Thursday, July 24, 2014


Is shaving cream a racket?

If it is, I've gone whole hog the other way, into hipster British shave preparations and fine badger fur shave brushes.  Ima Geo F Trumper Limes man.  More expensive than Colgate foam, but it smells so GOOD.  Sixteen bob a jar.

But I've always been a wet shave man.  Never was happy with an electric razor.  Military school frowned on them anyway.  You couldn't get a close enough shave.  I remember when Dad switched to a Trac II cartridge, so that's where I went.  When Dad did go to 2 blades instead of the safety razor he had a lot fewer little bits of bloody Kleenex dabs on his face. 

But nowadays, the quality of the blades doesn't seem as good, and they only come with that slime strip that I loathe.

So, what to do, if I couldn't find the cartridges I wanted?  Switch to those 6 bladed jobbers that cost $12 a week?  No, I stepped back.  To the safety razor!  And good blades that are yet very cheap.  This is 2 years worth of blades.  One fifth the cost.

The trick to fewer cuts is to get a decent blade holder that works for you.  I bet that was Dad's issue.  A crappy holder.

But I was always intrigued with stories of my blind grandfather, shaving in his personal darkness with a straight razor in front of a mirror he couldn't even see.  So, for one year, every Saturday or Sunday...  I finally worked up the nerve to use one of these.

Surprisingly, my trepidation was unfounded.  I only shave with the grain, and don't have the skill to get as close a shave as with a safety razor, but it feels good.  And I like mastering a new skill.

And yes it is pretentious and hipster.  Not stopping me.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beretta Super Rifle

Is this a troll or something?  Is some gunnie pretending to be anti gun and also writes Yahoo copy writing this story about the ARX100?  Which is apparently extra powerful and a bargain at $1950, but that doesn't include bullets.  Tell me that article is made up to be funny. 

"Gun company Beretta is tone deaf when it comes to calls for restrictions on powerful guns sold in the United States. It must be the chance to make money."

"Regardless of its origins, the gun is unusually powerful."

"In common usage, 'tactical shooter' is one of the descriptions of video game features."

Super rifle?  It doesn't look like a Garand...

Beretta Move

Others mention the move of the Beretta factory from Maryland to a friendlier state... Tennessee.  Good on Beretta and Tennessee.

Others also noticed that the southern region of this country lost the first civil war because they were against freedom and all the good manufacturing was in the north.  Thus losing on moral and material grounds before the first angry word.


You know bird watchers.  They have this thing.  A Life List.  A personal journal where they record all the different varieties of birds they personally run across.

Well, I know some folks that have a Life List of a different sort.  For MEAT.  ANd here is a source to help you work your way through your list.  Exotic Meats.  Lion and Guinea Fowl and Zebra.  Gembok. 

No horse on their list, but I've seen other supply houses that can get you that. 

Hey, I'll try anything once.  Well.  Most anything.  No Long Pig of any form for me, thank you.  And I'm not keen on housecats or domestic dogs. 

Oddest stuff I've already had?  Gator, I guess. Scrapple.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zed Studies

I should put this on my Amazon Wishlist.

Zombology, the study of zombies.  I coulda gotten my Masters degree in this?

Trigger the Vote

Just spread this about some.


The well is dry today.  But I am working on something for tomorrow.  I think.  Bit distracted.  Feelin poorly and my car is also sick.

He asked for blog fodder

What came next will SHOCK you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

SWAT abuses!

We... me... I, I grumble about SWAT abuses from time to time here.  I yearn for the good old days, when cos were more like Barney Fife.  And then LA Police Chief Gates invented Special Weapons and Tactics and everything law enforcement went to Heck in a Hanky!

Not like in the 30s.  When cops were honest, and the innocent were safe from such heinous behavaior preformed under the color of law or summat.

Oh wait.  The best romantic comedy ever filmed, never since surpassed, came out in 1940.  If you and missus/mister ain't seen it, give yourself a treat.  See His Girl Friday, starring Ralph Bellamy.  Also Rosalind Russell. Some British guy named Archie Leach, too.  It about a newpapermen.  A Red is about to be hanged in New York City.  Hilarious!

Annnnnnyway, they gotta catch that murderer. And he's loose!  They send out the Rifle Squad to bring him down, shoot to kill!

