much so that there are organizations literally dedicated to mining information. (I’m looking at you, CIA.)
So, keeping your cards close to your hand is a great way to make sure information, like your skill level, stays safe.
Comfort & Confidence
There’s a whole psychology that goes into concealed carry — much more than we can cover in one article.
That said, subconscious mannerisms and their part in concealed carry are truly fascinating!
What are subconscious mannerisms?
These are little physical manifestations resulting from what we feel.
Think about it like this, when that Taco Bell burrito isn’t quite sitting right, you might clutch or rub your stomach. Alternatively, nerves can find you wringing your hands or tapping your foot excessively.
How you feel has a direct correlation to the behaviors you exhibit to the world. It’s all body language, man.
For concealed carry, this can come in many shapes and forms.
Someone who isn’t quite confident in themselves or their CCW setup might tug at the bottom of the shirt frequently to ensure the gun isn’t showing. A gun owner with a floppy belt and sagging holster will constantly readjust their pants.
You’d be amazed at how many times nervous gun owners unknowingly touch their gun or holster throughout the day — completely unaware that they’re doing it.
To a bad guy, though, this is a clear indicator that a gun might be available for the taking.
So, how do we combat actions that might betray us?
Comfort and confidence, my friends.
First, comfort is no excuse for bad gear. You should always choose quality gear.
But, make sure what you’re choosing isn’t too uncomfortable.
Minor adjustments like sandpapering rough edges make a world of difference!
Buying a good belt to pair with your gun/holster setup prevents floppiness and that nervous feeling that your gun is going to fall out at your feet. We have some thoughts on gun belts — check it out here.
Ultimately, the best thing you can do is develop a comfort level with your gear — meaning, familiarize yourself with it, so you’re not worried about it.
Some things to try to get you feeling good with your concealed carry rig:
Invest time in the early stages to setting up your holster, belt, and gun the way that works the best for you.
Put in those dry fire reps, drawing and getting the gun up on target.
Walk around your house and get a feel for how your gear moves.
Try it on with different outfits. See what works (and what doesn’t) before you’re out on the town.
Get some training. Sign up for professional classes and train, train, train.
Concealed carry isn’t all about the gun — mindset proves just as important. Putting in the time to get comfortable with your CCW gun and holster translates into better body language.
Ultimately, this keeps valuable info out of the hands of bad guys.
For more tips, check out Brownells Daily Defense to get the lowdown on concealed carry mindset.
Are you confident in your carry system? Let us know how you set it up in the comments below! If you need even more concealed carry content, check out our Comprehensive Concealed Carry Guide.
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The investigation stems from a report by the nonprofit group Accountable.US which found that the company is the registrar for eight groups that were involved in activities leading up to the Jan. 6 riot.
A spokesperson for GoDaddy told The Hill that it is now looking into those connections, and stressed that using its service to “promote, encourage or engage in violence” violates company policies.
“If content goes beyond the exercise of expression and crosses over to inciting violence, we will take appropriate action,” the spokesperson added.
Accountable.US’s report, first obtained by The Hill, found that the online store of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers is hosted by GoDaddy, which also serves as the site’s domain registrar.
The report also notes that GoDaddy is the domain registrar for pro-Trump student group Turning Point USA.
The nonprofit arm of the group bused supporters to the “March to Save America” rally ahead of the storming and its founder Charlie Kirk promoted the false narrative that the November election was stolen from former President Trump.
Women For America First’s website is also registered by GoDaddy, according to Accountable.US’s report. The group headed up the organization of the rally and had been urging supporters to join a “caravan” headed to the event….
Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US, said that GoDaddy should have already severed ties with the websites in the report.
“The mainstream online vendors shouldn’t have to wait for public scrutiny before cutting ties with groups that traffic in hate and dangerous rhetoric,” he told The Hill in a statement. “That’s a value judgment, and for some reason they have yet to render one against the groups that incited the deadly sedition at the Capitol.”
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These idiots trying to silence us do not understand that it will come to the point where the usual speech will be substituted by loud and continuous crack and booms.
And that kind of speech they will truly hate and be fearful about.
Tartakovsky was hired to make the first Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoons in 2003, chronicling some of the events that occurred between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. And they were completely awesome. These shorts were both incredibly stylish and action-packed, as one might expect of the man who was concurrently making Samurai Jack.
But George Lucas’ own plans to explore the conflict with 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars pushed the originalanimated take aside. That’s a damn shame, because the 2003-2005 series heavily influenced many Star Wars stories afterward—and yet there’s still more greatness from it that can be reinstated. Here are a few suggestions.
