Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Tam posted this.  Midway battle from the perspective of the Japanese

I had seen it before, and this sort of history stuff is right in both our wheelhouses.

I am expounding on one part, that struck me, upon rewatch

"The only chance Japan had in winning this war, was if the American carrier fleet was destroyed."


That may have been the thinking at the upper echelons of the Japanese leadership, but was it right?

Let's say they did take Midway, and then sank all four carriers that came after them and with minimal Japanese losses.  From this momentum they continued, spreading a bit more of their sphere out, raiding on Hawaii, pushing supply lines to Australia further south or even the east to come via the Indian Ocean.

Bad for us.  But does it just delay the allies eventual victory?  Lots of new ships are still on the ways, more than the Japanese can produce.

I don't think it does.  Victory in the Pacific before 1948 still happens.  The Japanese were deluding themselves.  I don't think we'd quit after such a (devastating, surely) loss.

Monday, October 21, 2019

"I wish he would stop tweeting"

I hear that from everyone.  Trump haters, of course, but also people that voted for him and from fans. (not the same thing)

I wish he would stop tweeting.

And I get it.  Trump's biggest negative is that he is a loudmouth vulgarian from Queens.  And that all is in your face because of the constant tweeting.

If he was charismatic and amiable like Reagan was that'd be great, huh?

Well, the thing is, he is president because of his tweeting, not despite them.  Being boisterous in tweets draws attention.  And tweeting is him directly communicating without filters.  He is going to up his tweet level now.  An election is coming in a year.  Maybe after that he will dial it back.  Unless he wants to get something passed through Congress...

Getting and staying in the Whitehouse has in history often been greatly helped due to a candidate best exploiting the latest communication gizmos.  Tyler and broadsheet gazetteering with song books, Lincoln and the telegraph,  FDR and radio, Kennedy and B&W TV, Reagan and color TV.  Clinton and the then extra plethora of TV talk shows.  Obama and email lists.

Trump and tweets.

Also, Trump and memes.

A new candidate at a future election will have the next new big way to communicate with the electorate.  Watch.  The one that works the new medium best will come out on top.


Yeah, yeah, more Trump nonsense.  I wanted to get Tippecanoe into a post.  If it's too much Trump send me a wire or Aeromail demanding a refund of your blog subscription and I will give you back all the money you are due. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Voting record

Everyone is doing a mea culpa.  "I am so sorry I voted for Mitt Romney, what a crap weasel he turned out to be."

"I am so sorry I voted for Egg McMuffin in 2016.  All he had to do was not go kookoo banananas."

Well, I voted for McCain, but only because of Sarah Palin.  I was gonna vote for no one until she got on the ticket.  I don't regret that.  Because of her.

I did NOT vote for Mitt.  I live in Maryland, it didn't matter.  I voted for no one for president.  And I am glad I did.  I am glad some deep Dem OP didn't fool me into not supporting a decent conservative fighter, throwing the re-election to a guy as bad as Carter.  Turns out Mitt isn't decent, or conservative, and was always a loser. 

I held my nose with Trump, but that was because he wasn't Hillary, and had a chance.  If slim. No way he would win.

I still don't believe he did.

He's been a pleasant surprise exceeding my standard of "he isn't Hillary."

Can you tell I am reaching for flog bladder?  Er, bog fluffer?  BLOG FODDER!

So what is gun related about Trump, that loudmouth vulgarian from Queens that few like yet voted for?

Well, I am nervous about future gun cases.  Because there is a risk, even if Trump already HAD replaced Ginsberg you don't know how the cases will go until they do.  Like New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York.

Lets assume that one stays on the docket (and there is a chance it will get yoinked.  New York thinks they will lose so retreated and repealed to avoid getting dragged to SCOTUS, hoping to moot the whole thing.)  So, it goes up and let's say it rules on our favor.  5 to 4 or 6 to 3.  What does that mean?  It means someone in New York city can take his gun to a range, minimum in that case.  But the devil is in the details.  It could be really good news.  Shall Issue in all 50?  Constitution Carry in all 50?!  These are too much to hope for.  But could happen.

Of course a lot of YOU don't care.  You got carry.  Florida might care.  It might make that whole "slip and print while concealed and someone sees you can get in trouble."  It's nice to plug up situations like that for Florida, in cases that no one in Vermont or Alaska gives a fig about.  A whole host of things could get corrected for the better in Maryland though.

A little or a lot of corrective, it is all because Trump won and Hillary lost.

"But Trump banned arm braces and bump stocks, T-Bolt! He's not on our side?"

Maybe.  Maybe not.  I can see this Trump guy being slippery with ATF regs.

Saturday, October 19, 2019


Thought I had something lined up here!

Uhhh, wait one.


