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.