05 February 2016

Labor Of Love

I've been on a roll of updating Abandonware table-top RPG game stuff to current GURPS 4e standards.

I just got finished converting the WW2 weapons list from 3e(r) to 4e... again.

Why again?

Because I winged it converting when converting when 4th Edition first hit.

The new edition of High Tech changed a lot of things and gave us official stats for many of the "winged" items.

My conversion is now in compliance with HT4e too!

Time to get back on that Twilight: 2000 door-stop I pick at here and there.

The Arc Of My Gun Interest

I get interested in a model, but I don't have the money.

No worries, they're plentiful and cheap.

Start saving money.

Everyone else gets interested.

Price climbs faster than I can save.

Now they're scarce and expensive and all the good ones are gone.


04 February 2016

I Am Looking At YOU Hans Christian-Vorsitch

Immersion is important in a role-playing-game.

Let's say I'm playing an American Marine during WW2.

What am I going to call this pistol?


It's a Nambu, right?

What would a Japanese soldier call it?

Nambu Taishou 14 Shiki Kenjuu?  But since the player probably doesn't speak Japanese we'd translate it to English and it's Nambu Type 14...  Or if he's feeling eloquent, Nambu pistol of the 14th year of the Taishou reign."

They're never going to call a Baby Nambu a Nambu Shiki Otsu Gata Kenjuu.

I mean if we're going to have to transliterate every word, why is there a section on Japan?  Isn't that supposed to be Nihon or Nippon?


You can tell a lot about a person in how they deal with something privately and what laws they advocate.

If they're saying the minimum wage should be $15 an hour but only paying their employees $12...

They don't really think that a $15 an hour minimum is a good idea.

The divide always seems to come down to the same thing.

Conservatives always seem to think in terms of spending their money; spending where they can and must, saving where they cannot (or going without).

Liberals are always niggardly with their own money, and spendthrift with yours.

03 February 2016

More On Bubba

"I must be the odd one out, but I actually like my two [M]osins in Archangel stocks. I kept the original wood in case I ever have a hankering to carry a two by four that shoots again, and have not changed anything but the stock. They balance nice, shoot well and the magazines mean less loading time at the range."
"And I like how they look."

SimperFido from comments.

It's your gun, and go for it!

Odds are, though, that one of the next two owners will not save the wood.

What make and model were those two?  Izhevsk?  Tula?  Setsroryesk?  Chatellerault?  Could you have mistaken a Dragoon or Cossack for a 91/30?  Was it an arsenal refinish (common) or an all original unrefinished gun (rare)?  Is that wood actually Finnish?  DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TELL?

The "it's just a..." is the problem.  Especially when the people most likely to utter the phrase have no idea how to tell the rare from the common just because they're the ostensibly the same model rifle.

The problem isn't TODAY, the problem is in 20 years or in 40 years or 100 years.  I am asking you to look past your own nose.

M-1898 Krag rifles were $5 a barrel shipped to your door in 1905 (literally 20¢ a gun or $5.41 adjusted for inflation).  Now they're running around a grand apiece unmodified in good shape.  There was some real talent applied to converting Krags to deer assassination devices, and a well done conversion is around $500 today.  The dross is about $300...

Another reason to hate on Bubba is, once converted, they were neglected and abused to death.  Bubba is the harbinger that a future collector gun is doomed.  Whether Bubba knows he's cast sentence and signed the warrant or not.  The only thing that has killed more guns than Bubba is corrosive ammunition, and even here he's still not absent.

People don't spend money on good ammo for a cheap rifle.  Lots and lots of old surplus ammo is corrosive and lots and lots of people think you don't need to clean your guns right away thanks to modern ammo.  Forgetting that modern ammo isn't surplus ammo...

Surplus military ammunition is not match grade stuff and it's FMJ, so not ideal for hunting or target shooting (serviceable perhaps?).  Sitting in a warehouse for decades often does it no good either.  A disappointing outing leads to the gun being tossed into the corner, uncleaned, and forgotten until the children grow up and one of them asks if Dad still wants the old bolt gun in the closet.

By then it's too late.

02 February 2016

Like Man

As I held him at gunpoint he demanded that I fight him like a man.

So I shot him.

Man is a tool user.

A gun is a tool.

Do you think he meant fisticuffs like an animal?


I got credit from Weaponsman for what is mostly Marv's work...

