Sunday, April 30, 2017

NRAAM

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:

!BANG! 

"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..."

!BANG!

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

I'm....

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?

WOODHOUSE!  MAKE EGGS!

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I would also have Follies.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Yeah

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...


Airlines

People ask me why I don't fly commercial.

I love flight.

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

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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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Just to see

I went ahead and got a bag of beans from Black Rifle.

I coulda swore that was a Medium roast bland.

Anyway, $12 for the beans, $8 for shipping.

But it is pretty damn good coffee.  The beans are largish and not greasy.  Brews up nicely in the french press and yields a dark pleasant brown color.  The color is rich, and so is the flavor.  Not the best cuppa Joe, but pretty dang good.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Only Targetting the Innocent

Gun banners only pass gun control laws that apply to the innocent.

It's only for innocent people, like you and me.  If we cross one of the thousands of gun laws they will hang us out to dry.   By design.  You and me, we aren't dangerous to the police.  Not like real criminals.

Real criminals, if they violate a gun law, that is just ignored.  Gun laws don't apply to actual predators and felons.  The cops and the courts don't enforce those.  And the people worried about guns don't concern themselves with that application.  I fact they need more criminals committing gun crimes to gin up support for gun bans for the rest of us.  As usual it's about control of all of us, not about the guns, per se. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Not sleeping well

Stupid PT exercises.  I sleep great with just the stretches part.  Add the exercises and no bueno.

There are few position I can be in that are comfortable.  Sitting at my computer at home is one of the bad ones.

The desk at work is not so bad, luckily. 

But hey, how about that target this week?  I am really coming along.  "Get a 9mm, because lower recoil"  You know, when you shoot nothing but .22 for 18 months 9mm seems like a LOTTA recoil. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Suffer

Three post yesterday.  Hurt today.  Sparse blog.  Hard to think up junk.

Go go Gorsuch.

I stay in Maryland to help to make Maryland as gun friendly as say... Indiana?  If we all make Maryland as good as Indiana then Indiana will have nothing to worry about.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dub Dub Won


Nobody understands WWI.  Now or then.  It's pretty much:

  1. The Schlieffen Plan, lots of army movement for a couple months
  2. Settles into Trench Warfare
  3. Then nothing really happens for years except people dying
  4. Gas Planes Tanks U-Boats
  5. More dying
  6. The Americans show up
  7. More meat grinder
  8. Then the war ended... somehow?  I mean we weren't in Berlin and they weren't in Paris or anything...
  9. I just don't know
  10. Then everyone got the flu and dying intensifies
  11. Shut UP, Wilson
  12. Then the Americans go home and there is no beer
If you have those 12 points, you pretty much know more than 98% of everyone.  You don't even need a 14 point plan.  Dang fascist.

WAR!

Against those dastardly Huns!

100 years ago, today.

Range 5 APR 17

Not too shabby.

First, some mechanicals with the 9mm.  The slide didn't lock back with one round still in there, waiting to go into battery.  5-6 times, no issue with mag #1.

When using 115 grain Federal 9mm, the slide doesn't lockback on empty, tho.  147 grain it locks back as it should.  So, strong spring, wrist too limp, or just not enough oomph in the momentum with a light pill.  Interesting.  I purposely bought multiple weights of projectile from the same ammo maker to test what this gun 'likes.'  No malfunctions beyond that lockback not happening.

Mag #2 has 15 rounds of 115 loaded for next time.  Remember that, T-Bolt.

Now the target.



First the .22 to the face.  That 'flyer' at 10 o'clock?  Called that one.  2 and 5 o'clock I don't remember those.  I was just impressed I noticed the one.   Also, not favoring the right side of the centerline as much as usual  Good.

I am favoring the right side with the 9mm.  As I get tired I go further and further high and right.  And with my neck issue I get tired sooner.  This issue has probably impacted my stamina negatively for over a year, but worse now.  The gun shoots higher than my point of aim, which is fine. 

Coincidentally, everyone there had chosen this exact same yellow silhouette target to shoot at.  Four of them side by side at 25 feet.  And I felt really good about my skills in comparison.  I was definitely 99th percentile in that little room. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Regular Capacity

So, the Trace is all undie-soiling that there is an uptick, sposuhbley, of 'large capacity' magazine getting confiscated by the Po-Po in the course of their duties.  Much to the chagrin of State since the state officially frowned upon bigger-than-10 round magazine back in 2013.  "But those are supposed to be verboten!  Why are criminals now seeking them out?"  Well, duh.

Little background.  Most of Maryland, spezially the populous parts of Maryland, you are less than an hours drive to another state.  States with gun stores.  It is only illegal to sell or give away magazines inside the state.  Not illegal to have.

Since the Police are under siege and going with a Ferguson effect, homicides have skyrocketed, especially in Baltimore.  Sanctuary policies bring in more MS-13 types.  Dem pols don't have the police's backs, so crime goes up.  More homicides (even the liberals admit it is up 40%).  So, the rate of Glock 17s being used is probably proportionately the same, but there are just more killings.  More Glocks found at the scene.  25, instead of 25, say.  So that looks like more high cap mags, right?  4% increase!  Crisis!

What absolute bushwa.  So why did they publish absolute grade A baloney?  Start of a campaign to ban 11+ round magazine in Maryland outright, mebbe?  Slowly tighten the gun ban screws.  Sure sure.

It is next to impossible to restore rights statewide legislatively because Democrats and their hostility toward civil rights.  We rely on judicial solutions.

C'mon Trump.  Up your nomination game, chop chop.  Before I can't even go to the local range with my new pistol in case anyone snitches on me.

Hey, Dems, you passed gun control and the murder rate went up 40%  Repeal gun control and see if it goes down 40%.


"The majority of the handguns accepted 9mm or .40-caliber ammunition.  As The Trace and The Baltimore Sun reported, as larger, more lethal rounds became the favorites of legal gun owners, they veered into criminal marketplaces as well."

Don't tell them the legal gun owner are trending down to the smaller ammo.  Glad they don't know about my .45.  At least that gun only has 8 round mags....

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Still got nuthin

Remember that Ike pic was a boon.  Or you would have gotten yesterday's the day before.

More PT.  Wow, that nerve pinch make that arm weak, for no reason at all.  But they put me through my paces with rubber band and more stretches and what not.  I might try the range on Wednesday.

But what to bring?  The 9mm.  It's new, and recoil is ostensibly lighter.  Plus I want to have fun with it.  It's been out of my hands more than it's been in.

