Tuesday, August 14, 2018

That last video

Those giant pods on the side of the H-37 Mojave helicopter?  Those were ENGINES.

Radial gasoline engines.  Intriguing, but vulnerable, and bulky compared to the coming turbojets.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I love fountain pens. And LAMY pens are an excellent inexpensive offering. The only disadvantages of fountain pens is the ink leaking onto you fingers, running out fast, and not being good with carbon paper when buying a gun and you have to press hart to get through to the 5th copy.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Spirit in the Sky

This song always makes me think of supersonic airline travel.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

There's a job for me

Lots of fresh air.  Exercise.  Phone's not ringing.  Where that match book with the phone number to the place that trains you for this job?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dayton Ohio

From 105 years ago, give or take a few months.

That's here, so blocks from the river.

That building is still there. 

Even have the same style street lights.

Sunday, August 5, 2018


Pipes are a relatively simple thing to make.  Drill two holes and turn the outside on a lathe.

Except for that whole 90 degree turn. 

I'd seen diagrams in books about how they do that.  But seeing it in action was what finally got the process down in my head. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Teen Spirit


My ratings of Old Timey authors I've been digging on over the years.  By quality of writing and my enjoyment of same.  Better on top, worst below.

Talbot Mundy (Jim Grim books.  Remarkably well written for a pulpy storyline.  And the dude knew the Near East)
Robert E Howard (Conan.  Purple, but good)
Harcourt Pennyworth Lovecraft (Cthulhu ftagn!  Plodding, but good)
Louis L'Amour (good cowboy action)
Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter.  First to start busting out of the old skool)

E. W. Hornung (Wrote Raffles the Cracksman... all these lower on the list high back the 19th Century more than those higher on the list, with a more staid and older story formula, usually clunky romantic bits to appeal to lady-readers of the day, too.  Where they don't do this, I like them better.)
Zane Gray (less good cowboy stuff.  TOO old timey in the style.  More poorly written romantic sub plots you see from the era.  Have you even TALKED to a lady in your life, man?)
Sax Rohmer (Fu Manchu.  Too derivative and old timey.  Dumb Sherlock with a Watson that thinks with his little brain versus Chinaman Moriarty.)
Lester Dent (Doc Savage.  Very 20th Century, but reads like Japanese anime storylines from the 60s.  [Marine Boy!  Speed Racer!]  If I have to trudge through another scent with Monk and Ham bickering...)

Bonus ratings, Hard Boiled

Dashiel Hammett (the king)

Raymond Chandler (slightly better writer than above, but I like Dash's style)
Mickey Spillane (somebody should cosh that guy behind the ear, see how HE likes it)

Old timers I still need to check out.

E. E. Doc Smith
Lord Dunsany
Clark Ashton Smith

Friday, August 3, 2018

Old Industrials

I love these old industrial films, as if anyone that is paying attention has not noticed.  Look at the film  and light quality of this 50s era color?  16mm, ya think?  I can picture this in a classroom on movie day.

National Cash Register company of Dayton Ohio.

Mass produced precision analog computing!

Like the fire control computer for gun laying at sea.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Legit gunsmith

I must remember to get me one of these.

Watch Factory

One of my jobs in an alternate reality is working at a place like this.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Look at this

That is Pierre August Renoir.  The man himself.  He is 78 and near death.  Crippled with arthritis, his assistants have to stick the brushes in his curled, nigh useless, hands  Still, he paints.

Claude Monet, a contemporary Impression was depressed and nearly blind, and loathed his own work, thinking it useless.  He, too, continues to paint.

Then there is this deaf guy:

Where do such men of arts come from?

Lots of posts queued

Will be out of pocket.  No morse code this year.  Some gun content, more quirky stuff.  Snippets.  Until later, loyal readers.  All half dozen of you.

Reliving my youth

Thursday, July 26, 2018

America Obsolete

Japan has overtaken us.

Osaka now has a vending machine that vends shotguns.

Last person to leave, please turn the light off. 

My new boss

He has very high standards.  And doesn't suffer fools.  I have to up my game.

I found out something about him.  He was at the Reagan Speech.

See that glass behind the President?  In case the East Germans took a pot shot.  And the folks in front of him for 100 yards are invitees.  Mostly service folk.  And you have to get there early to get through security so people milled about for 8 hours waiting for the speech.  But this is Germany and you can't have an event without a beer truck...  So... GIs.  8 hours.  Beer.  No wonder they seem happy.  

And he, my boss, was stationed in Berlin.  Was milling around Checkpoint Charlie when the East German threw up their hands and the wall came down.  November of '89.  So that is kinda cool.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Our Gov

Popular GOP Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is running for re-election in a very Democrat state.  He has a good chance of winning.  Something rare enough around these parts

 He is publicly eschewing NRA support.  Gun rights advocacy doesn't yield you a lotta votes around here.

I understand it, but I am still disappointed.

(Plus.  What if he is really and truly anti-gun?)

But I can't imagine he'd be worse than a Democrat in ushering gun control through the Statehouse then eagerly signing the bill.  There is a better chance Larry Hogan might veto some stuff after re-election.  Even if he is a lil bit gun banner. 

A decisive battle

In American, and WORLD history.

Only 500 casualties, total.

No Americans fought in it.

It won the whole damn war.

The world was forever altered after, because America.

It is my favorite estuary.

The Battle of the Chesapeake.

Degrasse would lose later, and be personally captured. But in this battle at the mouth of the Chesapeake, he'd succeed, victorious, and thus change the world.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Carry II

What is the appeals go up all the way to SCOTUS and says Maryland has to let me open carry and that is how it pans out.  OC in Maryland and no CCW.  Restrictive may-issue regime only for concealed.

Yuck.  Not my preference.

Right to CARRY

Outside the home.

Well, this is something.  Another baby step, with more steps ahead for this one case alone, in the right direction.

Mance V. Holder is also proceeding it's way. Which will help eliminate gun registration in unfriendly jurisdictions.

I've been doing it the HARD way

Do you know how often you have to take the sear and disconnector out of a 1911 when you are rebuilding one?  And then put it back in?  Multiply that by me helping 6 student.  It's a little tiny pin on your gun that has to go through a small hole on the sear, a big hole on the disconnetor, and maybe some Series 80 parts if that is what you brought, and they don't stay in one place.

Dozens of time.  DOZENS 

Then I saw Sam...  He just jammed an undersized pin punch into the other side, wiggled it around, everything lined up, and the pin pushed through easy peasy.

Wish I had learned that a couple years ago.

But you learn something new every day.

And it's the little things...  In this case little OBVIOUS things.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Here's a trick

You find yourself filing and stoning things when you make a 1911.