Publish first!

Can You Spot It?

The moment when a much bigger blogger linked to one of my posts?

Thanks for the traffic Tam!

Facebook Drove Me Insane

Insane with a case of the dumbs.

What caused it for me?

Post after post, meme after meme, of how bloody wonderful the police are.

Gods that walk the earth they are!  Pleasant smelling too!

This got to the point that even a tangential mention of cops as something other than vile, disgusting, evil ogres sent me suborbital, trailing flecks of foam in my wake.

I made literally crazy replies to several.

A part of it stems from a general lack of positive exposure to cops.  Where my life and theirs have overlapped, cops are useless at best and needlessly intrusive at worst.  Nothing stolen from me has ever been returned, nobody who's materially harmed me has ever been arrested let alone charged or convicted.  Maybe you grew up in a better place than I did?

I don't attribute carte blanche good intentions to them because they are insuperably The Government, and I don't trust the government or its servants any more.

But it made me forget that cops are individuals too.  People.  People who are evil.  People who are good.  People who are neither (it's not binary).

Attributing evil to all cops is just like thinking all blacks are... pick something.

But attributing good to all cops is also incorrect.  While there may be heroic individuals in that uniform, the wearing of it does not make one a hero.  The same goes for a military uniform by the way.

In truth, 95% of my issues with cops has to do with the fucking morons who write the laws and regulations that the cops are then sent to enforce and/or define the means that they may pursue investigations.  Then I realize that those fucking morons were elected by us, the electorate who don't bother to learn a gorram thing about the candidates much past which (letter) follows their name.  The other 5% is a tendency for the job to attract exactly the same sort of person who bullied me for much of my primary school years.

Much of what was being posted on Facebook was mindless hero worship and mostly unearned by the "heroes" it was directed at.  This insane person concedes that in several (most?) instances that my response was inappropriate.  The thing that really lit the insanity fuse was the people who attributed the meme to a cop, or reposted it from a cop's page.  I like a bit of humility from public servants, and it's a raw spot to see the lack from police.  I am willing to bet that not a single cop wrote or reposted a single one.

Where's the "thank God for the solid waste disposal engineer" meme?  The people running the water treatment plant save more lives everyday than the police department will all decade.

01 February 2016

Cobra Assault Cannon

Well, maybe not THAT model Cobra Assault Cannon...

This one!  Because .25 ACP is the best defensive round ever developed and a derringer is the best self-defense pistol ever designed!  Yeah... let's stick with that if we can keep a straight face.

I finally own a Cowboy Action Shooting gun!

With original box (genuine cardboard!), Cobra Firearms branded cable-lock and floppy holster.  I am now a man to be feared, by very small numbers of very small and very slow rodents.

Interestingly the prominently printed www.cobrafirearms.net is a dead domain.  Makes you wonder if the "100% American Made  Lifetime Warranty" expired when the company changed over to Their New Web Address.

Amusing to me is the original price tag is on the box.  $199.99.  It was at the pawn shop for a mere $100.

Yon Mowsis Bravning

Got the Husky out to the range.

7 shots, 7 yards.

7 shots, 7 yards, one-handed.  The first group, above, was really a function check and to see where the hold would be.

I got a turn too, and summoned my inner Zen to get an excellent vanity target!
We've decided that you cannot go too far wrong insisting on a John Moses Browning design, even if it is 110 years old by design and at least 80 by manufacture.

Slave Reparations Again

Nothing is owed to the descendants of slaves over the issue of slavery.

The reparation was paid in 1865, in blood, by over 360,000 WHITE men who fought to free blacks from the evil of chattel slavery.

White men, again, went on to pass three amendments to The Constitution to address the issue and to force the people who didn't get the message that henceforth blacks were people too.

The UN says the US owes blacks reparations...

And once again we're not talking about slavery but Jim Crow.

Once again I know who owes for that, and it's not me.  Again.

Most of the people who're responsible died without being punished.

I reject, again, the idea that I can inherit the guilt of others and be punished for actions I did not take or support.

Racism is an evil this nation has a long history with, but inherited guilt is how you perpetuate it not how you alleviate it.

Resin Strength Testing

This is the excess resin from the pour of the lower Marv drove over.

Check out that rhythm!  Can you tell I worked in a smithy once?

31 January 2016

Test To Destruction

Can an AR15Mold resin lower receiver survive being run over by a 1991 Mazda B2200 at 30 mph?


