Monday, June 26, 2017

Storm the Beaches!

So a buddy finally got to get eyes-on on a war trophy his Grandpa picked up on the beaches of Normandy.

Or so the family lore goes.

This sparked my buddy's interest and he has the internet where his mom did not back when these stories were told.

The family lore doesn't match the details.  As often happens in the big game of oral history.  And that is fine.  I am wondering if my Grear Great Great Grandpa really did go to Moscow and back with Napoleon....

Anyway, buddy's Grandpa didn't land in Normandy in June of 44.  He landed in the Riviera in December of 1944 with the 63rd Infantry.  Saw plenty of action.  Just not on Omaha beach.  Everyone already knew he drove trucks for the Army. He picked up the pistol somewhere from Marseilles to the Danube, looping around Switzerland.

The trophy itself is a double trophy.  It's a French pistol captured and repurposed by the Nazis, first.  It has the German touch marks on a French MAB Model D.

Family Lore states that the pistol is deactivated and does not fire.  My guess is it works just fine, and is hale hardy and sound, based on the pictures I do not yet have permission to post here.

I told my buddy that, hey, that is the same pistol that started WWI, too....  DOUBLE History!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saw some classic cars

Here's a car from the mid 50s with a long wheelbase.

And another master of a car from the early 40s with a 2 speed automatic transmission.

I should took more pictures of some of the grills I saw.  I am not the shutterbug others are.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Alan Ladd Movie

This Gun for Hire.

I got it more to see Veronica Lake in something. But Alan Ladd is in it as "Introducing..." at the tail of the credits. He was really the star and I think this was his first lead. He plays a Tough hired to rub out folks. Shoot first type. Lake is a lounge act. They both get caught up in a case of Jap espionage and are after the spy for different reasons.

Alan Ladd's weapons are a pair of Colt Pocket Hammerlesses he keeps in either a leather briefcase or the pockets of his overcoat.

Doesn't he know that is against the law? Even in 1942 San Francisco and LA. So is rubbing out blackmailer and cops that get in your way. Alan Ladd plays a hood, but not the actual heel of the movie. 

This movie is hard on cats.  I don't recommend it for cat lovers.

Friday, June 23, 2017

About Time

Click to embiggenate

So here you see my morning commute route (yellow line).  I take Connecticut Avenue south and get on the inner loop of the DC Beltway.  I cross over bridges, two, circled in red.  The road is asphalt, the bridge concrete.  So repairs of asphalt potholes are simple, but concrete pothole repairs are gawdawful, and half hearted at the two bridges.  Getting ready to pass the Morman Temple.

It got MUCH worse about 8 years ago.  Bad for me in a Durango.  I really felt for all the Beemers and Priusi that live around Kensington/Chevy-Chase.  But hey!  We had Obama and and Governor O'Malley and Senator Ried, and Speaker Pelosi and a shovel ready trillion dollar stimulus.  Infrastucture would get a boost, right?!

Nope.  It stayed bad and unfixed and got worse.  Thanks for nothing.

New governor, new president, and they finally fixed those bridges.  Smooth as silk.  Thanks Larry Hogan and President Trump!

I had low expectations for Trump, but him personally coming out with the night crews and seeing to these issues and getting on the Steam Roller himself at 3 AM really exceeded those expectation.

Romney wouldn't have done that.


And based on the Left's behavior of late in other areas, I will start to actually like Trump.  No, I didn't like him before, I was just glad he won instead of...  and I had low expectations for things he might do to help me out.  Fewer expectations means fewer disappointments.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Range 21 June

This was a good one despite poor results.

First 4 targets.  All the ones outside the paint?  Me going "Make trigger go NOW."  Rushing the shot.  The ones in the paint?  "Make trigger go good."

On the fifth target (bottom right) it was the same except I went, "Hey, T-Bolt, position your finger different and see if you can more center the shots that do go in the paint."  I had tried this before.  Difference this time?  It worked this time.

 It was a good range day because ALL the shots were a known quantity for me.  No guess work on why that one did this right and that one wrong.  And with .45ACP.  The wrongs aren't as bad as they used to be.  The rights are getting better and more frequent.  Still a ways to go.

No if only I can concentrate and do right for all 7 at a time.  7 explosions in your hand can be distracting to the concentration.  And it was often the FIRST shot in the mag that was a bad one and the second good..

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


I don't know about that.

I was upset back the day he was shot.  I am the NRA. 

I bet the NRA proper in Fairfax publishes stuff about it even without Reason's prodding.

While Away

The Jury decided the jumpy cop that manslaughtered the CCW permit holder was not guilty of same.

At least the cop got fired.

Dude knew he was nervous in the service, maybe he should have sought different employment, sooner. Before he killed some innocent.

This could happen to any of us.  Yes, us white dudes, too.  Cops can be mean, power hungry, scared, stupid, or all four.   We shouldn't HAVE to, but it may behoove all of us to act in a way, in our interactions with law enforcement, that if you get the mean, power-hungry, scared, stupid cop by luck of the draw, he has no excuse to light you up and then get a job selling insurance after your relatives have their day in court.

If you were in Mr. Castile's place, what would you have done different?  YOU are nervous, too, remember, but you see the cop get agitated.  What now?

I wouldn't try to be extra helpful, myself, anticipating the cop's desires by getting my Driver's License ahead of time.  Wait for the commands and ask him to be clear. And if the cop got shouty?  I'd make like a statue.  A statue where he can see both my hands.


And hey, look, that was a linked article to the Metrocon Fortnightly.  And by former fake Not-Trump presidential candidate David French, too.  RTHT, because it is a good one.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Been out of town

But now I am almost home.  Had to go to Cleveland and see the big Cavaliers victory parade.  I thought it would be crowded, but nobody was there.

Don't bother burglarizing me now.  I am pulling into the driveway. 

Things I learned.  There were plenty of automatic transmission cars back in the day.  Even in the 40s.  If you smoke good sausage be ready for a flavor explosion.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

One more thing.

From this.

I need to fit the dovetail sights, too.   Three things.  Clean up the frame sides, blend the grip safety better, and sights.   It won't win beauty contests, but that's fine. 

A few things.  Tips.  For installing dovetail sights.

Use the correct angle file to match your frame.

Then you have to decide...  Do I take off metal from the frame, or the sight, or both?  The sight is harder metal and rougher on your files.  The frame is softer and more expensive.

As you fit with light taps, when you can get it on 3/4 of the way you may want to drive it the rest of the way.  To ensure the least amount of crying.  3/4 is a rule of thumb.  You need to use judgment here.  Drive file it past that it may be too loose and you need a new sight.   Drive too early and you mung up the sight or frame or both.  Tears fall like rain.

Loctite?  Maybe.  If there is a locking screw?  Yeah on that most definitely.  I like blue loctite.  And if the sight is a tritium I'd definitely use blue and not red.  Red needs heat to remove and torching the tritium is...  not good.   

Sunday, June 18, 2017


It's an emoji.  Sideways face.  X is squinted eyes.  D is an open laughing mouth.  See it?


Of course, when I see it, I think of the offerings from Springfield, first.  Mmph. "Why is this person talking about Croatian pistols?  Ohhhhhhhhhhh..."

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Nothing wrong with this day that Liver Pate spread on Saltine crackers cannot fix.

Friday, June 16, 2017

T-Bolt Health Report

I think I have reached a new normal.

Numbness and dexterity in my fingertips may never return, but at least there is no pain.

I can lift thing higher than my shoulders, but the nerve weakness still makes that one side 75% of what it was this time last year.  The muscles haven't atrophied, but they may as well have.  For instance, it is difficult to get up from the ground if I was sitting or lying there.  And it's not because I am too damn fat.  Though that doesn't help.

