Friday, April 20, 2018

This Bitz

Is my State Rep. Wants to be my State Senator. 10 years ago he pretended to be at least neutral on civil rights. His record and his current stance show otherwise. Vote for every Constitutional violation that came down the pike. He USED to be on the judiciary committee. They kicked him off for some reason.

My State has a New Revenue Scam

My grandparent set up a mutual fund for me back in 1980.  They were conservative investors and while they themselves hadn't lost their shirts in the Crash of 29, it was only because they were 23 years old and hadn't socked money away to lose yet.  The the mutual fund was a conservative one.

They figured that was better than giving us grandkids a $25 savings bond.

Every birthday and Christmas they'd tick a bit more in it.

Eventually it was about $4000 when they stopped adding to the pile when I graduated college.  Probably less.

Now it is worth considerably more.  Like 17 grand,  Compound interest and all, and me not touching it.

There's the thing.  The state knows about it because of my state taxes.  And they inform all investment houses, "Hey, if someone like T-Bolt doesn't touch his nest egg, adding or subtracting, for 3 years, you have to tell Annapolis that, investment house.  What if Mr. Bolt dies?  Then that money could be just abandoneded!  And we want it to spend on stuff.  So give it up if he doesn't pipe up in time."

Why, I oughta...

I caught the bastards before they did this.  Stole my money.  Those greedy mofos.  Watch em.  Especially if your state is run by Democrats.  The D stands for Double-greedy.

Come to think of it, it sounds like a scam thought up by a previous GOP governor.  Ehrlich.  Like a good Republican he hated taxes.  But like a good Republican in a Democrat state he needs to get revenue to pay for Democrat priorities.  How to reconcile the two?  Raise fees, like driver's license renewal.  And other things like this investment swipe.     

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Patriot Day

The Old North Bridge, in 2287.

Gunny Ermey

Now I am a huge fan of R. Lee Ermey.  Kinda wished his movie hadn't come out the summer I went to new recruit training and inspiring the cadre to new heights of fun and excitement in an organization not fully accountable to the DoD, so could get away with a bit more... but that's not Ermey's fault.

I thought it was nice for the Commandant to give him his Gunny stripes 30 years after separating from active duty.  He sure earned them, out of 'uniform' promoting USMC values far and wide.  He might be the second most famous Hollywood Marine, after Gomer Pyle.

But wait.  This looks like a vintage picture.  And he's wearing gunny stripes back then.  What gives?

Was he jinxing himself posing with rank he hadn't yet earned, then taking them off after this picture?

Was he promoted in the Corps, then busted back to Staff Sergeant before getting his DD214 on a med discharge?

Is this him on a movie set for something like The Boys in Company C?  Loyce was just a Staff Sergeant.

Does this just LOOK Asian but is acutally from the set of Full Metal Jacket, and that is Gunnery Sergeant Hartman?

I dunno. 

Here is a screen cap of his movie ribbons in FMJ, and they don't match, now do his eyebrows.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

They are coming for your guns

All of them.  And they are coming for you.  Do not sit out this November because the non-gun grabber is a horse's ass.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Speaking of chicken

Larry fisked the NYC Chik Fil A thing in some fly by night periodical up there.

Older S&W semis

You know.  The all metal kind.

So Tam has an article rolling around in here head like so many marbles in the skipper's overhead.  ('Overhead' is how swabbies say 'boat ceiling.')

She want to do something about the older Smith and Wesson semi-automatics.  You know the kind, with roots back 65 years

I am looking forward to it.

Now, I came to the shooting world late.  So I don't remember gunshops with lots of those brand new under the glass for sale.  They aren't there anymore, to be super simple about it, because they are expensive to make compared to next generation pistols ~cough~Glocks~cough~.

But they, themselves, were a response to how much work went into the generation before.  Again, to be short-bus simple, 1911s are a manufacturing improvement on earlier design, the Model 39 tried to one up that, then Glocks to one up them...  Smith would still make them if there was a demand and people willing to pay for the extra costs.

Like I said, though, I was never into older metal Smiths, so I am nigh totally ignernt in how they work or shoot.  Tam was nice enough to post this video but what appears to be a cut above your usual youtube gunsmith.

Goodness, that seems complicated.  I wonder what John Browning would say?  I saw the stamping and when "Ick!"  Then I thought a moment and went, "Ya know, that might actually be a decent idea.  Why NOT stampings?  Certainly cheaper to have a stamping ejector than that machined part you have to FIT on a 1911 that does the same thing."

You can see all the efforts to NOT have as many machined parts.  Then, later, some of them machined parts can be swapped out with Metal Injection Molded parts...  Cutting costs more.  Still hard to compete when you have all them frames you have to work.

Anyway, I am look forward to Tam's piece.  I hope it is a long article.  Heck, she could right a book on it.  She won't become a millionaire selling it, but I'd buy a copy. Fill in some of my gun knowledge holes.

Well what did you expect?

You've been telling them if they even LOOK at raw chicken they will catch salmonella.  Raw meat disease vector panics.  When did those germaphobic panics get bad?  1936?  1914?  1870?  NO!  I am thinking Germanophobe, not germaphobe.  Germs.  Not goose-stepping Squareheads.

At my house, we were still re-using shake and bake mix if we didn't use all of it up in one go in the 1980s.

Yeah, I might not do that now as a best practice.

We were a little worried about pork, but for trichinosis.  Just cook it.  No rare pork chops.

But, come to think of it...  I did used to get "24 hours stomach bugs" a lot back then and rarely so now, and now I practice marginally better raw-food handling techniques.

Monday, April 16, 2018


How did this guy ever get through Quantico?  Pathetic.


I have a twitter account, but man...  There is just nigh zero pleasure ever logging in and reading anything.

Maybe something about Robb's woodworking projects.  That's always nice.  So, 97% of twitter is high blood pressure inducing dreck. 

People on twitter make me... well not want to hurt them myself, but if they came to grief of their own accord I wouldn't feel that bad about it.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

Aw, no!  Crap.


Of course I stayed home on a Sunday.  That last post was for tomorrow.

Car is broke

So I stayed home.  The only gunsmithing I've done this weekend is this.

You see, in the future, anyone can take some old pipe and scrap pallet wood, some spring and some duct tape, and make perfectly serviceable and reliable firearms.  The selection above has .38 special, .45 ACP, and that one might even be a .308.

Unless you can find an antique like this one that shoots 10mm.

Yeah, yeah, just a game.  I always liked the gunsmithing mechanic, tho.  It's fun.  I'm not looking for realism in a cartoony shoot em up game.  The depth and texture this and other form factors adds makes the game so replayable.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


I forgot to set a post for Saturday.

Been scraping the bottom of the barrel recently.  Lessee.  Second liberal co-worker went to the trouble of getting a Maryland permission-to-permit a firearm.  $300ish.  So there is that. 

Did go shooting this week.  Taking a break.  Car is in the shop to get a pinion seal replaced.  So no training in Virginia today.  Taxes are done.  100 back from the state, and I owe 500 to the feds. 

