27 May 2018

And They Once Had It Perfected

Watching Indy.

The coverage of the race is miserable.

I want to watch the race.

I can't do that with tight focus on a single car at a time and relaying, essentially, the same shot from camera to camera.

All I can really see is that a particular car is running.

It's sad because ABC's Wide World of Sports used to have the very best roundy-round racing coverage.  You could get a sense of what was going on in the overall race, even last place, and they only got in tight when there was something to see while you were in there.

The color commentary is... is...  Well, I have it muted.

Six Revisions In Nine Model Years.

I looked up the interchange part numbers for my HVAC module.  Mine's 15858813.

"Manufacturer Part Number (25938052), Other Part Number (15222526, 15858813, 15235202, 10385389, 10395614)."

That's five obsolete numbers and one good one.

What would be difficult to discover is what changes between part numbers.

I also confirmed that the HVAC in C6's weren't subject to options.  That means that there should be a single part for all years... but something caused GM to abandon the part they used in 2005 and replace it five times with a different revision.

I also love how GM nukes a whole part number to propagate a revision.  It really removes doubts about if you've got the revised part.

26 May 2018

Use Antifreeze!

"It doesn't get cold enough to freeze in Florida, I don't need to run antifreeze."

Antifreeze is also an anti-corrosive agent.  That's the impeller from Marv's Frontier and that quote is from his step-brother who willed him the truck.

In case you were curious about what that impeller was supposed to look like.

Godspeed Captain Bean

Alan Bean has left Earth again, for the last time.

I am going to outlive everyone to have walked on the moon.

I would never have imagined this when I was a kid.

Making It More Illegaller

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/city-of-tampa-takes-action-on-bayshore-speed-limit

Two idiots were street racing and hit and killed a mother and her baby.

Yes, lowering the speed limit from 40 to 35 will keep that from happening again.

Here's your sign, Mayor Buckhorn.

And you know it's pointless too because you say, "These young men made a really bad decision and killed two people as a result of it. There is no flashing light, there is no speed limit sign that would have changed that outcome."

But we must do SOMETHING!

THIS is something.

We MUST do this!

Wanna guess what party Mayor Buckhorn belongs to?  You'll never guess.

Y Body Repair Flow Chart

Check for codes with your Tech 2.

If no codes, check the wiring diagrams and see if the two things acting strange share a circuit.

Check the fuse.  If the fuse is good...

Check to see if the things are plugged in.  If they are plugged in...

Check for voltage at the appropriate spot.  If you have voltage...

Replace thing with solid state logic built into it because GM.

I am confounded that while there's nothing mechanically wrong that the system is dead because it's computerized.

I happen to like hard switches and a lever that's hooked directly and mechanically to the blend door.  Those things still work on my 300k mile 1991 Biscayne SS!  The AC is mechanically broke on the Biscayne...  Boy-proofing just devours all the maintenance funds here.

What was that line from Star Trek?  The more complicated you make the plumbing, the easier it is to stop it up.

Why Does The Government Get It Off

Of all the holidays that the government should be working it's Memorial Day.

The government is the reason so many of those people are dead, it shouldn't get even the smallest reward for it.

25 May 2018

Brownell's BRN-10 Update

Brownell's is teasing Willard!

Outcry from the retro-addicts forced Brownell's to delay the release of their retro AR-10 to develop a front sight base that looks more retro than a bog-standard AR FSB.

No amount of holding his breath and stamping his feet and saying, "screw fidelity, I want mine NOW!" has caused them to ship one to Willard.  Ah, the joys of pre-ordering!


Pistol Table

When I scoff at the idea that I was actually trained by the Army to be an actual expert in shooting a pistol, despite the Expert marksman badge hanging on my uniform...

This is why.

You'll note that it's still geared to an M1911A1's magazine capacity.

Despite the 31m maximum range, you merely have to hit a full-size torso target anywhere.  I think that's the same size as an IPSC cardboard cut out.  Hitting that anywhere on the cardboard would count.

The amount of time to engage each target is generous and the targets are easy to see.

The purpose of the Army training is more along the lines of learning us to not shoot ourselves or each other.  Then proving that with live ammo.

There's Medicine For That

My back hurts, I sit wrong to ease that pain.

That makes my sternum hurt.

They make this medicine called "ibuprofen" that miraculously causes the pain to stop.

You can buy it at any grocery store without any kind of background check or prescription!

WHO KNEW?

24 May 2018

Who's Feeling Generous?

Just got back from the VA.

The chest pains are almost certainly from heartburn, and I might have a slight, partial tear in my esophagus.

Definitely have anxiety and I'm getting some pills for it.

Waiting for this bill...  Not sure what the VA charges when it's not service connected.

Then!

The AC on The Precious crapped out.

Diagnosed it as the control panel, thanks overcomputerized cars!

I can't just gut it out with the windows down because Mr Flight Risk, The Boy, might just climb out.  It's Florida, running with the windows up without AC is courting heat stroke.

Replacement controller is about $300.

GRUMBLE.

Doc says my panic and anxiety are caused by generic stress and I don't need more.

It's enough to drive you to drink.

23 May 2018

I'm Better And I Know Best Because I Got Military Training

BOW BEFORE ME MORTALS!

