Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What do you do here?

Wayne?  You can't think of ANY gun law that might be a bit much?  A bit of an infringement?  Not providing any public safety benefits despite what it was billed as before it was passed (like that matters with a right anyway)?

You suck up all the money to live high on the hog, AND you don't really advocate for our rights, which should have been you raison d'etre.  Plus flubbing the New York incorporation.  Out.  Of.  Touch.  


If you had said "We don't need to repeal any gun laws," out loud I'd be for investigating you for malfeasance to pack you away in prison.  Instead of retire.

Retire, you have outlived your usefulness.  If you ever had much in the first place.  Now you have the utility for the cause as an ashtray on a motorbike.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021


 I'd been reading up on the Waco Siege of the Branch Davidians because the ATF was being all mournful of the 4 agents that dies there.  Not so much for the 80 some 'civilians' that died there (2 dozen children) because the ATF wanted to make a flashy arrest for the cameras and elevate their exposure.

Oh, their exposure got elevated alright.

The thing that got the ATF sniffing around is the cult (a bit sketchy as a cult, yes, but the ATF doesn't arrest people for being in a fringe Christian group...) were firearms enthusiasts.  They made some folding money with an FFL selling stuff at gun shows.  Being very meticulous to properly fill out the ATF forms.  The ATF found it sketchy that they got shipped firearms accessories.  Citing a time when they got 60 AR magazines at one time.


I bet more than one reader of this tiny blog has considered owning up to sixty magazines for personal use.  

For that all this people had to die.

President Clinton:  "Why can't you just wait them out?"

Janet Reno: "Well, the FBI shooter team is getting tired."

President Clinton: "..."

Janet Reno:  "Plus reports children are getting molested, like all them Satanic daycare centers across the country!"

President Clinton:  "Whatever... Look, do what you want, but if this goes pear shaped that is on you."

And it went pear shaped.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Does Mitt have a brother?

That, you know, likes to drink a lot, and was known for being a southpaw boxer back in the day.

Like Harry Reid's brother!  Sure, Harry, it slipped.  

Wait, Mitt was visiting his boy, Tagg.  No word on Tagg's boxing prowess.


 But I thought that I was the only one that went on Ancient Rome fish sauce jags.


If I had a time machine I'd go back to 1979 and bring back some Trac II razors.

But I'd also go back to 79 BC and bring back an amphora of garum.  Just to see what the fuss was about.

Monday always sneaks up on me.

 Been doin some experimenting.  Dosing with booze to help with sleeping.  What with the painful spine and all.  Beer is less effective than I remember, and wine isn’t much better.   But four fingers of bourbon does a decent job.  And unlike opioids, alcohol isn’t addictive.


It is?!  No shit.  Huh.

Sunday, February 28, 2021


 Sometime I want to get into machining.  Maybe make a clock.  Maybe use a foundry to pour the brass or aluminum or whatnot.  If I had a really good foundry...  Steel 1911 parts!

Maybe not.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Shaving x2

"What about electric razors, T-Bolt?  I don't know about relative efficiency, but... Maybe try those?"

You know, I did try some electric razors back in the day.  The Norelco ones with the circular blades, the straight across old school Remington kind, the newer fangled Braun types. They didn't shave as close, I got gigged at uniform inspections because of that.  And something about them irritated my skin and sometime that irritation because a skin infection.

One of the things about wet shaving is the intense application of hot water and a soapy product and then scraping away dead skin and skin oil with the blade.  It cut down on acne as soon as a shaved that way, regular.  Plus no other infections.  

I have noticed that older men switch to electric razors a lot of times.  I don't know why.  Looser face skin?  Less steady hands?  Same reason old guys look for something single action for ease of use?  Dunno.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Genius Smartguns

"We can use AI to make ethically correct Smart Guns that locks out mass shooters"

Pass me by with that nonsense.  You can't even make functioning DUMB Smartguns.  

We've been over this.  The smartgun part of a smart gun will fail sometimes (fail a LOTTA times for early generation smart gizmos.)

When it fails will it fail safe or non-safe?  

Will the owner need to use his gun, but the tech falsely locks him out?  Or will the owner need the gun not to function because the bad guy grabbed it but it DOESN'T lock the bad guy out?  That's fail safe versus fail non-safe.

Either way is a lawsuit and makes the scheme unviable.  So now the gummint has to bend over backward for that.  But they seem to be the former.  Fail, and not shoot, even when the rightful owners wants to and needs to.  Of course.  

If the gummint wants to repeal the Second and ban all gun just try that (and good luck).  Don't do it via this Rube Goldberg method.  