"Ft Hood shooter threatens to go on hunger strike because the civilized world hates Sharia."  Good.  Hurry up and stop eating.

"Susan Rice illegally used the IC to spy on Trump and Trump's team for political purpose."  Kinda figured it was something like that.  Is Sulu going to apologize to Rep. Nunes now?  Robert Redford is right, this is just like Watergate.

"USA Today endorses Gorsuch for SCOTUS"  I guess Schumer was wrong and Gorsuch is actually mainstream.

Monday, April 3, 2017

sigh

Not going to the range really saps my blog fodder.

What other updates can I give you?

I have never finished my 1911.  I need to debur the grip safety and install the sights.  That's it.  Easy peasy.  But the thing is stratched all to heck and back.  I was hoping for a metal finishing class.

The .22 conversion kit on my old Springfield frame?  Yeah, that's not good for the sear and hammer hooks after a while, so I keep an eye on it.  It's the factory sear.  If it goes bad, so what?  I want to learn how to do sears and hammers on my own. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

SHAEF

Look at this image.
























General Omar Bradley
Admiral Ramsay
Marshal Tedder
Ike
General Montgomery
Marshal Tafford
General Bedell Smith

Patton wouldn't be there even if he was in town.  Too low ranking, he.  This is the next tier up.  This is February of 44, and Patton was in the doghouse still, a little bit, anyway, but training up the 3rd Army.

More stars at those cheap, worn wooden felt top tables than there are stars in the sky.  Commanding millions of men to fight and die using maps pinned crookedly to the wall.  Sitting in plane hard metal chairs without armrests under 2 bulbs.

Billions upon billions spent.  It would be trillions today.  And these men shepherding those massive resources on furniture barely acceptable to teenage boys today playing Dungeons and Dragons in their parent's basement.

Do you think when seven 4 stars meet at the Pentagon or in Bahrain the room looks that sparse?  Would they stand for it?  Maybe.  Maybe if they were 2 to 5 years into such a big war for survival, they'd be humble enough and frugal enough.

A war that big, commanded in that room.  To think.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

WoWS

So, Larry Correia and Tam play a tank computer game.  I was a Navy guy, so I play the same company's warship game.

World of Warships.

They pay close attention to detail on the ships and try to get all the fiddly bits right.  They look great.  And they perform similarly to how they performed in real life.  A slow 1904 cruiser is slow, an Iowa battleship is fast.

The way it works is, you select a tier one ship and you join a squadron and fight another squadron.  You use guns and torpedoes and ramming to cause damage, and smoke screen and spotter planes to hide or see farther.

It's mostly about ship to ship gun duels, so... yay.  Guns.

There are aircraft carriers in game you can play, but no subs.  No missiles.  No ship after WWII, for the most part.   But also nothing much before 1900.  As you gain experience you can progress through the tiers.  Some ships you can play never left the drawing board in real life.  Frex:  the Montana is the US line's tier 10 battleship.

When you are matched up the grouping is in tiers.  So you could in a Fletcher class Destroyer fighting alongside a teammate in a Yamato class Battleship.   But you won't get to gang up on a USS St Louis cruiser.  You are tier 9 and 10.  The St Louis is a good ship, but only tier 3 and would wither in seconds.

I refuse to play any of the Japanese ship lines, though they have superior torpedoes.   The Japanese killed my grandpa.  So they get no slack from me.

My favorite ship, so far, is the USS Cleveland, a very good all round performer.  Here it is in New York on St. Patrick's Day, needing a new coat of paint.



 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sanctuary State

In shocking turn from the brink, the president of the Maryland Senate, the second most powerful man in the state, has stated unequivocally that the Sanctuary Bill passed by the house of delegates won't get through the Senate.  Period.

The GOP governor Hogan was going to veto it, but the Dems control so much of the legislature they can override most anything they really want to.  Thanks to Senator Miller it won't come to that. 

I dunno if Miller is just a sane man or realizes the optics would look very very wrong right now what with the Rockville High School rape by illegal aliens receiving national attention.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

But... but...

Rosie O'Donnel told me beam jet can't steel fuel melts!

I mean jet fuel can't melt steel beams!


Overheard at Work

Co-workers were noting that Oklahoma home invasion where a 23 year old dirt-napped three bad guy teens with an AR.  They were noticing internet comments sections were histrionic, commenters calling the victim defending himself a murderer.  Thought that was silly.

They went on...  More noticing.  You often hear about the dead bad guys family bemoaning that the victim didn't have to kill the bad guy.  But you never hear from the shooter.  Even with a good shoot fully justified, they still ended the life of 3 people.  No matter how deserving that will stay in the nightmares of most folks.  But nary a peep is heard.

Well, good guy, if smart, is keeping his trap shut, often under orders from an attorney.  Unless you are acquitted at trial months and months down the road, you don't want to give the DA an excuse, after promising no charges were forthcoming, to change his mind and renege.  And by the time a body is clear to talk about a shooting, the news media isn't interested.  It's News media, not ancient history media, after all.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Health Update

Pinched nerve in the neck.  Cervical radiculopathy is the name for it, apparently.  The disks are herniating a little bit.  When it was pain and numbness, I didn't care, but went to the doctor when it manifested as weakness in my support hand. Especially when I raise my arm higher than my adam's apple.  Getting a pistol up to eye level is more difficult, now, while this flare up is in effect.


Pain is one thing, but the weakness concerned me.

Treated with medicines.  Muscle relaxers, steroidal anti inflammatory, then NSAIDS.

In physical therapy now.  First session was yesterday.  Now that was nice.  I have some stretches to get the muscles in my back and neck more balanced against themselves, and there is the neck stretcher machine that feels glorious.

I've slowed down my training, temporarily.  Worst case scenario, this issue gets no better I will train around the weakness and get used to it.  Practice more strong hand only shooting.  But let's see if I can make it better, first, before giving up on the right arm.  It still works, just not as well. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Been Failing the Interviews

The neighborhood is flooded with bilingual hucksters of late. 

Our local Electricity Emporium no longer generates the juice, just delivers.  And we, the customer, get to decide which supplier we want to use.  So they are all out greening each other, trying to sell the most environmentally 'sustainable' source that we should totally sign up with.

They are failing their marketing with me.  I'd choose the coaliest supplier.  Cheap and reliable.  Though coal/nuke would be even better.  That isn't the choices.  The choices are GreenCo.  Supa-Green, and Greenier & GreenGreen LLC.  Electricity is fungible, why is this even a thing?

