Saturday, May 25, 2019

Check this out

At Tam's

"Guns are normal.  Normal people use guns."


I dunno. Middling advice here. Yes, the hospitals and antibiotics and vaccines are gone in a zombocalypse. But that means we are back in 1890. Not as many, but plenty of folks got old back then. And gave birth. Post zombocalypse you won't be mixing with other populations. Well, if the Zombies tide has receded. If they never recede and you stay alive it means you are holed up.

But say the zeds convert 90% of the world, then all rot away, leaving that 10% to rebuild. Not a lotta mixing. And humanity doesn't lose medical knowledge unless it really tries to. Goes full ignoramus on PURPOSE. Which I don't put past humanity, but these are the 10% survivors. They'll bounce back and MAKE antibiotics again relatively fast because they know it is possible. There is lots less iron and coal mining with 10% of the world population. Plenty of scrap around, and if you kept the hydroelectric going in the interim...

Now the video is right about not seeing many bikes in zombie shows. Or spears.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Range 22 May

Took the Hudson out.

This is the first time in a session I start out rusty and improved in quality by the end, instead of starting strong and tapering down in quality from there.  In a long time.

The Hudson has edges on the trigger.  Not enough for most to notice, but I have sensitive girlie fingers.  The little tongue on a Glock causes wear for me.  DAKs are horrible.  Ruger revolvers, too.  The triggers that DON'T bother me are all 1911s and S&W revolvers that I am not shooting .44 magnum out of.

I cowboyed up and carried on.

32 rounds of American Eagle, 30 rounds of Speer Lawman, no malfs, for 442 total through this gun.  115 grain. 

You see how awful the upper left is.  Lower right had two, sorta, groups.  Good trigger pull, and not so good.  I was settling in.

Odd flaw area.  The .45 goes high and right.  In the old day EVERYTHING went way low and right.  Now the flaw for this 9mm is low and left. 

I look forward to next week.

It's all in the trigger pull.  Getting that groove back.  Relaxing enough is relatively easy now.  Same with focusing on the front sight.  Trigger pull is the key.

But I don't need to tell you all that.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Since I started this blog

The word back then was kydex holsters are shite, get a good leather holster.

Now it's eschew most leather holsters and get a good kydex holster.

Took 10 years.

But back then the kydex holsters were fragile and the best one on the market was the Serpa.  You get made fun of if you have an old school Serpa one now, for all their inherent flaws.

But yeah, there are a lotta crappy holsters out there.  Easy to spot early on in a gunnie journey.  The harder part is figuring out which middle-tier-and-price holsters are good and which ones are unnacceptable.  That's harder.   Like, I'd like to know which holster is doing this on the regular.  I bet it isn't low end, but middle.

Now Tam isn't really kicking me out of the cool kid's club for having a leather holster.  It's a Milt Sparks, those are on the high end side, and she likes em her own self.  It's not a floppy Turkish import making the rounds a year ago.  And it's not the only holster I own.  Yes, I have kydex too.  Hard to find really good positive, mutli-layer, retention features in leather holsters, after all.  And the good one cost about as much and the good leather ones.  What Tam in trying to get across, methinks, and I agree, is don't cheap out on holsters.  Decent holster selection is as important as decent weapon selection.  Hope I am not putting too many words in her mouth.

Oh, I was enamored with paddle holsters way back in the day.  I am less so now.  But not a full convert to strictly belt loop holsters.  I think the belt loops hold up better in a tussle for control, if it comes to that, and paddles aren't really that much more convenient and heck may be damaging to your pantaloons. 

Fobus!  The name finally came to me.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Beto O'Rorke Sez...

... "‘We Need to Look at’ Mandatory Licensing of Gun Owners and ‘Move Forward'"

Yeah, WHO are you again?  The reject straight Bhuddajudge that can't get arrested much less noticed?

Hush, Hon.  Adults are talking.


"Would You Like to Help With My Mass Murder Project?"

Jeez, I dunno.  I don't think I'm up for murderin a buncha folks....

Oh, wait.  It's a research project.  Nevermind.

Now let's talk about why having Violins on TV is bad.  What is wrong with that?  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

I haven't watched any Game of Thrones

[no spoilers]

Since season 4?  Maybe.

And people around me in my day to day interactions are all very respectful about NOT spoiling it for folks that don't want it to be spoiled.

That said, without even trying, I have picked up the plot pretty much by osmosis and pretty much knew everything that happened of any importance in the finale in less than 24 hours.  Same for the rest of the season.  It just entered into my unconsiousness with no effort on my part.

I don't know what happened in Lost.

It's off how some stuff enters into the public sphere like that.  And this is softcore pr0n on a premium cable channel, not like NBC or ABC with the finales of Sienfeld or MASH.

I just find it odd how this all works.

And I am long on work and low on fodder.  So here.

I'm not doing so bad.  The past week I've had zombies, elitism, politics, court rulings, gunsmithing, and memes.  Need to add a dash of training/range work, history, hunting/survival to cover every base.


Monday, May 20, 2019

This is what we are talking about

When we discuss the Deep State.

Ceding sovereignty to international bodies as a back door to leftist tyranny schemes.  One side is looking to take power and hold it, the other side wants to get along with the other and retain a higher class position.

It's how you get Trumps.  And on this issue, thank God.

But it might have been nice NOT to have to get here.  If those people that like to be in charge were actually responsive to the needs of the people they pretend to be in charge of, instead of acting like tyrannical nuisances, there wouldn't be a need for populism or, on the other side, communist revolution.  If the elites' priority had been the interests of Every Man instead of the System of 'Benevolent' Order they saw in their head there might be, now, a bit more balance in our political system.  Instead of madness that might get madder.

In sum, shove it, Mitt.  So glad I did not vote for you.

From Kurt Schlichter:

There’s our lesson from the last two years. The ruling class that runs them ran the institutions not for our benefit but for its own, to preserve its own power and position. The institutions and those running them are entirely responsible for our legitimate contempt – they deserve no respect, no deference and no obedience.

And Kurt has a point.


Trump is far from perfect on the Second.  If Trump arranged it so I could walk from my house to the subway, go downtown, and wander around the Portrait Gallery with a 1911 on my hip, without legal worry, using only a Utah non-resident CCW, THEN I'd say Trump is perfect.  Even better?  with an expired Utah non-resident CCW, provided I've done nothing else untoward save let that lapse.  But getting us un-arsed from a UN world disarmament scheme always targeting you and me isn't shabby.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Zed Decay

Of course Zombie decay differnt that 'regular' dead people. 

They move, for example.  Muscles move.   The muscles have to retain some of strength and flexibility to function like that.  Still have no idea how that metabolism works.  And why fatty brains going through an ineffectual digestive process helps out with it.

And part of decay is rigor.  If zombies froze up for an hour or two a few hours after turning, that might actually be ideal for the living.  A respite to take care of grandma after turning and you holed up in the attic. 

And the article touches on the many other bacteriological complications, post mortem.  Getting chased by something putrefied?  Yuck.  How does that even happen?  But it do.  Something else must be keeping liquefaction at bay.  Something that makes zombification contagious is also throwing an assist to help metabolism and acts as an antibiotic.

Hard to study because the test subjects are so... bitey.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

He Ain't Wrong

J. Kb.   Speaking on Taran Tactical, out in sunny Cali For Nye Ay

I, too, and leery of folks with 'special' rights.   "Oh these restriction are for those people over there.  The icky people.  Not for folks like YOU.  YOU are cool.  We are better than them."

Special rules in Maryland if you know the Attorney General or the head of the State Police, and you can get your CCW instantly.  Or if you pay the right lawyer that has the right connections the right amount of money.  Or if your skin is lighter than than a paper bag.  That's how it works here.