Thursday, February 25, 2021

My County's School System


If they wanted to end the fully vaccinated, over-unioned, teachers they should set a date to re-open the schools and stop paying the teachers that don't come back.  It's not like the county is taking in a lotta tax money with everyone not participating in the local economy as hard, where is the teacher salary money coming from?

We do, truly, live in amazing times.  SUCH a long mass quarantine!  Couldn't have done what we've done now back in 1920.   Or 1990 for that matter.  People would have had to break it pretty quick if not for the internet and our ability to get people to deliver everything.  No matter your opinion on the lockdown efficacy, the fact what was done was even possible amazed.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

You know what else makes me feel shame

Installing the mag release button before replacing the trigger/trigger-bow. 

And ALL 1911 gunsmiths have done that.  More than once.  Guaranteed.  They often don't care to admit it... 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Illegally Possessed Firearm

 Nice!  You don't see many of these around anymore.  The opening of Superman?

The Gutta Percha looks to be in fine shape.

Now I've heard of five-screw S&W and started counting.  Five!  But wait, it's a Colt.  Took me a minute to notice and then I felt great shame.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Or Straight Razors

"Fountain pens, automatic watches, tube amps, revolvers, mechanical cameras..."  I am right there with you, Tam, on old style tech.  Fascinated by it.  And dabble in it to one degree or another.  

But.  I can tell you definitive experience, the technological progression of the shaving razor were all upgrades.  For a time.  (Tam doesn't argue agin this, per se, this is more a general old-style tech argument with To Whom It May Concern in the header)

I shave with a straight razor occasionally.  I am decent at it.  It is easy once you know the method and get over that first scary hurdle where you might, no shit, cut your throat unto death.  It's a skill and a luxury shave when you have time.  Like on a Saturday.

But a straight razor is slow and inefficient.  Compared to a safety razor.  You know, that double edged razor blade invented a bit over a hundred years ago.  I shave with one.  Most days.  Much faster to accomplish when you gotta get to work.  My father shaver with one, too, in the 70s.  I shave with it as a bit of a conceit to the older tech.  But.  Then...

Remember the hype of the Trac II on the TV commercials?  'The first blade cuts, the second blade gets it before it retracts into the skin.'  I'm here to tell you, on a beard only 24 hours since the last cut?  This razor is much closer, much faster, much more efficient than a safety razor.  Fewer nicks and cuts too.  A  disposable double blade would shave faster than my Olde Timey safety razor at only a bit more cost.  

Then, the razor reach exceeds the grasp.  It's harder to get under the nose with a triple blade, even harder with a quintuple blade.  The slimy lubrication strip on the cartridge just makes it harder to clean your face after.  The swivel does nothing special.  Shaving efficiency hit the wall in the 1970s, sad to say.  I use Mach 3 three-bladed cartridges when I shave my head.  For my face?  Nothing patented after 1975 is an improvement.  If Trac II cartridges without the slime strip were still available I'd still have one. 

The greater 'market' signals this, now, too.   People are hungry for alternative to unwieldy 6-bladed razors that cost $20 a cartridge and delivers extra benefits on a diminishing return for four decades.  And those markets have risen in to place to satisfy this hunger.  Cheaper, simpler, subscription services.  And retro folks like me returning to safety razor solutions (ten cents a week, after you guy a $70 handle.)   


(Oh, and I love fountain pens, but I get ink on my fingers and they do require regular care.  And never loan one to any one born after 1975.  They don't know how to hold it. ) 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

They hate your gas stove

And they want you to freeze to death in the dark.

That's what the commies want to ban next.  Working terlets and lightbulbs weren't enough for their hunger to control.  Your gas stove is bad for the planet somehow in some mysterious non-falsifiable way.  It's gotta go.

My house has a gas stove.  And gas water heater.  And gas furnace.  I guess they'd all have to be swapped out for electric equivalents over time.  

But I have more than one purpose for that stuff.  If the power goes out, the water still flows so I can fill my tub.  And if the power goes out I can still run the stove and heat that water and thus myself.  If what happened in Texas replicates around the country in the future, I have a back up plan.  There were people in Texas freezing to death because their heat was via heat pump and their range was electric.  

Get a gas stove if you can and never let it go and yell at any legislator that wants to take it from you as though they want to murder you.  

Hell, I wish I had a wood burning stove, too.

Friday, February 19, 2021


 A lot of my co-workers own guns.

I work in the defense contracting world.  Veteran heavy.  Those not veterans have a similar mindset.  So it leans gun friendly.

Some are gunnies, but I'm not talking about them.