Also getting the "we are in the neighborhood, refinishing driveways for you neighbor would you like us to do your and your roof and replace your windows, too?" pitchmen.  It is the season

The huckster go door to door, ringing bells.  I have a porch door, and it is locked, so they don't get that close, and during the day I will come to the door and tell them to pound sand.  You are coming to me and asking for money?  You wouldn't give ME money if I walked up to you and asked you.

At night I don't answer the door.  I am there, of course, watching unseen.  Don't answer the door at night unless you can see the cop lights on the street outside.

But the day walker hustlers, just selling or maybe scamming... I am not doing the interview well.  These aren't crooks, just salesmen.  But I should still be alert for the one in a hundred crook, looking for a victim.  And I want to deter that one in a hundred.

They are outside the airlock.  That is good.  But I am not watching their hands.  I am engaging them in conversation, however brief.  My guard gets too far down.  Colonel Cooper would say I should be Condition Orange, maybe?  I just want to be a brighter Yellow.  Yet another thing to be mindful of.    

Monday, March 27, 2017

Right Arm

Hurts to type.  And mouse.

Range Day 23 March

Revolvers.

Took the 617 and 640 out for a spin.  My neck it still bothering me so I figured it's just be a few shots and done.

Well that was embarrassing.

Things I learned.  Pausing the DA trigger squeeze is doable.  A viable for me method. When I got it down right I get groups like this at 25 feet.



Practice at the range and DRY FIRE will improve this.  Note the hole at 4 o'clock?  That was supposed to go in the target below.  It was +P.

Which makes me think...  Prowler busting in at 3AM, with +P ammo already in the gun... anticipatory missed because of recoil and no hearing protection...  Not good.

There is a spare .22 in there, too.  Dunno where/when that came into play.  Grrr.  Amateur.

Ugh, revolver through me for a loop, all that training on the 1911 platform and Glock simulations.

Here is some more .22 after I was warmed up with the DA.



Firing a little high.  Even for me.  The 617 has adjustable sights.  I may adjust.



And some more snubbie work.




Snub sights suck.  I don't need to tell you that.  I am sure the lower right two are anticipatory.  Old bad habits.  Still in the paint at least.  A serviceable group, but I am not satisfied with it.

All my revolvers are timed fine, now that the 686 is fixed.  And all have a similar smoothness to the trigger pull.  (The 617 might be a little lighter.) So no radical difference between guns.  Which is mostly due to consistencies at S&W, I'll wager. 

Future live fire plans...  Bring the 686 in lieu of the 617 next time, to really get to work on this trigger pull.  Also, get a better neck so you don't flag as easily and get more rounds down range.  I think I can tighten that up with just a bit more practice.  If I consistently get snubbie shots in that circle at 25 feet?  Boy, howdy. 




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Everyone knows

"Diversity is good."

How?

No one can explain that to me, properly.

They usually start out with 'think of the great restaurants!' and peter out after that.  And it's possible to have a vibrant food selection in an otherwise monocultural environment.

So, keep food out of it.  Why is diversity an objective good, as some people keep insisting as tho it were fact?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

BAG day.

Hey Kim du Toit is back to blogging.  And he sorta invented BAG Day.  Buy a Gun Day.  It's comin.  April 15th.  Now is the time to start shopping for yours.

I bought enough gun.  So I may skip this year.  Heck I SOLD two to cover last year's gun.  I'm in deficit of quantity, but trying to bump the quality.

But I am getting low on my practice ammo.

I haven't shot the 9mm enough to know what it likes best, bullet weight wise.  But the .22 stock is low.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rockville Rapists

"Hey T-Bolt, is that Rockville High School where them illegal aliens outraged that little girl anywhere near where you live?"

Yes.  It is less than 3 miles from my house, as the crow flies.  And we only know the 18 year freshman was an illegal alien.  The other man is 17, so, still technically a minor, and they won't share as much about him out of policy.  Just like they'll never print the poor victim's name, because she was a victim and is also a minor.   

"Are there a lot of illegal aliens around you?" 

Sure!  You bet.

"When you gonna move?"

Hmph.
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still Low on Brains

Definitely gonna hit the range.  This time, revolvers, tho.  I got something I want to try with the DA trigger.  Two staging it.  If I can.  Line up on target, draw quite a bit out of the trigger pull.  Tiny Pause, finish the draw for the break. 

See if I can apply something Sam showed me.  I'll prolly mess it up, but let's see.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Outta Gas

A lil blog bupkis goin on.  Ennui from the neck and shoulder pain?  Just yer generally existential ennui?  I dunno.  But it's here.

I saw that accidental firearm deaths was at the lowest number, not just percentage, but number, in 2015 than it has been since 1903.  Keep up the good work.  Lucky Strikes Means Fine Tobacco.

LS: Loaded, Stupid!
M:  Muzzle
F:   Finger
T:   Target


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vote and Miscellania

Well, NRA ballots are due before the 9th of April.  I better hop to.  Who to vote for?  I know some folks have put up posts with suggestions and collections of endorsements.  Anyone have any others?

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My neck is feeling better after a trip to the doctor.  Just anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers.  We'll see.  I can easily lift a half gallon of milk from the counter and put it on the table with the impacted right arm, but it is difficult to get it higher than that.  Say, if I wanted put something that heavy on top of the fridge.  I can do that, but it feels noticeably weaker.  Holding a pistol at eyeball height falls in this range of weakness.  I could shoot down groundhog holes easily with both hands. 

But like I said, it is getting better.  Gonna try to hit the range.  If it is bad I won't reinforce failure and either cut short the session or do some one handed practice.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Holster



I am sorta stuck with this custom gun.  I have few holster options.  It's like an STI 2011, but there are subtle differences.  For instance the slide near the muzzle isn't radiused the same.  That alone keeps me from being able to buy a 2011 holster off the shelf.  I got mine custom made.  $65.  Not bad.  We'll see how they do.  The gun doesn't fall out when you hold the holster upside down and shake it.  Good start.  Rekkr Custom Kydex

I could prolly use a competition holster, off the shelf, because it only 'grabs' on the open muzzle and trigger guard.  Like this.



But that's not practical for day to day.

Tam posted some holster makers.

