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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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.

Oh nice

If Governor I-was-only-a Klansman-at-Med-School can do some political grandstanding calling for a special session, the legislature can grandstand right back and adjourn that special session til November.  Good work.

No was talking about the only policy that might actually cut down on the damage if some copies the Virginia Beach shooter.  ALLOW folks to CCW inside municipal buildings.  The gun free zone prevented at least one known defensive weapon from being on the scene before the murderer began his spree.  

Instead, crazily, the Gun Grabbing Democrats wanted to make MORE victim disarmament zones.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Oh no!

James Lilek's dad died.  His dad was 94 and the death was unexpected.  Yes, unexpected.  Lileks invented web pages you didn't mind reading.  His dad was in the oil bidness.

The NRA is messed up

But whatcha bet when it comes time to vote next year there will the standard few to bupkis info available about who on the slate of candidates is for reform or agin it or in the pocket of so and so...

I don't know those people, mostly.  I need someone I know and trust that DOES know those people to go on record make some endorsements or talk extensively about that they are like. 

"Joe Schmoe is Wayne LaPierre's best friend, and is loyal to a fault."

"Sandy Smoo has always hated Wayne LaPierre and has been angling to dump him since 2003"

"Freddy Finley is kinda neutral.  He kinda like Wayne, but thinks Wayne, sometimes through no fault of his own, has become radioactive and should step down for the good of the org.  The purpose of which, according to Freddy, is to promote duck hunting"

"Franny Frinkle is true neutral.  Her biggest pet project is expanding CCW rights and carrying, and her work on the board is single minded in this pursuit.  Keep Wayne or dump Wayne, either way you gotta convice Franny which way leads to more CCW"

I like Franny.  Heck all those fictional board members are ok if they work for the good of the NRA's greater membership. 


I'm still wishing for a source of information I don't know how to secure myself and don't expect will be forthcoming no matter how much I beg those in the know

Monday, July 8, 2019


Oversimplified is a good youtube channel.

Sometimes, when I watch, I go, 'Hey, that is way oversimplified!' and I know I have a decent background on that historical subject.  But if I watch a video and don't say that, the entire video, that means I need to brush up the China's Three Kingdoms if I want to be well versed in it.  I missed something. The details of an oversimplified part. ANd if it is interesting I want to know more.

Well, that was oversimplified...

Sunday, July 7, 2019


This year I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

I was living a 20th Century life until this year.

It only took 19 years.

My car is modern.  I communicates with the mothership without my input and has a black box.  I got an EZPass, too.

My two strand landline is not fiber, with a funny box in the basement.  It won't work in a blackout.

And I just got a smart phone for the first time.  Lemme tell you, it is easier and faster to buy a car than to buy a phone.  Still haven't figured out how that all works.  Like, I dunno how they are gonna bill me.  But I tell you one thing.  I am paying the first bill with a check.

But it's been a banner year.  The Eye of Sauron is upon me.  Oh it was on me before.  It just had to use unusual means to watch.  Preverts.

Saturday, July 6, 2019


Really expensive CCW friendly khakis.

Well, they aren't utilikilt expensive.  Have you seen those? $200 buck for that?!  A simple manskirt costs more than fancy denim pants I could wear to a Texas wedding?  Phew.  I'm not usually afraid of paying for quaility, but this kilt thing...  (also, RIP American Woolrich)

Anyway, the internet thinks I need to see lots of ads for them Stryker britches with a nice pocket designed for better pocket carry.

I do like the retention features.  You could take a tumble down a hillside into a creek and get up and keep running and your j-frame would still be where you left it.  And on the thigh, there is easier access when sitting in your vehicle.  These features make it a bit slower, but life is tradeoffs.

I have carried in the 'grenade pocket' of the military style BDU pants.  I don't like that position.  I'd have to get used to weight over there.  My sciatica is also RIGHT there, so that's also annoying.  I imagine this Stryker thing would feel similar.

Most of my long pant have deep enough pockets that pocket carry in a regular pants pocket works fine.

But that short pants version has a bit more appeal.