Simple nerve pinches in my neck and back from too much wear and tear earlier in life

27 year old T-Bolt, with his ability to crank out 10 pull ups so easily it surprised even him, is not coming back.  In fact, 27 year old T-Bolt may have caused this by over doing it.

I'm not gonna be able to fight off the zombies as easily, in the future.

I was never good in a fist fight, but I am more useless now and I need to be self-aware enough about that.  Try to be more treacherous and wily.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I've asked before

What real 'good' do we get from Diversity?  There are some minor things on the margins.  Without diversity, so to speak, I'd never have tasted Thai food.  Thai food is ok, I guess.  And white people get to claim that they aren't really that racist.  Some political gains for one side or another that often doesn't work out like they'd figure.

But it's as if diversity is the goal.  People want it, get it, and.... then what?

Like in London.  Happy the murder victims covered a rainbow of cultures.  Why is that good?

I've talked about this before.

I'm not AGAINST it.  It's the forcing it.  Ramming it down peoples throats.  And for what good end?

Diversity is bunk.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let's not make this about guns

No, let's make this about guns.  Democrats are working themselves up into a frenzy.  Eventually they'll stop going after politicians with security details and start going after people that LOOK like they might be a Republican, or a conservative, or some other kind of Trump supporter.

I don't HAVE a security detail.  When will you let me be able to defend myself, Maryland, DC?  Pennsylvania, now, too.  I'm not asking the state provide me a body guard.  I just want a chance, on my own.

Representative Loudermilk wants conceal carry for all lawmakers in DC.  Hey, Volume-Dairy, how bout conceal carry for us useless peasant peons that elect folks like you, too?  You do serve US. If anything, you congress critter should be volunteering to be MY free bodyguard.

And Democrats?  Stop hurting people.

Whip Shot In Hip

 I wonder if the shooter was a Democrat?


And it's a Bernie bro...

Kathy Jackson

Of Cornered Cat is a well known and popular blogger and firearm instructor.  She solicited who is folks favoritest firearm instructors and because she is well liked she got a huge response.  Impressive response.  I want to preserve some of the names in a simple list in case an opportunity comes up and I wonder if some Joe Schmoe I might heretofore had not heard of is worth my training dollar and time.   "Shooting Instructors that do no suck."

Some on the list are no longer with us.
  • Colonel Jeff Cooper
  • Pat Rogers
  • Jim Cirillo
  • Louis Awerbuck
  • Doug Harvey
  • Todd Louis Green 

Those I know are gone and folks sadly miss them.  Not just because they were nice people, but great instructors.

For all I know some in this following list are no longer with us, but I am still listing them.  Some on the list are repeated more than a few times, a testament to how well regarded they are.

  • Mas Ayoob I already knew was very well regarded
  • Claude Werner
  • Marty Hayes
  • Ben Stoeger
  • Bruce Gray
  • Yong Lee
  • HR Hawkins
  • Todd Jarrett
  • Steve Fisher
  • Dave Spaulding
  • Greg Ellifritz
  • Kathy Jackson
  • Melody Lauer
  • John Benner
  • Tom Givens
  • Randy Cain
  • George Harris
  • Ernest Langdon
  • Charles Bosley
  • Greg Ellifritz
  • Karl Rehn
  • Mike McElmeel
  • Ed Head
  • Christopher Weare
  • Ken Campbell
  • Kasey Keckeisen
  • Calderon Welchlin
  • John Farnam
  • Vicki Farnam
  • Steve Fisher
  • Jedi with Modern Samurai Project
  • Chuck Haggard
  • Bill Blowers
  • Clint Smith
  • Ken Campbell
  • Michael Harries
  • Dennis Tueller
  • Rex Applegate
  • Ed Monk
  • Tom Walls
  • Diane Walls
  • Melissa DeYoung
  • Don McNees Jr.
  • Herb Smith
  • Ben Branam
  • Paul Carlson
  • Tom Givens
  • Lyn Givens
  • Randy Cain
  • Jim Crews
  • Ken Hackathorn
  • Michael Seeklander
  • David Maglio
  • Karl Rehn
  • Travis Tomasie

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

So, I made a gun

But I was also training to shoot.

And the only thing I was allowed to shoot was .22.  For like a year.  It even took a while before that was allowed.

It's only recently that I was shooting centerfire.   And I only shot .45 again the past month or so

So, the gun got made, but not shot, because of the training.  It fired a single magazine in testing, but nothing else.  It's still a parts pile as I delayed doing more with it until after a metal finishing class was held to brighten it up some.

The metal finishing class never came around.  So what good is T-Bolt 1, my first and only, so far, built from scratch 1911?

I need to bite the bullet, so to speak, do the best I can on the metal finishing, go ahead and loctite in the grip screw escutcheons.  Put it through it's paces.

Plan... I need to wet sand out some nasty scratches on the slide from the build process.  This gun will never be pretty.  I have a sanding block made out of a hockey puck and inch wide abrasive tape in various grips.

Also, I can relieve some pointy bits on the grip safety where it meets the frame with an abrasive cylinder in the dremel. 

Hop to, T-Bolt!  Then you gotta test the function.  250 rounds without a hiccup.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Recent history

So the writing was on the wall in the 1990s.  Clinton was ushering an irreversible gun control regime.  Because of the magazine size limits. 1911s got a boost in popularity because it was the best of the sub-10 round guns available.  Glock responded with baby Glocks to have something to sell to the lucrative civilian market while they still could.  Colt and HK stressed their links to military and law enforcement customer, alienating regular consumers, but who cares about them, they would be disarmed sooner rather than later and not a factor.  S&W took another path conceding to the Clinton administration alligator.  After seeing what the legal profession did to the tobacco industry, Smith didn't want that to happen to them so made a deal to avoid the liability, also pissing off us regular gun owners. 

That was then.

What a difference 20 years makes.  A dozen Vermont-Carry states.  The cusp of realizing a rights-friendly Supreme Court.  If not for a few billionaires you wouldn't even hear from the gun banners. 

Can you tell I am low on blog fodder ideas to just spit out a history paragraph?  It's still a wonder.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Same Bat Time...

When I was a kid there were two parts of TV.  Regular TV that had stuff like the news and was for my parents, and then there was UHF.  On UHF there was stuff for me.  Regular was NBC, ABC, CBS, UHF was PBS.  And there I saw Sesame Street and Electric Company and Mister Rogers.

My older cousin Jason came to visit.  I was out of the room when he made the change but he fiddled with the more delicate UHF tuner to shift from PBS's channel 26 to WDCA's channel 20.  When I walked into the room this was on the screen, with the theme music going.

And I was hooked. 

What is this wonder, Jason!  This is much better than the Cookie Monster.  

Lots of other stuff on Channel 20, including Captain 20, but Batman was the creme de la creme.  I was ruined forever.  Well, from age 3ish through 12ish? 

Thank you Adam West.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This is a HORRIBLE news story

"Suspect allegedly shot someone with shotgun shell filled with breakfast cereal."

Big long story omitting crucial info.

What KIND of cereal?  It's the most important detail the reader wants to know.  Captain Crunch would be as deadly a #4 Goose Shot.

Oh wait, read to the end.  It was Rice Krispies.  My bad.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Self Trainings

Yeah, if I am gonna get better on my own, I should prolly go to a range that lets me shoot close AND a range that lets me shoot more than once every 2 seconds.  My local does not.

And a shot timer for more self measurements.

