24 October 2016

Chickens And Eggs

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

The Glock 20 or the 21?

The first Glock 20's have serial prefix 'MC' and were made in July 1990.

The first Glock 21's have serial prefix 'UB' and were made in December 1990.

They were designed concurrently, with the 10mm taking the lead and .45 being a derivative.

It's apparent in a couple places, but the two key points are the slide having material removed to make it lighter because of the reduced recoil impulse of .45 and the frame having a second pin to better hold the locking block which is unneeded for .45.  This second pin shows up on Gen3 Glocks as well because .40 S&W was stressing the small frames the same way 10mm stressed the large frames.

In most places, both hit the shelves at the same time.

Mutter Mutter Update Mutter

Windows update just flat don't work anymore on my Win7 Ultimate 64 Bootcamp partition.

Spent all day on it and nary an update.

I know there's updates to Win7 out there, my laptop is getting them just fine.

23 October 2016

A Reminder For New Readers

"Try to remember you are a guest here when you comment. Inappropriate comments will be deleted without mention. Amnesty period is expired."

My lead in to a topic might not be what the topic is about.  Sometimes that lead in is on a tiresome topic that I will not debate here, because the horse is fucking DEAD and no amount of giddy-up is going to make it ride.

The most recent example is pointing out constitutional powers and using abortion as an example.

This was not an invitation to debate abortion.  Or Islam.

Thank you: The Management.

PS: You can thank RavenclawEric for the "off topic" comment deletion rule.  He's the master of latching on to an aside and running with a rant about it.  And I will add mention of the Anglave rule: "If you've so much to say, you should have your own blog to say it."

PPS: The comment deletion policy is brutal, by the way.  Others shat in the pool and made it what it is.  Interestingly, it's a hammer I've not had to wield very often, but I can see with a wider readership it's going to come up more often.  I don't suffer trolls.  Period.

No True Texan...

Chili has beans.  By their own admission, even Texans put beans in their chili.

See this map.

Not seen in the screen shot are two Mexican respondents whom also use beans.

Judging by the no-bean distribution in Texas and the political make-up of those areas.  Liberals don't put beans in chili.

We kind of always knew, didn't we?

Prepare For The Apocalypse

The first harbinger of the end times has occurred.

The Cubs have made it to the World Series.

The CHICAGO Cubs have made it to the World Series.

This is the end times as predicted in the sacred scrolls.

22 October 2016

Campus Carry

Here's a sticky wicket.

Many states forbid campus carry.

Iowa is such a place in that they allow the individual campuses to decide.  "Shockingly" all of them have decided to ban carry.


Where's the boundary where I can and cannot carry?

I am familiar with Ames and Iowa State and I can't tell you if you're legal on the North side of Lincoln Way or not.

Lincoln Way is what I'd think of as the southern border of campus.

But then there's all the ISU property all around Ames.  Are these campuses as well?

How well defined is "campus"?

Is there signage?

I, for one, want to KNOW where the edges of the gun free victim zone lie so that I don't disrupt Father Darwin's work by trying to fire into them to save anyone stupid enough to enter one.

For Next Year

Happy Dead Che Day

Order yours from MagPul today!

Also available (while they last):

Somehow them misspelling intelligence makes the shirt more appropriate rather than less.

Maybe We Did Too Good A Job

It just occurred to me that we can't just show young people East Germany and East Berlin anymore.

It's been just Germany their entire lives.

They can't see the contrasts we old farts do.

We won too well.

New Blues

The Blue Angels are transitioning to the F/A-18E/F from the A-D.

Popular Mechanics wrote up an article in December, about how they'd keep the Legacy Bugs if they'd their druthers.

They mention that the Super Bug is more expensive and quote a price, like the Blues are buying the planes straight from McDonnell Douglas Boeing.

The fleet provides aircraft for their display team just like a line squadron.

It also sidesteps the issue that the A-D planes are getting very long in the tooth.  The Marines, for example, are already scouring bone-yards and museum displays for parts that McDonnell Douglas Boeing no longer stocks.

Je suis choqué!

