23 August 2016

Used Market

In another chapter of McThag's Bolt Gun Agony we find a Savage 111FCNS in .270 Winchester for $325 at a local pawn shop.

I can probably talk them down some.

The only wrinkle is there's no scope at all, so I'd need that and rings.

On the positive side of the ledger is it's already set up for the better magazine.  On the negative, I kinda wanted a wood stock.

Willard says that while a white tail deer can tell the difference, an elk cannot.

A different shop has a Remington 700 in the favored .270 with a Bushnell Banner on it and iron sights.  Walnut and blue with a telepathic trigger.  Just $700, and this shop has shown no give on gun prices before, so that's probably firm (and out of budget).

Losing Sight Of Rights

While Tam's advice is solid and takes into account the facts on the ground.

We should be outraged that it IS good advice!

I should never be in fear for my life from the police for doing something I have every right to do...

ie: Be on my own property with a gun.

We should all be opposed to this shoot first ask questions later attitude that our law enforcement has developed.  We should demand the head of any department management who uses the "in accordance with our training" excuse.

You may notice that the people who are the staunchest advocates of "let the courts settle it" are the ones who are certain to get a pass from those courts.  That's because shit that will land us in jail will cause them, at worst, to seek a job in another department.

Oppose the training excuse.

Demand that the police be held to the same standard as the communities they serve.  Note, I am totally cool with being elevated to their weapons free status when it comes to thinking that someone might have looked at me cross eyed with virtually anything in their hand.

I am totally cool to take a time-out and get a month or more to decide what I am going to say to a non-judicial investigator before making a statement.  Then if it goes against me, I am cool to have an arbitrator force the ruling back in my favor and never face criminal charges.

I am completely cool with the default assumption being that I had every reason to shoot and every effort should be expended to show my innocence by the police department, prosecutor and government.

I don't get that now, but my employees do...

But they're not employees.  I am their vassal and they don't ever want me to forget it.

Hugo

Stop paying them!

Don't buy the books, don't attend the con.

They want to be an exclusive club of incestuous group-think, let them.

Let them do it without your money.

"But I voted the sad/rabid puppy tranche!" and paid the people you oppose to do so.

Never support the livelihood of someone who hates you and wishes to destroy you.

I hate to say it, but fiction authors are a form of dancing monkey.

People who attend fan conventions are the monkeys who dance for the dancing monkeys.

Opportunity Cost

Although it appears to be the most difficult topic in all economics to teach... it's actually very simple.

Money you spend on one thing, cannot also be spent on another.  By buying the first thing, you give up the opportunity to buy the second.  Likewise, buying the second item costs you the opportunity to purchase the first item.

I remember the first time I noticed it.  I'd spent my allowance on a 1/72 scale SPAD XIII.  I came across another model I wanted more at the flea market, but had already spent my money.  No Star Trek 3-ship set for Thag the Younger.

Something I noticed about the event is how I got no sympathy from my elders about not having the money anymore.  The most sympathetic voice was my grampa and it was limited to, "it would be nice to have enough to buy both, but you never do."

Mom was harshest.  "In the story of the ant and the grasshopper, the ant is the one you emulate," because she felt that I should have saved my allowance.

22 August 2016

Gun Rights Policy Conference

Submitted my registration.

I figure since they're going to all the trouble of having one in Tampa, I should attend.

What I save in hotels offsets the relatively short travel time.

If I talk Marv into going, then travel is even shorter since he lives within three miles of the host hotel.

Since it's in September, I should wear my kilt, tactical type, one each.

Good Bad Advice

I hang with an older than me crowd quite a bit.

Something that kind of bugs me about the non-gun side of that hanging is the practical advice.

"Why don't you just do [something no longer legal] to..."

"You should have [something impossible today] to..."

The past is another country.  The nation where they started a business from nothing or worked their way through college is gone.

I can start to see why the occupy people are bitter.  The only way to get past a certain line in the income class structure is to assume massive debts, which just create an illusion you've crossed that line.

The people just ten years older than me grew up where that wasn't true and most of them are debt free except for a small credit card balance.

Rather than demand the oldsters be punished, I'd prefer some sound fiscal policy and maybe some damn deflation for a change.

Of course the start of that will be making borrowing expensive again and letting the lenders only loan to people who can pay them back.

Just Like The Magazine

Ever notice you're reading a periodical out of habit and not enjoyment?

That in addition to not enjoying it anymore, you're not learning anything from it either?