Of course, my current split times might be greater than 2 seconds right now...  So perfectly ok at my current digs,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

War! Huh! What is it good for

Remember how I said the Korean war really only took 6 months.   Well it was 6 months of action then it settled into a stalemate for years.

WWII also only took about 6 months.  Well, for us.  It was a much longer thing from when they got involved before Britain turned the corner.  But for us, we got bombed in December, bombed Tokyo, lost the Philippines,  but then crippled the Japanese Navy by June.   The war was all over but the shouting by then.

Sure it was years of slog, but it was a fait accompli after Midway.  The decision was made and it was only going to go one way six months in for us.   At 10:24 on the 3rd of June 1942 the Japanese were winning the war.  Six minutes later they were on their back foot and losing with 3 carriers burning.

May-ish 1942 the Battle of the Atlantic turned and Stalingrad started happening soon after.  And that was that.  Half a year.  The enemy would never really regain the initiative.

WWI was different.  There was action for a just month, then an absolutely monstrous stalemate for years, but no real decision to be such.  In Korea it felt like the stalemate was the preference, "let's just stand pat and eventually end this damn thing."  In the Great War all sides were for a long time looking for some way to change the momentum and get something dynamic going to end the horror, but no one really knew how.  Attrition strategies are less than ideal even for the winning side.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

First Mag

My first mag used to be better.  At least my first shot.  This drop off with centerfire ammo is a bad trend. 

I need less warmup to get to my best level.  Now my level is lightly higher but it can take a few extra to get there.

Not what I want

That was at 25 feet, btw, on Monday's post, at that ranger.  It would be embarrassing if at 9.  But that is the only way I'll ever have a chance of doing Dot Torture.

Of course I will have to find a range that will let me do Dot Torture.  My range might trust ME to not shoot the floor or ceiling, but there is no way they can let me have the range to myself and shooting 9 feet away would be an example other would follow if they saw.

ESS is my secondary range, but that's a hike I should gird myself into doing more, I guess.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Look at him!  A brietbart story about guns has a guy pictured doing some shooting.  Pic by Getty

Distressed and under pressure, he is hunched over and all clenched.  Fight against that.  By not fighting against that.  You can grip hard, if that is your thing, without clenching every OTHER muscle in your body.   Like neck and head.  You'll run out of gas in a long string and, worse, you aren't doing your accuracy any favors on the first shot.  Soon his elbows will roll out further and his head will get lower... 

"But T-Bolt, maybe someone is shooting at HIM and that is why he's all clenched up."

Yes yes, I know.  But you got to try.  And practice a better way so when you are under stress and your heart is at 170 bpm and maybe you are hurt even... you have a chance of a good shot.

"But T-Bolt, thousands of people defend themselves with a gun scared out of their wits and all hunched over and adrenalin fueled."

True.  As will I, probably, if faced with a similar situation.   But you still want to try to not be clenched.  And practice for that.  To maximize your chances of a better outcome.

Guy in the picture if he can get sight alignment and a good trigger pull 5 times then duck away he did his job, even if a Dominatrix with wailing away on him from behind with a riding crop.  He'd just have an easier time making all that happen if he was more relaxed.

(We're not even gonna talk about his grip right now.)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Don't Listen, Hillary

THEY can't tell you what to do.

Don't they know who you are?

You paid your dues, and you can stay up there as long as you want.  YOU won the popular vote, the party ain't won doodly!  Heck, they were a drag on you!  Give em another piece of you mind, then drag em out behind the woodshed for a what-fer.

Range, 1 June


What a session.  At least I an laugh at myself instead of being dejected about and full of woe.

Remember my mantra?
  1. Relax
  2. Front sight
  3. Make trigger go good.
Tertiary addition:  Just because you haven't shot .45 much in the past 2 years doesn't mean you should be afraid of it now.

Six magazines fired.  The final 2 were Ciener .22.  You can see the old me in that first one, 'I', flinching to heck and back.  Relax, dummy.  The very first shot was that one over on the right barely touching the target I wasn't even aiming at.

Next target, II, below that was much better.  The V target was decent too, but at that point I am getting tired and impatient.

Oh, I am still logging all this.  Never had a failure with the rebuilt .45, and it's even been a while with the .22.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

So London Folks

Are as disarmed as New York, DC, Chicago and LA.


Last physical therapy I pushed myself a little much.  Now, days later, all the neck muscles are tight as a drum.  I can't even do the regular spine stretches.  Ugh.  This is frustrating.  And painful. 

Sex Robots!

"Not as skeevy as you think!"


All wild mushrooms are edible

Some are only edible once.

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Done some of that.  Not the most egregious ones.  I got slightly better.  Didn't need a gun store clerk to do it, either.  Did it ALL to myself.

My Momma is in Town

More later.  In the meantime I am going to go down to Union Station in the District. 

No, I'm not taking Metro.  Ten years ago I wouldn't have hesitated.  Now it is just a pit.

Friday, June 2, 2017

I got too much ammo

No really!  Hear me out.

I know what Kipling says about too many books, ammo, and bottles of wine.  Yes.

When I started this journey 9+ years ago I had a box of .357.  Now I have... more.  Like ammo cans, each with a different caliber.   Some gotten 9+ years ago that I haven't gotten around to rotating through as practice.

I thought I'd shoot a lot more .357 this time 9 years ago.  How am I gonna use up a .50 cal can of Magtech?

I don't get around to shoot rifles much, but I have battle packs of 7.62x51.  

The ammo was accumulated slowly, box at a time.  And now I feel old.  And when I am gone I don't want my relatives to have to deal with all this.

"You aren't old, T-Bolt!"  Well, maybe not so.  But i have no plans for the next 40 years of what DO with all this.

But I have a wary eye on 2025, when Trump leaves office.

Admit it, even if you hate the man, but are also a gunnie, you breathed a little sigh of relief.  With Hillary you try to INCREASE your ammo stocks in case she gets grabby about that.  And you know she'd have a go.  Whatever his flaws, there is a bit more confidence that that we can relax our alertness level on gun control from Orange to Yellow.

Back to Orange in 2025, maybe.  Depending.

Well, I can at least lower the levels of .45.   Maybe where I now have two cans of stored Magtech ammo, one of .45, one mixed .38/.357, I can make that just one can in that space in that closet.  That sort of thing.

Another thing is I am getting picky about my ammo quality.  Want less Blazer more Federal Premium.  So use up the more budget stuff.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

E v. W

A tale of two coasts over a long weekend.

Out west some badguys chose an off duty out of uniform Border Patrol officer to try to try to rob.  Poor victim selection, that.  They didn't expect a guy out of uniform to be armed.

The next day, east coast, local to me, Bawlmer.  Plain clothes ATF agents were doing... ATF stuff, when the same sorta thing happened to them.

They weren't wearing uniforms so that means they don't have guns, take their phones and wallets.

Gee, I wish more people not wearing cop clothes could turn the tables on bad guys in Maryland and California.  But regular people are just little people and not afforded such defend-yourself privileges.  You know, if regular people were sometime armed the word would get out to maybe be a crook some other way, and fewer bad guys would end up sticking up fewer folks.  Concentrate on the drug dealing, instead.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Range 24 May

Been a LOOOOONG time since I practiced with .45.

It was a good short session.  Not that I shot great.  I didn't.  But I shot some good, and some bad, and knew when and how I was doing both, and correcting more often than not.

I only shot 3 mags.  Baby steps.

Before the first shot I thought "I bet I do ok with number 1 and flinch on number 2," and that is what I did.  It took the rest of the magazine to settle down again, and shifted to the other side.

Two more mags, Second mag lower right.  Third mag is the left side.

