Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still Low on Brains

Definitely gonna hit the range.  This time, revolvers, tho.  I got something I want to try with the DA trigger.  Two staging it.  If I can.  Line up on target, draw quite a bit out of the trigger pull.  Tiny Pause, finish the draw for the break. 

See if I can apply something Sam showed me.  I'll prolly mess it up, but let's see.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Outta Gas

A lil blog bupkis goin on.  Ennui from the neck and shoulder pain?  Just yer generally existential ennui?  I dunno.  But it's here.

I saw that accidental firearm deaths was at the lowest number, not just percentage, but number, in 2015 than it has been since 1903.  Keep up the good work.  Lucky Strikes Means Fine Tobacco.

LS: Loaded, Stupid!
M:  Muzzle
F:   Finger
T:   Target

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vote and Miscellania

Well, NRA ballots are due before the 9th of April.  I better hop to.  Who to vote for?  I know some folks have put up posts with suggestions and collections of endorsements.  Anyone have any others?


My neck is feeling better after a trip to the doctor.  Just anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers.  We'll see.  I can easily lift a half gallon of milk from the counter and put it on the table with the impacted right arm, but it is difficult to get it higher than that.  Say, if I wanted put something that heavy on top of the fridge.  I can do that, but it feels noticeably weaker.  Holding a pistol at eyeball height falls in this range of weakness.  I could shoot down groundhog holes easily with both hands. 

But like I said, it is getting better.  Gonna try to hit the range.  If it is bad I won't reinforce failure and either cut short the session or do some one handed practice.

Monday, March 20, 2017


I am sorta stuck with this custom gun.  I have few holster options.  It's like an STI 2011, but there are subtle differences.  For instance the slide near the muzzle isn't radiused the same.  That alone keeps me from being able to buy a 2011 holster off the shelf.  I got mine custom made.  $65.  Not bad.  We'll see how they do.  The gun doesn't fall out when you hold the holster upside down and shake it.  Good start.  Rekkr Custom Kydex

I could prolly use a competition holster, off the shelf, because it only 'grabs' on the open muzzle and trigger guard.  Like this.

But that's not practical for day to day.

Tam posted some holster makers.

Raven, Keepers Concealment, Custom Carry Concepts, Dark Star Gear, JMCK, PHLster

None of them carry 2011 holsters that I can find.  Wait JM Custom has one.  But believe all of them will make a custom holster for you and your custome gun.  If they are taking appointments.  The trick of that is you have to go there with your gun.  If you have a Glock and can find a dealer nearby you might get one of their holster right now for your ownself.

"So why did you take the trouble to get all those links preserved, T-Bolt, Mr. Fancy-Pants Custom Gun snob?"

Because I might get a Glock or M&P or summat someday and I want a list of reputable makers.  And is Maryland goes CCW I'd prolly not carry that 2011 much anyway, and many of those makers DO have 1911 version I could avail myself of.  (I already have a nice Milt Sparks 1911 holster though)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A 2011

"I dunno, T-Bolt... a 2011?  A double stack 1911?  Those don't have a reputation of reliability."

No, they do NOT.  The model's biggest hangup is magazine issues.  Quality, expensive, mags still hang up the gun like CRAZY.  I knew this before I saw it on the shelf.

"So why did you risk it?"

Well, unlike most double stack 2011 buyers, I bought this from a good gunsmith.  One willing to help with them magazines.  The magazine need smithing as much as the rest of the gun. 

A big issue is the follower.  You have to tune that so it doesn't catch the slide release tab and lock the slide back on the last round, like I have experienced.  But there are other things to tune that I hope to learn for myself.  If the magazines ever come in from the supplier.

Oh, and I can't have them shipped to me.  10 round limit in Maryland.  These can hold 19 or 21.

"Are you regretting getting it at all?  You could have bout a P320, a G19, and an M&P9 with less money."

Not regretting even a little bit.  I really really like it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Get your money back.

I heard a rumor.

Because the hearing protection act might be coming soon people are putting off getting a suppressor.  Save $200 that way.

This has adversely impacted sales, now, today.

So some companies promise if you buy a can from them after a certain date, already past, they will cut you a check to cover the tax stamp when the law goes into effect.

For the life of me I can't confirm this rumor.  But it sounds like it might be true, don't it?

Friday, March 17, 2017


So New Mexico, some politicians at least, want to deploy Step 1 in a gun confiscation scheme and start a gun registry.  I hope the forces of freedom fend that off.  You don't want to be like Maryland, New Mexico.  Pity.

Saw that in this article.

But what caught my eye was that rancher in the picture with the ranch rifle.

That looks like a Ruger Mini-14.  Decent enough gun.  Ok.  Retails for less than a grand.  And that's recently when the prices went up.  You can get one used for $500.  Less.

But the optics.

It looks like a Trijicon ACOG with a reflex sight on top.  THAT retails for $2000.  Very nice glass.  Phew.  That's almost like putting a Chistian Dior Gown on a pig.  A very nice pig granted.  It's not like he mounted that on the dust cover of a SKS.  And the fellow is obviously near sighted.  I'd want a decent 4x scope too, ifn I was that nearsighted.   I can understand his desire.  If that were me I'd have put a Scout type scope on it.  But that is my preference.  $300 for the scope, and $100 for the hardware.  Ooo, forgot rings. 

And maybe that is a knockoff of the ACOG.  Not the $100 Chinese knockoff, but the slightly better $600 knockoff.  That'd be fine by me.

Not that I am truly criticizing the man's choices.  Do what you want with what you got.  And besides, chances are the guy can shoot circles around me.