I might be shopping for a vacation/retirement home...  I could almost afford two mortgages if I scrimp.  And I have a caretaker at the retirement home location picked out that is long term reliable. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bank of America

Ok, I still have an account with them.  But I no longer have their credit card or a mortgage.  Just a checking account.  I use them for bill pay and direct deposit.  I pay them no fees.  I JUST bought another box of checks, tho.

Should I close my account because of their heinous anti-civil-rights hate policies and adherence to Gun Crow?  They can't be making much money offa me.  I may be the type of customer that COSTS them money.  What say you, loyal readers?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I'm not allowed to have a knife at work

Just like the entire city of London, knives are verboten.

So I only have 2.  On me.  The 'on me' doesn't include my car.  No one has a problem with me using a knife at work.  This may be Maryland but it is still America.  Of course, they could trust me with a gun.  So they can certainly trust me with a knife.

Now, I don' flaunt it.  I don't pull out a big Kabar Kukri when I need to cut open the plastic on a case of Coke Zero.  For that I use this

Mini Skeletool.

The Kukri is for clamshell packaging.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dots of Gold

Found some Gold Dot .38 in one of geographically remote bunkers.  You don't have one of them?  Well you should.  More than one. 

Anyway, after cracking the seals to the concrete catacomb and digging around in one of the store rooms I found a box.  Partial box. 

I had washed a speed strip of Gold Dot in the laundry, and while they are probably perfectly fine...  I will shoot them off as range ammo now that I found the fresh unsoaked rounds.  Because I trust them 1% less now, post washing machine and drier.

Gold Dot was my preferred .38 +P in a snubbie goto ammo.  It's specifically for the short barrel.  But hell, even the best short barrel stuff isn't much better than any other.  But you gotta select sumthin.  So I guess it is still my preferred snubbie ammo.  And now I have 4 speedloaders filled with the stuff.

Gold Dot .38 short barrel is sold out most everywhere.   When it comes back I am ordering 5 boxes.  Well, 4.     

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Addition to the Short Ribs Post

There used to be better butchers around me.

Like Katz.  Wait, did Katz butcher become this?  I better check that out.  It's close.

Or Rudy's.

The short ribs were from Wilson's Farm Meat. That steer prolly met it's end less than 75 feet from the register.  They had bacon too. 

I say this because I want to find the butcher's cut for sale somewhere, take it home, and eat it.  The oyster steak.  First bit cut off the Round in this:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Instant Pot

I don't have my own Instant Pot.  But I hear great things about them.  I just don't have the kitchen space.

People rave about them.

What it is for the 3 people that haven't heard of it yet?  Essentially, it's a crockpot and a pressure cooker in one.  You make crockpot type things in it, but it only takes a 10th of the time to cook. 

If you are a single dude and you join a Facebook Instant Pot group, be prepared to be hit on by the nice ladies there if you ask for help.  So, there's a bonus.

Now while I do not have one, I have eaten from others'.   One of the first things to try is hard boiled eggs.  It does a good job.  Easy to peel them eggs.  One of the second things people do is short ribs.  Cup of water of stock, ribs, glom on you favorite store bought bbq sauce...  120 minutes later you will find it difficult to get a rib out with meat attached.  Super moist and tender.  I would add some other herbs and spices to that simple list of ingredients.  Pepper, cumin, garlic powder, maybe thyme and rosemary.  But that's me.  It's still EXCELLENT ribs.  And so easy.

Spaghetti I haven't tried.  That is the traditional third item to test drive.   

I wonder how electrically efficient these dang things are?  Could Joel work one down at his gulch on the solar power he has stored in batteries?  Well, presumably he could, but will it suck up so much juice as to not be worth it?

He bakes a lotta bread down there, it seems, but that is from the heat provided by bottle gases of various sorts. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

That's a Far Cry

I got nuthin.  I am thinking of picking up some escapism.  A video game.  This video game to be specific. Far Cry 5, and I will get it through Steam.

In it there are gun nut religious fanatics with bunkers awaiting the apocalypse and gun nuts that don't go along with the religious fanatics with bunkers that want to be left alone and not meddled with.

You know.  Americans.

Well.  Non-urban Americans from non coastal areas.  That could be fun.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Whoa Wu

Brianna Wu, bully of computer gamers, is running Congress (Crazy, Taxachusetts) and has a three point plan to address the 'gun crisis' that doesn't exist.
  • If you own a gun, mandate liability insurance
  • Broad outright bans on all 'assault weapons' 
  • Mandate gun safety classes

All, of course designed to make gun ownership more onerous and discourage the ongoing expansion of gun culture/  If it's too much of a hassle, people on the fringes won't bother, is the thinking.  With few people bothering, there are fewer votes at the polling place in favor of pro-rights politicians.  With fewer pro-rights politician, there can be me MORE gun rights restrictions at some future date, leading to an ultimate total ban, ushering the United States into a Brazil style gun free Utopia where no one gets murdered anymore. 

This model worked well in states like Jersey, and also Massachusetts where Wu lives.  Massaschusetts has a lot less 'sanctioned' gun ownership now compared to 30 years ago.  Just ask JayG.  But I don't think this successful strategy is replicable nationally.  There are too many guns already out here, beyond the Northeast enclaves and the West coasts.  Record gun sales continue apace.  Even slow months in the Trump era show significantly higher purchase rates than late Bush Jr. early Obama months before sales really bloomed. 

I've always loved the 'assault weapon' term, invented in the late 80s just to ban guns and can mean whatever a banner wants it to mean.  That was the haters of our civil rights last really genius moment. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Range, 4 APR

Ok, 63 rounds of Federal HST, for a total of 1109 through this gun since I rebuilt it.  No failures.

It was disassembled and 'wiped' down at round 500 or so, but no real clean.  Lubed every 300ish rounds.  It is a 1911 and needs a single tear's worth of FP-10 every now and then.   Four failure to feeds when using semi wadcutter stuff.  I don't count those.  I failure to lockback on final round at #442.  The gun got a good cleaning in a 1911 armorers class at #992. 

This session.  Warmup at 8 yards with the head shot, using my 'embrace the wobble' attitude.  Good.  Moved it out to 25 yards and the rest went toward center mass.

Not shabby.  I decided I need to so a LOT more at 25 yards now. 

Brought this target to 8 yards and got the two called flyers.  Boo.

Target #4 is me trying to go faster.  Taking no extra time aiming.  Just push out and let the finger do it's thing.  If my accuracy has improved lately I want to work on speed more. 

And back out to 25 yards for this one.  Again, speed was attempted.  Poorly.  Maybe the final target I should go slow and go faster early.  Make the final one as tight as possible, taking me time when 'tired.'

I remember when I was about this accurate at 8 yards.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

NRA board

It's been a trying few months.  For everyone.  Everywhere.  I don't know what it is.  Everyone has the Churn right now.  Except My Buddy The Gun Enthusiast.  He retired.  Living the life. 

But, because of the extras I've been dealing with I have put off taxes and the NRA board vote, both due on the 15th.  I don't get a return and have to pay a couple hundred, so there is no motivation to get the taxes out of the way early.  Plus procrastination. 