When the shot are decent that is am T-bolt "Make Trigger Go Good" and those are in the paint or better.  When I slip too far right I am in "Make Trigger Go NOW" mode which hurries the squeeze and produces unsatisfactory results.  And one more plain old jerk to keep my head from getting too big.  I hope I have some warm up shots when a bad guy home invader busts in to hurt me and take my stuff.

But like I mentioned, I knew what was good and what was bad and why before I even looked at where the hole was.  And for the bad I knew what to do to fix it before I even looked.  For me, that awareness is huge. 

As you can see even the good one favor the right side.  And that's with me trying to draw the trigger in a way to pull it more left.  Watch, I'll improve even more and start land rounds in a group that can be covered with a half dollar and they will still be slightly right. 

But hey, since I went on the training vision quest I've been using mainly three 1911 styles on my live fire days.  A Springfield from the factory trigger with a Ceiner .22 conversion kit.  A 9mm double stack with a sweet trigger done by Sam, and my rebuilt Springfield .45 with a trigger done by me with heavy supervision by Sam.  All are different, with the .22 least satisfactory, yet still usable for what it is.  Different triggers but same shooter.  Same flaws.

I am pondering my next training step.  It will have to be someone as patient as Sam.  But different.  I want to learning new different tiny little details and improvements.


Monday, May 29, 2017

They came back

The males in my family, going way back, more often than not served in the military, when called.  I think my brother and I are the only ones that joined up without having been asked or needed or duty bound, but there was plenty of asking through the centuries.

There are Revolutionary war type.  Four greats great grandpa T-Bolt was rounded up by the French and he walked to Moscow with Napoleon.  Lots of relatives in upstate New York fought in the Civil War.  One grandpa was too old to join up in WWII, but he did anyway and ran a PX the whole time.  His sons, uncle and dad, joined up rather than be drafted.

All these people joined the military, served the time and came home, to later die, or be destined to die, in their beds.  They came back home, lived their lives.  Most often long ones. 

All accept the grandpa you see below.  Just him.  Forever 22.  Frozen in EGA amber.  He enjoyed working in a greenhouse in Michigan as a civilian, he managed to help bring my mother into being, and he died at Peleliu with other Marines.  Three things.  Just three things.  Defining a whole short life.

Coulda done worse.


So many important events have been put in motion by men sitting inside a canvas tent.

From a steely-eyed grandpa

Enjoy your Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


We're gonna need a bigger boat.

I know the historic reasoning behind it

That New York likes excessively high trigger pull weights on pistols for 'safety'.

Gear solution instead of a training solution.

First to solve a cop problem, and now to solve a free-people problem.

My quizzical nature wonder why it doesn't spread outside of New York.  Goodness knows, folks have tried.  Lemon squeezers are 130 years old.

I guess it's like it's hard to find Scrapple! served much beyond Pennsylvania or Maryland.  Or those crazy pork tenderloin sammiches too far from Indy.  Just a regional, quirk I guess.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Same goes for range bounce back

In the 80s, our boy scout troop met at an Isaak Walton.  When we got there there was usually nightime well lit skeet shooting going on.  Never had ear protection or goggles.  Some old guys had their glasses on, but they need them to see.

Now it was outside.  And there was only so much low down concrete bits for stuff to hit and bounce. But still.

Even then, it was a different time. 

Friday, May 26, 2017


no it MUST be a hit job!

Aimin' to Misbehave, huh?

 A little Irish Democracy?

Teaching your kids about busy bodies railing agin Demon Rum, 1855-1933.  Then morphing into other types of Puritans.  Against drugs or drink-driving or littering or exhaling CO2 or eating bacon with eggs and and coffee.

I like the libertarian friend I have that want to smoke the doobie AND force me to only drive electric cars because our local coal plant is out of sight unlike our local gas station.  Worst.  Libertarian.  Ever.  Well, second worse.  Another wanted to bring back black chattel slavery.  Seriously.  People-owning Libertarians.  Because... liberty?   Glad that guy left the state and my industry.

"Irish democracy, the phenomenon by which the general members of a polity resist the mandates of their would-be rulers by simply refusing to comply with them."
I do that with guns!
No I don't smuggle guns into the country.  Or arm escaped felons.  Or manufacture machinegun bits.  But, for instance, I get big magazines from out of state.  Maryland doesn't like that.
"But T-Bolt, that's not illegal."
Shut up!  I know.  It is sorta against the SPIRIT of the law, tho.  Totally counts.  FIGHT THE POWER!  I recommend doing that whenever possible.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Did I sling 6 shots

"Or only 5?  Well, seeing how this is a Scipio & Virgil .44 slingshot and can blow your head clean off, you got ask yourself...  Do I feel felix?..."

Ancient Slingshot Was as Deadly as a .44 Magnum.

It's the 'stopping power', you see.

Seriously, a sling wound is pretty nasty.  Those lead bullets from a sling will go right into soft tissue just like a modern bullet.  Not as fast, but so what?  50 gram sling projectile is like getting hit by a 750 grain bullet.  A Minie ball from the civil war was 500 grains.  Hit your pate with one they'll be digging the lead out of your brains.   Go through your collar bone and come to rest against the inside of your shoulder blade.  Ick.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THIS old story

And again.

The elusive .270 I've chewed over many times.

I'll believe it when I see it universally deployed throughout every part of the War Department.  Er, DoD.

And when that happens peeps will whine "we can't achieve fire superiority over time because we can't carry enough rounds"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Traitor Manning

He-she is thinking of moving back to Maryland.  To be near family.  Gonna stay in the military, instead of getting a dishonorable discharge.  Great.  Tricare and PX privileges.  Instead of a firing squad.

But now I might run into the crep weasel at the local Harris Tweeter.   Game Stop.  Cheesecak Factory.  Farmer's Market.  Squeezing the potato bread, testing for freshness.

I'll tell you if I see him.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Trigger Press. Trigger Squeeze. Surprise break.


A good trigger pull is hard to describe in words.  You can convey the concept to a rank beginner.  A person can also understand what it is academically.  But doing one?

Even early on you get a good trigger pull you know you got it.  Even if rare and one in fifty.

I've been doing this awhile now.  Consistent trigger pull success is getting there.  Oh no, not every time!  No, no no no.  But I can pretty much call one up.  Better than half the time?  Gawd I hope.

There are all sorts of tricks to try to summon one.  Then there aren't tricks, there is just do.  (thank you Yoda)

But what to call... that.   The good trigger thingy happening go but don't go take your time.  How to describe what that action is in words.  "Trigger Press. Trigger Squeeze. Surprise break." just don't feel right to me.

And that bugs me.  For some reason.  I'm an idiot. 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Range Report 16 May 2017

The last two training sessions.  When I shot well I looked at the front sight, relaxed, and did a good trigger pull.   Glock or 1911.  When I didn't shoot well it was because I dropped one of those things and replaced it with something else.  Prairie dogging, looking over the front sight to the holes in the target.  Tensing up, hunching my shoulders, or getting stiff from fatigue and pain.  And anticipation of recoil or rushing the squeeze to send it sooner.

So, range day.  Those three things.  Concentrate on your breathing when you load your mags.  Deep breaths.  Bound to help you relax.

Ok, this isn't bad.  Do it again.

Bah.  Slipping. Got a flier there.

BAH!  You are RUSHING it dummy.  You lost the vibe.  Just pack it up and go home.  Don't REINFORCE your awful failure!  STUPID!  STUPID!  Just put all this crap away.

No, wait.  Get 10 more rounds. Take a break.  Deep breaths.  Slow down.  Once more  Sight, relax, trigger.

Ok, NOW you can go home.  This range is as hot as bawlz.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is me

If I started a Youtube channel.  Jingles.

