Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What next?

Gunsmith wise, after I have this ejector thing behind me?  Well, for this gun, the trigger has some creep to it.  Like to get that addressed.  And a sight swap out will probably call for dovetail cuts in the slide that is beyond my abilities ATT. 

That will make this $700 gun very expensive.  What with the part, alone.  Slide stop, mainspring housing, premium ambi-safety, new sights, cuts to the slide...  I'm not counting the tuition for multiple classes as that is mods to my brain more than mods to the gun.

Oh and find out and correct why Springfield bent the fingers of the leaf spring like that instead of fitting the gun right.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mudville 2

So, Springfield won't fix my gun right, what do I do now?

Well, there are options... As commenters have noted

Pay the gunsmith, locally.  Good time to get other things done, like a dovetail cut for the front sight.

Or, I can do it myself.  I have a very nice drill press.  I can order parts from brownells.  I can figure out the drill bit size to use.

Or, coincidentally, the ejector could 'come free' at a range trip tomorrow.  And I can call Springfield again and say, hey, the ejector just fell out somehow, and is this a defect you will FIX RIGHT FOR ME?!

Do they not pin the ejector on their Performance Center Guns?  Oh, they DO?  Like it was the right way to do it?  Oh my!  I bet they rifle the barrels of their Performance Center Guns.  Imagine if Springfield stopped rifling the barrels of Range Officer 1911s...  They could save a lot of money in production and really up the profits.

I dunno if I'd trust em, NOW to fix the ejector, though.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Riots

Dang whitey and his incessant rioting

Brilliant!

So this is a brilliant side effect of a do gooder liberal thing. 

Cornell had too many deer on campus.  Instead of eating them they spent a lot of crybaby bambi-mom money to give the does tubal ligation surgery.  But.  The deer population didn't go down.  Sure, those deer had no fawns, but the law of unintended consequences means they ended up with a lot more bucks, proportionately. 

What was happening was the does would go into heat, but not get pregnant.  So they'd go into heat again, several times a year instead of that once.  This attracted a lot more bucks. 

Are you thinking what I am thinking?

If I got stupid-money in some kind of lottery windfall and could afford 300 acres in West Virginia, then I could certain afford $1200 per a few does on my land to get em fixed up.  Then my private reserve has much more opportunity for shooting something with antlers with all the bucks they attract. 

I would feel kinda stupid eating venison from a doe I spent $1200 on and shot by mistake, tho.  Expensive chili...

Probably an easier cheaper way to do this, too.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wish it would stop raining

We need a drought here in Maryland.  Rain makes my tax bill go up, since the Governor signed into law the rain tax.  Looks like the sky water is letting up for a little while.  Need a dry Autumn.

Vote O'Malley for President 2016



Friday, October 17, 2014

No Joy in Mudville

Well, I called Springfield.  I wanted to see about them correcting the pistol that left their factory with an ejector held on by just a little bit of glue.  Which isn't proper, considering the abuse that part takes.


"Hey, you forgot to stake down the ejector."

"Go away, son, you bother me..."

"But..."

"I said hit the bricks kid.  Most people don't shoot more than 500 rounds through their 1911 and will never notice it.  Sure a few people that CCW the model regularly will have a problem and a gun that will lock up tight in the middle of a magazine, but what are the chances that'll come back to us if that magazine is the one that he wants to defend his life with.  Besides, what are YOU gonna do?  Blog about it?!  HAHAHAHA!!!  Blogging is dead!  No one reads blogs!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

Then I could swear I heard them lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.  The one of a few I gave them when I bought the gun.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Canned Goods

Mmmm

Been looking for meat pie fillings.  Been using corned beef hash and chicken stew up til now.  But Now there is this:


Remakes

Speaking of me getting tired of movie remakes.  It's certainly not a new phenomena.

Last of the Comanches and the well in Sahara.  The first is a run of the mill western, the second is  Humphrey Bogart movie  WWII north Africa movie.  In both they come to a well that is nearly dry, and one of the party goes down and finds a small drip.  Slowly he accumulates water and send it up in a bucket on a rope.  The scene is clearly lifted one from the other, ten years apart.

The plaster coated diamond encrusted cross from a new word catholic cathedral is found after a treasure hunt in TV's Cheyenne and the film Maru Maru with Errol Flynn.  A little Hispanic boys insists it belongs back at the church and gets his way.  The TV episode was Devil's Canyon and came out in 1957, the movie in 1952.

