Thursday, August 16, 2018

So, while I was away

This CBS piece made the rounds.

And I come home and eventually saw it.

I can't tell you how delighted it made me. Not the Cody Wilson bits. He's just another dude that thinks like I do.  He does a decent gun-interview and is able to get his meaning across through the prog-party advocacy press' editing efforts.  Not many on our side can do that. 

Listening to the news readers talk, realizing their underlying assumptions, and displaying their ignorance.  THAT made me grin uncontrollably.

"The NRA isn't backing him, right?"  "No because the NRA can't make money selling guns when everyone's garage is a gun factory" HA!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I have never been accused

...of having small hands.  They aren't big, but they aren't stubby fingered either.

Now, I have been convinced up til now, that, idealy, when gripping a pistol you want to get the bore in line with your wrist bones and elbow.  This makes your major bones line up the gun and absorb the recoil, instead of just the wrist.

This is easy with the 1911.  For me, at least.  But try it with the old school M1917 revolver and shoot double action.  I can get enough finger onto the trigger to draw it back with confidence and alacrity.

The same with most all double stack guns.  Glock 17, darn near any SIG, what have you.  My Hudson goes out of the way to make itself as slim as possible and I still have to crank my hand around to get my fingertip on the trigger without making lots of contact on the grip and frame.

If I don't put enough fingertip pad on the trigger face I push rounds to the side.

So, in the choice between lining up with the elbow, or getting my finger in the right place, I defer to the finger.

Future tests I must try:  With all the swappable back straps going around on new pistol offereings, I think I'd like to experiment with the smaller offerings. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

That last video

Those giant pods on the side of the H-37 Mojave helicopter?  Those were ENGINES.

Radial gasoline engines.  Intriguing, but vulnerable, and bulky compared to the coming turbojets.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I love fountain pens. And LAMY pens are an excellent inexpensive offering. The only disadvantages of fountain pens is the ink leaking onto you fingers, running out fast, and not being good with carbon paper when buying a gun and you have to press hart to get through to the 5th copy.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Spirit in the Sky

This song always makes me think of supersonic airline travel.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

There's a job for me

Lots of fresh air.  Exercise.  Phone's not ringing.  Where that match book with the phone number to the place that trains you for this job?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dayton Ohio

From 105 years ago, give or take a few months.

That's here, so blocks from the river.

That building is still there. 

Even have the same style street lights.

Sunday, August 5, 2018


Pipes are a relatively simple thing to make.  Drill two holes and turn the outside on a lathe.

Except for that whole 90 degree turn. 

I'd seen diagrams in books about how they do that.  But seeing it in action was what finally got the process down in my head. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Teen Spirit


My ratings of Old Timey authors I've been digging on over the years.  By quality of writing and my enjoyment of same.  Better on top, worst below.

Talbot Mundy (Jim Grim books.  Remarkably well written for a pulpy storyline.  And the dude knew the Near East)
Robert E Howard (Conan.  Purple, but good)
Harcourt Pennyworth Lovecraft (Cthulhu ftagn!  Plodding, but good)
Louis L'Amour (good cowboy action)
Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter.  First to start busting out of the old skool)

E. W. Hornung (Wrote Raffles the Cracksman... all these lower on the list high back the 19th Century more than those higher on the list, with a more staid and older story formula, usually clunky romantic bits to appeal to lady-readers of the day, too.  Where they don't do this, I like them better.)
Zane Gray (less good cowboy stuff.  TOO old timey in the style.  More poorly written romantic sub plots you see from the era.  Have you even TALKED to a lady in your life, man?)
Sax Rohmer (Fu Manchu.  Too derivative and old timey.  Dumb Sherlock with a Watson that thinks with his little brain versus Chinaman Moriarty.)
Lester Dent (Doc Savage.  Very 20th Century, but reads like Japanese anime storylines from the 60s.  [Marine Boy!  Speed Racer!]  If I have to trudge through another scent with Monk and Ham bickering...)

Bonus ratings, Hard Boiled

Dashiel Hammett (the king)

Raymond Chandler (slightly better writer than above, but I like Dash's style)
Mickey Spillane (somebody should cosh that guy behind the ear, see how HE likes it)

Old timers I still need to check out.

E. E. Doc Smith
Lord Dunsany
Clark Ashton Smith

Friday, August 3, 2018

Old Industrials

I love these old industrial films, as if anyone that is paying attention has not noticed.  Look at the film  and light quality of this 50s era color?  16mm, ya think?  I can picture this in a classroom on movie day.

National Cash Register company of Dayton Ohio.

Mass produced precision analog computing!

Like the fire control computer for gun laying at sea.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Legit gunsmith

I must remember to get me one of these.

Watch Factory

One of my jobs in an alternate reality is working at a place like this.