He's British tho, but a Navy veteran. About my age.  He's a video game enthusiast, with an interest in firearmns.  I'm the other way round.

And I post this because he went into Brit gun law.  "But pistols are for killing people."

Uh huh.  Correct.

Also World War Z discussion.

He did lots of Airsoft, instead of shooting, because, what else are you gonna do in the UK?  Shot stuff in the Navy, of course.  And he might might own a pump shotgun.

I watch a lot of his channel because I like his narration style.  He got me to try World of Warships.  And he still makes me want to try World of Tanks, too.  But low tier stuff.  I find the weaker tanks more interesting.

Friday, May 19, 2017

You see...

You see, they blocked blogger at work, I can't really check until I get home in the afternoon.  And this was a day.

"Keeping bankers hours, are you, T-Bolt."

"I'm sorry, Tom, I was heading to my physical therapy.  I've been in since 6AM.  Hey, why don't you eat a Bag of Richards, Mama Jama."


Thought I had one queued for today.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


The NRA is in denial about slowing gun sales!  From the HuffPost.

Oh noes!

But wait...  the NRA isn't a trade organization.  The ebb and flow of gun sales isn't their baliwick.  They're raisin de ick tree isn't seller support.  It's customer support. 

Sure gun makers and sellers are tickled with gun customers are happy or in an buying mood, but they the purveyors are just along for the ride, Bubbha. 

The lion's share of money the NRA gets is from individuals paying membership dues.  SO it's not a wonder the NRA is most concerned about that group.

And besides, the slump might not even be as bad as you gun banners hope it is.  We could use a gun glut for a little while.  

Health Update

And all of a sudden I can bring my arm up higher than my shoulder.  In other words, to my sight line.  Still numbness in finger and thumb, but it's LESS numbness.  When there was pain I NEVER forgot to take the NSAID when it was due to take the next dose.  Now I am going a day or two between Vitamin I administration.


I still hate getting old.

But I may be able to shoot again.  Well, after a fashion.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Impeach Yet Again!

Two scoops of ice cream when everyone else gets but one?!!!


Going DOWN, Donny!

Impeach Him Again!

You know if Trump broke his promise to name Ted Cruz to the Vice Presidency because The Donald found out Lying Ted really was the Zodiac Killer... that's a breach of a verbal contract, a misdemeanor, and an impeachable offense.

Totally should grant Senator Cruz immunity for all those killings if he will testify against the President.

Impeach Him!

You know if all these stories about the 11 homeless men Donald Trump killed with a hammer back in February turn out to be true, then that is probably an impeachable offense.

Stoopid Birds

They decided the bottom 2 inches of my window screens make great nesting material.  PITA.  I guess I need to think about aluminum screen instead of... nylon?  Is this nylon?

I don't  have the energy for home repairs.

How disruptive is new replacement windows?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What If Korea

What if MacArthur had been a bit more reflective, a bit less arrogant.  And had shored up perimeters Around Pyongyan in the west and Hungnam in the east?  Either before OR after the CHICOMs entered the conflict.  Maybe the current border would be much further north.  Though the difficulty of linking east to west would be challenging over the spine of those north south mountains. 

Woulda coulda shoulda.

I don't think the will existed later, or the prudence prior, to make that possible.

The world would look different today, certainly.  A very different cold war.  All by having the border more near the 39th parallel than the 38th.  Seoul would be safer, sure.

"Truman shoulda let MacArthur nuke the Chinese!"

Nuke what?  What target destruction would have deterred Mao?


Another 'forgotten' war.  Like WWI.  Forgotten as in, "why did it turn out the way it did?"

I had a better handle on this as a bald faced boy than I did the Great War.  But because M*A*S*H was on it felt like the war probably took forever, too.  Not really.  Three years.  And all the action was in the first 6 months.  Fast fast.

June 1950, the NORKS come down the peninsula, and allied forces (mostly US) are forced down to the southern tip.  Pusan Perimeter.

July 1950, UN says ok.  Mess of folks head on over in boats.

September 1950, landing and Inchon, the Norks are on their heels.  Steadily the allies push and take northern territory.

October 1950, the CHICOMS start sneaking across the Yalu.

November 1950, forces pushed back by about a bajillion Chinese.  Battle for Chosin Reservoir

December 1950, the Marines and some Army guys have pulled back to Hungnum harbor on the east coast.  And are evacuated.  Sorta like Dunkirk, but the Marines took all their stuff back with them.  A long hard slog.

January 1950, things sorta start to settle around the original border.  There is static trench warfare for two and a half years where folks just suffer and die for no visable result.  Then both sides quit fighting for 65 years.  So far.

But as you can see, just 6 months of dynamic action.

I told all that because I've been watching this, and thought it interesting.

Michael Caine fought in Korea. If you haven't seen him in Zulu then I don't know if we can still be friends.

Monday, May 15, 2017


National CCW?



If I was a sore loser SOB I'd wish that the Hearing Protection Act would fail now, but, why be that kind of petty?  If I can't have the win, I'll settle for a win.

And put my hopes in the courts like with Peruta.  I wish the retirement rumors were for Ginsberg instead of Kennedy.  I'd love a Thomas clone in for her.  n

THEN the Dems would be all for a national reciprocity law.  Maybe they can stem the damage to the gun confiscator if they have a say in how full USA CCW goes down. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Uh Oh

Saw this and thought 'blog fodder'!   Then EVERYONE jumped on it.  Dirty laundry aired about Shannon Watts at Moms Demand Gun Confiscations and Everytown Gets a Gun Ban.  Ah well.

Maybe Soros isn't happy with his creature?  So this was leaked.  Too much talk about her maybe making a run for Congress in Colorado?

We don't use that term for loyal toadie any more.  'Creature.'  One that is the servile dependent or tool of another

Huma would be Hillary's creature.

Peter Pettigrew would be Voldemorts (Read another book!)

Shannon is Soros'.  And you don't want your lessers trying to rise above their station, so you, George.

Could be. Could be.

"She's a horrible person, Tbolt!  That's why she is on the outs."

Well, yes, but she's ALWAYS been horrible.  Why is she on the outs now?

They say she is an unpaid volunteer?  Pull the other one, it has bells on it.  Someone is keeping her.

But the fact we are hearing this has deeper meaning.  It's signalling other things happening in the enemy camps.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hey Kid!


I can't tell corn from oats...

Commies ain't cool!


Child abuse

Ugh, brainwashed little wee bairn.  Who is sure he ain't brainwashed by his parents.  Well, maybe not his parents.... Ok, it's just his dad.  Gross.

Hope you are among the elite after the revolution.  The ones that aren't put up against the wall.  You'll need to be to eat as much as you are accustomed.

Speaking of washing...

Good luck washing the blood off your hands, Lil Che.  Be sure to tell the illegal immigrants what Che said:  "Mexicans are a rabble of illiterate Indians."  But that's not a Che shirt he is wearing at least.  It's Puma. Running dog capitalist lackeys, they.

Friday, May 12, 2017

WWTD, training

What Would Tam Do?

I appreciate Tam, occasionally, on other media forms even apart from her blog, goes, "Yo!  Training opportunity, you might consider."

Thanks Tam.

Now you gotta put that in proper context.  Tempered expectations. Does that mean you take that class and you shoot better than Jeff Cooper, Doc Holiday, and John Preston put together?  No.  It means that class is probably above average, not a fools errand, could very well be worth the money, and you might learn something.  You could do much worse.

The latest one is this.

Do it.  Or do something else, training wise.  It's fun.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Was gonna go to the range

Not really... feeling it.  Yesterday.