The co-workers that don't own guns are general not averse to gun ownership.  A small few are, but they are the general exception.  The co-workers that are not anti-gun have a reason they don't have one to home.  "My wife doesn't like guns" "I got kids and they get into everything" "a family member takes meds for a mental condition and I don't want to introduce firearms in case of a mental lapse there"

Fair enough.

The others.  The ones with a gun.  They own one or two at most unless a relative passed down more than that.  Often the one is the M9 they used to carry in the military and are familiar with.  Few hunt.  Air Force vets and hunting?  No these are suburb vets.  My black friends lean toward having a shotgun.  Friends from more rural areas have the there or four hunting items.  Rifles and shotguns and a .22.

They very rarely take it to the range and appreciate tagging along with me in order to blow the cobwebs off the gun and their skills.  

They have a gun, but no pressing need for it.  But they also know in their bones that old chestnut "better to have one and need it than to need it and not have it."  But 'having' a bit more training, too, doesn't enter into their mental calculations. Nor does much 'practice' but, hell, with ammo like it is right now.

Ammo IS starting to be available again.  With awful prices.  Gonna wait a bit longer.

Thursday, February 18, 2021


We are back to pre-November spike levels of new infections.

Pretty soon, at this rate, Biden can take credit and promise we can stop wearing masks and eating in public in only 2 more short years.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

You were already doing a poor job Representing me

 But if you think losing, again, is a win, you are as grossly incompetent as whoever does you hair.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Jeezum Crow!

Colt bought by CZ

 I dunno, I kinda like the idea.

If given a choice between Colt fading away and dying or being bought by furreners?  No problem.  But CZ?  I like CZ.  They are high on my list when I want a bolt action rifle.  I wish the Varmint came in lefty and .308.  I'd pay WAY too much for that.  But the regular lefty is fine.

Getting Colt is a good way to up their game.  A start to upping their game.  Now design something better than a Glock but at a similar price point and "CZColt" will take over the world.

Sunday, February 14, 2021


Several gallons of Danny's urine later...

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Olden Timey Gonnes

I love it when Tam goes on a tear on her blog with the antique-y guns.  There is less money in writing about those for the slicks, so the blog receives the labor of love.  

I get to reap the rewards.  I get a tight little blurb presented on a multi-topic (guns stuff, history stuff, blog stuff, interesting trivia stuff) piece that I truly enjoy.  In quick succession she put up Hand Ejectors, Savages, an H&R+Webley's guts.  All this after a couple closer-to-mid-century revolvers.

The only way I'd know more about Savages now is if I took up collecting them and the resources about the, myself.  I don't feel like starting a Savage collection, so this blog post will more than tide me over. 

Blog aren't what they were, but they are still valuable.  

Friday, February 12, 2021

Boating Accident

Folks like to talk about losing all their guns in a boating accident whenever a move to scheme a national gun registry get's floated.  

Stop that. 

Don't talk about your guns.  Don't talk about how many you have.  Don't talk about what happened to guns you used to have.  Never say you bought a gun or sold a gun.  With a NICS check, or without a NICS check because it wasn't at the gunstore.  Don't even mention that such a thing can legally happen.  

When the urge to say "Too bad I lost all them in a tragic boating accident last summer" comes up, clam up, like you were in the homicide interview room for a murder you are DAMN sure you didn't commit.  "I am not discussing my day with you officer." Then shut up.

"I'm not an officer, T-Bolt, I am your mother."

You still aren't getting anyting out of me, woman!

Obfuscate.  People know I have an interest in guns.  A few know I own at least one.  I never admit that.  "But I saw it!"  That was then.  Do I have it?  Do I have 1000?  Dunno.  Whatever.  Ice cream sammich?  

"Can we go to the range again, T-Bolt?"


"How long have you had these two 1911s?"

"What 1911s?  Remember to squeeze the trigger, don't jerk it."

"THESE 1911s!"

"I dunno what you are talking about.  I had some of those a while back.  Sold on consignment.  Whatever."

"They are RIGHT HERE on the table at the range with us."

"That can be anything or anyone's."

"I am a gun enthusiast, just like you!  C'mon, dish with the deets!"

"Don't sell yourself short.  You're a lotta things."


But a boating accident is inconvenient later when dry unrusty items turn up in your basment.  So, shh.  No more boating.  No advantage to that old story.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Please don't kill Uber, Pelosi

Uber is how I get home from the tire place and to and from some doctor visits

Wednesday, February 10, 2021


 I love this French video.  It shows the units and the lines on the Western Front of WWI by date.  