Raven, Keepers Concealment, Custom Carry Concepts, Dark Star Gear, JMCK, PHLster

None of them carry 2011 holsters that I can find.  Wait JM Custom has one.  But believe all of them will make a custom holster for you and your custome gun.  If they are taking appointments.  The trick of that is you have to go there with your gun.  If you have a Glock and can find a dealer nearby you might get one of their holster right now for your ownself.

"So why did you take the trouble to get all those links preserved, T-Bolt, Mr. Fancy-Pants Custom Gun snob?"

Because I might get a Glock or M&P or summat someday and I want a list of reputable makers.  And is Maryland goes CCW I'd prolly not carry that 2011 much anyway, and many of those makers DO have 1911 version I could avail myself of.  (I already have a nice Milt Sparks 1911 holster though)


Sunday, March 19, 2017

A 2011

"I dunno, T-Bolt... a 2011?  A double stack 1911?  Those don't have a reputation of reliability."

No, they do NOT.  The model's biggest hangup is magazine issues.  Quality, expensive, mags still hang up the gun like CRAZY.  I knew this before I saw it on the shelf.

"So why did you risk it?"

Well, unlike most double stack 2011 buyers, I bought this from a good gunsmith.  One willing to help with them magazines.  The magazine need smithing as much as the rest of the gun. 

A big issue is the follower.  You have to tune that so it doesn't catch the slide release tab and lock the slide back on the last round, like I have experienced.  But there are other things to tune that I hope to learn for myself.  If the magazines ever come in from the supplier.

Oh, and I can't have them shipped to me.  10 round limit in Maryland.  These can hold 19 or 21.

"Are you regretting getting it at all?  You could have bout a P320, a G19, and an M&P9 with less money."

Not regretting even a little bit.  I really really like it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Get your money back.

I heard a rumor.

Because the hearing protection act might be coming soon people are putting off getting a suppressor.  Save $200 that way.

This has adversely impacted sales, now, today.

So some companies promise if you buy a can from them after a certain date, already past, they will cut you a check to cover the tax stamp when the law goes into effect.

For the life of me I can't confirm this rumor.  But it sounds like it might be true, don't it?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Huh

So New Mexico, some politicians at least, want to deploy Step 1 in a gun confiscation scheme and start a gun registry.  I hope the forces of freedom fend that off.  You don't want to be like Maryland, New Mexico.  Pity.

Saw that in this article.

But what caught my eye was that rancher in the picture with the ranch rifle.


That looks like a Ruger Mini-14.  Decent enough gun.  Ok.  Retails for less than a grand.  And that's recently when the prices went up.  You can get one used for $500.  Less.

But the optics.

It looks like a Trijicon ACOG with a reflex sight on top.  THAT retails for $2000.  Very nice glass.  Phew.  That's almost like putting a Chistian Dior Gown on a pig.  A very nice pig granted.  It's not like he mounted that on the dust cover of a SKS.  And the fellow is obviously near sighted.  I'd want a decent 4x scope too, ifn I was that nearsighted.   I can understand his desire.  If that were me I'd have put a Scout type scope on it.  But that is my preference.  $300 for the scope, and $100 for the hardware.  Ooo, forgot rings. 

And maybe that is a knockoff of the ACOG.  Not the $100 Chinese knockoff, but the slightly better $600 knockoff.  That'd be fine by me.

Not that I am truly criticizing the man's choices.  Do what you want with what you got.  And besides, chances are the guy can shoot circles around me.

I do love shady spot in New Mexico, tho.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sahara

Rewatched this classic WWII movie.  Starring Humphrey Bogart.  There is a baby faced Lloyd Bridges who is trying to do a Brit accent and rarely is 'gasping for air.'


But the real star of the show is the M3 Lee tank that Bogie is in charge of.  Lulubelle.

Gosh I love that tank.  Recognized as having limited capability even before it first rolled off the assembly line, by the time of the movie's filming in 1943 the Army could afford to loan one to Hollywood.  They had M4 Shermans they were concentrating on sending to Britain.

Tall, and ungainly looking, it had that offset 75 mm gun in a sponson with limited traverse.  Above that a 37mm turreted gun with a .30 cal co-axial.  That turret would have done well against Panzer IIs in France of 1940 if the French had a couple thousand of them.  On top of THAT turret was... another turret.  DANG!  With a M2 .50 cal.  At least in the movie.  That .50 (I think it is... no wait, it's prolly a .30 M1919) in that configuration in this movie doesn't seem typical.  This guy doesn't have one:

 
So, what do you do with a few thousand tanks that are obsolete before the paint dries?  I mean besides put them in a movie.  You chop off the top and make it an open top vehicle with a 105 mm howitzer.  Call it the M7 Priest.  Now THAT is a useful thing.  Coupla dozen of those in a battalion behind the front edge of a push?  That's a lotta rain.  And then, displace to a new area.  As long as the enemy has no planes to strafe you with that is a recipe for mobile success.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It was a revelation when I learned this

And that not too long ago.

The sight moving all around the target when you are aiming due to natural fluctuations in your body do not matter.  Or matter much. The axis of the barrel is still is line with what you want to hit it is going to hit very near to what you want to hit.

I never thought about it, but it makes sense and you can see, also, that gross sight alignment is the same thing.  



What matters, and what gets you misses is when you yank the axis off that line.  Usually with a trigger pull of some kind of recoil anticipating.  Instead of the axis of the pistol being in line you are making a 'cone'.  You might as well swivel your wrist.

All these movement are teeny tiny, too.  The ok ones and the bad ones.

I want to go shooting.  As soon as my neck is better.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hooray!

Bath time!

That's where I get to play Navy SEAL!

Grocery Coffee

My local store always runs out of the Kona. 

Can anyone recommend a whole bean, medium roast, delicious coffee that can be delivered to my door without raping me on the shipping?

I'd try Black Rifle, but it's $8 to ship a bag of $12 coffee.  It's $12 to ship two bags.

"You buy them supa-spensive pistols, T-Bolt, why go chintzy on this?"

Yeah yeah.  I just wish they'd keep the Kona stocked locally.  I'll prolly fold, eventually.

Now, if you said your coffee recommendation was WORTH the $8, that'd be a whole nother story...

I Hurt

I went for some live fire training with Sam on the 11th.  My C5-C6 or what-have-you disk in my spine is acting up.  My right arm has tremors, and pain, and feels weaker right now.  Plus the neck pain.  I can almost get the gun up to my sight line without issue.