But as for the NRA...  LOTS has happened since the ballot went out.  So, who do I vote for? 

We ain't got reciprocity.  Instead of restricting our rights because of events it would be a great thumb in the eye of the bad guys if we had passed reciprocity.  Just to show em.  Who do I vote for that will make that happen? 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Since high school my feet have been sized 11D.  Just like everyone else.  That hasn't changed, according to the Brannock device

And thought I was often loathe to risk ordering shoes online, for fear I'd have to have the hassle of returning them, there was a sweet spot 10-20 years ago where when I did order 11Ds, the shoes that came fit 9 times out of 10.

Not anymore.  Now 8 out of 10 DO NOT fit.  Usually too high in the arch, or, more frequently, WAY too narrow in the toe.  I have overcome my hesitation in returning the bad ones. 

I don't know why Chinese shoe factories are falling down on the job. 

The brands I do have good luck with, still

Doc Martens.  If anything, these are fitting better/comfortably lately, and are better made, for a lower price.  And they wear like iron, so I need to get replacements only because I want to, and only every 10 years or so.  The black low quarters are my go to office shoe.

Skechers.  Not 100%, but they usually do well.

The holy grail of footwear I've been looking for is a pull one black leather something.  Sent lots back, from Duluth Trading Company or Merrell.  But these Brundstones [I mean Blundstone with an L...] seem to be working.

Easy to install inserts, steel toe if you are working in a gunsmith shop and things might fall on your foot, plenty roomy in the toes.  Can't run in them, but they'd be handy on a camp out if you had to get up and find your way to the loo.

But a bigger problem is there is little choice BUT to buy online.  Brick and mortar shoes stores are getting sparse on the ground. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Cell Phone

How many people am I allowed to shoot because they have a cellphone in their hand?  Gonna guess zero?

Stuff like this comes up and people start connecting it to past shootings of other black men.

"Just like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin."  No.  Not like those two.  Those two guys were trying to kill someone when they got shot.  They were on offense and trying to hurt people and got plugged for their trouble, by all accounts.

"Just like Philando Castile." Ok, this one I go along with.  I think it may have been a mistake for the NRA not to reach out to Castile and try to help.  I know the NRA has a large sympathy with law enforcement and didn't want to risk alienating that segment, but they also have a big CCW constituency, and none of us like to be wrongly shot by the police just having a CCW permit.  What did Philando do besides be scared around a scared cop?

Levar Jones, Walter Scott, Philando Castile.  Not, the policemen in those case did face the music, some did do time, and none are still cops.

But that's just me.  I think you get more sympathy for justice when the guy the cops violate is truly innocent.   I'll go to the barricades with you for them.  But not for Trayvon.  And Zimmerman was indeed a chuckleheaded idiot.

Also note that the guys that shot Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin are in seclusion right now.

I don't know what the future holds for the two Sacremento cops that shot Stephon Clark because they were wound up and thought the cellphone was a weapon.  Something, probably, unhappy for them.  Gotta have a deterrent for shooting other people that have a phone in the future.  Their lives and careers are probably greatly curtailed forever now.  Not as bad as what happened to Clark's life and career.

And it is not just a race thing.  Cops can jack up and scare white boys, too. How close was he to getting aired out rather than just peeing his pants?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Latest Metrocon take

... on the Second Amendment.

They are agin' repeal at National Review, but they aren't married to the idea, and if a repeal happened they seem to act like they'd get used to it pretty quick.

No word on whether they think the right to bear arms might exist outside and above the laws of the Constitution.  That it might be a greater thing.  A Natural Right.

That's one of the things I hate about Cruikshank.  Which said that the 2nd exists above and beyond the boundaries of the Constitution, but the Constitution isn't binding like this on the states, really, so we are gonna rule that the states can pee all over the right if it wants to, especially since this is freed slaves we are a-violatin'. 

Sorta like going, "The right to bear arms is sacrosanct, but we're gonna ignore that because we don't like black people, and it will take 90 years before the court thinks the the 14th really applies, and 40 years after that before it starts to get serious about the last of Jim Crow: gun control."

But the metrocons are at least not hostile.  If a bit squishy.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Another Smith

Normally I am a Remington man, but a shooting buddy found this Smiff along with a Remington while dumpster diving a couple years back.  Sold be the Remington and through the Smith in for free.

The Remington was fine, but the Smith needed some serious TLC.

I just got it back from Kensington Typewriter Repair.

It's a nice typer.  Smooth.  Might be because they lubed it during service.  I could do a term paper on this!

Tom Hanks' favorite model, the Smith Corona Clipper, which is why I went ahead and took the trouble to make a dead typewriter work again.  It had a cracked typebar assembly.  Where the base of all them typebars attach and connect to the keybars.

If I had to guess... 4C series from the 1940s?  Prolly 49.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cooking post

I've been making omelettes since I was a kid.  But always used the aluminum non-stick omelette pans.  Well, in my advanced years I have finally graduated to a proper carbon steel pan like this.

And it works.  You gotta have oil in there.  What would be ideal, tho, is if I could get the seasoning to look like this:

Instead of blotchy.  Like I have.

I know how to season a pan properly.  My problem, I am sure, is, like most things, I am too impatient.  I need to cook more bacon in the omelette pan.  MUCH more.  Let time and use even out the blotches.

Relax, T-Bolt.  Half your problems go away when you relax about it.


Also, searching for the perfect oil for pan searing a steak?  Yeah, peanut oil is just fine.  And not weird.  High enough smoke temp, and I don't have to worry about it.

Flax?  Rapeseed?  Advocado?  Truffle?  Some types of Olive?  Too complicated.  Relax.

Butter or bacon grease?  Too smoky.  ;-)

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Vast Majority

The vast majority of American think anyone can go to a gun show and leave with a machine gun.  And that if a gun looks like a machine gun you can probably take a file, file down a nub of a disconnector, and easily convert it to a machine gun.

We in know are a aware it's a bit more complicated than that.

But if it wasn't...  Machine guns sure would be cheaper.

Parallel universe, where the Hughes amendment hasn't jacked up the prices on what should be $500 worth of metal stampings on the cheaper ones, what machine gun do YOU take home, just for fun?

I have already expressed an interest in the greasegun. And I really enjoyed shooting an MP40.  But as for modern more better, mebbe, subguns, I do not know.  I don't have Frank James to guide me, and I wasn't into the gun scene when he was evaluating burp guns by the bushel load.  He was an old skool authority in the day. 

The Smith M76 would be something I'd investigate, yes, a knockoff of the Swedish K.  It also would have the potential of being cheap and a possible impulse buy at a gun show. 

A Tommy Gun or a BAR would be spendy no matter if they were still making them.  But of course, I'd enjoy the history of them as much as the other WWII stuff I already mentioned.

I liked the Kriss once.  But I think the bloom is off that rose in my eyes on them.  Never was an UZI man, or any of the H&K offerings.  Just didn't appeal to me.