"My son," said the Norman Baron, "I am dying, and you will be heir
To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for share
When he conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little handful it is.
But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:– 

 The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.
When he stands like an ox in the furrow – with his sullen set eyes on your own,
And grumbles, 'This isn't fair dealing,' my son, leave the Saxon alone."


Friday, May 17, 2019


Lots of 'bortion drama all about. 

It's not my issue.  I purposely have no strong feeling either way.  If you are a pol that is super restrictionist because you are protecting the life and rights of a second person or if you are a pol that is super permissive because of person retaining autonomy over their very own body...  (and both of those are defensible in a libertarian mindset.)  I'll vote for you if you are a good on the Second Amendment.

"What if the politicians are exactly the same, both great on guns, but the only difference is their stance on abortion, T-Bolt?"

Well, what are the chances that will ever happen?  That that will be my choice?

Like I said, the issue doesn't blow my skirt up, but in that case I might think how much I dislike activist courts of the early 1970s.  Or I'll side with whichever side is annoying me less at the time.  The pro lifers annoyed me in the 80s.  They are less annoying now.  Now...  I'm the cis-gendered patriarchy and the left wants me dead.  Death can be super annoying.   

But I'm not here to argue abortion.  And neither are you.  I'm here because of Supreme Court cases.

These laws are pro life people trying to pass things that will get challenged and make its way up the system which they think, since Kavanaugh, they can win, and get Roe overturned.  I think that that is risky.  Especially since, like always, they push the issue too far.  If our leftists friends were anti abortion they'd pass smaller measures and slowly ratchet up the pressure their way.  Eventually reaching their goal of a full ban.  Rather than betting it all on one throw.  The Lefties are more patient that way.  They don't risk self sabotage. 

But this abortion argle bargle takes attention in the media away from gun cases.   Which is fine by me.  It's doesn't displace gun cases on the docket, after all.  Gun cases will quietly move on and up.  The oxygen is suck out of the room of attention, not the room of jurisprudence.

Of course it will motivate the left to get lefty presidents elected sooner and often to appoint their own judges. But CAN they get motivated more than they already were in 2016?  I'd really like to have one more good judge on guns replace RBG, get some strict scrutiny rule on and what not cemented in place, so we can withstand any future court swinging onslaught.  Unless you can guarantee a 5+ judge advantage for the rest of my life and a couple decades after my death. 


So THAT is why she 'Likes' my occasional comments.  She doesn't really like them.  She just doesn't dislike them.  Genius.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


It was the most correct opinion handed down during your tenure at SCOTUS.

And not just because it positively impacts my shooting hobby.

It implicated OTHER rights.  And reminds folks that rights are for individuals, and take nothing from anyone else.  Not groups, and you have no pull on someone else.  You can't enslave doctors or taxpayers in order to provide everyone a 'right' to health care or health insurance with low low deductible and no copay.  That's not a right, that is socialist redistribution.

The Federalist is right.  JP isn't against Heller as he is against the existence of the Second Amendment.

But ya know, squawk all you want.  Part of me is kinda glad it happened right in front of you, Justice Stevens.  Peoples rights were protected, you were appalled by that fact, and yet you and your tyrant impulses could do nothing to stop it.  I think of that and smile a little.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Not entitled

Joe Biden says I am not entitled to own a gun.

Correct, Joe. 

You'd have to pass welfare legislation to grant me a gun entitlement.  I just have a right to a gun.  It's currently up to me to supply me one, and I am WAY ahead of you, Lunchbox.  Or whatever your nickname is. 

Good.  You are a bit slow, so I am glad you got at least this part right.

No one ELSE is entitled to my gun, either.  That would be stealing.  2 for 2, today, Handy McGroperson.

“There are so many other things we can do to make schools safer, other than arming teachers.” He did not specify, however, what those other things are.

All, ears, friend.  What do you suggest apart from hardening a soft target that you think will be effective?

DC Traffic

I don't know how well this local news story has spread. 

A little background.  DC is a small city and not part of a state.  So it can't compel other areas to pay it money.  New York city has enough political oomph to make people in Syracuse pay extra taxes to flow into Manhattan.  DC would have this power, it has a decent population density, if it was part of Virginia or Maryland, but it doesn't so... hard cheese. 

To make outsiders pay DC has to get creative.  Encouraging tourists is one of the way they fleece outsiders.  One of the other things, and something the city government is really good at, is issuing parking tickets.  It's a way to get folks with Maryland and Virginia license plates to pay into city coffers.  Backdoor commuter tax.  Because parking is at a premium.  The city is gentrifying, and that means more residents are wealthy enough to own a car or two.  All these cars gotta go someplace, and during peak hours there are fewer places for outside cars to park.

Well, here is the latest scheme. 

Let regular people issue parking violation citations

Each ward gets up to 10 volunteers.  If there are more than 10, 10 will be decided by lot.  Eight wards, 80 volunteers.  After an afternoon of training set them loose to take pictures with a cell phone.  So, that guy who's Tesla purposely takes up 4 parking spaces?  He's gonna get his car's picture taken and fined.  Don't park next to a hydrant... etc.

Can you imagine the type of people that will volunteer for this?  Busybody hall monitor tattletales.  Turning the whole city into the worst kind of Home Owners Association.  The city gets meter maids that are very enthusiastic and they don't have to pay them or give them health insurance.  

Wow.  The next thing that happens...  What do some folks do when they see a regular schmoe taking a picture of their car and license plate?  There might be.... words.  Maybe they DO need to ban guns in the District again.  I wonder how long into this program before there is an altercation that makes the news?

But fisticuffs of not, I wonder how long until it expands from 80 volunteers to 800.  Or, even better, what if they also kicked back a small percentage of the fines to the person that reported legit issues first.  Say, even 5%.  Call it a stipend.   20 cars, $50 fines, 5% is fiddy smackers.    

Oh GAWD think of the abuse!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This makes me feel...


Thinking back..

Trying to come up with blog fodder, I thought back to how I was a dozen years ago.

Back then, I was enamored with the Ruger Marlin Camp Carbine.  It took 1911 mags!  I so wanted one, but they were scarce on the ground.  I remember wishing that more pistol caliber carbines would come out.  And boy howdy, have they.

I haven't bought one though.

Then, a bit later, I thought, "The world needs more single stack pistols.  I like pistols that don't feel as thick as a baseball bat."  And boy howdy did everyone set up a line of them.

I haven't bought one of them either.

Maybe the gun industry shouldn't listen to my wishes.  I feel like an Ingrate Aladdin.  Sorry Genie.

But if the Genie is gonna grant wishes...  Left handed bolt action .45 rifle with a built in suppressor.  a BIG honking one.

Watch, within 4 years you will have a modern DeLisle with a pickatinny rail at your local gun store.  I hope this new one takes 1911 mags, too.  But the damn thing will only take a Glock mag, I betcha.  And because of that...  I will probably not buy one. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

How is this even possible

How is the average person BORED 131 days a year?  MIRED in boredom!

This has gotta be BS. 

Even for unimaginative adults.

I haven't been bored since I was a kid.  If you can't occupy your time with your own thoughts... That's like a basic life skill.

"But my work is BORING!" Well, I can see it not being fun.  If work was Fun they'd just call it that.  Hell, I used to run a bottling line.  Monotonous and constant with no breaks from the routine, 8 hours.  You still occupy your mind.  And without the need for music or conversation or what have you if your preference is not available.  It was my preference to NOT have music or what have you.

I just don't understand it.

Am I missing something here?   Am I off base?  Am I the azzhole?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

YouTube help

Say you are watching a video.  And it gets near the end of said video and bam!  Ads to maybe watch more videos appear right over the details you want to look at.  And there is all this time left.

Any remedy for that?  That don't cost nuffin?

Well, down votes, yes.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Why So Pokey, T-Bolt

Why has the blogging suffered?

Well, when I started this thing I was at a job.  2007.  The work was important, but easy enough to do.  So I had spare cycles during the day to think on stuff.  I used those cycles here.  I was at that job til this time last year.