I do love shady spot in New Mexico, tho.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Rewatched this classic WWII movie.  Starring Humphrey Bogart.  There is a baby faced Lloyd Bridges who is trying to do a Brit accent and rarely is 'gasping for air.'

But the real star of the show is the M3 Lee tank that Bogie is in charge of.  Lulubelle.

Gosh I love that tank.  Recognized as having limited capability even before it first rolled off the assembly line, by the time of the movie's filming in 1943 the Army could afford to loan one to Hollywood.  They had M4 Shermans they were concentrating on sending to Britain.

Tall, and ungainly looking, it had that offset 75 mm gun in a sponson with limited traverse.  Above that a 37mm turreted gun with a .30 cal co-axial.  That turret would have done well against Panzer IIs in France of 1940 if the French had a couple thousand of them.  On top of THAT turret was... another turret.  DANG!  With a M2 .50 cal.  At least in the movie.  That .50 (I think it is... no wait, it's prolly a .30 M1919) in that configuration in this movie doesn't seem typical.  This guy doesn't have one:

So, what do you do with a few thousand tanks that are obsolete before the paint dries?  I mean besides put them in a movie.  You chop off the top and make it an open top vehicle with a 105 mm howitzer.  Call it the M7 Priest.  Now THAT is a useful thing.  Coupla dozen of those in a battalion behind the front edge of a push?  That's a lotta rain.  And then, displace to a new area.  As long as the enemy has no planes to strafe you with that is a recipe for mobile success.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It was a revelation when I learned this

And that not too long ago.

The sight moving all around the target when you are aiming due to natural fluctuations in your body do not matter.  Or matter much. The axis of the barrel is still is line with what you want to hit it is going to hit very near to what you want to hit.

I never thought about it, but it makes sense and you can see, also, that gross sight alignment is the same thing.  

What matters, and what gets you misses is when you yank the axis off that line.  Usually with a trigger pull of some kind of recoil anticipating.  Instead of the axis of the pistol being in line you are making a 'cone'.  You might as well swivel your wrist.

All these movement are teeny tiny, too.  The ok ones and the bad ones.

I want to go shooting.  As soon as my neck is better.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Bath time!

That's where I get to play Navy SEAL!

Grocery Coffee

My local store always runs out of the Kona. 

Can anyone recommend a whole bean, medium roast, delicious coffee that can be delivered to my door without raping me on the shipping?

I'd try Black Rifle, but it's $8 to ship a bag of $12 coffee.  It's $12 to ship two bags.

"You buy them supa-spensive pistols, T-Bolt, why go chintzy on this?"

Yeah yeah.  I just wish they'd keep the Kona stocked locally.  I'll prolly fold, eventually.

Now, if you said your coffee recommendation was WORTH the $8, that'd be a whole nother story...

I Hurt

I went for some live fire training with Sam on the 11th.  My C5-C6 or what-have-you disk in my spine is acting up.  My right arm has tremors, and pain, and feels weaker right now.  Plus the neck pain.  I can almost get the gun up to my sight line without issue.

The first few rounds were ok.  Smooth and in the bullseye, but the fatigue set in very very fast, so we quit rather than train through pain and failure.  32 rounds, 147 gr AE.  1 round FTF because it nosed down, mag #2, bears watching.  Didn't bother saving the target.

I need to go back to the doc again, methinks.  Thursday.  Now I need pie.

I treat it with Aleve, and heating pads, and booze, but that's not good.  The doc, last time, in 2013, gave out fancier NSAIDs and steroids.  And I got an MRI that no one but me has seen the DVD of, so now we have something to compare. 

The good news I got my holsters made and my gun back! The bottom holster the gun is in is IWB, the other is of OWB and can accomadate the light.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bad Guy #2

"Axe-Wielding Maniac Goes On a Rampage In the Dusseldorf Train Station. Possible Accomplice Still On the Loose."

Current event from last week.

But you get that a lot in the initial reports from some act of carnage.  Where the police are looking for a second shooter or second suspect.  It's common.  Also common is for this second person to be a phantom, and the original criminal acted alone.  Seems it's that way more often than not.

It's like a real life Trope at this point, played out on the news instead of my major network sitcom.

"SWAT combs neighboring parking garage looking for a second shooter"

"Police advise people to avoid the area and to shelter in place as they search for the second perpetrator that shot up the Discovery Building"

Now I don't blame the police for chasing after ghosts.  They are doing it out of an abundance of caution.  All they have to go on is what excited witnesses on the confused scene tell them.  "I heard shots from over there (where victims and maybe the suicided body of the murderer is) but I also think I heard shot from over THERE (maybe an echo or even the brain playing adrenaline tricks on them)"  And off the cops go looking for #2...  Or is it #1?  It's confusing.  But that reporter nearby that over heard the action on the scanner reported what happened as it happened, mebbe

In the rare occasion there is a second dirt bag, if the cops DIDN'T go after rumors of one and look, and that second guy caused more mayhem, the cops would be raked over the coals for it.

But going off on wild goose chases in a high pressure situation because of the tricks the brain plays on unreliable witnesses is just a condition of being human

Sunday, March 12, 2017

4 years ago

This May, I quit smoking.  For the last time. Most quitters quit lots of times. It's the second easiest thing for a smoker to do.

Apparently I was done smoking then, and that helped. Surprisingly, I am not even tempted anymore. I figured I would be.

But if I found 1951 Camels, Luckys, or Chesterfields, I'd be sore tempted to smoke them ALL.

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