The MAC-10/11 too, unless it had that big suppressor on it.

What cool think am I missing on parallel machine gun universe?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Spring Change

After some fits and starts, it appears to be Spring outside.

Now, let's think about springs inside.

Inside your gun.

Every swap out the Recoil Spring in your gun?  Did you do the other springs too?  You should.  In a 1911 go ahead and do the Firing Pin Spring and Main Spring.

"Why the Firing Pin Spring, T-Bolt?  I can see the Recoil and Main, they sort of work together..."

Look, if the gun was wearing the recoil spring down (gotta stop all that word capitalization) so it is two inches shorter now than new, doncha think there is a chance the firing pin is weakened a bit too?

You don't want it slowing down.  Not popping back into the hole.  Maybe peening the inside a bit.  The next step is the next round catches on the pin and bend it over.  Maybe the peening gets the pin caught outside. 

Once bent over, that gun is down.  Disabled until you can get it back into the shop. 

No, it doesn't go full auto.  The brass case is stopped before it can slide up the breach face and under the extractor.  It just fails to feed.  You need to break the sear to get something like a follow and an uncontrollable BRRP until that jams the gun after scaring you half to death.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Oh crud

I had nothing for today.

And there is SO much.

I hope the Dems keep running on repealing the 2nd Amendment.  All the way through November.  I don't think that is the 'reasonable' gun control they have convinced the squares they are after.

But it is nice of them to tacitly admit that they DO need to repeal to get the gun bans they want.  It makes it clear to more folks that that is what they want, and not just a few scary no-walnut rifles.

"You silly NRA cranks.  No one is coming for your guns."


"We are coming for your guns."

Gaslight much, Proggy?

"The debate is OVER!  The only question is how fast we will violate you gunnuts' civil rights."

I dunno Andy.  Our side, the good guys, have been in worse places than this before.

"A whopping 20% are for repeal!"  That's GREAT news, Washington Post   

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Justice John Paul Stevens: "Repeal 2nd!"


Epiphany still good

If i embrace the wobble, my accuracy improves dramatically over my baseline.

54 rounds fired.   26 March.  Here is some from the 25 foot line.

Two fliers.  That top one...  Ugh.  Called them.  "Flubbed that one...." ~peek~ "Yup."  But that top one was just embarrassing.

But that is four rounds through one hole at 5:30 in the white on the upper left target.  Six touching in upper right.

That triangle one?  The next lane over thought I needed an extra 9mm hole in my paper to go with the .45.

Targets 4 and 5 I am trying to up the speed a little.  Nothing to write home about, just pushing myself a bit. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

6.5 Fulton M65 M1A

So, after Newtown, Maryland passed a crapload of new gun regulations.  Magazine restrictions, a license to purchase handguns with fingerprint and train requirements, and an Assault Weapon Ban. 

There has always been a roster of acceptable handguns for sale, added to that roster are the few 'Assault Weapons' that are acceptable.  Manufacturers go hat in hand to some roster board and ask to be added to the roster.

"Hi, we at Smith and Wesson have sold M&P 9mm pistols in this state for a while.  We'd like to sell this new one, too.  It's the same as the others but the part number is different and it is coyote brown instead of black."  And after a few months you can buy that brown Smith.  They aren't THAT bad a stickler.  Governor Ehrlich sorta instilled a bias to accept new guns for the roster and that hasn't changed.  It'd be a good way to do a back door pistol ban by just rejecting any new additions for a while.  But like I said, they haven't tried that Shenanigan.

Now, things that are ON the roster for long guns.  Pretty much any heavy barrel AR15s.  Aka:  HBARs.  AR10s are hunky dory.   You can buy a stripped lower for an AR15. 

But you can't buy an AR15 with a regular barrel!!!  No no!  Forbidden.  (yeah, yeah, I know.)  No Tec-9's.  No Calicos.  Now M1A's.  Which were fine in 2012.  Semi-auto M14s are no bueno.

Until now!

We have Fulton Armory in Maryland, and being a local concern and with a little effort, they managed to get 6.5mm Creedmore chambered M1As (now with a label of M65) permissable for local sale. 

Probably with just a 10 round magazine, tho.  You still have to go to a gunshow in another state to stock up on standard magazines.

I dunno if this applies to Springfield rifles of similar chambering. 

You see, 6.5mm fake M14s aren't as dangerous as 7.62mm fake M14s, so it's fine for this gun shy locale.  It's a smaller number, you see.  Probably can't shoot as far?  So it is safer?  Or something. 

Or something, indeed.  This state. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Charles Bronson

Luckily for Millennials he died before they became a thing.

They want em all

Remember in November and cancel their vote.

They are bold enough to say they are coming for your guns.  And I don't want Civil War 2, selectric boombaloo to happen in my lifetime.

"When They Give Us That Inch, That Bump Stock Ban, We Will Take A Mile"

They really aren't considering the misery they could unleash.  People that had no idea how someone like Trump could win will be blindsided, too, by what could happen going down this road.

Site v. Sight

I tend to use the words interchangeably.  But I am stupid.

Front site.

Front sight.

Are both accepted?  Is one preferred.  My English no good. I am leaning sight, but I am sure I will slip to site sometimes.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Whatcha Doing?

"Whatcha doing for the children's crusade today, T-Bolt?"

Helping the gunsmith while he teaches a 1911 Intermediate Class.

I already saw these dude at the Beginning course.  Only two from that class faile the safety checks.  Failure to return with the hammer sear engagement.  Another was "keep and eye on this as one hammer hook is letting go before the other and that could be an issue later as it wears." 

The beginning class is mostly "how to detail strip a 1911" and what the safety checks are.  Very useful if buying a 1911.  The intermediate class breaks out the smoke lamp and you get to see how well your barrel is locking up and what not.  Cleaning up some burrs on parts...  I may be missing someting, because it is a two day class.  Must be some bonus items.


Been dragging my feet about making a donation to the NRA.  So what about today?  What's so special about today?  Today needs more freedom.

Second Amendment Foundation gets some love too.

"Why them two, T-Bolt?"

They are the ones that have done stuff for me. You other ones?  I don't know you, or you say koo-koo banananas things.  You could be staffed by mental patients or a front for Bloomberg for all I know.  I've fed Alan Gura a steak and a beer.  I've been to NRA conventions.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Range, 19 March


63 rounds, Winchester, no failures. 

I was right.  I was onto something last time.  The groups were fast and tightened up.  See.  Two flyers, two flinchies, all called.  The rest were pretty good

I may be onto something here.  I need to do some more testing, but this is exciting.  25 feet.

"Well?  What did you do this time to get this.  Especially that middle target."

Surprisingly little except for one wrinkle.  I couldn't tell you where my trigger finger placement was this time.  Despite trying to shoot relaxed I caught myself tensing up more than usual.  I concentrated on the THREE fundamentals.  Relax (which wasn't working too good), concentrate on the front sight, and Make the Trigger Go Good.  Which is starting to be automatic, except those 4 flyers.

So what was the new thing?  It impacted all three fundamentals.  Ready?

