Thursday, October 19, 2017

M

Not a single firearm discharged in the movie, I am pretty sure.

But there is a LOVELY pile of Dreyses in it.  Police confiscations, or found abandoned in the Rathskeller after a raid.



1931.  Fritz Lang.  German cinema was at a high point in the Weimar era.  Same guy did Metropolis.

They speak of the Depression that was in their past.  Meanwhile, Hoover was still screwing up and FDR was waiting in the wings to come and pretend to do something and REALLY make the Depression 'Great'.  Even hyper inflation Germany was looking at us funny when our economic distress dragged on and on.

It's all in German with sub-titles, tho, be warned.

It's about that lout Peter Lorre.  He kills little girls.  And they dance around what he does to his child victims before killing them.  Kinder Morder!

So bad that the underworld of criminals bands together to try to hunt him down.  Also featured in this movie, a Beggar's Guild.  It hands out assignments to the membership so they don't tread on each other's territory for the day.

Lorre was a bit chubbier here than later in The Maltese Falcon

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Range, 16 October

35 shots, 28 American Eagle, 7 Federal HST.  No failures.   It's been 429 since rebuild, last clean.

Guess which holes were the 'holler points' HST?



The middle, Number 3, keerect.

Careful, #1 looks like it wants to encroach on #3 there.  Why am I so flinching at the beginning of a range session now?  All that .22 I shot, mebbe. 

The flinch started to settle by #3 and I was much happier with 4 and 5, and thankful I didn't introduce some heeling and get higher shots, as I have tended of late.

Light workout.  My arms issues are still there, but getting better, so... good news.  I'm as tired whinging about that as you are hearing about it.  Hope it goes away and stays away.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Two Gun T-Bolt

Now I am not talking about my junk.  Jeez.

I don't this will, or should EVER, pass, but...  hypothetical...

If they passed a law saying you can only have two, AND they somehow convinced you that this was the way to go...  We all agree with it!  In this hypothetical.   Which two guns do you keep?

It would go a ways to destroying the gun culture.   Collectors drive a lot the industry and, more importantly, the interest.  Which is by design.  Kill the culture, a ban later is easier.  And keeping track to be sure of compliance with 'just two' means a database.  Registration.  Which will make confiscation simpler.  When the cops come to some people's houses they will no longer need to bring a tractor trailer.  One man can carry both you two guns out.

"You just have these two, right."

"Yeah.... sure... just them..."

With two guns I don't even have one of each.  One pistol one rifle...  No duck hunting for me!  Full size pistol for CCW, but what about the summer time when I wear shorts and a pocket size BUG is more appropo, maybe?  Big pistol, little pistol... no rifle.  I no likee the limits.  Does .22lr weapons count against the Two-Gun limit?

The whole concept is a Libtard non-starter, unrealistic and unworkable.  So what else is new with those imbeciles...

But if you had to choose.  If you HAD to.  What do you pick?

You two favorites for sentimental value, T-Bolt?  It would suck to turn those in.  Maybe I'd give em out to folks in the family with 0 guns, to keep em IN the family.

Something to go hunting with, T-Bolt?  I'm not that enamored with hunting to need a shottie or scoped rifle.

A battle rifle, T-Bolt?  I'm getting old and creaky to be thinking I could pull off soldiering. 

You carry a J-Frame all the time, now, how bout that?  That's limitting, doncha think?

Naw, I'd prolly go for two identical 1911s.  To last me the rest of my life.  To shoot and carry and enjoy and have in an emergency.  I don't have Montana sized vistas to think about, here in the suburbs.  The 1911 has a good trigger pull if I get old man grip weaknesses...  And I'd have one gun and a spare.

But people aren't going to sit still when the gov't wants to confiscate gun 3+.  That would get noisier than they are ready for, I think.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Big mistake goind down this road...

Democrats Pissed Off the NRA in 1994—And They’re Still Haunted by It

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 be President right now.

Old man

A little tendonitis in the left elbow, a little bursitis in the right shoulder.  Makes it hard to traing.

But, meh.  It's nothing compared to the worst of the neuropathy I had earlier in the year.  I'd live with this.  It's responsive to doses of Aleve.

You know what will also fatigue it?  Filing before shooting.  You'd be surprised how much a little back and forth with a file can wear you out.

