Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Red Flag

So, many of you saw that my state of Maryland killed a man over the red flag legislation.

That's what happens.  Law is deadly force.  Don't pass a law, legislators, unless you are fine with someone getting killed over it.   And now someone, predictably, has. 

One of 114 'warrants' served for this sort of thing.  Someone goes "Hey so and so over there is kinda iffy, better take his guns away."  One in 114 times that someone gets killed for it.  So far.  It's only been around for 40 days or so.  Started being enforceable 1 October.  That means more than one a day.

So, what does it take to get your doorbell rung at 6 AM?

Can Shannon Watts, who doesn't know me from Adam's off ox, read my Twitter and do "this guy likes that Sharp as a Marble's guitar tweets too much.  Kinda scary.  I better have the Maryland State police raid his house."

Can my liberal ex-wife, whom I haven't seen in person in a handful of years and still remain civil with on social media get a hair and send the police after me?  She doesn't like how I vote, and she KNOWS I have a Springfield 1903.  She's seen that.  She has heard rumors I might have more.  Can she have Maryland come kill me?

Or does it have to be more official than that.  Hospital records of me acting erratically, my physician worried about me enough to drop a dime, police interaction for noise complaints, that bad habit of shooting a shotgun into the night sky on New Years...

The fact the state seems to be working through a list to get those 114 by November 5th means these folks raided were probably all 'know to law enforcement' and the cops were just waiting to start a round up.

Who, though?  Someone has to be accountable.  Someone has to decide "this threat is credible, go get the guns" and "this threat is not credible, leave T-Bolt alone."  Some person or set of people are the ones that can decide.  SOMEONE has to be ACCOUNTABLE.  Who is the decider?  The execrable Brian Frosh, our AG?

This can't be constitutional, as written?  I mean, I am sorta FOR Red Flag laws, but with proper accountability safeguards.  And Brian Frosh is not it.

Lemme check.

Well.  Not full adjudication.  Just partial.  A judge is involved.  Shannon Watts could petition the court, and remain anonymous, and would have to state she is related to me, dating me, dated me, or lived in the same place as me in the past year.  Or be a cop or doctor.  Then I would have to have a hearing scheduled within 14 days where I could lay out my side.  But I've dated lots of folks.  And if they won't tell me who my accuser is how can I claim I never dated Shannon? 

Good thing she thinks my name is Thunderbolt, huh?  Plus she can get cited for perjury if she lies about anything in the petition.

But I've dated lots of liberal women in my youth.  And to them I was usually a selfish and inconsiderate lover.  And they know my last name.  That could come back to haunt me. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Like your Ferrari, a halfway decent 1911 needs oil.  Some of them fancy modern plastic jobs can and do run like a hippy from soap with nothing at all in the lube department.

But what say it's the Zombacalypse and you are fresh out of FP-10 Shooters Choice.  And you like to apply the usual 3 drops, every day, before turning in after a hot and dusty work filled day.

What can you use if you are out of branded gun-erl?

I wouldn't hesitate to use 3-in-1 oil.  Or Singer sewing machine oil.

Didn't a gun oil company get busted for re-labeling something like cooking oil?  Thing is, it worked.  A bit.  Certainly in a pinch.  So canola or peanut might be fine.  I'd love to entertain a contrary opinion if you have one.  On this or any oil suggestion in the post.

Non synthetic motor oil is a bit thick.  How to thin it without making it super flammable...  but in a pinch I'd use it.

I'd be a bit more hesitant with synthetics or WD40, because of the extra.... stuff.... in them. Though I can be convinced my worries are unfounded on synthethics.  I have seen what WD40 can do to a gun oiled with it and left in a safe.  Sorta turns into poly-urethane.  But if I am running the gun and re-oiling every day perhaps my worries about WD40 are too overblown.   Remember:  Zombacalypse.  Any port in a storm.

Hey, motor oil certainly can handle the temperatures, and even a quart of synthetic is a fraction of the price of FP-10

Used motor oil?  Now you are getting super desperate.  But it is widely available.  And dipsticks make good applicators.  Definitely more new 'additives' in it now.  Like burnt.  And metal bits.

Sex lube?  No.  Sodium hydroxide feels slippery when you rub it between your fingers.  Don't ever use that.  Not even in a Zombacalyspse.  That's not lube you are slipping on.  It's you.  Dissolving.  Bacon grease?  Better than the other two, but still not good.  Salt.

So, I am about, in order, cooking oil, then motor oil, then penetrating fluids like WD40, after the good stuff is out. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Range 5 Nov

I shot each mag fast.  Maybe too fast.

7 rounds of Federa HST, 56 of American Eagle, total through gun 320.  No malfunctions.  Did clean it before this.

Again, the thing to work on is my 1911 trigger pull, both to not slap it or jerk it, AND to stop pushing stuff right.

First two magazines, head at 8 yards, body at 25 yards.