Some time you want to file more on the left side, something the right.  Assuming you are filing with your right hand and you want to angle more to the left, life your right elbow higher than the work in the vise of fixture.  Drop your elbow to favor more removal from the right side.

If you want straight on flat and you aren't quite getting it.  Say, when stoning the sear, raise your shoulder up.  It makes for a flatter straighter stone stroke.

I swear, if you want to do a 1911 right, and if the class existed, I would recommend a 3 month long course on the fine art of hand filing before touching gun parts. 

And a one month course on dremeling.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Range 19 July

Got a new front sight.  Got a new malf.  Stove pipe on #27 of the session.

Possible Cause-
Load too light for the recoil spring, recoil spring too heavy for load, extractor tension too light, worn extractor hook, loose or damaged ejector, loose grip when firing. 

Well it SURE isn't a light or worn extractor.  I did notice a wire edge on the extractor before this session and addressed that.  The wire 'fingernail' of the extractor claw was making all the contact with the inside diameter of the rim recess, while I want 'fingertip' to be grabbing under the lip of the rim.  That might fixed my FTF issue without dealing with the extractor spring.

I suspect my grip is the cause of the stovepipe.  My support hand thumb making contact with the slide, which is purposely low on this gun. 

I don't like my grip, otherwise.  It's different.  I need to adjust and NOT grip it the same as other pistols to get it in line with my elbow and arm bones.

My guess is my support hand thumb touched the slide.  The slide is low on these Hudson by design.

Also, I may have gotten a sight that is too tall.  .220.  As you can see, perhaps, by the movement of the groupingsm s'uthard.

That happens frequently enough.  The first shot of the session is PERFECT.  It can only go down from there.

I have no idea why that high one on target #3.  Was going fast for some reason on that one to see if I could.  I called some of the off target, low, stuff.  Flinch.  I am still getting used to making the trigger go good.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Step

49 years and one minute ago.

If I was the cynical sort...

Ted Nugent bans carrying firearms at his concert in Roanoke.

Something tells me this is BS.  Ted's an ass, generally, but not this kind of ass.  He is a mixed bag as an ally to the generic 'Second Amendment Movement.'  Ardent supporter, kookoo bananas.  A bit embarrassing.  To me, he always seems to be on the cusp of uttering a racial slur.  Totally out of context to the subject at hand, I mean.  He could be talking about paper towel brands and boom!  Racial slur. 

But like I said, I don't think he himself was on board with this CCW ban, if reports are true.  Which I doubt.

Despite being a bit of an overall embarrassment to the NRA, there is no way he is getting ousted from the NRA board.   He is too famous and keeps getting voted on.  Unless.  Unless this story, true or not, has legs.

A cynical person or persons would insist the story is 'true' and ride it to defenestrate the Nuge.  And I have mixed feeling if this is indeed the future for him.


added later:
Ted calls em liars.  I figured he was being lied about, but it's an easy wager to bet that the truth is unfamliar to the media types.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hogg Wild

Yeah.  Let's say this is true.  Like Trump needed money to defeat Hillary.  She outspent him, Lil Shitler.

But funny how you pulled that figure, $30,000,000, out of you butt.  Because that is about how much money YOU have been responsible for adding to the NRA's coffers.  Thank you.

You see, because of you, 1 million more dues paying member came to the NRA.  Dues is about $25.  Plus, folks like me took time to donate a chunk a change to the nation';s oldest civil rights organization.  Figure that tips the scales at at least $30 million

Again, thanks.  Good job. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Almost left my gun in the car

I was coming back from Virginia, where I can carry legally.

My car needed service so I took it to my Maryland garage.

I almost left without out retrieving it.  I had forgotten it was in there.  Well, not forgotten, per se.  Mis-remembered during car prep before taking the car there. 

Oh it was cased.

So walking home with a cased gun inside a plastic grocery bag in my state?  Well, if you can drive around with a cased gun, you can walk, I figure.

I saw no fewer than 5 police cars on my walk home.  I wasn't alarmed in the slightest.

What would have happened if I left the gun there for days?  Probably nothing.  My mechanic and shot is honest and doesn't root through the car to even steal change or whatnot.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I've been blogging

Eleven years...

Long years.

As a shooter I have progressed quite a bit.  What with all the practice and training.  If this were karate I'd be classified as a very advanced white-belt.

So, hooray for me.

If we were grading my gunsmithing...  Yellow belt?  Maybe Green on the strength of "I've touched a dremel carbide bit to critical gun parts, yet somehow didn't ruin anything... Huzzah!"

Over 6000 posts.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Lefty colleague thought this funny, because of recent events.  Putting this sticker on the Lada

I remember 1988

I wasn't so much into guns then.  And I wouldn't own a pistol for a dozen years.  Young skull-fulla-mush in college.

Despite all this youth and inexperience, and what I picked up in the Corps via osmosis, I had Distinct Opinions on what gun I wanted if I was to choose a pistol for my very own.

I'd like to think in my abject ignorance I was still semi-rational.  I'd have chosen a revolver.  Because: simple.  I knew I had zero training in automatics and there are just so many controls to keep track of in a high stress situation.  These were my thoughts.

So I did not want a Beretta back when Die Hard came out.  No offense, Beretta.  It's not you, it's me.

Monday, July 16, 2018

I applied for a job downtown

I live only a mile from a station.  I'd commute on the Metro!

This was over a dozen years ago.  Maybe 16?  The DC subway system was still acceptable back then.  Now it's a death trap, I wouldn't ride it on a bet.

So when the trains stop running during the coming illegal strike, well, at least no one will die on a train.  Fewer high speed accidents, too, because traffic will be 5 mph bumper to bumper.

What if I need a part for my Hudson

Well, right now Brownell's has pages and pages of replacement parts.

Well, no.

Just the two items.

But we know for a fact that they use parts with the same source as other guns.  The front sight is the S&W M&P style.

So, a replacement spring for, well, any of the springs... You just gotta know what to order from where for another gun.  Hopefully.  For most or all of the parts.  Finding that out is the trick.  It'll come eventually. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018


This list of pistol recommendation for your wife made me laugh.

Got any blog fodder?


Nor for tomorrow.

Yesterday I put a new front sight on the H9 Hudson.  Fiber optic style.  Narrower.  I think I'll like this better.  The rear sight is great.  Plain, black, U-shaped.  Plenty wide enough to see light on both sides of the front sight. 

I looked at the slide again.  Thinking about the spring tension of the extractor.  I dunno.  Maybe.  Some other folks have put up YouTube videos, but I am always a little leery of YouTube instruction.  It can be useful, but be careful.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Oh Good

A crazy person.  Living in Southern Maryland.  Hinting at armed struggle. 