Then, the scope of the job quadrupled.  The job changed.  Same place.  Same sorta stuff.  I got a big raise and kicked onto more expansive responsibilities.  A bit more challenging, but the work pace went to frantic mode as we regained our footing.  Still in that mode, now.  And I can see it getting harder.  The first 90% is easy.  Squeezing out that last 10%, and doing it right, is a challenge.  Like cleaning up litter.  The piles of McDonalds cups and beer cans on the roadside are easy, but getting the half buried truck tire out of the ground and the shopping cart from the middle of the muddy creek is just two items that will take a lotta extra thought..

So few cycles to even think about guns and zombies.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Film Days

Back in elementary school, when we had a substitute we invariably got a movie on one of the ol 16mm projectors. 

And they showed TWO things.  Homer Price and his donuts and the Red Balloon.

Pretentious and treacle. One is FRENCH for Pete's sake... yet I relished every re-watch

It could have been worse.  Other kids were forces to watch THIS over and over.

I lucked out and never got more than 10 minutes of that one.

But one movie in 9th grade arguable got me to where I am today, at this blog, doing the gun stuff I do. US History class.

Thank you Mr. Rattan

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Vintage Guns Magazine

I used to blog about issues of Guns Magazine from 50 years ago.  I lost some interest as they got closer to years I was actually alive. 

But I look now and again.  And I learn something on occasion.

That issue had an add for Smith and Wesson Model 41 inside the cover.  Interesting.  But what caught my eye was this:

Bangor Punta?  That rings a bell, but it certainly isn't a very LOUD bell. 

Remember I am a relative newcomer to the gunnie world.  I know S&W used to be own by some Brits during the Clinton years that almost killed them.  What is Bangor Punta?  Lemme check...

Ah.  They were EVERYTHING.  Sugar and Trains initially.  Boats, planes, guns.  A conglomerate.  1964 to 1984.  Bought out by the company that made Lear jets then...  and so it goes.

But I didn't know that much about the Maine railroad and the Cuban sugar maker.  I know a bit more now.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Hey, Look at That!

I put off the Monday Bupkis of blog fodder drought til Tuesday.  Good for me.

I'm thinking I'll break up my range time.  Take something else to the range.  Revolver or 9mm.  Just for giggles.  Change things up  Even though I am 5 mags away from reaching 1000.  Those five mags will come soon enough.

Someone posted a video about how hand fitted 1911s are worse than factory guns.  I can't even link it.  Even if it would stretch a post.  I think I first saw Tam link it, tho.  It's cringe inducing.  The nicest things people said about him is he didn't know what he didn't know.  Hoofa.  If you HAVE to see it despite my warning, youtube search "Why a hand fitted 1911 is a bad idea" and remember I warned ya.

Ever misplace your wallet with a bit of cash in it?  And you think to yourself "ya know they could HAVE all them 20s and I'd double the thief's money as well just to have all the other parts back.   DL,  CCW,  Handgun buying license. Credit Cards, health insurance cards..."

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mayday Range

Mostly bad.

I remember thinking, "This is awful, it might look better if I was shooting a silhouette target."  Further reflection... No, it's just regular awful.

I felt flinchy.  Like low grade anxiety.  Not conducive to good performance.

It's amazing how much mood affects performance.  And you gotta think on that, because if you ever NEED to shoot a gun your mood is probably going to be awful.  Fear.  Natural hesitance to hurt another human, even if that human is trying to kill you.  Adrenalin dump.  It'll be the worst day of your life, even if everything comes out alright for you results wise.

How?  I dunno.  Concentrate on your trigger finger?  Be maniacally angry instead of afraid?  Rely on your training and muscle memory to muddle through?  Maybe.  I am asking.  What do?

Anyway, I shot the first magazine at that low middle target at 75 feet.  The rest are at 25 feet.  47 rounds of American Eagle, no malfs, 967 since I built the gun.

Bottom left is last magazine.  Usually my last is my worst as I fatigue, but it looks like I was settling a little better. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Watch his head

When Max is shooting.

Is he hunching down?  Is he moving his head to get into the sight alignment or moving the gun to get into his line of sight?

Now I know for a fact that Max Michel has a death grip on that gun.  That is what he does.  But with the EXTREME tension of his grip, his head?....  No movement.  Relaxed.

It's like he is carrying on a conversation.  The head and core of his body do no move.  It's leaning a little forward, maybe.  The movement is the hands bring the gun up.  And they are fast.  But once they are up and in position they stay.  The elbows might as well be on a marble counter sliding to each target that are on the save level.  They aren't bearing down.   He isn't going into "try hard" mode to go even faster, hunching into it.  He is just sort of relaxed.  Well except south of the elbows.  That area is pretty firm.

Something to think about.  The head placement.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

I totally understand this

My typewriter is a war era Remington Rand KMC.

I use a Lamy AlStar at work for writing by hand.

My pencils are Palamino Blackwing 602s.

My phone is a Western ELectric model 500.

I saw with a Disston and Son.  No plural.

So, I totally understand the appeal of the Rolls Royce of chalk.

Friday, May 3, 2019

My 1911 is useless

It's not going to be any use at all against these things.

Makes me glad my area of expertise is zombies and not killer robuts.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Been thinking about Black Summer

The Netflix 8 ep Zombacalypse series, I mentioned Tuesday...

I am only a coupla three in.  For those that have seen it, they just got to the diner for me.

It's early.  Lots of confused people.  They know the military and CDC are working to make things right.  But folks are noticing that the authority's grip is tenuous.

Folks are starting to think maybe it is time panic.  Getting desperate.

They are holing up until told to go, and still obeying.  They are shooting looters.

I don't think I have seen a working light or TV or radio, and people aren't staring at their phones.  Power has been out for a while.  The season is cool, so not high summer or winter.  People are making paper maps and not interpreting them well if they are young.

Information is scarce.  Only a few have seen a zombie first hand.

CDC means disease, so, maybe you won't catch it?

Nope.  You die, you turn in less than a minute. Less than 10 seconds.  And then you become mindless, but super violent and maybe kill another, make another zombie.  Mindless in that you can still protect yourself from a single zed by closing a decent door.  Doorknobs are beyond the dead's ken.  They are rabid humans.  Except dead.

If everyone turns, and folks are murderous panicky, and zombies are fast to kill, this zombacalypse won't take long from this point in the series to get everyone else.  Less than a year to get 90+% I'd guess.  And then a generation to get NOBODY.  Extinction.   

It's dark.  People are about to fully realize the implications when this show starts out.  It's over.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Riley Howell, RIP

Bravo Zulu, buddy. I wish you could have made it.

Looks like I dodged... a bullet

Ok, sorry for that title.

I didn't send my H9 in for warranty work.  Didn't need to.  I had a gunsmith that correctly diagnosed my FTF problem, and we fixed it.

Other people aren't so lucky and their gun is in a bin, in parts, at Hudson's bankruptcy proceedings.  Prolly will never be fixed and returned. 

Shame, really.  It's a decent gun.

"Oh, no, T-Bolt, what will you do when something else goes wrong?"

Dunno.  Same thing I'd do if my Colt Pocket Hammerless fails?

Spare parts aren't as bad as you'd think.  A lot are sourced from other makers.  But I WOULD pay money to see the catalog numbers for all those on a paper list right now.  You never know.

I feel like I was one of the people that got a Bren Ten AND got a few spare mags before they were all gone, back in the 80s. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Holy Crap, it's a Zombie TV Show!

Black Summer.  Netflix

Hope it's better than the early disappointment Walking Dead. 

The first ep starts off like the modernized, 2004, Dawn of the Dead.  Pretty blonde girl, husband changes, it's sprinter zeds, and she is rescued by a black dude.  Standard Romero trope right there.  Black Savior Constant.  I've always said if the dead animate to feast on the living buddy up with a black dude.  If the movies are any guide your chances improve dramatically. 

