15 January 2018

All Things Considered

I like my 2nd Gen Glock better than I like my M&P9.

The little twitch to the right I am working on correcting with the S&W doesn't happen with any other semi-auto in my inventory.

The oscillation I get with the M&P only occurs with it.

In all honesty; the 9mm that I shoot best is the dearly loved Browning Hi-Power.

I have the frustrating M&P because Marv and Harvey really prefer it and I standardized on what they own.  Being able to trade magazines in hurricane apocalypse is a nice thing.

I kind of shoved that whole AR deal down their throats and all...

On the plus side, the M&P has replaceable back-straps.  On the down side, none of the three sizes seems to fit my hand well.  I've changed between the small and medium size several times now.  With what I was instructed on Sunday, the small seems to work best with my new hand positioning.

I am seriously considering following in Marv's footsteps and getting an Apex forward-reset trigger for it.  In purple, of course.

It's Not COLD Cold

Nor is it expected to get to actual COLD.

I guess high 20's are genuine cold.  But when they're not expected to last more than an overnight, it's not really COLD.

Just cold.

I got to watch the panic at two Wal Marts where people were looking for space heaters, since more than a couple houses down here have no built in heat.

I watched one couple pass on the $40 unit and leave in disappointment the $25 unit was out of stock.  Man, I've been there where a $15 difference means no-purchase...

No Shock

Luke just falling over dead surprised you?

Why?

Losing the will to live runs in his family.

Flat Shooting

It's popped up before.

We all talk about flat shooting rounds.  If you already know this stuff, tune out now.

Hardly anyone talks about what is meant.

We need to start with some basic physics.  This will be very broad strokes and is going to ignore some aerodynamics.

All other things being equal...  A bullet fired will fall to the earth at the same rate as a bullet dropped from the same height.

It's about half a second from shoulder height to the ground in 1g.

If fired horizontally a bullet fired from shoulder height will hit the ground the same half second later as one dropped from shoulder height.

If it's going 1,000 feet per second, that means it will hit the ground 500 feet down range.  2,000 feet per second will hit 1,000 feet down range, etc.

The faster your bullet is going, the straighter the arc the bullet is travelling along appears.  Thus "flatter".

It looks even flatter when you consider that your barrel is rarely parallel to the ground, but is almost always angled up relative to the line of sight.  Same arc, just rotated a bit, but the arc is the same and the faster bullet gives a shallower sagitta, appearing flatter than the sagitta of a round that needs to have the barrel much more elevated to get the same bullet impact.

Snooze

The only thing about those near seven hours of panel discussion of the AR that would have made my head explode...

Would have been my forehead hitting a landmine on my desk for when I fell asleep.

Dear podcasters and panel discussion people:

If you have ten minutes of content, you have ten minutes of show; not an hour.

May I also suggest a format rule of thumb?

Tell me what you're going to talk about.  Talk about it.  Summarize what you just talked about.

Ten minutes of "Hi, I'm someone you've never heard of."
Ten minutes of "These are the great people who make my show possible."
Ten minutes of "Here are other people you've never heard of who're taking part in the show."

Means half an hour of me wondering what this show will be about.  I'm long gone before you come to your point.

If this is a video format, STOP TWITCHING AND FIDGETING!!!
For all audio, I don't wanna hear your Darth Vader respiration or anything from your mouse or keyboard.

kthanxbye

14 January 2018

π Is 3 In GURPS

In GURPS an M1911 firing caliber .45, ball, M1911 does 2d pi+

That's mil-spec ammo doing approximately 885 fps 25'6" from the muzzle.

185gr Golden Sabre JHP by Remington flinging along at 1015 fps at the muzzle does...

2d(0.5) pi++... differing from ball only because it's a hollow-point.

The same sort of thing happens with 9x19mm too.  115gr ball and 124 gr ball end up being the same.

Heavier rounds going slower and lighter rounds going faster end up within a point of one another and often so close the the original round's damage numbers that it's a wash.

Judging from Lucky Gunner's neat little charts it's a fair simulation of "reality" for game purposes.  It at least follows some expectations from the real world in parallel so the players won't complain too loud about it.