When I made my T-Bolt 1911 two years ago there was talk of a metal finishing class.  Which never did happen, so I have procrastinated since.   My slide was also sorts of scratched up.  I had to use a device to squeeeeeeeeze it together to get a better frame to slide fit that didn't rattle side to side.  This vise fitting, and the rest of build, introduced LOTs of little scratches and some not so little.

So, first some dry filing.  Then with sandpaper use the file as a sanding block and work through the grits.  Keep it straight and lubricated on the finer grits to avoid scratch ramps.  Don't contaminate with coarser grits.  Don't let the side you just finishe get scratched doing the other side.  All thing I learned.  But the slide is much much better looking now.

Now, sights and a little shaping on the dish top of the beaver tail and done. 

Update:  Pics would have been used for the Before, but I was too ashamed of the gouges then.  The After pics are much better, but still utilitarian and not something I am proud of, just good enough.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Vegas

Neither I, nor any of the guns I own, shot anyone is Vegas, either.

Hollywood

"I can't believe these Hollywood actresses were such hypocrites!  Bagging on Trump for what he talked about when Harvey Weinstein was actually DOING that stuff.  To them!"

Yeah.  I don't care about Trump.  I don't much like the guy.  He's exceeding my expectations a hair, but those were low to start with.  And he's not Hillary.  Doing great at that second part.

No, I don't care about Trump.

I don't care them Hollywood ladies bagged on him.

They bagged on every man politically right of Chuck Schumer.  They bagged on me.  And I never made them watch me shower.  I never groped them.  I never raped them.  They took it out on me, and folks like me, not on lefties like Harvey.  Not on Harvey.  I guess they just assumed if guys on the left are that bad then I gotta be much much worse, or something?  Just assumed, no evidence or experience.

It's awful what happened to them, but because of how they treated ME because of what happened to them, it is hard to gin up too much sympathy for them ladies. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bipartisan Tyranny

I was of the opinion that gun rights should be supported by both parties.  It is a bipartisan issue.  It profits not the Democrats at the ballot box, being for gun confiscation schemes.  In fast it arguably almost always hurts them.

So in some misty future the Dems decide to stop supporting gun control and the NRA can go back to being bigger on the shooting sports instead of the lobby sports...

Well, if the issue becomes that uncontroversial then wouldn't 'common sense gun safety' items might pass much easier?  "No one likes bump stocks, left or right, pro or anti-gun.  Statistically speaking.  Might as well ban them... We're all pro gun but heck!"

That snowball could roll and roll down the mountain.  And there would be nothing to stop it, having shut down the gun advocacy organs long before it got to rolling. 

My passimism might not come to pass.  I may be willing to risk it just to see a world where it's not a political football to move around.

More metaphors!

Maybe later.

Alligator.

Friday, October 13, 2017

NPR gets it, finally

So I am listening to NPR and get a shock.  There is a program on Here and Now where 90% of the bit is devoted to the fact that ALL gun control, from the founding of the republic, was put up there to keep guns out of the hands of black people.

That all gun control is racist.

Hence gun controllers, if you follow their reasoning, are racists.

Wow.

Never thought it would go over so easy and be admitted so readily on a public broadcasting.  They condemn themselves.

Oh, it's not overt, but they can't close their eyes to it anymore.  It's a long hard look in that mirror of theirs.

You are correct.  Democrats have been awful to the civil rights of black people since the civil war and to their slaves before that. 

What's the other 10%?  Well, Brian Balogh, appears to have left the safety of his thriving metropolis of Charlottesville Virginia (that notorious den of Kluxers and the home for a Rape Factory) and travelled out to the hinterland a couple years back to see what a gun show is like.  He was scared.  He sauntered up to the guy that had historical looking guns and said "is it always like this?" and the guy responded that the evil looking black rifles started ramping up in volume a decade before.  Brian also notice the countryside was filled with people not just with military style guns, but military style vehicles like trucks and such and wore military style camo clothing.... and this is all probably because we've been at war around the world for 20 years, and his tone said, "this is ominous for us erudite intellectual betters on the coast..."


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Files

Why do they make double cut file?  They make them for people THAT DON'T GIVE A CRAP HOW AWFUL THE FINISH ON THEIR GUN PARTS LOOK.

Other that that, I have no strong feelings.



Single cut on top, double cut on bottom.

