Friday, April 20, 2018

This Bitz

Is my State Rep. Wants to be my State Senator. 10 years ago he pretended to be at least neutral on civil rights. His record and his current stance show otherwise. Vote for every Constitutional violation that came down the pike. He USED to be on the judiciary committee. They kicked him off for some reason.

My State has a New Revenue Scam

My grandparent set up a mutual fund for me back in 1980.  They were conservative investors and while they themselves hadn't lost their shirts in the Crash of 29, it was only because they were 23 years old and hadn't socked money away to lose yet.  The the mutual fund was a conservative one.

They figured that was better than giving us grandkids a $25 savings bond.

Every birthday and Christmas they'd tick a bit more in it.

Eventually it was about $4000 when they stopped adding to the pile when I graduated college.  Probably less.

Now it is worth considerably more.  Like 17 grand,  Compound interest and all, and me not touching it.

There's the thing.  The state knows about it because of my state taxes.  And they inform all investment houses, "Hey, if someone like T-Bolt doesn't touch his nest egg, adding or subtracting, for 3 years, you have to tell Annapolis that, investment house.  What if Mr. Bolt dies?  Then that money could be just abandoneded!  And we want it to spend on stuff.  So give it up if he doesn't pipe up in time."

Why, I oughta...

I caught the bastards before they did this.  Stole my money.  Those greedy mofos.  Watch em.  Especially if your state is run by Democrats.  The D stands for Double-greedy.

Come to think of it, it sounds like a scam thought up by a previous GOP governor.  Ehrlich.  Like a good Republican he hated taxes.  But like a good Republican in a Democrat state he needs to get revenue to pay for Democrat priorities.  How to reconcile the two?  Raise fees, like driver's license renewal.  And other things like this investment swipe.     

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Patriot Day

The Old North Bridge, in 2287.

Gunny Ermey

Now I am a huge fan of R. Lee Ermey.  Kinda wished his movie hadn't come out the summer I went to new recruit training and inspiring the cadre to new heights of fun and excitement in an organization not fully accountable to the DoD, so could get away with a bit more... but that's not Ermey's fault.

I thought it was nice for the Commandant to give him his Gunny stripes 30 years after separating from active duty.  He sure earned them, out of 'uniform' promoting USMC values far and wide.  He might be the second most famous Hollywood Marine, after Gomer Pyle.

But wait.  This looks like a vintage picture.  And he's wearing gunny stripes back then.  What gives?

Was he jinxing himself posing with rank he hadn't yet earned, then taking them off after this picture?

Was he promoted in the Corps, then busted back to Staff Sergeant before getting his DD214 on a med discharge?

Is this him on a movie set for something like The Boys in Company C?  Loyce was just a Staff Sergeant.

Does this just LOOK Asian but is acutally from the set of Full Metal Jacket, and that is Gunnery Sergeant Hartman?

I dunno. 

Here is a screen cap of his movie ribbons in FMJ, and they don't match, now do his eyebrows.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

They are coming for your guns

All of them.  And they are coming for you.  Do not sit out this November because the non-gun grabber is a horse's ass.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Speaking of chicken

Larry fisked the NYC Chik Fil A thing in some fly by night periodical up there.

Older S&W semis

You know.  The all metal kind.

So Tam has an article rolling around in here head like so many marbles in the skipper's overhead.  ('Overhead' is how swabbies say 'boat ceiling.')

She want to do something about the older Smith and Wesson semi-automatics.  You know the kind, with roots back 65 years

I am looking forward to it.

Now, I came to the shooting world late.  So I don't remember gunshops with lots of those brand new under the glass for sale.  They aren't there anymore, to be super simple about it, because they are expensive to make compared to next generation pistols ~cough~Glocks~cough~.

But they, themselves, were a response to how much work went into the generation before.  Again, to be short-bus simple, 1911s are a manufacturing improvement on earlier design, the Model 39 tried to one up that, then Glocks to one up them...  Smith would still make them if there was a demand and people willing to pay for the extra costs.

Like I said, though, I was never into older metal Smiths, so I am nigh totally ignernt in how they work or shoot.  Tam was nice enough to post this video but what appears to be a cut above your usual youtube gunsmith.

Goodness, that seems complicated.  I wonder what John Browning would say?  I saw the stamping and when "Ick!"  Then I thought a moment and went, "Ya know, that might actually be a decent idea.  Why NOT stampings?  Certainly cheaper to have a stamping ejector than that machined part you have to FIT on a 1911 that does the same thing."

You can see all the efforts to NOT have as many machined parts.  Then, later, some of them machined parts can be swapped out with Metal Injection Molded parts...  Cutting costs more.  Still hard to compete when you have all them frames you have to work.

Anyway, I am look forward to Tam's piece.  I hope it is a long article.  Heck, she could right a book on it.  She won't become a millionaire selling it, but I'd buy a copy. Fill in some of my gun knowledge holes.

Well what did you expect?

You've been telling them if they even LOOK at raw chicken they will catch salmonella.  Raw meat disease vector panics.  When did those germaphobic panics get bad?  1936?  1914?  1870?  NO!  I am thinking Germanophobe, not germaphobe.  Germs.  Not goose-stepping Squareheads.

At my house, we were still re-using shake and bake mix if we didn't use all of it up in one go in the 1980s.

Yeah, I might not do that now as a best practice.

We were a little worried about pork, but for trichinosis.  Just cook it.  No rare pork chops.

But, come to think of it...  I did used to get "24 hours stomach bugs" a lot back then and rarely so now, and now I practice marginally better raw-food handling techniques.

Monday, April 16, 2018


How did this guy ever get through Quantico?  Pathetic.


