06 May 2016


So, when I get my fake badge that reads "Concealed Weapons Permit Holder"...

... should I get a Blue Gun or Airsoft as my fake gun to go with it?

Ain't Gonna Say It

If I say what I'm thinking, we won't be friends anymore.

Nice weather I'm having, isn't it?

Sies de Mosin

Izhevsk M-91/30 "low wall" round reciever.

This Is Captain Obvious For Fox 13 News


Finding an alligator in your pool in Florida is very much akin to finding a lawyer in your courtroom or a politician in your legislature.

It's just not news.

05 May 2016

Counting Your Vote

In a sense if you stay home on election day, you are accepting the decision of everyone who did vote.

With only 53 and change percent of the eligible population bothering to vote (on average), it's a popular choice to stay home and not bother.

But... always a but:

There's some solid reasons for not voting.  It's a small list though.  You'd have to have hard reasons not to vote for any of the candidates because all of them violate some tripwire issue or value.

That's hardly a person who refuses to vote though.

53.6% of the eligible voters actually vote, but 84.3% of the people who register to vote do so.

It makes you wonder why they bothered to register then not bother to, you know, VOTE...

But let's assume that every one of the 235 or so million people of voting age is an eligible voter.

125,960,000 people vote out of 149,418,742 registered.  About 25.5 million people are signed up to vote who don't go to the polls.  That's more than the population of Florida!

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, and assuming they don't vote because of sound moral principles...  85.6 million people have no excuse to complain how the election comes out.  They didn't even register.  Almost a third of the overall population!

Normally when I hear someone bitching about the election, I ask whom they voted for.  If they say they don't vote, I do ask why.

If they dare to say that their vote doesn't count, I tell them to stop talking about politics because they didn't even try to have their vote counted.

I've had some really interesting conversations with people who have solid reasons to vote "none of the above because they all..." but this voting thing is actually something that people died to leave to you.

Yes YOU.

Like A Nuke But Smaller

In color no less.

With narration, but not as good a copy of the event.

¡Cinco de Mayo!

When the French win one, you should make note of it.


They lost today?

To the Mexican Army?

To paraphrase Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, "Beating the French army...  to succeed is commonplace.  To fail is humiliating."

Cinco de Mayo in the US is like all holidays we've imported from other nations or appropriated from other cultures: A time to hit the bars and get plastered!

Just Like Making A Chocolate Rabbit

Whereas when you're making a chocolate bunny, you start with a block of chocolate and remove everything not contributing to a general impression of rabbittity...

...so also do you remove a lot of aluminum from an AR-15 blank forging to make a completed lower.

25.3 ounces at the start.

12.1 ounces at 80%.

8.4 ounces at 100%.

Cinco de Mosin

Model 91/30 Ex-Dragoon (Chatellerault hex reciever)
Happy birthday Sergei Ivanovich!

Even if wikipedia says it's in April.  We can call this Mosin's Birthday (Traditional)!

04 May 2016

Twitch Twitch

DSArms catalog says they make an RPD in 6.8 SPC...

Twitch, twitch goes my "odd gun" antenna.

An expensive, 14 lb, semi-auto, belt fed gun in an expensive boutique chambering?

Yeah, I want one.

Heck, I kind of want one in the original 7.62x39mm.

I Wanna Buy

Willard has a broken door handle on his SUV.

It's a simple fix once you have the part.

I never imagined it would be so cursed difficult to get the damn part!

The local dealer claimed they could get the part in today when I called them on Monday.

We went to said dealer to pick up the part.

After ten minutes of waiting for someone to notice us at the counter I started wandering around and counting the number of people in the dealer's uniform not working.  18.  18 people not working and not helping us.

When someone finally came to the parts counter to help (4 of the not-workers were in the back of the parts department) they told Willard that the part had not come in and if he left his name and number they'd order it for him, and call, maybe tomorrow...

Just a moment ago I found the part he needs online and it's ordered for a 5-8 day delivery window.