Ever get behind a car with a bajillion bumper stickers on it?  Either mulitple pithy or multiple political ones?  I read somewhere that that was a sign of schizophrenia.  And I believe it.  I prefer the pithy one.  Usually a less angry crazy person with those.

Giant provocative yard signs like that, that go the extra mile in their provocation, are the same way, I think.

Not helping to make the world a better place. 

Friday, July 13, 2018


Commentary from the American Thinker about SCOTUS nom Brett Kavanaugh and the 2nd Amendment.  Read the whole thing, as they say.

I'm still not too excited about a Kennedy replacement.  It's not a trade up.  A GOP nominated right leaning justice is replace by same.  Not as great a difference than if Kavanaugh replaced Justice Breyer, say.

Still he seems good, and more principled that who he is replacing, ostensibly.  And he is probably a vote for cert and more reliable than Kennedy on 2A issues.  So, a plus, but not "6th Contextualist Justice on the bend for decades because Breyer took a powder."  And I pray that Kavanaugh isn't another Souter.

I didn't say we aren't gaining something.  But there are possible bigger future gains on the court.  

If the left is this up in arms now, imagine if it IS Breyer inside of a year....  Of course Thomas and Alito and the rest have to live many years more.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Black Panther

Finally saw the movie.  And I am running out of fodder. 

Liked it.  Even with the plot holes.  Worth seeing.

Very little gun content, but some. 

Lots of blood, for instance, but only in non-lethal brawling.  Lethal blows, when landed, bleed not at all.

LOTS of soldiers carry spears.  They hit people with the haft.  Rarely poke peeps with the pointy bits.  Made from vibranium alloy, and containing enough energy to 'stop a tank'...  few use it to their advantage.

The only white people with more screen time than the armored rhinocerous played Gollum and Bilbo in the Hobbit movies.  That was kinda cool.

Yes, armored rhino.  That was worth the price right there.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I had a dream

A gun dream.

I, and a buncha other folks, were having a gunfight with Ving Rhames and a buncha other folks.

It obviously couldn't have been real.  The production values were too high, and I wasn't frightened.  And no one was getting hit.

A cease fire was called.  So we could check out each other's guns.  Mr. Rhames was wearing a red turtleneck and a double shoulder holster.  Two double stack 1911s with really nice magazines.  I just had a Glock 17, but it had custom trigger work and grip stippling, so it wasn't completely pedestrian.

Everyone thought each other's guns were pretty cool, so we called off the gun fight and left to find a place to buy each other beers.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


And lost in the SCOTUS appointment news brouhaha a lil bit.

DOJ, Second Amendment Foundation Reach Settlement In Defense Distributed Lawsuit

"the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military."

"the government has agreed to waive its prior [speech] restraint against the plaintiffs, allowing them to freely publish the 3-D files and other information at issue."

"government has also agreed to pay a significant portion of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees."

Excellent work, Second Amendment Foundation. 


Thai Cave

All the kids and coach are out of that cave.  From two miles down...

They won't let the rescued kids touch their parents.  They are being kept in isolation. 

Maybe some eldritch horror has possessed them.  The people that came out of the cave aren't the same as the ones that went in.  Maybe that SEAL perished defending the children from unspeakable terror...  After having seen what cannot be unseen and remain sane...

If not, it is WONDERFUL they all got out.  A feat only marred by the fallen sailor.

The isolation is odd, but I am sure it is temporary.

Bravo Zulu.


Day of the Soldado

This scene:

Now I know why they used that.  It looks cool and badass.  I get that.  Cinematic.

And I am sure the Del Toro character was a bit peeved at the man he was executing, if still outwardly calm.  That might be the definition for the fast mag dump that way.

And I am sure, in a similar sorta thing in real life, enough of those rounds would hit the victim and be enough to probably end his life, satisfying the requirement to assassinate the victim.

But what's your hurry?  Guy isn't going anywhere.  How many of those shots missed completely?  Even at that close range.  The guy is dead, he isn't going to bray about how terrifying it was to be shot with a Beretta in a way that made it seem like a machine gun.

A more carefully aimed 3 shots would be as effective achieving the murder-goal, and be just as fast for a professional, as this character undoubtedly is.  Ok, ok, I'll stop telling hit men and movie makers how to do their jobs.  They don't come to my place of bidness and knock the mop out of my hand.

Monday, July 9, 2018

well good

At least some of THESE 'ghosty gonnes' have selector/safety switches and magazine releases installed.  Some. 

LATimes, totally not fake

Saw this over at Tam's

"L.A. gangs stockpile untraceable 'ghost guns' that members make themselves"

I am SURE this L. A. Times article real and true and totally not fake or misleading or anything. 

 But, as we all know the presence of a valid serial number at the scene stops 8 out of 10 gun crimes.

Also, as we all well know, the biggest 'growth' industry in law enforcement if arresting burglary victims and gun store owners after tracing a crime gun back to them.  Must happen dozens of times a year.  Maybe scores of times.

More importantly, 'ghosts' are scary.  Youse peeps weren't as easily stampeded with the term 'assault weapon' these days, but you'll get good and panicky with ghosts.  After this... Demonically-Possessed Guns?

Tam notes that Home Depot has 80% receiver Sten Sub Machine Guns for sale right now, and no one says boo about it.

Added bonus:  Look REAL close at the lowers on that collection of AR's...  I guess you can save some money on parts that way.



Sunday, July 8, 2018

A thing I have noticed

If you get 10 semi-knowledgeable gunnies in a room and ask them an esoteric question on guns and the justification for their answer...

"Like, what's the best all round front sight style on a pistol and why?"
"Arched or straight mainspring housing and what texture on that 'backstrap', why?" 
"Lollipop hold or aligned with the dot or top of sight splits the X and why?"

 ...you will get 12 different answers.  And 43 of those 12 answers will be WRONG.  Wrong wrong wrong!

Or it will seem that way.

And please don't ask the "1911 or Glock or SAA?" question.  Please.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Thing I learned

New thing I learned.  In gun skool.  That I didn't know before. 

If you have something stuck together with red loctite, how long do you have to torch it before the loctite will give way?

The smoke point of oil.

If residual oil is smoking on your glued together part, go ahead and try it with the screwdriver.  It should break free ok now.  Now I will be less likely to overheat and area on the rare times I need to unattach two things.  I was prone to overheat before. 

"What about if someone soldered the whole thing together, T-Bolt?"