The single cut gives a smoother finish, and the double is a bit more aggressive removing material.  But I'm not in a hurry.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rush Follows My Lead

"From this day forward, somebody propose it, liberals should not be allowed to buy guns. It's just that simple. Liberals should have their speech controlled and not be allowed to buy guns" - R. Limbaugh

Maybe being a Democrat should make you a prohibited person on a NICS check.   What's the old chestnut?  Democrats buy guns to shoot other Democrats and occasionally Republicans.  Republicans buy guns to protect themselves from Democrats.

So...

Now that Harvey Weinstein is in the soup for indelicate behaviors...

How soon before Louis CK goes down the pipe for similar?

I guess Harvey (and Joss, and Louis, and &c.) are so against guns because they are afraid the pretty young actresses might defend themselves from him.

Olde Timey

Does Vincent's 1911 look funny to you?



It looks small.  But all old movie 1911s look small to me.

The forward dust cover area of the slide looks to be...  different.

Same with the rear area where the grip safety is.  Look where it meets the web of his hand.

Oh, and no front sight.

So, either a gun model I am unfamiliar with of or... a prop gun?

Let's check the database!

Drat.  The former.  It's just a 1903 Colt Pocket Hammer.







Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You Can't Repeal the Second Amendment


There will be 14 states that are Constitution Carry alone.  You'd need to get all the other states and two of those to pass an amendment repealing #2.  Tall order.

But so?

You can get all 50 states to vote to pass a repeal, so what?  Can you even vote to give up unalienable rights?  The thing about rights is you can't relinquish them, everyone has them, and they put no obligation on others to do anything besides respect them.  But you always have them. 

Life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness.

Self defense, preserving my life, liberty, and property. 

People in Australia and Britain have Second Amendment rights.  It's just that their gov't violates, instead of safeguards, those rights.  Wrongly.  Broadly.  Without proper justification. 



There are certain individual times in specific cases where the gov't comes down on you and violates your rights under societies sanction.  You might violate someone's rights by robbing them of their property and then find yourself losing your liberty for a time in prison, put there by the gov't, for example.  But even such a rights violator has rights.  Due process, for one.

It's one thing to repeal an Amendment.  It's quite another thing entirely to try to repeal a Right. 


Monday, October 9, 2017

WTF

Like I said before.

He's [the lead investigator] seen the stuff, knows a lot more and is going "WTF?!  This is so damn weird.  What COULD we tell folks, really?  This is too strange.  It's gonna take a while to make sense of this guy."

Weird stuff went down in Vegas and they just don't even know where to go with it

Fiddy


ICE Qual

New to me term.

ICE Qualification.   A course of fire done in what is essentially a square range.  Very little footwork.

Never hear of it before this weekend.  Draw and fire test give to LEO and security types.

It came up because we did some point shooting training in the simulator.  Years of focusing on the front sight, maybe now is the time to learn a bit more about shooting without using the front sight.  At least for targets that are very close.

One of my first trainers when it came to drawing and firing already showed me the 'draw, then with your elbow at the resulting 90 degrees and your wrist straight, pin said elbow to your ribs at your gig line.'

I've been dry fire drawing to that postion for a decade, and apparently I was doing it right by not angling the arm across the body.

When doing holster work with ICE quals or any other holster work remember to reholster at your leisure.  I wonder if there is a study about circumstances where a body unintentially shoot theirself, what the cirsumstance of that happenstance is?  I bet number one answer on the board is 'gun fired while reholstering...'  Number two?  I dunno...  passing your support hand in front of the muzzle?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Food from the Fallout



So the game Fallout 4 takes place in Boston, 200+ years after WWIII which happened in 2077 in this alternative universe.

This applies to all the Fallout games, but lets concentrate on the latest one, in Boston.

Also in this alternate universe, the integrated circuit was never really invented.  People still use vacuum tubed in 2077.  What DID advance was all the Atoms-for-Peace stuff of the Ike years.   Fusion power is a thing.  Atomic cars no longer work, but old fusion electricity generators sure did.

When you wander around the half ruined city, devastated by a near miss to the south you scavenge buildings for food.  There is Yum Yum Devilled Eggs, Salisbury Steak, cans of Pork and Beans, even chewing gum, still around.  Plenty of it.  And you can eat it.  After 200 years.

How?

I mean this guy tries a 50 year old C Ration and finds it dangerously inedible.