Watchmen and Mad Max with the hacksaw scene.  And in Saw, I guess.  A peril is presented to some poor sod.  The fire is coming, the poison is spreading.  You are chained by the ankle to something heavy.  No time to hacksaw through the metal.  Your only hope is to hacksaw off your foot.  I first saw it in Mad Max, then in Watchmen, then in Saw, but I am sure Mad Max got it from somewhere else.  The scene from the movie to the comic book is only 7 years apart.  25 years from the Max movie to Saw.

All of these are almost assuredly 'borrowed' from pulp fiction stories from the 1930s.  There is nothing new under the sun.

I guess we should be thankful that anything very original is written at all. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

721

They just don't make all weather radials like they used to.


Monopoly of Violence

Only the gummint should have a monopoly on violence.

But wait.  I am the gummint.  Government of the people, by the people, for the people and all that.  If I wasn't the gov't then why did they ask me to serve in that function by registering for selective service only mumble-mumble years ago?  Or call on my to serve on a jury?  Or asking me to vote?

Seems like I retain part of that monopoly.

And yes yes.  It's the monopoly on the initiation of force.  Every living thing in the world has the right to defend themselves, of course.  It's just in some countries where the people are part of the system, instead of just subjected to it. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ammo Prices

50 years ago.

Check out page 53.  The Ad in Guns Magazine that says "PREPAID AMMUNITION"

4 cents a round for .45 and 5 cents a round for non corrosive .30-06.  75 cents for an M1 Carbine magazine.

Phew.  Even WITH inflation in the intervening years... 

Of course if you are gonna use a time machine to go back to 1964, might as well get your hands on 1964 silver coinage, and rinse repeat that process til you have real money.

How do you do that?  No one is gonna make change for your $20 bill with a 2008 date on it.  Yeah.  Bring back old pennies from 1963?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lotsa Bad about Maryland

But one of the good things is our very handsome state flag.  But the damn socialists would screw that up if they had gotten their way.  Look at the flag the Dems are proposing:


Defensive Ammo

Ok, since the 1986 Miami shootout the FBI made a standard to judge minimum performance of self-defense ammo.  We've been going over this in the gun blogosphere (again) since the FBI announced that maybe they didn't need the .40.

And, since the standard was set, I am betting the ammo makers were kinda thrilled.   While it would take work to meet the standard they could point to it and have it mean something.  "Acceptible to the FBI!"  Before that the ammo was... maybe good?  Or was it a gimmicking thing with a lotta marketing going for it?  Things that had explosives in the top or TRAC II razor blades (the first blade lifts and cuts...) or whatever

So, I am wondering...  What do the 'other' bullets look like.  Not the super gimmicky, but the standard older stuff.  What is the difference in minutest detail between HydraShok and HST?  What does 158 grain SWCHP lead bullets in .38 Spl. look like?  FMJ stuff is prolly going all the way through 2 feet of gelatin, but let's see how it does that.  How about .25ACP?  .44 magnum?  5.7FN?  I want that one comparison picture, but for everything.  Not because I want to choose a load out for myself.  I just want to know what they are all like.  Cuz I am geeky that way.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CDC

I'm getting tired of liberals whining, "if only the Rethuglicans didn't block the funding the Centers for Disease Control could study gun violence and help put an end to it."

Look, genius, the CDC mission creep is so bad that they can't do their original mission half effectively.  So when we DO need Big Gov to address something, they fail at it.  It'd be nice if they were still sorta kinda experts on the subject of communicable disease, what with some respiratory ailment spreading amoung young kids and... uh... what was it?  Oh, right, EBOLA. 

That what I like about over reaching Big Gov pols.  They aren't smart enough to make Big Gov effective and just rent seek and turf grow, so voters see it becoming incompetent and leaves the issue vulnerable to effective libertarian arguments against.

But go ahead, CDC.  Study how many people get their toes run over by a forklift at work.  Reinvent the wheel.  What a waste.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Garand Thumb

I always said Garand Thumb was a myth.  It's HARD to get your thumb jammed in the action when loading the rifle.  Even if you load it stupid.

Oh, but of course you gotta be careful closing the bolt when empty, no clip.  YesTHAT I can see. 

But it's hard to with a full clip.

So, myth half busted.