Saturday, March 28, 2015

Next they'll be putting us...

in special Amtrak trains to take us to the FEMA camps in the Dakotas...

How come whenever they do this sort of thing it's always in Red States?  It tends to gin up the paranoiacs the right tends to have.  But would it hurt to do these exercises in a Blue state?  Let them be a different kind of paranoid for once?

Meh, maybe they do but we don't hear as much about them because the Blue model cares less about signs of the One World Government takeover of the US with UN black helicopters.  And such.


It's a Tool

So, it's not just our little sewing circle with "what do we do with the gals?" issue.

On another note, I'd like pink pistols to come in clamshell packaging on the row ends.   That'd be fine by me.  And on sale?  Jackpot!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ban 30 Round Mags...

In video games. 

Oh I agree.  If you can't spawn camp kill with 10 round mags you don't deserve to answer the Call Of Duty.


One thing about taking these 1911 Armorers classes? It's RUINED me for factory made guns. It's ruined me for most high end guns and even most custom guns.

"Well, T-Bolt, I guess you are regretting going with the 1911 instead of something good, like my Glock/M&P/HaitchUndKaye. Hur hur hur!"

It's ruined THOSE for me too. I didn't take the Glock armorer class (I want to) but the little snippets I've seen in a bleed over to the 1911 classes? Those modern semi-autos are similar, if less finicky to correct. And more disposable.

Taking the 1911 classes didn't make me an expert 1911 gunsmith. It made me a near expert 1911 critic. There are some things to do that are cheap or easy to make any 1911 better. Things with extractor tension, ejector shaping, or an adjustment you can make to the slide stop to make it better. There are some parts that are more drop-in for me now because I can easily do some of the minor fitting, confidently. Great.

The trick is, now, for me, if I ran into a factory 1911 that had few flaws, and, most importantly, had a halfway decent lockup, out of the boss, with the barrel hood, barrel lugs, and barrel to slide fit... I mean you were really lucky there... All I'd want to do then is trigger/sear/hammer work. That would be a great gun, that I could do preventative maintenance on, easily, and stay ahead of it.

THAT's the class I want to take now. JUST the jeweler type work filing and fitting the trigger guts. If the sights are already good, and the trigger is tuned, the gun can be loose and still be great. I want 5 weekends of just stoning the trigger parts. Even if I am just making a good trigger 5 times for one gun.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

.22 tcm

I like the idea of a modernized .22 jet, but I am still not sure about the execution.

n00b holsters

Talk of holsters and myearlier n00bs post.

I encourage them to buy a safe to secure a first firearm in before buying a gun. But I also need to encourage them to buy a holster soon after getting the gun. Even if they NEVER intend to ever carry it outside the house or range. For just in case, so they don't have to shove it in their front pants under their belt and then end up serving as an example to others when they ND. (Don't forget trigger guard cover is the most important part of a n00b holster...)

I was trying to come up with a list of holster makers that meet minimum functional requirements at the lowest cost. When they get more enthused about toting they can do their own research to get the high quality fancy expensive stuff with exotic leathers and whatnot.

But I don't know a list, off the top of my head. Oh, I know some yes. Comp-tac, Galco, Safariland, Bianchi... I steer them away from Fobus and Uncle Mikes unless it is just a pocket holster for a j fram. And Serpa because I don't like that button's reliability.

Lists of holster manufactures are out there, but which meet the criteria?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oz in Merrica

The 'Jerk' Charge

When you put in a gun to get worked on at this gunsmith, you have to initial a buncha stuffs on the order form. Like, for instance, how the cost may go up to correct a serious safety issue if he finds it when deep in the guts of the gun you are getting repaired. Like, say, if the hammerhooks were badly damaged. You only can see that on a detail strip, but gah, I want that fixed when discovered.

But my favorite part was "an additional $5 may be charged every time you call to check on the status of a build or repair." Now, this is one of those 'usually you don't have to worry about this' situations, but you do actually get guys that put down a deposit for a custom gun build from the ground up ordered on a Saturday afternoon, and the guy calls on Tuesday knowing the shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays wondering if his gun is done and ready to be picked up.