Embrace the Wobble.

I knew about doing this academically before, but knowing what you should do and achieving it are two different things.  This time I figured out how to do it.

You know the wobble.  The front sight seems to move like a lazy infinity symbol, then like a kid on a swingset, then like you are drawing a sunset on the horizon, just randomly moving all over.  Some people try to wait until it crosses the bull before breaking the trigger.  Don't. 

Let it wobble. 

Embrace the wobble.

Hell, MAKE it wobble. I was making it wobble, on purpose, and not caring when the trigger break happened.  

It can all be wobbling and you still are keeping it in a tight central group, as above.  And it can get better than that.  Wobble is ok.  Don't make the perfect sight picture be the enemy of good sight picture.  There lies bad trigger pulls. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Separated at Birth

David Hogg, the Hater of Civil Rights, Dean Venture, half of the Venture Brothers.

Turn in your guns

These dudes destroying or turning their guns into the police?  Just so they are not tempted to get a replacement they should voluntarily (highly encouraged to comply) add their names to the prohibited persons list.  That would be due process.   If you volunteer yourself to go on the list.  Think of all the Democrat hoplophobes that would feel good about themselves doing that.

Shennanigans by the .gov?  You get voluntold to prohibit yourself.  No bueno.  Unless you are turning in your guns at the station.  THEN pressure the wienie.

Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi could burn up a lotta cycles calling for this measure.  The NRA and Republicans could help them, on this.  Win win.

So, what does the NRA do?

About so-called Red Flag restraining order gun confiscation?

Shout "Hell No!"?

Probably an untenable position.

Make low approving-sounding noises in public, and work behind the scenes with lawmakers and go "Hey, what about some due process protections?  You know someone is gonna sue and appeal if you don't have a least a little in there.  A little more."

This works, now, while our 'side' is still in a majority position and takes other gun grabs off the table for now.  Even couple this with reciprocity, even.  Get that done before November, and that is the NRA doing its job as best it can.

Of course that would make no one happy.  For doing its job and not doing enough.

But like some commenters over on Sebastian's site, I'd prefer that maybe the cops do at least part of their job with investigating threats and using the Baker Act where appropriate.  Instead of what happened in Florida.  Where apparently they had to try really hard to do the OPPOSITE of their job a few score times over years. 

Also.  Here is another, angrier, view, that I don't think I can disagree with.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Culture Change

If the bad guys really wanted to drive a wedge in gunnie culture they might try to ban guns that ARE just used for hunting and are in declining use.  Hunting isn't what the 2nd protects, and SCOTUS in Heller says regulation of stuff not in common use can be permissable.

The military/militia doesn't use shotguns.  Ban them.  Pump and doubles.  They are problematic from all the laws of war, anyway.  Sure, the .mil used to use them, but allies and opponents always thought shotguns in war a bit hinky.

No military or police use them revolvers for the most part.  They are old fashioned anachronisms.  Ban em.

And now the Fudds are up in arms.  But they'd have sold other gunnies out to still go duck hunting, so, effective culture attack, and we ALL lose some power.  (We'd have more power if the Fudds were as supportive of my preferred firearms as I was of there doubles.)

Monday, March 19, 2018

I went to the range on 14 March

63 Winchester

No failures (but I still haven't cleaned it...  after I am done with the Winchester I will...  Filthy.)

Oh my.  There are two types of ways of me going fast.  "Make trigger go NOW" which is how I usually shot for years and years.  And that get's the flinchies  And "Whatever, you've been here before, you know how to pull the trigger right, do it without thought." And that compressed surprise-break happens

They look the same, but the second is marginally faster and much more accurate.

And I am starting to understand how this works.  And that is exciting.

Sam saw this and reinforced it in Sim Training the next session.  Oh my.  I think we are talking an epiphany here.   Which is nice.  I like getting better.  First the bad:

Shot a magazine at the head at 25 feet.  The misses and one that hit the shoulder?  I thing these were from that first one.  Not warmed up and this is something I want to work on.  Not requiring a warm up.  Pushed the target out to 60 feet and aimed at the chest.  Meh.  I used to shoot like that at 25 feet.  It is only recently I push the target out further.  I use the black so I don't see the holes and that helps concentrate on the fundamentals and looking at front site and not prairie-dogging.

Then I did 5 magazines at 25 feet for this.

What the picture doesn't show is how fast I went.  "Whatever" bang "whatever" bang.  I was kind of stunned.  More to work on.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

These people want to write our gun laws minutiae


Public School Teachers

Public School Teachers must be more racist than David Duke.

The only thing stopping them from killing all their black students is a law saying they can't have a gun on school grounds.  Or something.

So, High Schools are hate factories.  We learned a few years back that state Universities are rape factories...  What's next?  Are they churning out meth in Elementary school?  Got the Kindergartners working in mill?


The midterm elections usually go against the party in the Whitehouse.  And the gun banners are in it to win it this next cycle, too.  So, if trends hold out, Dems will win big in the House, at least, and the gun banners will spin this to "See?  Siding with us on gun control now wins elections for you!  This is 1994, but turned upside down.  We are on the right side of history, now, and you better get with us."

So it might be kind of important to counter that now, NRA, hint hint.  Maybe highlight how the failures of Democrats resulted in the massacre. 

Oh, I need to donate more to them.  Maybe the Second Amendment Foundation, too. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A zit

Inside my nostril?

I am pushing 50 years old.  Well beyond the life expectancy for the long majority of human history.  For all the people that came before me, I am and OLD man to most all of them.

Why do I still get teenage pimples?  I should be decades past that.

Inside the nostril just adds insult to injury.   

How does this work?

"Teachers are so racist that if you let them carry guns to school, they will just start shooting the black students."

Wait a minnit...  Why are there so many racists permitted teaching classes?  With or without a firearm on them, why are they up at the chalkboard if the only thing preventing them from committing a homicide is the fact they can't legally bring a gun to school?  Wouldn't one teacher that had illegally brought a gun to school have lit up a black student by now if racist teachers were so prevalent?  Do the parents know a good proportion of their kids' teachers are this homicidally racist?  Why did these racists get into teaching in the first place, didn't they know some of their students would be of a racial background they didn't like?

If this is all true, you got a bigger problem than a few future CCW strapped teachers.

Wait!  I got an idea.  Only permit the black teachers to go armed.  Problem solved.

Friday, March 16, 2018


If gov't is going to be so incompetent and capricious, why do NICS background checks at all?

So, really, the only people the Obama administration had no problem giving guns to was the bad guys? 

Self Perpetuating

The histrionics of the gun banners makes the next mass murder more likely.

In the aftermath, don't glorify or name the shooter. Don't dwell on the event. It might be best to just shut up about it – perhaps for many years. Excess attention to the event makes it, in some twisted minds, an exaltation of the actions of the maniac, and that seems to promote similar events.

Copycat syndrome.

