Sunday, September 15, 2019

Metrocon

Was David Brooks, token 'conservative' columnist on the NYTimes, ever really a conservative?  Particularly on guns?

"Crack the wall of inaction" on gun control.  After that, the rest can pour through that crack.

Bernie? Bro?

Well, Bernie Sanders is promising free healthcare for illegal aliens, and a moratorium on deportations, when he is president.  So vote for him.

I guess he is counting on ineligible foreigners voting for him next November.

And why does everyone, including Trump, call them "Illegal Immigrants"?  The term must poll well with likely voters.  They are aliens.  Immigrants are moving here.  Aliens have to go back.  They ain't staying.  They broke the law in coming here.  If they don't have to obey the law, then why do I? 

Registration is Confiscation

True

To avoid this unconstitutional peril, a conscientious  legislature that insisted on background checks for firearm purchases would prohibit any connection of the check with a unique serial number.

NICS:  "Joe Schmore, desirous of purchasing a [handgun/rifle/shotgun/NFA item] is not prohibited."

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Good Point, John Nolte



The only Democrat person criticizing Beto his talk about gun confiscation is Senator Coons.  And not because Coons disagrees with Beto.  Coons is worried about political blowback now that the truth is out about what the Democrats want to do. 

That means all the Democrats agree with gun confiscation in violation of the Constitution.

Don't lose sight of that. And watch out for squishy GOP types that will go along, or maybe put a milquetoast fight like, "well, don't confiscate them NOW. Wait 5 years or so. That's a 'conservative' attitude."

Beto said it, admitting it on live, nation-wide TV what our side has always said they wanted (but were called crazy and over-reaching for pointing it out), the lefty crowd in the audien CHEERED him for it, and the party leadership never contradicted him, just lamented her made a gaff by admitting the truth. They will start a civil war because of rifles that kill maybe 300 Americans a year.

Beto is not an outlier. He is Democrat leadership mainstream.

Kid Myths

As a wee bairn, 6th grade, in the shadow of the Vietnam war, ca. 1981, we boy talked among ourselves about important subjects like army stuff and tanks and guns.  We knew that our side used M16s and the other side used AK47.

Other received wisdom that we were told was true back then?  That the two rifles used different sized bullets.  But them crafty Commies made it so their rifles could shoot from M16 magazine, but our side couldn't do it the other way around.  This was a good idea, by our kid logic, as the enemy could scrounge from our supplies, and it was short sighted of the Pentagon to not do the same.  Our confidence in our military gear back then was shaken a bit, and I am sure that pleased the Kremlin.  Negatively impact our morale early on, you see. 

Yes, we thought, told by our friend's older brothers, I am sure, or misheard from a buddy's father, that a Viet Cong AK could shoot what we now know (more precisely) as 7.39x39mm Combloc ammo as well as 5.56x45mm NATO.  It couldn't shoot the American stuff as well, but how accurately do you have to shoot a bullet hose? 

Like I said, this was received wisdom, and, to us, almost certainly true.  Elementary school libraries and our meager researching skills were no help sussing out the truth.  If we even considered it. 

We were obviously misinformed. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Offer still good, G-Man

Regarding your buyback program.

I am more than happy to sell you 'back' one (1) so called (by you) 'assault weapon.'  It's even one of those evil AR15 style.  It will look a lot like this, for ease of shipping:



If you prefer, I can even render it inoperable before transfer 'back'.

I will need you to pass a background check, of course.  I dunno how you'll do that.  Just pick a federal bureaucrat at random, maybe?  Run Beto's?  That might not work tho.  Anyway.  You'll figure it out.

The price, to you, for this buyback scheme, is still at a low low price... it's a steal, really... of only $3,000.000.00.

If you are interested in buying anymore at some later date, get back to me after you've gotten one from most erryone else.  We can do some more business, maybe.  Horse trading.  But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  Stick to this initial deal, at this time.   Mustn't count chickens before they hatch, eh? 

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"Hey T-Bolt, whatcha gonna buy with that $3M?"

Well, it's mostly going to go toward low load income funds, so I can live off the interest.  Prolly retire in a year or two.  In the meantime I might treat myself to equipping up a machine shop.  Old stuff, or course.  A nice milling machine and lathe, tooling.  But new stuff two.  CNC router and a decent 3D printer

"Whatcha wanna make in that shop?"

Oh, buyback money....  Gonna make lots of buyback money.   Simple stuff at first, then as I learn, more. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Range 8 Sept.

I learned today there are really two types of flinches I can discern.  Major and minor.

75 more rounds through the rental Commodity Plastic Striker Fired Service Pistol.



Not bad.

Back to the flinch types. 




  1. Good job!  Keep that up!  Doing great!
  2. Minor flinch.  Sorta called it when they happened?
  3. Major flinch.  Oh yeah, I knew those were flinches when it happened before looking for the holes. 

But the worst shots are still 3 inches from the best shots.  Only one off the target major flinch on target #4.  I consciously went faster on target #3. 

When I was doing good I was relaxed, focusing on the front sight and not thinking about prairie dogging my looking at the target, and the trigger pull was good.  But that's always the secret

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This day

Muslim Jihadist hijacked four airplanes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of innocent Americans.

Surviving Jihadists the world over are defiant to this day.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I bet...

I bet Wade Callender is loyal to Wayne.

I used to the do the 'round up' feature when making a purchase at MidwayUSA.  I'll prolly do that again when LaPierre's destructive rampage has stopped.

Sasquatch

So, Bigfoot has ads.  They sell a $75 belt that is reinforced.  I don't have to tell you that if you have a holster you want to hang it off a decent belt.  Bigfoot is trying to sell you a decent belt. 

Except here is the ad.



Well, yes a flimsy standard belt is no bueno.  Hey, wait a minute.  Is that a nickel Beretta in a $12 nylon holster

I guess he blew his upgrade money on the belt and will have to wait til his Milt Sparks VM2 gets made and shipped (and charged) to him.  Hope he got the shark trim.  I really like the shark trim.  But that should spread the payments out. 

But yeah, if you are going to advertise your high end product, maybe don't use low end accessories with it.  That's like getting an ugly misshapen creature like me to be your butt model.   Not good for bidness.

Monday, September 9, 2019

And Tanks


"You're welcome!"