The lack of expansion in some of those rounds is even accounted for in the game rules, with GM having to make the call about whether a round is sufficiently advanced to skip the expansion check.

With our above example, and Lucky Gunner's chart, we can make an argument that it does expand reliably enough to avoid the roll.

Code Cleared

Replaced the Cataclysmic Converter and down-stream oxygen sensor on The Lovely Harvey's car today.

Much help and sanity preservation provided by one JT!

The check engine light had reported the rear O2 was reading wrong, but we put it off since it didn't really affect drivability.

Sometime in the intervening time, the cat had become soured as well and was starting to clog up.

Added to carbon fouled valves from too much cheap gas (she's listening NOW about that) we got some random misfires on all four cylinders.

With the new O2 and cat it's running better, but still not completely cured.  Sea Foam is in the tank to start attacking the carbon deposits and will be applied every couple tanks for a while too.

The check engine light is now off except when doing the flashing for intermittent misfire.

Huge win.

Helping Hand

Today at the bowling pin shoot I did something that had happened to me before.

It's like pilot induced oscillation, I jerk the gun ever so slightly to one side, miss; overcorrect back, miss; overcorrect... lather rinse repeat.  Until I pause, take a deep breath and refocus.

Turns out the fix is fairly simple.  I have to find the spot on my finger that pulls the trigger straight back.

The range officer running the match noticed and took time after the match to talk to me about it.

I have homework!  Dry fire time.

JT, with his first ever bowling pin shoot on his, like, third trip to the range ever as an adult reports he had a great time and learned a bunch.



He got some one-on-one from the RO too!  Guess who else has homework!

Bowling pins are a blast!

One of the fixtures at the range is a dedicated wheel gun shooter.  He had a 7-shot .357, 7" S&W there and talked himself into staying for the shoot rather than leaving for home.

He placed 2nd!  Against the guy who wins every time...

Each pin-shoot the rules are a little different, so it's not repetitive.

Did I mention it was a blast?

13 January 2018

Speaking Of Flying Dimes

Winchester's PDX1 Defender for guns like the Taurus Judge and S&W Governor fires disks that are remarkably coin-like.

I'm pretty certain that everyone agrees that these are the ideal gun and ammo for any situation.

For values of ideal which are less than...

Ammunition History

Without a gigantic stack of hoary old gun magazines, how would one track the first appearance of, say, .45 ACP hollow-points in 185gr sizes?

Then, once you'd found that, is there an accompanying, "here's what I was thinking," from the person or persons who developed it?

One reason I ask is that I remember that light for the caliber bullets going fast for the cartridge came about after the '86 Miami shootout and were, in essence, gaming the FBI's 500 point testing criteria.

The problem with this is, "I remember," and I have enough doubt about that timeline to want to have something more substantial to rely on.

I also noticed, hunting the internets for performance numbers on 185gr .45 ACP that there's a lot of bare gel testing many if not most citing the FBI's 12-18" penetration numbers as ideal.

The FBI testing was a lot more shooting than bare gel.

There's several regimen with various things shielding the gel, like cloth, sheet metal, glass, and drywall in addition to bare gel.

Lucky Gunner has compiled some heavy cloth and gel numbers, which are interesting reading anyway.

Alternate Historeality

FuzzyGeff and I are kind of enamored with GURPS: Technomancer, as you might surmise from reading other blog entries...

We've both made the Merlin versions of ourselves.

FuzzyGeff made a fox chimera, I made myself up as a snake chimera.

It gets me thinking about how many things would be different even if much else remained the same.

I'd likely not have joined the Army as a tanker, no legs makes working pedals a problem.  But a USA with chimera might have controls that anyone can use.

But even if I'd joined as a tanker, I couldn't have broken my legs falling from a tank.  My middle-eastern adventure would have been much the same.

Healing magic would have fixed everything I'd broken in the fall regardless, so I'd have made my entire enlistment, possibly even reenlisting.  That would probably have given me time to finish my transition out of tanks.  That would have lead to an entirely different life than I led from a medical discharge.

With magic, maybe my DD214 would have all three years on it...