But if the gun banners don't get a full gun ban this time they actually WANT another massacre.  On this alone.... no matter your political affiliation, why would you ever want to encourage slaughter to get your policy passed?....  You should be on our side for this alone.  At least gun rights people aren't hoping for someone to get killed.   The more the better.  Gross 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Feature, not bug

"I'm walking out of school today on the one month anniversary of Parkland school massacre.  I wasn't learning anything there, anyway, y'know?  I'm upset that something like that can happen then the politicians do nothing.  What more has to happen for those people to ban all the bad guns, y'know?  Besides, those detergent pods ain't gonna, like, eat themselves, and the school resource officer will no longer let us bring them into the building for lunch."
Yeah, that 'do nothing' bit?  That's a feature, not a bug.  What the politicians are doing are holding the line.  Their most important job is to defend the rights of their constituents.  NOT getting stampeded into more violation is second best.  First best is to expand our rights and remove legacy violations.

That'd be great.  NOW.  Expanding gun owner rights.  Pass Reciprocity, McConnell.  There's a lot of work to do after that.  Finish that labor and we'll take a look at the 4th and 5th and 10th Amendments, too.

But I am glad they give you young idiots the runaround.  You people aren't that bright, to tell you the truth.  A product of your youth and inexperience, but don't worry, you have plenty of time to get old and dumb.  You are also a lotta astroturf, willingly, admittedly, doing the bidding of your money men.  Who's motivations are... not in the interests of America as we know it.  A stalking horse for bigger things, perhaps, besides just the gun bans.  But, heck some of you want that transformation (well not you, you).  But you do have to camouflage that desire in something else...  like civil rights violations you can maybe get people to go along with after a tragedy.    

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Advice Solicited

"Hey T-Bolt?  You know gonne stuff, right?  As you know we moved out into the country into our first new house from outta them damned apartments in Glen Burnie.  We don't hear sirens every night, now.  But that's the thing.  If there is a problem, 911 response is much slower where we now live.  And I travel more with this new job, selling widgets to medical device inspectors all over the country.  How do I convince the missus to go to the range and maybe consider getting a gun for the house to protect us and our young children from badguys?"

Hi!  Glad you asked that question.  I recommend two Ruger pistols.  They are decent quality guns, but won't break the bank since you have to get the pair.  I say two because we are going to have to duct tape them to both her hands, and if one hand is free she will just be able to peel off the tape and put the gun down.  Trust me, it can't fail.

Ok, ok.

You are never going to hurry up a reticent person to go shooting or get a gun, and you probably don't want to.  Sure there are risks living out in the 'country' but you can still huck a chihuahua and hit the neighbors house on either side... You aren't isolated.  And country risks are also lesser than Baltimore inner-suburbs risks you have now quit, and left in your rearview.  I know if there were no children to home she'd be more tolerant of a firearm in the house, but that's not the case with you, so her reticence is even stronger (most non gunnies worry about a child messing around with the house gun, and this fear gives them nightmares, no matter what sort of true likelihood of mishaps actually exists.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Ok, here's the deal"

"You help out in classes, be the extra pair of hands showing guys how to get the mag release button and the safety out of the gun, and I'll let you use the machinery in here.  Hell, I'll closely supervise and teach you how to use the machinery in here.  Don't embarrass me."


Here's the thing...  This way I get to take the classes again FOR FREE.  It's review, yes, but I always learn something new.

They are monkeys

They are not people.

Stop calling them 'someone' 'somebody'.

They are NOT people.

Anthropomorphizing them does no one any favors.

We are having a hard enough time defending Civilization from the existential threat of Barbarism right now to tolerate this nonsense about monkeys. And those are people.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Gun Banners

Are insane.

So... my AR is an awful cat? And it might go out and do something horrible all by itself? Or are AR owners awful cats? No... But revolver owner are cute adorable cats? Some cats are nice to have, some cats are not, but they have no other purpose beside 'have'? Where are you going with this, numbskull?

Could you gun banners stop being nonsensical?

51,000 people liked that video when I saw it. Only 6,600 people disliked it. Is that truly the ration between morons and non morons in this country these days?

Sunday, March 11, 2018


So.  Some folks don't like the Fix NICS legislation.

What's objectionable about it?

Assuming you are fine with preventing felons and other GCA prohibitted persons from being denied a firearm.

I am of two minds about that.  The whole, "If you can't be trusted with a gun, how can you be without a custodian in a world with gas stations, glass bottles, and cigarette lighters?" is in the forefront of my mind, but, brass tacks, that's not the world we live in.  Fighting for that is a fight in the future.

For now, today, in the\is world, what is objectionable about Fix NICS?  In a world where NICS is a thing and is grudgingly accepted, what is bad about this NICS reform?

No, I am seriously asking.  All I see is it incentivizes folks to report prohibited persons they should have been reporting already.  Is there something else to it?

I know it can't be that bad, in that the Democrats supported before it had a decent chance of actually passing. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

US Army...

...developing a third arm for soldiers.

You mean besides the short one?

There is a tic

I see with Liberal, arguing, that I don't see with Conservatives.  Maybe I am wrong and it is everywhere, I am prepared to be shown that.  But I only see it from the left, so far.

If something of contention rolls up in a 'discussion' and someone goes, "So you are saying..." that is a Lib, and they are about to lie and strawman all over you.

Jordan Peterson found this out in England with Cathy Newman, but it isn't restricted to that TV interview.  It is a deployed all over Twitter.

And it is annoying.  It's also has big enough holes to drive a rhetorical truck through.

"I have a firearm to protect my kids"

"So you are saying you want to slaughter all children?"

See?  That sort.

Friday, March 9, 2018


My gunstore posted a picture of an M3 Greasegun on social media. WITH a suppressor.  And boy did I get a case of the wants. 

I was there the next day.  I wanted to maybe touch it.  Read what the price tag said.  Maybe.  Maybe.

No!  It was just a tease.  The owner private collection.  I dunno if it was even transferable.  Bastards. 

Well, I save a lotta money that way.

All the ARs on the wall were AR10s or HBARs.  So I could have bought any of those and taken it home.

They were also out of S&W M&P types.  Well, they HAD some, but none of em were on the Maryland roster yet.  Controlled guns need approval from the state, you see.  NFA items aren't counted in the Maryland assault weapons restrictions.  Well except the magazines.  So if the M3 was for sale we could have proceeded.  But not a regular AR15.  No sir.

I asked about the M&Ps because a buddy at work is thinking on that.  And heck, I could be pushed.  New roster approvals any day now. 

It's the same guns that are already approved, just a slightly different part number, so...  Approval process.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


What does LMGTFY mean?


Liberals are sick of being corrected when they are wrong about guns.  "Magazine, clip, WHATEVER!  You are just getting us in the weeds as a distraction!"

Yeah, our side is pedantic.  We cop to that.  But if you want to write policy about a segment of firearms available, or not, to the public, you really do have to know what it is you are talking about. 

Of course, we could just use that to our advantage.  "Ban and confiscate all Bloomberschutzen and Donderblitzen assault rifles.  MUCH more dangerous than any other firearm out there."  "Great, what about ARs?"  "Dude, we just banned two whole classes of guns.  Compromise a bit." "Oh, ok."