You see the German run wild at the beginning.  August 1914.  The British army is Orange and TINY.  But with very good professional soldiers that punch above their wait weight.  

The Allies get outflanked on their left (German right) and have to move.  This keeps happening.

You see the flaw in Moltke's plan when you don't have enough Germans on their far right flank.  The German don't have enough to go to the West of Paris, the jog inward, the French are now on the German's flank and now they have to move.

Pull back to the lines everyone will now inhabit, pretty much, for the next four years.  And this all happened before it got cold in 1914.

No real movement in the line because Verdun.  No real movement because Somme.  Just meat grinding butchery.

Everyone is exhausted when 1918 comes around.  The Germans get a boost when Russia crumbles and tired German units come west.  NOW their is movement.  In the Spring there is a scramble and the Germans are stopped.  The some fresh purple units show up.  Lots of enthusiastic and fresh green Americans to boost the tires Britd and French.  Against the tired and hungry Germans.  The lines push the Germans back in the Summer.  Then Novemeber comes.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

And the drought continues.

 Hoping for some back pain relief after a new round of cortisone shots.  The first one in November worked a treat, but yesterday evening... still not getting the relief yet.  

So, feeling sorry for myself, I haven't composed fresh gun/zed/survival/political fodder.  Hopefully tomorrow.  

I can't play First Person Shooter video games.  I can't tolerate sitting that long.  But I can do the next best thing.  Spectate others on youtube, playing Tarkov, which I can do laying down.  I can tolerate laying down a bit more.

I did drop my car off for fresh tires.  So, one less thing to worry about.  

Monday, February 8, 2021

Well, drat

 Forgot to put up a post.  Got doc appts and might go get new tires.  Looking at tax stuff.  Off work, obviosuly.  Just tending to personal bidness.  The 7 inches of snow didn't happen at least.      

Sunday, February 7, 2021

What are our chances?

This gun law is more likely than yesterday's post.  H.R. 127.

Yes, what are the chances this new anti gun law doesn't happen?  Or mostly doesn't?  

There are five GOP squishes likely to go along with the whole thing in the Senate.  Maybe 3 Dems to counter the five, Tester, Manchin, maybe Sinema.  Maybe.  And Cocaine Mitch will probably switch to Ambien and not help a fillabuster.  I presume the whole thing goes through the House as is.

Gonna need a bit more before I feel more of a sense of optimism.


Commenters are less pessimistic than me.  Maybe they are right.  Something is coming, but not 127.  Could they reset to what they had in the 90s til 2004?  Magazine and 'assault weapons' bans?  A lot of people have prepared for such a thing for 15 years.  And Magpul has brought the magazines to the masses. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021


 Well that is a silly advertisement for 2021.

I am sure once you cross the threshold of 450,000,000 registered US voters USCCA then Chuck Schumer will prioritize the reciprocity bill right away.  

Friday, February 5, 2021

Speaking of Hearing Protection

Remember when you went to the range with a buddy and you brought ALL the guns?  A big ol' Massachusetts style picnic table worth.  Even when you went alone you brought a half dozen sometimes.  Why not?  It's fun.

I haven't done that in a while.  Haven't done a new-shooter intro or anything, and when alone, these days, I am working on something with my shooting, not my gear.  So I often just bring one pistol.  And not in a big heavy range bag.

I have a few pistol cases the individual pistols live in.  Or a plastic ammo can.  But they aren't .50 BMG ammo cans.  There is room for the gun, a box of ammo, and a half dozen, plus, magazines, often pre-loaded.  Trauma bandage and tourniquet.  No ear-pro cans can fit with all that.

So I did this.


Tan pistol case.  Clasped to it is a small green Maxpedition pouch.  The Howard Leights fold up andfit in the pouch along with foam ear plus, a Lula loader, and incidentals like a sharpie, a toothbrush in case I drop a gun in the sand again, and an oiler.  If I wanna take a different gun I clasp the green accessory bag to that gun's case.

It's a solution that works for me.  


Next up, attaching this:

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Ear Pro

What hearing protection do you like?  

I'm sure there is a magazine review or three out there that does side by side Consumer Reports comparison, but I haven't seen it

LMGTFY "best hearing protection for shooting"  Meh.  They seem like advertisements.  It'll take a while to find wheat berry in all that chaff.

I use Howard Leights plus foam ear plugs.  Does the job and I can still hear instruction from an RO or Instructor.  

Saw this ad for a Safariland product and that is what inspired my blog fodder.  Wondering if there was something better.  WHAT SAY YOU?  Is there a better way?  