The Lovely Harvey has a severe phobia about snakes, so that relationship would never have started.  Never mind that lacking the crippling injuries from service would mean I'd never ended up in Florida.  More likely Virginia with how my military career was progressing...

In A Vacuum Made Of Spherical Cows

There are many methods of "determining" how effective your ammunition is going to be without even loading a round, let alone firing one.

Some correlate well with actual wounds, some do not.

Some correlate until the edges are approached.

Some are more tied to the rules of a competition.

Some are abstractly tied to the rules of a game where no guns are actually fired.

You almost have to delve into the history of the tests to see how they relate to real world performance.

You've got to see what proxies are in play.

Wait That's Not Right

Sectional density should be mass/area.

Sectional density for bullets is weight / bullet diameter squared.

So the area of a 9mm is 0.126736 using the ballistic sectional density formula instead of 0.09954?

The area of a square with the bullet diameter is what is being calculated, not the area of circle.

I think we've hit a rule of thumb again.

So our 115gr bullet has a ballistic sectional density of 0.13 or an engineering sectional density of 0.165...

It makes one wonder what happened.

Related:

The Wikipedia article on Sectional Density appears to have been written by someone for whom English is a second language.

Calling Darwin, White Courtesy Phone For Darwin

Teens risk their lives with Tide pods.

What could go wrong?

12 January 2018

Cum Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

"Flying dimes with no sectional density moving at Warp Factor Six are how we got Miami..."

No.

Firstly, the fight happened not because of a poor selection of handguns or handgun ammunition but a decision to force a confrontation on the FBI's part.

Second, bringing pistols to a rifle fight was the main problem once the fight started.

Third, the FBI issue loads were 158gr .38 Special +P lead semi-wadcutter hollow-points, 115gr 9mm Winchester Silvertip jacketed hollow-points, and 12 gauge 2-3/4" 00 buckshot.

Fourth, .38 Special +P, 158gr LSWC-HP has a sectional density is 0.176. 9x19mm 115gr Silvertip hollow-point has a sectional density of 0.130.  .705 US Mint 35gr has a sectional density of 0.010.

Fifth, the 9mm  the FBI selected was notorious for not expanding.

Sixth, it was a 9mm round that delivered the fatal shot to both criminals.  What those rounds did not do was instantly stop the fight.  THIS is what led to a decade of .40 caliber not high velocity, light bullets.

Finally, not a single .45 ACP was even present, let alone fired, so why bring it up?

On Tiptoes

I know I've avoided talking about some things the way I want to say them because I didn't want to upset some people whom I wanted to like me.

It's forgetting important lessons from High School again.

Bearing in mind that important lesson I remembered that the "thoughts" and "opinions" of the football team and cheerleaders don't fucking matter!

No, really, they don't.

Most especially when you catch them at someone else's house breaking new ground in logical fallacies that's going to take Latin scholars years to define.

What's Latin for appeal to authority, namely THEM, combined with a dash of ad hominem?

Yeah, could have made their point just as well by not leaving a comment at all.

The intended audience might think it's still cute, but I've come to find it tiresome.

It's childish.

Code Of Silence?

I know a couple three combat vets.

I know they don't talk about some stuff except with other combat vets.

Lord if I could get them to open up outside the clique.

Getting them to repeat some of what they've said about so many things gun and gun fighting related would be educational to say the least.

I am also frustrated with, "don't you fucking put that on your goddamn blog!"

So I don't repeat their stories.

But I sure want to!

It's an interesting mix of positions, especially with regards to gun-games and gun-schools.

Some things they ponder and say, "hmmmm, that's not a half bad way of doing it."  Some things they say with deep contempt, "that shit will get your ass killed."

And I get to be vague about what.  Dammit.

On some things you kind of have to say, "yeah yeah, Grampa, drink your Geritol®," because the world has moved past the plasticity of their synapses.  Other things are fundamental truths that don't change just because the wood content of the rifle has dropped to zero.

There's squabbling about what's become obsolete, what's passe, and what's still valuable.  There's little that's utterly absolute, but the things that are absolute are Cold Equations absolute.

Even the obsolete ideas have some merit because I am conversing with a living combat veteran.

