Friday, February 22, 2019


I'm slipping.

I used to have more in my head.  Gotten lazy since internet searches were invented.

Like, I, and seemingly everyone, knew how many miles wide the United States was.  Thirty years ago.  2,000?  3,000?   Lemme check.  2,680 mile.  Huh.  I thought I remembered a rounder number.

I used to know the circumference of the earth.  11,000?  Nope, that's just halfway.  Ish

Packaging damage

So I order ammo from Lucky Gunner and UPS was a bit rough with it.  The box on the end look like this.  Must took a hard corner.

So, I shot off 48 rounds from it and kept these two.  And undamaged one and the one at the heart of the impact.  I could see a size difference at the range.  All the other rounds appeared the same, by eye.  The offending one was noticeable.

Regular size is 1.265

And shucks you can't see this one so good.  Take my word for it.  1.247.

So it was shoved in about two one hundreds of an inch.  Advertised Overall Length is 1.275.

Should I be worried about the short one?  Probably not.  It's not packed in too tight.  And the case isn't so deformed it might not chamber.  Prolly safe to fire.  There is some wiggle room to those official dimensions.  And this is only 3% under spec. 
Am I gonna fire it or bin it?  Oh, I am binning it!  Why take the chance.  Save maybe $.35 with a risk of blowing out a custom 1911 for no good reason beyond that?  Yeah, I am binning it.  It goes beyond an excess of caution into wussy-land, but, again, it's just thirty five cents.

Hey, besides dud cans at the range, or the local police station, where do YOU dispose of dud ammo?  If it's one just chuck it in the trash?  Well, my neighbors trash?

[yeah, a bullet puller is the obvious-yet-overlooked-by-me way to go to get rid of ammo i don't want.  silly me.  plus:  new tool.  always good.]

Thursday, February 21, 2019

I don't care

Coast Guard Terrist

This isn't me.  Though he is my age and might have been living 4 miles away, at most. 

That 'arsenal' is a little light for a gun nut.  I guess crazy doesn't pay very well.  Plenty there to commit mayhem, sure.  You can only hold so many guns in your arms when committing heinous acts. 

49 and a LT in the Coast Guard?  Lil old for that?  Maybe that detail is wrong.

And 49 and he hasn't committed his terrist act yet?   Been hating on folks his entire adult life?  I'm think he might have just been all talk.  "Bent on committing acts dangerous to human life..." Bent on running his mouth, if my guess.  But if he was close to actually crossing that violent line, good on netting him up coppers.

Don't target Democrats, fella.  Not if you want racists to win.  Turns out the Dems were the dyed in the wool racists all along.  Dems are your allies in that white supremacy garbage you cotton to.  

Note his loadout

Two plate carriers (if he puts a plate on the back...), two 1911, two suppressors, two revolvers, two shotshuns, two plastic pistols, two rucksacks...  He's of the one is none and two is none school.  Three .22 and thee ARs.  One long range bolt action.  Not enough magazines.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Popular Mechanics reports

"Kalashnikov is Making Kamikaze Drones!"

Whatr?  You mean cruise missiles?


Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Hot Dogs Spark in the Microwave

Spoiler:  It's all the metal shavings from industrial meat packing in the dogs.

(Kidding!  The metal shavings are in grapes, not hot dogs.)

It's snowing like a MoFo out there

I gave myself a code Red, liberal leave, day off.

Had I left for work at my regular time I'd have been fine til I got to the parking garage.  Then I'd be stuck there.  As it's coming DOWN.  Gonna change to ice later. 

My company never closes.  It's really code Green, all the time.  We aren't the gummint.  "10 feet of snow and the building burnt to the ground?  Come to work!  Or burn a vacation day."

I don't talk about metrocons much anymore

I don't talk about metrocons much anymore.  A big part is the venn diagram is pretty much over lapped between Metrocons and #NeverTrumpers, and you get into ugly arguments down that path.  Arguments I'd rather not go into here.

"Guns are icky!  That's why I pay the city taxes, for the police to keep the Poors on another block"

"Trump is icky!  That's why I get paid by folks to write nasty things about him and wander the woods like Hillary.  Maybe this will pass and I'll be on top again," he kids himself.

See?  It'd just get uglier from there.  But, while getting their time monopolized bad mouthing Trump, metrocons have little time to bad mouth the 2nd Amendment apart from quietly acquiescing to the Democrats demands of backgrounds checks that also won't be enforced.