Until today I had not realized that the Mitsubishi dealer was running a welfare program rather than running a business.

That's not entirely fair.  It's a Mitsubishi/Ford dealer.  The "employee" behavior is unusual for a Japanese dealership, but is sadly all that common with Ford.  It's no mistake that hot-rodders use GM for their project drivetrains.

Quatro de Mosin

VKT Kiv/39

Actually Not Quite

" We've beat this before and we'll beat it again." - Tam

If we'd really beat them, we wouldn't have to fight the exact same fight over and over.

We are winning battles, but I don't see the end of the war in sight because we're simply not reversing as much as we should if the other side was beat.

It's a slog.

I'm slogging, while I'm blogging.

Eventually we're going to beat them though, so the panic is unwarranted.  I agree with that!

More Doodles

I discovered today that I'd specified a model on my Form 1.  I'd intended for it to be called "HEL-E4A", but the automagically generated "AR15 Suppressor" is what appears in box 4d.

I shan't make the same mistake next time!

Of course there's going to be a next time!  Why do you ask?

Harvey is going to get her Platoon Clone SBR'd and I suspect that I'm going to want another suppressor just for spite.

03 May 2016

NFATCA Are A Bunch Of Fucking Idiots

If you are a member, you're wrong and should feel bad.

Then you should terminate your relationship with them.

You should not do business with any company they endorse, and avoid doing business with places that hire NFATCA members and their families.

If you see a NFATCA member on fire, and you have to urinate really really bad, I'll bet you $50 that you can hold it until you reach a restroom with an appropriate label for your perceived gender.

If you happen to see a NFATCA member drowning, the mailing address for the US Coast Guard is:
US Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20593

Don't forget the stamp!

Near as I can tell not a single good thing has come out of them, so fuck 'em.

80% Lower Engraving

I doodled this up this afternoon.

Using my MLP:FIM Colt logo and changing the manufacturer block will prevent the unlikely event of it being mistaken for a real Army owned, Colt made, M16A2.

I think I will change "NOSTALGIC RECREATIONS DIV." to "MYLASTNAME TRUST" though.

The auto-sear hole shown in the drawing is a place-marker for scaling the text from:


Tres de Mosin

Sako Kiv/39

02 May 2016

We're Only Up To Ten

I've only got 10 Mosin pics for the month so far.  Weer'd and Marv have already contributed one each.

Willard is good for at least three (I think).

Where's Erin's?

Spread the word!  I'm like 17 short!

On The Highest Authority

The official motto of the US Army Rangers is Sua Sponte.

Which is, I'm told (by an authoritative source), Latin for "show us your tits!"

Of Course!

Every once and a while I encounter someone saying something extremely self evident.

Something, that was so evident to me that I had no words to describe it until I read their description.

A description that's held to be a revelation by many other who read it.

Making me think that it wasn't so evident to everyone else.

If I had but the words to describe what I perceive.  Would that I had the courage to describe what is obvious to me and obscure to everyone else.

Dos de Mosin

Sako Kiv/28-30

01 May 2016

My Problem With Podcasts And YouTube Videos


With text I can proceed at my own pace and back up instantly if I think I missed something.

With audio or video, I am forced to progress at the presenter's pace and if it's too damned slow (and it often is) my mind will wander and I will definitely miss something.

So I have to figure out where I actually lost track of the presentation and relisten.

Again at the presenter's pace, not mine.

Statistical Aberration

In GURPS a 16" 7.62x51mm NATO rifle does 6d pi out to 800/3,500.

A 16" 6.8x43mm SPCII rifle does 6d pi out to 820/3,500.

The 6.8, with a 5x optic and 25 rounds on board is 9.6 lb. and you can can actually shed a lot of weight from this example!  Stripping off the known to be heavy MagPul stuff and converting to a carbine stock drops it down to 8.7 lb. loaded with the 5x optic!

A 16" FAL with iron sights and 20 rounds loaded is 9.8 lb.