The most important Star Wars villain that hasn’t made his way to the new canon is Durge, a Gen’Dai bounty hunter seen in the first season of Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars who went on to feature in Dark Horse’s excellentStar Wars: Republic comic series. His hulking shape and bulky blue armor feel on-brand for the aesthetics of the prequel trilogy, but Durge comes with a twist.
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The armor is there mostly to give him the semblance of anthropomorphism because otherwise, he’d revert to his regular form: a giant, writhing mass of tendrils, which allow Durge to reattach his limbs and torso without harm after Obi-Wan trisects him. When the villain reappeared for round two, he’s unencumbered by the armor, and watching the Jedi and Clone Troopers battling the giant, hostile blob of flesh was like seeing them try to fight Tetsuo from the end of Akira. This was a good thing.
Maximum Mace Windu
Apologies to George Lucas, Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and anyone who has ever directed a Star Wars movie: The coolest moment in the entire franchise came in 2004, courtesy of Tartakosky, who pitted Samuel Jackson’s Jedi master Mace Windu against an entire army of Super Battle Droids…by himself. The fight is kinetic, balletic, and almost threateningly awesome as the perfectly calm Jedi takes out of scores of Battle Droids even after he loses his lightsaber.
It’s the platonic ideal that kids had of Jedi after growing up with the original trilogy, and using Jackson’s character from the prequels is perfect, given that fans had been complaining (justifiably so) that Mace hadn’t had his time to shine yet. Tartakovsky’s interpretation of Mace and of how powerful a true Jedi master could be remains one of the franchise’s greatest scenes of all time, canon be damned.
Completely Silent ARC Troopers
One of the best aspects of Mace Windu’s battle above is how he never utters a word. A few droids do, usually while futilely trying to take control of the situation, but Mace doesn’t need to bog down the proceedings with exposition or quips. Neither do these ARC Troopers—Captain Fordo and the infamous “Muunilist 10”—on their special mission to infiltrate the Muunilinst capital and destroy a giant artillery cannon, so Obi-Wan and his Clone Troopers can safely enter the city and defeat the Separatist forces inside.
Watching the ARC Troopers complete their mission with total competency—but not without casualty—is immensely satisfying. So much of Star Wars is about characters growing and learning and developing, as it should be. But in these brief cartoons, watching badasses just be badasses can be a welcome and highly entertaining respite.
Padmé’s Snow Outfit
Admittedly, there’s not much to say about a single outfit Padmé wore during the series, other than she donned it to brave the snows of the planet Ilum after Yoda set out to rescue a pair of Jedi but fails to return himself. Padmé doesn’t get very far, as she’s attacked by a cadre of invisible chameleon attack droids, although she acquits herself well until the Jedi return. But her outfit is outstanding.
It’s a perfect mash-up of Padmé’s outfit on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones combined with the hood of Princess Leia’s striking original outfit in A New Hope. With the fur fringe, it’s an instantly iconic look for the character that stands tall in Padmé’s truly exquisite wardrobe of designs. Plus, it’s one that lived on in Star Wars merchandise well after this Clone Wars series was de-canonized. (Still, it must be noted, it’s a bummer that this is the most exciting moment Padmé received in the series.)
Padawan Anakin Vs. Asajj Ventress
Anakin tussled with Count Dooku’s pupil Asajj Ventress on a few occasions during Dave Filoni’s Clone Wars series—where she went on to become a major, tragic figure—but never like this. While Anakin leads the Republic fleet against the droid forces of the Banking Clan over the planet Muunilinst, a lone Geonosian ship arrives, its pilot strong with the Force. Anakin chases her through hyperspace against Obi-Wan’s orders to Yavin IV, where the would-be Jedi and would-be Sith face off. The fight is, again, wordless and tremendous, starting as a simple lightsaber duel on the ground which becomes a Force-augmented wuxia battle among the trees.
When they arrive at an abandoned Jedi temple, there’s a pause as wisps of steam burst off their lightsabers when the raindrops land on their blades. The final fight is brutal, as Anakin gets angrier and sloppier, which Asajj takes advantage of. But when Anakin channels his hate for his foe, he’s able to dispatch her with her own weapon—leaving viewers with the indelible image of his cold, heartless visage illuminated by a red lightsaber. In six or so minutes, the first Clone Wars cartoons gave us a more thorough and convincing depiction of Anakin’s tragic fall than the movies ever did.
