Friday, October 21, 2016

I've said

"Say what you want about Tapco's other products, but their empty chamber indicator flags are top notch!"

How do I even know that?  They appear to be fine, but what if the plastic is full of dioxins?  What if they melt more readily to the chamber walls compared to the competition?  Have I test driven all the chamber flags out there? 

Meh, they are probably more than adequate, I bet.

Just Great

Hillary is too aggressive about expanding gun control and gun bans.

And this is the judgement of anti-gun people!

I am not looking forward to that ugly fight if she gets elected and gets her way. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Got some Sim training last Saturday

Relax.  When you tense up you perform much worse.

Some scenarios.  With actors on the screen.  Doing bad things.  I didn't shoot the bystander this time.  But it did highlight another known weakness.  When aiming at center mass I shoot the belly too much.  Belly shots are bad long term but not good if you want to quickly stop the guy trying to kill you.  No bueno.  Part of that is we often train to shoot too low on center mass targets.  I mean, look at this target, and where is the X ring

At least that one is above the diaphragm.  Some targets the bull is in the liver.

The other fun that was had was pepper popper point shooting.  That was fun.  And fast.  New personal best of 57 in 30 seconds for poppers.  Felt good, too.  Felt relaxed.  Bingo.  Never done point shooting with Sam before.

Sumdood involved in the November 5th Manassas gun show was there with a plethor of WWI era Dreyse, and some later ones.   This one was from a Yugoslav contract, that's an East German police gun, actually post WWII...  Tam would have loved it.  I know I did.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hey Look

Zimmerman hasn't been in the news much recently.  I guess he doesn't hang with crazy girlfriends.  Or tried to sell a macaroni sculpture on EBay.

Oh sure, there is this court case, but it looks like he was even MORE innocent in that one and a murderous stalker got 20 years.

George, himself, hasn't done anything lately.  Keep up the good work.

Shooting lllustrated

I think it's worth checking out Shooting Illustrated this month just to read Tam's Ode to the 10mm.  A love affair long faded, yet there is the tiniest spark still buried under that practical and snarky 9mm toting exterior.  It's sweet and funny and worth your time if you are any sort of gun geek.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016



I think I have talked about the movie Witness before.  1985 Harrison Ford (as Detective John Book) in Amish country, hiding from bad cops.  Coulda swore I did a mention of it here a while back, but I can't find it.  Anyway.

I caught a piece of it again, channel surfing.

And I noticed a new detail.

Book's brass looks OLD...

Look how tarnished they are.  Never thought about that til now.

Sure sure, he is a big city detective.  No call to shoot anybody really.  Probably bought those 10 years ago and they've been sitting in his gun.

But wait... he had just had a shootout.  Those would be the second set.  Those 6 are his reloads.  Been sitting in his pocket for 10 years.

If he did have to qualify at the police range, he might get away with using a full length Model 10 for better accuracy and score, and those semi wadcutter round nose still wouldn't get used.  That's what I'd do, if allowed.  So in the pocket they sat.  Ostensibly.  I doubt the movie makes thought that much about.  But they have a lot of attention to detail elsewhere.  Ford and McGuillis manage to emote when there is a close up on the BACKS of their heads.  And I see a lot more knowing looks from all sorts of tertiary characters.

Is that one primer dimpled?  Hollywood.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dogs and Cats Living Together

It's illegal to carry a firearm into a Post Office in the US.  In Maryland, in Wyoming, wherever.  It's just the Post Office, though.  It's not like a courthouse where they have a metal detector and real honest to goodness law enforcement checking you are the door.  So you could carry if you are discrete about it.  So why not?

Because it is a federal beef, that's why not.  And you aren't high up in the elite political apparatus.  The laws actually apply to YOU.  You don't get to laugh it off and get a raise.  You go to a federal pound-you-in-the-something penitentiary. 

But why are post offices so special?

Well, you know how there is a killer clown craze right now?  Mass hysteria.  Hallucinations.  Then copy cats.  Then more copy cats.  Then irrational panic.  Probably be legislation about clown outfits soon.  Collective Obsessional Behavior

Well, in the mid 1980s we had Satanic Cults running all the day care centers.    And at the same time some people shot up their post office, usually as workplace violence.  One person getting driven over the edge pushed another to copy, and so on and so on. They went Postal

At the time the finger was pointed all abouts.  Cutback pressures meant more work for fewer post office employees, maybe the stress is getting to them?  It's all that sumbitz Reagan's fault.  The mail just keeps coming and Coming and COMING.  Algore had to invent email to help take the load off.  Postal employees are less likely to go homicidal compared to other job types, but that's beside the point.  It is the most kill-y of gov't jobs.  Surprised more folks in the MVA aren't slaughtered, based on how popular they are...

But that's not all.  Congress couldn't just sit there, they had to do something.  Legislation must be passed!

"So are you saying Congress passed a law banning firearms at the post office because of these mid-80's homicides, T-Bolt?"

Oh no, I'm not saying that.  They realized that they had already passed that in the gun control conniptions 15 years before.  So they just squawked about it.  ENFORCE THE LAW HARDER!  But if there hadn't been a law agin it, you know the law would have been passed then.  And now cops were on the look out and newly minted Florida CCW folks, and later other states, were at hazard.  The law didn't form because of the hysteria but they law plus the hysteria got people thinking "Hey, maybe we should search all the employee vehicles weekly...