Spare FAL magazines are 1.6 lb. and spare 6.8 magazines are 1.3 lb. for 25 rounders and 1.7 lb. for 30 rounders (of course adding more beans adds to the overall weight too).

Uno de Mosin!

VKT Kiv/91

A Mosin a day, for a month.

I can't do it alone.

Send your pictures, formatted similarly to the above to mcthag at gmail dot com.

Sorely Missed

The Lexicans has republished one of my favorite Lex sea stories.


30 April 2016

Moar Mold

Using Lavender Linda Lovelace's lower, we attacked the "why is the take-down so fucking tight?"

We sanded the top of the lower to make it all even, it didn't leave the mold flat.

Then we removed a lot more material in the radius from the top of the lower to the front of the receiver extension boss (see pointer).

Now the take down pin can be pushed in with finger pressure and pushed out if you have a tool to push on the recessed end, but you no longer need to tap it out with a hammer.

AR15 Mold Update

Marv's Blueberry Muffin has suffered our first failure with the Freedom-15 lower.

I don't think this from the stress of firing.  I think this is from the mold maker putting the rear holes so they're too fucking tight on the upper and you have to hammer the take-down pin in and out.

The good news is the thread spacer method of capturing the buffer retainer worked flawlessly.

As you can see from combining these three shots is the crack is almost all the way through and the stock is about to come off.

We decided to see how much effort it would take to finish it off.  Marv says "moderate" effort from cracked to this:

The take down pin, detent and spring all went flying!  Amazingly we were able to find all three parts after a short search.

No matter the precautions we've taken, there is no avoiding bubbles and voids with this material and mold.  The set time doesn't allow for the bubbles to escape before they're permanently part of the part, and the route the material has to take to fill the mold is not simple, so there's lots of places for air to get trapped too.


The googles flash-hider, do nothing!

Test firing Marv's 10.5" upper on my registered SBR lower while he awaits his Form 1.  Alles en ordnung!

Full load M193 is no where near done burning by the time it leaves a half a barrel.

All Zastava All The Time

The Yugoslavian version of the SKS with the Yugoslavian version of the K.98k.

Long And Short

On top is a brand-spanking-new DSArms SA58 Voyager with a 16" barrel.

On bottom is Jasmine, a FNified SA58 Standard with a 21" barrel.

There are many detail differences, some even apparent in this photo.

Losing 5" of barrel and using aluminum for the lower and top cover saves over a pound of weight (10.9 vs 9.8 loaded).

In GURPS terms, though the 16" barrel costs you damage and range.  6d pi and 800/3,500 for the 16" barrel vs 7d and 1,000/4,200 for the 21" barrel.  For the record, 18" gives 7d-1 pi and 900/3,900 (no word on weight).

Endurance Testing

2,000 round torture test?

This POS Glock didn't even survive firing a single round.

JMB forever!

29 April 2016

Weighted Average

A stripped AR15 lower is 8.4 oz.

A stripped 80% lower is 12.1 oz.

A Freedom-15 resin lower is 4.5 oz.

Now you can sleep at night.

I know it was bugging you.

More Tiny Italian Guns

A. Soc. It. F. Ili. Galesi-Brescia Model 504 in 6.35mm aka .25 ACP.

It's your typical striker fired mousegun on the Browning pattern.  The striker also serves as the ejector, so be careful with the dry-cycling.

You can tell from the XXIV proof that it's a 1968 made gun, perhaps one of many made just before the gun control act's cut-off on importation off so-called non-sporting guns.

The 504 is the chrome version of the 503/A.

It seems well made, far better than RG or BryjeneoixCo.

How Can It Be A Carbine If It's Not A Shorter Version Of A Rifle?

New to Willard, Red River Army Depot refurbished, February 1943 made Carbine, Cal .30, M1.

Mitten das stickeren die sweinen.

It's clean, intact and all Inland Div of GM, including the barrel.  Got it for a fair deal too.


Did Hornady hire the unibomber to pose for their boxes?

Long Term

On of the downfalls to living in a college town is your friends all end up being 18-24 as you get ever older.  They leave when they graduate and are replaced by those fresh out of high school.