I'm there with some of the things I read now.

Disappointed In A Different Way




I wanted the G3 clone to fail as bad as the FAL.  I really did.

I ran an FAL in parched dusty lands, and it worked fine.  I didn't have mud to test it in.

Willard ran an FAL in southern Africa and expresses no love for the G3.

This is why, when you go to adopt a new service rifle, you test in all the conditions you expect to see.

G3 for the Somme, FAL for Rhodesia...

21 August 2016

Play Stupid Games Win Stupid Prizes

Riding a bike is dangerous enough when you've got your head on a swivel and are paying attention to your surroundings.

The cherry on top is asking the driver they hit while running the red light if they'd seen the bikes coming.

Bikers, in case you were curious, riders like this are why nobody likes us you.  I gave up the 'us' title when I sold my last motorcycle in '96.  Rural Iowa was getting a bit scary for riding, let alone a burg with driver's heads firmly up rectal orifices like Ames.

Update:

JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT 
V1 WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON CST 44TH ST APPROACHING LP 49. V1 HAD A GREEN LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF CST 44TH ST AND LP 49. V2 WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON LP 49 IN THE INSIDELANE AND RAN THE RED LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF CST 44TH ST AND LP 49 CAUSING V1 TO CRASH INTO V2. D2 JUMPED OFF OF V2 AND P2 WAS EJECTED OFF OF V2. V1 ATTEMPTED TO SWERVE TO AVOID CRASHING INTO V2 BUT DID NOT HAVE TIME TO AVOID V2.

D1 ADVISED THAT SHE WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON CST 44TH ST AND HAD A GREEN LIGHT AT THEINTERSECTION OF CST 44TH ST AND LP 49. D1 ADVISED THAT ONE MOTORCYCLE RAN THE RED LIGHT AT THE SAME INTERSECTION AND V2 WAS BEHIND THAT MOTORCYCLE AND ATTEMPTED TO RUN THE RED LIGHT AS WELL. D1 ADVISED THAT SHE ATTEMPTED TO SWERVE TO AVOID CRASHING INTO V2, BUT DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO AVOID THE CRASH. D1 ADVISED THAT D2 JUMPED OFF THE MOTORCYCLE AND FELL ON HIS SIDE AND P2 GOT EJECTED OFF OF THE MOTORCYLCE AND FELL ONTO THE ASPHALT. D1ADVISED THAT SHE WENT TO THE NEAREST PARKING LOT, PARKED HER VEHICLE AND CALLED THE POLICE.

D2 ADVISED THAT HE WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON LP 49 IN THE INSIDE LANE FOLLOWING TWO MOTORCYCLES THAT WERE IN FRONT OF HIM. D2 ADVISED THAT WHEN HE GOT TO THE INTERSECTION HE DID NOT LOOK AT THE LIGHT TO SEE IF IT WAS GREEN, YELLOW, OR RED. D2 ADVISED THAT HE WAS JUST LOOKING AT THE MOTORCYCLES IN FRONT. D2 ADVISED THAT HE THEN SAW V1 TRAVELING TOWARDS HIM. D2 ADVISED THAT HE ALREADY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN SO HE JUMPED OFF OF THE MOTORCYLCE AND FELL ON HIS SIDE ON THE ASPHALT. D2 ADVISED THAT WHEN HE GOT BACK UP HE SAW P2 ON THE GROUND AND SAW THAT SHE HAD A BROKEN ANKLE. 

W1 AND W2 ADVISED THAT THEY WERE AT 43RD ST AND LP49 AND SAW THE WHOLE CRASH. THEY ADVISED THAT V1 WAS TRAVELIING EASTBOUND ON 44TH ST AND HAD A GREEN LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF CST 44TH ST AND LP 49. THEY ADVISED THAT V2 WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON LP 49 AND RAN THERED LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION. THEY ADVISED THAT V1 CRASHED INTO V2 AT AND ANGLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION. THEY ADVISED THAT V2 WAS TRAVELING IN THE INSIDE LANE. THEY ADVISED THAT V1 DID NOT HAVE TIME TO AVOID THE CRASH. 

MEDICAL STAFF ADVISED THAT D2 TOLD THEM THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO LIE AND STATED THAT HE WAS NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE LIGHT SIGNAL. THEY ADVISED THAT D2 STATED THAT HE WAS FOLLOWING TWO MOTORCYLCES IN FRONT OF HIM AND WHEN HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION HE SAW V1 OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE COMING TOWARDS HIM, THEN HE LOOKED UPAND SAW THE RED LIGHT. D2 ADVISED THAT THEN THE CRASH HAPPENED. 