So this advertisement isn't totally effective.  It didn't make me slap the plastic down and order it to be shipped to me.  It got me to look at it.  There is a long lead time to get one shipped.  If I really liked it, I'd get more and there are volume discounts to get your short pants price down from MSRP of $90.  By the time I got the shorts delivered it would be fall. Almost winter.  The long delay probably means they order an Asian factory to make a run, and I have less and less lucky with consistent sizing from Asian mills.  (I assume Asia, too, because if they were made in America they'd crow about it.)  So, not quite there.  But it got me to talk about here.  The pants do look well though out.

I wouldn't use it for anything but a pocket carry sized gun, personally.  I want service size pistols in a holster on a belt.  But a decent holster costs as much as this pant.  And a belt to hang it on costs as much as this pant.  So why am I complaining about pant prices?

Friday, July 5, 2019



The United Arab Emirates?  More Patriotic and American-loving than many Democrats?  Maybe.

Ya know...

Just because crazy people tell you the Betsy Ross flag is used by some KKK-Nazi types doesn't mean they do.  They trollin you.

And in the end, that is like 30 dudes, tops, so if they did use that flag you can sort of drown out their symbolism with your own.


Also, I don't like being lectured do about how horrible slavery in North America was 150+ years ago (and it was), and how people suffered so (and they did), by a guy that is currently and unironically a Marxist and a Socialist.  That's like Charles Manson lecturing a shoplifter for violating the morays mores of society.  (Yes, shoplifting is bad.  Never shoplift.  That is someone else's property.  Also don't murder 94 millions)


Also, you work for Nike and you are going to lecture other people about slavery?


I like the old 18th Century American flag.  It reminds me of the great experiment that this country is, and how much good we've done for the world just by existing.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Go forwards from there.

All are created equal. They are endowed with inalienable rights. Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.  Governments protect these three things.

Never go backwards from there. 

16 Year Olds

What did the British think?

"The Militia Laws should be repealed and none suffered to be re-enacted, the Arms of all the People should be taken away, & every piece of Ordnance removed into the King’s Stores, nor should any Foundry or manufactory of Arms, Gunpowder, or Warlike Stores, be ever suffered in America, nor should any Gunpowder, Lead, Arms or Ordnance be imported into it without License: they will have but little need of such things for the future, as the King's Troops, Ships & Forts will be sufficient to protect them from any danger."

Well, screw that noise.

Up the Rebels

Down the British 

Still got nuffin, have some Canadian fireworks

Since we are gonna be keeping the neighbors to the north awake tonite anyway...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Now I Got Nuffin

Was a pretty good run before this fuel tank of blogaroo juice ran down to E.


I got a phone.  A flip phone wasn't doing it.  I wanted to be able to breakdown in the middle of nowhere and not have to rely on others for help.  Like the last two time.  For that I need a web search for tow trucks and an uber to get home from the repair shop that guy would drop me at.  Maybe contact my former gunsmith who only communicate with the world through phone texting my IPad isn't allowed to do somehow.  And other minor incidental.

It was easier buying a car that it was buying a phone. Booo.


FINALLY, fake Glowball Warmening has a positive impact on the world. It hurts the Grass Hockey.

Never been a fan of soccer, even when I played it. Or band, after that. If I could do life over again there would another sport besides soccer, less years in high school foreign languages, and no band.

Ban soccer for the environment!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


This stuff is like pornography for Old Tool guys like myself.  No one tell RobertaX.

50 bucks for a handsaw in the middle of the Depression.

Why yes.  That's a professional tool.  Workmen would buy one to work 10 hour days.  It has to be good.  Tapered in two directions.  Comfortable handle.  It'd be like a carpenter today spending $900 on a DeWalt or Skilsaw.

But I am deep diving into 1920s era machine tools mayself...  Getting my micrometer on

Monday, July 1, 2019

Helmet For My Pillow

One thing I like about living in the future....  You can be reading about an account of Marines landing on Guadalcanal's Red Beach on your Kindle, wonder where that is, and on the same device, different app, look up the battle maps and modern day pictures.  Amazing.  In the 80s I'd have had to get up, go downstairs, open up a World Book, letter G, and read the account in the encyclopedia, which was never enough detail.   (and I had been composing this post for a while, and Tam comes out and notices similar stuff about reading these days, right in the middle of my train of thought.  Middle, well, actually, her insight beat me by SIX YEARS.)