I am constantly amazed that people are shocked that the cheapest ammunition they can lay hands on is not the best ammunition you can buy.

Inaccurate, inconsistent, underpowered so it doesn't cycle?

Well, you paid 1/3 what premium ammo costs.

On the other hand, I'm deliriously happy that there is cheap ammo that works as well at it does!

But I guess it's expectations management.

Does it go bang every time?

Does it cycle the action consistently?

Does it group well enough to get an honest zero?

I get those three things and it can shoot a 12" group at 50 all day and I'm going to be happy.  Especially if the center of the group stays put when I change over to the premium fodder.

Maybe I'm a little more philosophical about it because there's not much out there in non-premium in some of the guns I shoot.

Oh The Vapors

I hereby declare that you may not define ANY first world problem as "oppression".

Wanna see real oppression?  Head to Iran and tell them you're from Gay Christian Ministries to preach to the heathen Muslims.

I fucking dare you.

Until then, tell your multi-millionaire sportsball dancing monkey spokesthings to shut their pie-holes and enjoy the riches of the only nation where they can conceivably BE multi-millionaires.

Research Project

According to the Public Accommodation Act... and referenced supporting acts...

I cannot discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, citizenship, familial status, disability, veteran status or genetic information.


Which of those is being a homosexual?

I was actually surprised to see that sexual orientation wasn't on the list.  The reaction to a baker refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding sure made it seem like it was already encoded into the law...

But I cannot find it.

I'm in an awkward place philosophically and morally with regards to this situation.

I believe it's wrong to discriminate against someone who's gay.  The key part of gay people being PEOPLE.  Are they a person?  If so, they they get all the same rights and legal protections as any other person.

Being an athiest, I don't have a God demanding anything about where people stick their pudenda.  My libertarian leanings have the same lack of demand about people's sex lives.

But I'm not sure that forcing people to do business with someone they hate is the answer.  It seems that nurtures the bigotry rather than stomp it out.

What about forcing the bakery to make that cake, or go out of business, makes them less bigoted?

From what I've read about the situation suggests that they shopped around until they go someone to say, "no, I will not make you that cake (or pizza)," then they screamed, "DISCRIMINATION!"  Almost as if the primary purpose wasn't to get a wedding cake, but to find someone who wouldn't make one and then destroy them.

That bothers me a great deal if that's what was happened.

First Day Of Real Autumn!

The first day of autumn in Florida is when that first cold front finally manages to push down and cool things off.

Overnight lows in the 50's and it doesn't break 80 the next day.

Ah!  Bliss.

You get that moment where you can't figure out what's changed inside, but realize that it's just that the air conditioner has shut off for the first time in two months.

Soon it will be safe to venture to an outdoor range and shoot longer ranges.

21 October 2016


If you are feeling guilty about wearing fur or eating meat:

The mink would wear you like a coat in a heartbeat.

The pig will not hesitate to eat you.

Trump = Hitler

Why is it when the Democrats identify someone as Hitler they focus on the Nationlist part and completely skip the Socialist part of National Socialist?

Especially since it's the Socialist part that's most worrisome.

Even if Donald was Hitler, something is missing from his movement that actual National Socialists used...

Can you spot it?

Where is the other who lives among us, pretending to be one of us, who is to blame for everything that keeps Germany America from being great and who must be punished?

For the people who're victims of public education (and are having trouble with the big words anyway) that was Jews in National Socialist Germany.

If Trump is Hitler, who are his Jews?  Now that you have a group in your head.  Is that group actually guilty of the activities Trump singled them out for?

German Jews weren't, but every group that I've seen Trump single out so far is.

We're looking at the difference between racist and rational again.

"That black guy, right there, stole my television," isn't racist.

"Black people steal televisions," is, even if the above statement is true.

Trump may be a lot of things, but he's not Hitler.

Of all the leaders we've had in the past 40, Mr Obama has come closest to the Fascist ideals so loved by The National Socialist German Workers Party.  Closest doesn't mean matched, but it's a trend I don't want to see continued.

Oh, another clue that Trump isn't Hitler, he's not a leftist.  Fascism and National Socialism were never right wing movements, they were only labeled so by Communists.  If you think of Hitler or Mussolini as right wing, congratulations, you're a victim of Commie propaganda!