 Then the lightning rounds.  And if I waiting half a beat I bet they'd tighten into the paint.  Not a WHOLE beat.  Then I'd be over thinking the shot.  This shooting stuff can be complicated.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


On this Veteran's Day, this veteran set himself a task.

Fix the washing machine.

It has been streaming water.  Oh dear.  Out the bottom.  I found it stopped when you used hot water or cold water, but not double-down warm water.  Two valves open apparently was too much. 

This washing machine came with the house when I got it, and, I suspect, was bought with the house.  So, circa 1953.  The dryer is a little newer, as I have seen ads for the model from magazines published in the early Nixon administration.  So both have served me well since 1999.  Very few repairs.  I worry when things DO go wrong I will have to buy a new one.  Which is a pain.  And new ones don't last 65 years

It's a Maytag A606.  The washing machine.

And it needed this:

A little valve that injects the water into the tub.  It keeps back pressure from sucking soapy and dirty water back into the machine, so it is semi open to the air in its cradle, to stop any siphon effect.  With a new one, there is no spurting of water at any speed of input.  The plastic thing goes in the black rubber thing and that goes inside a larger hose and Robert is you Mother's Brother.

Back in business.  You can't expect the rubber parts to last forever.

Yes, I bought a spare.  In case they stop making these. 

I worry the drive belt will go someday.  But my repair record has gone so well, I will try to fix that, too.

100 Years

The guns fell silent.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Chinese Neologism


It's the Chinese epithet for Libtard.

"It's a derogatory Chinese neologism used to refer to Western leftist liberal elites.  It refers to the left faction in the culture wars in Western politics, implying support of multiculturalism, political correctness and positive discrimination. "

Even the Chinese are laughing at you idiot Dems.

Idiot Dems, as opposed to the Dems that are embarrassed by those self same idiots

Master List 3

Getting simpler over time.  Had a half dozen of so on Master List #2.

  1. Do something with the extra 1911 frame I have.
  2. A .308 rifle good for hunting, with glass.
  3. A .45ACP rifle with a big honking suppressor.
  4. Maybe a plastic 9mm modern service pistol...?  S&W/Sig/Whatevs.

And none of those blows my skirt up with a case of the wants.  Clearly I am not a collector-collector.

Maybe I need a gun specifically for training.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Firing Pin Stop

The firing pin stop in the back of your 1911 holds the firing pin in.  Obviously.

It does other things, too tho.

When the slide cycles back, the lower edge of the firing pin stop comes in contact with the hammer.  It has to push the hammer back to continue this recoiling operation.  The hammer is held forward with the mainspring, so the recoiling slide has to overcome this spring tension.

The shape of the firing pin stop that contacts the hammer can determine how easy or hard it is for the slide to work.  The contact point from pin to hammer acts like a fulcrum.  A squared off firing pin stop lower the fulcrum making it harder to slide and come out of initial lockup, a rounded firing pin stop raises the initial fulcrum point making it relatively easier to push the hammer out of the way.  It's also more gradual. 

How hard or soft the recoiling slide has it impacts how much recoil is 'felt'.

The lower the fulcrum, the harder the initial big bump in recoil, and the more you 'feel' the recoil.  So why do people use a squared off firing pin stop?  There gun isn't tuned up and they are trying to achieve something else.  Something that might be solved with better fitment, or different spring weights, or a different balance with opposing springs.  I'd change the recoil spring and firing spring first before trying to resolve my problem with a firing pin stop.  In fact, the angle on my current firing pin stop isn't rounded enough,  I might mess with that some.  Make it more angled/rounded.

But man, folks have strongly held opinions about this little part.

It is a relatively easy part to fit and replace, so if it all goes to poop for me, I can try a bunch of different geometries.  The gunsmith says round that puppy for less felt recoil.

Even more important, being sure there is no slop in your firing pin stop, especially how it holds your extractor in place.  You want as little wiggle as possible there.  

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I do it less, but

When under pressure I slap the crap out of the trigger.  Jerk City, USA, population:  Me.

And there is the rub, isn't it?  Slap less and less and make the trigger go good more and more under all circumstances, whether moving about or in great pain or wanting to just win, and you have snatched the pebble from the Kung Fu master's hand.  You can now leave the monastary.

Now, how to fix me?

Well, I am fixing me, it's just a slow plod.  Step forward, step back kind of progress.

Now flinching because I have, or am about to have, a tiny explosion go off in the pound of metal in my hand is one thing.  Jerking the trigger because I am trying to put my go-fast pants on and got both legs in the same hole is another.  You fix the first one by distracting yourself and getting out of your own way.  At least that is working for me right now.  You fix the second by trying to smooth yourself out.  Slow is smooth and smooth is fast and all that.

"Nuh uh!  Fast is fast!"

True.  But I think you gotta work out the smooth first before you can go faster.  And everyone seems to be in a hurry to go faster sooner.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Notorious Marylanders

Who is among the worst people that were from YOUR home state?  Oregon would say Hitler since he was born there before emigrating to Austria as an infant.  (a little known tidbit of history that few people know.)