Leckie is famous because he was in The Pacific.  And he wrote this.  Helmet for a Pillow.  He was a writer before the war, so he ain't shabby at stringing words together.

The narrative is all about him and the 3 or 4 enlisted Marines near him at the time.  Leadership is mostly absent or hapless.  And the Marines are hapless at soldiering at the beginning.  Not like the Marines of today.  Whom I'd think would have a lot more training before landing on an enemy beach.

But Leckie left stuff out though.  The narrative goes from swilling beer and walking around at Camp LeJuene, to the landing.  And I know there was at least one practice landing in New Zealand before that.  But a book can only be so long.  Obiously, he trained.  He lands on Guadalcanal and knows most everything about operating a heavy machine gun and does so.  Training is implied. 

It's one man's personal account.  He's not gonna speak to big concepts and capital T truth much beyond that, but there is plenty to mine in another man's experience.  He's also froofing it up a bit, making is a war story, not a documentary.  As most war account do.  And like I said, he does it pretty well. 

A big reason I am reading if for later chapters about Peleliu.  Though he isn't going to pick out my grandfather for me.

He does sorta pick out his Regimental Commander.  Well likes, but the Skipper's nickname is Colonel Five by Five.   Because he is that tall and that wide.  Colonel James W. Webb?  Can't find a picture of him... Wait. Clifton Cates?  Marine division/battalion/regiment nomenclature always gets me.  Leckie was 2/1, as the convention goes.  H company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

It was a vivid dream

And YOU were there.

A whole slew of my friends and family and favored co-workers and gunnies and what not were all sitting down to a great big long banquet table for a meal.  It had a white table cloth.  It was outdoors, and the weather was gorgeous, and it was in Northern Italy.

Lots of you brought children or nieces and nephews.  One of the younger ones didn't know what the Violent Femmes were.  So I started singing American Music.  And the rest of you joined in on the chorus.  Very well done, people, good job.  A great moment.

Better than the dream the night before when Blackjack bombers were flying over my house on a starry night, maneuvering violently, heading south.

Nightmarish, But was better than the night before.  When my old crotchety neighbor Archie was still alive, but mentally gone, and standing in his front yard, the most familiar place in the world, but recognizing nothing, and screaming, SCREAMING in terror.  That was a nightmare.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Recorded as it happened. It's difficult to watch.

Where do we find such men? This makes me feel very old and feeble.

Friday, June 28, 2019

"Man, lots of gunnies hate the NRA"

"But I'll never get like that.  No way.  They aren't perfect but they do great things and help hold the line.  There is nothing they can do that'll make me pull back my enthusiasm..."

Well apparently there is.

Man, NRA, you are gonna have to WIN my love back now, big time before I'll even consider supporting you again.  Do something for me and mine before yourselves.  Thanks for getting a whole buncha states CCW but that was about done 10 years ago.  I'd be impressed if you got the rest.

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Mayor DeBlasio quotes Che Guevera.

During Pride Month?  Pretty bold...

Ok, improvement, Range 25 June

Trigger control

There is "Make Trigger Go Good" which has a surprise break at the end.  Option A.   :-)

And there is "MakeTriggerGoNOW!" which has a flinch at the end.  Option B.  :-(

Now when you are shooting well and doing Option A you naturally want to do Option A but a tiny bit faster.  Then you get Option B as you drive faster than your headlights.  Out of practice I usually am Option B after the first shot and get to Option A then speed up if I have time and get back to Option B.  If I am disciplined I calm back down and end up at Option A again.

I think that is where I am goofing.  I know how to do Option A.  I forget and have to relearn Option A, even with frequent practice.  When I have Option A tuned in I immediately try to speed up Option A, because that would be a good thing.  And quickly get to Option B.  Too fast, no surprise, flinch creeps in.

35 more American Eagle .45 AC with no malfunctions.  Fewer, "Oh, Dammit!" shots.   1038 shot through gun.

Now, the real trick.  Speeding up Option A and keeping it Option A.

The worst shot on target #5 was the first of the magazine and they walked in closer after that.  Kinda enjoyed that. 

So, slightly better.  I listened to myself for once.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Say I DO buy a commodity plastic 9mm...