One thing I can repeat though:  The preferred method of clearing a house is to use the radio to call in artillery until you're empty lot clearing.  No, the police can't do that.  But you did ask what the best way to do it was, didn't you?

Racist!

The term "chain migration" is now racist because blacks came to America in chains.

First, allow me to renew my idea that any black person who thinks they have it rough in the USA, emigrate to... pick a place where those chains were first applied by your fellow black people.

Second, buy a fucking dictionary.  Many words have multiple definitions.

Third, "serial migration" might also be a good term for it, but that too will be called racist because serial is a homophone of cereal and black slaves were forced to grow grains.

This is not really about racism.  It's about trying to stop the argument by playing the racist card because that argument is going against them.

Fuel Conundrum

The Precious has a compression ratio of 10.7 to 1.

The owner's manual states: "[U]se premium unleaded gasoline with a posted octane rating of 91 or higher. You can also use regular unleaded gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher, but your vehicle’s acceleration could be slightly reduced, and you might notice a slight audible knocking noise, commonly referred to as spark knock."

The grades of gas in FL tend to be 87, 89 and 93 octane.  Those three grades can also be up to 10% ethanol.

Ethanol free gas is available in 90 octane.

Today the prices were...

87 octane regular unleaded $2.349
89 octane plus unleaded $2.649
93 octane premium unleaded $2.949
90 octane ethanol free unleaded $2.909.

I remember before ethanol became mandatory that my car got better mileage.  I wonder if being short an octane from recommended matters all that much; cheaper per gallon and going farther on each gallon sure seems worth the trade.

The Architecture Seems Familiar


Something about this reminds me of the architecture from The Planet of the Apes.

I think it's the odd lattice structure thing in the upper left.

It's amusing that the Obama Presidential Library should strike tones from a dystopia.

Aid

I am wondering.

Is there any nation that's subsisting on foreign aid that isn't, to use the current vernacular, a shithole?

It sure seems like there's a lot of places where there's a handful of very rich "leaders" ruling a population of destitute poverty with nary a productive economic activity to be had.

11 January 2018

Now We're Cookin'

Adding disaster upon disaster in the kitchen...

Our delightful Pampered Chef 5-qt. saute pan no longer has any non-stick coating in the center.

It's nice, but $203 is a lot for a pan when you aren't flush with inheritance cash.

Wal Mart has a very similar pan by Tramontina for a mere $25...

Let's see... the Pampered Chef lasted about 8 years... so the Tramontina only needs to last a year to be the same value.

This adventure has also got me convinced I need a some stick rather than non-stick cookware for searing, caramelizing and browning.  I'm sick of soggy home-fries!

Dear Hollywood

I know you picked the reticle from a PSO scope because it looked cool.

But that swoopy ski-ramp thing on the left, that's a ranging device.

So you can figure out the range to the target based on the height of a person.

That means if someone knows how to use that ranging reticle, they can also see that you filmed it at about 25m.

Then show the character much farther away.

Reflex Armor?

Diamene sure sounds like it behaves like a staple of GURPS: Ultra Tech armor.

The actual mechanisms are different, but the behavior is the same.  I am not sure if reflex or monocrys is the more apt description.

Today is supposed to be TL8.  Reflex happens at TL9 and Monocrys happens at TL11.

Living in the future!

10 January 2018

Active Night

You may have heard that we had the president of the local chapter of a motorcycle club murdered recently.

Saturday was his funeral and there was the expected influx of bikers to attend.

Tonight, because I'm outside enjoying a smoke, I can hear an unusual amount of v-twin traffic and an unusual amount of police siren.

The sheriff has been vocally concerned about there being a bit of a gang war here over the murder and has been paying the overtime for the deputies to head it off.

Interesting times?  Hope not.

Hat Tip

It's clear that someone is linking back to some of my posts because they get twice as many hits as others.

I don't have anything to tell whom but I'd add you to the sidebar if I knew who you are...

Just sayin'...

Annual ATF Photo


This should be some kind of gun blogger meme!  Post a pic of your alcohol, tobacco and firearm.

This year I even remembered to include some E for BATFE!

