Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Well, that's not good

A tiny burr.  On the slide stop notch.  A common enough problem with double stack 1911s.  Which is why I recommend only getting a double stack built by a gunsmith that takes it as a personal affront when this happens.

What causes this?  The magazine, I am told, but don 't fully grock yet.  With double stacks it's always the magazine.  If something is wrong, the magazine did it.  That magazines need tuning to the gun, just to start. 

Good news!  In the shop move Sam found two more mags for this gun, bringing my total to 4. 

Fun fact, there are two styles of double stack frame.  The Caspian machined casting, like this.  And STI has a two part frame for their version, the 2011.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Auf Deutsch

When suppressors are legal


Well, not gonna get one.  None of my guns are threaded.   I'd have to GET something with threads.

Wait, I've done gunsmithing.  Maybe I could fit a barrel myself?  Hmmm, that underlug is tough...

It's not like I don't like suppressors. A .22 and a .45 would be neat. I don't see the point on a .223 or .308. But I'd find the other kinds, the .22 and .45, fun to use. They just aren't as high a priority for me.

I'd much rather get to CCW like you people.  CCW everywhere.  Like on the Metro.  Because I don't want to be stabbed without a chance. Those of you living in more friendly jurisdictions care less because you got yours. But as long as people in New Jersey can't tote a concealed Glock inside their waist band then NONE of us are free.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eggs Woodhouse

Every morning.

Hobbies and Vocations

The one over arching theme I have learned.  Woodworking framing, carving, turning, blacksmithing, brewing, shooting, typewriter repair, gunsmithing, chairmaking...

When you are a novice, half the fun is the gear accumulation.  Don't knock this.  I think you may have to do it.   And when you are a novice you often can't afford it, but you accumulate anyway.

Then, as you get more proficient and skilled, you need less and less of the gear.

ALL those carving chisels and whatnot.  And in the end you need a drill, 4 simple chisels, and a carving stone. You might only need 2 chisels and a sheet of sandpaper.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Wrinkle

I can't put my hat on with my right hand. Or wipe the snot from my nose onto the sleeve of my forearm. The arm just doesn't do that anymore. Less pain, some nerve tingles, but range of motion is tightening up. And this is with twice weekly physical therapy. Hmm.

You know Charlie Walser? Has the place east of Sanderson? Well you know how they used to slaughter beeves, hit 'em with a maul right here to stun 'em... and then up and slit their throats? Well here Charlie has one trussed up and all set to drain him and the beef comes to. It starts thrashing around, six hundred pounds of very pissed-off livestock if you'll pardon me... Charlie grabs his gun there to shoot the damn thing in the head but what with the swingin' and twistin' it's a glance-shot and ricochets around and comes back hits Charlie in the shoulder. You go see Charlie, he still can't reach up with his right hand for his hat... Point bein', even in the contest between man and steer the issue is not certain.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What Caliber for Old Man

Being all stove up on the right side, and memories of Archie as he went for a 78 year old man that might have been able to take me, to somebody that couldn't keep the old folks home nurses from making off with his beer as they could come and go when they pleased and he no longer had any say in how he could conduct his life...

Eventually Ima get old.  I'll probably sell off a bunch of gun while I still have my faculties and a use for money.  But previous generation of T-Bolts tended to last a while.

I know what my first gun was.  I wonder what my last one will be?  Before I give up even that last one and move out of my home and independent living and into a hospice or assisted living facility where someone else has a key to my residence and doesn't permit firearms.  By that point I'd probably be useless defending myself with a firearm.  If I wasn't useless I'd have no call to check into such a facility.

Gone is the Garand.  Gone is the Model 11s.  Gone the .22 squirrel gun of my great great grandmother.  Just one left.

There will be the last gun I ever own.  Some day.  What will that gun be?  Probably a 1911 pistol of some description.  If my hands go pulling a revolver trigger will be harder than the hard part of a 1911.  Racking the slide.  I hope it is S/N TBOLT001.  Maybe 002 or 003.  003 will probably be a single stack 9mm.  001 and 002 are .45 frames.  .22TCM is another thought for it's light recoil but hot round.  Hope it won't come to that, needing lighter recoil, but, at least the option is there.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Again with the nothing

Less pain and more tingly up and down the gimp arm cuz of the gimp neck.  So, progress!