With my luck and if I get a M&P, then Smith will have financial problems again and not get any Police Department contracts.  Or if I get a M17, the War Department will change their mind and cancel procurement and go somewhere else the model will be nigh stillborn.

Glock is my third choice, but I am snakebit.  Something bad can happen to Glock and even the mighty Austrians can get eclipsed.

Now none of this bothers me none after the sale.  I have a Hudson, fully aware it could end up like it did.  I was just thinking aftermarket support.

Then again, there are enough Glocks out there after market support will last for decades if they magically never sold another new gun starting tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mandatory Gun Ownership

I'm on record as being for this.

Every non-prohibited household must own a defensive firearm.  It should be a nationwide law.  And Obamacare shows us the way.  If you are so philosophically opposed to firearms you just pay a yearly fee to be exempted. 

I'm also on record as being willing to compromise on this.  Push for mandatory firearm ownership, but reluctantly accept nationwide shall-issue and expunge every gun registration database.  We can also be merciful during the sentencing phases after the trials of the people that pushed for gun bans.  We aren't inflexible tyrannical monsters, after all. 

Monday, June 24, 2019


Does this mean Google is gonna quash my blooger posts if it looks like it will halp Trump?

Good thing Trump isn't so good for the Second Amendment.  Let's say he has a mixed record so far.  Some pretty good things, some pretty bad things.  So maybe they'll leave this part of the product suite.  Much to the happiness of my 4 readers that depend on me every day.

The election AFTER that will be bad.  Then they will purge the neutral ones, too, methinks

Fixing my heeling

Well, lots of things can go to it.  Fix my heeling flaw. 

A good trigger pull does it.  The bullseyes I shoot are all good surprise breaks.  Natch.

Distracting me from the heeling potential I can concentrate on pinning and reset, but there are diminishing returns with distractions.  They only work for a little while.  And then the shooting reset becomes a habit I may not want to cement in place.

More dry fire before range trip, sho'.

Rent a gun.  Trick myself with variety.

But I am at a loss otherwise, after all that.  "Be good at the trigger pull." Yeah, I KNOW that...  And, hell, that struggle is probably lifetime's effort for everybody.  Even the best shooters wouldn't mind improving that.

I don't think there is any trick that fixes it forever, for all time.  I should know that by now.

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Sharpening knives

It intimidates people.

It intimidated me, at first.

The trick is, like a good trigger pull, holding the blade at a consistent angle.  Locking your wrists and holding the blade consistently is the key.  Lock your arms to you side.  Back and forth, without lifting the blade, on a relatively flat stone.  Flip the blade and do the other side the same way.

"T-bolt, stones are expensive!  And hard to keep up!"

Yes.  Buy ceramic stone.  Medium, Fine, Extra Fine.  As big as you can get.  Use a touch of 3-in-1 oil for lubricant.  That's still $200.

Gluing  600 grit, 1000 grit, and 3000 grit sandpaper to a granite tile is about as good, and much cheaper.

If you blade is really bad you might start with 240 grit.  If you get REALLY skilled at sharpening, something in the 6000 grit range might be for you, but that's not what this post is about.  If you are that good you can teach me tips.

Be careful of dubbing.  Where you round over the edge because of flexible backing or bad stopping or non consistent hold.  Everyone dubs some, doing it freehand.  When you get consistent it lessens and you get satisfied with your edge and it is sharp.

Back and forth, back and forth.  Don't lift the blade.  That's where you get wonky angle changes.  Stay on the abrasive for more control.  Use oil (or water if you have waterstones).  It keeps the stone or paper from clogging or glazing and it also pushes away the swarth.  Swarth is particles of knife steel and bits of abrasive.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Levels of Drunkeness

No, not this.

If I have 3 beers on a Thursday, I can still drive, and have no problem getting up for work on Friday.

This is for me!  All this.  YOUR mileage may vary.

That then means I can drink 8 beers on Friday. Wake up Saturday with no ill effects.  As long as there is no alarm clock.  Just wake up in my own time.  The three practice beers Thursday made eacy 8 A-OK.

But 8 beers means my judgement is clouded.  And I might say "What the heck?" and have a ninth.  Bad call.  I will now be hungover Saturday morning.  Pain behind my right eye all day.  It's awful.