I CHECKED THE ROADWAY FOR SKID MARKS AND DID NOT LOCATE ANY FROM EITHER VEHICLE. P2 WAS TRANSPORTED TO ******** HOSPITAL BY METS FOR A BROKEN ANKLE. THERE WAS DAMAGE TO THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE OF V1. THERE WAS DAMAGE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF V2. PICTURES WERE TAKEN OF THE VEHICLES AND INJURIES AND WERE ENTERED INTO EVIDENCE ACCORDINGLY.

Prussian Fashion

Yes, the US Army issued these things!

Linky.

How Do You Know If...

How do you know that someone...

...does crossfit...

...is a vegan...

...is gluten sensitive...

...has a peanut allergy...

...runs Linux...

...?

Don't worry, they'll tell you when ever anything remotely tangential to the above topics comes up.

Polygamy

The McThag household runs a variety...

Three Macs, running three different versions of OSX.

Three PC's, running two different versions of Win7(64).

I've discovered something odd...

We're very vested in iTunes.  Spent a lot of money there because we'd flat run out of storage space for CD's and DVD's.

To play your iTunes purchases, in many cases (like movies), that requires you have an iTunes install on the computer.

Apple makes iTunes for their OS and for Windows since XP.

Chrome is the same between OS's.  Thunderbird is the same between OS's.  Open Office is the same between OS's.  Firefox is the same between OS's.

iTunes is different.  I have five different OS's and five different iTunes.  On two of the Macs you could excuse it because they're older and unsupported versions.  But Harvey's MacBook Pro is running the latest and greatest OSX and the PC's are all fully updated.

And it's not just the commands being moved around or renamed.  It's functions flat don't exist on one version and do on another.  Importing your library of media is completely different between platforms.

Oh, and that cloud thing they advertised?  Barely scratches the files we bought, so now we've learned to not count on it.

20 August 2016

Reconcile

If a dog can be made an officer of the law and someone can be charged with assaulting an officer for injuring a police dog...

How is it that my dog cannot be made a family member and the police likewise charged when they casually shoot them?

A dog is either a piece of property, or it's not.

The response that they were only doing as they were trained is exactly as much of an excuse as it sounds.  Right up there with, "he started it."

Here's the rub about the police, Mr Gilette reminded me...

If it is wrong for me to do something, it is also wrong for me to hire someone else to do it for me.

Can I shoot the neighbor's dog?  Under what circumstances?

To account for the hiring morality, the circumstances must be identical for the officer and me.  The same goes for carrying a gun, self-defense, ect...

If it's wrong for me to possess a machinegun made after 1986, then it's wrong for me to hire people with machineguns made after 1986.  If it's right that I pay a $200 tax to acquire such an item, then likewise so should the people I hire pay it.

If police dogs are people, so is my dog.  The hirelings cannot be morally elevated past the morals of the citizens who hired them.

So if it's OK to waste a dog for barking "because training" then all I need to do is find a trainer who will teach me that and voila!  Get out of jail free!

I can see you sitting there with a wrinkled brow, thinking, "no that's not right..."  Because you almost see it.  You just haven't connected that "I followed my training" is the echo of another invalidated excuse of a government worker "I was just following orders."

The citizens being subjected to these imbalances in morality certainly sense the wrongness, even if they can't express it.

19 August 2016

Not Getting Worse

Looking at CATO's freedom indices.

Florida has dropped relative to other states.

Florida didn't get worse, it simply didn't get better.

It's actually great news!  The rest of the nation is faring pretty well!

Interesting Speech

BASE Jumper Dies In Freak Accident

That's the headline.

To me the proper headline that would actually be news is "BASE Jumper survives unscathed after breaking no laws."

Because that's the occurrence that's rare.

These guys making meat-waffles is pretty routine.

Bubba Eats FUDD Too

The bolt gun agony combined with a C&R leads me to look for older guns.

The Winchester Model 54 is such a gun.  My obsession with .270 Win. led me to it because it was introduced with the Mod. 54.

In those way-back days, rifles did not come ready for scopes for the most part.  They came with iron sights.  The opposite of today.

Winchester offered sight upgrades, though, in the form of a Lyman peep sight from the factory.  The receiver is drilled and tapped and the stock inletted.  Sometimes the tangent sight is retained with a folding notch, sometimes a block is set into the barrel dovetail.