The first few rounds were ok.  Smooth and in the bullseye, but the fatigue set in very very fast, so we quit rather than train through pain and failure.  32 rounds, 147 gr AE.  1 round FTF because it nosed down, mag #2, bears watching.  Didn't bother saving the target.

I need to go back to the doc again, methinks.  Thursday.  Now I need pie.

I treat it with Aleve, and heating pads, and booze, but that's not good.  The doc, last time, in 2013, gave out fancier NSAIDs and steroids.  And I got an MRI that no one but me has seen the DVD of, so now we have something to compare. 

The good news I got my holsters made and my gun back! The bottom holster the gun is in is IWB, the other is of OWB and can accomadate the light.




Monday, March 13, 2017

Bad Guy #2

"Axe-Wielding Maniac Goes On a Rampage In the Dusseldorf Train Station. Possible Accomplice Still On the Loose."

Current event from last week.

But you get that a lot in the initial reports from some act of carnage.  Where the police are looking for a second shooter or second suspect.  It's common.  Also common is for this second person to be a phantom, and the original criminal acted alone.  Seems it's that way more often than not.

It's like a real life Trope at this point, played out on the news instead of my major network sitcom.

"SWAT combs neighboring parking garage looking for a second shooter"

"Police advise people to avoid the area and to shelter in place as they search for the second perpetrator that shot up the Discovery Building"


Now I don't blame the police for chasing after ghosts.  They are doing it out of an abundance of caution.  All they have to go on is what excited witnesses on the confused scene tell them.  "I heard shots from over there (where victims and maybe the suicided body of the murderer is) but I also think I heard shot from over THERE (maybe an echo or even the brain playing adrenaline tricks on them)"  And off the cops go looking for #2...  Or is it #1?  It's confusing.  But that reporter nearby that over heard the action on the scanner reported what happened as it happened, mebbe

In the rare occasion there is a second dirt bag, if the cops DIDN'T go after rumors of one and look, and that second guy caused more mayhem, the cops would be raked over the coals for it.

But going off on wild goose chases in a high pressure situation because of the tricks the brain plays on unreliable witnesses is just a condition of being human

Sunday, March 12, 2017

4 years ago

This May, I quit smoking.  For the last time. Most quitters quit lots of times. It's the second easiest thing for a smoker to do.

Apparently I was done smoking then, and that helped. Surprisingly, I am not even tempted anymore. I figured I would be.

But if I found 1951 Camels, Luckys, or Chesterfields, I'd be sore tempted to smoke them ALL.


Spring Forward

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Paint it

"What's expected in return?"

"That's right. I like to know what crops I'm planting."

"When l get dead drunk, fall in a muddy street, I expect you to come get me, Cos l don't want to die muddy drunk. If I owe a man money, stand good for me. And if I get melancholy, which can happen, I expect you to be my companion and solace me.”



Friday, March 10, 2017

Don't Go Back to Rockville


  I remember seeing this new store opening in nearby Rockville Maryland and might have even blogged about needing to check it out, but... Haven't been to that store.  And now it's been robbed.

Most store I know of around here either have vault doors to the gun room or take the guns out of the display case and put them in a vault.  Multiple layers of security for the shooting irons.  So a quick smash and grab after hours isn't practical.  Slow down the thieves while the alarm systems summons the constabulary.

I have no idea of this new place's set up but it doesn't sound robust.

I haven't visited it because I have another store for any transfer I might need and I really haven't bought anything for years and years.  Well, except a hunting rifle.  And some 1911 frames for the gunsmithing.  And that 9mm.  Practically nothing

Thursday, March 9, 2017

7 MAR 17 Range

Well, that didn't work as well as I'd hoped.

The 1, 2, 3  is more of a Ooooooooooooooone... twothree.  Squeeeeeeeeze... reset-prep.  Which I like.  But didn't magically give me tight groups doing it.  Until the last target on the lower right.  The best target was the final target, just like last time.



Nuh uh.  I can't leave, again, thinking I am better than ever on the last target, so I drew the extra black dots to shoot at.

So, now the only good ones are #4 and #8, and #10 is...  marginally better.

Hmph.

But when I am doing better than the '1' in the cadence count is done extra careful, extra zen.  Not necessarily extra slow.  Just extra zen. Gonna get some training Saturday.

108 rounds shot, and logged..

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Run Forrest, run

Yes, we properly condemn him.  The man was a slave trade auctioneer, 'founded' the Klan, and fought on the wrong side of the second American revolution.  Thrice damned.

Also, he may have been a tactical military genius.  One of the best produced.  Ever.  Put aside his evil stuff (which was also complicated') and look to what he can teach us.

Nathan Beford Forrest

Maybe the best cavalryman since Genghis Khan.  Enjoyed a lively reputation, recognized by both side. 

'"Get thar fustest with the mostest".  Is attributed to him.  Which sound like a bumpkin but distills the problem down to its essence.   My history professor translated it as "get to the battle first and with the most men."  But it's so much more than that.

Let's break it down

Get:  to move.  Maneuver.  Critical in battle.  Don't stand on the X.  You are a fighting force, not a static fortress.  And Forrest was a horse soldier.  Movement was life, and they were intimately familiar with it. 
Thar:  a place.  The place of battle.  The decisive location.  The place your maneuvering to to meet the adversary.  A focal point.  The Schwerpunkt?  Yes, I believe that's the term for it.  Not that Forrest would know the term, as it hadn't been coined by some Junker in Prussia just yet.
Fustest:  First.  Before the other guy.  A point in time, and inside the other guy's OODA loop.  You have the initiative.  Or surprise.
With:  assembled.  A coherent group. Disciplined.  All together.  Teamed.  Already trained.
The Mostest: not just the most men.  But also material.  Weapons, bullets, rations.  Logistics.  Sufficient stuff to have enough weight to overcome the adversary at the point of decision and exert your will over them.  Also Force Multipliers.  Forrest used force multipliers if he didn't know the term we used for it in the 20th C.

Crams a lot of meaning into that ignorant bumpkin sentence.  And it was instinctive.  The guy didn't study military theory like Patton or McMaster.  He didn't break down that sentence like I did.  Deep down, he was no bumpkin.  His shrewd business acumen made him quite wealthy before the war.  Perhaps he cultivated that talk to lull his adversaries, the more easy to prey upon them.