Facebook Makes Me Stupid

So we'll nuke that shit.

Blogger probably makes me stupid too.


As a matter of fact, it even SAYS "Ignorant and Stupid" over there to the my right / your left!

We Must Oppose Bubba!

Not encourage Bubba!

Why?  What Erin did to her Mosin was interesting!

Because I am sick of seeing Bubba rape kiv/27's.  I am sick of seeing Remington and NEW receivers drilled and tapped.  I am sick of seeing US marked M1915 stocks shortened and cut for Timney triggers.

I am sick of Bubba buying a Mosin from someone who doesn't know what they have and "it's just a Mosin".

Erin's is a bog standard Izhevsk 91/30 (high wall round).  The most common maker in the most common pattern.  We're not mad at Erin.

But did she know she was modifying the most common form of Mosin-Nagant when she started?

Most of time Bubba don't know enough to even check.

Willard bought a nice Long Branch No4 Mk1* yesterday and near it on the rack was something that used to be a No4...  Not any more!

Bubba, again.

It's especially galling that in addition to being a design that doesn't lend itself to sporterizing, Enfields are in a caliber that's not particularly common here in the US.

Krags gave Bubba the idea that you could get a cheap sporting rifle from a really cheap surplus rifle.

Mausers gave Bubba the impression that milsurp was a natural route to a good sporting rifle.  A Mauser is a great place to start, really.  In a lot of ways, Remingtons and Winchesters are Mausers.  But the sporter conversion of a milsurp Mauser was a special case.  They're just about the only old mil gun made in the 20th century that readily lends itself to being so converted and having half a chance of being as good as a new-made gun.

But the days of it being cheaper to convert an old Mauser than buy a new-made gun are LONG gone.

The modifications advocated by War Gun Mods, when added up ($678 including the original gun), are more expensive than one of Savage's package deals (Model 10/110 XP Trophy hunter with accutrigger in .308; $620).  Spending the money in small chunks over a longer period of time is a false economy even if it added up to a rifle as good as the Savage... but in the end you spend more and have less.

Far too often, Bubba makes changes he can't reverse.  Regret comes 20 years later when the supply of old guns dries up and the crufflers start fighting over what's left.  The Mosin that's $240 on Gunbroker now was $150 last year.  It was $70 five years before that.

Already modded guns are listed on Gunbroker for less than $500, and there's no bidders.  In Econ 101, we call that a market indicator.

30 January 2016

What Willard Did Today

It's a Husqvarna m/07 rebarrelled from the rare-as-hens-teeth 9mm Browning Long to the far more available .380 ACP (as many were).

If Fabrique National made it, it would be called a Browning model 1903.  Not to be confused with a Colt model 1903... Either Colt 1903 hammer or hammerless.  But it does look a lot like the Pocket Hammerless.

Although this is a Colt 1908...

Very similar in many respects.

It has a barrel bushing like the 1st model Colt pocket hammerless.  There are two slide stops.  One is actuated by an empty magazine, the other by the safety.  The safety actuated one puts the slide in the take-down position so you can rotate the barrel for field stripping.

We go shooting Monday... range report to follow.


To visit the Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg, FL you must disarm and pass through a metal detector.

To visit a museum dedicated to remembering an atrocity that was enabled by the disarmament of its victims, you have to likewise be disarmed.

If you wrote that as fiction nobody would buy it.

Safety Gun

Even with a mismatched pair of mold halves and a former broken off inside the bolt-catch detent pocket...

You can mock up what it will become someday.

In this state with no trigger or safety...

The magazine well is correctly formed USGI magazines are drop free.

The action cycles correctly and dry feeds ammo.

Some lessons learned.

You cannot use a rifle stock on this lower.  They've extended the receiver extension boss to the rear about 3/16" to make it stronger, and that keeps a rifle extension from threading in far enough to capture the buffer retainer.

Don't try to pull the bolt-catch detent pocket former out with pliers directly.  Clear the hole and use the pliers on a paper-clip like the instructional video showed you.

The take-down pins are TIGHT, remember to bring tools to where you're taking it apart.

We played with making different colors.  We can make a reasonable match for the purple stock and have a good recipe for Zombie Green.

This lower will be destroyed.  They accidentally sent Marv a pre-production mold half and that made a step in the trigger guard.