Why do I mention Bubba?

Years later, Bubba decided that his deer assassinating bullet projection device needed a scope.  Off the Lyman comes and into the trash it goes.  The receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts and he's set!

Now, fifty years on, the C part of C&R sees the gaping hole in the stock and the corroded screw holes in the receiver and thinks, "well there went a lot of the original value."  Changes it from a $1,500 gun to a $600 gun!

Even worse is when the pictures show the peep sight threads in perfect shape and the brand and model of scope mount is obviously recent...  Bubba doesn't do research before he starts drilling.

.270 Winchester

.270 Winchester is clearly superior to .30-06 and .280 Remington.

Why?

Because even during the great ammo panics of 2008 and 2012 it was still on the shelves at Wal Mart.

.30-06 disappeared.

.280 doesn't appear to be stocked by Wal Mart at all.

Disappointed




But I'm not really shocked.

The only real objection I have here is he didn't even try to thumb the bolt carrier forward.

I'm now curious how a standard bolt carrier would do, I've always felt the sand cuts were just a means for crud to enter the system.

Go Nikon!

The Savage 110 Trophy Hunter XP that I am manfully resisting buying comes with a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope with BDC reticle.

Because it's a second-focal-plane scope, the reticle stays the same size regardless of magnification, thus the range markings are only good at a single range for a given magnification.

And for a single loading of a single chambering...

So they made a web page so you can determine the ranges!

Pick your scope, your round and adjust other settings and you're set!

Sure beats doing the math!

18 August 2016

Fuel Economy

I remember over and over criticism of the M1 Abrams fuel economy.

About 0.6 miles per gallon.

The critics condemned the turbine engine for this abysmal fuel consumption.

They failed to tell us what other tanks got for mileage.

The British Centurion, very much in service at the time the M1 was being developed just barely broke 0.5 miles per gallon on road and was around 0.25 mpg cross country.  But that was a gas engine.

The M60, which the M1 replaced does get better mileage with its diesel engine, but not a lot better; 0.78 miles per gallon.

Pine Ear

The platoon sergeant at my first line unit referred to the shovel, axe and pick as "pine ear" tools.

It took me months to decipher his accent to realize that he was saying "pioneer".

Taxation Without Representation?

No idea if this is true, but if it is...

Important Safety Tip

After watching several of Forgotten Weapon's mud tests...

I have come to the conclusion that you should not take cover in a wheelbarrow full of mud.

I hope this has been of assistance.

17 August 2016

I Stand Corrected

Trans-fats are not the byproduct of liposuction from a transsexual.

I stand corrected.

Not Since

I love pithy little statements that start, "Not since..."

Especially when they go Godwin.

But sometimes there's a clear ring of truth that sends chills...

"Not since before Fort Sumter has the nation been so divided," does get used a lot.

I think I'll add, "Not since Joseph Goebbels has the media been so aligned with a single party."

Fucking Pravda had more dissent than todays "mainstream" press.  Why do we still call them mainstream?

16 August 2016

Death Of A Thousand Cuts

Where we should begin expending our political capital is to deregulate guns.

Start reading the gun laws and you rapidly discover that many of the things we comply with aren't illegal at all.

They're violations of regulations created by the agency in charge of enforcing the laws we aren't breaking.

The ATF Form 4473 is one we've all dealt with.  What law requires this?  18 USC § 923 (g) (1) (a) requires that records be kept and 18 USC § 923 (g) (1) (b) and 18 USC § 923 (g) (1) (c) let the attorney general inspect them without a warrant and specifies when.

The 4473 is from a regulation standardizing the records.  The law is satisfied by records being kept and doesn't require them to be standardized at all.

How much trouble stems from this standardized form?  How many licenses revoked?  How many arrests?  For filling out a form wrong.

I'm learning NFA laws too.

Did you know there's no distinction in the law between a maker and a manufacturer?  Did you know that ATF has never officially determined there's a difference?  Did you know that they already treat them differently with regards to repairing a suppressor?

Most everyone has heard of 922 (r) compliance.  The law doesn't mention parts counts or define parts kits or really much at all.  Taken one way it can be read to mean that you can't use imported parts at all to make a firearm banned from importation in 18 USC § 925 (d) (3).  Taken another way is the serialized part (ie the receiver) determines if it's a US made gun or not.