Anyway.  Example of Forrest's principles:


Stalingrad.  The Germans wanted a city and went.  Got Thar.  Soviet forces hadn't concentrated and needed more time.  Germans were Fustest with the Mostest.  Germans won the town.  The Soviets traded men's lives for time.  That part isn't very nice, and not too Forrest like.  But it did keep the German's Thar...  The Soviets gathered their Mostest, then surround the Germans cutting them off, denying the Germans their Mostest and Getting Thar With at a time of their choosing.  Moved the goalposts on the Fustest


Battle of Bulge.  Concentrating on a Thar, a schwerpunkt in the Ardennes that worked before.  Germany concetrated forces (With the Mostest).  The intention was to Get through that spot, wreak havoc behind the lines, Fustest.   Also, pick bad weather to counter Allied air power, to add to the German Mostest.  Coulda worked, too, if not for Patton's flexibility and the 101st selling their spot of Thar (inconvenient to the Germans Fustest, that crossroads...) dearly.
  


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vigilantes

The problem with vigilantism is that once the can of worms is opened it's hard to get that toothpaste back in the box.  Even if the goal is to restore Rule of Law by going against the Rule of Law.  Power corrupts, see?

Such an interesting article about the Bald Knobbers, but they touch on other flavors.  Not all Hooded Vigilantes were the execrable Klan, clearly. 

It made me think...  There aren't many instances of 'good' vigilantism that didn't descend into corruption and became the evil thing they were originally opposing.  Those kinds get a lot less press, for one. 

  • Battle of Athens
  • The killing of a Town Bully
  • Maybe even the Guardian Angels?  Not really vigilantes, them.  
  • The called Bernie Goetz the Subway Vigilante, but that was more narrative building or media laziness.  I think the details more likely point to self-defense with a gun the law said he wasn't allowed to have.  We've had THIS conversation before

Monday, March 6, 2017

1 2 3

Range Day, on the 2nd.  Should brought more ammo. 



Target #5 I was messing up and started concentrating to self-correct.  #6 is better.  Then...

Something happened on the last target.  I started counting cadence on #6 I think, and definitely on #7. 

1, 2, 3.   That's a different procedure for me.

  1. One is press the trigger to pin  (the loud noise happens at this step)
  2. Two is reset during recoil, because I suck.
  3. Three is prep the trigger and align the sights to the target.
IN out in.  IN out in. IN out in...  Capital "IN" because of the noise.  It's the usual gentle attempt at achieving surprise. 

Seems to work for me.

Yes it's out of order.  You have to be in the middle of the string to start.  It more of a 3, 1, 2 if you start from cold.  But so what?  If this keeps working, and I get similar results, repeating, I'll fine tune after I dial it in. 

I don't know why.  Counting concentrates the mind on the trigger fundamentals?  Or does counting distract the mind so it forgets to flinch, and singing a Bee Gees tune would have done the same thing?  (Hmmm, what if the song is in 3/4 time...)

"Why not make it a 4 count?"

Hmmm, maybe.  But instinctively I want to keep it simple.  And three is less complicated than four.  Maybe I can figure out a 2-count (in out).  But first, I need to repeat the results on a subsequent range trip.  And a buncha times.      

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Nananananana, Batman.

James Lileks reflects on batman movies past before going to see lego batman

"Back up for context: when the first Keaton Batman came out, the idea of Gotham in decay, crappy cars, ugliness all around - it made sense, in a thrilling sort of way. I’ve seen the future, and man it’s rough, as the Prince song heard for 1.7 seconds on the soundtrack put it. Why, at the end of the 80s, did we think this? What evidence of dystopia did we see around us? Was it the lingering effect of the ’87 crash, the feeling that feral elements great and mean, large and small, were about to swamp the deck?"

When the Keaton Batman came out, the wide world still knew batman as a campy 1960s kid show.  The more gritty batman became a thing in the 70s culminating before this movie with Frank Millers Return of the Dark Knight.

Looking back today the Keaton/Burton movie seems kinda goofy, but at the time it was light years ahead in realism compared to what we had on the big screen batman world. 

But that's not the thing.  The thing is Lileks doesn't remember why the feeling of dystopia was there in the late 1980s.  I guess the intervening years and hindsight make it hard to put himself in his own skin back then and look around.  The crime wave and decrepitude was unabated.  There was still a direct line from the squallor of all those crime movies of the 70s:  Death Wish, Warriors, Taxi Driver, The Taking of Pelham 123.  The Reagan years might have made the economy a bit better but as soon as another economic contraction happened it'd be the 1970s all over again.  But now with Crack cocaine and wilding super-predators, as all the media told us to worry about and was worse than what came before.

And the murder rate was still climbing, unabated.  People saw a person murdered daily in the Nation's Capitol.   One a day.  And they could project out into the future, "When will it be 2 a day?  3?" with parallels in every jurisdiction, nationwide.  Swamp the deck, indeed. 

It was so bad and there was no conceivable end to it.  No visible chance of a course change.  By 2017 crime and murder would be on the straight line path heading up, and the Soviet Union would be just as menacing behind the iron curtain.

But that did change.  And here we are.  Unable to remember.  Lileks gets close, but not quite there.

And after the 89 movie Batman descended into goofiness again.  Took Nolan/Bale to correct the course and do it even better. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

That's not humane!

The usual suspect on my own personal social media are sharing a story about Texas and feral hogs and poisoning same with the anticoagulant Warfarin. 

"Oh the poor things!  How is this sporting?  Inhumane!"

For those that don't know, Warfarin is prescribe to people to keep blood clots from forming in your capillaries, thus helping to head off a heart attack or stroke.  If you get cut on Warfarin it may take some time to get the bleeding controlled.  If you overdose, you get what happens to rats or feral hogs that eat baited Warfarin.  You internal organ bleed.

I include rats and hogs together because they are the same thing.  Pests to be eradicated.  This isn't hunting.  No need or call to be sporting.  That's not Wilbur from Charlotte's Web.  Rats only edge Pigs in destructiveness because Rats helped spread Plague. 

Typewriter Repair Manual

I don't remember where I saw the link.  Probably something Roberta clicked me to from something she said...

There is a book from the 40s and before called the Typewriter Repair Manual.  It got reprinted a lot.  But it is spendy.  But lulu.com has the Typewriter Repair Bible.    Looks like a print on demand job.  Spiral bound.  More reasonable price.  I decided to take a chance on it.  Whoa momma, this is the stuff.  Lots of diagrams.  Ima like this, methinks.  Just got it, maybe I'll have more later.  The bible could be better than the manual.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Python

I wanted a Colt Python stainless when I first became aware of them, mid-80s in Soldier of Fortune magazine. 