I can't find old references to that online because search engines want you to look at stuff they own or fresh stuff or both. 

But I don't think the presence of a black actor has to do with the title of the series. 

It's a good take on the zombacalypse.  No one really knows what is going on.  Martial authorities are stretched thin, past the breaking point, but it looks like martial law is in place wherever there are pockets of uniforms. 

Surprisingly few guns. 

Lots of cars appear out of gas, but it hasn't been long enough to run out of ammo. 

Oh, everyone turns.  You die you re-animate.  Got that all from the first episode. 

The drama is in the confusion and not knowing and following a small handful of folks.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Back to Monday

And staring into the blog post abyss.  A gravity well so strong no written gun content can escape from it.

Unless you can Woody Harrelson to give it a shot of the good junk.

Yes, Solo was on Netflix.  It was ok, I guess.  The Ehrenreich guy did a good job adopting a lotta Harrison Ford's mannerisms.  It was a Star Wars movie.  And those haven't been really good since the Christmas Special.  Which is arguably the 3rd best Star War Movie.  Maybe #2.

Also working my way through Love Death & Robots.  Golly, how man short episodes ARE there?  But they are good.  Plenty of gratuitous cartoon nookie, if that's a problem for you.  I think Major Caudill wrote two of these. 

Both shows have gun content.

I need another netflix idea to watch next.  Something black.  Black Mirror, Altered Carbon, BlackkKlansman... ooo...  Black Summer.

Here is some classic Gun Content.

Did you know the only takedown notice this blog ever got was when I post a picture of a poster from this movie?   Well, someone stole the picture of Peter Graves with the pistol and the "never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups" caption.  Something plenty of people repost.  Here is Ammoland doing it.  Don't snitch them out.

Sunday, April 28, 2019


NRA:  "There are no shennanigans going on behind the scenes."

Narrator:  "There were lots of shennanigans going on behind the scenes..."

Not knowing the truth of who is doing what to who, and I am not sure if I had lots of inside sources that agreed to chat me up I'd know, really, who was doing what to who, I have no idea to root for?

Colonel North?
Wayne LaPierre?
Outside expensive PR Agency Ackerman McQueen?
That guy that threw a cellphone on stage for Trump to sign?
Tom Selleck?
Who is right?  Who is the white hat?

I know!  Me.  I am rooting for me, and the membership.  I hope we come out ok, and soon.

(Apparently, the hats of Ollie and AM look a little smudged right now.  But are they?  Can't tell by looking at the shadows of this cave wall.)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The State of Maryland

Won't let me carry a concealed firearm on my person in public.  But they see nothing wrong with me carrying a frisbee pretty much anywhere.  Not only do I not need special permission, they don't even seem to care. Carry any personal defense flying disk you want to, they think it's none of their business.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Range April 25

28 rounds.  924 since the gun was built.

The FIRST magazine went to the center mass at 75 feet this time.  I was fresh, and it shows.  Five inside the 9 ring.

Second mag, I felt flinchy.  And it showed.  4 sailed over the top of the head, or grazed it.  Third mag, same point of aim, better because less flinchy.

4th mag, I was aiming at the little guy, upper left, and missing.  Tired already.  Might as well pack it in.

If I ever get my stamina up, it will be doing things outside the range, mostly, I am sure.  Something on me hurts all the time.  Age.  I only mention pain here when it is out of the ordinary worse.   But I am sure those aches and pains aren't helping my stamina.  Nor is my sedentary job.   

Still, first mag went where I wanted it to at a pretty good distance away that I absolutely could not expect to accomplish just a few short years ago.  I'd never have thought to engage targets that far away.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Squirrel Hunting

I've never shot at a squirrel.  But I have looked at squirrels.

Look at this fat bastard here.   That's a resident of Indiana, that squirrel.

I've noticed...  this one in Indy, and also on my visits to Ohio...  The squirrels on THAT side of the Appalachians are bigger.  And redder.  On this side the squirrels are a lot more gray.  And slightly smaller.  And we have some with black fur.  Perhaps even smaller, they.

Truly a noticeable difference.

I seem to recall similar gray style east coast squirrel during my stint in the Florida panhandle, but can't bet my life on it.  Gray, like east coast varieties, in SW Virginia and SE Virginia.  In Pennsylvania too, both east side and nearer Pittsburgh, but I think the I79 corridor they are starting to change...    But man, get to the flat lands past the hills and west and Red and Fat is the squirrel byword.

I wonder, if, with concerted effort, one could import enough of one variety or another to opposite territories and successfully have one variety dominate the other?   Not that'd recommend that sort of unnatural intervention.  But it's not like there is anything preventing it happening naturally.  Yet, it hasn't. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Vegan sez wha?

Vegans wants me to hunt down animals with my bare hands and eat the meat raw.

Yeah, that was a different kind of Homo.  No, not THAT Homo.  Sheesh.  The other kind.  The Genus kind.  No, not GENIUS kind...

It was like 3 or four species ago when we did that kind of thing.  Now we fashion tools.  And we cook it.   That's what makes us so smart to be able to communicate with Vegans using typed words converted to light and beamed around.  The fat in the easily digestible cooked flesh made the brain so big.

And we cooperate with others like ourselves so maybe we can specialize in our labor.  So I can let someone else hunt down and slaughter and cook my cheeseburger and in exchange write blog posts for money that I then give to the mighty Burger-Jaeger.

Not eat raw exhausted deer like some dumb Australopethicus.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Still no fodder

But, the NRA.  There are Shenanigans at Corporate, but I don't know enough about the inside baseball stuff to have anything to add here.  I know I don't like what's going on with the NRA.    I'd rather spend that energy fighting the enemies of freedom and not fight amoungst ourselves any more than we have to.

Maybe I've run out of blog.  Could this be more than just a slump?

I could go to the range every day, and have a lot more fodder.  But that would get old, wouldn't it?

Holy Cripes, Iggy Pop is 72 years old.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Well, it's bedtime Sunday

And I got nuffin to post for Monday morning. 


Watched Movie 43 on Netflix and the third ep of the Ken Burns' baseball documentary.  43 is odd and weird and funny and star-filled.  I like it.  But I like weird stuff.  You'll love it or hate it.  But it is no blogfodder. 

Lemme check my internet history.

Videos on: the history of Notre Dame
Every shot in Dirty Harry (worthy, but old hat)
A little Japanese girl goes to the range for the first time in Michigan.  Not enough to poach a post.
The Boys in Company C.

The biggest highlight was Keto friendly breading for fried chicken.  Just use flavorless protein powder!   Mind.  Blown.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

I had no idea...

That the 57 Chevy had such crappy leg room in the back seat and such a small trunk.

I was under the impression there was more.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Finally got back to the range

On the 18th.  Road construction has calmed considerably near the range.  Didn't shoot half bad.

I had another target that fell down.  No, not because I struck the trolley.  I forwarded into the back stop trying to retrieve it, instead of reversing, and the jar was enough to shake it loose.  It was lousy long range shooting that favored the right side of the bullseye.  If firing for score at distance, adjust point of aim to the left of bull a bit, T-Bolt.

Anyway, 57 rounds of AR, no malfunctions, 896 since I built the gun.

Starting to get flinchy at target 3.  The one at 5 o'clock on target 1 was a called flinch.

I noted that the back of the slide where the rails are there was a tiny bit of oil back there.  Still.  Which is good.  A good sign.  Which is also why I expected no malfunctions this time.  The gun isn't dry yet.