Occasionally you will reconnect with one and find you don't recognize them anymore as they've changed over the years.

An even smaller group is the ones you didn't lose track of and stayed something of friends with.  They change too, but it seems more slowly as you adapt to each other because there's communication.  However there's often a moment where you suddenly stop recognizing your friend and start seeing their spouse.

It's a moment of punctuated equilibrium where you suddenly notice the difference made in your friend's likes and dislikes that are the product of close association with their significant other.

What's also astonishing is that they never seem to notice (or admit to noticing) how much change has occurred.


The first issue iteration of the venerable Sidewinder was designed to shoot unmaneuverable bombers.

Get in trail behind the lumbering things and let fly.

They do work when employed against bombers.

Against nimble fighters, not so well.

You have to hope to pull a Richthofen and sneak up on them unawares and flying straight and level.

In my flight sim, Strike Fighters 2, the main use of the AIM-9B on fighters (when I have a gun) is to force the gomer into a break turn to bleed off some speed and give me a better chance of getting a shot in.  This is an especially valuable tactic when you're given missions where the play time is severely limited by the infernal distances you've got to traverse.

Every once and a while, you get a lucky shot with this tactic, though.

Tonight it was an East German MiG-21F-13.

The mission was a CAP over the next friendly base over from our home base, Twenthe.

Four Soviet MiG-21F-13 were our assigned target and we met them as they got close.  Wingman did a good job of distracting them so I could get four kills with the gun in my F-104C (Project Grindstone modded).  I fired two sidewinders to get the effect I described above in the process.

I break off the last Fishbed, point the nose in Wingman's direction and ask his status.  He replies that he still has guns and three missiles, then not a second later screams, "I'm taking damage!"  He ejected safely, but that still left me with two on one the hard way.

I ended up placed perfectly for a nice snap shot on the East German lead and a gentle stroking of 20mm ended his day.  His wingman broke and ran.

The Fishbed C is pretty fast and I'd have a fuel situation if I tried to run him down for a guns kill.  Falling into trail I get a good tone and lob a 'winder in his general direction.  He starts a turn to the left and I figure that will slow him down enough to close to gun range.  However, KABOOM, today the Ford-Aerospace seeker actually followed the intended target and hit!

I flew the 35 miles back to Twenthe and landed with a mere 500 pounds of gas left on board.

26 April 2016

Black Sails

It's an entertaining original show on Starz.

It's a prequel for Treasure Island.

Obviously, the story arc can only go so far before they have to leave the playing pieces poised at the end of Black Sails for the beginning of Treasure Island.

What I think they should pitch is filming Treasure Island with the same production crew and cast (at least of the people who live to appear in the Robert Louis Stephens novel.

All Your Climate Change Denial In One Place

It's pretty dense reading, but worth the time.

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

Part 4-A.

Part 4-B.

Part 5-A.

Part 5-B.

Part 6.

It's got all the charts and graphs and explanations about how the global warming people are conning you that you'd ever need.

Conflict Of Interest

This is the beginning of a thought...

It's not a full thought...

Public services are things that the citizenry want done that they can't do economically on their own as individuals so they grant permission to their government to do it collectively.

Thus the entire reason for the jobs in the public service is literally to serve the needs of the community.

Unions entire reason for existence is to further the wants and needs of their members (or cynically their leadership).

Public sector unionization has created a situation where the public service employees no longer care about the reason their jobs exist in the first place and create ever increasing financial pressure on the community's coffers while return ever decreasing service.

Remember the opening here, getting something done that they cannot economically do on their own.

It is getting to the point that the expense of going it on your own is more economical than having your government do it.

You might also notice that public services dominated by unions also often have laws, ordinances and regulations forbidding the individual from providing these services for themselves.

The sense of entitlement from these unionized public workers puts even the most brazen welfare parasite to shame as well.  The community OWES them for doing their job as agreed.  Not just owes them the agreed upon compensation, but the compensation they "were screwed out of" during the last contract negotiations.