So what is the big deal, T-Bolt?

Well, the hysteria may have passed after 30 years, when it comes to the post office.  You may or may not be able to have a gun in your car in the post office parking lot these days. 

The clown thing will pass too.  In 30 years you will be able to wear a big red nose in public again.  After the coming Anti-Clown Acts are done up in Congress, they'll realize before they get too far to take the teeth out of the new clown laws.  Because those new regs might logically be applied to Congress as well.

Or, if legislation doesn't move fast and hard enough, just rely on existing law and hound and railroad a bunch of innocent people.   SOP.  Arrest clowns for felony Mopery.

Don't CCW into your local Post Office, and definitely don't do it full makeup and clown regalia, even when you are being perfectly innocent about it.  That's T-Bolt's safety tip for the month.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


There was a time when something like this would intrigue me more...  The Scavenger 6.

I've always liked the idea of such a multi caliber survival gun.  And this one is looking to go over the top on quantity of possible chamberings.  But my enthusiasm wanes as I gain more experience and look to simplify my life.

A gun like that would be great if after the apocalypse random ammo would be found as loot like it is in the Fallout 4 vidja gamez!

Plus, it looks like this doesn't exist yet.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Descent into madness


Ifn youse gonna hunt zombies, be sure the shamblors are real and you are not insane.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Same as last time.  Bottom 3 circles, fast 4 to warm up.  Meh

The other are pair and rest, pair and rest.  First pair marked with a single slash, second set a cross through sort of thing.  Final pair a circle.

The third set is better than than the second which is better than the first.  I don't normally get better over time in one session.  Maybe I am on to something new,,,,

Lemme confirm that.  Here's the scores.  Lookit me!  Actually measuring progress.

First set: 69
Second set:  81 one in the X
Third set: 81 but two in the X


Thursday, October 13, 2016

And now Army SF

So, now the Army SF is eschewing the 1911 for a Glock 19, huh?  I already thought they ignored the 1911 in the field, and this isn't really news.

But that's not what I am on about.  Notice the dog that didn't bark here and in the story about MARSOC going from 1911 to Glock.  No word, or very little word, about the M9 Beretta.  Sad Trombone for the Italians. 

A little inside baseball.  When Sam was at the Army Marksmanship unit not too long ago the shooters used 1911s.  The trigger is excellent and gunsmithing/armorer support for the shooting team was second to none, so they could tune their guns for accuracy out the wazoo.  Still do.  If you want to hit the 10 ring with a pistol at 50 yards as often as possible... 

But the command came down to accurize the M9.  The Army used the M9, it would also compete with one if it so desired.

"Impossible, Skipper!"

"Make it happen!"

"Yes sir."

So a long effort was put in to figure out ways to fine tune a Beretta.  And they did.  But it wasn't easy.  I must try to get the details of what went into that. 

A super accurized M9 or 1911 are probably not what a SF operator necessarily needs to do his job. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Izzat a 9mm

So, a guy with a brand new permit to purchase handgun is still shopping.  He knows he is ignorant, so he asks questions of me rather than going to a gun forum or summat.  The new LCP came up and he asked if it was 9mm, and I went PURE PEDANT on him.  But in a good way.  No really.

I remember when I was plug ignorant on the subject, here, and how becoming less ignorant was kinda neat.  But I was flying blind and typed this up from memory, not even a wiki search to be sure I didn't confuse sumthin.

No, it's not what you are thinking.  Not 9mm NATO, aka (for the most part) 9mm Luger.

The LCP shoots the 9mm Short, aka the 9mm Kurz, aka the 9mm Browning, aka the .380ACP.  ACP = automatic colt pistol.  Two different rounds, with lots of names for those 2 things

The first one has a case a little bit longer.  That's the only difference.  Other than little bit of brass they cram a lot more propellant in there so the pill goes a lot faster. 

You know what has an even LONGER cartridge case and the same size bullet?  That .38 Special.  But the .38SPL is much 'weaker' than the 9mm Luger.  There is room to cram more powder in a .38, but they don't.  Not and still call it a .38.  Old guns would become hand grenades if they did.  NEW gun that only expected .38 Special pressure would too.

But, if you crammed more powder in there and made a gun that could handle the pressure... Maybe made it a trifle longer only so that you couldn't accidentally load this hot new round in a weaker old revolver... Then you'd have a .357 Magnum.

The light went on over his head.  He understood more.  And didn't lead him too far astray with BS. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dud rounds

Tam finds duds.  she shoots more than me, but she does seem to get more duds.  Proportionately

I can count on one hand the number of dud I've had.  But sadly, I've never documented it.  Ima be much more meticulous on that in the future with the centerfire guns I've 'made'. 

That said, I'd did have a dud .22 only last Saturday.  I treated it wrong.  I was too quick to clear instead of waiting out a hangfire.  Quick malfunction drill to super safety?  People go both ways.

Hey Tam!  Do you ever come across a round in your 2000 round endurance challenges where you go, "Damn, that one is all Broke-Richard, I can tell by looking at it."  And then are tempted to not even try it?  Like the bullet is set too deep and swelling the case, or the primer is in sideways?  I assume you don't try to run an obvious problematic round.  You are testing a gun with a variety of ammos for reliability, not the ammo for reliability, so my guess is you toss one like that in the rare case you find one.