So I went here.  Open house at the Tank Farm in Nokesville Virginia.  Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

It's spread out over a few acres.  See all them for a previous year?  Looked like that on Saturday.  Those tanks don't live in that field, they moved themselves to those spots




See?  They all run.  This tank moved to that spot.


That's an M1917, a French design we built under license.  100 years ago.  Those orange scribbles are where black tip .30-06 armor piecing hit it and didn't go through.  It was peppered with those test shots.

They had a couple T-34s, A Valentine, some sweet Universal Carriers.  And you know the 'armor' on them, and other armored trucks/half-tracks, is supposed to be rifle proof, but it's only a quarter inch thick.  And I've shot at steel gong targets with a rifle and rounds sailed right through the metal....  Then I thought "You know, T-Bolt, you are shooting at mild steel gongs, and the steel in these vehicle might be a different alloy."  Yeah.

There was a Hetzer.  Taller than I thought it would be.

They had 4 Shermans, but my favorite was this one, the 1942 cast version.  M4A1.

 
The other Shermans were all welded.  One was an Israeli Sherman.  That tank started out in our inventory, went to the French post war, then the Israelis.  Got a diesel somewhere along the line (and it was pretty quiet when running, I was surprised by this, too.) and a different, longer gun.

My favorite?  A Dodge staff car.  Pre Powerwagon Dodge.





I don't know why.  Seems like it'd be a nice daily driver.

Oh, the smell of the place.  Army canvas and oil and rubber and whatnot.  Vinyl?  Very distinctive.  Almost like the smell of a 1973 VW Beetle.  You know what I am talking about.

Here are some C-Rats for ya.


Couple of newer things.  The tank the kids were allowed to crawl on was a T-72.



Sunday, September 8, 2019

Typing Simulator

Don't hit more than one key at a time.   It has 'correction tape.'




Johnny Dollar's dollars

So, I was listening to the Todd Matter.



A $75,000 insurance case is being investigated.  But when?

Well a wealthy person has a 1955 Cadillac in this episode, assume it is relatively new.  Mid 50s.  That's the answer as to when this story took place. 

My house cost $11,000 in 1952, so $75k is five houses, in the mid 1950s?  Give or take.

A 1955 Eldorado cost, base price, $5,814.

Ok, so we got relative money values.

The story revolves around a stolen mink coat.  That cost $11,000.  Eleven G's.

The lady is wearing two Cadillacs!

 How were fur coat ever that expensive.  Well they can run as high as $150k these days, so I guess it is me.  I'm the one that is out of touch on luxury items. 

$11k just floored me when I heard it on the old time radio podcast.

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Also, Johnny must have PTSD.  Most every week a person gets killed before his very eyes.  Or he watches them die in the hospital.  Often because of murder, and almost always violently.  He was in t
the Marines during the war, and a police Sergeant in New York before taking up the job as an insurance investigator.  Both those jobs see more than an average person's fair share of death.  There are morticians that have seen fewer corpses than Johnny Dollar.  That could probably weigh on a man.



Saturday, September 7, 2019

Viper MkI


"A simplified Sten gun."

Wait, how do you make a Sten simpler?

Better watch.

Yup.  That is simple. Jeezum crow, making something Spork simple even simpler.  It's practically Foon simple.

So, you spec out the common parts and the hard machining part is a barrel and a bolt assembly... I am going through the fabrication order of operations in my head, see....

But yeah, one of the more complicated operations on that viper is all the woodworking required.  Easier now, these days, with CNC routers, tho.


Friday, September 6, 2019

Range 3 September

Ok, I rented the same Commodity Plastic Striker Fired Service Pistol again.

I shot it well last time, I am wonder if I got more and better surprise breaks because I was more relaxed last time, and, more importantly, I didn't know where the break was yet in that trigger.  A little trick that only works while you are unfamiliar with the gun.  Then you learn it and the break is less of a surprise and you can concentrate on introducing your flinches for improved disappointment.  If you are into that sort of masochism. 




Meh, I did OK.  Test inconclusive.  Three magazines of 15.  Chest and head at 25 feet, then chest at 75 feet.  I count 8 of that third magazine outside the central group from with the longer ranged string.  All but #1 up there are decent hits.  That isn't the order shot, tho.

My arms were muscle-tired by lifting chores I had done all weekend.  I labored on Labor Day.  And I pushed myself to a higher round count than usual to see where I was shooting when fatigue was more evident.



Also not so bad.  75 rounds total for the day.  Test inconclusive. All good hits.  Opening up the groups a little as I tire one the head maybe.  The holes in the white are from a hole punch or staple tears.

Plus, you know, Commodity Plastic Striker Fired Service 9mm Pistols are a good value and decent guns to start with.  Not easy to shoot, but nothing like hard.  Medium easy.  Oooo, if I was a biker that's be a great nickname.  Medium Easy.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Wisdom of Chapelle

Now people that know noting about firearms are going to start loading their shotgun tubes so they fire birdshot buckshot birdshot buckshot buckshot buckshot.

If you haven't seen his latest Netflix comedy special, that is how he claims to load his pump action shottie.  (It's a good show, watch it, and don't believe what the whiner PC crowd say about it being bad and everything.)

Claims.  It was part of a comedy skit, he might have been doing all that for entertainment purposes.

In the skit, the birdshot is to pepper the opiod addict intruder stealing from his change bowl.  The buckshot is in case he turns toward Dave instead of running away.  Second birdshot is in case he has a friend, and buckshot if THAT guy doesn't get the hint, then buckshot all day.

You know, the ol' Dutch Load.  Candy cane.  Like dudes that go every other in their pistol, Holler Point to stop a bad guy, Full Metal Jacket to achieve penetration.

Not usually the recommended thing to do any more by serious firearms trainers, if it ever was. 

But now, MILLIONS of people have been explained it by Dave Chappelle, and they are going to remember it.  And when they get a shotgun to protect their houses...  a whole lotta folks are gonna go birdshot buckshot birdshot buckshot buckshot buckshot.  For no other reason except that a stand up comic made it sound reasonable. 

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The reason he bought a shotgun in the first place?  When he bought a house and land in the country near Dayton Ohio he noticed a guy walking on HIS land with a slung rifle.  I dunno what the hunting regs are in Ohio, but I am guessing this interloper was a hunter hunting or scouting for a hunt, and Dave's acreage wasn't yet posted to DNR specification that there was to be No Hunting on that land, so scouting it was perfectly legal.  Check your own areas laws, it may be legal where you live too.  But I am just guessing, like I said.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Starting Over Addendum

I am glad I hadn't gotten interested in acquiring firearms seriously 15 years sooner.  I totally would be the guy with a few 10mm handguns right now.