Trump has been no friend to us Gunnies, yet, apart from judge appointments.  And the appointments are from a boring task he sub contracted out to the Federalists.  Which is good.  Keep that inertia up, Mr. President. It could be he second greatest legacy.  Apart from keeping Hillary from returning to the White House

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

T-Bolt's Unpopular Opinions

Ubiquitous self driving personal vehicles and 18-wheelers are the 'a flying car in every garage' pie in the sky promise of 2016.

I'm not gonna see it, you are not gonna see it.  It's a scientifiction story.

Specific Language

All of this is in English.

"... set the quill dial to zero then advance upward for one quarter of the cordial thickness at the small end and remember to take up the backlash."

I understand it.  Or I understand enough to be able to consult references to fill in the gaps.  For instance, I'd have to look up the codial thickness to get an exact number.

It's machinist talk.  I've been learning a lot about it on youtube, and that that specifically is for a bevel gear being fabricated here.

But most folks reading that have no idea what it is on about.  And that struck me.

And firearm folks have similar specific language item.  Here is a gunsmithing patter:

"I need an oversized hand for my three-screw Model 10, as the the timing is off and the forcing cone is shaving off lead."

And lots of other example of specific language pertaining to the tiniest details in communication of a specialized profession, abound.  Typewriter repair, circus work, diner waitress to short order chef, oil rig wildcatter, seamstress/tailor. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

None of these things

Are national emergencies, Hillary

'Gun violence' is lower than just about ever.  Don't become an illegal alien trespasser and you won't be separated from your families.  Climate change in non-falsifiable political hooey, and has always been a solution (command economy) in search of a problem (let's do ecology this time...).  And health care is widely available nationwide with short wait times compared to countries with socialized medicine.

Happy President's Day, tho, Mrs. Rodham-Clinton.


I had a dream that JayG got back into blogging daily.  But not about guns, as that is his day job.  He, in the dream, had gotten big into fighting robots.   He was super into it, and good thing he makes the Gun Lobby size salary as he was spending a lot more on robuts than motorcycles or guns. 

Which disappointed his son, as the boy is about 18 and is getting ready to go off and join the Navy.  The Navy part is true and not part of my dream.

You can still hear Jay on a podcast, nigh weekly.  The Squirrel Report.

Maybe that is where Jay pulls down his robut money.  Ad revenue from the podcast.

Jay did lose his MARooned domain name.  But not his old StuckInMassachusetts one.  So you can see his yearly real life blog post there.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ow, my molar!

I know Tam doesn't control the ads on her blog.  Most anything can appear there.

Apparently Dr. Madison is some kind of dentist, and can give relief to this lady who is obviously in a lot of dental pain?  That's nice.  I hope she doesn't need an extraction, and merely needs cavity filled.  No deep drilling to the root of a canal.

[You know, that ad might be fed up to me not because Tam gets sketchy ad placed on her blog by an ad service, but the ad service thinks that ME, T-Bolt, need to know about the wonders of the Ashley Madison dental services team.  Which is a whole different 'blegh...']

Haven't Been to the Range in a While.

Yes, work is still busy, but I'd still normally squeeze in a session.

Yes, I am old and have aches and pains.  There was that time I couldn't raise my support hand higher than my chest a year and a half ago.  That curtailed range work to fewer sessions and more single-hand work.  All because of pinched spinal cord in my neck

Same issue now.  But differnt.  Pain, again.  Just not as bad.  Exacerbated by work.  It's all the mice work at the computer.

Still, I like to practice hurt because the Red New Deal will require a blood revolution and I can't pick the day the jackboots come to my house to ask me to come with them to the train station and board my assigned cattle car.  I may have to say 'no thank you' when I am feeling less than 100%.  So, as much as I can, I practice when I am not 100%.  Just maybe not as long, making things worse.

So, this post is to inspire me to get off the stick a bit. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

My 12 years of blogging

Distilled into a single post by another more famous blogger.  More succinct and elegant than my meager efforts.

  • a current event
  • a failure of gun control policies already in place
  • in a state with more-prolific-than-average gun control policies
  • a proscription for a better, cheaper, easier, and demonstrably more efficacious policy
  • and written in a wittier-than-average few short paragraphs
  • fin

Fry my WHAT?

Back 30 years ago there was a funny show on the Telly.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Telly.  That's what they call a television on Engelande.

They have lil-dick jokes over there, just as we do.  But unlike here, where they claim your choice of firearam or large SUV means you are compensating for... shortcomings... shall we say?  In Engelande large SUVs are banned because the roads are too small and composed of loose pea gravel, and firearms were already quite banned by the early 90s.  By decades. No, in Engelande you must have a small one if you have the wrong type of dog.


