Sunday, November 23, 2014

Curvey

Perhaps I spoke too soon about the Taurus Curve. Sure, there isn't a lefty specific version yet, and sure it doesn't have sights, but what if I shoot it upside down, Jason Bourne style while shooting my 1911 in my off hand... for some reason... Yeah, this pistol might be just what I need.

 Tam always told me I have to work harder on my gun-fu. At least I think that's what she said... I pretty loaded the whole time at Indy NRAcon, and we didn't bother to tape record the conversation. There was a lemure present, if I recall. Ask that guy, he'll tell ya.

  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Children will die thanks to Apple

DOJ says encryption on iPhones will cause the death of children.

Encrypt your drive and kill a child.

 Why would you want to kill a child?

A child. Dead!

  I guess you could say Zombie Steve Jobs will be killing children in 'job' lots...

 HEY-O! Tip your waitress!

I really need to cut back on my drinking.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank you, Canada.



And I have been to enough hockey games...

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!


From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


Rowsdower!

S&W .45

Hmmm, I did think one of us needed a S&W M&P.  And this one is still legal in Maryland.  And I have .45 ammo.  Plus this trigger from Apex looks neat...

I don't think it is a 'duty' trigger.  Meaning, better for race gun, less good for CCW, but it's hard to tell with Apex without really studying the website.

Still legal because it's a 10 round magazine, and you can't buy bigger magazines than that in the state.  The only thing is it would mean I would be playing Maryland's reindeer games.  Forced to take training classes.  Forced to get fingerprints.

My intention is to never deal with the state while the current regulator regime exists.  But that does limit my selection on what I can purchase in the future, legally, now doesn't it.  And a pistol is not one of the things on the list of do-ables, really.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Waiting on the fisking

This just seems to defy all the facts that are out there.  Wonder how they fudged it?

Somebody smarter and more masochistic than me is gonna fisk the study.  I hope I notice when that comes out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Range report

MBtGE has a new range near him and it is nicer than the very nice facilities at NRA headquarters. A friend of MBtGE was thinking on getting a pistol and was leaning toward a .40 of some flavor, so I was enlisted to bring mine to hae a variety of pistols to try. She has been shooting before. More than a few times. And was a pretty good shot, so this was a shopping trip.

Why .40? Because .40 was in fashion the last time the shooters she knows paid attention to shooting fashion. She tried out what we had, and all we had was .40, except I got MBtGE to let her try the Glock 17 he CCWs. 9mm. She liked that a lot. We also realized that somebody is gonna have to get an M&P of some flavor someday.

But his range is really nice. Indoors, of course, with 40+ lanes. The backstop is shredded tires, it looks like, and they can let you fire a .50 in there. One set of lanes was 100 yards. 100! No more zeroing in the cold right before hunting season.

And the place is silent. You walk in and can't hear a sound, even though 20 lanes are active RIGHT then, 20 feet away. It's amazing. The air handling system is also quit impressive.



And here is a sampling of my usual work, lately.  Low and right, as normal.  But not like that foot low and 6 inches right.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Taurus Fit

A curved pistol to be even MORE concealable and comfy.

Well except for left handers.  SCROO them guys.  It's curved the wrong way for them.  Unclean southpaws. 

Lawless Maryland


In Maryland, gun control is not about the law. It's not about crime. It's about votes.

Pass something after Newtown to pass something. To reinforce the state's retrograde Gun Crow laws. To get the guns out of the hands of Blacks and Rural Rednecky folks. THAT'll show em who is boss.

There was a time when Democrats woke up and realized they were on the wrong side of history and maybe having seperate toilet facilities, schools, restaurants... one in better shape than the other... was indeed a shameful policy. I hope O'Malley is still alive when he and other Dems in this handful of backwards coastal states realize this about the 2nd Amendment.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Black Sunday

A movie from the 70s.  Muslim terrists plan to attack the Superbowl.  Robert Shaw as an
Israeli agent trying to foil the plot, and it's one of his movies just after Jaws. 

The villain is played by the ever creepy Bruce Dern.  In a Corporal Flashback kind of role.  Because all vets are PTSD powderkegs ready to explode, ya know.