But if I had 8 on Friday, 9 on Saturday is just fine.  I will be OK Sunday morning.  This is all assuming no other alcohol consumption during the rest of the week,  Just weekend binges, with, perhaps, Thursday pregame.

I've had this drinking wisdom for decades.  But that 'cloudy judgement' thing is a persistent spoiler.  Next life, I hope I am a teetotaler. Not the annoying kind, tho.  Maybe have a hop allergy. 

Friday, June 21, 2019


Range 19 June

It was awful and pretty good at the same time.

Pretty good in that when I was 'on' the groups were pretty tight in the 2 o'clock spot on the target, all touching.

Awful because of some HORRID fliers from flinching.

No malfunctions, and back to shooting the 1911.  Topped a grand, and put on three spots of oil in the usual spots.  36 rounds, 1003 total through the gun.  Not one malf in a 1000.

  Hey, notice all the fliers are up and away except that first one on target number one?  That is my old flaw.  Not I got that new flaw.   And just with 1911s.  The Hudson goes elsewhere.  Another reason I am considering a black plastic commodity pistol. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Struck Down with a Heavenly Bolt

So, Hillary goes to a sacred 9/11 commemoration, and her health fails and she collapses and has to be tossed in a van like a sack of potatoes.

Now Merkel meets with the Ukrainian president and goes into conniptions.

In 9/11 it was the free world against the rising forces of terrist evil.
With the Berlin thing, Merkel is facing a Ukrainian who is opposing the rising forces of Russian evil.

And both timse these people, Hillary and Angela, flag and falter in the disinfecting light of symbolic Liberty.

It's like the Duck of Death's speech of what happens when you some English person meets royalty.

Or how some people worry lightning will strike them if they enter a church, with the sinful life they've lead up to that point.

Don't shoot either lady. Neither are worth it. And neither are presidents or queens.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

That's what caused your massacre

Prohibiting firearms in Virginia Beach gov't offices is what CAUSED your massacre.  We know for a fact at least one other person would have been armed and able to face the murderer on equal footing if the rules have been different.  Your proposal to make it MORE prohibited is bizarre and immoral.

"But you Gun Fanatics don't consider if you can already carry a mass murdered would already have his gun at work and be able to slaughter the place that much sooner!"

First of all, that already happened.

Second of all, you are worried that a CCW person, some of the most law abiding people on the planet.  More so than cops, as a class of people, might snap, and go on a spree?

"Yeah!  Like that!  Who's the stop that guy if he get's mad at work one day?"

Who watches the watchmen? 


The second CCW person in that office.  Heck there might be a half dozen people there that don't even know any of the others are strapped.  Happens all the time.  Like the last time you were at the grocery store.  They aren't all going to snap at once.  Sort of a balance, huh?  Might keep the massacre numbers down, too.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

When you practice

When you practice and try to go to the range nigh weekly...  It's amazing how fast you burn through your ammo. 

And I purposely don't shoot a lot each time.  Doesn't cost me extra each time I go, I don't have to put 100 down range to feel like I got my lane rental money's worth. 

So, shooting 42ish rounds per... It still seemed like I ordered a thousand rounds to be delivered only a month or two ago. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

That sounds familiar

"If you have to buy just one knife, make it a chef's knife.  It's the most versatile."


Like gunnie and survival talk, right there.  If you have to buy one gun, make it a .22/shotty/CCW/AR/etc.

But, not one with a kitchen making food is ever forced to just have one knife.  There is always more. 

Same with gunnies and survivalist.

"Beware of a man with only one gun.  He's probably very good with it."  Well, maybe.  But who has only one gun?  Poor people that use that one gun to put meat in the pot.  A subset of Americans that shrinks all the time.  And a person that bought a gun as an afterthought.  And maybe used it one.  This second type of person isn't very good with that gun.

But when was the last time you met a survivalist that has been doing this a while and had only one gun?  A lot of survivalist, if they sold 90% of their massive gun collection, could afford to buy that rural homestead property, finally.  And still be well armed when they get there.


Ah, but there is a time when you can find having to choose only one.  Kitchen Knife or Gun. When you have to pare down fast and space and weight limitations restrict you to only one tool.  Like the volcano blew and it had volcano EMP and now you gotta walk to your prepper cabin 100 or other shelter miles away in a week.  Which gun do you grab?