Yeah, my personality would definitely tripped me up and send me down that rabbit hole.

I'd have over paid for a Bren Ten and definitely overpaid for the magazines. 

Phew.

Ok, alternate universe....  Nothing but .45.  Two 1911s, two 625 revolvers, maybe cut down to 2 inch barrel to be an impossibly imporactical pocket carry monstrosity, and a DeLisle style .45 bolt action with a big can.

Ok, that is madness.  Forget it.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

If I was starting over

Buying guns.

Current-ish gunblog meme.

Starting over, now, knowing what you know, what do you get?

I'd buy two duplicate Commodity Plastic Striker Fired Service Pistols. Used. While living in a state that allows you to do that.

 (This all presumes a volcano opens up under my neighborhood and takes my house and all my stuff and that is why I am starting over buying guns from scratch at my age).

I'd buy two duplicate pocket pistols.  Used.  Prolly some pre-lock J-Frames that time on all 5.

That's about it.  Maybe a double barrel shotfun.  In case hunting.  Prolly don't need a spare, so no duplicate necessary.

I'm too old to do much rifle work in the militia.  But if I ended up in rifle country?  Meh, a couple ARs would get built, mebbe.  Put a pin in the rifle category.  Say zero for now.

No 1911s, sadly.  It's a great gun, but starting from scratch to make one work right again is a long haul.

So four, maybe five.  Three really.  Two pistols and their spares, maybe a shotgun.

I wouldn't even mod them much.  No tritium sights, frex.

Spare parts that'd fit in a .30 cal ammo box.  Ammo for each type that would fit in a .50 cal ammo box.  Four spare mags for a total of eight for 9mm.  Level III retention holster for the big pistols.  Small safe to store them in.

"What about a .22, T-bolt?"

What about it?  Nah.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Hmmm

Some folks are training themselves to say, "I am in fear for my life!" when about to use lethal force.

Meh, I don't think that phrase is the magic talisman of legal protection you think it is, Scooter.  But read that link and let Greg Ellifritz explain it to you.

I mean you might as well go on about Ezekiel 25:17:  "The path of righteous man is beset on all sides the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men..."

If you are gonna bust a cap, might as well do it in style, am I right?  Prolly doesn't look good in front of a jury, but hey, you got Sprite out of it.  


2 SEP 1945


Yeah, that's pretty much where I am.



Calls himself "the chosen one" in a presser?  Heh.  Don't take that stuff too seriously, man, it'll drive you crazy.  He's messin wit chu, almost certainly. 

I do wish he was a little better on guns. Or that Paul Ryan wasn't such a simp from 2016 - 2018 and we'd have passed vital gun rights legislation back then.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

BIDS

I've been calling for something like BIDS for yearsYEARS.  Glad others are of the same mind.  Maybe it'll spread even further.

You want universal background checks? Fine.  Just divorce the check from the serial number of the firearm.  Or if the sale happened at all. 

Joe Blow wants to sell a gun to John Schmoe this month?  John Schmoe got a valid background check this month, costing about $20?  Fine.

Why do it this way?  To protect innocent law abiding gun owners from gov't overreach.  What about the criminals?  What about them?  They were never doing ANY of this, at any rate. 

To continue the compromise, purge all previous background checks that are tied to serial numbers.  All good.  I was assure by both sides that it was never suppose to ever be a gun registry. 

Oh you didn't mean that?  Then forget it.  It's off.  You've always dealt with us American people in bad faith, then.  Repeal Brady AND the 1968 GCA.  Molon Labe, &c., &c.




Saturday, August 31, 2019

Soft Skin

I have soft skin on my hands.

Even when I worked hard doing physical labor, the skin never coarsens.

So I am delicate.

A big reason I prefer the Sig and S&W to a Glock.  No little metal tab on the former to irritate my sensitive epidermis.

Otherwise, they're all "Commodity Plastic Striker Fired Service Pistols".  Features that recommend one over another are pretty small beer.  One bushel of dent corn is like another bushel of dent corn. 

You know, Smith does a good job with it's trigger face.  Century and half of expertise?  Same with revolvers.  Ruger revolvers have an edge on the face that irritates and cuts on recoil.  Never get that with any Smith revolver.  

Friday, August 30, 2019

DC neighborhoods

Tam goes on about DC and how people in their own area know where the bad part of town is.

Oh yes.

As a lifelong resident of the DC Metropolitan Area, I can confirm, expand, and elucidate on this very topic. 

First of all, "DC Metro Area" is the old way of calling it.  It's now called the DMV.  Department of Motor Vehicles?  No.  In Maryland we call that the MVA.  The Motor Vehicle Administration.  No, DMV is supposed to mean "DC Maryland Virginia."  I still call it DC Metro.  DMV is stupid on stilts. 

In the old days, the area of town know as the 'bad part' was called Southeast DC.  DC is divided into zones, obviously.  Sorta pie shaped sectors, and you even write that on the address of mail you are sending to town.   The part where you saw the most murders in the 80s (like 500 a year) had SE DC in the return address field.  Not no more.  Nowadays the bad part is called "East of the River".  Meaning the Anacostia river.  (The whole town is east of the Potomac.)  It's still sorta Southeast, but gentrification has set in.  Parts of the old Southeast closest to downtown are now kinda tony neighborhoods.  Well, mostly.  No, now, East of the River is where you can find your concentrated criminal activity.



The Capitol is in the Center.

In the 80s, 14th street was famous for being where the street walkers were.  I dunno where the hookers are now, but suspect they aren't as thick as they used to be on 14th.  Maybe U Street? 11th?  And the pimps still LOOK like a 1970s movie.  Canes, caddies, purple clothes, big hair. It's like a uniform.  At any rate, look for concentrations of hotels and entertainment districts.  Slightly north of downtown, like where Chinatown is (and which is where the hockey and basketball teams play)

My crotchety old neighbor Archie grew up in the shadow of the National Cathedral.  Northwest DC.  He said if you want a good time, date a gal from "East of the Park" meaning west of Rock Creek Park, the Zoo being the southern terminus, and it is near the center of town.  You were still in Northwest when east of the park, but you were almost Northeast DC.  Slightly less nice neighborhood.  Where the girls were looser, according to Archie.  Maybe they were Catholics?  You want to MARRY a gal from West of the Park.