Yeah, this is weird.  The lower receiver is ruled that it isn't a receiver on an AR, maybe?

How is that difference than my bare 1911 frame, then? 

The AR lower contains the hammer lock work, but that is removable.  The magazine goes in there too.  The upper part has the barrel and firing pin and sights location and the breech face...

The 1911 frame contains the hammer lock work, but that is removable. The magazine goes in there.  The upper part has the barrel and firing pin and sights location and the breech face...

See?  I am waiting for smarter people to hash this out, but I think many folks are confused all around.  And I like it when out enemies are confused. 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Every Fall

I try to psyche myself up to set the thermostat to 50 degrees.  Toughen myself up.  Get acclimated.  Probably better for me.  Wear more sweaters.



Shaving is tough early mornings.  Middle of the night getting up to use the facilities isn't easy either.

I don't think a space heater in the smallest room would do the trick, and while a time can be set for wake up time, it doesn't account for middle of the night activities. 

And I don't have a woodstove.  Olden days, it was the pater familias' job to get up first and stock the banked coals back to life and the rest of the family can enjoy the toasty blaze and conduct their toilette in moderate comfort.  Enjoy the cold over night, not suffer like a Spartan dressing for the day. 

It's a hard habit to adopt when a thermostat is so easy. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Training for a MD Purchase Permit

If you don't get to waive your training requirement for the HQL, I wondered how do you find a trainer that will work to qualify?

Within 3 years prior to the submission of an HQL application, an applicant must demonstrate a satisfactory completion of a Firearms Safety Training Course. Qualified Handgun Instructors can be found online HERE. The Firearms Safety Training Course must be instructed by a Qualified Handgun Instructor, and shall consist of a minimum of 4 hours of instruction and include the following minimum curricula:

  1. State Firearm Law. Overview of the State firearm laws, including discussion of what constitutes a regulated firearm, how to properly purchase or transfer a firearm, where allowed to carry or transport a firearm, when necessary to possess a carry permit, who is prohibited from possessing firearms, and state law relating to minors, permissible levels of force, and use of deadly force. 
  2. Home Firearm Safety. Overview of handgun and firearm safety in the home, including discussion of access to minors, locking and storing of firearms, and use of safety devices, such as secure lock boxes. 
  3. Handgun Mechanisms and Operation. Overview of the proper operation and safe handling of a handgun, including cleaning and maintenance, the loading and unloading of ammunition, and the differences between revolvers and semi-automatic handguns. 
  4. Operation and Handling Demonstration. Orientation component that demonstrates the person’s safe operation and handling of a firearm, to include a “live fire” component in which the applicant safely shoots the weapon. An applicant may not be required to fire in excess of 15 yards during qualifications.

The web page to apply for an HQL has a handy link.   Put in a zip code and it spit out local teachers.  Remember that cop that died in downtown Silver Spring a few posts ago?  Here are all the instructors in that zip code.

moreno, roberto edward Silver spring MD 20910

All both of them.

But there are others.  That's just one zipcode.  With a gun store in it. 

"Why didn't you have to do the training, T-Bolt?"

Prior military service

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Progressive Overreach

I do like how Progressive overreach pushed the ACLU more and more into 'our' camp. 

California is being particularly onerous of late.  A bridge too far?

The American Civil Liberties Union is one of the few ostensibly lefty orgs sticking by first principles from when it was founded.  I guess during the Long March Through the Institutions they took a look at the ACLU and shrugged, "don't waste time with them, they are already full of liberals and on our side."

I'm not relying on them.  I still they count to ten by reciting 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.  But every now and then it's nice when peeps on the left pulls back the curtain on the actions of same.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

No one wants to impeach Trump

Well, that's not true,  Maybe 30% of the House does.  But the vast majority of both parties do not want to impeach.

I'm right.  And there is no way Nancy Pelosi can prove me wrong. 


No way to falsify me.

I say vast majorities don't want it, and why not take my word over Nancy's?  She's lied to you a LOT more than I have.

Well there is one way she can prove me wrong...  But she don't wanna.  Too scared?  Maybe.

Fake but Accurate

Thank you Dan Rather.

Silver Spring, just the one, the spring is singular.

He did succumb to his wounds.

This is near me.  My address says Silver Spring, but that covers a lot.  I used to meet friends for breakfast Saturdays down there.

But the few times I went out to dinner there, at night?  Walking from the restaurant to the car didn't fill me with warm fuzzies.   I mean it isn't awful, but lots of alarm bells do go off.  It can be rowdy. 

I'm not surprised a cop might be shot after midnight in downtown.  Nothing good happens after 10PM.

Wait, he was shot at 8:50 AM?  Yes, I know that is after midnight but it's also after dawn.  What the hell...