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Two tours had changed Captain Hunter

 He didn't even think about where the ordinance was going, or who it was hitting.  Just, 'Where do you want it?  On the trail, on suspected VC encampments, or Main Street USA.'

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Forever War

 Great.  The Forever War is taking us to Burma to apply devastating military force and still not win after years and years.

Better read up on Fraser's Quartered Safe Out Here to brush up on the area.  Oh, and ask some Nam vet what that part of the world feels like.

Monday, February 1, 2021

UN isn't coming

To take away your guns.  No one is calling for that...



 Yesterday the snow started before dawn.  A Sunday, I can sleep in, but I knew it was snowing when I briefly came up from unconsciousness.  I didn't have to look to know.

Everything is so quiet during a weekend morning snowstorm.  The snow, on the ground and falling absorbs a lot of sound.  More importantly there is less people braving the roads so no traffic noises.  Peaceful.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

I was just thinking about this stuff

 Wondering if it was still around.

Reason for CCW

"But they are CHILDREN, T-Bolt!"

They know what they did.

Seriously, don't shoot children that throw snowballs at you.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

NRA and Maryland Shall Issue

Band together to take Maryland to court over the onerous requirements to buy a pistol that the other side openly admitted was for the sole purpose of burdening the exercise of a civil right.

(I like this over the bump stock case.  If you win the bump stock case and not the pistol buying case, that's like getting the crust crumbs but losing the pie.  'But it's about property rights, T-Bolt.'  That's not how it's gonna be remembered.)

To wit:

The current handgun qualification law requires residents in Maryland who wish to legally purchase a handgun to first fill out an application, obtain a copy of their fingerprints from a third-party, attend lengthy classroom instruction, pass a live-fire exercise, pay a $50 application fee, then wait up to 30 days for the state to process the information. Once these steps are completed, the purchaser must then follow Maryland’s additional laws and undergo another background check, pay another registration fee, and wait an additional seven business days before they can take possession of the gun.


The state’s own expert witness admitted the law was created to “intimidate” law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to buy a handgun.
Nice to NRA help out. Usually Maryland is ignored by them.

Friday, January 29, 2021


I repeat.  No.    

No nationwide licensing.  Shouldn't even be statewide.

No, Larry

Don't say: "I want students back in classrooms March 1st."

Say: "I want students back in classrooms March 1st, and then we can start paying teachers again."

Yer welcome.  Shoulda already said September 8th, months ago.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Rep. Harris, R-MD

Andy Harris got in trouble with gun.  He's Maryland's last GOP congresscritter.  We used to have morebut the gerrymandering in this state is legendary and that cut out one or two others.

People act like he should be ashamed he was carrying a gun.  No, he should be ashamed that only elite Marylanders like him can.  I can't.  Not on the House floor, just like him, but not on Capitol Hill or DC in general or the Maryland street outside my house.  

Oh sure, I could hire a lawyer, pay a few thou, and get in through the back door.  I bet Andy Harris didn't pay fifty bucks to get a 'permit.'   

That injustice aside. I'd think hiding under a desk in that very chamber might've changed Nancy's mind about folks protecting themselves.  I don't think a few dozen CCWs in there would lead to a Sumner-Brooks situation, even with both left and right getting so polarized of late.  We have less honor-battles these days than 150 years ago.  If B1 Bob had been toting in the 80s I don't think he'd have popped Downey.  Just argle bargle.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hollywood Propaganda

Gabby Giffords wants to unleash the power of Hollywood to push her anti-American, anti-Constitution propaganda.  Or at least her teleprompter does.  

Really popular movies like WW84 had an anti gun riff. And those beats are really helping it with audiences, critics, and the box office.

Luckily for the good guys, Hollywood isn't what it used to be. 

Still.  Not nice.  It makes her organization look like Woodrow Wilson when he was flagging Birth of a Nation to advance similar goals.   I don't think Hollywood has that kind of pull.  And nowadays they'll have to force in some Chinese actors to keep another interest happy.  


Her teleprompter also thinks all cops are bastards and need gun bans too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Head up

 "Hey, T-bolt, why do you keep your head up when shooting?"

Well.  Lately, I am looking for good hills to stand on.  And with the hardware in my neck, that's another requirement.  


My shooting training is all antedated by my spine issues.  I was lucky to start out with a trainer that really stressed keeping your head in a natural upright position.  Not to hunch over like I shooting into driving sleet.   


And really, my head doesn't go down much any more.  I can't fold bedsheets by myself.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday Bupkis

Don't really have nuffin. 