Heck, that serialized part bit is also a regulatory item.  Go on, convince a person who's not into guns that your stripped lower is a gun.  Go on.  Try it.  Now, once you've convinced them of that, convince them that an 80% lower isn't a gun.

"Once an MG always an MG" is an ATF determination too.

All of this stuff was just decided by members of the executive branch, who've been granted no legislative power by The Constitution.

We should demand that Congress take back the power they've unconstitutionally ceded to these agencies and render those regulations void.

Recursive

Kahr car gun on a car.
What if your car gun is a Kahr gun?

Do you need a Kahrry permit too?  Is it stored in the Kahrgo compartment?

Or do you even Kahre?

15 August 2016

Mosin Price Update

High-wall, round receiver, 1944 Izhevsk 91/30, refurb markings, billboard import mark:  $259 at a local pawn shop.

No accessories, no bayonet, no sling.

Firm price.

All Better

There's a Confederate War Memorial near where I-75 and I-4 meet just east of Tampa.

It's purported to be the "World's Largest Confederate Flag Memorial".

Until recently it flew the Confederate Battle Flag.

Now it sports the Confederate States of America national flag.

You know, the flag that represents the actual nation that was all about slavery?  Not the flag that stood for an army in the field.

I'll bet the ignorant social justice savages are mollified by it too.  Hell, it worked on the Georgia flag for years!

Sweeten The Pot

Looking on Gunbroker tells us that the Savage 10/110 Trophy Hunter XP can be had for $528.24 from a couple stocking vendors.  Free shipping!  Plus a $25 FFL and background check brings a scoped, detachable magazine bolt action for a mere $553.24 out the door.  $115.15 cheaper than Bass Pro and still eligible for the $75 rebate.

$478.24 total.

14 August 2016

Non Potable

Watching the diving at the Olympics while drinking for charity...

Wow that's some turbid water!

I wonder if that is really waterinated chlorine rather than chlorinated water.

The swiftness the divers in rinsing off after their dives seems to say that it's unpleasant to have on their skins.  One even had a, "It burns!  It BURNS!" expression on her face while rinsing from the hot-tub placed for such purpose.

Sweet And Sour

That Savage Trophy Hunter package deal is not perfect.

The package series has the Axis style magazine, which is all plastic and several people have noted that the $45 $40 magazines breaking off their locking tab and some reports of the plastic rear peg wearing out prematurely.

On the plus side, the Trophy Hunter has a $75 rebate if you buy soon.

I've been doing some reading on it and it appears that you can retrofit the all-metal magazine system from a normal 11/110 to the XP.  Research continues.

To change the magazine system from a plastic latch on the magazine to a metal latch on the "frame" you need:

Frame Assembly Long, Matte NBR (DBM) p/n 106706; $78

Trigger Guard Assembly, Matte RI p/n 107217; $26

Magazine Box - 110FC/ 111FC (25-06 Rem, 270 Win, 30-06, 7x57mm Mauser) Bottom Release Latch, Matte Blued p/n 55117; $52

Or plus $156 and shipping.

Bringing the tinkered cost of the rifle to $749.39 plus shipping on the parts.

OR for even more you can convert to AICS magazines with a Pacific Tool and Gauge trigger guard, just $152.75 for the guard and another $40 for a Magpul AICS compatible magazine.

OR for even more you can make a similar conversion using CDI Precision Gunworks (just down the road in Sarasota, FL!)  $209 plus installation (free if you ship them your rifle).  Hmmmm, I wonder if they'd let a blogger bring down a rifle for conversion and let him take pictures and ask questions as if he were the media or something...

Here's Your Chance To Get On One Of Those Lists!

Click on over to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/remove-gunsmithing-itar

Sign it and click the confirm email when it comes.

Now you're on one of those lists they keep talking about.

C'mon, make The White House respond to us!

Taking odds on the response being, "fuck off."

13 August 2016

Keyless Entry Anti-Theft Device

I was reading this article.

I don't know if my Corvette's keyless entry system is vulnerable to this attack or not.

Luckily, my car came with an anti-theft device from the factory:


I am just old enough to remember when this kind of transmission was called "standard" and when it changed to being "a stick" to the present "manual".

I learned to drive on a '76 Vega wagon with the iron lung inline four and a five speed manual.

I was one of only three people I knew who could drive a friend's '64 Valiant with three-on-the-tree.

Now I am one of those car-guy snobs who bought the stick because it's a better experience...  Being in control of the gear changes is more fun!  It's also a real pain in the knee in stop and go traffic.