There is also a learning process in getting the thing out of the mold, Marv broke part of the trigger guard prying on it and broke off the aforementioned former.

AR15Mold is stand up about this though!  Because of the mismatched halves, they are shipping him a new mold set and enough resin for five more pours, in addition to the ten he'd ordered originally.

29 January 2016


One of the things I tear myself up over with my lack of friends is...

Stopping being friends when the friendship has turned unhealthy.

I can do it.  It sucks, it makes me reluctant to attempt to make new friends.

You'd think that once I'd ripped off the band-aid there'd be a feeling of relief... right?

Well... Once I stop initiating contact with a lot of these former friends, contact ceases.  They never even try to get hold of me once I stop getting hold of them.

That's as painful as the realization that the friendship was toxic for some reason.

Not that I wanted to be friends anymore, but they didn't even try to keep me around.

It makes you evaluate yourself rather lowly it does.

Thag Smert!

I FINALLY found the magic combination to get my Win7 Laptop to see and exchange files with my OSX 10.6.8 Desktop.  AND! How to get my OSX 10.6.8 Desktop to see and exchange files with my Win7 Laptop.

It's fiddly BS.

Before all I could reliably do was have the laptop see the desktop, but this created all kinds of ownership issues with files that I moved from the laptop.

Also this evening The Lovely Harvey upgraded her Mid2007 MacBook Pro from 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) to 10.11.3 (El Capitan).

I might follow her soon, but I have to be able to justify losing a program or two that I don't want to lose, or buying them again.

Hard To Top

As campy as the two films are...

The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers are still well worth your time.

If for no other reason Christopher Lee as Rochefort and Oliver Reed as Athos.

He's two lines at the end of The Four Musketeers that he sells:

"Make one move to save her, D'Artagnan and we will cross swords; and this time, I swear I will kill you."


"No, for the Comte de la Fère it is too little; for Athos, too much."

Actually, I think I prefer the second film over the first.

28 January 2016

Hot Rod Power Tour 2016

"How much?" I innocently asked when the pre-registration email arrived...

For multi-day it's $105.70.  That's the long-hauler pass too.

To find that price you have to complete the entire registration form, including CELL phone number, birthdate, license plates, and insurance information.

 I'm not a long-hauler this year.  The nearly $900 in hotel rooms is the main reason.

I might go from Gonzales, LA to Austin, TX because I can crash on a couch in Austin!

Awwwww Darnit

Vz58 mud test did not go the way I'd hoped.

I suspect that we're not going to see many designs survive this method of testing.

Anti Competitive

Insurance, by its very nature, breeds an anti-competitive environment.

The "customer" pays a flat rate and the insurance pays the claims.  Because the "customer" doesn't see a price change if the claim is small or large, they don't seek the best price from the vendors.

I noticed it years ago for cars.

I wanted some rust repaired.

In the first place it took a long time to find a shop that would do rust repair at all.  When I asked why, I was told there was no money in it.  Accident repairs, however, were profitable.


Because insurance pays for accidents, not the owner of the car.

You'd think that an insurance company wouldn't pay more than a car owner to fix a dent, but most people don't have accidents.  But nearly everyone pays an insurance premium.

For example, I've been paying $300 a month (give or take) to insure my cars for the past 16 years.  That's $57,600.  I've made exactly three claims, against my insurance, in those 16 years.  Two windshields and one Harvey at fault collision.  They've paid out a mere $11,300 over those 16 years on me.  If I'd had the money in my pocket instead of paying insurance, I'd have $46,300 left over.

Even more fun is my coverage actually gets smaller every year because they devalue the price of the cars every year.  Isn't it interesting that it's $125 a month to put full coverage insurance on a Corvette when it's worth $57,000 and also $125 a month to insure it when it's worth $24,000?

So I am out $46,300 that I will never see again, unless I make a claim.

So when the chance to make a claim, say to fix a dent, I'm on that like a rat on a Cheeto.  And I don't actively pursue situations where my car is more likely to be damaged chasing that claim.  I've seen some who do (out of both malice and carelessness).

This creates a situation where the customer will authorize anything from a shop to fix their car, and no incentive at all for the shop to keep prices low.

Now, replace cars with health...

Y +30

Hard to process that it's been 30 years since Challenger.

I was in the Ames High cafeteria breakfast line buying a cherry turn-over when they made the announcement.