Wait I Think I Got This One

"If pocket carry is bad why is appendix carry fine?"

I'm going out on a limb and say, "holster", otherwise appendix is better known as mexican.

And I don't even appendix carry, I'm simply too fat.

20 October 2016

The Truth Is Revealed

Revealed Message to Garcia Guy Actually A Lazy Shiftless Turd

Lemme Jog Your Memory Here Barry

You had NOTHING to do with that?

I beg to differ, Mr President.

Destroyed Evidence

Donna Brazile says that WikiLeaks is lying about what was in those emails?

Perhaps if Hillary had not had them deleted you could prove WikiLeaks was making stuff up.

I know a forensics specialist and he says it's quite common for people to panic and destroy evidence that would exonerate them.

So, if WikiLinks is making this all up, then Hillary has done exactly that!


If those emails proved WikiLeaks data dump was false, they'd have had zero reason to delete them in the first place, would they?

Voting Machine Integrity

I fired off a letter to my county election commissioner today.

He's been talking about how secure and unspoofable the electronic voting machines are.

I told him that doesn't mean there's no fraud, it just means that every vote recorded was actually cast by someone.

It doesn't mean someone didn't vote twice.

It doesn't mean that someone voted who shouldn't have.

I predict we're going to have more votes than voters, again.


Roe v Wade was incorrectly decided.

There, I said it.

But it's almost the correct decision!

Pulling a right to an abortion out of some vague penumbra of a right to privacy attached to the 4th Amendment?


Saying the Federal Government has been given no power whatsoever about abortions and its a state matter under the 10th amendment?  Correct.

Saying the 9th Amendment protects rights not mentioned already and that Texas' own constitution gives no power to regulate abortions?  Also correct.

Thus a right to an abortion because nobody actually empowered the governments to regulate them.

If you want to talk the talk of restoring constitutional government, you're going to hit walls like this where you're going to need to amend the thing before the government has the powers to do what you want them to do.

Also, considering how closely tied anti-abortion has become to Christianity, there's a strong 1st Amendment argument against the government having any authority here because that would be a State endorsement of one religion's view on the topic.

It's quite sobering to look at the Constitution and see exactly how little power it actually gives the Federal Government.  Then looking at the State Constitutions and seeing they have similarly small grants of power for the most part.

Then you look at the powers actually exercised...  Yes, Virginia, nearly everything Government does is illegitimate and illegal.  Including how the Supreme Court operates, look it up!

Bonus round:  Even if the States granted themselves massive new powers amending the state constitutions (Florida adds several amendments every year by voter referendum) everyone forgets what the 14th Amendment actually says.  The 14th was supposed to be a massive bitch slap to the states and imposing much of the limitations on Federal power to the states.  Slaughterhouse fucked that up...

Ground Hog Day

The new Westworld is trippy.

I think the player piano they use to show the 'bots have reset to the next act should be playing "I got you babe" though.

19 October 2016


My blog is popular in France?

Buh whuh?

Well, hello there, anyway!

I'd give a badly translated by Google greeting, but... well an American butchering French is SO clichéd!

A Gem From Arfcom Of All Places

Arfcom's signal to noise ratio is often bad, but sometimes you get some truly great rants from the inmates.

Dear REPUBLICAN PARTY, here is the reality of the situation.

YOU --- have left US --- about three decades ago. Now, YOU have created a situation where WE --- will finally all leave you.

Your treatment of the GOP nominee, DONALD TRUMP, has been appalling. WE --- are the ones who chose Mr. Trump, not YOU!

WE --- rejected all the other candidates that you threw at us.

If there is a PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON, then every consequence of that presidency will be on all of YOU!

We voted Republican to FIGHT the democrats, not to get along with them.

We DID NOT vote for the Republicans to "reach across the aisle" to the democrats.

Above all, we DID NOT vote for Republicans to just give the democrats everything that they want.

Here's the reality that will come because of your establishment, corrupt career politician actions. If you all do not come around and support Mr. Trump, then it will then be OUR turn to leave YOU!