So, poor blogging.

The only good news is I may be regaining some feeling in the right thumb and forefinger.  So that's good, right?  Nerves take forever to heal.  Maybe I have turned a corner.

Constantly agitated by this is not helping my mood any.  And for that I am sorry. 


Here is a fact I did not know until yesterday.

Mr. Clean.  The cleanser mascot?  His first name is Veritably.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sim is back up

Went on Saturday.  Hatfields simulator training.

Relax.  Front sight.  Squeeze the trigger.

Three simple things.

How come I never remember them when I go to a training session?  It's like it's my first rodeo.  EVERY time.  But if I DO get around to remembering them...  things go much better.

Anyway, the sim has been down a while, but I got into the groove pretty quick.  Well, eventually.  Found some new limits because of my radiculopathy.  And my support hand thumbs forward is messing me up.  Unreliable placement because that hand is so numb.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

High Screwel

Hey, remember the other day when I told you about Albert Einstein High School nearby?

Somebody stole an AR from a cop car, stole a car, then drove it to his high school.  Car/Gun Thief was arrested.

Well, my County released him.  Because ICE wants to deport him.  The dude is a bad dude.  Not just a choir boy that made a big mistake.

Hey, if I was going to the range, but stopped at the local school and a cop noticed my range bag in the car as I conducted normal business in the school office...  Would I ever see the sun for at least 5 years?  Of course not.  Because I am a normal legal gun owner.  Not an illegal alien grand theft suspect with multiple other arrests.

Luckily, ICE swooped in before Montgomery County could hail a cab for him.  Now he is in that jail that that guy escaped from and was hiding in the woods for 6 days.  Different Country, tho

Monday, May 8, 2017

There were only 5 pistols to choose from.

Before the 80s there were few pistol varieties.  Now stay with me!

If you wanted a .45, there was Colt and...  that's it.  Sure there were knockoff in Spain or whatever, but THE .45 was a Colt M1911A1

If you wanted a 9mm there was the Browning Hi-Power or that new up and comer from S&W, the model 39.  Sure there were Lugers from the war, and some other things, but those 2 were the go-to.  And Smith made various flavor with different model numbers descending down from that 39, but they don't count, do there?

If you wanted a revolver there was Smith or Colt.  Yes, buncha others, budget brands, imports, various... but the choice was really just those 2.

And there was other thing that also don't really count.  Just stuff used by questionable foppy ferreners or girls.

The 80s came and there was an explosion of 9s.  Beretta, then Glock, and whole SLEW of others, SIG, HK, and on and on and on, but before that... just those 5 handguns.  Iconic.  And you might dismiss the Model 39.

And now?  There is sorta only the one handgun.  Glock.  In 9mm.    Maybe Glocks 'and a few dinosaurs that still insist on using an M1911A1 type, but they are dying out.'


Yes yes, you can be pedantic and knock down my premise easily.  Hell, I can do that.  You have to squint real hard to see this train of thought the same way.  But you can tell that's a great big train rumbling by even with your eyes full closed.  And I've been desperate for blog fodder, clearly.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


I always wanted to know the order of operations for machining a forged billet for a frame of a 1911.

This tells me.

They are using broaches to get some of those interior squared off sections! Ah ha.

And this.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

High School

If you pay attention you notice that High Schools seem to be packed in like sardines around my house.  High density, chockablock, public schools.  Even after the mass closures in the 1980s when the Boomers grew up and left.  I live next to one.  The third closest is Rockville, where I posted about a bit ago, and has an update today.  The second closest high school is Albert Einstein.  I took an SAT there back in 1982 when I was in Junior High.

Today, the news at Einstein is they found a stolen car in the parking lot.  Inside it was an AR stolen from a police cruiser.  Dun dun dunnnnnnn...  That extra attention drew police there and they eventually notices another stolen car.  With a shotgun stolen from the same prowler-car.  Curiouser and curiouser.  Car thieves caught.  High school kids.  I'm sure their parents are proud.

Keeping an eye out for Kennedy, the fourth closest high school.  All within a 5 mile circle.  You can tell they are old.  New High Schools have to be named after gay female racial minorities, for balance and such.

You want old, fuddy duddy white males you gotta go further south into the city.  This was all farmland here in 1950, so we get new wave white males.  10 miles further north and they name schools after that teacher that died on the Challenger and Senator Mikulski.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cince De Quatro

The Stuttering Chowderhead Incompetent Failure that said that is no longer president. 

The Brain-Damaged Felonious Harridan didn't replace him.

Half the whole world has lost their mind about it, and the other half are almost there.  More than ever happened in my memory.

And Cheeto Grabby Orangutan Mogul has very slightly exceeded my very low expectations for him.

Reason enough to celebrate Mexico beating the French, by my lights

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Is it just me?

Or is it harder to find shoes that fit these days?

Used to be, 20 years ago, I go to the store or risk a catalog buy.  Get size 11 shoes for my size 11 feet.  Nine times out of ten, they fit a treat.

Today, I order online or go to the store, I am lucky to get 1 in 3.

Is Chinese QC just crap now?

My feet haven't changed.  I thought that they might have, but they measure the same. 

Is this a trick of aging I hadn't considered?


You know, with my aches and pains, it is harder to project myself into an age appropriate fictional character when I read.  The protagonists my age can still use a cast iron frying pan, and it isn't too heavy for that one hand.  And he can feel his finger tips.  At least he doesn't whine about it on the page.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Buddies at work that got their ARs way back during the 2013 rush? (Or was it the 2009 rush?)

They are getting itchy now.  Unsatisfied.  "It rattles.  Do I just get a new lower?  Is my lower all worn out?"  They've had less than 200 rounds through it.

They want something better.  Less bare bones.  "Hey what would it take to put a silencer on it?"

Looking to trade up. "I can't see though the scope unless my head is in just the right position."


I say:

  • You don't need a new lower, probably.  Wait, is it polymer?  Meh, Just go with it.
  • There are gun shows in Virginia that will sell you uppers.
  • Get a Magpul catalog and buy everything in it.  Magazines in Virginia
  • Upgrade the optics to some that actually costs more than a C-Note

That's the standard advice you see, right?  Meh, won't cause any harm.  Prolly.  Find a place to shoot what you got already a bit more just to see.  If it's reliable, maybe leave it.  If you wanna do something different well, that can be done.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What's the AAR

After Action Report of the NRAAM?

From what I gathered, casually paying attention, Springfield released a DAO gun that no one likes, and they also screwed over the gun owners in their own state.  Or something.  Bad month for Genseo.

Tom Selleck won the most votes.  Gunnery Sergeant Hartman came in third.

Trump reaffirmed he appreciates us and wants to do more for us.  Besides talk, he has had a few actions in our favor.  Replace Gisnberg with a Thomas clone and Kennedy with a Thomas clone and I'd be ecstatic.

We're all supposed to buy insurance from NRA now.

What else?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Health update

Since the gunblog muse is flighty again, you are gonna get the health whinge.

Losts less pain.  A week ago some neck muscle got super tight, but that worked it's way past.  PT is effective, with constant improvements, just very slow.  Getting old sucks.  This could be the new normal, is always in the back of my mind.  Goal for this... to be able to handle cast iron pans again

The current wierdness.  A when the neck muscles loosened (this may be unrelated) the tip of my index finger and especially the thumb went totally numb.  And that has been constant.  Usually something goes funny then that comes back and another spot goes funny.  This has been a week of numb.  It plays hell with my fine motor tasks on my non-dominant hand.