Come to think of it, Logan Circle might be Northeast.

Georgetown?  Where the old money is?  Used to be a slum in the 20s.  Close to the river and close to the canal and close to the industrial parts of DC.  Well, that area also gentrified, bigly, and rich white people bought up the colonial era homes and spruced em up starting in the 30s.  Before them it was a lot of freedmen living there, close to day labor jobs.  Used to be a brewery in the area.  The Heurich brewery.  Made Senate beer.  Didn't bounce back well after prohibition, and closed in the 50s.  They built the Kennedy Center on the site.  Northwest DC

The place where that lady was stabbed in the green zone?  That is Northwest DC.  West of the Park.  Supposed to be the good side of town.  The part of town has 3 murders a year, maybe, not 100+.  And that is why Tam heard about it on the news all the way over in Indy.

Meh, I dunno...  Irving Street is awful close to downtown...  Sort of a gray area.  Sure, she was a white lady and a dog walker, and cut to ribbons with a knife in broad daylight.  That doesn't stick to the script in any part of town.   About where the W is in the NW part of the map above.
   

Thursday, August 29, 2019

One thing I noticed

The range was crowded for a Monday.

And the shooting quality was awful.

It's not like they were brand new shooters with brand new guns panic buying and trying their new piece.  It takes at least a month, these days, in Maryland to get permission to buy your first pistol.  Second pistol only takes a week waiting period, but to get permission from the state the first time, there is some delay.  Fingerprints, background check, training requirement, and wait for your license to purchase arrives in the mail.

I know, I know.

But it's too soon for thems.  Those are in a couple weeks, coming to the range.

These are people dusting off the pistol they already owned and are getting some practice in.   Or, you know, I just happened to be there on a crowded Monday by coincidence. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Revolvers in Asia

My gunsmith had a load of used revolvers for sale.  He worked on some, sold others if they were decent, used them in gunsmith classes.  They were police turn ins, and only worth about 200 and some change, retail. 

Some of the turn ins were marked Hong Kong Police Department.  So I guessed that HK went all semi-auto like other Departments.  Prolly when the Brits left. 


Nope, they still use revolvers.  Maybe from the same batch.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Range 26 Aug

I rented an M&P 9mm at the range.

Now, there have been too many suicides at my local range.  One is too many.  It's been more than that.  So, you wanna rent a gun, there has to be 2 of you shooting together, or you have to bring a gun of your own.

Makes sense.  Otherwise, it's suicide for the cost of a box of ammo.   Not even that.  You rent a gun, get a range slot, get a box of ammo, you pay for that when you are done.   You can off yourself for free that way.  Or you could.

But I brought my own gun, and like I said, they know me there, I go often enough.  I bet they'd rent one to me, a familiar member, with no issue.  But why test that?  Had a J-frame that I didn't shoot.  Wanted to shoot Commodity Plastic Service Pistol.  Because I need to. 

Much better than my revolver target a week ago, huh?








































25 feet.  9mm.  15 in the mag that went to the chest, 10 to the head, and 15 to that guy standing way off in the distanc.

I even hit that guy a coupla 5 times.  Gotta stretch.

And I knew when I flinched that one to the chest and them 2 or 3 to the head.

Sheesh, I shoot that dang thing better than the Hudson or the 1911s.  Disappointing.

I hate it when I shoot good with a cheap Commodity Plastic Striker Fired Service Pistol, but this is telling, no?  I think the mush trigger is easier to surprise me.  So I get better results than with my 1911's better trigger that I know where it will break.




Monday, August 26, 2019

Traditional Monday Bupkis

Got little to nothing.

Future failed presidential candidate and municipal water enleadener Senator Cory 'Spartacus' Booker thinks we should have a license to have a gun.


Well, we do.  All of us.  Standard: "It's called the Second Amendment."

But that's not true, is it?  No, we have a government that is prohibited from violating our rights.  And this particular right is a bit extra special because it was written down so the government would have an extra reminder. But it's not a license.

The gummint should be protecting your rights.  Not violating them.  If they start violating them, pitch a fit.  Maybe get a new gummint

Climate Data

No warming since 2005 according to the newly built NOAA U.S. Climate Reference Network?

Well, expect those numbers to be 'massaged' and re-reported.  SOP.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

I wanted to memorialize this



First, demand a drastic change in the culture. Next, portray anyone who doesn’t go along as an aggressor.


What Range do you Shoot At

Oh?  You mean how far away do I place the target?

At the usual local indoor range I set it at 25 feet.  8 yards.  When I don't set it at 75 feet: 25 yards.  And I always tell when I shoot at 25.  My DA revolver work at 8 yards looks like my SA 1911 work at 25.

This indoor range has a maximum length of 75 feet, hence the 25 yards.

And they have a line on the floor where they say it is the minimum.  That line is at 25 feet.  If you set a target closer than that, the range officers will say something.  Some folks need it to be 10 feet to hit the paper.  No bueno.  There is much less wear and tear to the range when the bad shots have to shoot something further away.   Because angles.

Now, the range people know my name by heart.  They know I am ok.  I am a regular.  They know I don't shoot the ceiling or the target trolley and am pretty reliable.  If I was the ONLY one there I could probably set the target closer than 25 feet if I wanted.  I'd never set such a poor example in front of witnesses that are range users.  And I have never set it to closer.  Why risk my good reputation with them?  Accident happen.  Better follow the house rules.

I'd like to do some holster work, but the only people that do that are the local Jessup jail guards when doing their training and qualification.   THEY are usually the ones that shoot the floor and ceiling and range bench.  Gives me the shivers.

This is Maryland.  I am lucky I have a range convenient at all. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

One thing I noticed

I was out of pocket for the Garlic festival shooting, the El Paso shooting, and the Dayton shooting.  So I saw no details.  And a week after each no factual details are forthcoming.  The news goes dark.

About the only thing I hear now in the Media is that they were Trump's fault somehow.

So, you can't trust details in the first 24-48 hours.  People publish rumor as fact in that window, and muddle the truth more than usual.  48-168 hours you get the more concrete information.  168+... nothing.

I dunno if that is good or bad.  Bad in that it seems they get swept under the rug.  Good, in that it denies the glory hound shooter the fame that at least partly motivated him.