Meanwhile the work they were hired to do doesn't get done as the number of employees climbs and the salaries and benefits increase.

Survival Susan Or Orange Julia

Which is the better name for Willard's survival carbine?

AR15 Mold Freedom 15 lowerDelton M4gry kitCavalry Manufacturing furniture setTacticool22 bayonet adapterEcho sling.

Cav forgot to send a pistol grip with the set.  Ooops.

All told there's now four different hues of orange on the gun now.  With more coming since paint is planned!

The Echo sling, by the way, is blinding in daylight.

A problem we encountered using rifle stocks with the Freedom 15 lower was they can't be screwed far enough in to catch the buffer retainer.

Marv and I brainstormed a solution and cut apart an old carbine receiver extension into thin rings that make up the gap from the front of the rifle extension to the buffer retainer (and I forgot to take a picture of it installed).

It's got the extension butted up against its back so it's kind of like a jamb nut.

Fuck 'Em If They Can't Take A Joke

Over on Arfcom...

A "local" (meaning in Florida) AR maker posted:

Tampa Gun Show.  Come See Us!

If your local to Tampa come out to the gun show, were cuttin deals!!
We love meeting our AR15.com brothers! 

The post date-stamp is 1021 24Apr16, but it didn't actually appear until the morning of the 25th my bad for not seeing the date stamp.  There was a gun show in Tampa on the 23-24.

I asked:

Does that translate to...

Originally Posted By [his account name]:
If you are local to Tampa; come out to the gun show: we are cutting deals!!

We love meeting our AR15.com brothers!

If so, which gun show? Because the fairground show was the day before your (not you're or yore) post. 

In the world of grammar nazi, my little chiding was very minor.

I got three responses to that.

First from him in the thread:

Funny, I posted that from inside the show. Pretty sure I had the day and date correct. Glad I didn't meet you though because you seem like you're a real dick

Then a moderator locked the thread.  Calling me a dick is a personal attack and forbidden by the code of conduct.

Then he emailed me:

Please Reply To: [his email] ([his account name])

Hey what was up with that post you made in my Tampa gun show thread? You felt the need to correct my punctuation and do it like an asshole? Whats your problem? Issue with my company? Just an issue with everyone in general? Are you one of those type of people?

Also I had the date exactly right, I posted it while standing at my booth. 
Sometimes its better to keep your mouth shut rather than making yourself look like a complete asshole (which you obviously are) so it makes sense to me  actually...nevermind
OK, I'm an asshole.  Fine.

The company he is representing here reviews well, but this interaction makes me believe that they bury bad reviews.  No proof, but it matches the personality.

Besides, if you can't handle (or bother) finding the apostrophe on your phone to make a post, should you be using contractions in your speech?  Plus what does that attention to detail say about your ability to actually make a quality product?

Plus his response to my reply is extremely unprofessional.

Me?  I'm a blogger, I am not a professional at all.


I did find a couple of negative reviews.  It seems that their go-to response is to accuse the customer of lying about the deficiency rather than making it good when something is wrong.  Bad sign that. 

25 April 2016

Want Don't Want

Nostalgia is an odd thing.

The Beretta M9 does not fit my hand well, as such I don't really want one.

"So don't buy one!" you're screaming at the screen no doubt.

Yet, I was issued one.

I have a clone of my M1911A1.  I have a clone of my M16A2.  I even have a clone of the M16A1 I was very briefly issued in OSUT.

I do not have an M9, so I want one to complete the Issued to Thag set.

Mutter mutter.  Mumble mumble.

It's not a high priority though.

Pragmatic Leadership

Conversing with Willard about "back when" always reconnects synapses long dormant.

We were talking about effective leadership and an anecdote popped back up.

One my morning NCO responsibilities was to make sure the bathroom shitter toilet latrine was cleaned up before first formation.

Normally this is done quickly and efficiently, but we'd hit two snags.

First was the smokers putting out their butts in the urinals.  This had led to clogged pipes and misery for everyone.