Monday, October 14, 2019

But this is worth highlighting

For the music and smoking indoors alone.

Ammunition, wee lad

My first contacts with ammunition were at the shore of the Chesapeake.

My grandparent lived right on the water near Pt. No Point.  A great place for a kid to visit.  There were inlets nearby for crabbing, and there were plywood shacks over the water I couldn't get to.  I was told that these were duck blinds.  The whole area would be great for hunting ducks.  Flat, lots of shallow protected waterways, away from the bay proper.  Farm fields bordering.

Along the shore shotshells would wash up, and we picked up any old interesting thing we saw on the beack, including these.  They were often colorful, too.  Red green and yellow. Invariably, in the early 70s, there were high brass and plastic casing.  Later, the metal part was more often rusted.  Steel.  Usually plastic, 12 gauge, but sometimes .410.

I was an adult before I ever saw a cardboard shotgun case.  Maybe those rotted away in the water.

Was there a time when paper crossed over to mostly plastic?

I don't even remember seeing any ducks, ever, tho.  Near the water and away froim bird feeders in Paw Paws yard there was little bird variety  Saw lots of gulls.  Osprey and osprey nests on navigation markers.  Might have saw a bald eagle in 1978 way off in the distance.  Then in '85 I saw 2 bald eagles fly over head close enough I could have thrown a baseball up to them.  I don't remember 2 or 3 mallards in all that time.  And no other ducks.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


So in seeking out my grandfather I ran across this book.  Twenty Two at Peleliu

George Peto is the WWII verteran.   Margaritas helped him get his recollections into book form at this late stage of life

In it an old guy, Goerge, with a great memory, records his time before the war and in the Marines in WWII.  He served on Peleliu under Puller, left flank, while my grandfather was on the right with Hannekin.  Of all the description of what that island's battle was like Peto's was the best I've read.

Peto was a bit of hell raiser and reminds me of the trouble Archie, my crotchety old neighbor of blessed memory, used to tell me.  Time in the brig, troublemaking, a string of girls.  Kindred spirits, they.

He seemed to thrive in the Corps when not in trouble, though, and was a forward observer for the mortars when it was possible, a rifleman when circumstance didn't permit, like when the jungle was too dense or the mortars couldn't deploy, or the comms were down.  Call sign was X-Ray.

Thanks George, for the insight to what my grandad was up to. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019


My college degree is in History.  It was what I fell back to when engineering calculus kicked my butt.  But only because I loved history as much as I love knowing how mechanical things worked.

So I have advanced formal instruction.

That means nothing.  I left school with huge holes in my knowledge.  Over the years I have tried to fill these gaps.

Recently, I really got into the nitty gritty involved with WWI.

Couple decades ago it was shoring up my colonial and ante-bellum North America knowledge.

Recently, I have availed myself of the History of Rome podcast to put the ancient world together in some modicum of sense in my head.  Like history lectures when I drive.

I can keep better track of the first few emperors, now.  Before it was dribs and drabs.  Before the emperors?  Gah!  That's still hard.

Lessee, from recent memory (so there still could be errors)
  • Julius Caesar.  I know lots about him already
  • Octavius Augustus.  LONG reign despite being sickly, horrible at raising up heirs.  
  • Tiberius.  Paranoid kiddie diddler, was the emperor when Jesus got it. 20 years or so.  Awful
  • Caligula.  Know about him too.  Only around for 4 years.  AWFULLER.  Assassinated
  • Claudius.  Starred in a PBS miniseries.  Stutterer.  Assumed a imbecile and thought 'uh, here we go again...' but, much better than his pre-elevation reputation
  • Nero.  You know about him, too.
  • 69 AD, the year of the 4 emperors.  Galba, the humorless governor from Spain, Otho, the apple polisher in Rome, Vitellius, the gluttonous governor in the Rhineland, and Vespacian, the governor from Syria.
  • Vespacian was a mild and generous emperor
  • Titus, was a milder and more generous, but only around a couple years.  The Coliseum was dedicated, Mt Vesuvius buried Pompeii, and the Jewish revolt finally put down in Judea.
  • Domitian.  Horrible reputation because he hated the Senate and the Senate hated him right back
  • Nerva.  2 years and assassinated by the Praetorian guard, but the first of the Five Good Emperors
  • Trajan. Knew about him
  • Hadrian.  Knew about him
  • Anonius Pius. Adopted son of Hadrian
  • Marcus Aurelius, the last great Stoic.  Knew about him.
  • Joaquin Phoenix.  Made the Joker movie.
And it would hurt me to memorize that short list.  It gets me from before 48 BC to 180 AD.