Also, Laurie went on to play an obnoxious know-it-all drugs addict named House.  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Trump is a loudmouth vulgarian

But here is what he has done besides (perhaps) coarsen presidential theatrics:

In case you can't read it.
  • Ending some wars we could have won a lot sooner, but apparently someone around here didn't want to.  Not gonna win it?  Let's get out.  And only get into wars we intend to win from now on, dammit.  At least I hope he is ending them...
  • Got us out of the Paris Accord CAGW scam.
  • Cut gumming regulations
  • Full employment after the Great Recession (I got my first raise since the W administration and it was BIG)
  • Tax cuts (speaking of raises, got this raise before the other one)
  • Two good SCOTUS picks, one despite gawdawful slanders, and LOTS of federal judges that might be useful to the 2A cause.  (RBG MIA 56 days)
  • If he just throws a bone to the NRA, or if SCOTUS puts the gun controllers to bed permanent, I would vote for him again.  He can even insult me personally on live television, as long as his actions are more of the same.
  • And now, MAYBE, emergency wall funding.  And groundbreaking. So maybe we'll see a calmer Ann Coulter, God love you.

All the things he has delivered are satisfying but they are all half measures.  He hasn't delivered the whole magillah.  He has room to give even more.   That's good business, there.  Making the 'customer' happy with room to make them happier.

It's uncanny how he does this.  You don't think, with his idiotic theatrics, that he can manage to tie his shoes.  But somehow.  Either this is instinctive for him, or he has it planned out like a 4D chess master, or he is luckiest sumbitz going.  And I don't care how.  I just like what's happened to the country so far.  I haven't REALLY disagreed with anything, yet.

Except for gun stuff.  Throw us another bone, and embarrass the Democrats doing it, and that's be pretty sweet.   And you know, he just might.  But the clock is ticking.

For me, I agree with the policie progress he has made so far, and still would rather he had a different style, but that 'want' is LOW on my list of needs.  He's still doing a GREAT job of being Not-Hillary, and the thought of a Hillary administration is still a nightmare. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

I just wanna get a C

The ten states with the worst murder rates are all graded F, according to Gabby Giffords.

Oh wait, that's not murder rates.  That's something called 'gun death rates'.  

10 'gun death' states are, according to her list, alphabetically:
  • Alabama 
  • Alaska 
  • Arkansas 
  • Louisiana 
  • Missisippi 
  •  Missouri 
  • Montana 
  • New Mexico 
  • West Virginia 
  • Wyoming

States Worst for MURDER are:

  • Alaska 
  • Arkansas 
  • Delaware w/ a
  • Florida 
  • Louisiana 
  • Maryland w/ an A 
  • Nevada 
  • New Mexico 
  • South Carolina 
  • Tennessee

You are least likely to be murdered in these Safer States:

  • Idaho with an F 
  • Kentucky with an F 
  • Maine with an F 
  • Minnesota 
  • Montana with an F
  • New Hampshire has a D grade 
  • Utah with a D- 
  • Vermont with a D+ 
  • Virginia with a D 
  • Wyoming with an F

So, sadly, there are some reasons to be armed in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico, as they have a murder problem.  And the law supports the law abiding to defend themselves, but certainly that's not a good thing, such a high murder rate.

But Montana and Wyoming have a lot of people dying from a firearm, but a low murder rate.  Another sad statistic.  But no study about suicide rates links firearm ownership to a higher self harm rate.  Only a greater suicide success rate when guns are involved.  Go ahead, DuckDuckGo that. 

But look at the murder states.  One state is mine, and our neighbor Delaware.  With strict gun control in both! 

And, with the exception on Minnesota, the 10 safest states in the country all have lax gun restrictions hampering their polity. 

There are mixed conclusion except this last one, which is pretty telling.

I wish Maryland could get a C grade.  I have a higher than average chance of being murdered but the law keeps me as helpless as possible about it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Non-Interventionist Hawk

I told you Cruz would make a great Preznit.

Non-Interventionist Hawk?  I like that. 

And I bet he'd have been better on the Second Amendment compared to that Trump guy.  Donald.  Trump's sons are prolly better than either Cruz or Dad.  But they weren't running. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


This packaging has been around for a while.  But folks notice it kinda looks like someone.

Trump and Kanye?

I say Caddyshack era Bill Murray and Glory era Denzel Washington.

Self Defense

To fend off over-intellectualized barbarians that telegraph they will initiate violence, "to achieve [their] idea of a better society," it may be necessary for good people to defend themselves. 


You know them socialists.  Can't have an omelette without breaking a few eggs, they say.  Thing is, nobody ever gets to taste that omelette...  Have you noticed that?  Lotsa broken 'eggs' never any brefass.  Maybe we should fire that chef and just make some oatmeal for ourselves.