Hooboy.  WHY would they DO that?  Sociopaths.  Glowing red hot? 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Prog Wisdom

This guy ^ thinks it's ok to assault kids wearing MAGA hats and minding their own bidness.  But that's not what I am commenting

I read that and was struck.  You know what I just then realized...

Have you noticed that Islamic Terrorist activity, domestically and internationally...  Does it seem to have slackened off recently to you?  Like it is off the radar completely.  It's the dog that didn't bark in the nighttime.

If Trump is some sort of Hitler-simulacrum, but with Muslims, you'd think that like Hitler he'd be highlighting terrist attacks.  Railing against every outrage.  Even making up or manufacturing some to inflate the numbers.  You just gotta get the FBI to get some Muslim guy all exercised, then sell him fake C4, arrest him, and say "lookit the terror attack we thwarted."

(Oh wait.  The FBI doesn't seem to see eye to eye with the president lately.  He'd have to hunt up another vector for fake terrists.  It's doable.  Gin up some false positives.)

Still doesn't explain the near absense of attacks in the west.  Oh sure, there are some.  Just less. Quiet.

Or am I off base?  Does it feel this way to you?

If so, I'm not creditting Trump, mind you.  Or even Mattis.  But.  It sure queers the Nazi-agin-Muslim narrative of the violent Democrats beating on Trump supporters.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Well, this is nice

Women from every state of the Union descend on Washington.

Hadn't heard about this.  Well until now.  If David Hogg or Shannon Watts was doing this I think they'd get more amplification the week prior to this all happening thanks to a sympathetic mainstream press.  And I'd have heard about from them.

It is difficult to struggle against the advantages the other side has.  Our one big advantage is we are fighting to retain a civil right.  And the other side's reaction is going after other civil rights to get to this one.

Fortunately, also, this happened BEFORE this week. This week all the lawmakers are home for vacation. 

We in the gun community have a reputation of being old and white and male.  Somewhat deserved.  But we aren't ALL Old and White and Male.  Thank goodness.  And we become less so over time.  Which I like.  And is good for the movement. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I'm not a bot

I am just unloved, and neglectful of Twitter.

I do try to delete the fake followers.  I'd have 20 total if I kept them.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

H9, what I didn't like.

The front sight is HUGE.  I might swap that out. The gun is so new, what parts do I need.  Well, front sight is easy.  It's just an M&P style. Plenty of after market for that.

The FTFs were from a LOT of extractor tension.  Too much.  An easy fix, normally, but I don't know how to detail strip this bad boy, and there is little info out there about it.  The "How to Assemble/Disassemble" book hasn't written that chapter yet.   Once it does, taking off half a link of a spring is easy peasy. 

I'd also like that to maybe address the recoil spring.  It's captured, and you need to take it all the way down to get to it.  What's wrong with it?  It doesn't line up with the guide rod hole in the slide, so putting the slide on without a Popsicle stick to guide it is problematic.  I'd like to see if I can adjust that. 

Have I found any hints on how do you detail strip it?  Sure.  You have to take the take down lever all the way out, somehow and get the pin that is where their optional thumb safety goes all the way out.  Then the fire control group rotates out.  But I don't want to go tapping at these pins without knowing if there are any pitfalls. 

Also, if I happen to break a part in use or ruin/lose it gunsmithing, know what to use for replacement parts will be trouble without forthcoming information from Hudson.  Hay, maybe they can teach me a class and I will become an authorized Hudson armorer...

So my issues are minor, unless the FTFs are persistent.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

H9 Hudson, what I like and can live with

Took it shooting on 28 JUN 2018.

Failure to Feed on #8 and #19 of 70 total.  Round had that 'nose up' presentation.  Like the back end got hung up and didn't go under the extractor.

Those first two magazine were loaded with 15 rounds.  No failure when I only loaded 10.

"Wait T-Bolt, how did you fire 15 rounds in a Maryland magazine."

Beats me...

First 30 rounds were 124 grain American Eagle, next 40 were 115 grain AE.  The gun came cleanout of the box and lubed a little bit, but I put some more on the rails the night before.

It shoots pretty much the same as when I shoot the .45.  The trigger... well it's different, but I am not noticing that as much.  What I do notice, with my sensitive lady-like skin, is the sharper edges compared to a 1911 trigger, or a S&W revolver.

I am such a wimp when it comes to skin abrasion.  Oh, I still shoot, but I am particular and would rather have greatest comfort. A SIG DAK trigger would actually give me a trigger finger blister.  Ruger revolvers have a sharp arris.  Glocks have that little tigger safety that abrades me.  Mostly on recoil, all these.  I notice something with the H9, but not nearly as bad as the other example.

I notice that discomfort more than I notice the difference between a striker fired pull and a premium single action.  Either way, the bullets go the same place.  Slightly flawed, but not like 4 years ago flawed.  Same flawed.  Me.  Not it.

I do like it though.  The way it shoots.

The point of the H9 is they lowered the slide as much as they could.  New problem, figuring out where to put the second thumb in a thumbs forward grip.  Again, not that big a deal, but something I noticed.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

What do I have today?

Probably nuthin.

I was on Squirrel Report this week.  And I am assisting at gun skool all weekend.  Maybe more later?


Ooo, a comment about the Annapolis shooter.  Folks ask, "how did he buy a gun last year, with all these run ins with the police?"  I, too, have heard rumor he had multiple restraining orders?  Haven't confirmed that.  But that's a no-no in my state.  You can't get a gun, or have one you had from before.  Sposedly.

Yeah, the thing about gun control in my state.  No one enforces any of it.  Well, except the gun shops.  You see they have paperwork and don't want to get cross threaded with the authorities, so they do their level best to adhere to the laws as much as they can.  Which aren't very well written, by the way.  Otherwise... the law doesn't really get paid attention to.  They aren't really fast to go to prohibited folks home and get their guns out of there.  They don't report people quickly at cop shops to MAKE them be on the list of prohibited people.  The only time you catch a gun charge is if they can't get the stolen car charge or possessing dope charge to stick.

Gun control here goes after making it a hassle to buy a gun.  The laws are passed to inconvenience the law abiding.  The crazy stalker with a beef with the newspaper, that's not who the laws go against so much

Saturday, June 30, 2018


So.  One day I want to build another AR.  I have an M4 sized one that is pretty much all magpul furniture.  Clam shell fore grip, with that srpingy GI thing holding it on.

I want the next AR to be different.  Maybe longer barrel?  Dunno.  But a free-floating barrel.  Foregrips brands I've heard peeps speak highly of are SLR and BCM.  Troy? 

Any other things I should look at?

I go back and forth on just getting an full upper for ease, or making it all myself.  I have the lower and after market trigger already.