Speaking of dry, I don't know if it helped, but I did some dry firing.  A trigger squeeze is totally different when there is no explosion at the end.  If I had any discipline I'd take the time to do a few DAILY.  Dangit

Thursday, April 18, 2019


In this NPR Morning Edition story, they highlighted the wins from 4 prize winning stories.  There are LOTS of awards so they can't say a blurb about every winner.  Just four of em.  And three of them highlight were about shootings in Annapolis, Pittsburgh, and Florida.  So they were pushing the gun ban angle by their selections there at NPR.  Didn't mention the hard hitting Trump finanicals story winner.  Mueller was a bust, gotta move on to another subject they think has traction.  They think it is guns.

The 4th story mentioned was one about a residual Jim Crow law.   One that allowed conviction even when a jury isn't unanimous.  So:  racism.  Fair enough.

But it is odd, because Gun Control is HUGELY a residual Jim Crow law.  All gun control is racist.

Which got me to thinking.

I don't think gun control is 100% racist.  Just 80% or so?  75%?  Still so very racist that arguing over the degree is slicing the baloney thinner.  A meal that is all poison or only three quarters poison is still poison, after all.  But that other part, the smaller sliver that isn't about race so much.

Communities that thinks guns are icky and consider it gauche to have a gun or bear a gun in their work or church.  "It's just not done!  We are a civilized news room, and few to no brown skinned people interact with us here, so its not our racism that makes us eschew guns for ourselves."

It's not racism that makes them choose to be unarmed and relatively helpless.   They don't want to get their hands dirty.  They have contracted off responsibility for their protection to the State.  They think this removes them from the burden, but the shootings all proved that assumption or safety wrong.  And now their world is upside down.  And they lash out with...  irrational policies that make taking responsibility for themselves even harder.   And they can't see that.    It's a mental disconnect they cannot see. 

So... classist?   In America?  Well, we avoid a LOT of Class warfare in this country because we are America, and not Britain.  But we still got some, I am forced to admit.  But we also have self-deception.  And these snooty people might just be sophists.  A sophistry that can, in the end, be self-defeating in the cases where it turns deadly.

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--..."

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Bonnie and Clyde

Got to it.  Finally.  The Highwaymen.  On Netflix.  Quick review:  It's good.  Not great, but good.  See it.

Someone asked me if Frank Hamer's trusty Model 8 was seen at all.  Oh yes.  When he started out that was all he brought from the house to the car.  Right after that he stopped at a gun store, in the movie, and bought everything.  BARs.  Tommy guns.  Some Remington Model 10s.  We don't see the Model 8 again until the end of the movie.

It's not a movie about police procedurals.  The police work is tertiary.  It's not a movie about guns, though there are certainly a few nice ones to ogle.  It's a movie about hunting and killing men.  And Woody Harrelson's character, Ranger Maney Gault, isn't about the killing so much.  If he ever really was.  It's not that he won't.  It's that it has haunted him.  But it's something Hamer is good at.  Tracking and confornting.  And Clyde, who I don't think says a word the entire movie, as it's not about him, is good at the confronting bit.  Killing and running versus hunting and killing.

Excellent sets.  You can tell they had to age modern looking roads to get a 1930s effect.  (they do this by covering the modern surface with a coating of gray gravel.)  But there are still plenty of places in Texas you can film wide open sky and flat dusty farm country. 

And I have always enjoyed Harrelson and Costner's performances.  Woody can be annoying off camera, but not so much it turns me off.  Costner is Costner.  He's no Olivier but what he does he does good.  Cop types, and ball players.  Cowboys.  And like I said, I like those roles.

Not the best Netflix has put out, but worth the effort.  I hope they do more stuff like this.

I liked it much better than that Warren Beatty movie that came out 50 years ago.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dang Doxies

They all got the clap.  Don't wink at ME, Missy.  Save that dose for some stevedore.  I'm not falling for that.

Monday, April 15, 2019


Today is Buy a Gun Day.

You are supposed to take your refund from the IRS and buy a gun with it.

I dunno about you, but I blogged already that I had to write a bigger check to the Treasure Department this year.  I only got a $1300 tax cut from Trump, not the $2000 my payroll department at work assumed.  Either way, I haven't gotten a refund back in ages.  I arrange my witholdings that way on purpose.

But so?  Doesn't mean I can't join in the fun and buy a gun anyway, right?

Yeah, I have a gun or two.  I have filled the niches that need filling.  When I started this blog I had a list of guns I needed gettin.  So now it is all wanting.  And I want for nothing, right now.

The list of possibles, today, is down to a paltry 4, and none blow my skirt up this month.  Maybe next month?

  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.
Easiest is #4.  Those are still thick on the ground.  Any gun shop has #4.  The others take some doing. 

Tried to do a hunting rifle already.  But that Savage 99 was a lemon.  I still have an M1A doing that job, if push came to shove.  1 and 3 are gunsmith jobs.

So, if I was gonna buy a gun it's that pistol.  Not a very exciting option, emotion-wise, huh?   

Sunday, April 14, 2019

In America

You don't have to dress up and can get Levis real cheap.

Cheese comes in aerosol cans!

They say the streets are paved with coal.

Why do they call eggplants 'aubergines'?

When you are on a sinking ship, why do you have toss over the women and children first?  Does that cut the weight and keep the ship floating a lil longer?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Expecting 10s of Thousands

Tens of thousands might be turned in.  Firearms.  In New Zealand after the ban.  Out of 1,500,000. 

So, less than 10% expected?

I dunno the Kiwi character.  Maybe they are more ornery than their law enforcement gives them credit for. 

What if only 3 percent comply?  Less than 50k?

No matter, 50,000 or 500,000 that is still a million plus molon labe. 

It might be one of them act in haste repent at leisure for the ruling class of New Zealand.  Shouldn't violate the people's Second Amendment rights.

"But New Zealanders don't have a Second Amendment like that, T-Bolt!"

EVERYONE has a Second Amendment rights.  They might call it something else, elsewhere.  Those rights are usually just wantonly violated by people's masters at the levers of gummint power.  Like they partly do here.  Americans have been shockingly tolerant about that. 

If they tried that in the USA, how soon before you'd have a machinegun?

Friday, April 12, 2019

Work is really interfering with my blog life

There was a time when work was less busy.

Beats unemployment, tho.

Certainly earning that paycheck.  I don't even mind stuff like  "Hey T-Bolt, all that work you just did?  We gotta change major parts of it.  You gotta start from scratch."  That's fine.  It's what they pay me for.  We'll get it right eventually, and that's the point.  No problem.

I'd have reviewed that new Bonnie-Clyde killin' movie already if I could carve 2 hours out to watch it.

None of the pop culture, otherwise, bloggable.  Not that I ain't blogged already.  Youtube videos, video games, that one Terry Pratchett book.  Just in a bit of a gun slump.  It happens.  More and more.  Gonne Skool and weekly range sessions was the blessing.  I can up the range visits right soon.  Need to look harder for more Gonne Skools.

I wish I could shoot 3 yard targets at my range.  For Dot Torture.  Well, Dot Torture without the drawing.  See?  Stupid Maryland.   You can certainly test yourself from low ready or pistol on the bench instead of in the holster.  I could enlarge the targets to they are still to scale...  No, that way lies madness.  "This target simulate 3 yards when places 25 feet away, and THIS one simulates 5 yards..."

I used to comment on politics more.  That Duke Nukem Swallwell guy?  What a piece of work.  He's clearly on the President's payroll, tho.  Like that AOC woman and Maxine Waters and Harris and whatnot.  They are working so hard to make him look good.  If he wins and the House swings on his coattails do you think we'll get ANY good firearm legislation passed?  Crossing my fingers that judges are enough.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


The TV show, from 1962 to 67.

They didn't show it on reruns when I was a kid.  For one, it was in black and white.  B&W repeats were doable, but the show had to be more bloved and with a wider appeal.  For another, it war programs weren't in fashion so much.  Maybe Baa Baa Blacksheep.  But that was about pilots.  Or M*A*S*H.  One summer they reran Rat Patrol during the day.