Or, you are a chef given the chance of a lifetime to conduct a seminar in Belize and have to fly our with one piece of checked luggage in 3 hours, so only so much kitchen equipment is coming. 

And you chef's knife is what you are most familiar with, maybe.  And most skilled with.  And how likely you are to find a replacement for a very personal customized item when you get there.

Same with the gun.  If I have to flee the Baltimore EMP Volcano Eruption with Sharknados thrown in....  That choice might be the lighter CCW pistol over a rifle, despite whatever 'conventional wisdom' you are thinking up right now.  I have to walk around here, and civilization may be about to collapse, (hence the risk to take a gun around here) but it hasn't collapsed yet, and I need no extra attention drawn to me.  I am more practiced with the pistol, too.  It's lighter.  It might be my chef's knife.   

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Oh my!

Have you noticed that lost of places end with the letter A?  Watching to globe spin on the British Empire in the beginning of that video I went:

  • Burma
  • India
  • Arabia
  • Africa
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Bermuda
  • Cuba
  • America
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Venezueal
  • Alaska
  • Australia
  • China
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah.  On and on.

Just struck me, sudden like.  Weird how the brain works.

Not in the Old World Western Civilization areas, tho.  

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • Luxemborg
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Someone more eloquent than me

Discusses Depression Lust on the left that I also noticed 10 years ago.  NPR was BEGGING for bread lines.  "Next Christmas, the most appreciated gift will be food," because people won't be able to afford it.

It's not that a big economic downturn can't happen.  It surely can.  But geez, don't wish it into existence.

Old Tony

Friday, June 14, 2019

Feeling Poorly

Maybe more later.  Going to doctor.  Sure it is nothing.

Hey, it's only halfway-ish though June and I already got 24 posts.  Readership is down 66% from this time last year, unless I get a link from somebody.  

So why keep the blog up?  Habit.  Testing my self-discipline.  I still like it.  It keeps me focused on the issue when by now I'd be a 2 range days a year sorta person.  So that's nice.  I guess.  I'll quit when I wanna, and I don't wanna.  

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fake News

Yeah, this can't be true.  Going full Bond Villain to execute a prisoner in North Korea with piranhas?  I'm calling BS.

Is this footage from it?

Lil Kim would never rip off Trey and Matt.

So Bernie...

Is gonna give me a lotta stuff.  He says.  Economic Bill O' Rights.

No word on what he is gonna take from me. 

I bet if I asked he'd say he'd take nothing from me.  Oooo, noice!

But he would be lying.

Then there is this gun content about it.

You know, his party and him messed up healthcare in the first place. I mean it wasn't perfect before. We had great healthcare with a semi-lousy way to pay for it. But now it is much worse. These peeps, Bernie included, got some gall asking us to trust them to fix something they are responsible for breaking.

Gotta bet with a work buddy. I bet him Biden would NOT be the nominee. I thought he'd burn out and fade away. Go Jeb. I think it will be Harris, but my second guess is Fauxcahontas. I win the $20 if Biden goes away, tho, it doesn't matter who steps up to fill the spot.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The $400 myth

Americans May Be Strapped, But the Go-To Statistic Is False

So people aren't really as poor as all that.  It's media people that stopped paying attention in math class at age 13 not understanding statistics, and me not doing due diligence keeping tabs on them Journo majors when I know I should.

I even lamented about this exaggeration in a previous post.   I'm still doing fine, but I have less to worry about with my fellow countrymen.

Man, the media LOVES to bask in squalor.  They were SO excited when the downturn happened in 2008.  Especially NPR.  Like they looked forward to seeing breadlines and Hoovervilles.  It would help them cement their preferred leftist economic policy, they thought.  They needed another Great Depression.  Call it the Great Recession this time.  And Obama was a good choice if you wanted to extend bad economic times, it proved.

But you gotta be careful.  What if the next guy is smarter than your guy and appears to turn on a powerful economic engine like he was flipping a switch?  Affording him to even use the economy as a weapon to try to improve our outlook further.  Man, I hope that works out.  Keep the economy humming and throw us a few 2A wins, Orange Man, and I'll be pleased as punch.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This is why

This is why you don't want 'universal' background checks

Because where it is enacted eventually gets to this.  A frail old man rightfully defends himself in his home and now he is going to go to prison because he had his grandad's pistol in his bedside drawer. 