Friday, June 29, 2018

New Death Wish

Saw it.  Decent for what it is.  A Death Wish movie.  Standard Vincent D'onofrio / Elizabeth Shue vehicle.  Sum other dude.

She was the Karate Kid's gal, dontcha know!  Ms. Shue.

Standard gunnie quibble.  Slide bite is never that bad, and harder to accomplish one handed with a Glock like Dr. Kersey managed.  It looked like it about amputate his thumb!  It's little details like that that take you out of the movie.  At least no one said clip when they shoulda said magazine.  That always ruins it.  The little things.

Well that and and how quick he was able to get a full auto sear for his pistol AR from the Jolly Roger gunstore.  And in Illinois, too.  I guess there are different rules for rich trauma surgeons.  Isn't that always the way, tho.

And if you are going the full auto route, might as well go SBR and put a stock on that, Doc.   You are already filling out the paperwork.  That doesn't really matter.  Cuz you live in Illinois.

Also, he went from hapless to REALLY good, tactically.  Again, I guess when you are smart enough to be a big time doctor you are smart enough to pick up such skills without a training montage.  Well, ANOTHER training montage.  One that shows the advanced skills rather than the beginner stuff the other training montages demonstrated. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kennedy Retires

Lots of people are excited.  REALLY excited.


I'm less excited than most.  Now a Ginsberg retirement for whatever reason, this year, or next, that would get me interested.

I want one of the 4 that voted against Heller to go away and any of the 5 that voted with it to be replaced by like minded folks and have that 6-3 Second Amendment rulings got on for a decade and a half, at least.

Then I will start to feel a bit more secure that our civil rights will be preserved.

Kennedy replacement feels like half a loaf.  A want an unexpected whole loaf, in addition.  Breyer ice cream flavor, or Batter Ginseng flavor would be fine.  I know it is greedy, but we have been compromising our baked goods away since the 30s.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Picking up a new gun today

More later.

It's a Hudson.  Another 9mm.

I've noticed I tend to buy guns before elections without even thinking about it.  I bought an M1A before Obama's election, for example. 

Also, this is on the 10 year anniversary of the Heller Ruling.   So, bonus.  A very august date.

I voted yesterday, but bought the gun last week.  1 week waiting period and all that.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How did this happen?

How did I become the guy other people at the range look over at my target and go, "I wish I shot that good..."

No!  It's a journey.  And I am not that far ahead of you.  I am definitely not that good.  I have seen shooting demigods' targets and I am humbled by speed and accuracy. 

You, random at the range one or two lanes over, can shoot as well as that with a modicum of training and effort.  And probably do it in less time than it took me.  THEN you lap me and do much better, because I am such a slow learner.

There is plenty wrong with that target.  The only good thing is it was a whole magazine without an obvious flyer.  That's rare for me.  "Oh look, that is five touching I'm gonna... DAMMIT!" is the usual.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Range 20 June

.Ahh, good and relaxed that first target.

8 yards or 25 yards, depending.  Mostly Magtech.  Failure to lock back on one magazine at #35 of 49 today.  I am now putting that old mag on probation.  But I lubed up the gun this session, that might have been what caused it.

But it's about time.  I have used these mags forever.  Gonna wear out sometime.

Also, dirty gun with fresh lube means FILTHY splatter on my hands and face.

Back to the shooting.  I was relaxed to start then the flinches crept in so the rest of it was fixing the flinch.

I like the black target because I concentrate more on the front sight rather than the hole I just made and am about to make.

So I didn't know those holes in the head were high and right.  And at 25 yards in the chest area higher and righter.

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Twitter is a sewer.

I'm getting cranky in my dotage

Like it says on the tin

Another thing I have been on about

Why do we need more people.  Let's hold pat at 300,000,000 people.  Shoot 100,000,000 is a lot, but I'm not one to go around euthanizing 66% of the place.

A moratorium on immigration!  Just for a few decades.  We did it before, 100 years ago. 

Let's assimilate what we got.  Then, in 50 years, remember all this that we have now when future Senator Ted Kennedy tries to open the floodgates again in 2065.

In the 70s, in this county, everyone spoke English for the most part.  So HUGE English as a Second Language courses didn't burden the resources of area schools.  Think about how quality of education would increase here in 20 years when those ESOL funds could go to something else.  And non English speakers wouldn't have to catch up with other students.

"But, but, but, we are a nation of immigrants, T-Bolt!"  Yes, and we still will be.

"But, the Statue of Liberty!" Yes, the statue isn't law of foundation document of the country, and it will still be there in 50 years.

"But Social Security!"  You want to import low wage workers to shore up social security taxes?  So, slave wages paid to cheap labor with no other options AND you want to take from their future?  Let's find another way to fix Social Security.  One way is tight labor markets...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I rarely get offered free swag

And it has been a long while since I had a nibble.

I don't get the clicks so no one wastes their time trying to get me to help them promote their product.  Free gun related thing to product test and review.  

Not like the big fancy famous bloggers.

The times I did get interest I'd send the shipping info and never hear back.

So, this makes me a little sad.  Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, ya know?

But wait.  I haven't checked my email in a while.  Let's look in the inbox...



I was checking your website http://jovianthunderbolt.blogspot.com/ and I must say I’m impressed, good job.

I work in a company that makes custom holsters and I’m writing to you because I’d like to send you a leather holster for your gun for free. I’d like to know your opinion about it and if you like the holster of course you can make a review.

Please send me the following info and your holster will be on the way:

    Firearm (caliber + capacity)

    Right hand / Left hand

    Name + Address (please no PO Box)

    Phone (for delivery)

And that’s it.

Either way, keep up the good work.

Best regards,  Luke.

I'm in the big time now!

Note, he wants my phone number.  'For delivery'.  So he can stalk and harass me like he did Tam?


Friday, June 22, 2018

For years I've been harping on this

I'm telling you, in our lifetimes, not only is pedophilia going to be acceptable, YOU are going to be a bigot for not endorsing it full throatedly.  Not selling some pervert a kiddie-diddler cake from your bakery will get you in legal hot water.

For the record, I'm agin it. 


Barack's Triumph

Could President Obama's biggest positive contribution to our Republic be that he defeated John McCain?

As bad as Obama's administration was, at least it wasn't a McCain debacle?  Barry saved us all?

Conversation, Overheard

At a Maryland gun store.

"So when you get guns with magazine bigger than 10, what do you do to gimp them to make them legal to transfer in this state."

"Easy.  We take a wooden dowel and hot glue inside the baseplate.  The dowel restricts just like shot guns that hold 5 and be restricted to 3 with a pencil in the tube."