Been seeing John Moses Browning (pbuh) stories lately.  One even said it was the forgotten history of the man.  I dunno about that.  Any one with more than half a dozen guns probably has SOMETHING invented by the man.  

No, I don't think most gunnies are ignorant of JMB.  

Is it his birthday?  It was!  Saturday.  That explains it.  I am remiss not marking it my own self.  

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Engraving Ol' Slabsides

 The 1911 has a lot of flat metal.  Engraving purty designs on guns predates 1911 by centuries.  But gunsmiths and gunnies are a conservative lot, so they commonly stick to the classic designs when engraving their pistols.  Which predates 1911 by millennia.  Scrolls and S's and C's.

If I made my living as a gunsmith I'd have eschewed the engraving side.  It requires more patience and a sharper artist's eye I than I possess

I've been enamored with Art Deco.   More and more lately.  It's spare and more muted and geometrical.  

Then the lightbulb went off and I put two and two together.  The style and pistol are contemporary. The designs can be very complex but don't have to be to still pull off a good look.  

I have seen Deco 1911s, but they aren't super common. 

In my fever-dream fantasy alternate universe where I make custom 1911s for a living I'd definitely try to remedy that.  

Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Dead Don't Die

 Saw it, finally.

Everyone is in this movie.

Iggy Pop and Tom Waits and the RZA and Steve Buscemi.  They know Bill Murray from when they worked with him on Coffee and Cigarettes.   Or, wait, maybe they are all together because of the Director.

Donald Trump is in it. ALL through it.  So is George Romero and he beautiful small-town Pennsylvania.  At least in spirit.

Ben Solo, Danny Glover, and Chloe-umlaut Sevigny.  Carol Kane and Rosie Perez and Selena Gomez.  Tilda Swinton plays herself.

Here is the trailer.

Now that makes it looks funny, but that's because the trailer is paced funny.  The movie is much slower and tedious.

And, like I warned you for years, everyone that uses a shotgun for an anti-zombie weapon, or partners up with someone that does... dies.  Fails miserably. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Doc Results

Podiatrist referral.

And hey, I am down 30 pounds for the past year.  What's my secret?  Painful naps instead of meals.  Also about 1/10th beer.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Doctor visit today

 Just my annual physical.  But me and my primary care physician are gonna have words.

I took the day off work yesterday, too, because the pain in my back and thus legs and feet was so bad I didn't sleep well.

I don't like how this treatment is going.  "Let's try this, if that doesn't work, this, and then... I'm out of ideas" is the universal refrain from all these medicos.  

I just want to regain the the physical capabilities and activities of an average 65 year old.  I am 51.

"I bet you got the originators of your problems in the Navy.  You should totally go to the VA."

HELL no.  Too few strories start with "well I went to the VA" and end with "and thus had a happy outcome."  

Pill pusher and back steroid injector re-consult next week.  Neck surgeon follow up the week after.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

We've known this since the 7th

 You didn't need 3 National Guard, much less 30,000.  Pure theater, and telegraphed as same.  

"Maybe it's because of the weather?"

The weather has been GORGEOUS.


The T-Bolt side of the family.  My Father and my Father's Father, and so on.  They come from Germany.  Dairymen and Alpine herdsmen from Southern Bavaria, near Lake Constance.  

The first T-Bolt to come to this country in my line was Sylvester T-Bolt.  My grandfather's grandfather. He was recruited by German communities in upstate New York if emigrate because he knew how to make Limburger cheese and there was a want for that.  His older brother Peter came first.  

But his great Grandfather, John T-Bolt.  He was drafted into the Grand Armee, and he went to Moscow with the Emperor.  And got back.  Which is a feat in itself.

I sometimes wonder what his life was like on that long walk to and fro.  Well wonder no more.  

I had actually read that Tagebuch of a Napoleonic foot soldier, but it has been a while.  Let's see if Gutenberg has it for me. Nope.

At least the walk sounded pleasant and the food was good.

I think the hardship there makes up for all the hardship his descendents had afterwards, to date.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

What is the funniest movie ever?

Okay, for me, it will always be Raising Arizona.  I saw it on the perfect night.  I was in the mood to receive all it offered.  I hurt myself laughing.

Mel Brooks did two of the contenders.  Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

I LIKED Groundhog Day a lot, but not the funniest movie.  There are lots of comedies that have much to recommend them as a movie but aren't laugh out loud funny through the full runtimes.  Big Lebowski is like that.

Caddyshack and Animal House are in the running.

Airplane!, of course.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail for some people.  I loved it.  Not all do.  

Pineapple Express when they shift it into overdrive.  Was not expecting that.  But it puts it on the list for me.