As for Maryland we have:

SCOTUS Justice Roger Taney
John Wilkes Booth
Algier Hiss
If your are a chicken, Frank Purdue
If you are a human Rachel Carson
David Hasselhof

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Scroo it

I ain't voting and you can't make me.

Ok, I may vote. 

I gotta vote against the questions.  Hell no, I don't want same day voter registration. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Democrat Lessons Learned

I think the Democrats learned a lesson in 1994.  They lost a 50 year majority because of a gun control law.

With only a few exceptions, they avoided the issue after for 20 years or so.  When a candidate DID support gun control, that candidate failed.  See:  AlGore.  Oh sure, they were still FOR gun bans.  They just thought it would hurt them come election time. They still kinda avoid it.

Let's see, if they lose big tomorrow, what other lessons will they learn?  Don't be crazy?  Don't throw the rule of law overboard?  Don't wrestle Trump in a mud pit, as he likes it?

You know, if the Dems tweaked their platform and weren't hostile to gun rights...  Kept everything else.  Hillary would be president now.  Appointing pro gun and pro abortion judges.  If such a thing existed, and it would if the Dems weren't anti-gun and hadn't been for a while.  It'd be more like "pro gun and pro abortion judges".

If the Dems were like that, I wonder if the GOP would have gone anti-gun sometime in the past as well?

Whoa.  What does Spock look like in this universe?  Does he have a goatee?

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hard to kill

You feel bad about killing stuff.  Not talking people, yet, just things.

There was a dying rat in the neighbors yard a couple years back.  It's a RAT.  Yuck.  And it was dying.  Which is why it was in middle of the yard.  Prolly the endgame of the poison from the traps.  I dispatched it with a shovel, but I still felt a little pang for the thing.

A mad dog?  You shoot that.  But it is still a domestic dog and had the potential of being a loyal pet and companion before this.

Deer are cute and cuddly looking, but I have personally shot them.  Felt a tiny bit bad, but didn't hesitate much.  And it was delicious.

A tiger is big and majestic, and you hesitate to destroy that because it is so.  But you don't hesitate too much if it is coming for you and it is you or him.

There is a hesitation to shoot zombies, too.  Because they were people once.  Friends and family and neighbors.  Some mother's baby, once.  Fortunately zombies have few other redeeming factors apart from that.  They are deadly dangerous, they are revoltingly disgusting.  And that makes that hesitation, that pang of guilt, go down faster.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Dang Millennials

Have you noticed that the school shooter have all been Millennials?  And to define boundaries, and for it to be easily remembered I define the generations thusly:

Greatest:  The last of the Indian Pennies to Coolidge
Silent:  Hardinge to the end of WWII
Baby Boomers:  Hirohsima to JFK Dallas
Generation X:  Kennedy to Hinkley-Reagan
Millennials:  "I hope you are all Republicans" to the Twin Towers.
Gen Z, or whatever...  they will get some other name I am sure.

Should I really be putting this at the feet of a whole generation, like there is something inherently wrong with one birth cohort?  When it could just as easily be hard luck coming their way, and the trend just happened to appear when they stepped up to the plate.  Or policies from old generation put them in a position where the pressure just built and built?  Policies like how discipline works in schools now (a long downward trend that was in place before me), how parents hover over their children (not latch key kids, these), how safety is so obsessed over (bike helmets)...

But it just so happens that school massacres started with this generation.  Boomers had their own thing going on, but it rarely involved children killing children.  Gen X?  Lucky maybe.  The first massacre was Columbine, and the shooters were the first cohort of the Millennials.  The last shooter was born just before 9/11...  I guess this next generation, we will have to see.  But the youngest Millennial looks to graduate this year.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Holster work

I have a habit I need to break.

When drawing from the holster I meet the gun with the support hand way too early.  There is a risk the support hand could pass in front of the muzzle.  Also, it makes my presentation a bit jerky doing it the way I do. 

Plus, you know, slow.  When relaxed and smooth I can sit just under 2 seconds.  When jerky and flustered I am at 2.5. 

I am no J. B. Books.  I don't expect to get to half a second.  Ever.  My current goal is to get it under one and a half relatively consistently. 

How?  Initially, untimed 'dry fire'.  Just to smooth me out. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Range 29 OCT

I got the disconnetor hole closed up.

A big too much, not it is a bit too tight.  Did you want perfect?  Did you want egg in your beer, too?

For that I took 800 grip sandpaper wrapped about the shaft of a small punch to ease the wire edge.  Much much improvement in the trigger pull. Plus I played with the leaf spring a bit. 

85 American Eagle
22 Magtech
No Malfs... 257 total, passed the testing phase

And this is what I get.

Three mags shot toward the 5 holey targets.  Plus one.  A little flinch on that first one.

And that's me that shoots 1911s a little toward the right.  Not the gun.  I am pretty sure. 

My gun.

I made this:

It does this:

With MY crappy shooting skills.

I am so happy.