But I got to go to wikipedia now to know anything, and I only half trust wikipedia on stuff like this.

El Paso
Dayton
Garlic




Friday, August 23, 2019

Kuh-Nif-Uh

You whip out a knife, and someone gets the absolute vapors.  As if you whipped out a grenade pin in a room full of sergeants and said "Ooops"

Tam mentioned it.

And it's happened to me.  Even an inch and half mini bladed pen knife.  They act as if I yanked out my junk.  (Slight size disparity between the two.  But only slight.)

I did an informal poll at work though.  I am the only one that's ever run across this!   "What are you talking about, T-Bolt."

Aw c'mon!  Makes me wonder if they had ever even showed it in public (again, a PENKNIFE).  So I assigned them homework.  And report back.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Range 20 August

Been about a month.  Let's apply last month's lessons:

"Shoot 2.  Then wait.  2 more.  WAIT.  Final.  Don't train myself to fire to click click click click.  So, relax, and try to remember on a J-Frame that that front sight has to be nestled well in that trench and you still have to do the job with the finger.  There you go."

Ok.  J-Frame again.




















































Decent job.  Halfway

First was red, then yellow, then green, then 4 shots to the head purple (where was the fifth?  still in the cylinder and that is labeled #5) and the last, and best, cylinder was the blue one.  The only really marginal hit was to the left ear, dammit.

I get better with the revolver with practice.  No first shot genius here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The NRA needs gun control

NRA needs gun control to pass right now.

Well sorta.

The org is in a shambles currently. If gun control fails to pass that means the NRA has nothing to do with up or down legislation and we don't need them.

Of course it Wayne also needs gun control laws to fail because if they pass the blame will be at his feet.  If not for him and his faction's selfish shennanigans there might have been a chance to kibosh the.  But that's Wayne.

The NRA organization needs it to Pass to both prove it's worth when not dysfunctional and to push the parasite out of power. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lost Interest



Well, that's good.


Revolvers

S&W makes the 'standard' of revolvers still. 

Ruger does a good job keeping them honest and making them a little bit cheaper.

There is Charter Arms, still.

Others.  Chiappa?  Taurus.

Revolvers are still around yes.  And there a people like you and me that still use them.  But is the writing on the wall?  Could they go the way of the Dodo?

I'm kinda surprised they are still going as strong as they are now.  In 2019.  If I had to guess 20 years ago how strong the revolver market would be today I wouldn't guess as strong as they are now.  So good for them. 

Smith announced they are bringing back the 648.  Which is like my 617 but for 8 instead of 10 shot, and BOOM boom boom wmr instead of lr.  Doesn't blow my skirt up but I bet it does a lotta peeps.  I hope they buy a crapton to show their appreciation.  I like that S&W bring models back like this.

What's the ultimate Smiff revolver?  The Model 66 with a 3" barrel?  Big enough AND small enough?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hard to Arse

I should just skip Mondays, go right to first and second Tuesday.

If you aren't gonna even arse yourself to enforce the gun laws you have in some of the most restrictive environments in the country, then don't bother to pass MORE gun control laws.  Oh, wait, criminals aren't the target of the new laws?  The target is innocent people like me?  I stand corrected.

I remember reasing this way back.  I noticed it too.  How gleeful NPR sounded at the thought of bread lines and Hoovervilles.  Mr. Postrel just wrote about it, back then.  Liberal salivation over a coming economic depression

It's a shame we can't just apply economic down turns and gun bans to just liberals.  But how would that even work?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Mandatory Gun Buyback

Well, I don't like the mandatory part.  But, Representative Richmond, let's negotiate.  I'll sell the US government one of my 'assault weapons'.   See?  Art of the compromise.  You get one of 400 millions guns off the 'street' (but I never leave it outside).  I get a little folding money to add to my savings account.

The price is $3,000,000. That's cheap.  Just wait til you hear what some other gun owners are gonna ask you for.  Lemme know. 


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ooo, good

I wish more gun writers and shooter would post stuff like this.  I LOVE this kind of stuff.  Tips.  Mini-tips.  Gun koas. 

With the 20% tighter thing, we are on different paths.  Though I am not confident I won't come around to tighter before tighter people come around to a more relaxed grip.  The goal is the same.  After a shot drop the barrel as quick as possible back to aligned with the target.  What you MUSTN'T do, either way, is tighten up in the middle of a recoil.  Now your barrel is aligned with the clouds, and you need to fight it back down as hard as you fought it going up there.

These quick tips might not settle in right away.  Tam even describes that.  But then a lightbulb goes off and "Ohhhhhhhhh, that's what they mean..."

Took me a while to grok Cooper's "Front sight, press..." properly.  I mean I knew what he meant, but didn't know what he meant.  Now I sorta do.  Know.  What was meant.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Panic buying time

Well, there is serious talk of gun banning legislation, and I wish Trump would listen to Junior on this more than to Ivanka.

But be that as it may, gun control talk can lead to a run on gun supplies.  With that in mind, I bought a buncha range ammo.  Ordered it Tuesday.  It arrived yesterday.  Not shabby.  I love online ammo stores these days, and I usually use Lucky Gunner.  I try to click the add on someone else's blog page when I do.

Anyway, ready to weather any panic buys without dipping into the reserves.  I burn through a bit, practicing.

When I buy .38 special, I try to get semi-jacketed soft point.  It is better for my Marlin lever gun. But only Magtech carries that variety ATT.  I'd prefer Federal.  Something less stinky.  Though I bet I'd be fine with a flat nose FMJ variety in that gun.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

White Supremecism

"Is Santa Claus.  It doesn't exist, but millions of people keep the lie alive for their own benefit."

Where did I read that?  It was in an article I read recently.

Remember the 1920s?  When the Klan numbered in the millions and were the muscle for the Democrat party?  Well, this is almost the 20s again, and there are barely a thousand but making them seem to be millions is somehow in the Dem's best interest. 

Guide to Gun Control

What They Say:
Magazine limes, assault weapons bans, etc.


What They Mean:
These are to incrementally expand classes of unacceptable weapons until it includes all of them.  Yes even your duck gun and .30-30 dear rifle.  It started with cheap imports/Saturday Night Specials in the late 60s.  Hell it sorta started in the 30s with sawed offs and machine guns and whatnot.  This ban path has been less successful for them now, and is sort of a blind hole.  It's hard to get weapons in common usage banned for not being in common usage, as the courts have decisively ruled.  Easy to oppose via that route.