Second was the lint trap on the dryer never being cleaned between uses.

I solved the first problem by putting one of those sand-bowl ashtrays outside the bathroom shitter toilet latrine door, with a sign "BUTTS GO HERE" in red letters on a white sign.  Then with a tongue in cheek, "Smoking not permitted in this area without permission of the Installation Commander.  Use of deadly force authorized," under that in much smaller letters.  They noticed, they laughed, they used the sand instead of the urinals.

The second problem got a sign as well.  I explained that it was a fire hazard to leave the lint in there and if our dryer caught fire, it'd be gone and unlikely to be replaced because the powers that be would cite negligence on our part in its loss; so unless you wanted to use the base coin laundromat, clear out the lint.  Logic actually worked when I treated them like adults and the lint trap got cleaned.

For about a week.

My fellow barracks dwellers didn't suddenly stop obeying the signs.

My platoon sergeant saw them and asked, "what happens if you catch someone disobeying?"

I said that I'd council them first time and article 15 them second time.

"You don't need signs for that.  Take them down."

A week later at oh-my-fucking-God-thirty the shitters backed up so bad that the first floor of the barracks was rendered uninhabitable for days.  I don't know how much of the battalion budget went into fixing it, but it was definitely a clog caused by cigarette filters.

I cannot definitely say if it was MY bathroom shitter toilet latrine that caused the clog, we were on the fourth floor of four, but the timing was perfect.

The sign went back up.

24 April 2016

This Is Taking Green Energy Too Far

Although an electrically powered, and inflight recharged 747 is pretty cool.

The March Of Technology

When I first put together my Mac Pro I used Dell 2408WFP monitors.

24" diagonal, 1960x1200 with built in card readers and USB hub.

$600 each.

Eight years is apparently their lifespan.  They'd been warning me with vertical lines of solid color until they'd warmed up for about a year.

The first thing I learned is 1960x1200 is rare very expensive if you insist on it.  1960x1080 is far more available.

The second thing I learned is monitors have plummeted in price since my last search.  I'd intended to replace the one monitor that'd died completely but the local Best Buy was having a spot sale on Acer S271HL 27" monitors.  $100 instead of the "normal sale price" of $150 (Regular price $250).

So I bought two.  (Sorry about that FuzzyGeff, but I couldn't beat their price online).

There's now no money in my poor VA stipend account... =(

A cheap USB hub replaces the hub functionality from the old monitors and the printer has always had a card reader, so no net loss there.

I am surprised to see while playing Strike Fighters 2 that I can see better.  The size change from 24 to 27 inches is apparently just enough to make some of the instruments more legible.

Other things that fascinate me about modern monitors is I remember having to install software to make things like monitors and keyboards function at more than the most basic of levels.  Now they just handshake when plugged in and start running.

23 April 2016

Almost A Gun

80% of a gun...

There's no hollow space for the trigger and associated bits to go in, or holes in the side for the pins.

I'd intended to take this pic with an upper on it, but there's not enough material taken out around the rear take-down for the rear lug to seat.

Definitely need to think of something creative to put on it for engraving.  Perhaps even the correct markings for M16A2 5.56 Cal Auto Rifle, 1005-01-178-9936, Serial # 6300574...  That'd be hilarious to me to make a really accurate clone of the gun rifle issued to my tank.

Whiz Bang Is The Proper Order

22 April 2016

No Good

It just occurred to me that the reason I never seem to have a good day is that I don't own an AK.

Without an AK I lack a barometer of whether today was a good day or not.

How can I tell if I have to use my AK if I don't have one?

The White Donkey

Just got done reading it.

Nicely done.

Not Terminal Lance at all.

21 April 2016

Feel Better Sound Worse

I have a cold.

Not a death's door kind of cold, just a runny nose and sneezing fits cold.

A bit of a sore throat from the drainage and while I could talk coarsely yesterday...

I have no voice at all today.

But I feel much better!

Tomorrow I will likely be right as rain, but for now I am mute.