Yeah, like that tactic would really work for long...

The real reason they don't want or need to learn firearm minutiae is their true goal doesn't really require it.  You don't have to know what select-fire means, or semi-auto, if your true goal is the banning and confiscation of all civilian non-law-enforcement firearms, right?  Easy policy proscription.  No loopholes.

They just can't say that out loud because they figure the vast majority would be against that and it will prevent their blue wave from happening this November.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Elder Wisdom

So it is impossible to take the guns away, forgetting it is unconstitutional.  There are just too many of them.  There were way fewer in Britain and Australia and they can't manage to confiscate all theirs, what hope is there to get them out of the hands of ornery Americans.

You can't repeal the 2nd Amendment.  It exists outside the constitution and is only there to remind gov't where their power cannot go.  The Heller case reminds us of this.  A right exists it is not conferred.  And.  You cannot infringe on the right to bear arms and if you try to repeal the amendment you are infringing. 

You can't bring back insane asylums and involuntary commitments.  Or you can, but it would be very very difficult.  Not as difficult as confiscating all the guns, but it's a tough row to hoe.  And quite a few gunnies, who tend to be of a libertarian bent, aren't on board with the concept and would fight almost as hard against bughouses as they would repeal.  Teamed up with the ACLU.

Where does that leave us?  Larry Elder distills all this down.  There is two avenues (above) blocked, leaving a third.  Harden soft targets.  Stop being an obstacle to the law abiding.  Let people defend themselves and others. 

I didn't know Larry Elder was this on board with the issue, and I am pleased to learn it.  He hasn't hidden his position, I just had never run across  how enthused he was for it.  He addresses the issue with concise logic of a classically trained litigator.  Which, he is, apparently.   But we won't hold that against him.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Maryland, Phew

HB 991

The House bill that would felony-ban mere possession of a 11+ round magazine?  Has been withdrawn.  There is a Senate version, but, this withdrawal is a good thing.


84 rounds of Winchester.

26 February.

No failures, though I can feel some grittiness I want to go away.  And the fiber optic front sight is getting... dark.  A clean is in order.  Soon. 

Ten years ago I read up on it everywhere and asked around and no one could explain to me what a Compressed Surprise Break was.  I think I am beginning to get it.  Getting to that surprise break in a hurry.   You can make those words and understand it acedemically, but understanding it with the gun is a whole nother matter.

I bet all y'all already know how, and it just took me a lot more practice to figure it out because I am a slow head spaz.

Another thing, as I have gotten better...  In the old day my first shot of the day was often the best.  After that the flinchies came to the fore.  I don't get that first cold shot good anymore.  I need to warm up to move away from the flinchies, low and right.  I hope I can fix that because if I actually NEED a gun, that first shot, and also any others after that...   I don't want to require a warmup if I have to defend myself.  

Beginning of the session

All right...

The end of the session

More centered.  Both at 50 feet.

Monday, March 5, 2018

10 Rounders,

Just like Maryland.  The Florida murderer just restricted himself to small magazines, rather than being forced to by the state as here.

"[mass murderer] went in with only 10-round magazines because larger clips would not fit in his duffle bag, Book said."

The same article said he had 150 unfired rounds.  So his duffle bag could hold fifteen 10-round mags, but no 30-rounders?  I'm confused as to how that can be, and want more details.  It makes no sense.  What sort of weird duffle bag is this?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Round Management

One of the flaws of simulator training is you don't use live ammo.  That's also one of the advantages, mind you.  You spend nothing on ammo and pull the trigger 500 times. 

You don't train for ammunition management or magazine changes.  You also don't train for malfunction drills. 

So you are there in the simulator and you know your sim gun magazine is bottomless.  Doesn't hurt to shoot the bad guy on the screen 10 times.  But then you go outside and pickup bourbon at the liquor store but you have 8 in that gun and 7 in the reload?  Or 5 in the J-Frame and 6 on the speed strip?  You've just trained to hurry and shoot lots.  While you maybe should have trained to make good hits, primarily, rather than shave a microsecond off the first round off.  Train to be good and fast, not fast and ok, in other words.  Both are already about the same top speed for individual shooters. 

So the mindset in the Sim is to err toward volume of fire, when the mindset in real life is good hits and quick re-assessment.   Maybe the guy needs all 5 from revolver.  Maybe he needs one and crumples and the partner you didn't realize he had needs 4.   But don't dawdle deciding, obviously.

Which is also prolly a good idea even for those of you with a Glock 17 and 2 reloads, too.  Just because you have 52 rounds doesn't mean you have to shoot them all.  Not the first time out of the gate when the liquor store shopping trip goes pear-shaped.  Wait til you 6th or 7th real live defensive gun use before you go for style points and the mag dumps.   This isn't Manhattan, after all.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Doc Savage

I love pulps.  The cheesier the better sometimes.  But not Doc Savage, so much

The problem with Doc Savage is he is a Super Man. 

Sposebly the first superhero, and he has a utility belt like Batman, and Fortress of Solitude like Superman, but something about him leaves me cold.

He's the best at everything, and achieved all that with sheer will and constant training.  He is a perfected man, trained since birth, and with a mighty will he triumphs over everyone.  He won't kill.  Even when it is called for.  And yet he isn't beyond taking away all of someone's personality.  He thinks destroying a brain's identity is preferable to life in prison. 

He is privileged to carry a special badge, and can boss cops around and they extend him full deference, but he is not a police officer.

His purpose in life is to do good as he sees it, but nothing is said about the source of his values system.  He probably trained his ethics 'scientifically'.

He's like an Ayn Rand hero, in capability, with the impulses of an Ayn Rand villain.  His wealth?  From all his smarts?  No, he rooked a lotta gold from an isolated meso-American tribe in Central America.  He's got them slaving away, sending him 2 million, minimum, every other week.  

That whole Perfectability of Man business got us in a lot of trouble over the past century and even today.  The originator has an excuse, having created Doc Savage in the mid 30s before there were so many EXTRA fresh examples of what evil is wrought by the concept of an ubermensch

"But Superman and Batman are like that!  Perfected men."

Well, Superman is an alien, taught by mortal men.  His deal isn't being better than everyone else, like Savage.  His deal is always doing the right thing, even when it is impossible.  He is a Christ figure.  And truly can back that up.  A big blue boy scout.  Doc Savage is a mortal made god-like.  And that kind of hubris is not to be encouraged or you get nemesis. 

Batman?  He knows men are not angels, inherently good.  He knows what evil lies in the hearts of men.  Like the Shadow.

Plus Savage is taciturn enough to be unlikable.  He has his assistants, but they are supercargo.   The best in their fields of Chemistry or Engineering or the Law or Geology...  Well, second best.  They make a point that Doc Savage is better than them at their own specialty.  So what is the point of them?  Other than to bicker with each other.  Constantly.  It's aggravating. 

I think I will read something better after this.  Like Raffles the Cracksman.  Enough of this Progressive wet dream out of the New Deal.

Friday, March 2, 2018

AWB ban? Ho-hum.