Well, it wasn't eaten 200 year ago, maybe, because lots of people died.  And, like I said, Atom for Peace.  It's a parallel universe where they might not have had qualms about gamma radiating every food item produced, thus extending the shelf life.  Plus the bombs fell, so extra radiation applied.  And parallel universe, maybe they had a better seal on their packaging so it didn't deteriorate.  Their rusty food cans weren't as bad as... our... rusty... food cans...

Oh, beer!  There is lots of beer bottle around.  I don't like 6 month old stale beer, imagine 200 years.  Yick.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Holy Crap

It's Greg Brady and JJ 'Kid Dyn-O-Mite'.



One was the older brother I never had.  The other was the older bruthah I never had.

David Brooks

Metrocon.  Hopeless metrocon.  If he is even a con anymore.

With ZERO self-awareness.

All the dang conspiracy theories

Ugh.

I don't frequent those sights but they seep up everywhere even if you try to avoid them.

I don't think the Vegas shooter was directed by the Illuminati.  That's stupid.

I don't think this was a false flag and no one got killed, that this was all staged by Halliburton or whatever.  That's stupid.  Er.  Stupider.

What makes all these crazy theories worse is the lack of info from the dude that had little online foot print.  If he had a facebook account that talks about the beta waves emanating from the plumbing fixtures or how socialism is grand and vote Bern, or something about an Aloha Snackbar, people would put the shooter into a convenient little cubby hole.

But if he is any of those thing we don't know.

Somewhere there is a law enforcement type that does know.  Or knows a whole lot more.  Details.  Normally, this dude through his department releases info to the public in some form through Public Relations or what have you.  That isn't happening.  Why?  I can think of reasons.  Reasons that aren't all Illuminati.

  1. He's seen the stuff, knows a lot more and is going "WTF?!  This is so damn weird.  What COULD we tell folks, really?  This is too strange.  It's gonna take a while to make sense of this guy."
  2. Oh crap.  He is Muslim.  We better not release that info for a while to avoid another backlash against the community like last time (I know, I know, what last time?..)  Or something to that effect.
  3. There is information about co-conspirators that need to be tracked down and followed up on to avoid queering that person's prosecution.
  4. Another similar but unnamed innocuous reason.

Still.  I think withholding details at this point is being counter productive, but I'm not Mr. Detective person in charge of this whole shebang.  It don't matter what I think.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Baby Boomers

"is there a trend toward 60+ would-be mass murderers? Two is not enough for a trend, but it may be something to keep an eye on."

And a light bulb went off.  If it is a trend...

When these shooters, Paddock and Hodgkinson were 20 something, the murder rate was peaking.  Their co-generation were the young men committing crimes at a record rate.  Then that generation aged and slowed down and mellowed and the next generation didn't take up the violent-crime slack.  Crime rates fell

That age group and crime.  Connected.  Now some hangers on from back then are making one last splash

Was it all the lead in the paint and gasoline making them superviolent?  That stuff is persistent. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

This is a big deal

DC won’t take concealed carry fight to Supreme Court


Fortified his Support

Of the Second Amendment.

Of course it did.  Rep. Scalise understands it.  Despite being shot, he understands what the 2nd Amendment means.

You know, you can get your buddy Paul Ryan to bring up the Reciprocity Bill, for a vote, Mr. Majority Whip.  If that law had been in effect before your shooting, staffers that live in Maryland or DC and work in DC and go to Baseball practices...  More people may have been legally armed, apart from the security detail, when a crazed Democrat showed up to murder folks.  More people shooting back at the bad guy might have meant fewer innocents injured.   You might have avoided all your painful tribulations entirely in that case.

Talk to Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise.  Tell him what's what.  Give us people you represent, who don't have security details, a fair chance against Evil like that Bernie-bro fellow.

"But all the CCW in the world wouldn't have stopped the Vegas shooter, he was too far away."

No he wasn't.  Not from guys like Chris Bethel. Him or someone like him might have intervened before the cops got there, if armed.  If the hotel wasn't a gun free zone, that is. We don't know.  But it's not outside the realm of possibility.

added:  (Huh.  The mere arrival of the maybe-armed maybe-not security guard may have ended the killing.  That's good.  Good job, House Dick. Warning:  graphic picture at bottom of this informational link.)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Shot Show is held in Vegas

Think they will cancel the next one?

One bright side...

With bump fire stocks in the news making a semi-auto act like a full auto machine gun?

People and the press that were conflating semi-auto with auto for decades are finally forced to learn the difference.

Don't give away the store

Republicans!  Don't give away the store without getting something in return!