My first thought was to make a bad joke.

27 January 2016


I think we're going to cheat and go with M style baffles instead of the more ornate punched kind.

Human Engineering Labs had access to more tooling than I do and was making several hundred units.

I'm making one and an M baffle is much easier to make on a lathe.

The 2.9530" is how much length it adds overall to an M16A1.  The rear of it basically butts against the front sight base with the 4.6860" area overlapping the barrel.

¿Los molinos de viento?

¡No, no quiero hablar de molinos de viento más!

HELish Update

Got my "welcome to the system" email from BATFE for my eFiled Form 1.

I am now on another "list"!

26 January 2016


I read this, and I wonder if this is why I cannot speak to several former, and younger, friends.

They were raised not knowing the transition from one form to the other.  The latter stage is all they've known and don't believe that it was ever any different.

Depending on how it's counted, I am either a late Boomer or an early X'er.

Because of the proximity to ISU, I can't help but think several of them are early Millenials rather than late X'er just because of how ahead of the trend the Iowa schools were.

Go Fish

Abe Vigoda finally died.

For reals this time!

Going At It

Mark La Rue and Bill Geissele are going at it in a friendly way over on Arfcom over triggers.

Of course this means the fans have to weigh in.

My favorite "why Geissele is better" has to be the guy who asked, "What is the NSN for the Larue auto trigger group that drops into an M-4?  Geissele's is 1005-01-618-8104."

My reply there:

An NSN is not a surefire means of determining if something is of good quality or not.

Every piece of crap I was ever issued had an NSN.

Every excellent piece of gear I was ever issued had an NSN.

Lots of useful stuff I used I bought off the shelf and it was better than issue. Chose between Charmin and 8540-00-530-3770.

It just means that it's in the NATO Stock Number system.

If it denoted quality then 5120-01-518-6126 would be the best shovel ever made. But it's not.

Now we're debating how a $350 full-auto trigger pack is superior to a $199 semi-auto one because the Geissele one has been tested by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane.  Apples are round, oranges are round: same thing, let's make a pie!

This is the exact same argument as "is Milspec, is better".  Milspec isn't better, Milspec is defined!

A good example might be chrome lining a barrel.  It's Milspec.  Most of the time, though, chrome lining hurts accuracy; is it still better than bare steel (which has a superseded Milspec)?  It's specified for its durability, not to enhance accuracy though.  Nitrided barrels appear to have both the accuracy of steel and durability of chrome lining, are they inferior or superior to bare steel or chrome lining?

Is it the properties of the part that makes it superior or the assignment of an NSN or Milspec?

25 January 2016


NASA is one of the most optimistic organizations I've ever seen.

They've plans and contingencies for all manner of disasters.

None of them very likely.

The most likely failure modes are pretty darn total in destruction.

It's interesting that science fiction authors had been saying for years that space has two modes.  You're OK and you're dead.

Amended after Apollo 13 to be, you've either got lots of time to figure it out and fix it, or you don't get hardly any warning before you're killed.

Future Alternate History

I remember when Twilight 2000 was a plausible future and 15 years away.

I remember when Car Wars was a less plausible future and 30 years away.

Both are alternate histories now.


Even Traveller, which you'd think being nearly 5,000 years in the future and therefore safe, is in danger of becoming an odd alternate history.  We don't, yet, have the "major powers" of France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, The UK and The US clamoring to empower the UN to assume a real role as binding world government.

If there's a Treaty of New York in 2024, though, start looking for Vilani around Barnard's Star.

Small Fucking World

Over on Facebook I mentioned a petty gaming revenge on two of the dominating players in a particular world.  Edit to add: The revenge was in game only, we were all good enough friends outside of play that we didn't go after each other in real life.

I have not been keeping up to date as I moved on with my life.

Mike Stumbo apparently died in a car accident all the way back in 2004.

His son made the news last year though, Iowans Arrested for Threatening Pokemon World Championships

Opinion story here.

Last I saw of James was when he was like 7 or 8 when he was running around the ISU Memorial Union with his brother while mommy and daddy ignored them to play in Standing Bear's world.

Strange to see a name you recognize in such a story when you're a law abiding type.

24 January 2016

I Love America

Looking up prices for the venerable .45 Colt.

They make self-defense ammo in .45 Colt!

Because your Peacemaker is a viable carry gun, even today, I guess.