You will lose over half of your base, over half of your membership, over half of your donors. The GOP as we know it will be rendered impotent. You will then be equal to the Libertarians, the Greens, and every other third party option out there.

You could then stop being REPUBLICANS IN NAME ONLY, and join the democrats as you all really wish to do anyway.

The future of the party is up to you.

The destruction of the GOP is up to you also.

I also remember the do-nothing that came from the Contract With America, so this little gem isn't surprising to me.

Amusing Myself

Hornady has announced a William B Ruger Commemorative Line of Ammunition.

I stand by my comment, "This ammo will be so polarizing you can use it for sunglasses."

Near Contemporaneous

These guns are not separated by so many years in design.  Both are lineal descendants and product improvements of another gun, the Browning from the Colt M1911 and the Luger from the Borchardt C.93.

The Luger is the pinnacle of the toggle-locked handgun.

The Browning is the beginning of the wonder-nines.  It's such an establishing pattern that someone familiar with a modern gun has no troubles at all with it.  In many ways modern polymer framed guns are simply High-Powers upgraded to modern materials.

The Luger... last of its kind.  Even with all of the machining that the Browning has, you can see how rationalized the design is for mass production on an assembly line.  The parts on the Luger aren't made for the high-rate production processes of the 1930's any more than the Browning is suited to today's production methods.  Just about the only thing on the Luger that's common today is it's striker firing rather than hammer fired.

Still it's a neat window into a world where the best way for a service pistol to function had not been shown, let alone decided.  There's a romance to these older guns.

Because Willard Was Worried

If we should happen to see an Allosaurus outside...

.270 Winchester is enough medicine.

Its 36 ST gives it 36 HP and it's thick hide is DR 2.

7d pi will be 7d(0.5) pi+ with the hollow-point ammo I've got laid in.

7d is 24 points of basic damage on average.

Against the body the DR is doubled to 4, allowing 20 to penetrate which expands to 30.  Not enough for a one shot stop.

But the vitals are located where any other bird's are.  The 20 that penetrate will blossom to 60 and that's enough to knock it out, and with a HT of 11, it's prolly going to get knocked unconscious from this.

Trying to nail its tiny brain is much more difficult, but it could lead to a single shot death roll with 72 points delivered.

18 October 2016

Luger Pics

Got out the camera and got left alone with Willard's bucket list item.

It's a 1916 P.08 made by DWM, well... mostly.  It's a parts gun.  But all that really means it was "affordable" rather than unattainable.  The slide, toggle, bolt and barrel are from one gun.  The frame and most other parts are from another and the side plate from a third.

It was made for Die Deutsches Heer, and we can tell from the proof marks!

It's got a loaded chamber indicator!  Does this mean it's Massachusetts or California legal?

It field strips readily.

Plus a bit more to make cleaning easy.

A hundred years ago, wood was what you used for polymer.

The spare magazines have plastic base caps, and I have literally bought entire guns that were cheaper than a Luger magazine is!

This guy took one all the way apart, so I don't have to!

Even if he hadn't, this animation is excellent for showing how it works, even if it's not quite the same version.

In China, they're both Luger!  In Japan they're both Ruger!  Isn't that handy?  Bill wasn't trying to sow any confusion with how it looks at all, was he?  I think under modern laws Ruger would be in some sort of trade dress violation against Deutsches Waffen und Munitionfabrik.

No Disassemble!

I tell you...

You don't really understand how a gun works until you take it completely apart.

You also don't understand how much energy is stored in a spring until you launch one across the room.

You cannot fathom trust until a friend loans you a Luger so you can grok it.

17 October 2016

T2K Timeline Change

Now that Twilight 2000 is an alternate history, I need to fill in the blank from when it was published and when its timeline picked up.