Don't give away the store without getting something in return.

To compromise does NOT mean to show your belly and do whatever the Democrat party wants.  You always do that.

Don't give something to the bad guys, like a bump-stock ban, without getting a significant claw back of our inherent civil right to self defense under the protection of the Second Amendment in trade.  Like both suppressors AND reciprocity.

Dammit.

Don't give away the store without getting something in return!
  
I hear you thinking Paul Ryan.  I can hear the gears turning in your head.  You are thinking of just putting up a simple ban.  DON'T DO THAT There is talk that that is what folks want to do.  Resist it.

All the talk

About gun control from the usual subjects.   I'm not too worried.  There is nothing on my must-have list.  No panic buys needed.

Oh crap!  Ammo! 

Placed order.  Just in case.  I have plenty of everything but 9mm.  My newest acquisition.  I settled on 124 grain for that.  Neither the gun now I can tell the difference between that and 115 and 147.

I had topped off on .22 Min-Max whatevers already.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Misleading Post Headline

Attack may be first mass shooting using an automatic weapon!

Says the WashPost.

So, is EVERY reporter working there under age 30 and think history started in 2008?  NO other mass-shooting/murders with automatic weapons?  Can't think of nuthin? 


Warthog

By 7:30 yesterday morning the person that will never be president tweeted:


Imagine the deaths if the shooter had an A-10 Warthog, Gam-Gam!  (speaking of warthogs...)

What nonsense. You aren't helping.

Do you know what a machine guns sound like when it has a 'silencer' on it?   It sounds like a machine gun.

Keep it classy, you shrivelled old harpy.  I really dislike that tweety orange a-hole, but he is orders of magnitude better than you.

You are just awful.  Your whole family is.  And all your little friends, too.  

Imagine if the shooter had an LA class nuclear attack submarine with tube launched Tomahawk cruise missiles!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Loose

They let OJ Simpson out onto the streets of Vegas during the day Sunday, and Sunday night...

Ok, that's in bad taste, admittedly.

 

Vegas

Damn

Wrenn case, at DC Circuit

This could be good news for Shall Issue.

Or it could be bad news.

It all depends how justice Kennedy feels that day.  Or Justice Roberts.

With Gorsuch it will probably get cert.  But who knows, later.  Got five?  I know you got four but this is important.

Or the reciprocity law might render it nigh moot.

I know which side is right and should win, but that doesn't mean I am that confident.  A loss sets us back 25 years.  May Issue becomes settled law if they rule wrong.  That threatens some of you in Shall Issue state.  Look to Virginia to switch.  Or Pennsylvania.  Then what?  Both states are slowly getting political dominated by liberal suburbs and near-urbs, and from Soros/Bloomberg donations.  It's nothing to make Maryland more oppressive, but they want to get gun friendly states to switch.  Get their momentum back, finally.

Yeah, that's a half empty glass alright.

But if they get stopped, here, at Wrenn... That will be the end of the beginning in this long struggle.
  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gen X

Did you know that there's a whole generation of people who were born between 1965 and 1980?

Ha!  My generation.

Now there is no official start and end date for generations.  It's pretty arbitrary and imprecise.  But those dates are pretty close to 'mine.'  I call mine "between the shots" just because it is easy to remember.  Shots at Presidents.  To be GenX you have to be born after November 22nd, 1963, but before March 30th, 1981.

Boomers were between Trinity and Dallas.

Millennials between Hinckley's gesture to Jodie Foster and the Towers coming down.

Give or take. 

Generation X.  Forced to listen to the Babys Boomers' childish blatherings and also forced to listen to the Millennials' childish blatherings.  Get offa my lawn.


The text of the law

So I posted a link to this from the Congress website:

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.
Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public. 

And I commented how the highlighted part screws us Marylanders, with out-of-state CCW cards, over.
 
And commenters piped in, "Nuh-uh, T-Bolt!  That's not what it says!"

And I'm thinking, "What are you chowderheads thinking?  I lifted RIGHT from Congress.  How can you get any more official than that."

Well, RIGHT NEXT to the tab for the stuff I was reading and cribbing from is a tab that says text.  The tab I was reading on says summary.   And the summary doesn't do a very precise job summarizing the actual text of the law..

I shoulda known the actual law would look a lot more complicated than the above.

The part I like in the actual text best is:

"and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm"

I highlighted my favorite bit.  My bad on the original flub.