You know who else had that.  My crotchety old neighbor Archie.   Fortunately, Maryland is about 50 years behind New York.  We have so-called 'universal' background checks and subsequent registration, but the state hasn't thrown any grandpas in jail for it yet.  They are working up the courage and impunity for that.   But for now the only way the weaker registration law can really hang you up with the state if is your incriminate yourself to the police.  "Oh that gun, I got that in 2012."  Don't say that.  Let them figure out when you got it, and prove that, and if that breaks state law and how badly it does, and what lengths they want to drag it with an uncooperative defendant.   Shhh.  Don't be the grandad in the orange jump suit by talking your own way in there.       

I hate it when you get over enthusiastic DA trampling on regular folks and abusing gov't power. 

Oh, an in New York, you might want to take Biden's advice and use a shotty. 

Another case where a strong SCOTUS ruling against registration would be welcome, so abuses as this don't happen.  Or a SCOTUS ruling that this sort of thing only rises to misdemeanor.  I'm not holding my breath.  Even with a another Trump appointee on the bench in the place of RBG

Monday, June 10, 2019


Gun Seller That Bet Big on Hillary Clinton Getting Elected Goes Bankrupt

I mean, that's not good, a gunnie going bankrupt after taking a big risk, but, hey, at least President Hillary didn't appoint 3 SCOTUS judges by now.

Range 4 June


To eject.

First round of the second magazine, #11, the rim escaped the extractor, and it was left in the chamber, only a quarter withdrawn.  Round twelve then got hung up trying to enter where eleven was obstructing.  Correction necessitate stripping the mag out, letting #12 fall free, and cycling the slide.  This was difficult until the slide was locked back.  The gun was hung up for 20 seconds, maybe?

Saved #11 spend case and a control case to inspect.

Possible caused.  Extractor issue.  Round 12 got loose and wedged under 11 early, holding 11 in place even if the extractor is ideal in function.  Extractor type is S&W external style and has given me a problem in the past.

Anyway, back to the rest of the session.

Ok, I am noticing a pattern.  Go to the range every week and the accuracy levels off at 'pretty good'.  Skip a couple week and it is still good, for some reason, the next time back.  But the accuracy falls off dramatically in subsequent sessions until it slowly build to the 'pretty good' plateau level.

Also, the front sight is too high.  I'd rather have hold under than hold over.  Nothe the yellow circles.

50 rounds of American Eagle, 492 since I got the gun.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Hey! The ONE thing I was good at in the Navy.

I was the only Navy guy, and officer, in my dunker runs.  The rest was enlisted Marine aircrew.  In one of the dunks you wear goggles that are blacked out to simulate darkness, but it's all in a well lit (indoor, for me) pool with safety divers, as you see.

There is a trick to staying oriented, and I am comfortable and calm in the water.  Even blind and upside down, with my sinuses and ears full of water.  (It's top heavy, the UH-46 is, so it flips) The Marines?  Some of them, not so much.  If I didn't want to get a panicky kick in the face leaving I had to wait them out.  So I was fine.

You wear, well we wore, flight gear, boots, helmet, gloves. Not bike helmets or what have you. Well, these aren't really aircrew types, I don't think. It is disorienting.

Their fake helicopter has much bigger hatches than mine did.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

I had to have shared this before...

Trigger Happy Harry

Just oodles of cringworthy safety gaffes from a time when even SAFE folks were a lot more tolerant of stuff you'd clinch up over today.

21 minutes of this? Yikes. Dang NRA.

4:00. Why did that simpleton choose an Auto-5 shotgun? Dunnine Kreuger, I guess. He doesn't know how dumb he is. Break action for him is wiser. At least people can see at a glance he isn't an immediate hazard.

5:00. Lady shooters. Doing coed outreach even back 75 years ago. I love the look of that gun range, too.

I love the wallpaper(8:35) and paneling (6:15). And that wool hunting coat! (11:45)

Here is the hapless protagonist about to do some home gunsmithing on his revolver. Unwise, in his case, surely, but what's this?

Does Harry have a grenade in his workshop?