Here's the start:

1989The year the Cold War almost ended. Enough was apparently enough with the Soviet hardliners and Mikhail Gorbachev was found dead in his suite in East Berlin on October 6th. Without the intervention of the Russian leader, Chairman Erich Honecker cracked down on dissidents in East Germany in a manner reminiscent of Tiananmen Square.
1990Under pressure from the new Soviet leadership, Hungary remilitarizes its border.
1991To the terror of the Warsaw Pact and Soviet leadership, US weapons and doctrine work exactly as advertised in the Liberation of Kuwait. A crash program of defense modernization begins, increasing internal strife and causing violent crackdowns. NATO, distracted with their victory, does little more than complain to the UN.
1992Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, considered to be more hawkish than Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, wins the Democrat presidential nomination and narrowly defeats President George Bush in the election. The realization among American voters that perhaps the Cold War was winding up, rather than down, sends an electoral message and an atmosphere allowing increased defense spending takes hold.
1993Despite a “no more Vietnams” message in his inaugural speech, President Kerrey approves a limited draft measure. There is much speculation that the new selective service act is, perhaps, racist in its selection; however domestic crime rates are down severely in the wake. Some noted sociologists suggest that the people drafted were exclusively from a strata that tended towards crime and gang affiliations, and were simply being given a new gang to associate with. “Gang in Green” becomes a popular, if unofficial, motto of the US Army. In reality the point structure turns out to be aimed at how much and how long the draftee's family had received financial assistance. While a seemingly disproportionate number of blacks and latinos were drafted, so were large numbers from Appalachia and the south.
West Germany records an unprecedented number of border crossing attempts from East Germany, with an attendant increase in deaths.
1994While the crash modernization of the Soviet armed forces was bearing some fruit, it was also hollowing out the USSR economically, forcing them to crack down ever harder on their citizens and subject nations. Clearly something was coming to a head, but what and where was the question.
1995Please turn to page 23 of your Twilight 2000 Referee's Manual.
I need more detail, historians please chime in and add suggestions!

Drive By Bayonetting

It was an early realization of mine of how far in the tank the entertainment industry was for the Democrats when what would be banned by the AWB was published.

I know you've heard the jokes about drive by bayonetting.

If the entertainment industry was neutral, someone would have filmed that skit, illustrating it for the pathetic bit of uselessness it was.


No comedy show stepped up and made it, and there were oh-so-many sketch comedy shows on the TV in 1993.

If they won't satirize the absurdity of banning a bayonet lug...  and only on a semi-auto with a detachable magazine.

It makes you wonder why.  I think it's because if you start being critical of the bayonet lug, you start seeing what else is absurd about the law, like a shoulder-thing-that-goes-up barrel shroud.

Oh Wow

Ever been genuinely surprised you're alive the next day?

I dunno what I had, but it started yesterday with a few trips to the toilet then moved on to every single joint screaming in pain to a fever so stark I grabbed the winter comforter to snuggle under.

Then the weakness kicked in.  I couldn't move and was uncoordinated.  Good thing I was already in bed, huh?

The dreams were staggeringly impressive, and I don't remember a single one.

I woke up this morning sore, but the fever has obviously broken.

I don't remember ever getting this sick this fast before.  It was kind of scary.

It's also why I took the day off yesterday.

15 October 2016

Increased Traffic

The number of hits my humble blog receives has quadrupled recently.

I don't run anything to tell where the hits come from, I just have the basic Blogger stats to go on.

I do want to say, thanks for stopping by!

Ranting And Raving

To everyone on both sides of the aisle:

The reason the stakes are so high this election is because we've got government in every facet and aspect of our lives.  It matters who's in control of the strings, because those strings are connected to everything we do.

We've got, essentially, a third party candidate running on the Republican ticket because a lot of people finally recognized that neither party is at all interested in cutting some of any those strings and leaving us alone.

Both parties have long forgotten that we're supposed to have a bottom-up government rather than a top-down one.

Not really that long ago the phrase, "don't make a federal case out of it," was an ironic joke.  Because the federal government was minuscule.  Strongly contained in its Constitutionally defined cage.

We have a press that's chosen sides.  How can you tell?  Just look at what they complain about when the wrong person is president and check to see if the right person still does those things.  Did the complaining stop?

I'm sick of watching the media proclaiming the Republicans are the most evil of all evil by doing X, then ignoring that Democrats do it too.  I am sick of the media dismissing outrage at a Democrat's behavior as if what they'd done was nothing while screaming to the rafters that the same behavior from a Republican is substantial and important.