You are always surprised the things you do with that hand, noticing only when it is difficult?  Buttoning a shirt cuff, zipping up my pants and buttoning them, clipping your nails.  Annoying.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


One of the nice things about the NRA convention that I am also not present at... It get's a lot of great extra frenetic activity from Snowflakes in Hell.

 Always appreciated.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Vidja games

This might draw my interest

In the 90s, I was too busy working for a living to get involved with computers.  Lifting heavy things, being sure the beer tasted good.  I missed most of the games from then.  Doom.  Wolfenstein.  Starfox.  Half Life 1.  Battletech

But then I got a job in computers.  Because they pay better than lifting heavy things and at the time they were hiring anyone that could spell 'HTML.'  I ended up getting a machine that could play video game properly, all for my ownself.  And a cable modem.  The first two games I got just by looking at the pretty boxes on the shelf at CompUSA was Morrowind, by local Bethesda games, (and that lead me through the years to Skyrim and Fallout 4...) and Medal of Honor, a WWII first person shooter.

I was hooked on both.

Now eventually WWII fell out of style in the video game realm.   Understandable.  Everything can be overdone, and WWII was.  Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, and Battlefield moved on to more modern or futuristic settings.

But now Call of Duty is releasing a new WWII game.  And I am interested.   Though I don't have the time and twitch reflexes of 15 years ago, I will prolly still play it...

Friday, April 28, 2017

"You should get some training"

Said like, "You should finish your broccoli."

Aw, mom, do I have to?

Actually, it's not necessarily said that way, but that's the way a lot of people hear it, no matter how it is said.

Last time I was out with Sam he was his usual gunsmith self and watching out for noobie to be sure they didn't point the muzzle to their 9 o'clock, where we were standing.  He suggest there are training options to make them learn more, but he did it like... well... a gunsmith.  All knowledgeable and serious. 

It's how he weeds out the uncommitted.  Being all gruff.  Did it to me when I first went in the store.  "Naw that gun sucks, there is nothing I can do for it at a decent price."  It did suck, and it will be expensive to make good.

But that's neither here nor there.  Back to the subject:  Training.

It's not broccoli.  It's dessert!  Training is fun!  Sure, some instructors are awful.  You know what?  There are other instructors.  Try another one.  I get a lot of enjoyment out of training.  And my pace of improvement is glacially slow.  Still a blast to do.  I've got to overcome some inertia and find more instructors to try out. 

Anyway, I told those people at the range.  The noobs.  You don't just learn stuff and safety.  It's also fun.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Range 22 APR, training

These were not in-a-hurry double taps:

His shots are the upper and lower left, and upper right.  Mine are the center, and my finals are in the lower right.

10 count, steady pace, no rush.

I did another target, but don't have it, before this with more ten counts.

His two flier low and left?  Prairie doggin'.   Looking at the target not the front sight.  He was shooting a stock Glock...  19? 

While I shoot a string he watches me.  He notices when I screw up but then CORRECT myself, mid string and bring em back toward the center.  So, some progress there.  Shoulder is still fatiguing me even more than I usually tire, but even with that, not too bad.

All of those are at 5 yards with my Ciener .22.  I think it was 5.  Might have been 7.  The other target was at 3.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Double Tap psychology

It takes a while for people to share this detail about their shooting, but it may very well be universal.

What are people thinking about, when under time pressure, between the first and second shot?  Outwardly, a person may appear calm and professional and their fundamentals and recoil management are sound.  But between the ears other things are happening. 

First it feels like you have less than a tenth of a second.  You prolly have more (in my case, lots more) But it feels like less than a tenth.  But the experience seems to go like, in that fraction of time:


"Whoa nelly, those 9mm rounds sure pack a punch!  Phew!  Ok, ok, ok, you gotta get the next round off before the target carboard turns 90 degrees.  Get about it.  Where is that sight picture?  Aw it is all messed up and my grip shifted a smidge.  C'mon!  Get that sight picture back!  Where is it?  Hell just FIND the front sight!  HURRY!  Where is it?  Where?!  Ok, there it is.  It's sorta in the neighborhood.  I still don't know where the rear sight got to but no time to worry about that now!  Oh, at least you have the trigger prepped.  When did you do that?  Nevermind, no time!  GO!  Now..... presssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss..."


And sometimes you omit the press part.  And there the rear sight was, all along.  And now, the 9mm doesn't pack that much punch.  And your second round hit ok on the target anyway as long as you didn't jerk the gun around on that trigger press.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Well, that's not good

A tiny burr.  On the slide stop notch.  A common enough problem with double stack 1911s.  Which is why I recommend only getting a double stack built by a gunsmith that takes it as a personal affront when this happens.

What causes this?  The magazine, I am told, but don 't fully grock yet.  With double stacks it's always the magazine.  If something is wrong, the magazine did it.  That magazines need tuning to the gun, just to start. 

Good news!  In the shop move Sam found two more mags for this gun, bringing my total to 4. 

Fun fact, there are two styles of double stack frame.  The Caspian machined casting, like this.  And STI has a two part frame for their version, the 2011.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Auf Deutsch

When suppressors are legal


Well, not gonna get one.  None of my guns are threaded.   I'd have to GET something with threads.

Wait, I've done gunsmithing.  Maybe I could fit a barrel myself?  Hmmm, that underlug is tough...

It's not like I don't like suppressors. A .22 and a .45 would be neat. I don't see the point on a .223 or .308. But I'd find the other kinds, the .22 and .45, fun to use. They just aren't as high a priority for me.

I'd much rather get to CCW like you people.  CCW everywhere.  Like on the Metro.  Because I don't want to be stabbed without a chance. Those of you living in more friendly jurisdictions care less because you got yours. But as long as people in New Jersey can't tote a concealed Glock inside their waist band then NONE of us are free.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eggs Woodhouse

Every morning.

Hobbies and Vocations

The one over arching theme I have learned.  Woodworking framing, carving, turning, blacksmithing, brewing, shooting, typewriter repair, gunsmithing, chairmaking...

When you are a novice, half the fun is the gear accumulation.  Don't knock this.  I think you may have to do it.   And when you are a novice you often can't afford it, but you accumulate anyway.

Then, as you get more proficient and skilled, you need less and less of the gear.

ALL those carving chisels and whatnot.  And in the end you need a drill, 4 simple chisels, and a carving stone. You might only need 2 chisels and a sheet of sandpaper.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Wrinkle

I can't put my hat on with my right hand. Or wipe the snot from my nose onto the sleeve of my forearm. The arm just doesn't do that anymore. Less pain, some nerve tingles, but range of motion is tightening up. And this is with twice weekly physical therapy. Hmm.

You know Charlie Walser? Has the place east of Sanderson? Well you know how they used to slaughter beeves, hit 'em with a maul right here to stun 'em... and then up and slit their throats? Well here Charlie has one trussed up and all set to drain him and the beef comes to. It starts thrashing around, six hundred pounds of very pissed-off livestock if you'll pardon me... Charlie grabs his gun there to shoot the damn thing in the head but what with the swingin' and twistin' it's a glance-shot and ricochets around and comes back hits Charlie in the shoulder. You go see Charlie, he still can't reach up with his right hand for his hat... Point bein', even in the contest between man and steer the issue is not certain.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What Caliber for Old Man

Being all stove up on the right side, and memories of Archie as he went for a 78 year old man that might have been able to take me, to somebody that couldn't keep the old folks home nurses from making off with his beer as they could come and go when they pleased and he no longer had any say in how he could conduct his life...

Eventually Ima get old.  I'll probably sell off a bunch of gun while I still have my faculties and a use for money.  But previous generation of T-Bolts tended to last a while.