What They Say:
Red Flag Laws.  Take guns away from someone about to snap.


What They Mean:
This is to mainly help the divorce industry until it expands to more arbitrary future grabs.  And there is little limiting such an expansion.  Future exwives, girlfriends, mothers in law will seek advantage or revenge by triggering a Red Flag.  The problem is, while all version of these promise due process, the due process hasn't proven to work out that way, evidently, where Red Flag legislation has gone down.  Maybe these sort of things will be acceptable if the due process parts have teeth.  False accusation must have dire consequences.  But what are the chances of decent, adequate, protections being in there?  Oppose.


What They Say:
Universal Background Checks, close the gunshow loopholes.


What They Mean:
Nationwide gun registration.  Can't go around confiscating guns if they don't know where the guns are, right?  Grandpa give a prized revolver to his grandson on the latter's 21st birthday without asking permission from the government and subsequent record keeping?  PRISON for both.  That's a big incentivator to comply with your eventual confiscation.

To prove it is really a gun registration law and not a background check law just suggest divorcing the serial number reporting requirement from the check.  Watch the gun banners squawk.

So, oppose universal background checks for the Trojan horse it is.  






Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Joe Biden wants my vote

He's gonna buy it by giving me back $1300 of my dollars every year.  A nice little bribe.  A good offer.

whisper whisper whisper...

WHAT?!

No, he promises to take back $1300 of my dollars every year.  Rat bastard.  Go piss up a rope, Gropey Joe.  Not a good way to make me more conducive to vote for you.  You'd have to more than go full Ted Nugent on guns laws with that kind of attitude toward me money. 

1300 smackers is 1.5 mortgage payments.  It buys a lotta range ammo.  Box of 50 every week, just about thereabouts.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Metrocons

There are three folks on/were-on National Review that were not Metrocons.  Jim Geraghty, Charlie Cooke, and Kevin Williamson.

I met Charlie and Jim at a NRA convention.  And, truthfully, I dunno if either still works at the Fortnightly.  I haven't been reading them much.  I lost interest when a lotta staff went Democrat in 2017.

Jim seems to be a metro type, just lucked out and didn't get the 'guns are icky!' reflex.  He isn't too experienced shooting.  I remember some First Time Shooter posts he put up.  His heart is in the right place.

Charlie is a British expat, fresh faced brand new US citizen.  So he comes from a different place.

Now Kevin.  He's from Texas.  He's actually commented on my blog back when blogs were still a thing.  He's had some odd flights, but not on guns.


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(Oops. forgot Robert Verbruggen.)

Monday, August 12, 2019

So...

So the full court press is on again, it seems, for more gun control.  Not letting a crisis go to waste.

From what I gather being away for the computer for so long, folks want a nationwide Red Flag law Or "confiscate without evident due process on anyone the government feels like that week, but ostensibly angry folks that look about to snap."  I say without evident due process because you already have some states with Red Flag laws with due process protection baked in.  But I've seen reports of many confiscations, but no reports of guns returned after the due process.

But there isn't a Red Flag law on the tarmac.  There is a House passed universal background check bill which boils down to universal gun registration (and don't work in reducing murders/deaths).  The Senate could convene any day and pass that in seconds.  Mitch is under pressure but so far seems to be dragging his feet.  Which is good.  In that he says wait a few weeks vis emergency reconvene.  Maybe that will be enough to fend it off.

Trump on the other hand is making gun control noises.  Never firm on our side he sees doing such as a way to gather in some more votes.  And doesn't appear worried he'll lose others.  I don't like it, no sir.

And the NRA is hamstrung by infighting.  Is it true the NRA bought LaPierre a $6 million house so he'd leave?  Worth it. So worth it.  So who will be his replacement?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Old Timey Manufacturing Boom Boom

When watching this I like to turn up the playback speed to 1.5.  It gives it a more Olde Timey feel, and/or the workers seem to have a greater sense of urgency.  Like they gotta get this shells to them doughboys overseas. 

Careful fellas!  Wouldn't want quality to fall off.  Or, worse, an accident that takes out the whole town.




Saturday, August 10, 2019

I've been away from the news for 2 weeks

RoMERO reserve duty.

Anything happen while I was gone?

M3

It was only with this video of the M3 did I finally see the lines of the M4 Sherman.  I am kicking myself for not noticing sooner.








See?  That commonality would make the logistical tail easier.  Even if you argue it is not the optimal design.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Men in Sheds

I'm a sucker for bookbinders, too.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrds!

Just look at these machinist fanbois geek out over every machine at the Starrett works.



Yeah, I totally get that and would be doing it right along with them.  Just like I would at Springfield Armory. And a plethora of other esoteric interests of mine.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Come with me if you want to live

The Terminator music really makes this assembly line video.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Just look!

LOOK at all the machining operations they cram into this one video.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

I overlook the French

And at my detriment.

When I think of great engineering feats in history I think of Germany and Scotland and America. 

My engineering school had OODLES of looted war-booty from WWII in the library.  Stacks and stacks of engineering books written in German.  German engineering is and was important.

But the French were no slouches.  I think the language barrier is a big obstacle for the French stuff.  German less so because we were motivated to translate a lot of that library.

Sometime the French had a problem with timing or follow through.  The Lebel rifle for example.  Way ahead of it's time when introduced.  But then they didn't keep at it.  Improving or upgrading... if they kept their advantage and were diligent can you imagine the advanced weapon they COULD have entered WWI with?  Maybe the MAS-49, but 40 years earlier.  Wouldn't that have been something?

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Lathe

It is no exaggeration that the lathe is an INCREDIBLY important human inventing that is a key factor in the very existence of our modern world.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Etaoin

Gawd, I love those machines.

My great grandfather was a linotype machinist.  I wish I could have hanged out with him while he worked.


Monday, July 29, 2019

In Another Life

I would have wanted to do this for 50 years.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Gritty Chase Scene

That looks like R. Lee Ermey in one of the chase cars.  Well, his eyebrows.

Never seen this movie.



Lileks would be all over finding this town on Google Maps.  Thing is, it isn't a major familiar city, and it's all gritty and stuff.  Hard to discern major landmarks like famous theaters or whatnot.   Next step is to freeze frame on street signs, especially cross streets.  Narrow the film archaeology down that way.