I see.


Well that sounds permanent and irreversible

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Unworkable Idiocy, in policy form

Another idiot gun control law designed to make it harder to be involved with firearms in any way in California.

Start regulating gun parts.

Obviously an attack on the gun culture to make it easier later to muster the support to ban guns because fewer people will thusly be around to defend firearm keeping and bearing.

How does this even work?

I guess like Magazine bans work now.  MidwayUSA won't ship me an 11 round magazine to my house in Maryland because the state says so and MidwayUSA doesn't want to get cross threaded with Maryland.  And I understand that position, and all other vendors.

I guess they won't be sending Timney Triggers to Sacramento or La Jolla is this new law passes over there.

And it's less simple to go to Nevada or Arizona to get a new 1911 sear than it is for me to head off to Pennsylvania or Virginia.

But the banners are playing the long game.  They hope to get to PA and VA, too.  Some day.

We gotta defeat these monsters.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Got nuffin

I need to hit the range.  Should schedule that for later today.  I feel kinda relaxed.

Also got a hankering to buy a gun.  It's been a while.  Let's see what's doable on the get-list:
  1. Custom single stack Commander length 9mm 1911. 
  2. DeLisle style new made bolt action rifle, left handed. .45
  3. S&W M&P
  4. .22TCM/9mm single stack Armscor 1911
  5. CMP vintage Colt 1911. 
  6. Hudson H9
Well the first two have a long long lead time.  And a CMP vintage gun...  Not feeling it right now.   Same with the Armscor .22TCM.

That leaves an M&P or H9.  I'll see where my mood lies when I get to the gon sto.  H9s should be gettable in Maryland by now.

It's been so long!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

'The NRA is why I lost'

Yes, I told you that, here, Hillary, way back in November of '16.  It's still there on the sidebar:

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. 

When are you gonna start listening to me?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Gut shot

This is the first target I type I ever shot at.

But many are in the same style.  We are trained by targets and whatnot to aim for center mass.  And good enough for what it is.  Hit a bad guy there, that's much better than missing him.

But this is the hit zone.

I figure Patton won't mind.  He was all blood and guts, enthusiastic about martial training, and he has been dead 75 years and he is a manequin here.

Now, you've ruined his day, but is that the best shot placement to end the fight, a hit to the liver like that?

Guess where I hit in the simulator with video of people moving, under stress, trying to get a shot off before the baddie in the video turns that pump shotgun toward ME after offing his hostages?  Yup, the belly.  Automatically.  Because I have been trained with those paper targets.

Ok, the first shot hits the video person in the belly, then the person drops so my next shot misses, over, and the next shot hits the pelvic girdle of the video person on the ground.

Though sometimes the first shot of mine hits the hand or wrist the weapon is held in.  You fixate on the weapon and that is where the first shot goes.  Also sub-optimal.  Or super optimal if you are really lucky, but I don't want to count on luck.

Ideally, and what I am working on, is to try to retrain myself to hit a little higher, up nearer the ribbons on the General.  And do that instinctively instead of belly holes.  To shift where I assume the bullseye is, mentally.  To get that marginally better stopping-shot up in the center of the chest area instead of the center of gravity.

"But a baddie can take one in the pump and still fight back, T-Bolt."

True.  But he is less likely to want or be able to continue a fight with a shot there.

"What about body armor?"

The sim throws in that, too.  Three good shots with no result and I pretty automatically switch to the face right now.   If I could always hit a target in the eye, quick and on the move and accurate, we wouldn't be discussing this now, tho, would we?   

Sunday, June 17, 2018

How's THAT

For your latent International Commie Conspiracy sapping our precious bodily fluids?

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Someone recommended this movie to me.  I don't remember who.

But I am unimpressed.

It stars Batman and Magua.  Oh and the lady from that Jack Reacher movie.  There is some emoting.  But it is mostly just death.  Death, from stem to stern.  Little to redeem it, for all that suffering.   

Some modern sensibilities are injected into it, but it's not THAT high handed, at least.   Doesn't take much of that to really take you out of a movie.  Frex:  That Winston Churchill movie last year, "How do we shoe horn a black person into this movie?  I know, have Winnie stumble onto the Tube and one of the more diverse passengers can quote Macaulay!"

But lots of single action revolvers work, plus a few lever action rifle bits.   So, gun content.  It's set in 1892, but the tech is no further than 1872.  But does it have to be, considering?

I'm glad I didn't spend money on it, but don't regret the lost time. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Speaking of intimidating

You know what used to intimidate me?  Detail stripping a 1911. 

Oh I was confident I could get it mostly back together.  Except for the correct way to get the sear and disconnector installed.

You hold the disconnector on the right.

See that paddle on the left?  It looks like a pyramid pointing up from this angle.  Hold the bulbous tip (heh) with the pyramid up.

Sear on the left.
At this angle it looks like a teacup.  That little scoop is holding all our tea. 

So, teacup, pyramid up, then saddle up.  Put that sear on the disconnector, so the holes match. 

Now shove that bulbous tip (heh, again) into the disconnector hold in the frame and wiggle the pin and disconnector and sear until they all come together.  

With pin in place be sure the legs of the sear on on top of the paddle of the disconnector.  I also jam my right pinky in the magwell from the top of the frame because it can just tough these two tiny parts and help steady and manipulate them for putting the pin in.

Images harvested from my two goto gunsmith supply houses.  MidwayUSA and Brownells.  They pay me nothing, but I pay them lots.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Brownells is back

I might want to feature them more.

I remember being absolutely intimidated by the upper on an AR.  Must be some fancy precise fitment to get the barrel off.  Then I saw it done in front of me and... That's it?

That's so easy!

It's just a matter of seeing it once.

"Yeah, I did all that T-Bolt, changing our a 24 inch heavy barrel for something a bit shorter and now my gun won't cycle!  Not so easy."

You know, I haven't a lot of experience building lots of ARs, but I seem to remember there being a relation between barrel length and hence buffer tube length, buffer spring strength, and that little hole in the gasblock/barrel.  I'd do a lotta googling to find that out if I were in your shoes.

Oh, some solutions...  Save 'enlarging the hole' for last if something else is available first.  And those pigtail gas tubes that try to give you a longer tube for a short length...  the gunsmith reports less luck with those.  Springs an buffer tubes first.  Oh, and be sure the hole isn't blocked by a misaligned tube.  Super important.

Just stuff to think about. If I was a subject matter expert I'd tell you what fer. But I am not, and can tell you just some places to look. Maybe get you started.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I've maintained

I've maintained that I don't really understand that loudmouth from Queens.  How did he get there?  How has he not imploded?  What the heck are these positive developments? 