I know what my first gun was.  I wonder what my last one will be?  Before I give up even that last one and move out of my home and independent living and into a hospice or assisted living facility where someone else has a key to my residence and doesn't permit firearms.  By that point I'd probably be useless defending myself with a firearm.  If I wasn't useless I'd have no call to check into such a facility.

Gone is the Garand.  Gone is the Model 11s.  Gone the .22 squirrel gun of my great great grandmother.  Just one left.

There will be the last gun I ever own.  Some day.  What will that gun be?  Probably a 1911 pistol of some description.  If my hands go pulling a revolver trigger will be harder than the hard part of a 1911.  Racking the slide.  I hope it is S/N TBOLT001.  Maybe 002 or 003.  003 will probably be a single stack 9mm.  001 and 002 are .45 frames.  .22TCM is another thought for it's light recoil but hot round.  Hope it won't come to that, needing lighter recoil, but, at least the option is there.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Again with the nothing

Less pain and more tingly up and down the gimp arm cuz of the gimp neck.  So, progress!

Gonna try to get some training, 10AM, Saturday.  So, that to look forward to.

Lots on TV.  Archer, Fargo, MST3K, Samurai Jack.  I need to watch the cable one and dump the TV portion of the cable bill down to 5 channels.  Why still have some TV channels?  So I don't have to deal with Comcast returning their cable box and remote. It's one of their way to screw peeps over "You never returned the remote, that's a $50 surcharge for a 9 year old remote."  My TV bill shouldn't be my LARGEST utility bill.  But that's just me.

So, polish off the TV shows and wonder what I'll do when Rick & Morty comes out.  Maybe get Hulu +.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gun Control Klaxon

The gun banners would love to make every public shooting in the news an argument for this cause, allowing them to ban all firearms everywhere, even cops and soldiers, but not every story has legs on it. Here is what they need.

  • Lots of sympathetic innocent victims.   Then need as much blood as possible to dance in.
  • The shooter should be white.  If the shooter is from an oppressed class that can distract from the gun-ban message.  
  • Multi racial and very young, preferred.  They can cite the shooter as racist, while also highlighting a charismatic little 11 year blonde girl.  Double whammy.
  • The gun can't be some old style gun.  Scary looking modern semi-auto are best for them.  Especially if it was on a ban list once before but isn't anymore.  A five shot revolver is inconvenient to their message.
  • It's best of the shooter has no professional gun training.  Their mid-course incremntalist goal is to ban guns for those not trained in their use, then ban guns of the professionals.   Ban for me, today, but for cops tomorrow.  So, no ex-cops or military vets.   Unless they are crazy.  The gun banners can work with crazy.
What am I missing?  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wonder what the poor people are doing...

If I ever won a billion dollar lottery, obviously I would engage many servants.

A valet, a driver, a groundskeeper and staff, a housekeeper and staff, a chef, a gun-bearer for my safaris.  Somebody to assist in the raising of my orchids.

But I would like to retain a brisket-smoker so I never run out of properly prepared beef.  Day or night.

Excuse me, won't you?



I would also have Follies.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Don't do that.  I don't care how good the clothes are.  I don't care if there are really blanks in the gun.  Mistakes happen.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Typical Weekend.

Linger in bed.  Maybe read or check Facebook on the tablet. 

Coffee.  Quart size French Press.  From ground beans.  To avoid the caffeine withdrawal headache and to repair the liver after a night of drinking, if applicable.

More computer checking while coffee-ing.  News.  Blogs.   Youtube. 

Breakfast.  Usually a brefass sammich.  4 strips of bacon, cut in half, in the oven.  Then two egg in those ring thingies.  Thomas' English muffin.  American cheese.  Pulpless OJ.

Than watch an MST3K episode from the 90s.  I don't know about this new season.

By then it is Afternoon, time to do whatever needs to be done.  Or nap.  Whatever.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Survival Hooey

I like this.  Clear logical eyes on something most all of us that might read this blog like to 'what if' in their heads about.

The common narrative of preppers.  We are heading to disaster.  If it's just on Great Depression worth, ok, we can weather that.  But what if it is Great Depression x5?  The dollar goes to zero overnight. There is a week til the grocery stores are empty, and the gas stations run out.   Then, the hungry boil out of the cities.  So you better be in Idaho.

That's how it is supposed to go.  Like night follows day.

But what if it doesn't go that way?  Is it really likely to go that way?  Well probably not.  Arguably it goes in the opposite direction.

What gets people out of cities?   In modern times.  This isn't France 1940.  Think Damascus, Sarajevo, Mosul, and Beirut.  Multi faction war lord style civil war in the bad ones, over years and years.  Some people fleeing, but not like a devouring horde of locusts.  Lots of people hunkering down.

What if the Rule of Law collapses?  That article covers that.  Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does power and power brings its own order. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Range Day.

I had 15 rounds of 115 grain American Eagle in mag #2.  They weren't locking open the slide on the final round.  And a box of 124 grain American Eagle to test.  115 grain Federal white box and 147 grain American Eagle have given no problems in the past.

I suspect American Eagle has a lighter powder charge compared to Federal, but I have no chrono to test that theory.

Except my Federals are FMJ.  Same company, different practice ammo formulas, I guess.

So let's test...

Nope.  Fails on both.  Only worked to lock back once on 124, right after a re-lube.  Gonna have to test 147 another time.  Maybe a cleaning first...


People ask me why I don't fly commercial.

I love flight.

Well, it's not just about the flight, now, is it?


The REAL villains are all those other passengers on that flight.  After Untied Flight 93 on September 11th I thought it was understood that the proper response when there are a small cadre of thugs on your flight, injuring people, is to rise up.  Those three 'cops,' if that is indeed what they were, should have been a grease spot, right then.   

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

He would have, you know.

Martin O’Malley: I Would Have Beaten Donald Trump in General Election

See what lead us Marylanders?

Shoot a little or a lot

Sometimes I am jealous of Tam.

She shot 150 rounds in that typical-for-her session.  And her quality is just fine.  Round 1 or round 150. 

My quality sloughs off after that many. 

When doing the simulator I could pull down 200 trigger pulls or more, but I am not fighting recoil.  Still 200+ trigger pulls in 20 minutes is a lotta finger work and you those finger muscles and forearm muscles notice it.  Often, Sam was trying to get me to muscle fatigue to get me to fall back to fundamentals.  If you are exhausted you have to slowdown and try to do the job with the least effort possible.  And concentrate on that trigger pull.

Sam also wants me to mindful with live fire.  Train often, but don't reinforce bad shooting by staying after you are tired.  Even if it is just a bad day, after 10 rounds that just aren't there...  Better to pack up, come back the next day.

Short round counts on purpose. 

So I am lucky to get 50 rounds a session.  With pain and with that current training philosophy (subject to change). It doesn't cost anything at my main raing.  I can go every day, shoot for 3 hours, pay the same as going once a month for 30 minutes.   It's a yearly membership thingy.  I only pay $1.05 and that is for a target.

And part of my problem is this neck issue.  It's bad recently, but it has been contributing to pain, at some level, for over a year.  Since before 2013 or before probably.

The true worry is, what do I do if I go to a different trainer and go through a 500 round count training evolution?  That would suck.   Training 50 rounds a week might help me compared to the guy that goes to the range 3 times a year

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PT tortures

4PM, on a Tuesday or Thursday in April?

I am at physical torture for my bum neck.

It not all bad.  I live the cervical traction thingy.  It's like this, but electrical instead of pneumatic.  10 minutes of 20 second cycles.  10 seconds pulled, 10 seconds relaxed.  I could nap.  And I feel better after.

It's the exercises that will make it hard to sleep tonight.