Plus a hint of Lovely Harvey legs!

09 January 2018

You Seem Particularly Worried

Eric Pratt has sent me another email worrying about unpaid parking tickets making one a fugitive from justice, and thus a prohibited person.

This seems a suspiciously specific worry.

Like someone has a lot of unpaid tickets to worry about.

08 January 2018

Are Those Liberal Tears I Smell

Democrat Ordered Study To Expose Illegal Online Gun Sales Backfires

Almost as if we gun owners have been telling the truth when we've been saying there's no loopholes left.

6,000 Hours

Still trucking away!


It's not near so dim as the picture makes it seem.  Optics are mercurial things for photography.

I have to think that the 400 hour rating was with carbon batteries and former Communist quality control expectations.  The Energizer Ultimate Lithiums just have to be running longer because they've got more amp-hours in them.

Crime Think

The crime does not begin with victim selection.

The first part of the crime is a mindset.

"I'm walking through a neighborhood and checking for unlocked car doors," is the first step for snatch and grab car burglary.

A gun laying in plain view in the seat of a car does not cause an honest person to check the doors.

But someone who's already in the, "if I walk past a car and see something valuable, I'm checking the doors, and if they're open I am taking it," mindset is breaking in.

We'll give you an example:  The Lovely Harvey.

She works in a by-law and by company policy gun-free-victim zone because they've a .edu in their address.

She's got to do the gun shuffle or be disarmed on the 35 mile commute.

The .edu she works at is in a, shall we say, culturally diverse area.  You might have even read about the serial killer in that area!

So she, by law, must leave the gun in the car while at work.

You can't lock the glovebox on her car.

I'm convinced, without evidence, that her iPod was visible and that got the thief to check the doors.  The Boy might not have gotten his door latched when they returned home, which means none of the doors will lock when the button is pressed on the remote!

Once inside, the thief checked the other storage compartments and hit the jackpot.

It's been a learning experience for us.

Interestingly, you can lock the trunk latch and prevent access from the interior.  So now the gun is in the trunk rather than the glovebox.  There might even be additional security measures that I am not detailing here.

A problem with the mandated disarmament is the number steps you place between the thief and your gun in the car equals the number of steps between you and your gun in the car...  Speed of access vs retention again.

It would be far better if it could stay on her at work.

She was a participant in the victim selection process, not a participant in the crime.  The criminal participated in both selection and crime.

Continuity

Took the multi-meter to the wires...

I have continuity through the thermal fuse circuit.  I still don't know where the thing is physically located.

But if it was dead, there should be no continuity and, by the way, the broiler shouldn't work either.

The broiler works like gangbusters.

That pretty much leaves the thermostat.

GE p/n WB21X5212.

$200 or so for new-old-stock on ebay.

Yikes!

$200 is about 25% the price of a whole new oven.  I have not checked the used market yet.

Thirty

Thirty years ago today I left Fort Knox, Kentucky, C-1-81AR and the Armor Training School for my first active duty station in Stuttgart, West Germany (or Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland as Rudy the Rad would have it).

So much has changed.

There were two Germany's then.

There was a Soviet Union.

Czechoslovakia was one nation.

Heck, we flew Pan Am from JFK to Frankfurt am Main.

It's A Bit Strange

The "En Memoriam" blogroll on the sidebar is updating more often than most of the blogs written by people I've met in meatspace.

People whom I know are alive and well are blogging less than people who're pushing up daisies.

Not Secure

Nothing stored in your car is secured.

Nothing.

Not even that lock box bolted to the floor.

I'm mechanically inclined and I've spent a lot of time taking cars apart (sometimes even getting them back together).

I've astonished more than one friend with the speed with which I removed their old stereo to facilitate the installation of a new one.  "And I didn't even break anything taking it out!" I'd reply.

Car security is a filtering mechanism.

You hide things out of sight so that a thief doesn't see something worth breaking the glass.

You lock the doors so the thief has to risk breaking the glass.

You bolt a lock-box to the floor of the trunk so that it takes more time for the thief to steal what's in it.

You hope that the thief doesn't have a means to bypass your locks.  You hope they don't have tools to breach your lock-box.  Hope.