Me Myself and Irene for me.  Though Jim Carrey usually annoys me to distraction.


And Arsenic and Old Lace.

Monday, January 18, 2021

"Meet your next Pillow!"

 "Why do we make out pillows in the shape of a cube?"

Because you are crazy.

Really BIG Magazines

A favorite of video game players, but here in meat space I usually avoid the extra big magazines due to reliability worries.

Smarter peeps than me have gone over this.

I am such a fuddy duddy I still still look askance to double stack magazine for the same reason, but regular Glock factory double stack have run like a house afire for 3 decades, so the fuddi-duddiness is on me.

But... are their any supersized  60 rounder magazines on the market that actually ARE reliable?  Not "Well, my drum mag has never failed ME." But never failed anyone.  And never failed anyone enough that they are accepted institutionally.  The last bastion tail-end acceptance group whose resistance to change is always achieved last.  

I mean, Magpul is highly regarded.  Maybe their drum magazine gets it right.  You tell me.

And those fatty box magazines intrigued me when they first came out years ago, and I was waiting patiently to see if they ended up with a decent history.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Family Safety Brief

 If they don't wanna come to the safety brief, they might not like the next safety drill.

Except the cat. I'd never do that to the cat. The cat has a perfect attendence to these things.

Saturday, January 16, 2021


 "So T-Bolt, you going downtown to watch the inauguration?  Did you go to the January 6th protest?"

Hell no!  

First of all, I am a local.  If we don't have a reason to go downtown, like a job, we rarely go downtown.  That's where you have to ride the Metro trains.  Which are probably on fire.  Or struggle to park and then get a parking ticket anyway. (DC can't tax the suburbs, so they get their revenue from traffic tickets.)

Second...  Crowds.  I avoid them.

Third, we don't do the tourist things here if we live here.  We call tourists 'tortoises' because of how slow they drive.  DC streets are tough to navigate as it is, and they gawp at the buildings the whole time.  So they drive like Sunday drivers.  All the time.  Erryday.

Finally, they have shut down the city from today til the 21st.  Have the subway stations are close, the bridges over the river are shut down south of the Exorcist steps and north of Alexandira.  Barbwire fences.  They have truly over-reacted, expecially since no one was planning to go to the city except Biden fans after the 10th. And the inaugruation is going to be a Zoom call, now, it seems. 

You are not wanted in DC.  Nor am I.  Not this week.   

Friday, January 15, 2021

I didn't know they were that high

The price for a piece of history.  

North of four large for a "US GOVERNMENT PROPERTY" 1911.   And that's not even for a GOOD one.  In great condition. 

You can buy a custom 1911 dolled up to look like that and much better lockwork inside for the same price.  

I shoulda become a gunnie in the 1950s if I wanted cheap surplus pistols, I guess. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Maryland Legislature

They are contemplating a new law where you need to pass a NICs background check to purchase ammunition.  

What a bother. I guess no more home delivery.  I wish they'd have contemplated this at a time when ammo was plentiful.  My strategy would be have thousands of rounds shipped right now.  And in the future buy in bulk in Virginia.  If the law passes I guess I'll just have to do the latter when supply catches up with all the demand. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Screw the Family

 They didn't come to the scheduled briefings, they are on their own.  I told them they weren't mandatory but the CO was highly encouraging them to attend.  That's like EXTRA mandatory.

It took me hours to put together the powerpoint slide deck.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Maybe I Should Go to Montgomery Wards

 You know what you don't see anymore?  Corduroys.  In the 70s you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting someone wearing corduroys.

Now?  Not so much.  I can't remember the last time I saw an article of corduory clothing in the wild.  

Amazon search brings up some, but not a lot.

I was thinking this because Jame Garner had a great old corduroy jacket in Support Your Local Sheriff.  A 1969 movie with a lotta gun content.  Double barrel shotguns, single action revolvers, lever action rifles. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Shave every day and you'll always be clean

I ran across this ad the a tube of shaving cream from Palmolive.

I bet there was no Palm oil or Olive oil in this tubes. 

For those too young to know, shaving cream came in what looked like tooth paste tubes back then.  You could lather it up with a shaving brush in a bowl or on your face.  Or even lather is up in your hands, no brush, and then apply it to your face.

1953.  About the time Dad would have started shaving as a teenager.  

Of course I didn't meet him until the 1970s.  He used cans of Colgate shaving cream then and a safety razor.  When cartridge of dual blade Trac II razors came out he quickly switched over and had a lot less toilet paper on his face in the mornings. 