But now that I've seen clips from this documentary I am beginning to understand more.



When I qvetch, things happen.  I brought Bloke on the Range back by posting about him, now Brownells.

I promise to only use my powers for good. 

Lessee.  Ima qvetch about repealing the 17th and having inviolate nationwide Vermont Carry next.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Florida Gummint Failure

Oh noes!  They didn't do NICS checks on FLA CCW for a year

Manuel Manny Mitch Miguel still notes that without this plenty of CCW got rejected.  And it's a smaller subset than ALL the year's worth of applicants.  Just 365, total, of a quarter million plus applications, had an issue.

He also notes that NICS isn't the only background check when getting a CCW.  Also, there are other opportunities to get a NICS check at other times.  Like when you buy the pistol.

Whatcha bet they re-ran all the NICS checks that one fired clerk failed to do before the Tampa Bay Times even went to press with that story?  There is a high liklihood.  AND, the failed check would mean their permit was pulled.  (Wel, 74 of the 365 were cleared and okayed, so the number of pulled permits is 291)

So let's not panic just yet.  Not pretend the worrying number is a quarter million. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Speaking of Brownells

YouTube banned them.

The last time I qvetched about a YuoTube ban it was Bloke on the Range, and he was restored right after.  Let's see if that magic works again.

Brownells' channel had the most decent a responsible gunsmith videos out there.  One of the least offensive gun vids extant.  If THEY are unacceptible to Google, than everything is.  Zero tolerance for the culture of millions of law abiding Americans.  Could/would Google do this to the LGBT community?  Yes, if they wanted.  But they wanted to come after us. 

And Google know who all of you are. 


And an hour after I composed and scheduled this post, a full 18 hours before it went up, Tam tweeted this:

I need to get out of the current-events commentary blog game.  Too slow.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I still can't beleive

Donald Trump is president.  And she isn't.

1911 Failure

So what caused this failure?

Goodness know, I am guessing.  I'd have better luck guessing if I had the actual gun in my hands.

One guess is that the bushing was tight and spring the barrel, causing stress to the slide that way, and it just gave way.   It seems to be breaking from the muzzle back, so that is why I think this.

But if there is one thing I have learned with 1911 gunsmithing, the problem is the opposite of what you are looking at.  Like:  "The round is stuck on the feedramp.  Must be the feed ramp."  Naw.  That's prolly the extractor, at 180 degrees of what you are looking at.

So if it ISN'T the bushing, then it is maybe something with barrel lockup.  The barrel didn't fit well, maybe, and peened the softer upper lugs and that caused problems leading to the slide splitting?  I like the bushing fault more.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

What lube do you use?

Well isn't that a personal question?

Oh, you mean for firearms.



 My gunsmith told me to.

Why does he use it?

The AMU used it.

Why did they?

When it and the gun it was on got hot sitting in the sun during a shooting competition it didn't change its viscosity.  It didn't get MORE slick when hot.  Like Molybdenum grease does with a vengeance.

Didn't want a 3 pound trigger (legal) turning into a 2 pound trigger just because summer.  And because of this rules issue, FP10 was the only lube allowed on the trailer that went from competition to competition.

They didn't test its arctic performance.

Also, the oil says it prevents rust.  It's not the best at this.  I mean it is oil, yes, but there are better rust preventatives.  Use it as lube. Drop on each rail, and half a drop on the barrel hood, half a drop on the end muzzle circumference that touches the barrel bushing.

"But I use a revolver, T-Bolt."

Do I even KNOW you?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Finances 2

One of the things about work being hectic...

Yes, surviving a disruption is good.  Employment is better than unemployment.  Extra busy is better than lots of free time on my hands at home.  Long hours is better than no hours...  A bit of a pay raise is better than a big big pay cut.  And welcome considering I am doing the work of 2 people all of a sudden. 

But extra busy means I had to skip another range day this week.  Simulator tomorrow.  So there is that.  Thank goodness.  But that is now every other week while gunsmith classes are going on.

Getting antsy about the lack of practice.

All this churn should level out.  In a year or so. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Well, I wasn't counting on Social Security anyway.  And when I just eligible it will have to cut benefits a fifth.  I figure a fifth if we are lucky.  The optimist in me figures half.  The pessimist in me is more worried about Medicare.

I am preparing for that.  I save money at an above-average rate compared to my peers.  I am at a level, pay-wise, where any increase get's dumped into savings.  I am not shopping for a machine gun or a cherry 1966 Bonneville.  I can afford ammo and wine and books a plenty right now, any extra money goes to being able to afford the same when I am 70 or 90.  I have no debt apart from a 100k on my mortgage.  And I talked to my financial advisor last night.  Trying to dial in my circumstances.

But I can afford $50,000 annual health insurance premiums.

That needs to be fixed.  And not "Medicare for all!"  That's not fixing.  That's breaking it permanent.  Just going back to what was there fifteen years ago would be a vast improvement.   Not like now.  "Are you working at a company with health insurance offered?  That'll be $100 a month.  Are you working where you don't have health insurance through your company?  That'll be $2500 a month, for the same thing, and that's a bargain."  It wasn't like that 15 years ago.  Not that bad.  I knew free lancers that paid more than me, but not 25 times.

Why is it so bad?  Well, the gov't getting involved had a lot to do with it, of course. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Maximus Arms 1911

I am les familiar with the foundry work side of 1911 making, so the beginning of this video is a treat for me.

But the stuff I do know a little about starts about 22 minutes in.

That lapping the slide to frame fit is fine. Not very tight, doing it that way, but it is a perfectly adequate for a functioning gun. We did it a bit tighter.

Then Keegan assembled a gun in fast motion. Drop in parts. He didn't even need to file, oh, the thumb safety? To get it to fit and function. They must spec the parts really well.

Or... More likely... That gun was fitted up and smiffed in the other room the day before, then disassembled to show assembly for the cameras. Yeah. Gonna say that.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Oh, not cool.

We don't like it when they do it to us, we shouldn't be doing it to them.

Nobody should SWAT anybody

And, with lesser consequential severity than violent death, no one should dox anyone.  One is to the other like a burning a finger on the stove is to being trapped in a raging house fire, but both are suboptimal and you shouldn't wish it on your worst enemies.  Literally.


More 1911 models?

I thought the 1911 market was pretty saturated back in 2009.  But only because that was when I started to pay attention to saturation levels.

Some spendy models there, too. I am constantly telling the gunsmith he could get more for his custome 1911s.  Add a thou to the price.  They sell almost immediately, as is, to repeat customers.  In fact, they are often spoken for before he is close to finish making one .