I am sick of "they did it first" being a positive defense for one side and not the other.  It shouldn't be a defense at all!

If it's wrong for me, it's wrong for you too.

Each party wants different things, but they both need the government to be bigger and more intrusive to get them, so choosing R or D isn't really much of a choice.  Either way you get less control of your own life.

Both sides are lying through their teeth about just about everything too.  Well, except this time I think Trump is being honest.  I will not say if I think he's right or wrong but I don't think he's being dishonest.  That honesty is fucking scary, ain't it?  He's not mouthing the reassuring platitudes we've become accustomed to hearing, is he?

He's the very antithesis of "more of the same" and if the prospect of real change scares you, guess what?  You actually want more of the same.

Good news for you and bad news for people who're honestly supporting him.  The likelihood that he'll actually be able to affect any changes is about zero.  Because while he's effectively a third party candidate, Congress will still be run by the two main parties.  If you want to see how this works just look at what Gov. Ventura managed to leave as a legacy, and note he was a single term Governor.

I know I'm getting old, but I can remember when the FBI was famously apolitical.  They'd chase criminal politicians, regardless of party affiliation, wherever they found them.  I watched that change sharply from 1992 through 2000.  I also watched the Republicans do nothing to undo that change from 2000-2008.

The economy is often a trailing indicator of Government.  We act like the president has a magic fix-the-economy wand and is, for some reason, not using it.

The dirty little secret is the government can do very little actively to make an economy flourish.  Government is damned good, however, at throttling economy.

Innumerable taxes and regulations (literally impossible to count now rather than merely figuratively very difficult to count) choke businesses from every angle and only the very largest can endure the millions of gnat bites and afford some form of protection from it.

Laws, regulations and rules about every aspect of hiring, firing and paying someone move jobs outside our borders.

While we talk about illegal aliens entering the country and doing jobs that Americans won't we often forget they are also doing the jobs extralegally.  Their employer is skipping all of those laws, regulations and rules about hiring, firing and paying.  They're typically not paying bad wages to their illegal workers, but save so much by skipping the government overhead they can pay decent wages.

They don't hire Americans because an American can't risk not telling the IRS where they work or have their bank lock their account because they can't come up with a "legitimate" source for their income.

It's a bipartisan problem and it will take bipartisanship to fix.  The problem is neither party is particularly interested in fixing things for the people they're supposed to, by constitutional decree, be working for.

Yes, It Matters

There is a distinction between "talking with" and "talked to" in politics.

That distinction matters.

I am sick of being talked to.

Especially by people who have no interest whatsoever in where my interests lie.

It leads to desperation and making the least worst decision rather than making good decisions.


I've noticed that I gravitate towards the oddities sometimes.

.38 Super instead of .45 ACP in my 1911.

.45 Colt instead of .44 Magnum in my Anaconda.

6.8 instead of 5.56 in some of my AR's.

.270 Winchester instead of .30-06 in my FUDD rifle.

Kinda makes me itch for a .327 Magnum now...

14 October 2016

Interesting Coincidence

A .38 Super casing is an exact fit for the oversized selector hole in my M16A2 clone.

The ID is too narrow, but that's why we have drills!

The semi-rimmed nature of the round also provides a step to keep the bushing from falling into the action.

This is serendipity.

Pot Metal

When I got my AccuTrigger replacement trigger group I noticed that the trigger frame that came with the gun was slightly bowed.

So I tried to straighten it.

As you can see, the metal that it's made from isn't very malleable.  At least I didn't break my ONLY trigger frame or break any of the internal trigger parts.


Cartridge OverAll Length

Weer'd's comments here got me to check...

The rounds are well back from the mouth of the cylinder, let alone approaching interfering with the forcing cone.

Something I was able to find out was they never had their own headstamp, starline is the norm for BVAC.  This picture also got me noticing something else.  That bullet is cocked slightly in the brass.  That can't be good for accuracy!

The End Of Politics As We Now Know It

I've another modest proposal.