Shoulda bought one back then.

Pinning

Tam keeps hitting this point again and again.  "I wish I'd learned this in '95 or '05 instead of '15..." How pinning the trigger, then lining up the sights on target, then resetting the trigger, then going through the trigger press again...  She wished she hadn't trained that habit because now she wants to untrain it, like Ernest Langdon says.


Now, my guy is training me that way. But that's not what I am doing. Because I am a poor student and a not actually doing it with this method. I do pin it. My shots got better, more accurate when I did. But I am the impatient type. I rush things. Anyone that reads this and know how I shoot (besides poorly) knows that I cut corners already. It's a bad habit. But I am resetting long before the the gun is down after recoil and the trigger is prepped.

Is Sam gonna yell at me when he figures out that is what I am doing? Perhaps. Is that what one of his teachers does, Max Michel? I dunno. In my laziness am I by happenstance doing something better? You tell me.

(Finally, sucking at something works out for me in a very narrow instance...)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This is my favorite axe

I like it so much I always repair it when something breaks.  I've had to replace the handle seven times and the axe head twice.  But it is my favorite axe, regardless.

Wee Kimber

Shooting Illustrated has a lovely little cover gun and a review inside.  A Kimber wee 9mm.




From the glossy pictures the fit and finish makes the gun look better than standard run of the mill, and it's a rather handsome Officer size 1911 style, with ambi-safeties.  Look at the machining on the back of that guide rod.  I am impresses with the styling, the aesthetics.  I am a sucker for that chainlink 'checkering.'  Solid trigger body is nice.  I find skeletonized to be getting a little dated myself. 

The single coil recoil spring concerns me a little bit.  Not a lotta length to the slide operation, nor a lotta mass so these little guns ask a lot of that spring.  I've heard folks say not to expect more than 200 rounds out of one before needing to replace it.  Who knows.  I do now that if I were to get a pistol like this I'd go in knowing that that was a distinct possibility, and plan accordingly.  Maybe I'd be pleasantly surprised with the spring performance and have less to worry about.

What did pique my curiosity was this:


What is that roll pin in the frame above the trigger for?  There is another one back by the thumb safety but I have a half an idea what is does.  Interesting.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Whelp

It's a S&W M&P.  Not a 1911.

Sear modified, so maybe a similar issue, but I have no way of knowing since I know nothing of the inner working of the M&P.

Ah well.  Guessed wrong.  Probably.

But now we know if you mess with the sear geometry of a 1911, bad things can happen, and if you mess with the sear geometry of a 1911, bad things can happen.


I know 1911s.  I have spent thousands of dollars learning 1911 gunsmithing.  From a very good gunsmith.  and I barely can even SEE when a 1911 has a similar flaw.  If you handed me an unloaded 1911 with this problem to test for this there is a slight chance I could catch it.  (You take out the thumb safety and watch for the issue thought that kidney shaped window.  The trick is doing the trigger pull right.)  So be a gunsmith better than me to avoid something that happened to Ms. Eisenzimmer from happening to you.

Also, at the  Army Marksmanship Unit, they have the best 1911 gunsmiths in the world working as their armorers and the guns are very well tuned.  They tell some the best and most talent shooters in the world to never go into the gun and make alterations on their own.  They can even ORDER them to never go in and make alterations, as the shooters are soldiers with a chain of command over them.  Some AMU shooters still go in and make unauthorized alterations.  Yikes. 

Be careful out there.

Mishap

I'm about to watch this.  An amateur gunsmith made a modification to her pistol and it went off in her holster.  That's all I know as of this moment. 

But I bet I know what it is. 

My guess is, 1911, and the hammer and sear engagment.  It was done in such a way that the sear was on the hammer hook, but when pressure was taken off the trigger, it didn't go back into a 'rest' state.  On of the hardest thing to test for. And a slight jar will let it go. Bang in the holster.

Let's see, back in 10:


Qui Bono?

Everytown wonders...

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The Suppressor Manufacturers, that's who.  That's who benefits from loosened restrictions of 'gun silencers'

I dunno, gun-banners...

It's something I want.  A little bit.  I mean, I could have jumped through the hoops and gotten one or more suppressor by now if it was really a personal priority.  It's just a hassle, not hard.  With less hassle there is a greater chance I will go ahead and get one.  So I benefit in that a desire (if a mild one) is fulfilled.

I also benefit in that I don't have to pay the expensive tax stamp.

The manufacturers will benefit for a little while as the initial rush ramps up sales, then the competition will heat up and the prices will come down, so after a while, they benefit less and we consumers benefit more as quality either goes up or the wallet load decreases.

You know who WILL benefit?  Barrel makers.  Lots of pistols will need a spare barrel retrofit to be able to fire suppressed out of your favorite 1911 or G21.

And holster makers!  I'll need some sort of weird rig to carry this thing around.

You might think the Federal Treasury won't benefit, because they will no longer get $200 from the ATF tax stamp, but if suppressor sales go up like man, the revenue gained from a plethora of 10% Pittman-Robertson excise tax revenue may overtake what is lost from the tax stamp NFA stuffs.

The question shouldn't be "who is the only one that benefits from this law we hate" the question is who DOESN'T benefit! Everyone is a winner. Not you. So I guess you. You don't win, Everytown. Good.

Gonna gave to call you on that statement of "Only the companies that sell them," Everytown. That is Fake News. Fact Check says 3 Pants on Fire.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I said it before

I'll say it again.

You will lose more because of your slavish adherence to gun control and gun bans.

I keep giving you suggestions on how to have an out to tell the tiny minority of gun control supporters that aren't going to stop voting for you if you flip.  Gun control is racist, and now you can say it is sexist, too.  You are starting to see.

"If Ginsberg had let Scalia put the words "strict scrutiny" in Heller and Hillary said "Gun control is just not going to be a priority for my administration," Hillary would have been elected President."

Some of you Lefties see it, and have forever.  And will be fine when this particular hobby horse plank is taken out back and uh... dispatched.   Then millions of Republicans will have a lot less reason to turn out on election day.  Think of it, Dems!  Embrace the Constitution.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Fat

Fats Domino turned 89 yesterday.

A year younger than Archie, my dead crotchety old neighbor, 2 years gone.

Archie was skinny.

"You never see old fat guys!"