In violation of the Heller ruling, 150 Dems propose to ban arms in common use at this time.  Another bite or the 'Assault Weapons' Ban apple.  They at least intend to permit us peasants to keep the ones we have already.  All 20 million plus.  Which is why they are in common use.  Yes, in hunting, too, foo.  Again, not that that part matters

Which made me think.  You know, they are on steadier constitutional grounds if they tried to ban revolvers at this point.  They are in less common use than semi-auto rifles, no?  Sure their might be more revolvers out there because they are a pretty durable good.  And they are wussies, they'd grandfather all those in.  But maybe it could pass Constitutional muster. 

What am I doing?  Giving them ideas?!  Sure it seems farfetched and illogical now, but these are Progs we are talking about.    

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gov. Hogan

Maryland governor is against arming teachers.

Could just as easily say, "Regardless of how he really feels, Governor Hogan knows arming teachers would never fly in Maryland at this time."

And the bipartisanly popular Republican Hogan is running for re-election.

Range work

21 February.

49 rounds of Magtech .45

Somedays you over think the process.  You take too much time. Get the basics lined up and shoot.  Shoot.  You've been here before, you know where to put your finger, where the front sight is, and how to press the trigger.  Just do it.

So when I let my subconscious just do its thing and ride herd on poor form only and just go.  See the target shoot the target.  Don't think about.

I get the bottom two.  And the middle.  Minus that one flier.  Let that one get away from me.  Hooboy, did not that the sight aligment.

There, that is a danger.  One I am prone to.  Overdriving my headlights so to speak.  Moving on to the next shot before I have finished the one to hand.

Drat this shooting stuff can be complicated.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Dick’s, Major Gun Retailer, Will Stop Selling Assault-Style Rifles

What, again?

They did this back in 2013.  Then lost a lotta customers so they quietly brought them back.  Here we are again, five years later?

I still hadn't gone back to their stores from the last time.  I don't patronize those that would restrict my liberty. 


Ok, let's say we live in an ideal world.  We, as a society see the need to engage with folks locally to head off mass shootings.  And we do it.  Ideal society, and we now know who in the neighborhood is a little off and we are chatty and friendly with these folks.   And also keeping tabs on the children.

Then what?

Sure, I know folks that are a bit squirrelly.  Nice enough.  I interact with them plenty.  But I never invite them to the range.  They just seem hinky. 

Is that the person we need to worry about?  Ok, now what?  Snitch em out and either get their rights violated if the police swing into action, or get ignored by the same police.  Neither option is satisfactory, but a third effective, more sensitive and nuanced, option is only a remote possibility.

I don't think this engagement stuff is a panacea, though I wish it was.  In an ideal world, where we as a society change for the better overnight, I dunno if we stop atrocities in any meaningful way. 

This depresses me a bit.  But outlines the folly of notion of an inherently good and perfectible mankind. 

I don't want the world to be like this, but I am afraid it is

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


On pushing gun bans?

Naw.  Keep going.

Gun Reforms

You know, pass Grassley-Cruz, pass wide ranging reciprocity of CCW, let teachers in schools to carry if they want, some mental-health system reforms, take suppressors offa NFA, then... yeah sure.  Ban bump stocks.

I'd be cool with that.  Not happy with the ban, but... for the other stuff?  Ok. 

If you want to raise the purchase age to 21, I'll fight you, but I can be convinced.  Especially if there are exception, like 18 year old LEOs and people with a military ID being able to buy?  A lot of those folks train with their own rifle on their own time.  I wouldn't want to take training time away from an 11-Bravo.

I say this but their are a BAJILLION other gun owners reading this and throwing shade my way right now.  And I half agree with them that I deserve it.  Our side has compromised enough over the years. 

Hey, here's a thought.  Put an expiration date on the purchase age and bumpstocks.  Those parts expire in 2028.  If it's still a good idea in 10 years, they can vote to extend the restrictions.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bird Flu

CDC worker falls ill, goes home early, vanishes.

I have contacts at the Center for Disease Control.  They tell me the public code phrase for a zombie outbreak is 'Bird Flu'. 

Sorta like when they page Doctor Redbird at the hospital over the intercom.  There is no Doc Redbird.  That just means there is a fire.  "Doctor Redbird, report to the 3rd floor east stairwell, please." and then you see janitors running with fire extinguishers to the 3rd floor.

I asked my contacts if this guy that's missing is a Bird Flu situation.  They are keeping mum about it.

Hand Cannon part deux

Sam Jackson is so... Un-Sam Jackson in this spoof flick.  PACKED full of other stars, too.

But hey, there is one of the few times you see a Wildey Magnum in a movie.

That Assault Weapons Ban of 1994

It was too late, then, to really ban what they called Assault Weapons.  And in fact, they didn't, as we all know.  And all the law did was jack up demand even further, and proliferate ownership by an order of magnitude.

Grandfathered items, an expiration date, no confiscation or turn-ins.

Now, 25 years later, the toothpaste is well and truly out of the tube.

Draconian ban, then, might have had a chance and worked.  AR15s might be as rare as hens teeth and mini-Uzis are today if the gun banners had truly succeeded.  So much so that a n00b like me would not have even missed having them.  I'd have a bolt action hunting rifle and handguns and be fighting over keeping them in the political arena. 

Diane Feinstein had part of a chance back in 1994.  She is truly tilting at windmills now to think a revisited ban is even possible.  There was too many people saying no then for a legislation to be effective, there is certainly too many people now, today, saying no. 

She and her allies are delusional on this.

And that's a good thing.  She has a MUCH bigger task to do infringe on our rights.  She has to spend generations changing the culture. A significant seismic shift, that.

It might have been a mistake to shift from handgun bans to 'assault weapon' bans by the gun controllers back in the 80s.  I think they saw assault weapons as possible, as too many people already had a handgun and were resisting handgun bans.  Their strategy clearly backfired, and now they can get neither.   

Thank you, gunnie culture of 30 years ago for succeeding in this fight.  We are now standing on the foundation you sweated over and toiled on.   With fewer allies on your side you beat back handgun bans then made assault weapon bans untenable.  All pretty much before I could even vote.

They tried to get the easy-ball rolling, going after the GUNS, then ended up losing CONTROL.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

You know what would be fun?

Going down to the gun banning marches on the 24th of March and throwing Tide Pods at the feet of the kids Soros, and apparently Gucci, are funding.

"Ooooo, a snack!"

Totally derail their attempts to take away the right of their fellow Americans.

If Ted Cruz ok's it

It might be ok for me.

 The Grassley-Cruz bill.

Tightens up some NICS stuff that our side generally is in favor of.  It promotes actual enforcement of existing laws, like felons that lie on a 4473 under penalty of perjury, &c. Allows interstate firearms sales, which is good for me, but bad for my gun store as I'd buy stuff in other states, like Hatfields in Virginia.  

Ted Cruz may seem a little.... awkward?  Uncharismatic?  But I have a feeling his conservative principles aren't just made of candy floss and marchmelon.  Unlike pretty boy Rubio.  What we need is a Crubio.