It's mostly American cars, but I get a feeling this is a furren locale...   I felt Italy or Spain initially, but...  American cars.  Is that Italian they are talking?  The one way signs are wrong for the USA.  Even for 1971 or 2.



Rue Paree - Detour sign?  FRENCH!  Montreal, mebbe?  Bilingual signs and American iron but San Fran style hills, so not Nawlins.  Continue...

See THIS scene would tell the story.  Lileks would have a map of this interchange from this:


One way to the Pont Champlain bridge, the other to Downtown.  Montreal confirmed.  Does that neon sign say some version of Farine Five Roses?

So, in that scene maybe here.  Or in this picture somewhere, sure.




Hey I did it!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

I love these old ads


From gun magazines in the early 60s.  It as more sophisticated and elegant time.





Damn hopheads.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Gonna be outta pocket

For a little while.

I have prepped some post.  They won't be topical.  But lately my quality has suffered anyway.  Maybe you won't notice the difference.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Science

People try to convince me that Catastrophic Anthropogenic Greenhouse Climate Change is consensus science, but don't know what a falsifiable hypothesis is.  Or care.  It's pretty basic.

And they disregard acres of massaged and falsified dataIgnoring such fraud ever happened

It's not science.  It's Lysenkoism. 

You have a lot to overcome to gain my trust about your word on the subject, so-called 'experts.'

Einstein said you could discard his WHOLE THEORY if you could measure gravitic lensing in the coming solar eclipse and find the measurement don't match his math. 

In an instant of calculation he could be safely ignored.  If his prediction of the calculations came up like he said then more study would be required and his theory would hold valid until it passed the next test.  It was falsifiable. 

It wasn't like Freud or Marxism where they twist facts to suit theories rather than theories to suit facts.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wait

That was a 22nd of July Range Day. Not 21.

My brain is so fried.

Reading some Ambrose Bierce stories.  Of course we saw a movie of one of his stories back in grammar school.  It was done in France, I think.  But there is no dialogue.  An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge.  Maybe you remember it.




Wait. It's got Rod Serling.

But wait, again! "This film was made as a school project at BKF, University of Applied Sciences, Budapest."

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 21 Range

Five cylinders worth.

What was I thinking getting Magtech?  Remind me to lay off that brand.  It's fine, I guess.  A bit smokey. 

Ok, I've color coded.










































All at 25 feet.

First cylinder, no dry fire, is Red.  Not bad.  THEN some dry fire.

I compensated for second cylinder too much:  Yellow.  A bit high. 

Green is next.  I notice I am hitting to the left.  But less high.  All three rounds were very fast shooting.  I need to not do that.  2.  Then wait.  2 more.  WAIT.  Final.  Don't train myself to fire to click click click click.

I compensated EVEN MORE for the leaning to the left and miss twice with Pink.  Boo.  Don't do that. 

So, I relax, and try to remember on a J-Frame that that front sight has to be nestled well in that trench and you still have to do the job with the finger.  There you go.  Blue. 

New camera, too. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

I'm not judging but...




At least it is a form of retention holster.

Lethargic

From all the heat this past weekend.  And work the week before.   But the temp should have broken today.  I think I'll pack a revolver and just take that to the range.

I never practice enough with the revolver.  But when I do, I tend to still keep in on center mass.  Which pleases me to no end.  But really, it's just excuses for not practicing enough.  "How much practice do you think you need, T-Bolt?"  More.  Always more.

It's not conducive to improving my fine trigger skills like a 1911 is.  For one thing, it's a model 640.  I can't practice single action with it.  And you people that shoot revolvers know that the trigger pull in comparison to SA or striker triggers is a whole nother animal.

I think my practice ammo stocks of all flavors is a bit low.  I need to inventory and maybe make a purchase. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

June was the warmest month EVER

No it wasn't.  That is fake news.  They fake the data, and conveniently forget historical information.  Borepatch with tell ya.

Too hot to shoot folks

Yet, they are.

This one is south of the District.  Halfway between DC and Fredericksburg.  Horrible rush hour traffic down that way.  Near Quantico, for you Marine types, close to the museum.

Remember this is just today.  There was some shooting in northeast and southeast DC earlier in the weekend.  Those sounded pharmaceutically related.


You Don't Hear About These

So much, round here.  When self defense happens it should make then news.

So, someone drunk or high, I'd wager, maybe crazed by the heat, bangs on the wrong door and eventually bangs his way in, despite warnings, and catches a shot.  More info when they learn it.

Now Woodbine in north of interstate 70.  It starts to get less suburban and more rural.  That part of Maryland is sometimes referred to as 'almost Pennsylvania'.

You are in rifle hunting country, standing in Woodbine, but that county line that separates Howard (shotgun slugs for deer) and Carroll (rifle allowed) is right there.   That's how rural that area is. 



East of Woodbine, in Charm City, the City that Reads, lovely downtown Bloodymore, 9 shot, 2 fatally.  It's way too hot for those kind of shenanigans.  I don't go to the city anymore.  Last time was 8 years ago on my birthday.  Also saw a Roller Derby down there. 

I wonder how many Defensive Gun Uses happen in Maryland and don't get reported because no one died.  Or get reported as something else until the dust settles. "A man shot to death another man on the 400 block of Blaumenshire Street today," and later it turns out to be justified.


I was 5 months old





Still saw it.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Here is the lesson





Colonel Blimp

Oi!

It's hot.

But I find myself having a hard time noting the difference between 94 and 101.

I'd like to go back 106 years and try out what 134 felt like.  Where there was no AC, and no shade not built.  I'd only want to try it out for 15 minutes or so....  then zoom back to the house in 2019 where my AC is.

The Range has no AC in the range itself.  No thank you.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Spoke too soon.

Even BUSIER day yesterday. Jinxed myself

Haven't even had time to read headlines til near dark.

Trump partied with cheerleaders and Epstein was around?  This is awful.  Lemme look.

Oh.

The media source made me think High School cheerleaders.  It was NFL cheerleaders.  IOne this is awful though.  Those eyebrows.



Other than that?  What's the big deal? Whole lotta nuthin.

C'mon. Trump does bad things. Why not bring those things up. Why bring up neutral-to-good things? It's not like he is Bill Clinton, here. Or Gropey Joe Biden.