Dude, really?!  He said it would be at least a year before he could start it, as there is a queue ahead of you.  And then the Jack-Wagon calls every day thereafter.  Five dollars, five dollars, five dollars...  You remind the enthusiastic fantasist with unreasonable expectations that it's costing him money, but you do tack it on.

You know the type.  For some reason this personality regularly visits gunstores.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gun School Conclusion?

Nope.  We just did barrel links.

And I, personally, had issue with the damn ejector.  DAMN YOU SPRINGFIELD ARMORY.  You and me?  We're done.  Bastages.  How hard is it to drill a hole for the pin?  Stupid epoxied ejectors.  DONE!

Anyhoo.  Other than that it went great for me.  Looks like the class, in future, will have to be 5 full weekends instead of 4 or 4 and a half.  It's still a great class.  But 1911 gunsmithing will break your heart even if you are not a n00b.  With luck my issue will be fixed by the next class, then we can do the hammer sear fitment, then done.  Extractor tension, I am happy with.  But that is easy to fix.  Ejector tuning, once mounted on the gun, isn't hard either.  I am confident I can do that unsupervised if I have to.  But stoning the hammer hooks or the sear?  Nope.

If you can do that, just the hammer hooks and sear, good, you can make some serious bank smithing.  All this other stuff we've been doing is just to make lockup tighter.  Add a good trigger in the mix, and you have a really good gun.  Just do the trigger, and you have a really decent gun.  Trigger and sights, quick turnaround when you are skilled, and half the problem.  The other half is lockup. 85%+ of the class has been getting better, tighter lockup.

You master those two big things and the next step is custom 1911s from the bare frame up.


Anyhoo.  I have to go type a very angry letter.  On a manual typewriter.  So I can hit the keys hard, as though I was angry.

Monday, March 23, 2015

You know what grinds my gears?


People that just lumber about, on foot or driving.  Move like your life has a purpose to it.  I bet if I lit your clothes on fire you'd move with a quickness.

"But T-Bolt, my life doesn't have a purpose!"  That's fine.  Just fake it til you make it.  Or stay out of the way of others.


I like the idea of .38 Super.  It's a good performer.  But I think it isn't a mere rare niche round right now but for Jeff Cooper and Race Gunners that don't have to buy their own ammo.  It'd be as common as .32 Short if Cooper had taken up knife fighting after WWI,I instead.

If I were to eschew the .45, I don't think I'd lean .38 Super.  9mm reg'lar* is fine dandy for a .38 caliber cartridge.

(*AKA luger, aka parabellum, aka NATO, you know what I mean.)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Not Covered in Class

Because these thinks take a LONG time to do and do right.

Finishing the gun.  You gotta tape it up, bead blast it, and apply Duracoat or something more fancy. 

The grip safety fitting?  VERY finicky. 

Barrel to slide fitting?  To get 10 and 2 contact forward of the hood where the barrel mates the frame?  Yeah.  More fancy tools, too.  Probably two days so, another weekend.  With homework.

Buffing on a Melt Job?  Oh, LAWD.

And mastering the sear/disconnector/hammer/trigger/spring...  That takes a long time of doing it a lot to be a BEGINNER.

These are all HUGE things that take a LONG time.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I wish...

I wish you had had this opinion back when you could have done something about it back in 2012.

I was one of the dangerous people that was rejected when he was the big man. Wish he was still there, now.

Zed Spread

What does a zombie infection spread look like on a map of the USA?

Commenters quickly point out that this doesn't account for someone shipping an infected person on an airplane to another spot in the country and spreading the infection that way.  Though you can simulate airplane travel manually, and adjust the times.  Is it a rage virus with sprinters?  Or just shamblors?

Friday, March 20, 2015


Hey did you buy a gun that was such a deal, but it turned out there was a reason the owner was unloading it? Someone in the past, with delusions of gunsmithing grandeur went ahead and ruined it. And you are too honest to just unload it onto some other sucker? Well, here is a thought. You could part it out, but really what are you gonna get for that? Or you could sell it for some nominal amount to a gun school. You won't get your money back, no, but you might get something for that ruined unsafe firearm.

But if you can trade it in for welding lessons....  I can see that being a hard decision.

Why do that, you ask? So the gunsmith at the school can make it into a cutaway gun. Like this, but for a 1911: