Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Colonel Cooper Sayings

That are no longer fashionable, or have become cliches:

  • Poodle Shooter
  • Euro Pellet
  • Crunchen-Ticker
  • Goblin
  • Shottist
Still hanging on:
  • hoplophobe

(See?  I need to find some inspiration.)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Made Beef Jerky

In the oven.  I warned you I would.  It's alright.  Tastes great.  Still a bit wet or saucy as you can tell from the picture.




It dirties the fingers.

A proper dehydrator might solve the saucy problem.  But I am thinking I can improve my technique.

Basically Worcestershire and soy sauce and spices.  Smoky spices.  I didn't add liquid smoke unless liquid smoke is in the smoked paprika. 

When doing the 4 hours in the oven I'd poke in and look to see progress and see how the progress was going.  It looked like meat meat meat, then... a transformation.  Color and appearance changed dramatically.  Darkening and looking proper shrivelled.

Things I think will help:  Thinner slices.  More patting dry initially to get more marinade out of the equation.  Lower heat, more time.  More pepper flakes for flavor.

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I need a new camera.  I got THIS one for the blog.  $150 Olympus.  What camera fits in my pocket, doesn't connect to cell towers or wifi, costs less than $200, and magically makes me a decent pitcher taker.

Oh.  It's that last part that is the problem, isn't it?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Crap, Published Today's Post Friday Evening

So what do?

College admissions scandal?  Not gun related.  Don't care.

Robert Francis O'Rourk is a running?  Not much gun related.  Another watermelon chasing fake climate crises.  Standard leftlist gun banner.  Don't think he has much of a chance.  Don't care.

New Zealand?  That guy was a gaping azz.  They should try and hang him.  After that, don't care. 

737 crashes?  Not much gun related.  I don't fly because of TSA.  If it was caused by the self-driving part... I toldja.  That stuff should get de-emphasized in Planes Trains and Cars.  They are rushing it.  Apart from that, don't care. 

Alexandria Superstar Cortez is still dumb as a bag of doorknobs?  Not gun related.  Old news.  Don't care after a rueful chuckle. 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Got nuffin

Normally something like what happened in New Zealand would elicit a slew of posts from me.  Social media is way out in front of me.  Liberal embarrass themselves about bans, Liberty lovers put them in their place with the usual civil rights defenses. 

New Zealand is stricter than the harshest US state, and yet the bad guy got guns.  And a good guy there had a gun, too.  So much for a strict regime banning anything.  You'd think you'd want to incentivize more good guys, doncha?

But I am little down I lack enthusiasm to post more.  I need to inject more gun fun in my life and write about it.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Unforgiven

Unforgiven is a great western movie.

But the more I re-watch the more I sympathize with the hero.  Little Bill.

Sure he is a flawed hero.  Very.  But his is just trying to maintain order in a wild cow town with a handful of nigh incompetent deputies.  Can't be easy.  He is hard.  Too hard, obviously, with the criminal element.  But this hardness serves as a deterrent.  Or so he hope.





The whole point of the cruelty is to communicate.  To others  The prostitutes may have been wronged, but they have gone outside the system now.  As flawed as their little society it, it is still civilizatiom.  With rules they enjoy.   To go outside it is to invite worse terrors to descend upon them.  And they do. 

It's not that Little Bill is an asshole.  He's more of a son of a bitch.  Far from help.  In fact TOO far, as William Munny proves.  Just trying to survive and thrive and maintain order.

William Munny isn't the hero.  And here is the thing.  He knows it.  He's the bad guy.  Dastardly and cowardly.  Just trying to finally get past it.  His redemption.  Given him by his dead wife. 

Work has been kicking my azz

Time to make the blog donuts.  Bloggnuts.  On this Ides.

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I liked those CDC numbers.  Between 31,000 and 236,000 people are injured by firearms every year.  What a useless delta.  Well, not useless for them.  The CDC could extrapolate from "31k in 2010, 42k  in 2011, 55k in 2012....&c.... 198,000 in 2018" even when the actual number of injuries is as level as a billiard table.   "Look at the steep increases!"  Oh hush, you frauds.


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Saw that Larry wants his home state of Utah to become a Vermont Carry state.  He wants to keep with enlightened states, the latest being Kentucky.  Nooooo!  A lot of use in the Gun Crow states rely on Utah to back stop us with non-resident permits.  They might let non-residents fall by the wayside if residents don't need on anymore.  And Florida just elected a Democrat to their Ag board that runs their CCW permits, and she is all for gun control.  And Virginia has made it harder for non residents and backlogs abound.  I found that out for my ownself.  Hold out Utah, at least until Clarence Thomas rams through a CCW reciprocity rule with greater constitutional hold than abortion have enjoyed for almost 50 years.

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Remington can be sued for Sandy Hook because they marketed the Bushmaster to be attractive to autistic psychopaths to purchase through ads in the booming gun periodical market.  Wait... his mom bought the AR.  So I guess the advertisement enticed HER to get the gun so she could be murdered by the fruit of her loins who would then go on to shoot up a second grade classroom with the now stolen rifle?  Is that how it works?

I can't see this ruling holding up on appeal.  Buncha others are of the same mind.



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Test Prep

What with all the news about College Admissions scandals involving celebrities the whole "rich folks that don't commit crimes still have a leg up with all the test prep stuff they can afford."

Meh. 

I remember MY test prep.  I took the SATs on 5 or 6 separate occasions.   I think my dad spent $40 on a floppy for the Apple IIe that ran a few practice tests on you.  That and getting familiar with the process and being decent at taking multiple choice test naturally saw my test scores, in the mid 80s go from 550/550 English/math to 580/710 English/math.  This was when the SATs were 1600 total and no essays. 

I thought the test prep helped a bit.  That 30 points in English I improved can be put toward the prep.  The 710 is prep PLUS taking math classes.  Algebra II was under my belt and reinforced with pre-Calculus course by the 710 time. 

The same test prep practice exams were available at the library back then.   For free.  I didn't have to do that stuff at home with the added expense. 

1290 wasn't a shabby score for a kid trying to get into engineering schools.   Kids smarted than me had lower scores. 

But yeah, avail yourself of test prep.  Unless you need a perfect score to get into a presitge school.  Then you better commit the felony bribing.  But don't let their cheating or your poverty make you think you can improve your own bidness with a relative low amount of effort.

Of course, my truths are now 30 years old, and a sample of one.  And a college degree didn't get me much.  I'm glad I went and got it, but I really can't go "I am paid a lot more in my job because of it."  If I had spent that 4 years working in a shop where a senior programmer showed me how to do UNIX as part of the job, AND I hadn't been a naval office and brewmaster the 8 years after that, I'd probably command a $200,000 salary now.  But I wouldn't be 'educated' except for all the book I read.  But book learning isn't official.  No certificate to prove I read that stuff.     

I woulda hated learning UNIX back then, anyway.

Happy Pi Day.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dangerous Suspect

Those 50-something actresses.  Requiring SEVEN FBI agents. 



I was shocked to learned they weren't SWATted up.  That seems to be the MO lately, for some reason.

I assume the local Po Po would send 7 dudes to arrest all middle aged women in the bathrobes at dawn, too, if they had FBI sized resources to devote to it. What to you send to Tam's house to arrest her? 20? Remember you got 2 cats and a landlord you gotta deal with, too. Tam's innocent, officers! I swear to it!

Dreams, and random

I had a dream I was taking a college course and the subject that day was breech faces, with a concentration on the extractors and ejectors.  Just slide after slide of various varieties.  I woke up mad because I wasn't paying NEARLY enough attention.  I tuned out after the big honking claw of a Mauser K98.  Foolish of me, I know.  Get yer head out of yer azz, T-Bolt.

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Also, my last Amazon Prime order came yesterday, all three item met or exceeded expected standards of delivery time.

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The Democrats took an imperfect healthcare system and made it worse in 2010.  Now they are, many of them, running a campaign saying the healthcare system is broken, you need to trust them again to fix it.

We'd be better off going back.

Is this the whole "REAL Socialism has never been tried" thing?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Robber Starts Rodeo

Regrets it.


Another reason to like Samuel Jackson

He's also against more gun control.       (h/t Mad Saint Jack) 

Now, I sort of have the feeling if Samual Jackson and I were to meet he would not like me much.  Just a feeling.  I have no distinct reason.  Maybe I am wrong and maybe we'd get on like a house afire.  No matter.

I do think that Samuel Jackson means me no harm.  Same goes for me to him.  If we hated each other's guts in person no one would hurt the other and we'd go our separate ways ignoring each other's existence and trying to never again cross paths.  Which is fine.  If force to interact... trapped on a life boat, say, waiting for the Coast Guard, we'd be chilly to one another until we could go back to being apart.  Which is also just fine.  

I do enjoy his work.  Very much.  The only thing I have to offer back to him besides paying a small sliver of his pay enjoying that work is not bothering the man.  

And he doesn't want to take my gun away.  Nor me his.  So we got that going for us, too.   

Monday, March 11, 2019

Amazon update

Two of the three items ordered came in less than 24 hours.  Waiting on the book. 

Dehydrated

A guy at work keeps bringing in homemade beef jerk.  Bastard.  Giving me a case of the wants for my ownself.  I could totally do that for me

I worry, tho, that this will be another kitchen gadget rarely used taking up prime kitchen real estate.  Even the smallish ones are a cubic foot. 

You know what?  I never use the slow cooker.  Attic or Goodwill for that.  Free up cabinet space.

Wait... if I am going to free up a cubic foot of space in the kitchen, an insta-pot pressure cooker thing would get first dibs because it is more versatile.  More than a slow cooker and more than a dehydrator.

Alternately, I could try it with just the oven.  Give it a test drive.  Yeah.  I already GOT an oven.  Proof of concept, first.  I've gotten the oven to function fine down in sub-200 degree heats.   

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Amazon Shenannigans

I've heard people talking that Amazon Prime hasn't been getting the goods to folks in 2 days like it's sposed to.  People are complaining it takes 3 day or longer sometimes.

I realized I have ordered nothing with a Prime tag since Christmas.  Put an order in just now.  This post is to remind me to keep a weather eye out for a book, a tool, and a gunsmithing tool arriving on Tuesday or Wednesday.  (heh, all blog topic items from the recent past.)

SXSW




I don't mind the sun sometimes

Someone ELSE

Not me.

When someone else fills a barrel with bullets because the one at the front was a squib that didn't get out the barrel, and a gunsmith then cuts the barrel for a demo, I find that pretty.

This all presumes the rest of the gun didn't rupture and no one got hurt.  Just an expensive day at the range.



Another reason to not practice?

Major road construction near the range.

Getting there and home again is painfully bad and will be until the 13th of April, if the signs aren't lying to me.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lost to space

Maybe the space between the cushions in the car seat.



I've blooged about these little leathermen before.  Lost anouther.  That makes 2 now.  Maybe 3.

It's what I carry when I'm not really supposed to carry a knife.  Another reason I carry it is they are relatively cheap and have no sentimental value so if I lose one it is easy to replace with a duplicate.

They make a similar variety even MORE nerfed.  Instead of a blade, a tiny scissor.  Instead of a little scissor, a small pair of pliers.   I am unimpressed.  I used the blade as much as any of the tools.



One advantage to the nerfed one?  You can get on an airliner with it, or into a courthouse.

If you have to, you could quickly break into a modern house with that one inch blade.  How?  Well, it's sharp enough to get through the vinyl siding.  Under that is just Tyvek and studs.  You can cut though the Tyvek between the studs.  Then there is insulation.  Pull that out.  Now drywall board.  Push or score that.  You are in faster than if you picked the lock. 

Don't do that.  It's a felony.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Well, that was a bust

I went to renew my Virginia CCW non-resident permit at the exact same place I got it in the first place.

The Circuit Court did it 5 years ago.  Not this time.  Now you gotta go through the state police.  I went to the website for all the information on what to do to renew.  Didn't see that little asterisk that took me to this new regime.  Totally my fault. 

I am going to need to get a fingerprint card done.  Again.  Another day for that. 

But it will be a little while before I am flying around with more than just the Utah toter's permit.  Thanks, Utah, for making this easy.  Easier. 

I want a Virginia one for a backup.  The whole one is none, two is one.  Might as well stagger the expiration dates a bit more, too. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Range 6 March

Awful.  Just terrible shooting performance.  Not my day.  Some actual misses.  More than one off the silhouette.  I quit early.  One 29 rounds shot, AE, no malfs.

I wore gloves for two magazines, and that didn't help, but I really can't use that as an excuse.  I was awful without them, too.  My back is killing me, but I have had it hurt worse and I shot fine.  Work stress is no joke, but, again, not an excuse as I have had joyous range sessions after more stressful weeks. 

I did renew my range membership for another year.   So, good news there. 

Gonna take a week off.  I came back relaxed and shot better 'rusty.'  Counter intuitive, yes, but let's see.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pratchett

I reread some Pratchett recently.  One of them has gun content.  Men at Arms.  And I need flog blodder.

It's a Discworld book.

For those 2 of you unfamiliar with this series, it's British, and funny, and a fantasy novel setting.   Fantasy means wizards and trolls and dwarves and swords and crossbows.  

There are guilds in the city.  The Seamstress Guild is the ladies of negotiable affection.  the Thieves Guild is in charge of stealing stuff.  If you pay them off they don't steal from YOU.  If you steal something and are not in the guild, the guild will come after you worse than the City Watch would.  The Assassins Guild is in charge of all the killing.  Well, the murdering.  You pay them and they do it for you.  You can get killed by committing suicide.  Like going into a bar and calling a Troll a Rocks-For-Brains or a Dwarf a Half-Man.  That's a good way to get yourself killed. 

Anyway, the Assassins Guild is full of toffs that like to get close to do their work.  But the equivalent of DaVinci invented a gun.  Or 'Gonne'.  Leonard of Quirm.  It's a 6 shot rifle/repeater.  It was confiscated long ago and the Assassins kept charge of it because the long range power offended their sensibilities. 

Well, the Gonne is sentient, a talisman of power, and Svengali's the current holder to kill even when they don't want to.  So, evil shennanigans happen. 

Remember, I said it was British.  From 1993.  That sort of firearms attitude can be found with those kinds of folks.  And it doesn't escape Terry Pratchett. 

It's not his best book, but it's still good, if you don't let that firearm detail get to you.  It's sort of the second City Watch book.  So read Guards Guards then this one and you are pretty much ready for the other of this stripe including the very good Night Watch.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Our gun rights are forever safe

Nanny Bloomberg isn't running for President in 2020.

Range 27 Februasary

I aimed at the bystander 60 'yards' behind the big silhouette.  Only hit him once.  Maybe grazed his hat.

One bad shot.

And a decent second magazine in the center.



36 shots of American Eagle at 8 yards, no malfs.  811 rounds since I made the gun.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Close Quarter Training



Why didn't anyone tell me that close quarter training could be like this?



That doesn't look so hard. It would make me a Force to be Reckoned-With from 0 - 50 yards. Instead of 6 - 50, like now.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Cool!

Someone else is taking up my Metrocon term!

Well, I say 'my', but I am almost sure I heard it elsewhere, I just don't remember where.  But it was years ago when I adopted it.

Of course, my personal definition was a little different.  I referred to conservatives that grew up in an urban or urbanish-suburbs.  As such were unfamiliar guns, and only cops or robbers or TV shows had firearms, in their world.  So these folks were less sympathetic to the 2nd Amendment.  Oh sure, they would often mouth encouragement and support, but their heart wasn't in it.  SOP was to ignore the issue.  Even if they had married into a family of Alaskans. 

This guy Walther expands that to #Nevertrump think tank grifters, that were faking conservativism this whole time.  Like:  Globalist, Davos attenders, that tend to be interventionist and a bit fiscally conservative, but secretly hostile to cultural conservative tenets.  Freedom of speech?  Pfff.  Abortion?  They don't even like to think about it.  Right to bear arms?  Guns are icky and no one needs them, let's be like Britain, but never say that out loud.  Military service?  All for it!  For OTHER people, of course. 

My definition was not nearly as negative as all that.  But, you know, if the ascot fits and the silverware is set in the proper order and the clariet vintage is cheeky but with mellow finich, go with it.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Civil Rights Violation

The gray colored states restrict your civil rights





















The blue ones only inconvenience your civil rights a little bit.

If this were Jim Crow, the gray states are the DEEP south.  The blue ones don't have any laws against black people, but just aren't too sure about them, and could go either way, but are trending toward good.  The green one?  They don't care which water fountain you use.

The gray ones?  You are fewer and fewer now.  You are on the LOSING side of history.

Oh, and...

Got my taxes done. 

Because of the tax cuts and changes in my withholdings I DID pay more this time around.

I promised to fess up if I ended up paying more or less.  If the 'Trump' tax cut helped or hurt, was a scam or real help.  Whether or not I'd have to eat crow, because I didn't know, just had a hunch.

I got $2000 extra on my paycheck all told over the year.

But I 'paid' $700 more this year than last.  I had to write a bigger check when I filed by 700 clams.  So, extra money in my pocket is a mere $1300.  Kamala Harris is full of shit.  Put the bong down, lady. $1300 is no tax hike, ya dumb bint. 

A liberal at work was planning to use his refund to go on vacation this March.  He was expecting $10,000, again, like last year.  It's not 10k this time.  I just stared at him and smiled.  Internal monologue:  "Dude..."  That's Trump's fault, too. 

I think he's convinced not to adjust his withholdings to get a big refund next year.  It's almost dialed in, now, by accident.  So he CAN learn.  And he's smart with other things, like the job. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Taxes

Employment has never been better in my lifetime

Yet Liberal friends repost this.


They LOVE that cartoon.  Really says something.  Speaks to them.  They are sure it is Truth with a capital T.  The closest thing to a Truth they'll concede.  

We're in a boomtime.  I hope it lasts extra long.  I want to see leftists try to take credit for it eventually.  As soon as they do, watch out.  Sell short. 

But it isn't really Trump's boom.  It's not his tax cut.  Taxes weren't the top of his pile upon election.  But it was the closest to the top for him AND Speaker Ryan, as a shared doable effort they both could support.  It's where there was no daylight between the President and the Better Business Bureau quasi-conservatives.  They see eye to eye on little else.

"If you cut tax that money will get invested and create jobs."  Correct.  And it has.  You gotta do something with that money after you drink too much champagne and smoke too many celebratory cigars.

I've been able to invest more.  I am far from rich.  Warren Buffet has been able to invest more.  We were promised a recovery summer in 2010, and the Dems just hoped the economic cycle would come around for them and it didn't.  They put up too many obstacles.  Because of that is cements Obama as the figurehead of an awful steward for the economy.  

Here's a thought for you Neo-Commie to make you feel better.  Uncle Sam is the RICHEST rich guy around.  Sam DEFINITELY didn't earn that money.   And the cuts gave HIM a haircut. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Annapolis

This week has been legislative gun testimony on various gun bills at the state capitol.

Remember, some nutbag shot up the town's newspaper pretty bad since this time last year.  Do they have laws proposed where people can shoot back and stop such a monster?  No, they want to ban Heavy Barrel ARs (regular ARs have been out since 2013) and limit you to one rifle a month and a 7 day waiting period. 

Yeah, it makes no sense.  No sense for stopping mayhem.  Makes sense for killing a little more gun culture in the state.  Which is 100% what the laws are for.  To inconvenience the law abiding. 

Maryland Shall Issue has been on the scene, helping folks testify in front of lawmakers into the wee hours of the morning yesterday at the house of delegates, and today is the state Senate.  Might be into the wee hours tomorrow for them.

I am a poor gun rights advocate for not getting my hands dirty and showing up in person to lobby these elected fools, even if it is futile.  But I appreciate the MSI peeps doing so.  I have written them checks and will continue to, but I need to get off my butt and do more. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Why are Democrats

So racist?

We got a politician on THIS side of the river just as bad as all them Virginia Democrats.

It took a while to find out what slur she said, but with some digging... not every outlet goes into slur details.  Yup.  The big one. Apparently she thinks Prince Georges County, southeast of DC, has too many black people around. 

She from a county on the Pennsylvania line, on the 95 corridor, northeast of Baltimore. 

And wow.... does not seem too bright.  This is Public Figure 101, first day stuff.  If you had a propensity to ever utter that sort of thing before, you don't anymore. 


Yeah, I know

I knew .38 +P was inadequate if I really wanted the fancy self defense bullet to do what a fancy self defense bullet is supposed to do (and does do more out of longer barrels) out of snubnosed J-Frames.

I guess a part of me was in denial, hoping for a suspension of the laws of physics, and a bullet would be invented, near term, that would expand reliably after poking through the first front bit of a bad guy, and still poke through to near the back part of a bad guy.   Physics wasn't suspended.

Part of it is laziness (I don't WANNA change), part of it is inertia (I already have a .38/.357, why change horses in mid stream), part of it was path of least resistance (.38s are thick on the ground, I can pick what I want, and the ammo is also readily available still).  I kidded myself that I could always load magnums in my 640s, knowing that that is punishing, slower-shooting, and unlikely. 

But those are excuses.  Only half-thought-out reasons. 

Now keep in mind, I don't think the .32 bigguns self-defense rounds expand any more reliably, either, out of a snubbie.  They might.  But that's not really the point if they are roughly the same is it?  It's 'small gun still shoots 6' that appeals more.    But Lucky Gunner promises to get that data out to us in the future.  They already did .38s a while back.

And I was aware of the hotter .32 revolvers YEARS ago as a reader of Tam's.  I groked her reasoning, even then, as an uber-noob.   Persuaded to its wisdom.  This was BEFORE I had owned my first snub nosed revolver. 

There is no good reason to be stuck in a .38 rut.  Yet I am.

It's not so bad.  .38 isn't a nerf dart.   It's just not ideal.  And I carry that more than 90% of my time when I can carry in public.

So all that to say "It's not ideal, yet I am not changing."

I'm trying hard to think what COULD make me change?  House fire that takes all my guns?  Start from scratch?  Would I even get any revolver if I started from scratch?  Yes, I would get a revolver.  And maybe that would be the push to .32 biggun.  I wouldn't relish stocking up the ammo for it...


Monday, February 25, 2019

Tagged for Later Viewing

Range 21 FEB

I was relaxed.  Which is nice. 

41 shots,  the first 6 are circled in yellow, at 8 yards.  A few magazines at the head at 8 yards.  The rest at the chest at 25 yards.  No malfunctions of any kind.


Similar to my usual recent flaws.  Up and right flinch. 

Shot kinda fast as with the black the silhouette there is less temptation to 'prairie dog'.  Shoot, look at where you hit, shoot, look at where you hit.  Instead it is front site, bang... hey, there is the front site again might as well.. bang.   

More confidence that I can reliably hit center mass at 25 yards.  Don't laugh, I wasn't anywhere close to reliable for YEARS.  Might as well get a big old front sight back then, I wasn't gonna try to hit things more than 30 feet away, with a pistol, even if they were shooting back. 

775 rounds through this pistol.  Not one issue.  Zero.  Pile of parts.  Filed on them parts.  Dremelled them parts.  Assembled them parts.  Dead reliable from the word go.  A well running 1911 is a joy, isn't it?  Even better when it is your hands that did it. 


Sunday, February 24, 2019

CCW map


https://www.usacarry.com/concealed_carry_permit_reciprocity_maps.html


I post this link to the CCW map from time to time.  I am very happy they keep it updated, and the last update was the 11th, but I still like to go to the states' gov't website I am traveling to to double check.  You can't be too careful.  But great job on usacarry.  Thank you.

I renewed my Utah CCW, but my Virginia one is gonna lapse.  Non-resident permits, of course.  I will renew Virginia soon enough, but I have to do it in the courthouse instead of online.  The only state I gain with the additional VA permit is New Mexico.





See?

 


If I somehow got a Maryland CCW that only adds Michigan. 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Magic Trick

Check out this magic trick.


It's a good trick! But look closer. That t-shirt the lady is wearing.

Thirty years ago, an ordinary person wouldn't have on a shirt like that. I think. Sure, there were pro gun t-shirts. Sometimes worn by sketchy looking dudes or gun nuts or what have you. You wouldn't see one on an ordinary woman like this. Or am I way off base and needed to open my eyes and look around more thirsty years ago? Still. Regular people in a shirt like that means 'winning' for this issue.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Facts

I'm slipping.

I used to have more in my head.  Gotten lazy since internet searches were invented.

Like, I, and seemingly everyone, knew how many miles wide the United States was.  Thirty years ago.  2,000?  3,000?   Lemme check.  2,680 mile.  Huh.  I thought I remembered a rounder number.

I used to know the circumference of the earth.  11,000?  Nope, that's just halfway.  Ish

Packaging damage

So I order ammo from Lucky Gunner and UPS was a bit rough with it.  The box on the end look like this.  Must took a hard corner.




So, I shot off 48 rounds from it and kept these two.  And undamaged one and the one at the heart of the impact.  I could see a size difference at the range.  All the other rounds appeared the same, by eye.  The offending one was noticeable.



Regular size is 1.265



And shucks you can't see this one so good.  Take my word for it.  1.247.



So it was shoved in about two one hundreds of an inch.  Advertised Overall Length is 1.275.

Should I be worried about the short one?  Probably not.  It's not packed in too tight.  And the case isn't so deformed it might not chamber.  Prolly safe to fire.  There is some wiggle room to those official dimensions.  And this is only 3% under spec. 
 
Am I gonna fire it or bin it?  Oh, I am binning it!  Why take the chance.  Save maybe $.35 with a risk of blowing out a custom 1911 for no good reason beyond that?  Yeah, I am binning it.  It goes beyond an excess of caution into wussy-land, but, again, it's just thirty five cents.

Hey, besides dud cans at the range, or the local police station, where do YOU dispose of dud ammo?  If it's one just chuck it in the trash?  Well, my neighbors trash?

[yeah, a bullet puller is the obvious-yet-overlooked-by-me way to go to get rid of ammo i don't want.  silly me.  plus:  new tool.  always good.]


Thursday, February 21, 2019

I don't care

Coast Guard Terrist

This isn't me.  Though he is my age and might have been living 4 miles away, at most. 

That 'arsenal' is a little light for a gun nut.  I guess crazy doesn't pay very well.  Plenty there to commit mayhem, sure.  You can only hold so many guns in your arms when committing heinous acts. 

49 and a LT in the Coast Guard?  Lil old for that?  Maybe that detail is wrong.

And 49 and he hasn't committed his terrist act yet?   Been hating on folks his entire adult life?  I'm think he might have just been all talk.  "Bent on committing acts dangerous to human life..." Bent on running his mouth, if my guess.  But if he was close to actually crossing that violent line, good on netting him up coppers.

Don't target Democrats, fella.  Not if you want racists to win.  Turns out the Dems were the dyed in the wool racists all along.  Dems are your allies in that white supremacy garbage you cotton to.  

Note his loadout



Two plate carriers (if he puts a plate on the back...), two 1911, two suppressors, two revolvers, two shotshuns, two plastic pistols, two rucksacks...  He's of the one is none and two is none school.  Three .22 and thee ARs.  One long range bolt action.  Not enough magazines.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Popular Mechanics reports

"Kalashnikov is Making Kamikaze Drones!"

Whatr?  You mean cruise missiles?

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Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Hot Dogs Spark in the Microwave

Spoiler:  It's all the metal shavings from industrial meat packing in the dogs.

(Kidding!  The metal shavings are in grapes, not hot dogs.)

It's snowing like a MoFo out there

I gave myself a code Red, liberal leave, day off.

Had I left for work at my regular time I'd have been fine til I got to the parking garage.  Then I'd be stuck there.  As it's coming DOWN.  Gonna change to ice later. 

My company never closes.  It's really code Green, all the time.  We aren't the gummint.  "10 feet of snow and the building burnt to the ground?  Come to work!  Or burn a vacation day."


I don't talk about metrocons much anymore

I don't talk about metrocons much anymore.  A big part is the venn diagram is pretty much over lapped between Metrocons and #NeverTrumpers, and you get into ugly arguments down that path.  Arguments I'd rather not go into here.

"Guns are icky!  That's why I pay the city taxes, for the police to keep the Poors on another block"

"Trump is icky!  That's why I get paid by folks to write nasty things about him and wander the woods like Hillary.  Maybe this will pass and I'll be on top again," he kids himself.

See?  It'd just get uglier from there.  But, while getting their time monopolized bad mouthing Trump, metrocons have little time to bad mouth the 2nd Amendment apart from quietly acquiescing to the Democrats demands of backgrounds checks that also won't be enforced.

Trump has been no friend to us Gunnies, yet, apart from judge appointments.  And the appointments are from a boring task he sub contracted out to the Federalists.  Which is good.  Keep that inertia up, Mr. President. It could be he second greatest legacy.  Apart from keeping Hillary from returning to the White House

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

T-Bolt's Unpopular Opinions

Ubiquitous self driving personal vehicles and 18-wheelers are the 'a flying car in every garage' pie in the sky promise of 2016.

I'm not gonna see it, you are not gonna see it.  It's a scientifiction story.





Specific Language

All of this is in English.

"... set the quill dial to zero then advance upward for one quarter of the cordial thickness at the small end and remember to take up the backlash."

I understand it.  Or I understand enough to be able to consult references to fill in the gaps.  For instance, I'd have to look up the codial thickness to get an exact number.

It's machinist talk.  I've been learning a lot about it on youtube, and that that specifically is for a bevel gear being fabricated here.

But most folks reading that have no idea what it is on about.  And that struck me.

And firearm folks have similar specific language item.  Here is a gunsmithing patter:

"I need an oversized hand for my three-screw Model 10, as the the timing is off and the forcing cone is shaving off lead."

And lots of other example of specific language pertaining to the tiniest details in communication of a specialized profession, abound.  Typewriter repair, circus work, diner waitress to short order chef, oil rig wildcatter, seamstress/tailor. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

None of these things

Are national emergencies, Hillary



'Gun violence' is lower than just about ever.  Don't become an illegal alien trespasser and you won't be separated from your families.  Climate change in non-falsifiable political hooey, and has always been a solution (command economy) in search of a problem (let's do ecology this time...).  And health care is widely available nationwide with short wait times compared to countries with socialized medicine.

Happy President's Day, tho, Mrs. Rodham-Clinton.

Marooned

I had a dream that JayG got back into blogging daily.  But not about guns, as that is his day job.  He, in the dream, had gotten big into fighting robots.   He was super into it, and good thing he makes the Gun Lobby size salary as he was spending a lot more on robuts than motorcycles or guns. 

Which disappointed his son, as the boy is about 18 and is getting ready to go off and join the Navy.  The Navy part is true and not part of my dream.

You can still hear Jay on a podcast, nigh weekly.  The Squirrel Report.

Maybe that is where Jay pulls down his robut money.  Ad revenue from the podcast.

Jay did lose his MARooned domain name.  But not his old StuckInMassachusetts one.  So you can see his yearly real life blog post there.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ow, my molar!

I know Tam doesn't control the ads on her blog.  Most anything can appear there.


Apparently Dr. Madison is some kind of dentist, and can give relief to this lady who is obviously in a lot of dental pain?  That's nice.  I hope she doesn't need an extraction, and merely needs cavity filled.  No deep drilling to the root of a canal.

[You know, that ad might be fed up to me not because Tam gets sketchy ad placed on her blog by an ad service, but the ad service thinks that ME, T-Bolt, need to know about the wonders of the Ashley Madison dental services team.  Which is a whole different 'blegh...']

Haven't Been to the Range in a While.

Yes, work is still busy, but I'd still normally squeeze in a session.

Yes, I am old and have aches and pains.  There was that time I couldn't raise my support hand higher than my chest a year and a half ago.  That curtailed range work to fewer sessions and more single-hand work.  All because of pinched spinal cord in my neck

Same issue now.  But differnt.  Pain, again.  Just not as bad.  Exacerbated by work.  It's all the mice work at the computer.

Still, I like to practice hurt because the Red New Deal will require a blood revolution and I can't pick the day the jackboots come to my house to ask me to come with them to the train station and board my assigned cattle car.  I may have to say 'no thank you' when I am feeling less than 100%.  So, as much as I can, I practice when I am not 100%.  Just maybe not as long, making things worse.

So, this post is to inspire me to get off the stick a bit. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

My 12 years of blogging

Distilled into a single post by another more famous blogger.  More succinct and elegant than my meager efforts.

  • a current event
  • a failure of gun control policies already in place
  • in a state with more-prolific-than-average gun control policies
  • a proscription for a better, cheaper, easier, and demonstrably more efficacious policy
  • and written in a wittier-than-average few short paragraphs
  • fin

Fry my WHAT?

Back 30 years ago there was a funny show on the Telly.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Telly.  That's what they call a television on Engelande.

They have lil-dick jokes over there, just as we do.  But unlike here, where they claim your choice of firearam or large SUV means you are compensating for... shortcomings... shall we say?  In Engelande large SUVs are banned because the roads are too small and composed of loose pea gravel, and firearms were already quite banned by the early 90s.  By decades. No, in Engelande you must have a small one if you have the wrong type of dog.

See?



Also, Laurie went on to play an obnoxious know-it-all drugs addict named House.  


Friday, February 15, 2019

Trump is a loudmouth vulgarian

But here is what he has done besides (perhaps) coarsen presidential theatrics:


In case you can't read it.
  • Ending some wars we could have won a lot sooner, but apparently someone around here didn't want to.  Not gonna win it?  Let's get out.  And only get into wars we intend to win from now on, dammit.  At least I hope he is ending them...
  • Got us out of the Paris Accord CAGW scam.
  • Cut gumming regulations
  • Full employment after the Great Recession (I got my first raise since the W administration and it was BIG)
  • Tax cuts (speaking of raises, got this raise before the other one)
  • Two good SCOTUS picks, one despite gawdawful slanders, and LOTS of federal judges that might be useful to the 2A cause.  (RBG MIA 56 days)
  • If he just throws a bone to the NRA, or if SCOTUS puts the gun controllers to bed permanent, I would vote for him again.  He can even insult me personally on live television, as long as his actions are more of the same.
  • And now, MAYBE, emergency wall funding.  And groundbreaking. So maybe we'll see a calmer Ann Coulter, God love you.

All the things he has delivered are satisfying but they are all half measures.  He hasn't delivered the whole magillah.  He has room to give even more.   That's good business, there.  Making the 'customer' happy with room to make them happier.

It's uncanny how he does this.  You don't think, with his idiotic theatrics, that he can manage to tie his shoes.  But somehow.  Either this is instinctive for him, or he has it planned out like a 4D chess master, or he is luckiest sumbitz going.  And I don't care how.  I just like what's happened to the country so far.  I haven't REALLY disagreed with anything, yet.

Except for gun stuff.  Throw us another bone, and embarrass the Democrats doing it, and that's be pretty sweet.   And you know, he just might.  But the clock is ticking.

For me, I agree with the policie progress he has made so far, and still would rather he had a different style, but that 'want' is LOW on my list of needs.  He's still doing a GREAT job of being Not-Hillary, and the thought of a Hillary administration is still a nightmare. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

I just wanna get a C

The ten states with the worst murder rates are all graded F, according to Gabby Giffords.

Oh wait, that's not murder rates.  That's something called 'gun death rates'.  

10 'gun death' states are, according to her list, alphabetically:
  • Alabama 
  • Alaska 
  • Arkansas 
  • Louisiana 
  • Missisippi 
  •  Missouri 
  • Montana 
  • New Mexico 
  • West Virginia 
  • Wyoming

States Worst for MURDER are:

  • Alaska 
  • Arkansas 
  • Delaware w/ a
  • Florida 
  • Louisiana 
  • Maryland w/ an A 
  • Nevada 
  • New Mexico 
  • South Carolina 
  • Tennessee

You are least likely to be murdered in these Safer States:

  • Idaho with an F 
  • Kentucky with an F 
  • Maine with an F 
  • Minnesota 
  • Montana with an F
  • New Hampshire has a D grade 
  • Utah with a D- 
  • Vermont with a D+ 
  • Virginia with a D 
  • Wyoming with an F

So, sadly, there are some reasons to be armed in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico, as they have a murder problem.  And the law supports the law abiding to defend themselves, but certainly that's not a good thing, such a high murder rate.

But Montana and Wyoming have a lot of people dying from a firearm, but a low murder rate.  Another sad statistic.  But no study about suicide rates links firearm ownership to a higher self harm rate.  Only a greater suicide success rate when guns are involved.  Go ahead, DuckDuckGo that. 

But look at the murder states.  One state is mine, and our neighbor Delaware.  With strict gun control in both! 

And, with the exception on Minnesota, the 10 safest states in the country all have lax gun restrictions hampering their polity. 

There are mixed conclusion except this last one, which is pretty telling.

I wish Maryland could get a C grade.  I have a higher than average chance of being murdered but the law keeps me as helpless as possible about it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Non-Interventionist Hawk

I told you Cruz would make a great Preznit.

Non-Interventionist Hawk?  I like that. 

And I bet he'd have been better on the Second Amendment compared to that Trump guy.  Donald.  Trump's sons are prolly better than either Cruz or Dad.  But they weren't running. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

MREs


This packaging has been around for a while.  But folks notice it kinda looks like someone.



Trump and Kanye?

I say Caddyshack era Bill Murray and Glory era Denzel Washington.

Self Defense

To fend off over-intellectualized barbarians that telegraph they will initiate violence, "to achieve [their] idea of a better society," it may be necessary for good people to defend themselves. 

Gross.

You know them socialists.  Can't have an omelette without breaking a few eggs, they say.  Thing is, nobody ever gets to taste that omelette...  Have you noticed that?  Lotsa broken 'eggs' never any brefass.  Maybe we should fire that chef and just make some oatmeal for ourselves.

Monday, February 11, 2019

I haven't done my taxes yet, but...

Kamala Harris says Ima get scrood.



I usually have to pay the Feds a couple hundred and get back from the State a couple hundred. Because I have withholding fine tuned for years.

So, this lady thinks less 'refund' of $170 is bad. Like I don't understand how taxes work. Say I paid the Feds $230, this idjit Senator from California is warning me, if I am at my most charitable, that I may have to pay $400 this time. Maybe MORE! She is relying on me being dumber than her.

I get paid 26 times a year. The tax cuts kicked in at the beginning of the year. My paycheck was $80 more, with nothing changed in my circumstances besides that tax cut. Yeah, I noticed that. Back then.

So, because I can math that's... 26... times... 80... carry the two... A bit over two grand! Come back at me Kamala when I do do my taxes and I have to write a check to the feds north of that. $170 is no big thang. And I am no corporate 1 percenter big wig.

I say all this, like I said, at the risk of being wrong. Maybe I WILL get a big kilo tax bill and Harris will be right. I will fess up if that is the case when taxes are complete.

Grocery Habits

I don't have a set routine for grocery shopping.  Apart from "after work, during the week."

Well, middle aged men, shopping alone... are most likely to be out Mondays, early evening, round these parts.  And not just the day before Valemtimes.

What a Difference

Twenty years makes at Smith and Wesson.

20 years ago they'd have gone the other way and promoted taking an eraser to the 2nd.

Great

Currently up for bid...

Which doesn't mean it will be passed and signed.  Plenty of these bills go down in flames...

We now already have an HQL requirement.  It's the Handgun Qualification License.  You need that buy a handgun.  Not tote a handgun.  Buy it.  It has a training requirement, fingerprints, ANOTHER background check you'd be doing when you buy the actual handgun.  Fees.  It's a buncha hoops to jump through to destroy the shooting community.  It inconveniences the law abiding and does nothing to the criminals.  It disproportionately impacts negatively women, minorities, and the poor.

Well, now inn the statehouse is the same thing.  LONG GUN QUALIFICATION LICENSE.  But, obviously, for rifles and shotguns.  You have to register the long guns you already have.  If you move hear you have 90 days to do so.

There are other on the docket.  Some will not see the light of day.  But the fact they are there is worrisome.  Ban handgun rentals, ban the rest of the ARs, ban on home gunsmithing.

This damn state. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

SCIENCE!

World War Ghost Fleet

Ever wonder what happened to all them ships mothballed after the war?

No, not World War II.  The Great War.

They are here, in Maryland, on the Potomac River.  Well, in the Potomac.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Who are these people?

Who are these people coming at you like both of these at the same time?



I haven't seen em, and I am paying attention.  Maybe a tiny bit from Column A, but not from any big wigs like, say, the Assistant Deputy Vice Chair of the Maryland GOP.  Maybe it someone on her staff?

I've seen people come at you because you are an idjit, but they seem to have a point.  Farting cows...

#LearnToCode

Stop!

Stop encouraging journalism majors to Learn to Code.  I work with coders.  Lots of them.  I've coded some myself.  We have enough stupid people around here without adding a whole bunch more Leftists that are an order of magnitude dumber than the dumbasses that we have already.

Tell them the world needs ditch diggers.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Filing Off the Serial Numbers

Why?

It's a Hollywood trope, sure, but it also happens in real life.  Criminal want gun with the serial numbers filed off.  But what does that gain them beside an additional felony charge when they get caught?

Ok, if your source of guns is a straw purchase using a friend or relative, and you toss your gun at the scene, it is important to you that when the gun is found the cops don't go right to your Aunt Susan who then says "Oh I bought that for my nephew Methhead Mike."

Filing off the serial numbers is good criminal practice in that case. 

But if your source of guns is a local criminal re-seller, Gun-Seller Gus, and Gus doesn't care about the serial number, Mike shouldn't care too much either. 

If Gus's source is burglarizing homes or vehicles, and Mike gets caught with the gun, the burglary charge is less impactful to him than the federal beef for filing off the serial numbers.  Might as well leave em on.

Crime makes you stupid.  It might be stupid to file them serial numbers off.  It might be stupid to NOT file them off.  I bet most of these criminal masterminds choose poorly.  The polar opposite of what is appropo.

As for us.  Regular gun owners.  Never file the serial numbers off.  Like I have to tell YOU that.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

If it saves one life

Some Connecticut legislative busybody wants to hike taxes on ammo to kill the gun culture and if "it saves one life" it will be worth it.

What if that ammo tax kills somebody?  Kills just one person?  Is that a reason to not pass the law and to impeach the lady for even bringing it up? 

What if a person can't train or practice effectively because of cost and because of those rusty skills fails to defend themselves effectively from a home invader, huh, Jillian?  Why do you hate poor people, ma'am?

You 'if it saves one life' argument is silly.  And wrong.  Even as a mere emotional appeal, forgetting the fallacy and the human rights aspect of this subject.  Because you can just as easily say CUT ammo taxes.  If it saves just one life won't it be worth it?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Over Tired

And over worked.

Work has been kicking my ass.  But in a good way.  Beats unemployment, too.  But busy busy, making the donuts.

Lots less time to skylark on the innernet and think up blog topic, tho.

Lessee.  A buddy has a son in high school that was given an assignment to interview a local person.  He live in Hanover PA.  His thought was to interview the Flavor Engineers at the Utz factory or Snyders, both local concerns.  And dad said, "that's a great idea and I am going to be sure this happens!"  So it did, but that's not the important bit.  He got a tip from the Engineers.  Put a Lance Lemon Cookie in the freezer.  The cold changes the experience of the icing. 

304,000,000 is a big deal.  That's a LOT of guns.  Yeah, some are the same gun resold, but that don't make it NOT a lotta gun. 

I like beer.  Too much.  So I go through periodic dry spells.  Voluntarily.  Maybe shed a pound, give my liver a break.  Be sure I can quit and that it isn't a problem.  No bigs.  I'm in a dry spell right now.  Before the dry spell it'd been a little while since I noticed gout-like symtpoms. 

I like liverwurst.  Too much.  Got some a few weeks into the beer ban.  Gout-like symptoms.  Ah-ha!  It's the liver.  Good to know.  Science!

Let's see.  This post has snacks, snacks, NICS, beer, sammich.  Sheesh.

Oh, yesterday was the 110th anniversary of bakelite.  Formaldehyde, carbolic acid, and asbestos fiber binder.  Mmm mmm good. 








Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Forever War.

This Jesse Kelly article needs more circulation.

I am all for punishing the barbarians for what they did, and punishing all their friends, and punishing anyone even halfway sympathetic for those monsters.  Wherever it lead.  And then making the rubble bounce.  Hell, I'd approve it again, in a heartbeat.

But back in 2001.

The damn war should have been successfully prosecuted and all the combat areas excessively peaceful.  By 2005.  It's 2019.  If you were going to do it right, meted out all the justice, you'd have done it by now.  End it.  Tell your bipartisan Senator to shove it. 

Read the whole thing, as they say.

[oops, set this to publish in PM instead of AM]

Monday, February 4, 2019

BFD

Guy at work asked for a recommendation of a Blow Forward Device for his AR15.

"One day I'll pop for a suppressor, but the BFDs range in price from $35 to $200."

???

I asked him what he wanted it to do.  He wasn't trying to alleviate recoil, but wanted less of a fireball.

Oh, so a flash hider? Not a compensator.

"No, that's not it..."

???!!!

Look it up again and get back to me with another name, buddy.  I'm not sure what you are on about.  Or, more likely, YOU aren't sure what you are on about.

Or maybe it's this thing:



New one on me, if so.

 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

"You do this to an AR"

"It makes the recoil feels much lighter, like it is only as bad as a .38 Special."

Huh?

What an odd thing to say. 

Is the 5.56/.223 recoil really bothering you?

It's hard for me to judge, just thinking about it.  That I could perceive a big enough difference between the two calibers in felt-recoil in a shoulder fired arm.

There is more propellant in the 5.56.  And normally a longer barrel and heavier platform to alleviate some recoil, compared to the usual platform a .38 comes out.  But a big part of felt recoil equation is the Newton part.  No, not the fig filling.  The mass.   5.56 is the 55 grain projectile and the .38 is summat like 158 grain.  So a 3X difference.

All this is apple and oranges, tho.  I don't why I have devoted the above amount of brain sweat to this madness.

I wonder, if you did make a .38 Special AR, if you could notice the difference between it and a regular AR in a blind taste test sort of range session?  I'm guessing no.

Don't make a .38 AR. 




Saturday, February 2, 2019

Not the first time

Identifying the super racist person as a Republican even though it is clearly a Democrat?



That's happened before.

I remember an NPR interview of Robert Caro, biographer of LBJ, and he was discussing the Civil Rights act of 1964, calling out that damn dastardly Republican Speaker of the House, John McCormack of Massachusetts, by name.  He was just so damn racist, that speaker.  So Caro labeled him a Republican, that Speaker, on the RADIO.

In the early 80s my 9th grade history teacher talked of Democrats controlling the house since the beginning of time. I remember that vividly

And in the early 90s Newt won the gavel, first Republican since  Ike. I remember that.

I am man of a certain age.  Not like Caro, born in the Silent Generation.  So the history of who controlled the House left more of a mark.  But it had been 3 presidents since GOP had control, and it would be 6 more before they'd get control again when the Civil Rights Act was passed. 

But there is a narrative to pursue these days and Historians and Wikipedia can't be calling out Democrats as vile racists, but rather MUST mislable Democrats, who invented racism in this country, as Republicans.  So downplay the Demo opposition to the Civil Rights Act and sweep that McCormack guy, #1 or #2 in the Demo leadership since before WWII, under the rug.

If you did something good, you must be a Democrat or it was of no consequence.  If you did something bad you must be a Republican and be shunned, according the NPR and CNN and... others. Caro AND LBJ can eat a bowl of Nixons. 

Ned? Ned Ryerson?

Friday, February 1, 2019

Your NRA membership?

IT'S ABOUT TO EXPIRE!

"Upgrade your Endowment Life Membership to Patron Life Membership!"

Or what?  My Endowment Life Membership expires?  

Did I die?

You can tell me if I am dead, I can take it!

JayG, did the NRA get a copy of my death certificate that I don't know about?

Range 28 Jan

42 rounds of AE . No malfunctions in the gun.  Plenty of malfunctions in the old ass shooter with no stamina anymore. 



What I've noticed since I went from 'absolute crap' to 'merely crap' in the shooting department is how often I will get 2 consecutive shots in the same hole.  (green circle)  I have to bring the target back because I am thinking "you know, I KNOW when I shoot so bad it leaves the paper and that didn't happen this time and there are only 3 holes in the target and that was my fourth shot of the day.... I gotta see."  The one hole looks a little bigger than one shot. 

Also, it is so easy for an impatient shooter to get ahead of themselves in a string and perform poorly.  And I am an impatient shooter

Thursday, January 31, 2019

29 January

1944.

75 years ago last Tuesday.

The USS Missouri was launched.



About 18 months later the war ended on her decks.  Seeing plenty of action in the meantime, starting a little over a year after the launch.

A machine that complicated I am sure they were STILL finding things that shoulda been fixed before it left the yard.  It was only 18 months.  It takes longer to fix an elevator on a new Aircraft Carrier, these days

Eyes dilated

I have a history of galucoma in my family, so I got some eye doctor checks coming.  Slight pressure rise. 

So blog post today might be thin as I can barely see to surf and get blog ideas.  Maybe I'll think of something by yesterday evening when the eyes are better. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Price check

All presidents should know the prices of:

What a pack of smokes goes for.

A six pack. 

An F-150's tank of gas.

Fifth of sipping bourbon.

Five-Guys burger.

Sneakers.

What an electric bill for a 3 bedroom house is in July.  


I like Cheerios

I buy it all the time.  I bought it when I was young and underpaid.  I am not a billionaire now.

I have no idea how much it costs.  Five bucks-ish?  I have never used a coupon.  I never notice when it is marked down.  I don't look at the price.  You'd have to jack it up quite a bit for me to notice.  I just buy Cheerios.

I am not oblivious of all grocery store prices.  But many of them.  I am not waiting for the 2 for 1 sale.

So, I guess I can't be president, Joe and Mika.  Hacks.

What did Hillary say when you asked her how much a box oaky Chardnonnay costs?

OH NO!

Jay G is gone!!!!

His blog poofed

You have lots of guns T-Bolt

Do I?

"Yeah, rifles and shotguns and revolvers and pistols.  No where near Jay's level, but..."

Still feels like I just have one and a half.  A 1911 pistol and j-frame revolver as a smaller backup.  And a spare set in case of mechanical issues.

The others are neat and all but they fade into the background.  M1 Garand?  Where will I use that?  The Wehrmacht isn't coming.  It's just neat.

The Hudon H9?  Well, it is a bedside gun, I guess.   It's to hand. I still say it's just one and a half guns.

And the 1911 could be swapped out for something like a pair of Glock 17s and I'd still feel like it's just one and a half.  Just Glocks then, instead.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Critical?

"Court agrees to hear CRITICAL gun case."

Explain to me how this is critical

I've already gone over it.  There is an unlikely event that the court might make an expansive ruling.  "You may move your gun around NYC to places other than the 7 gun ranges on the list..." is the expected good ruling.  For expansive the court has to go... "And, in fact, you can carry it around just about anywhere, loaded, in your holster, all across the country.  That's what 'bear' means."  And I don't see, from here, how it get's there with that case. 

I think it's just wishcasting to even half expect this rosier outcome.  "Don't expect miracles," says Gun-Blog Eeyore, and this time I share his pessimism as realistic and not just Negative Waves.  Most likely, they don't even touch scrutiny.  And then, if this is the scrutiny case, I think it's a tossup.  50/50.  I hope for strict scrutiny, but can't connect the dots to get there, now. 

So, why this headline, Fox?  And NSSF for that matter.  Critical?  Illogical.  Please explain.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Monday Bupkis, part 9262

Sometime when I sit down and start typing a blog post things just come to me.

SHOT show is going on.  Neat stuff, but I am at that stage in my gunnie journey that getting another boomstick only rarely become an itch. I'm glad the new stuff is there, but I don't have to bring it home.

I am more into DOING things with the guns I have.  Pistols I have.  A carbine class may be fun, and the class super informative, but at my age, doing the calisthenics might be too far of a stretch.  And close quarter grappling with a gun in play?  I'm at a distinct disadvantage.  15 years ago I'd be much more eager to try it. 

We live in a golden age of gun training but it still takes considerable effort to FIND a class, then put the time in to get to it.  On this I need to do better.

There are a few instructors I would not hesitate to make the effort.  But there is a lotta chaff out there, too.  And except for the handful I know there is no way to tell which is which.  There is no directory with columns of Recommended, and It's OK, neither good nor bad, and Not Recommended for the crap.  And there can't be.  Such a list would descend into internet-comments quality in a second.  An honest comment section would be too subjective. 

Here is a for instance.  Everything I have heard about Kelly's emergency medicine shindig puts it in the Recommended colunm.  I wanna take that class.  It just hasn't happened yet.  Not exactly a gun class, but related.  I've never heard anyone that took that class say they hated it or it was just OK.  But you know those people are out there.

Same with Mas's class.  The MAG classes.  I've heard good things about Mas's training skills.  Which class tho?  Do the 20 Live Fire, then try to do the 40 later?  Either way, I'd have to get a hotel room and take a week off work.  Harrisburg PA and Rochester Indiana are the closest, for instance, for the MAG40.  MAG20 is in Connecticut, so, can't get there through New York so easy.  The other classes aren't in driving range.  

See?  We may be in the golden age of training but doing one of the better classes isn't like popping in to the gun store 5 miles away and getting a new gun.  It's challenging. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Headache

It's probably a tumor.  More later

Saturday, January 26, 2019

And this past week

Friday was the worst.

By worst, I mean busiest.

Not that I mind working, but it was a bit rough. 

I remember when working hard left me with sore feet, sore shoulders, sore back, cuts on my hands.

Now working hard means a stiff neck, strained eyes, wrist pain.  Just as rough, just as stressful, just as tiring, but very different. 

But no time to think on blog stuff. 

Guy at work wants a .22 pistol and the reviews of Oleg must have caught his eye as he had the Kel Tec CP33 or PMR30 on his mind as a snazzy pistol to get.

I haven't seen one in person, much less shot it, but I have heard rumors of reliability issues with Kel Tec and this model in particular.  Then again, it's just a fun gun.  A bigger worry is the Maryland issue.  I'd guess it is not on the state roster of acceptable guns.  Let me look.  Hmmm, the only banned Kel Tec is the tiny P32.

But the other thing to worry about is the magazines are too big for Maryland. 

I guess he could overcome the speed bumps and get one.  He'd be better off with the Ruger Mk whatever, in my opinion, but either way. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Dagnabbit

Still no range time!

Life intervenes.

Hope to have more, later.

Oh that FB group of Mini-14s.  A bit of gun derp, yes. Those rifles do seem to bring their owners joy.  They really like their guns.  Good for them.

More guns on the streets, Atlantic?  That's excellent news!  Oh, you didn't mean it like that?  No worries, it's still good news even if you are wrong.  More freedom on the streets.  The target of the law is law abiding citizens that have already jumped through SO many hoops.  It was just passed to inconvenience THEM more.  The people with guns you least have to worry about.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

164 years young

Happy Browning Day!

SCOTUS 2nd Case

New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs New York City

It's been 2 days.  You have heard about it.

Arguments in April, ruling in June.

This case is useful for me in Maryland.  If it rules "look, you can port an unloaded gun around locked in your trunk to lawful places," then that sorta covers some similar weasel words in Maryland's gun laws that may or may not be similar.  Technically, you might get wrapped up if you stop for gas on the way to the range or back from.  Here.  In Maryland.

The case might go further, and say you can BEAR a firearm on your person for lawful purpose, and state law can't stop you.  That'd be perfect.  I doubt we are that lucky.  Baby steps. 

Or, worst case case...  rules against us and you can never leave the house with your boomstick once it crosses the threshold. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Lesson Learned

If you are an opponent to the Jacobins and interact with people in public in any sort of political capacity, record EVERYTHING.

Rep. Steve King has said some questionable things in the past.  Probably.  He was on notice already.  Then he sat down with an interview with the New York Times in the past couple weeks.  They quoted him, and maybe out of context.  Who knows, King FAILED to record the interview.  Rookie mistake.  In context he might have successfully resisted, but because he was on notice already he didn't get the benefit of the doubt.  Lost all his committee seats, and good riddance.  I don't know if he is racist or got railroaded.  I do know he is too dumb to keep his seats because he DIDN'T RECORD AND INTERVIEW WITH THE TIMES.  They are NOT you friend, Idiot Congressman.  The Lefties earned a scalp.

The Covington kids lucked out because the Black Hebrew Israelites recorded the whole thing from before that Indian stuck his nose in.  And they let that video OUT.  The video contradicted the narrative the Left put up, and the kids escaped the worst electronic lynch mobs, and some mobsters got a bit of a comeuppance.  The Left didn't get their scalp this time.

This applies to us when doing gun advocacy.  Don't talk to journalists.  They will twist your words and make you sound like a violent gun-toting loon.  If you DO talk to a journalist, even to say good morning, RECORD IT.   I don't like it, but that's the rules you have to live by.  Oh, and while you are recording, don't say anything stupid. 

Thus endeth the lesson.  

Imagine

If this is where a leftist's head goes when haranguing innocent high school kids over a misreported 'news' story.




Imagine what they'd do to someone that dares own a gun?  Keep alert around people with those kind of bumper stickers on their car.

It only took him 3 days to apologize.  That's a lotta gristle through the mill.  You know, if I'd said that, publicly, I'd be fired right now.  But I think a different set of rules might apply to me. 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Clickbait?

Yes.  AWESOME clickbait.


Mini's

There is a Mini-14 owners group on Facebook.



Huh.

"Mini 14/ Mini 30 Group - The Best Rifle In The World."

There are over 17,000 members.  That's awesome.  Like minded people finding each other.  And over a pretty specialized single item.  I had to join, just to see.   I might not stick with it, but more power to them.


Facebook is filled with these single issue groups, I don't have to tell you.  Some are absolute slag, as bad as the worst online fora some of us have been a part of.  Others are a joy, folks that stay on topic without being harangued, supportive of each other.  Respectful.

It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Zuckerburg's fritters, I guess.

Plus:  A-Team references.

[OMG. I had another version of 'Zuckerburg' that was totally a Freudian typo.  Yikes.  I guess Farmer Francis leaked in to kludge the spelling.  Sorry about that.]