Happily, with almost all the torque in the world available from idle, I don't often find myself praying for gears between gears, like I did with my old 4-speed '86 Civic.  The Civic needed a first-and-a-half and second-and-a-half gears quite often in traffic.

Feet to the fire though, if I were buying a brand new Vette today, I think I'd opt for the auto.  The paddles offer the control of a manual and the gear changes are blindingly quick.

Something Interesting

My Mac's OS is out of date, 10.6.8.

My install of Chrome is unsupported, Version 49.0.2623.112 (64-bit), because of it.

I use ScriptSafe to keep unwanted scripts from ruining my browsing experience.

I noticed something going from the fully updated Win7 Pro 64 laptop to my ancient Mac Pro...

There's sites that work with just a few allowed items on ScriptSafe on the Mac, but need to allow almost everything on the PC.

Some sites load very quickly on the Mac and drag on and on on the PC.

12 August 2016

Near Rhetorical

How is it that the ATF can process a C&R FFL renewal in fewer than 30 calendar days but can't get an NFA item approved in more than 90?

I know the real answer is "by design"...

11 August 2016

Principled Stand

I don't do business with people who hate me if I can, at all, help it.

All it does it give them funding to better hate on me.

Time and again, though, they relent in their hate and I can do business with them.

I forgave S&W.  I've forgiven Ruger.

Smith Enterprise, Troy Industries and anyone associated with NFATCA are yet unforgiven because they have yet to relent.  And relent they must to be forgiven.

They have to say they're sorry and mean it.

Smith and Troy doubled down.

The board of NFATCA is laying low, hoping we don't notice they're whom they are and that we won't do anything about it.

Belittling me will not change that they hate on you.

Um Actually

I'm not even a DC reader and I knew that The Enchantress would be the main villain and not The Joker.

So an article about "fans" complaining about a lack of Joker screen time really says they're not comic book readers.

To put it in Marvel terms, it's like complaining that Magneto wasn't in the film much when Galactus is present.

Trump Polling

The same people who said that Scotland would surely secede from Great Britain and that Great Britain would never leave the EU are telling me that Trump has no chance of winning the election.

Are they thinking, "third time's the charm"?

Incidental Items

"CBS All Access' 'Star Trek: Discovery' to Be Captained By a Woman, Feature Gay Character"

That headline tells me everything I need to know about this series.

If the new show isn't ABOUT the captain being a woman and her crewmanperson being gay then it's irrelevant information.

But it's presented as important information, so it must be about the captain being a woman and her crewmanperson being gay, huh?

That doesn't interest me.

Good science fiction where characters, even high ranking ones, happen to be female or gay?  I'm interested and I'll watch.

Social justice warfare cloaked in Star Trek (which by the fucking way was never actually science fiction); nope.

For fuck's sake Hollywierd, stop selling and start closing.  Gender and sexual orientation are already neutral to me and a lot of sci-fi nerds, we don't need to be hit over the head about it again.

Didn't you notice how we reacted to the gorram'd Hugo?  We want science fiction back without the indoctrinational lectures.

For fuck's sake, if we can accept Nessus and Chmeee as PEOPLE then it's no stretch to accept some dude who likes sex with other dudes as a person too.

It really is starting to feel like sci-fi-ish shows are the justicesplaining soapboxes they like best because they get to show their utopia fully realized.

Why No McThag Podcast?

Favorite word is "Uh..."
Second favorite word is some variation of F-bomb.

The main reason is I have a face for radio and a voice for silent film.

Disagree

It is not self depreciation or false modesty if you really are as incompetent as you claim.

And I am.

Craftiness Of The Willard

By not stopping by early in the morning, he's saved himself from having to make the hour long drive down to Bass Pro to look at Savage Package rifles.

We'd never get there and back in time to unlock the door for The Boy.

He's not worried about being tempted by the rifles.  No sir, Mongolians are used to hardship they are.

He fears that they have .300 Savage or .30-40 in stock.

He's an addict and I am an enabler.

10 August 2016

Modernity

It has me a little gobstopped that .44 Magnum from a Ruger carbine is nearly the same in ballistics as a much longer Trapdoor rifle firing .45-70-300.

Hey I Know That Gun

When you start collecting a certain niche, you start seeing the same guns offered for sale over and over.

I'm something of a Finn Mosin collector, and I've not got a Kiv/27.  I keep seeing the same three guns come up for sale over and over from different sellers.

Isn't that interesting?

Just Can't Look Away