Monday, June 4, 2018

Also Ugh

Full plate of stuff lately, and less time for blogging.  I hope it calms down a bit round here soonest.


No bueno on the barrel removal.  Did break a vise.  Ugh, again.  Gotta think on this one.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Working on a Savage 99

At the gunsmith shop.  Under supervision.  The goal is to get the barrel replaced.  And what I've done is remove everything from it that can be removed.

Last step, today, remove the receiver from the barrel. 

Oh golly, I will need more than just the assembly manual to get those parts back in place when done...

Saturday, June 2, 2018

DGU, 2 degrees of separation

So, I finally 'know' someone that used a gun in a real live DGU. 

Well, I know someone that knows someone.

So only 2 degrees of separation.  The gun used in this case is his sister in law, married to his baby brother.  The dude I know is meatspace is known here as the Contrarian.  His brother is a bit of true gun nut.  Owns about a hundred?  Only shot himself once when he was a teenager.  Blown out .22 casing sent shrapnel into his hand.  But that's a different story.

Now, now brother's family lives in the country in the upper midwest,  Sister in law was home with the children, no other adults within shouting distance, when a persistent knock started at the front door.

Hmmm, appears to be a hobo.

Whadaya want hobo?

A drink of water?

Use the hose all you want, not letting you in.

So the knocking started up again.  Louder.

Sister in law doesn't share her husbands avid interest in firearms.  But still thought this would be a good time to perhaps arm up a bit.  She grabbed a snubbie revolver from the open safe, and put in her pocket. 

That was when the gun went off.  Sending a bullet into her leg.  911 was called.   The knocking did stop at this point. 

The loud bang scared the hobo off of the porch, but he was still milling about when emergency services arrived.  High.  The police determined he was pretty high. 

And sister-in-law was rushed to the hospital to get a screws in pins in some sort of leg bone.  I'll try to get more detail.  Though we can guess it was a finger on the trigger lead her to grief.

Moral of the story:  Convincing reluctant adults in your home to at least know how to handle a gun safely without hurting themselves or others should be a requirement we impose on ourselves voluntarily.  For just such a contingency.

Moral #2:  Sometime the noise of a shot is enough to dissuade a bad guy to back off.  Not necessarily recommended.  And definitely not recommended to do it like Sister In Law did.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Range 30 May

A little bit of Mojo back.

I numbered the mag order.  The top two were at 8 years* yards, the bottom two are at 25.  So, 42 rounds of American Eagle 45 ACP, no failures.

Stressed from work so I thought I wouldn't be relaxed, but recoil therapy did the trick it seems, relaxing me right down.  The first 3 mags are slightly better.  Then fatigue, and it drifts a bit to the right.  Do you see?

Not too bad tho, even when not perfect.  I'll take it.  Lots of wobble embracing and trigger finger concentrating.

*because why break the streak?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

With guns...

... the picture in my head, partly placed their by Marketing, often doesn't match up with the facts on the ground.

In my head: "The Taurus Curve?  Hmmm, I can see the utility of such an easily concealable or backup gun.  This fills an important niche.  Where is that credit card?"

In reality: "I may have made a mistake."

We all do it.  Especially when new to this gonne stuff.  But even seasoned gunnies that actually do know their way around stuff can fall for it.

What good is an M3 Greasegun?  There are better subguns, but subguns don't have a lotta utility.  Yet I have a case of the WANTS something bad.  Resisting.  The price tag helps.

also:  I didn't get a Curve.  Other examples:  AMT Backup.  Anything in .25ACP.  The Taurus Judge.  The Chiappe Rhino.  The Chiappa Medusa.  The Boberg 9.

I HOPE not the Hudson H9. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spread a Lil Joy

Oh ma gaw.  So glad she is not the President.

5 Years

Since I quit.  I was ready.  15 years smoking. 

I thought I'd miss it more.

I still dream of smoking but in the dream I am thinking "crap!  now I gotta go through all that quitting rigmorole again."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Still Outta Pocket

And it is hard to follow the news.

Roseanne got fired from her own show and this made the Dow crash 400 points?  Huh?

Whatcha readin'?


Right now some Talbot Mundy.  A little Jimgrim.

It's about the Levant.  Post Turk shennanigans in what will eventually become Isreal, written by a Brit that became an American and spent lots of time doing that Brit adventure via gummint job thing that was so fun for second sons during the British Empire years.

It opens in Jersusalem with ostensibly American main characters, early 1920s.  Americans are popular on every side because they aren't in charge of anything so their is no reason to chafe against them much.  The narrator is a New York journalist.  The hero is James Grim, an American recruited by the Brits to be their spy.

I recommend it.  Part of the writing are quite good.  Mundy can turn a phrase or two.  And it gives you the flavor of the area and can be valuable for non-fiction aspects.

I am sure I got this off of Gutenberg.  I swear, more than half my Kindle is full of free old books.  Yup, I was one of the 25 that downloaded this.

That Mundy was an odd duck that lead a fantastical life.

What are YOU reading.

More importantly, what on Gutenberg do I need to dig out and have overlooked up til now?  I got Baum, Kipling, Haggard, Rohmer, Burroughs, Hornung, Kelland.  I mean the more obscure gems.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Dems again

Yeah, I've toyed, mentally, with that idea.

If Democrats want to ban guns they should feel free to.  Among themselves.  Firearm homicides wouldn't disappear over night, but it would drop to European levels.

But that's stealing a march.  One of the Democrat constituencies is convicts and violent criminals.  Of course if criminals and cons can't get guns they'd have to do all their killing with knives and bricks and bats and brickbats. 

So my mental exercise is half silly.  It's just that Dems are full silly.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

place holder

Yeah, this is the sparse blogging. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Gonna be a bit out of pocket

Posts HAVE been sparse of late.  Content wise.  Sorry.  Work is brutal.  And I am relaxing on this long weekend.  Post may be sparser for a few days. 

Friday, May 25, 2018


Why was Bloke on the Range terminated? He's the most innocuous cuddly nice gun videographer...

Shit, if Trump can be 'forced' to not block obscene disruptive critics on his Twitter feed, why is Google, this blog's host, allowed to block Bloke? Speaking of which, I better back up this blog.

Break up the internet Monopoly powers if they are gonna go all tyrant on us.

(Answer?  Standard BS reasons in 'explanation'.)

Thursday, May 24, 2018


You Democrats are sick.  If you are still a Democrat and don't like this behavior, why are you still a Democrat?  You don't have to love Trump.  God knows I have mixed feelings.  You don't even have to like Mitch McConnell.  You just have to stop poxxy condoning stuff like this Emanuel guy.