Note, they clear mines in this ep with a bayonet.  Most all the men over 18 to 20 or so would have been drafted or served so a large part of the adult view audience would find this familiar.  Fewer folks today would grok that technique, methinks.

So, they are all waiting for the guy to meticulously check for mines, and the squad is all bunched up in a gaggle together, standing, in the open, and inside the blast radius of even smallish mines.  So not ALL the lessons from Army training took.  Of course you make allowances for Hollywood.  It's hard to say your lines in conversation with your fellow actors and be there for easy close ups if you are taking cover, spread out, doing 360 degree security. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Last Action Hero

This man's passing touched me in rare way.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Cole, USAAC, passed away at age 103.

The last living Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

And an era closes.  Losing the final few WWII vets now.  The YOUNGEST veteran would be a man in his 90s. 

My grandfather had met a bunch of the Doolittle men at one of their reunions.  In the the 70s, I think.  I am pretty sure.  Younger men than he, he still looked up to them for what they did.

I am touched by the sacrifices they did and the world they left for me to enjoy.  All of them.

Plus it's a decent Van Johnson movie!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Military Drinks a Lot

You don't say?

There is even a report that goes:  "The military leads all other professions in the number of days spent drinking per year, study claims"

Pfff.  I was in the military.  Yes my fellow service members were not afraid of a drink now and again.  Sometimes to excess.  Well, yes and some colossal booze-ups.  After I got out of the Navy (the soberist of the services, mebbe?) I was a Brewer.

Beer makers tend to drink a bit.  It's their JOB.  Gotta be sure it's fit for consumption.  I used to say that we drank more before 9AM than most people do all day.

The Brewery I worked for closed in 1999, but that was a great decade for me.  I am partly glad it's over.  I couldn't have kept that up.  A decade was enough.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Not going to the range for a month

Puts a crimp on my blog fodder.

More Far Cry 5.

The M-14 and M1A variants in the game, SUCK.  Didn't the developers know that that gun hits like a bolt out of the blue?  Pah!  It feels like a .32 ACP in game.

And it take TWO shots from the bolt action .50 cal to put down a bear.

Lesser calibers you shoot a deer it jumps and runs.  And there are actual blood trails to follow.  Pretty neat.


Brilliant plans to win WWII.

I love stuff like that.  Well, loved.  Like, now.

As a kid and budding war historian, I went over and over various mental scenarios like "If the Germans had two dozen more U-Boats in the fall of 1939... they'd have won the war!" or "If Stalin hadn't murdered as many Generals the war wouldn't have seen 1943."  If.  Only if.

No.  The war would have been different maybe.  Maybe.  Anyway, this video series goes over some plans that fell short.  And the folly of the 'what ifs' to reality.  Still interesting to think about, tho.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Far Cry 5

I bought it when it first came out.  Far Cry 5.

It's about a religious cult in rural Montana.  You are the sole at large member of law enforcement in the region.  The cult wants to capture or kill you.  There are plenty of 'innoccent' civilian, but this is Montana.  They are most all hearty individualist and mostly Preppers.  You are cut off from the outside world.  Can you prevail against these religious nutjob that have made a travesty out of God, Jesus, and the New Testament?

Or, it's a hunting a fishing simulator with an annoying bit with First Person Shooter parts to interrupt your fun.

While I bought it when it first came out I couldn't play it.  My old computer was too long in the tooth.  I had to save my money to buy a new gaming rig.  So no "Buy a Gun" day for me this year.  As if I had something to buy.

It's a good game.  I have played none of the other Ubisoft games with similar mechanics, so this is novel and not tiresome to me.  I recommend.  And your in game allies love American or Freedom or both.  There was controversy when the game came out.  It insults flyover country or it insults Christians.  I don't see it.  They did a good job portraying rural people, and the only 'Christians' that see themselves in the antagonists are psychotic already.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Gun Control is SO Popular

Gun control is so popular Democrats have to try to SNEAK it into Bills.

Friday, April 5, 2019

NPR Guns and America

So, I catch a bit of Guns and America on my commute listening to NPR radio.  This one was about what it's like to actually have to defend yourself.

It was extremely fair considering the source. 

They interviewed Dave Grossman and he sounded reasonable.  I know!  He doesn't always.  They interviewed a guy that had to kill a killer that found him in his hiding spot in the bathroom and they were sympathetic to his textbook case of justifiable homicide.  And they interviewed combat veterans on what it feels like to have to shoot.  The adrenaline dump is unlike anything you have experienced.  Well, unless you have already shot a person trying to kill YOU before. 

The overt message, self-defense can be extremely hard, the way a human reacts when he may have to kill and isn't used to killing. 

The underlying message, and this is my bias, prolly, was: "it's hard to defend yourself, you aren't ready, people that train all the time aren't really ready, might as well not have a gun to defend yourself, better to die in that bathroom."  But that wasn't too bad, if intentionally there.

No, you have no idea how you might react when the balloon goes up.  If you train a lot and muscle-memoried everything you still might react poorly.  Keep training tho.  Drills are important.  Try to be ready but pray you never have to.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

New Army Subgun

The Army hasn't bought a submachinegun since I was a pup.  Since the clone of the Swedish K methinks. 

So it's gotta be good, right? 

No.  Ugly.

But I like the name.  Brugger & Thomet.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys

Yes, the GOP.  Even so called 'good' Republicans like Cruz.   Embarrassing.

Ted Cruz Caves.  Him, and others.

If you are gonna give in and accede to some gun control, can't you morons at LEAST get something back in return?

I don't LIKE red flag laws.  Because of the chance for abuse.  But I am not wrapped around the axle about them.  Sorta like Ted and Lindsey 2.0 and Cocaine Mitch, it seems.  But I am convinced that if you aren't going to oppose such an abuse on principle and yield to practical politics, AT LEAST USE POLITICS TO GET SOMETHING IN RETURN.   How come we are always the ones doing the giving and taking?  We give concessions and they come back later and take more rights away.  Why are we making the other side give US stuff before WE take more from THEM?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A Zed Movie

Oh my...

This is something that hits me where is counts.

It looks like George Romero teamed up with Wes Anderson. Yes, yes.

My only issue is my bugaboo with shotguns for retirement work. We gotta drum that out of the culture. Horrible choice for zombies. Now Tilda (she's good in everything) and the katana? If you are skilled and have a quality weapon, that might be an idea.

Bonus? Looks like they got a LOT of the actors from Coffee and Cigarettes.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Reset the Clock

I can't convey how much this pleases me.

You can buy 100 round drum magazines in California, now.  Made last week.  Not way back in the 90s.  If they overturn the ruling tomorrow you can still always have your new magazine, made before tomorrow.  Last month there were no PMAGs in California.  All designed after the mag ban.  Now there are 100 million.  Every PMAG.  As long as PMAG never stamps a date or changes cosmetic appearances to something not seen before.  And I doubt they ever will, for just this reason.

"You oughta blog about..."

"You oughta blog about that lady in South Carolina that got into a car and thought it was her Uber ride, T-Bolt, only it wasn't.  It was her murderer!  She was in South Carolina, she coulda five or six CCW pistols on her."

I went over with my co-worker that while having a gun might have been handy for her, being in Condition White was what did her in.

Co-worker had never heard about that color chart thingy.  But they had always thought is a good idea to aware and alert.

Are Uber's such old hat now that people aren't wary?  They all have that little sticker on them.  I bet the app describes the car and license and has a driver name and picture (and may even have a picture of the car (never used it yet, myself.))  If not it should.  But that didn't matter here.  She probably casually climbed in and almost certainly kept her head in her phone.  At least for a bit.

There are even safety tips.

But just a little alertness and you wouldn't need safety tips.  A little less Condition White.  You don't need to be a Shottist to use the color code.  It's for people.  All kinds.  Well the kind that goes out in public.  Or goes out in private where there are other risks.  It's nice to go traipsing about without a care but it's not wise.