Would you be surprised to learn that when your car got burglarized it was probably the thief's second or even third visit?

The victim is a participant in the victim selection process.  The victim is not a participant in the crime.

The first visit is to determine if you're someone worth stealing from.

Subsequent visits are to see if you've made a mistake or plain let your guard down.  They only have to get lucky once, you have to be lucky every time.

Sooner or later you're going to experience a loss.  Count on it.

I've Got A Solution

Since we're down on people storing their gun in their car when at football games...

Let's confront why someone might tuck their pistol under their seat in the first place.

In Florida it's illegal to bring my gun into the stadium.

My solution is to just not attend football games.

That solution doesn't help me when I go to the courthouse.  Or to schools.  Or to work.

The local gun shows all ban carry, for fuck's sake!

To keep the gun from being stored in the car we'd have to leave it at home.  That's suboptimal at best, since we all decided to get a carry permit for a reason and if we never carry that sort of subverts those reasons, doesn't it?

The real solution is to not have to disarm at our destinations.

What good is a carry permit that only works at your own home and in your own car?

What good is a carry permit where you have to be disarmed from your car to the building you're going to and back?

We often speak of avoiding gun-free victim zones.  Why aren't we demanding those become smaller and fewer?

07 January 2018

Like Talking To A Wall

It's a sure law of economics.

If there's a demand for something, there will be a market for it.

If there's no ready way to obtain something, roundabout means will be used.

California has laws that make it difficult to get some guns.

People have figured out how to work around that constriction in the supply legally by manufacturing their own "serialed" part.  Serialed is in quotes because, under Federal law, you don't need to put any markings at all on a gun you're making for your own use.

Thanks to people figuring out the work-around, the knowledge on how to make your own "firearm" is widely available.

There's nothing so innocent that cannot be used criminally.

Since I dabble in "ghost guns"...  I did a lot of research before paying for stuff.

There's a mens rea clause to the law.  I cannot make a gun specifically to be sold unless I first obtain a manufacturing license from BATFE.  However, I can later sell a gun I've made for myself if I mark it that I made it and give it a serial number.  The law is vague about defining "intended to sell" and "intended for own use but sold it later", so be very careful here.

Even if you have the proper manufacturing licenses, you have to mark the gun with your name, location and a serial number.

And pay taxes and fees.

If you're in the business of selling firearms, you also need to be licensed.

The Axel Galvez is in trouble for manufacturing and selling without the proper licenses plus not marking them or paying any of the fees and taxes.

What loophole?  A loophole is where something that's supposed to be banned by law turns out to be perfectly legal under some circumstances.

But clearly, we need more laws to keep people who break laws from breaking laws?  Do I have that right?

Also, you might notice that Mr Galvez got caught.  Not so easy as the article makes it seem, is it?

Fuck It Memory Hole It Is!

Dunno if it's can't or won't see what I am saying.

Done trying to explain it.

06 January 2018

Algeria?

Is this where my French readers went?

[waves]

Hope you find something to read you like!

05 January 2018

Nothing Magic

How does one say it?

There is nothing magical about any modern 9mm pistol that makes the ammunition more effective than what's launched from Georg Luger's creation.

If you have a P.08 that runs with the ammo you're firing, each round will do as much damage as any other 9mm.

Where a modern gun tends to spank a Luger is in how finicky they are about ammo.  Modern guns do tend to eat anything you feed them.  They also keep eating well past when you should have cleaned them to keep the gun from getting anything it comes into contact with irreparably filthy.

So what are we getting with a modern design that we're not with a P.08?

Simplicity and ease of manufacture.

There's a reason that a market where a Luger is a $3,500 gun in shootable condition that nobody has bit the bullet and started making them again.  Stoeger tried, and failed, to make that profitable.

The venerable Browning Hi-Power holds its own with modern guns for reliability and capacity; but not weight or cost.  The last new Browning might be rolling off an assembly line in Portugal as I type this (probably not, it's Saturday morning in Portugal as I type this).  Browning has made fewer and fewer HP's over the years and the price has been in the low four digits for a new one for a long time as well.  Plus you have to compete with an 82 year old secondary market.