A ha! They had SWAT teams back in time of Laguardia...   they just called it something else.  And they had a reputation of being heavy handed.  Though I can't find any other references to them, apart from the colloquialism from a movie from the era.  Seems there was a Tactical Patrol Force in the 50s, but that looks more like a riot squad.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cops and Revolvers

Huh.  Another blogger that has internal question on the wisdom of arming Barney Fife with semi-autos back in the 80s.  And how it is one of the early steps involved in the militarization of the police forces of the United States.  He is talking about China's cops going from nothing to a 6 shooter, so I guess, in a way, the cops THERE are escalating too.  They are just a step behind.

Really.  What does 12 rounds of 9mm in a semi solve that 6 rounds in a revolver didn't?  I mean really.   Actual outcomes.  Yes, police had a bad resolution when they needed a 7th shot with a 6 round revolver.  But police have a bad situation when they need a 13th round out of a 12 round magazine.  Or a 19th round out of a 18 round magazine.  And it is probable mathmatically more common to need that 7th when you only have 6, than if you need that 19th when you only have 18.  But is it statistically significant, really? 

Of course there is the cost consideration, and I don't poo-poo that.  It's harder to keep costs down per unit!  Ruger did do a bit of it, and, presumably, if the cops stuck to revolvers in the past 3 decades I imagine there would be more along the lines of cheaper revolver construction and procurement.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Zombie Survival Guide

From here.

No, not how to survive the Zombacalypse. How they can survive their new unlife against YOU, you trigger happy gun nut.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rights and Emotions

"Your right to self defense?!  You right to keep and bear arms?!  What about my right to feel safe?!"

You don't have a right to that feeling.  It's a feeling.   That's on you.  It's not the goverment's job to make you feel feelings or protect your feelings or check to see what stimuli makes you feel certain feelings and then make policy to increase or decrease such stimuli.

The gov't is only supposed to not interfere with your pursuit of happiness.  It's not some bureaucrat's job to stalk, run to ground, dispatch happiness, then field strip and quarter happiness and wrap it in butcher paper and deliver happiness to your chest freezer. 

But lets say we are on the hook for each other's feelings, through the filter of government.  Why do YOUR feeling to feel safe trump MY feelings to feel safe?  A firearm in the home is what I use to keep the zombies, flash mobs, rogue SWAT teams, King George III, and home invaders away.  It makes me feel safe.  Oh you think my worries of undead monarchist ERT cops is silly?  How DARE you question the validity of my feelings.  That's a HATE crime.  Two can play at that game.  Well I think YOUR feelings are silly, too. 

So we are at an impasse.  No wait, we aren't.  Because there is no such thing as a right to feel some way, but there is a natural right to defense yourself.  Game, Set, Match.  Checkmate.  Stragego!  Yahtzee!  Pente.  Boo yah.  GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Now, I looked these up

Tam called out a dude that confused the .38 Long Colt with the 9mm NATO standard, somehow.  He thought 9mm was much weaker than it actually is.  So I looked em up. Did the legwork.   Pistol energies, average-ish, with FMJ bullets, in general, are:
  • 9mm 400 ft/lb
  • .45 ACP  360 ft/lb
  • .38LC  175 ft/lb
  • .38ACP 330 ft/lb
  • .38Super  480 ft/lb
  • .38Special  200 ft/lb

You all know the stories...  .38 Long Colt blackpowder revolver cartridges seem inadequate again drugged up Phillipine insurreectionists over 100 years ago, so we got Browning to make a semi-auto 1911 in God's own caliber for the world.  Yay.

Later, in the Reagan era, we switched to 9mm to make our allies happy or something.  At least simplify supply issues in the event of a hot war with the Soviets pouring through the Fulda Gap.  Right.

Plus, we must remember, the Hague conventions restrict bullets to full metal jacket only, and maybe we should unilaterally pull out of that part of the agreement, yada yada yada.  Modern ammo would be better, yes. 

And foot pounds of energy doesn't tell the whole story, no, yes, we all understand that.

What surprised me with this exercise that I had done before, was how close .45ACP and 9mm were in energy.  My assumption up to now was that there was a much bigger gap in foot pounds of energy with 9mm head and shoulders way above .45.  I was mistaken.  The two were closer than I thought.  That detail slipped by me up until this point.  I like when I learn junk.

Ok, ok, ok...   Ok.  How bout this?  185 grain .45 ACP.  But a semi-wadcutter.  Still fully jacketed.  Or with a tungsten carbide needle like core. Much gentler recoil with thems, I've found, but the speed might get north of 1000 ft/s with a subsequent bump of energy.  Nah, that hard tip will mess up any gun's feedramp.  Forget I said anything, I don't know what I am talking about.  Those gentler recoils I experienced were prolly from less propellant as well as less bullet weight.