Pick a day, let's say sixth months before the election and that's when all the states have their primary.

Make it illegal, with severe punishments, to leak results before they are all tabulated.

Results day is a week after Primary day, at the convention!.

Then, come Election Day.

Same black-out on results and they aren't read until all the votes are in.  It's two months from the election to inauguration, there's plenty of time for a proper counting.


I am sick of two solid years of campaigning for the next election.  For fuck's sake we're starting to see positioning  for the 2020 election already.

Sealing the results until they are all in will also end the discouragement that many feel about the process.  How many voters in Hawaii don't bother because they've seen the Florida and New York results before their polls even open?

Holy Crap I Agree With Hillary

I too would like to see a borderless, single nation for all of The Americas.

Except I'd call it The United States.

I wouldn't like to see a balkanized mess like the EU without borders where there's many language and cultural differences between the member states.

There's nothing that precludes the USA from expanding peacefully into both continents except an unwillingness for the other nations of The Americas to become US of Americans.

Yet, they're perfectly willing to do the EU thing, because they've much to gain and we've much to lose.

We first have to admit that the US has a culture of its own.  Regardless of if it was assembled from spare parts of the cultures of everyone one who's ever immigrated here.

Next we have to decide that this culture is ours and worth defending and worth not diluting faster than it can assimilate new parts from other cultures.

To say, if you move here, you conform to OUR norms, respect OUR way of doing things, speak OUR language and if you can't, then go back where you came from.  Better yet, never leave there for here.

Stunningly, our norms, ways of doing things and language aren't really very hard.  Remember how we came by our culture?  It's adaptable, inviting and permissive.

But there's limits, please don't actively seek them.

We're still members of Western Civ, and that means there's a jackboot mode hidden in our genes.  Sure, we'll feel guilty afterwards, but that's AFTERWARDS.

13 October 2016

Can You Count

Dear Hollywood,

The missing man formation is a four ship formation, not five.

Someone knows this out there, because you've gotten it right before.

Things To Do When You're Bored And A Geek

Go through the Midway ammo section and find all the pistol caliber shotshells; then run the conversion process from High Tech on them.

#4 Bird is 1d-4(0.5) pi- 20/300.
#9 Bird is 1d-5(0.5) pi- 10/100.
#12 Pest is 1d-5(0.2) pi- 10/100.

The only difference between calibers becomes the number of pellets.

You will be availing yourself of the blunt trauma rules because none of these will do damage based on actual dice.

Because these can kill small things in the real world, small critters must have a super fragile rule or something.  Taking away the default DR 1 for DR 0 would do it.  I guess you could get a DR -1 for [-5] points and that would remove the DR 1 against fractional armor divisors.

Ever Notice

Declaring that I am sexist because I am a man, is sexist.

Declaring that I am a racist because I am white, is racist.

Declaring that I am a homophobe because I am straight, is heterophobic.

Calling me paranoid because I own guns, then living in terror of my owning them, is paranoia.

12 October 2016

The Coming Shit Storm

One thing I can say is that I did not vote for candidate Trump in the primary.

I didn't vote for anyone in the primary, despite being a registered Republican.


Because by the time the primaries roll down to Florida, it's already decided and nearly any candidate I'd want to vote for has been eliminated by the voters of 25 states, 2 territories and The District of Columbia.

I mean look at it.  How many candidates were there on February 1st when Iowa vote and how many were still actively running come March 15th when my chance came?

My favorite guy hasn't hung in there for past four primaries where there was some contention.  It'd be five, but I don't count 2004 because there really wasn't a primary to knock out Bush Jr.

I wanted someone besides Bush in 2000.
I wanted someone beside McCain in 2008.
I wanted someone besides Romney in 2012.
I want someone besides Trump in 2016.

I am absolutely terrified of third party candidates now.  In 1992 I voted for Perot with a lot of people.  That got us eight years of Clinton.  This year the Libertarian candidate doesn't even own a gun.  I am almost to the point of staying home unless the candidate has more guns than my wife.  I'll limp door to door stumping for the candidate who owns more guns than I do!

I definitely don't want any more years of Clinton!