A modern gun is much more affordable because they're designed to be easy to crank out on machines that use the absolute minimum amount of highly paid labor.  The parts are made near-net to begin with and require fewer operations to get to their final forms.

It's why everyone is using plastic for the frames.  The material is more than strong and durable enough and can be made into very complex shapes that come out in finish form with a single operation!  And it's inexpensive too.

If you already have the Luger and it's what's to hand when Bad Bob™ breaks into your rec room; use it!

If you don't have any pistol at all and are looking to get one, get a new gun.

Same beans, more of them, less costly.

Are You Sure It's Not A Lot More Recent

"Not before Donald Trump has a modern president been more polarizing."

Pardon me, but I remember Bill Clinton.

But if he doesn't qualify, I remember 8 years of Bushitler.

I also remember Ronny being a bit divisive too...

Starve The Prick

Michael Shannon, a known dancing monkey, has indicated that Trump supporters should die.

He's appearing in several movies now.

Don't go see any of them.

Most especially don't go see 12 Strong.  If you must see it, wait a bit and download the torrent.

Don't feed the hand that hates you.

Shoot Me First

Reading this and the comments (I even made one) and I, again, wonder...

How often is the armed guard or uniformed cop capped before the crime gets going?

You'd think that would be easy to find, wouldn't you?

We know the adage that the bad guy stops once a good guy with a gun shows up, right?

We can't prove the negative, but how many crimes never happen because the good guy with a gun is openly and obviously there before the crime started?

One of the reasons that being a cop isn't a particularly dangerous occupation, despite the circles they run in, is they've all got guns and everyone knows they have guns.

I think we're overlapping our worldviews again.

If you're going to assault a location, it makes sound military sense to take out the weaponry of the opposition first.

But does it make criminal sense?

We equate the threat of violence with the use, because they're the same for us in the reply.

But the threat of violence is a means to an end for the criminal, as is its use.  They seek the path of least resistance.  Literally.

Underscoring My Point Beautifully



I sometimes wonder if I watched the same movie.  The answers he's not finding are answered in the damn thing.

But he'd have had to pay attention.

He also doesn't shoot.  How can we tell?

Plus They Have A Sense Of Humor

Helpful Hints From FuzzyGeff

Do you find that boiling water for your tea each morning to be a tedious chore?

Just boil an entire gallon then freeze it for later use.  It will keep for weeks!

But Does It Have Mutti Marks?



According to Willard, if your men have the magic marks put on your rifle, they like you!

Update: It was amusing for me to watch Larry Vickers try to open up the grenade sight the wrong direction.

03 January 2018

Bayonet Debate Addendum

Another great use of a bayonet, that doesn't even require an actual bayonet, is to use the mounting lugs to cause hoplophobic brains to aneurysm!


What Use Are Critics

I just watched an entertaining video titled Bright.  Thanks for recommending it Miguel!

The reviewers hate it.  Running 28% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Yet Netflix says it's their most viewed original ever.

Viewers like it.  88% at Rotten Tomatoes.

It's like the anti-Last Jedi.

I'm starting to think that critics have forgotten why we spend money on entertainment.

Hint, it's in the very word.

Entertain.

Bright is entertaining.  Yes, it's a tired buddy cop film.  But I propose that it had to trod well established tropes to introduce the parts that aren't old and worn.

Like the unquestioned racism of a typical D&D game-world?

I'm glad it was planned as two movies.  The first is the establishing shot.  The second should be where we see the story they want to tell.

Hollywood doesn't think in longer than a single episode arcs.

I am definitely entertained!  I will even cop to wearing rose colored glasses viewing it because we played with tropes like this several times in our gaming.  There was even an officially published game that did genre mixing like this called Shadowrun.

02 January 2018

Bay Nets

Willard gave me this gem the other day.


The sole marking:


A distinct lack on the cross guard where markings belong.


The scabbard is loose as a promiscuous foreign prostitute of questionable moral fiber.  The screws holding the grip scales are, in keeping with the stainless construction of the blade, bright stainless steel.

There's also one niggling little problem...


That's all the farther down it goes.