I said all that because of this... I wonder when canned shaving cream came out, with its evolutionary leap in convenience?  Help me Internet Kenobi, you are my only hope.

Ah, it was Rise shaving cream in 1949.  I guess it took some time to convert folks over.  But feasibly Dad could have used canned shaving cream his whole life.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Candy Cane

Dad asked, "Hey why were the guns in the Capitol Confrontation sporting red and white stripes?"

Huh?  Stripes?  What are you talking about old man?  

Oh, those stripes.

Beats me.  There are some guesses on the internet that sound plausible as to their ID Friend or Foe features, but, yeah, guessing.  And if for FOF why aren't the other two?  I've heard nothing authoritative.  What say you?

Update:  Ah ha!  This?

Saturday, January 9, 2021


 No blog fodder yet today.

So you get a health report.

I feel more human.  Doc sez I can move about and drive.  Take it easy with head movements, tho.  Don't bend too much or twist too much or lift anything more than 15 pounds for 6 more weeks.

Back to work Monday.  Which is also a day I have no blog fodder.  

Friday, January 8, 2021

Even If

 Even if the home invaders I dispatched with a stab to the guts were known violent robbers that had left a trail of victims from every home they crashed, I still would rather not explain to a jury why I dispatched them with a razor sharp gladius.  I can see all 12 pairs of eyes squinting at me even now.

Thursday, January 7, 2021


 Lots of it from the liberal high school friends I have on Facebook.  They don't like the political violence they saw last night.  

All I can think is, "Oh NOW you find mobs and window breaking bad?  You've been universally quiet about it for 7 months.  Hell, since 2014.  What's different about this time?"

But I keep quiet.  

Mimic The Potheads?

Yeah, I don't see that working as well for gun people as it did weed people.  

FFL are regulated under federal law. States changing their laws doesn't help that guy.

Same with the wholesale levels and manufacturer levels.  The Feds are into them up to their armpits.

You'd have to get EVERY gun store to burn their bound books and just go with it to maybe have a chance at foiling Federal gun control laws the weed way.  After all the ATF can't just prosecute and imprison every gun store owner for 20 years.

Yeah... that's not a bet I think you should take.  Because they might decide they can.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Well, I am taking a lotta post-op drugs

 And I may just be hopped up on neck-juice, but...

Is there some weird shit going on or am I hallucinating that?

I'm not in the market for a pistol

 And I'd probably not buy this if I was, but...

The BRNO Field Pistol featured on the cover of Shooting Illustrated is a handsome gun, to my eyes. 

I think it's the slide serrations that get me

"It fires weird calibers, T-Bolt."

I said I wasn't gonna buy it!  I already got a weird gun.  The Hudson.  That's enough weirdness for a while.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

I said I'd watched Fargo S4

 There should be a gun report.  


There IS a lotta gun play.  In this one, but in all the Fargos.  But it isn't so distracting or obtrusive

It's set in Kansas City, 1950, so you see revolvers and shotguns and 1911s. Some war surplus gets in gangland hands.  Greaseguns and Tommy Guns. 

There are about three or four St. Valentine's Day massacres that happen.  That woulda been HUGE news and gotten more of a Fed response in 1950, considering the State and who the President was in 1950.  But it didn't strike me while watching, and those massacres were often in flashbacks.  Two massacres happen in the same room, years apart.  One happens in the Union Station set from Untouchables.   The train station  for Kansas City.  Now THAT was distracting.  It hasn't changed a bit from 30 years ago, despite Costner shooting it up in 1987.  Probably because it is really in Chicago.  

One Beretta is anachronistic, but you have to be more of a geek than me to know it isn't invented or is BRAND spankin' new in this series.  

Like I said, it was easy to just go with it.  But I like all the Fargos.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Hey, I ALSO buy food!


They sure did stack the cans high back then. Been a long time since I've seen a shelf more than one item high.

Shopping carts were teeny. I've seen them grow, and I've seen them shrink back, and I've seen Wegmans ruin them with their patented ankle-crusher carts. Those carts are why I carry a tourniquet and Israeli trauma bandage. Many a fellow shopper has cried for his Mama when those killer carts clip you off below the knee. It's the toe of the cart, jutting out and not in line of sight. The ones here are even more pronounced.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

How is this Glock broken?


Saturday, January 2, 2021

I got that small air fryer?

And folks were curious how it was working?

So these serving sizes are about max for chicken wings and chicken thighs.

The secret is to leave em in there an extra couple minutes.  That and paprika.

Procedure is just your spices and a tablespoon of oil.  Toss.  Cook 375 for ten, then flip, 10 minutes again.