Hell, maybe I am wrong.  Maybe the impression left by reports is totally off base.  Wouldn't be the first time journalist got everything wrong.  Maybe the only way she survives this is a weapon on her, and it's totally understanding why she got in that car.  A simple mistake can lead to bad outcomes, maybe this is one of those, where Plan A (or Plan Alert) was justifiably inadequate and she needed a Plan B, a way to effectively fight Back.  I just lean to Plan A being enough.  I'm not advising not to have a Plan B, however.

Monday, April 1, 2019


Tam has a point.  Even people with a hard earned CCW permit often don't carry.

But, if I lived in Viriginia instead of Maryland, I'd carry.  Even to church.  Or so I'd like to think.

Work pants are thin.  Lots of printing.

And I haven't trained myself like Tam has.  Carrying.

She has pants on?  I bet there is a gun in it.  The pants.  She has done that day in and day out for probably decades?  So the full size, or darn near close to full size, gun on her belt... She is used to it.  I remember when I switched from a walking around job on a cement floor, to a carpet job with a padded swivel chair and a CRT screen. It took MONTHS for my eyes to not hurt from looking at the screen.  My feet were happy.  So was my liver.  The cement floor was in the brewery I ran. 

If I strapped a 1911 in a IWB holster on?  "Oh, my back.  And that side is the sciatica side.  Have I put on a few pounds?  Great, the pants are too tight..."  Then I default back to the less optimal J-Frame in a front pocket.

Unless I am wearing those thin work pants.  Then even the J-Frame is a problem.

I'd probably work through the problem, like I did with the computer screen.  It'll just take a while.

But not everyone is as gun-centric as you and me.

But yeah, even with churches getting targeted I bet more than half the churches in Virginia won't have a gun anywhere inside this Sunday.  And it is legal in Virginia at the discression of the yadda yadda.  A few have a blanket no gun policy, but lots politely say nothing and it's a Don't Ask Don't Tell situation.  I find.  There.  In Maryland, maybe if a cop goes to your church?  Or you hired a guard. 


As an aside, I wrote all this in Maryland.  I am home tho.  And I have a J-Frame in my pocket and a Hudson in the nightstand a room away.  (The Hudson has a light, see?)  Why?  Because I live in a dangerous area.  Maryland.  And it is now solicitor season.  Lots of doorbell ringing.  During daylight I still open the door.  During night I might just check the air lock.  I am lucky to have a porch, so my front door opens onto the porch and the porch door is locked.  A hammer can bust down the porch door, but it can bust down the front door too.  But no one can quickly snatch at me without taking the time to foil the door. 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

High End Pistol

What is a High End Pistol?

A $1200 Hudson.  Sure, maybe.  A $3000 custom 1911?  Oh yes.

A $500 Glock.  Yes, believe it or not.  High end pistol

Look at how reliable a Glock is?  It's not just Glock.  Any major brand $500ish pistol is just like that.  Smith, Sig, FN...

Manufacturing technique and design advances have brought the price down to $500.   High end performance.  A GI in 1918 would LOVE to have a Glock 17 there in the trenches, in the mud. 

"My my plastic fantastic is a lemon, T-Bolt"  Well, I bet a single simple corrective will squeeze that lemon into lemonade 9 times out of 10.  Maybe a burr on the extractor and bam, back in business.  Or a slightly better front sight and some loctite to keep it from flying off.  $100?  Tops?

Cost you $400+ to get a lemon $700 revolver to get back in action and trustworthy.  Though you can still get a used $300 revolver that runs like a raped ape, with a little wheelgun knowledge.  Won't be like that much longer.  

"Is my plastic Taurus or Canik a high end gun, T-Bolt?"  Whoa, pump yer brakes, kid, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

I have no idea

I have no idea.  Why everyone that runs into Joe Biden doesn't just cup his crotch.  Reach down and give a little jiggle-heft.

I mean it's not like he has any room to complain about it.

Seriously, if you are ever in a situation where you are going to shake hands with the man, do so, and with your left a little 'how's our father' down there.  Nothing violent.  A friendly little flirty grasp.  Even if you are full on hetero male that thinks Ron Swanson is a bit too swishy.   Don't mean you have to marry him, or anyting.  Keep in the spirit of the thing.  No hate.  If it causes a commotion be prepared to look innocent and go, "What?"  You're just greeting the man.  Not like you are nuzzling his neck from behind and kissing him.

Friday, March 29, 2019


I wonder if this applies to Maryland?

Old Tech

Not to call out this girl specifically.  There are plenty of videos on the intarwebz of young kids struggling to suss out older technology. 

Here, a cassette player/recorder, there a rotary telephone.  Teenagers flummoxed for minutes or more. 

But I am thinking back to myself at that age, 35 years ago.  Instead of handing ME, a punk kid, some device 20 years obsolete, gimme something 40 years obsolete...  Something from the 30s.  I seem to think I could figure out that 40 year old thing.  Like a wire recorder or a Victrola.  Heck, I could figure out a 70 year out of date phonograph cylinder faster than this girl did with a 25 year old cassette player. And I have never seen a phonograph cylinder machine working, to date

"Hurr Hurr, T-Bolt!  I guess GenX is just so much more superior than Dang Millennials, huh?"

First of all, I think she is GenZ.  The last Millennial was born in September 2001.  This girl in younger than that.

Second, I think the pace of technological advance has made much bigger leaps to now over the past 30, then it did back in '83 and the previous 30 years to it.  The form function of a record player was pretty similar to itself for decades.  But to go from a KISS LP to a KISS MP3 on a iPod or to Spotify on your Smartphone?  That's a BIG change in how a thing works to get music into your ear holes.  Of course, you wanted the best then, and you got the best now, KISS; some things just don't change with the times. So don't be that hard on poor Millennials, they have enough of a handicap built in without us exacerbating it.

Holy Crap

Did I MISS yesterday?

Bound to happen eventually.  And today, apparently.  Wait one, I'll put on Saturday's.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tam's Got an Article

In Shooting Illustrated about the 2000 round challenge. 

She's gone over this before, online.  With links and everything to where the idea came from.  The concept is neato, and I like reading about it.

She even did the test with personally owned bespoke custom 1911.

Hey, I own my very own bespoke custom 1911!  And I keep a shooter log on that very gun, among others.  I could...

No, hold it right there.  Tam her ownself might counsel against that.  Her experience was as the 1911 shed all the oil it had in its rails it slowed down noticeably, and shy of 2000 rounds.  It was doing great then got cranky when dry, failing to go into battery after a while.  It was after hundreds of rounds, but the gun could have made it and passed with flying colors if the challenged allowed two drops of oil every 500.

And she said why get your expensive gun all gritty, possibly loosening it up with unnecessary wear, running it dry, anyway?  She had to, but she's a professional gun writer.

So, I am of two minds.  I want to see if my gun handle it, but I don't want to age it more than I have to.  A rebuild is time consuming and expensive.  Why be forced to do one at 4000 rounds when I can push that date up to 7000 rounds or more?

But it has been about 500 rounds since I last put a drop of lube on the gun.  I had the gun open at round 150 or so and that meant oil then.  I'm at 839 now.  Wait, now.  I last lubed it at round number 257, according to the log... so that is...  582 rounds into the 2000 round challenge.  IF I were to do it.  I am leaning toward no.  I probably won't detail strip it til 2000ish.  But two or three oil drops will almost surely happen before 2000ish.

I'm just super pleased it has never malfunctioned, yet, and easily passes the bogus '500 round challenge.'  In a big round count class I would not be That Guy.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

This has been making the rounds.

And Gunnies online circulating it are gobsmacked.

This NEVER happens.

"Man lies on firearms application; Ends up in jail"

 This law is never enforced.  Bout time.