The Republican era is harder to keep track of because Consuls did their thing for a year, then a new guy.  But you get the interesting Punic War, there.  It's Legendary city state of Rime, slowly gobbles up the Italian peninsula against the Etruscsans, the Latins, the Samnites, then over the Sicily, then butting heads with the Carthaginians, and finally against what Alexander left behind in the east, with Greece, Syria, and Egypt.

Do you know any other really good history podcasts as good as this that you really like?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Sometimes you go a while

...with plenty of blog fodder.

Sometimes you are caught short.

Follow up interview with buddy.

"I like the sights much better on the .22 than on the M&P."

I told him the shape of both is virtually identical.  The only difference is the Ciener is all black square notch and post.  The 9mm is 3-dot, white. 

He was shocked. 

One of those things a beginners notices on his path.  I'm sure in time he will grow accustomed.

If he is like me, his preferences will change.  Time and again.  Even when the different varieties no longer seem to matter for performance as long as they are decent.   

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Took a buddy to the range

The one I mentioned before.

Didn't have time to do the whole sit down with a blue gun, and the four rules.  Got him the lesson on always point it level and toward the far end no matter what and went with that. 

He has shot things before, it's just been a long time.  I know him, and he's pretty level headed and as old as me.  And I warned him about the startle response and the hot-brass dance.  This was just a familiarization run.

I had the Ciener .22 on an old 1911 to start with.  From there was went to a M&P 9mm that he is leaning toward. 

The biggest lesson he learned is how to do is use the LULA mag loader. 

Only 2 in the mag the first time.  I didn't want to find he real DID have a startle response. 

After I told him to concentrate 1) relaxing, 2) focus on the front sight and 3) try for a surprise trigger break, but really, the surprise trigger break.  You are 95% there if you master a surprise trigger break.  He actually had quite a few shots well in the paint when he did.  A bit of a heel on some shot, and probably a lobster style pinch on others. 

He took the target home as a souvenir or I'd have pictures of his progress. 

Now I need to enourage him to do the training and get the license to purchase.  But I have NO IDEA about the stuff for that.  He knows more.  I never see ads for that.  I better ask next time.  It'd be nice to have the dope for folks.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


It's Lief Erickson Day and Good Commie Day.

It's genealogical legend in my family that we can trace our lineage back to ol' Lief.

Future Magazine Ban

"I remember when they banned high capacity magazines.  Regular mags became so expensive in Cheaper Than Dirt catalogs.  I mean, the ban didn't work, they were readily available.  You just had to pay extra.  If they ever look like they are gonna ban magazines again Ima buy a whole bunch right before as an investment vehicle."

Heard that today.

If the law is close to being enacted then you are too late.  If you think that is really going to happen you should have bought last year and continue to until the price started to creep up on you.  Then hold until the price was worth cashing in on

Even then, it won't be like before.  People already have the attitude you have, buddy, and resolved not to be left holding the bag again.  There is a much bigger stockpiled supply, in situ, all over.  I bet even causal gunnies, not normally the hoarder type, are more likely to buy a spare mag or two these days, where in the old days they would be satisfied with the 2 that came in the box with their new gun. 

And yes, I buy spares.  Part of it is to short circuit any possible future ban and appease the prepper in me.  But another part is to cater to my laziness.  I like to go to the range with enough mags to load a whole box of ammo into.  Less things to keep track of.  All the bullets either get shot or loaded into a magazine and the empty box goes in the trash.  Just a habit peculiar to me.   

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Brother in Town

Was out late last night.  No blog idea right now, sorry.  Odds and sods:

Uh...  I don't mind a robust and kinetic furren policy.  I do mind not bothering to win the wars we get in.  So, despite feeling bad the Kurds might get boar-hogged, I'm not offended about just letting the Turks deal with them bastards in Syria.  I hope someone does.  Deal with them.  That isn't Iran.  Second place for 'hope doesn't win'.  Everyone else.  We should have settled everyone's hash by 2006 by victory, and this conversation shouldn't even be happening.  So, whatever.

Yankee screw drivers.  I don't recommend using the apparatus for standard head screws.  It makes a good long ratcheting screw driver without the drive mechanism.  I don't even recommend it for Phillips heard.  But man, that mechanism works great with Robertson (square hole) screws.  The screw sticks to the tip so you don't have to hold it to get it going. I did a plank floor in the attic this way.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Pink Guns

I prefer handtools.  No electrons wasted.  Like with this for driving screws.

Or this for drilling holes.

But I sometimes want to drill half inch holes in steel.  For that a plug-in 1/2 inch chuck monster.  But that is too bulk for driving a dozen screws into the wooden fence in the back yard.  Something compact, light, and handy.  So I am shopping for my first cordless drill that uses batteries.  In searching I came across this.

You know.  For ladies.  So it's not just the gun makers doing that sort of thing.