The Horror of General Grievous
Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars gave fans the first look at the new villain in 2004, a year before he hit live action (so to speak) in Revenge of the Sith. In the movie, he was a bland bad guy, whose most noticeable distinction was being able to wield a bunch of lightsabers at once…until Obi-Wan almost immediately, and literally, disarms him. Although it kept the lightsabers, the original Clone Wars cartoon didn’t even try to make Grievous a character—instead, it made him a horror.
The final segment of the show’s second season has Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak-Ti, and other Jedi running for their lives into a defensive position. They’re surrounded by a sea of battle droids, and even though Mace Windu proved they aren’t a serious threat, these Jedi are terrified. It’s clear many of their kind have already died, and the threat is still very real and very close. It’s completely unnerving to see Jedi Knights so utterly panicked, especially after watching other Jedi easily kick ass in other episodes. Clone Wars sure made Grevious infinitely scarier and more compelling than the Revenge of the Sith did.
Ride of the IG Lancer Droids
When Durge first attacks Obi-Wan and the troops of the Republic, prior to becoming the aforementioned Lovecraftian pile of tentacles, he leads a group of lancers to take out clone troopers and their transports—lancers who are all IG droids. IG droids have a great design, but give them a long, skinny black lance in their hands and put them on long, skinny, black speederbikes and they look even cooler. In full disclosure, a lance-wielding IG droid did briefly appear in the new canon via a Darth Maul comic, but it was the merest of cameos. These IG lancer droids deserve to ride again.
The Trial on Nelvaan
Anakin’s fight with Asajj closed out season two of Clone Wars; Tartakovsky had a different, but equally compelling, plan to showcase Anakin’s continued fall to the Dark Side in season three. The two Jedi land on a planet belonging to tribes of blue-skinned aliens, whose menfolk have all disappeared after setting off to fight an unknown evil. Anakin’s metal hand makes him a prophesied hero, and he is sent out to find out what happened. Along the way, he has a mystical vision presaging his fall to the Dark Side—it’s not necessarily subtle, but neither is Star Wars, usually—and discovers the male Nelvaanians have been captured by the Techno Union, which has mutated them into monsters and attached blasters to their arms.
Anakin frees the Nelvaanians by grabbing a crystal that destroys his metal hand, and the Nelvaanians rampage through the facility as Anakin cold-bloodedly murders the Unionists. The furious Nelvaanians rip off their own blasters in solidarity with Anakin, both originally driven by their desire to protect their loved ones, then malformed inside and out by their desire to punish those who hurt them. Although the CG Clone Wars would spend a much greater time depicting Anakin’s complexities as he grappled with the push and pull of his own darkness, this, combined with his duel against Asajj, allowed the original show to perfectly deliver the condensed, badly-needed character development that connects the Anakin of Attack of the Clones and the version who would appear in Revenge of the Sith. (In case you were wondering, season three of Clone Wars came out in 2005; James Cameron’s Avatar premiered in 2009. Just sayin’.)
In the Disney canon, we don’t officially know how Count Dooku and General Grievous managed to steal the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic just before the beginning of Revenge of the Sith beyond what we get in the film’s opening titles. He’s simply on the villains’ ship, waiting to be rescued by Anakin and Obi-Wan. We used to know the reason, courtesy of the early Clone Wars, as a trio of desperate Jedi tries to usher Palpatine through Coruscant away from General Grievous and his droid minions when the Separatist fleet launches a surprise assault.
The Jedi are still outmatched and Grevious is still scary, but frankly, this is just an awesome action-suspense story made tenser because you know who the Jedi are rescuing and what their ultimate fate will be. If you feel like “how Palpatine got caught” wasn’t a question that needed to be answered, frankly, I agree. But I also don’t think it’s any less necessary than learning how Princess Leia got ahold of the Death Star schematics, and that got a whole movie.
General Grievous’ Wheeze
There’s one more reason, however, to add Palpatine’s flight through Coruscant into the canon, and that’s because of how it ends. As the general’s ship starts to fly off, Mace Windu uses the Force to crush Grievous’ chest-plate in a last-ditch effort to save the Chancellor. It doesn’t work, but Grievous’s intimidating voice turns into a perpetual wheeze that persists through Revenge of the Sith. There’s an explanation for the general’s respiratory issues in the current canon, which is that he’s augmented his living body with robotics and technology so many times that all he has left is a sack of organs located somewhere inside his armor, which makes breathing a bit…difficult. This is an OK answer, but Mace getting one good shot in on a major Star Wars villain before the Jedi go kaput is slightly more satisfying, don’t you think?
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