Another Problem

I know I am supposed to condemn Andie MacDowell for daring to complain about being downgraded from 1st Class to Coach...

But I cannot.

She paid for a 1st Class seat and that's the seat American Airlines should have seated her in, or offered a huge refund.

It's Econ 101, if you sell something you have to deliver what was sold.  You owe at least what was agreed at a minimum.

Considering that I've witnessed  125% capacity for the aircraft standing in the terminal with tickets in hand... someone obviously isn't hold up their end of the agreement.

It's an example of what's wrong with businesses at many levels.

Airlines should be dirt simple in concept.

Assign planes to a route.  Schedule their departures.  Sell tickets.  Fly the plane.


If the plane has 100 seats, you can sell 100 tickets.

If you only sell two tickets for that flight, you fly anyway with 98 empty seats.

Can't afford that?  Cancel the route, not the flight.  But you honor the tickets sold.

How we ended up where we are is when 100 tickets are sold, but only 90 people show up at the gate.  The airline realized they could sell those 10 seats to people who wanted to take the flight and didn't already have a ticket.  I don't have a problem with this.

The problem is they got greedy and started doing calculations that predicted the number of people who wouldn't show for flights and then routinely overbooking the flight(s).  This works until your model meets reality and everyone who bought a ticket shows up.  Now what?

With 125 ticket holders and 100 seats...

Rather than have a contingency airplane available, they simply rewrote the contracts to read they weren't actually obligated to take you anywhere and were transporting your paying ass out of the kindness of their hearts, aren'tyouluckyweare?

So they can sell you something they're under no obligation to deliver to you and since you signed the contract you can't even do much more than sullenly complain about it on Twitter.

Is it any wonder that airlines are in cyclical bankruptcy?

Higher Power

Did you know that you can get a 15 round magazine for a Browning Hi-Power?

It doesn't even stick out farther than the more normal 13 rounder.

Made by the same people who make the magazines that come with current production HP's no less.

Clicky Me

23 January 2016

Kiss Of Death

The Des Moines Register endorses Marco Rubio?

Time to primary my junior Senator and be rid of him once and for all.

His position on the illegal alien amnesty was bad enough.

His abdicating his position to run for president was extremely aggravating, and I feel that alone deserves a primary challenge.

The Coon River Cage-Liner endorsement?  Confirmation that he's not even a RINO, but a real live Democrat.


One gun I deeply regret selling was a DWM Brazilian Model 1908 Mauser.

THIS DWM Brazilian Model 1908 Mauser.

I've been regretting selling it almost literally since the money hit my palm.  I was so excited to find it on Gunbroker!

I traded horses, I called in favors, I made deals.  I scrounged up the funds to bid the starting bid of $600.  And not one penny more.

The winning bid was $605 and made in the last five minutes.

I am taking this as a sign that I've loved it, let it go and it's not coming back; so it was not meant to be.

To the winning bidder, treat her right and don't ever sell her.  You will regret it.  (PS, I'm the one who buggered the screw on the front of the magazine well.  Sorry.)

On the plus side I'm not out anything and all of my trades, favors and deals were contingent on winning the auction. 


That New England Westinghouse M-1917 Mosin that was for sale last May?

Sold for the full asking price.  $1,899.

Proof that you never know where prices are going to end up, because this was prolly a "hey do you want this gun?" free from someone who worked at the Florida Capital Building way back when they found several crates in a basement closet.

I Wish I Was A Sackett

Cost a Gremlin, but got the girl.

Maybe I Overestimated

Iowa has a pistol purchase permit requirement to buy a handgun.

My father-in-law decided he wanted a revolver and four days later he had one legally.

He doesn't internet.

But it took him a whole day to find out where to apply for his permit, go there, and get it.

Then once the built in delay expired, he got his gun.

I've another acquaintance who can't seem to figure out how to get this permit to save his life despite being computer literate and possessing all the digital assistance you can think of.

There's three uncharitable possibilities.

One, he's a fucking liar about wanting a handgun and has been leading me on about obtaining one.

Two, he's fucking stupid and cannot comprehend "look up the sheriff's office's address.  Go there."

Three, he's fucking lazy and it's just too damn far to drive DRIVE the half hour total to get there.

I'm betting it's actually a combination of one and two.

I'm just cheesed at being asked to help him with the process and wasting time on it.