I have a twitter account, but man...  There is just nigh zero pleasure ever logging in and reading anything.

Maybe something about Robb's woodworking projects.  That's always nice.  So, 97% of twitter is high blood pressure inducing dreck. 

People on twitter make me... well not want to hurt them myself, but if they came to grief of their own accord I wouldn't feel that bad about it.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

Aw, no!  Crap.


Of course I stayed home on a Sunday.  That last post was for tomorrow.

Car is broke

So I stayed home.  The only gunsmithing I've done this weekend is this.

You see, in the future, anyone can take some old pipe and scrap pallet wood, some spring and some duct tape, and make perfectly serviceable and reliable firearms.  The selection above has .38 special, .45 ACP, and that one might even be a .308.

Unless you can find an antique like this one that shoots 10mm.

Yeah, yeah, just a game.  I always liked the gunsmithing mechanic, tho.  It's fun.  I'm not looking for realism in a cartoony shoot em up game.  The depth and texture this and other form factors adds makes the game so replayable.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


I forgot to set a post for Saturday.

Been scraping the bottom of the barrel recently.  Lessee.  Second liberal co-worker went to the trouble of getting a Maryland permission-to-permit a firearm.  $300ish.  So there is that. 

Did go shooting this week.  Taking a break.  Car is in the shop to get a pinion seal replaced.  So no training in Virginia today.  Taxes are done.  100 back from the state, and I owe 500 to the feds. 

I might be shopping for a vacation/retirement home...  I could almost afford two mortgages if I scrimp.  And I have a caretaker at the retirement home location picked out that is long term reliable. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bank of America

Ok, I still have an account with them.  But I no longer have their credit card or a mortgage.  Just a checking account.  I use them for bill pay and direct deposit.  I pay them no fees.  I JUST bought another box of checks, tho.

Should I close my account because of their heinous anti-civil-rights hate policies and adherence to Gun Crow?  They can't be making much money offa me.  I may be the type of customer that COSTS them money.  What say you, loyal readers?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I'm not allowed to have a knife at work

Just like the entire city of London, knives are verboten.

So I only have 2.  On me.  The 'on me' doesn't include my car.  No one has a problem with me using a knife at work.  This may be Maryland but it is still America.  Of course, they could trust me with a gun.  So they can certainly trust me with a knife.

Now, I don' flaunt it.  I don't pull out a big Kabar Kukri when I need to cut open the plastic on a case of Coke Zero.  For that I use this

Mini Skeletool.

The Kukri is for clamshell packaging.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dots of Gold

Found some Gold Dot .38 in one of geographically remote bunkers.  You don't have one of them?  Well you should.  More than one. 

Anyway, after cracking the seals to the concrete catacomb and digging around in one of the store rooms I found a box.  Partial box. 

I had washed a speed strip of Gold Dot in the laundry, and while they are probably perfectly fine...  I will shoot them off as range ammo now that I found the fresh unsoaked rounds.  Because I trust them 1% less now, post washing machine and drier.

Gold Dot was my preferred .38 +P in a snubbie goto ammo.  It's specifically for the short barrel.  But hell, even the best short barrel stuff isn't much better than any other.  But you gotta select sumthin.  So I guess it is still my preferred snubbie ammo.  And now I have 4 speedloaders filled with the stuff.

Gold Dot .38 short barrel is sold out most everywhere.   When it comes back I am ordering 5 boxes.  Well, 4.     

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Addition to the Short Ribs Post

There used to be better butchers around me.

Like Katz.  Wait, did Katz butcher become this?  I better check that out.  It's close.

Or Rudy's.

The short ribs were from Wilson's Farm Meat. That steer prolly met it's end less than 75 feet from the register.  They had bacon too. 

I say this because I want to find the butcher's cut for sale somewhere, take it home, and eat it.  The oyster steak.  First bit cut off the Round in this:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Instant Pot

I don't have my own Instant Pot.  But I hear great things about them.  I just don't have the kitchen space.

People rave about them.

What it is for the 3 people that haven't heard of it yet?  Essentially, it's a crockpot and a pressure cooker in one.  You make crockpot type things in it, but it only takes a 10th of the time to cook. 

If you are a single dude and you join a Facebook Instant Pot group, be prepared to be hit on by the nice ladies there if you ask for help.  So, there's a bonus.

Now while I do not have one, I have eaten from others'.   One of the first things to try is hard boiled eggs.  It does a good job.  Easy to peel them eggs.  One of the second things people do is short ribs.  Cup of water of stock, ribs, glom on you favorite store bought bbq sauce...  120 minutes later you will find it difficult to get a rib out with meat attached.  Super moist and tender.  I would add some other herbs and spices to that simple list of ingredients.  Pepper, cumin, garlic powder, maybe thyme and rosemary.  But that's me.  It's still EXCELLENT ribs.  And so easy.

Spaghetti I haven't tried.  That is the traditional third item to test drive.   

I wonder how electrically efficient these dang things are?  Could Joel work one down at his gulch on the solar power he has stored in batteries?  Well, presumably he could, but will it suck up so much juice as to not be worth it?

He bakes a lotta bread down there, it seems, but that is from the heat provided by bottle gases of various sorts. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

That's a Far Cry

I got nuthin.  I am thinking of picking up some escapism.  A video game.  This video game to be specific. Far Cry 5, and I will get it through Steam.

In it there are gun nut religious fanatics with bunkers awaiting the apocalypse and gun nuts that don't go along with the religious fanatics with bunkers that want to be left alone and not meddled with.

You know.  Americans.

Well.  Non-urban Americans from non coastal areas.  That could be fun.