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...


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


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.


(Oops. forgot Robert Verbruggen.)

Monday, August 12, 2019


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?


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


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.