We're Still Debating This?

The fighting utility of the bayonet is right up there with the functionality of elan vs Maxims.

They just aren't useful combat weapons anymore.  Just like horses aren't good combat transportation anymore.

Yet... you will still find a circumstance where they can be applied today.

For horses, well there's a movie coming out soon.  21 Jump Street 12 Strong (transposed the number, oops)...

For bayonets, and my Gods memories are short, there's prisoner poking!

It's useful to have the capability to poke POW's because oft-times they out number the guards in a ratio that Crazy Horse would have loved to have had at Little Big Horn Greasy Grass (winners get to name the battle).  Poking a prisoner elicits a different response from shooting one.

Shooting a prisoner can cause the herd to stampede.  "They're shooting us all!" being the thought.

Stabbing an out of line prisoner is more local and more likely to elicit a, "Dave had it coming, Dave's like that," and even that response being more localized.

Plus, the prisoners nearly always feel that you WILL stab them with the slightest provocation, where you won't shoot them.  Even if the opposite is true.

Department Of Pre-Aging

If you want to see how you're going to look 30 years from now, just rent a centrifuge and apply 6g.

I've been watching pilot training videos and it's an amazingly apt predictor!

While We're On The Topic

I love to cook.

I like to try new things to cook.

If you want me to cook, you need to give me two clues about what you want to eat!

That way I can go get ingredients, because no matter how many times you hit the grocery store, you never manage to buy ingredients.

I still marvel that we spend so much and don't have a bite to eat unless I go to get ingredients.

Or, maybe, since you bought all this "food" you could tell me what we're having for supper instead of waiting until 5 minutes before the 10 minute widow of "I'm hungry" starts to ask "what's for dinner?"

I'm a simple creature.  If I knew what was for dinner on my own, you'd smell the cooking.

If I was unable to get to the store to buy things, I was actually unable.  Our son takes a lot more time than you imagine he does, and I notice that you don't manage to get ingredients when he's with you at the store.  Don't scold until you're doing it better than me, OK?

I'm sick to death of deciding what to cook, getting ingredients, cooking it, and having upturned noses at it.

You want something different?  Name it.

I've proven over and over that I'm a lot more adventuresome about food and you're the picky eater.  The person with the most limited palette picks the cuisine, or they stop being finicky about what's prepared.

Sick Of Being Nagged

You need three things to effect a repair.

Skill.
Time.
Money.

You can often trade one for another.

Money, for example, can hire the skills in addition to paying for the parts.

More skill means less time will be spent on the job.

I've got the skill.
I've got the parts.

When, pray tell, do you intend to leave me your car to be worked on and also leave me alone to work on it?

Doing it after you get home from work means you could be out a car the next day if something goes wrong.

Doing over the weekend never works because you spend so much time nagging me that I can't get my thoughts organized.

Thanks Google But I Am Spelling It Correctly

There's a part of an F/A-18 landing gear called a "planing-link".

It's a link that makes sure the main wheel is in plane with the direction of the aircraft on extension; it also helps fold it up in the correct geometry.

Google resolutely thinks I am trying to say "planning".

With Little To No Explanation

I'm not going to be specific just because I don't want to deal with the comments from a certain segment.

We've got a group of people whom are immune to the consequence of their actions.

They've made up rules and procedures that justify their actions to have the veneer of being reasonable.

When you start looking hard at these rules you start to realize that cowards want such elaborate reassurance to their personal safety.

Yet some expect we call them heroes?

Cowards deserve scorn, not adulation.

Sovereign

What the founding fathers did was to upend centuries of social order, putting the citizen at the top of the pecking order.

Sovereign, possessing supreme or ultimate power.

What The Constitution was intended was a delegation of that ultimate power to a subservient government.

They literally never intended the government to be able to do anything that a common citizen could not; and in fact barred the government from doing some things that citizens could do with impunity.

If things work as intended, no agent of the government will ever do anything you are barred from doing.

How many things that you can't do, that you've seen the government up to, just pop into your head?

An old adage I learned hanging around libertarians was, "if it is immoral for me to do it, likewise it is immoral for me to hire someone to do it."