The idea is to attack the Superbowl by flying a modified Good Year Blimp over the game.  Strapped beneath is a ginormous Claymore mine

And the Superbowl in the movie is the Pittsburg Dallas one.  I thought it was the first one I ever remembered, XIII but that one was probably too late.  Saw that game with me grandfather and brother in the basement TV room of our house.  35 to 31.  And I remember my grandfather saying that that score reflected how he felt the quality of both teams were.  Pittsburg on top, but Dallas a very close second. 

In reality it was probably actually Superbowl X, and it looked like the filmmakers were given unprecedented access to film parts of the movie during the game on the sidelines and whatnot.  But, this is fiction...  And while Staubach and Bradshaw were shown, and both participated in both games X and XIII, a president Carter was shown, glimpses from a distance, attending the game to help his sagging poll numbers and feed his supposed football fandom.  He couldn't have been at X as president, and the movie came out in '77, while game XIII was 1979.  So lets call the superbowl in the movie Eleven and Three Quarters....  Whatever that is in Roman numerals.

Unrealistic things about the move.  The Muslim partner to Dern was a smart urbane and independent muslim woman, that wasn't considered property or furniture of some muslim man's.  Also there is a Colt Snubby fitted with a silencer.  And that really took my head out of the movie.

The bad guy uses one, the good guy uses one, there are suppressed revolvers everywhere.  Well, it's prolly the same prop colt snubbie several times with different actors.  Plenty of other guns in the movie though, including a plethora of 70s vintage 9mm submachineguns.  That was nice

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

This movie is like Groundhog Day.   But violent!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tar & Feathers

We need to bring that back.  Bumptious and jumped-up pencil-pushers that trod upon a body's liberty in this country used to be set up by a mob.  The offending bureaucrat was then stripped nekkid in front of God and everybody, nigh-scalding hot tar was poured over their bodies, and they were breaded like a cutlet, but in feathers rather than a delicous mix of flour, bread crumbs, cornmeal, parmesian cheese, and spices.  Then, more often than not, a festive parade led by the now odiferous official, riding a fence rail, proceeded to the city limits.

Now, I am not saying we pour hot roofing tar over some PTA member, an alderman, or town councilperson.  That is bodily harm.  No, I realize we are too squeamish to do such in this day an age.  We want a mob, not a lynch mob, right?  Besides, it's hard to lay your hands on a hot roofing tar and a feather pillow at Wal Mart.  What CAN you get easily most anywhere?  Maple Syrup and blown-in roofing insulation. 

Looks like they could have used that agin these busybodies.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Whip Hand

1951 anti-commie movie.  A magazine writer finds wired goings on at Minnesota vacation spot.  Infested with Reds and ex-Nazi scientists plotting like rats, as per usual.  Germ warfare.

The Commies had Garands guarding their nefarious lab.  Six years after the big war and anybody can get the rifle that was even then issued to soldiers in Korea for that littler war.

Perry Mason was a commie in this movie!

And irony of ironies... The hero was played by a Liberal Democrat, Elliot Reid.  So, practically a commie himself.

G Men showed up with Tommy guns a-blazin at the end.





Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Future

These are visions of the near future, in architecture, in 1961.

Holy, dammit, Christmas, how do they think they'd afford a heat bill?!  Everything is single paned glass.  There is a POOL in this pic, in winter, and no condensation on the glass.  And this is probably a house on Lake Erie in January:




Yeah, about this

This is such an odd graph.

Gallup asks if you have a gun in your home.  Lots of people.  And do statistical analysis and junk.  So, it should be kind stead.  But LOOK at that graph.



Between '94 and 1999, did 17% of Americans ditch the gun or guns they owned?

Yeah, yeah, I know, people lie to pollsters,  But THAT much?  Do you think it is actually north of 50 today?

Miguel was way ahead of me with the same questions.   Millions of guns 'disappeared'.  Sure folks get reticent about sharing such information with a stranger on the phone, but that many?  The next year they fess up, the year after that they clam up...  Why?  I think the polling people are just being incompetent.  They are contacting about a thousand people each time, randomly, adjusting to keep the sampling regular....  rehabs they change their adjustment procedures every year.  That would be stupid, but they are a large old organization and could be getting complacent in their methods.  A common pitfall.

I have no idea how to find out the hows and whys of the way they are screwing up the methodology so bad.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014