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The App I always wanted to get when I got a real cell phone was one of them Star Gazer apps. So I can ID stars in the sky and know when satellites are flying over. Got it. StarWalk2. Might get a plane traffic app, too. Recommendation for the plane tracker?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ronry

Erry boday on my team at work has been on vacation.  One comes back tomorrow.

So I have been on my own at work, doing the jobs of four people.  So lonely.  And busier than a one-armed paper hanger in an ass kicking contest.  Assuming I was also missing a leg.  And had a lot of wallpaper hanging to do. 

Not an excuse for the poor blogging, just an explanation.

Hey, that reminds me of that radio Pentecostal that signed off with "not a sermon, just a thought."  Remember that guy?  I think he may be local.  He'd have to be to penetrate my listening preference, I do not seek out religious radio programming.  I think this is him.  I did appreciate his brevity.

Also,  Delenda Est LaPierre.  After he is removed his office needs to be trashed and the plush pile carpet salted so nothing can ever grown in there again.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Crap

You cruise along for 3 weeks with plenty of blog fodder then these droughts come along.

Hmmm.

Why's it got to be shifting Overton windows and marginalizing Commies in the news?  No good news out of NRA?  No big gun cases progressing nicely?

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Some of my work buddies troll me.  Tell me they are gonna get a Taurus Judge for a first pistol.

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I wonder if there was some big turnover at one of our news stations, WTOP.  They went from relatively neutral to noticeably lean progressive in only a couple months, it seems.  Then they got themselves wrapped around their own axle, yesterday.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Because there are two types of Americans

Americans that want to tell others how to live, and Americans that want to be left alone to live their own life. Always have been. It's what people came here for. Yes, both those things.


Your's Truly

Been listening to Your's Truly, Johnny Dollar.



The last one, he was working for Dick Porter on the Shepherd Matter.  Doctor Shepherd was buying up life insurance, suspiciously.   And was worried about a threat on his life.  When he first met Johnny he had a .32 Automatic on him.  Dollar recognized it immediately.  Later, he IDs it further.  Colt.

Could it be?  Yours and mines favorite pre-1960 detective drama pocket pistol?  The Pocket Hammerless?  Ha!  Love that model.



Johnny could ALSO see at a glance that the safety was off.  Sharp eyes, that. Maybe too sharp...  And when he enjoined the good doctor to re-engage the safety, it made an aubible click.  Well, you gotta show something on the radio, so to speak. It helps keep the listeners engaged and paying off that expense report.

Monday, July 15, 2019

As the French say...

Le Monday, Bupkis, tout suite, si vous plait

Sorry, got very little...  Hmmm....

Ok, Trump is shaping the battlespace.  He just made the Democrat party and Democrat president candidate rally around the 'squad' they had been internecine fighting against.  The squad that is wildly unpopular to a supermajority of American voters.  And you know, I don't think the president planned it that way, though he may have.  This seems like his standard knee jerk reaction that comes from a natural internal instinct.  But if he can keep the Democrats painted into an unpopular corner, alternatively defending unpopular young Turks and battling for the soul of the party with same...  it'll make it easier to beat them in many contests.  Plus these young Turks have been accusing EVERYONE of racism.  Trump, of course.  But also Pelosi is racist and maybe even the Congressional Black Caucus is racist.  And if all those people are racist together, then, no one is.

And this didn't happen in a vacuum.  The day before peeps ran up a Mexican flag in place of the American one at an ICE facility.  I figure that was what got angry Trump to react the impolitic way he did.  I know that got me angry.

Ugh, Trump. Not very gunnie related.  And I always feel a little bit sticky after talking about him.  I still can't believe he is president, but yet I cannot look away.  He is... horri-wonderful?

Speaking of presidential politics, I predict Biden fades and Harris gets the nom.  If not Harris, Warren.  And I got a bet with work buddies on that.  The Biden fade part, at least.  Gunnie related: candidate Kamala Harris thinks too many black men have guns and intends to do something about that.



Seems kinda... racist.  But see the first point, by the election no one will be racist.

Hey, that turned into a decent sized post.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mini

This belt sander is ADORABLE and gives me a case of the Wants.

Another ad, that went unblocked.



Looks like they get belts from powerer jobs like these



That table is adjustable.  I'm thinking it would be a great little sander for a mini-lathe, sharpening the HSS bits or drill bits.  Other duties. 

And, being a gunnie, I think of how quickly that thing could ruin gun parts.  Prolly faster than a Dremel even.

Seriously, in some gunsmith applications it would be great. Don't go nuts with precision stuff, no.  And I am having a hard time thinking of an application this belt sander would do that a regular belt sander could not.  If your shop has no room for something bigger, this might be a way to go.   

Saturday, July 13, 2019

NS

This guy looks like JayGNeal Stephenson.

I saw that former blogger not too long ago.  He and his family are doing well.  You can still catch him on the SQRLRPT


People recommend I check out Neal's Diamond Age?  Any good?



Thursday, July 11, 2019

Range 8 July

Hmph.  Heeling.  With a few spots of doing it right.  Despite the poor performance I felt I knew what I was doing wrong and could fix it, but maybe not that day.  Stopped after 29 shots of AE 230 gr to keep from reinforcing failure.



No malfs.


  1. Crap, 3 big heels
  2. A spark of semi confidence
  3. Wheels getting loose
  4. And there they go.  Pack it in.


Good trigger pull is the key.  Why are some sessions just flinchier than others?  Hmmm.  The range was a bit more crowded than usual.  That can't help.


2019 has been a bad year for me


I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, finally.

First, a car made this Century.  It's got a black box and everything.

I got an EZPass.  More tracking my movements.

The electric company upgraded my meter from analog to digital despite my opting out of that.

My land line was upgraded to fiber.  This means when the power goes out, so does that phone.

And I just got my first cell phone.  Might as well, they got me every other which way.


I just want to go back to 1966 levels, but with desktop computers and the internet we have now.  THAT'S IT.  That would suit me fine.

Wait, did they still make a Powerwagon in 1966?  Well, sorta.  No matter, I'll just have to suffer with a Bonneville.  Maybe a Marathon for commuting.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Things that are fake

















Everyone lies to you. Everything is fake. And this is only this week. It's getting to the point where you have to assume most everything is projection or the opposite. If your mom says she loves you, don't take it at face value, check it out, thoroughly.