Gonna try to get some training, 10AM, Saturday.  So, that to look forward to.

Lots on TV.  Archer, Fargo, MST3K, Samurai Jack.  I need to watch the cable one and dump the TV portion of the cable bill down to 5 channels.  Why still have some TV channels?  So I don't have to deal with Comcast returning their cable box and remote. It's one of their way to screw peeps over "You never returned the remote, that's a $50 surcharge for a 9 year old remote."  My TV bill shouldn't be my LARGEST utility bill.  But that's just me.

So, polish off the TV shows and wonder what I'll do when Rick & Morty comes out.  Maybe get Hulu +.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gun Control Klaxon

The gun banners would love to make every public shooting in the news an argument for this cause, allowing them to ban all firearms everywhere, even cops and soldiers, but not every story has legs on it. Here is what they need.

  • Lots of sympathetic innocent victims.   Then need as much blood as possible to dance in.
  • The shooter should be white.  If the shooter is from an oppressed class that can distract from the gun-ban message.  
  • Multi racial and very young, preferred.  They can cite the shooter as racist, while also highlighting a charismatic little 11 year blonde girl.  Double whammy.
  • The gun can't be some old style gun.  Scary looking modern semi-auto are best for them.  Especially if it was on a ban list once before but isn't anymore.  A five shot revolver is inconvenient to their message.
  • It's best of the shooter has no professional gun training.  Their mid-course incremntalist goal is to ban guns for those not trained in their use, then ban guns of the professionals.   Ban for me, today, but for cops tomorrow.  So, no ex-cops or military vets.   Unless they are crazy.  The gun banners can work with crazy.
What am I missing?  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wonder what the poor people are doing...

If I ever won a billion dollar lottery, obviously I would engage many servants.

A valet, a driver, a groundskeeper and staff, a housekeeper and staff, a chef, a gun-bearer for my safaris.  Somebody to assist in the raising of my orchids.

But I would like to retain a brisket-smoker so I never run out of properly prepared beef.  Day or night.

Excuse me, won't you?



I would also have Follies.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Don't do that.  I don't care how good the clothes are.  I don't care if there are really blanks in the gun.  Mistakes happen.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Typical Weekend.

Linger in bed.  Maybe read or check Facebook on the tablet. 

Coffee.  Quart size French Press.  From ground beans.  To avoid the caffeine withdrawal headache and to repair the liver after a night of drinking, if applicable.

More computer checking while coffee-ing.  News.  Blogs.   Youtube. 

Breakfast.  Usually a brefass sammich.  4 strips of bacon, cut in half, in the oven.  Then two egg in those ring thingies.  Thomas' English muffin.  American cheese.  Pulpless OJ.

Than watch an MST3K episode from the 90s.  I don't know about this new season.

By then it is Afternoon, time to do whatever needs to be done.  Or nap.  Whatever.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Survival Hooey

I like this.  Clear logical eyes on something most all of us that might read this blog like to 'what if' in their heads about.

The common narrative of preppers.  We are heading to disaster.  If it's just on Great Depression worth, ok, we can weather that.  But what if it is Great Depression x5?  The dollar goes to zero overnight. There is a week til the grocery stores are empty, and the gas stations run out.   Then, the hungry boil out of the cities.  So you better be in Idaho.

That's how it is supposed to go.  Like night follows day.

But what if it doesn't go that way?  Is it really likely to go that way?  Well probably not.  Arguably it goes in the opposite direction.

What gets people out of cities?   In modern times.  This isn't France 1940.  Think Damascus, Sarajevo, Mosul, and Beirut.  Multi faction war lord style civil war in the bad ones, over years and years.  Some people fleeing, but not like a devouring horde of locusts.  Lots of people hunkering down.

What if the Rule of Law collapses?  That article covers that.  Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does power and power brings its own order.