I've felt disenfranchised for a long time.  My issues are really on both sides of the aisle.  I'm guaranteed to not get someone to vote for.

Is it criminal to say that the only reason you watch The State of the Union speech is because it's a joint session of Congress with the President and Supreme Court sitting in one place and you want to see it when a meteor slams into the place?

Pity about all the museums, maybe it will be a small meteor?


As the saying goes, "there's nothing more expensive than free [insert item here].

I have 100 rounds of Bitterroot Valley Ammunition Company's 300 gr Bear Load in .45 Colt that Willard gave me.

Their web page redirects endlessly.  Their phone is disconnected.

So I cannot simply ask, "is this load safe in an Anaconda?"

I have found conflicting information about velocity.  It's either 750 fps or 900 fps.

A couple of people stated that, in their opinions, that 900 fps is pushing .44 Magnum pressure, and I know that the Anaconda can take those.

I just want to make sure that it's not pushing Blackhawk or Contender only pressures.

One good thing about it being free is I can be OK with not shooting it.


Willard checked another box off on his collection.

Luger!  It's a mixed heritage DWM Commercial gun.  Certainly not a collector with all those mismatched numbers, but...

It appears to shoot!

7 yards, modified Weaver stance, 8 rounds.
7 yards, Olympic stance, 8 rounds.

We were time constrained, so only a magazine each from us.  31 rounds total, zero malfunctions with Perfecta 115gr FMJ.

It was far less unpleasant than I remember shooting a Luger to be.  Age and experience maybe?


"One is a diplomatic nightmare, the other is almost guaranteed to implement changes that about half of the country finds to be fundamentally unacceptable."

On Trump v Clinton.

11 October 2016

Forty Five

All three of these are in .45 caliber.  But only the 1911 is associated with the caliber.  The Anaconda is more commonly associated with .44 Magnum and a Glock is more commonly thought of as a 9mm.

Which made me think to take this picture:

All three of these guns aren't in the caliber originally developed for them.  The Pocket Hammerless is in .380 ACP rather than .32 ACP.  The Government Model is in .38 Super rather than .45 ACP.  The Anaconda is in .45 Colt rather than .44 Magnum.  The Glock 21 is in .45 ACP rather than 10mm ACP.

Colt V-Frame Blues

If you own an Anaconda, you probably know this pain...

That nut was molded into the grip and if you crank down on it too hard, or use Loctite® on the screw... it comes right out.  There does not seem to be an adhesive known to man that will make that stainless steel flange-nut adhere to the rubber of the grip.

Since Colt and Numrich have long since run out of this grip, you are left with the aftermarket to supply your needs.

L -> R:  Colt OEM, Hogue Monogrip, Pachmayr Presentation.
The Hogue is readily available and affordable.  It also has an open back-strap design that lets the serrated strap really cut into your palm.  Plus the edges of the rubber where it meets the strap bite too.

The Pachmayr grip seems to be out of production, but they're still around here and there.  They use a normal escutcheon to pull the grip halves together, lessening the chance of them pulling through.  They are also a wrap-around style, protecting the palm from the gun!

I found two in a local gun shop today, one (pictured) with a greenish film and another without a screw.  I got both.

It also turns out that the screw is the same as the factory Colt, so I now have two complete Pachmayr Presentation grip sets for the gun!

10 October 2016

Glock With A Manual Safety


I Know What You're Saying

Every time I read about another Republican office-holder saying they're not going to support Trump I cannot help but hear, "fuck you! you voters!"

Because Trump was, indeed, elected in the primaries.  By voters.

It puts a pretty bald face on their opinion of free and open elections, don't it?

It's people like them that have kept me from voting for a candidate, save one, for the past... ever.

Who did I vote FOR?

Gus Martinez Jr, for Pasco mosquito control.  That man HATED mosquitoes.  He was also a union thug, but he wasn't running for the labor relation bureau, he was running for mosquito control.

Jarred Elbow

I sometimes feel like the pilot of a plane in distress and rather than letting me go for the restart, I have to come back to the galley and check on the lemon scented napkins.

Sure thing, plenty of time to worry about them napkins!