Well, sometimes you do.  I wish I could lead the lifestyle Churchill had, who died at 91.  His last 10 years were a little less vital because of strokes.  Fine.  I'll cut out 99% of the cigars and half the booze Churchill drank.  I should live fat dumb and happy until age 130 like that. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trump is yankin yer willy

" INFO WARS--home of great stories about how the moon landing was a hoax and the chemicals inside juice boxes are turning America's children gay--have Trump's ear and will get more access to the White House...but the New York Times and Los Angeles Times are 'fake news' "

Yup.

And?

What's yer question?

You think New York Times is better than Info Wars?  Is that what you are complaining about?  It's that, the Times, is more important than Info Wars and should be included in stuff?

How long have you felt this way?

Do I know what Info Wars really isOh yes.  Definitely.

Now answer my question.

(you Lefties need to relax.  you are gonna burn up inside.  you are running at too high and RPM.)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

I was re-watching JAWS again.  Hadn't see it on my current larger TV with HD and all that, and what with new glass for TV watching... I caught an extra detail.

Some rude yahoos catch a big shark and they all figure that it's the baddie and there is publicity that the crisis is over and all and the yahoos wanna know what kind of shark it is.  Hooper, the super-rich hippy marine biologist tells them it's a Tiger!  And like the slack-jawed, gibbering, Red Sox rooting morons respond with the rejoinder:


"A whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?"

But that's not the important bit.  Hooper is making some measurement and recording them.  And I notice a small little thing:


The pencil in his mouth is a Palamino Blackwing #602, 'half the pressure, twice the speed.'  Hemingway's favorite pencil.  Hooper is a proto-hipster from 1975.  If he had a premium double ax he never swung at a log it would be complete.

It's a good pencil, if you are a hipster or not.

Never would have seen that with the cathode ray tube TV. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Range, 23 Feb '17

So, not too bad.

I mentioned last time I was missing one little detail.

Corrective lenses.

And I seem to shoot a bit better.  I can actually SEE the target and don't have to wind it back in to know how I did.  Crazy!  Being able to see quarter inch holes, 25 feet away.  One failure to eject on the last round of the magazine, #40.  90 shots total, CCI mini-max.  Sets of 10, top left to bottom right. 

I was getting tired by the end, I guess, based on the drift-off increasing.  I encircled the inital 10 and shot another 10.  Seven of those were inside the initial 10.  So, if I was tired it wasn't hurting the grouping.  One target, #5, I squeezed the support hand a little bit extra, just to see.  Opened up the group.  Another target, #3, I went for a bit faster pace.  Opened up the group. 

I think I am getting a more centered group when I get more finger on the trigger and sorta drag the trigger to the left.  And tighter groups when I don't do that.  


Thursday, February 23, 2017

4th Circuit Ruling

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that my state is a-ok under Heller to ban AR-15s and AR mags that hold more than 10 rounds. 

You seen it elsewhere this week.  I am not news to you.

I just wanted to remind you what Maryland's cockamamie law means.  It's silly.  When it gets appealed to SCOTUS people will poke at its silliness.  I want you to know ahead of time.  Because it will be harder for the bad guys to prevail if people are laughing at them constantly.

First, Magazines!  Is it illegal to possess a 11 or more round magazine in this state since 2013?  Does this have any impact on mags you already had and aren't 'grandfathered' in?  Do magazines have to be tracked by the state with a serial number now? 

The answer to all of these is 'no.'  Perfectly legal for you to move to Maryland now with all your 30 round P-Mags, then drive to Virginina, buy more 30 rounders, and take them back to your house in Maryland and put them in the guns that Maryland has no idea you have or when or where you bought them and nothing in law to really compel you to prove you either bought them elsewhere.  Or in Maryland, for that matter.  The magazine ban is a paper tiger

Oh but you did buy a gun illegally in Maryland?  Well if you don't incriminate yourself by continuing to brag about it.  It would be hard for Maryland to prove anything about anything unless you confess or did all your crimes on camera.  Or unless you are already a prohibited person.  All the things you can do illegally and prevent you from buying a gun federally are also illegal in the state.  Illegal to the feds, also illegal to Annapolis.  But that's not the ruling.  The ruling is 10 round magazine and....

Second, Assault Weapons Ban:

"So I can't buy an AR, Tbolt?"

No, you can buy any AR-10.  You might be able to not even wait the full 1 week waiting period for that.

"So, AR-15 lowers are banned then?"

Well, no, you can buy a stripped lower if you want.  .223 are great for varmint hunting and Maryland's Deptartment of Natural Resourse is all for you potting groundhogs 365 days a year.

"Wait, so what is banned?"

Well you can't buy a whole AR-15 that isn't an HBAR.  Heavy Barrel AR.  If you bought the lower, well, you aren't supposed to attach an M4 upper on that.  If you bought the lower in Maryland, the state knows when you did that.  And if they see you bought that serial numbered part after 2013 and there is a non-HBAR upper on that lower, AND you get cross threaded with the po-po by say challenging the state trooper to a fist fight so he finds that weapon in the subsequent search, you may get into some hot water.  But the state never prosecutes the gun crimes as a rule.  They'll nail you for the first fight and either pretend to plea down the gun charge or ignore it completely.  Unless they need to make an example of someone and it is your unlucky day, you are safe-ish.  Don't get into fights with the cops.

"But I bought the lowers in PA when I lived there for 6 months or it's these other lowers I bought in Maryland back in 2010 that I have my M4 upper on.  Why isn't that banned"

It just isn't banned.  Not yet.  They'd have to pass more draconian gun control before that happens.

"But I bought the M4 upper in 2015!"

They don't know that.  Can't prove it.

"What if they pass laws that make all 'Assault Weapons' illegal and include confiscation measures?"

Well, the lowers they know about?   The non Pennsylvania bought Maryland lowers from 2010?   They'll send you a letter reminding you to surrender them.  Tell them you sold them and then sell them.  They want the uppers too, but how will they know about those?  If you surrender anything surrender the lower and nothing else.  You don't want the state cops going to the range and having fun with your AR.  But that's in the future.  Maryland hasn't passed that.  If they lose in SCOTUS because this ban is silly and a rights violation they will have a setback and be further from being able to do that.   With Gorsuch on the court they we have a better than average chance.  If Ginsberg retires and another Gorsuch is confirmed our chances are much much better. 

If we get 2 Gorsuch types in quick succession be sure to spit on the ground whenever you see a #NeverTrumpetStrumpet.