I can't help but be tickled

At good signs that court cases are going our way, if a little.  A stay on the bumpstock ban.  Illinois' FOID card, and local town's 'Assault Weapon' ban.

All good things.  For now.  They are limited in scope, and could easily fall on appeal.  Especially that first one.  If SCOTUS got involved, I don't believe we'd get five justices.

I don't WANT a bumpstock, but I want a bumpstock ban precedent even less.

The FOID is only a baby step if it gets to an past SCOTUS, because it is limited in area.  SCOTUS would have to go beyond and say the right to bear arms extends outside one's home.  And that would be great.  But you have to bring a case about bearing outside the home, not just a thingy about Gun ID cards.

And Assault Weapon ban pre-emption will hold up.  Naw, if you want that kind of ban you have to do it on the STATE level.

Obviously I want all three to prevail.  For the good guys to prevail.  I want all three to be a stepping stone to bigger and better victories as these are, by necessity, small beer.  And I am perturbed these small clawbacks of our natural rights are even necessary in the first place, as a right to self defense should be (but clearly is not) self evident to all human beings.   


The FOID thing is of greatest interest to me, as Maryland traipses down that path inexorably and unchecked.  I'd like more checks. 


Ah.  Roberts.  See?

Monday, March 25, 2019

Great Britain

I watch a few machinist videos on the internet.  This Old Tony is hilarious.  Even if you are only just barely interested in shop stuff, take a gander.

But this video came up in my feed about anodizing aluminum at home.  I don't know how to do that, so, cool.  But checkout the disclaimer at the beginning.

You can't buy sulphuric acid down at the hardware store, or whatever they use for Walmart, anymore.  I guess too many people from cultures where it is cool to throw acid in someone's face as an attack came to live in Britain.  So, gotta ban that.  Sheesh.  Nanny state.

Of course, we do that here, just not at bad.  For one thing, to get stuff in common places you gotta know how it is labelled for sale.  There isn't a jug that says sulphuric acid at any place besides a chemical sales place.  You gotta buy "Drain Opener".  Hydrochloric acid?  Look for Muriatic, it's for cleaning your concrete.  Yes it's dangerous. 

Salt Peter?  Get tree stump remover.

Your laundry detergent doesn't work so good anymore since they changed the formula to protect the environment.  But you can still get trisodium phosphate at the store, just not in your All Tempa Cheer or Tide or Biz.

This whole government has to step in to keep you safe really ramped up back in the 60s just before I was born.  Mandating stuff.  Same with eco-stuff a little bit later.  I could do with a little less of it. 

I dare you find a mercury thermometer to take your temperature. But mercury is poisonous?  Yes.  Don't eat the thermometer.

But hey, at least I know a bit more about anodizing.

Sunday, March 24, 2019


I knew I shoulda just got a couple S&W M&P 9's instead of the H9.

Ah well.  Still can.

I SHOULDA just bought 2 Glock 17s from sumdood in the parking lot in a Virginia way back 20 years ago and just never done any of the gun hobby bun blog stuff.  Just bought ammo and training in the interim.

"What about hunting, T-Bolt?"  Meh, it's interesting, but it's not the fun pastime for me like it is for others.

"What about rifle work for home security?"  I don't live in Afganistan, Syria; I live in the suburbs, USA, where meat is plentiful and comes from the grocery stores and the police DO come, eventually.  You can CCW a Glock, you can defend your home.  Escalating to a rifle isn't too likely a requirement.

"What about surviving the zombocalypse?  You need a Battle Rifle and a colander, to start!" How likely is that, really?

"Why two Glocks, then?"  Common as dirt and reliable without me taking thousands of dollars worth of 1911 classes to get the 1911s I'd want to have 20 years ago instead of Glock.  Two, because spare.  I do still have that compunction.  Redundancy.  And Glocks were around in 1999.  And even though I was horrible with them when a beginner, the training would have fixed that eventually. 


Saturday, March 23, 2019

You have a heart of stone

If you don't laugh at that voice inflection change.


If Jeb had won in 2016 and did EVERYTHING Trump has done, except instead of being a Trumpian Azz while doing it, he was a Bumblefook Mentally Disabled Jeb while doing it, in his style, then Jeb would be called the greatest things since Reagan.

The truth?  I don't think Jeb would be as good a deregulator as Trump has been.  I don't think he'd be as good with judges as Trump has been.  Apart from judges, Trump hasn't been that good with the Second.  But it's something.  I'm guessing that Jeb wouldn't have been that good.  Trump hasn't done too much with controlling the border but run his mouth.  Jeb would have been as leaky as a sieve on the border.  Based on past history.

Maybe Jeb would have landed the same tax cut package?

So, STFU, Jeb.  We need Larry here in Maryland.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Found Father Samual Adams

SPINS in his grave.

What part of Liberty has Ginsberg been much about?  In the war do you think she'd be anything a Tory?

"She's a big booster of the Ameican Civil LIBERTIES Union, T-Bolt."

Yeah?  What have they done for Liberty lately?

Ok, ok, maybe I am a bit hard on both.  Neither are monsters, per se.

"Guns are being bought by people in richer nations"

" a record rate.  Why can't America enact gun safety bans like some other civilized countries?"

Sheesh, NPR.  That Liberty thing is really hard to snuff out, you are finding?  Sure some folks have no use for freedom and are easy to cow, but we were lucky enough here that we started on a stong freedom footing more than 200 years ago.  So it's a much longer slippery slope to push down.

Hurry, tho.  There is a super majority of Shall Issue CCW states, and 16 Constitutional Carry states, and all came about without a push from pro gun billionaires, and often up against gun ban billionaires.  Get a few more and an Amendment could conceivable be passed requiring folks to own a gun.  No one wants that.

Golly, imagine if there was a pro gun version of George Soros?

Anyway, I am thankful for our checks and balances and that we are not some over-emotional tyrannical back water like New Zealand.  Less like Kiwiland, more like Galt's Gulch.

Kennedy for President.  

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Well Crud, H9!

I like the pistol.  The Hudson H9 'retailed' for $1100 when I got it, but that's not what I paid.  But now on a Going Out of Business sale?  I might get a second.  Just because.  Shame they didn't work it out.

It's a good pistol.  After I figured out the issue I had with the extractor.  I guess it is failing because it isn't good enough.  It's not head and shoulders above pistols at that price point.   It's only good.  It needed to be great or to get super fashionable for some reason or both.  A movie where a Dirty Harry type carried one might have done the trick.  Something like that.

If anyone has a question about it, holla.  I might be able to answer you.  Like:  One thing about the lowered barrel and barrel hood means the weapon mounted light is much lower.  That'll annoy people used to the weapon mounted light being in a better place. 

[update:  No, the price has not come down at my gunstore... retail being retail.]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


I think it's supposed to be Spring.....  NOW.

White Supremecists!

From 52 years ago.  Can't blame them on Trump.

And it's a Mark VII production, and you know how well he adhered to documentary style reality in reporting on the event of the day.

Blue blockers.  I am always suspicious of blue blockers.  Those guys NEVER roll on Shabbos.

Kinda surprised nobody raised a stink about this ep.  Sure, they don't shine a good light on them damn Neo Nazis, but there is still a picture of a swastika.  That sorta thing gives the young folks of the today the vapors something fierce.

The timpani and snare drums in the musical interlude sure are reminiscent of WWII movies of the era.  But Mark VII was big on timpani already, it is probably not related.  

Two plain clothes cops with snub nosed revolvers going up against a guy they think has 400 pounds of dynamite with unstable detonators close aboard?   These days there would be an ATF/FBI task force involved.

Watch Colonel Potter and Joe Friday muzzle the CRAP out of each other with them snubbies.  Well, actually Potter has a 3 or 4 inch revolver going.

14:31, 3 surplus Garands and something else. 14:40, Tommy gun.

Bad guy was trying to another Bath.