Because I'm really, really good at cleaning toilets, buffing floors and picking up cigarette butts.

I also know how to mow lawns.

I can make beds and iron clothes.

What, you meant combat skills?

I can put a 120mm round into a tank target at 5km.

I can mow down infantry with a coaxial machinegun.

I can break track and do a complete PMCS on an M1 series main battle tank.

Well, I could.  Judging from pictures, there's been some changes to my mount over the years, so I might have to break out the book to do some of what I used to know by heart.

While I was "trained" in the use of a pistol and rifle (and SMG) I don't think those skills were worth much since they were all super simple tables at short ranges.  We were expected to crew tanks after all.

And We Hate Him For It

Willard was right!

The 1890 Police model was a Remington.

Now I have to remember what gun I was thinking of when I disagreed with him.

Uberti makes a clone in .357 Magnum and one of the local stores has one.  I would have thought it too obscure for making a clone, let alone a sub-variation of one.

Face Your Accuser

In case you ever wondered why the 6th Amendment contains the confrontation clause, what's happened to Bloke on the Range is a great private sector example.

This is also why we need to massively purge our laws and regulations.

If you literally cannot know that you're breaking the rules; how can you avoid breaking them?

If your only contact from the people in charge is the beginning of punishment for breaking a rule you had no idea existed, what then?

It's not happenstance that things are set up this way.

Implacable And Unaccoutable

YouTube has terminated Bloke on the Range's channel.

His appeal appears to have been auto-denied as well.

I don't know who to send an email to to request his reinstatement, but we shouldn't have to.

The liberals are successfully managing to systematically silence us.

And Another Thing

Changes to the tinnitus tone don't make it easier to weather the attack!

Gotta Love Them

Of late I've been getting some pretty serious heartburn.

And it's of the sudden onset variety.

That's led to more than my fair share of panic attacks.

I've discovered that knowing that I'm having a panic attack doesn't do much to slow the heart down and relax.

A couple of hours of steady breathing exercises and actively trying to relax usually does the trick.

It's fascinating in a morbid kind of way that knowing that my chest pain is gastro-related does nothing to prevent the panic.

It's like there's a subroutine that goes, "pain in this region will cause a panic response from the lizard brain, ignore higher functions and enjoy the adrenaline."

Gotta love it!

22 May 2018

Irony Alert?

The M1911A1's from the CMP must be shipped to a Type 01, 02 or 07 FFL.

If I, a Type 03 FFL, were to win the lottery and pay for one would then have to enter it into my bound book because it's a C&R firearm.

I love the silliness sometimes.

Encouraging

Inside look at the CMP M1911 and M1911A1 pistols.

It tempts one it does.

Despite the onerous extra steps than getting a Garand and the lottery disbursement...

And needing $1,050 by September if I won what appears to be 1 in 10 ticket.  I probably did the odds wrong.

But if they're expecting 75,000 applications for 8,000 pistols that's close to 1:10, right?

What could go wrong?

21 May 2018

Experimental

I just realized that I'll try a different scotch at the drop of a hat.

But to get me to try a different bourbon, someone has to recommend it.

Intent

From reading the supporting materials for the 2nd Amendment, I think it's pretty clear that the founders wanted the common citizen to have the same weapons as the standing army, if any.

They were less certain they wanted a standing army than they were sure they wanted armed citizens.

If you go full-no-true-Scotsman about the 2nd Amendment, you have to demand a repeal of the NFA so that we can go out and buy the proper small arms and scream that anything less is... I dunno, treason or something.

I'm no true Scotsman.

But the people who wrote, debated, passed and then ratified the ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights would be appalled at what we endure from our government.

I think they'd, likewise, be thrilled we'd made the conceptual leap that things like radio, television and the internet are speech.

But I also think they'd have started shooting quite a while ago.

We've come so far, but lost so much.

Little Details

Watching Wonder Woman...

The Fokker E.III that Steve Trevor steals actually uses wing warping!

One gets used to the movies messing this stuff up, but occasionally they get it right in a movie that has nothing to do with the planes.

Tropic Thunder is another good example.  The A-4E's are period correct for the time frame of the Vietnam part of the movie.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe got the bomb release (and cockpit!) for an He.111 correct.

Flyboys... a movie about WW1 fliers...  Sometimes the planes are rolling against their controls.

Maybe That's Why You're Going Out Of Business

One of the local pawn shops is going out of business.

In fact, the only reason we darkened their door today was because of the "going out of business" sign.

Previous trips had taught us that they priced their good condition guns as if they were in unfired condition.

So we very rarely checked to see if they had anything worth buying and after a few, widely spaced, trips where the answer was, "no," we stopped going in there.

Today we found that they had come down on price considerably on some of their remaining guns.

Enough that Willard was willing to plunk down on three of them.

Now we hit several snags.

Willard is wanting to buy three different pistols.  A $400 1963 made Colt Detective Special, a $375 Manhurin made .32 PP and a $350 .45 SAA clone.

He made an offer of $1,100 out the door.

"NO!" says the sales lady.  $1,125 plus tax, plus FDLE call.  $1,208.75.

"$1,200 then?" says Willard?

"No, and if you don't want them we've got three other gun shops coming in this afternoon and they're going to pay us what we want.  By Wednesday there won't be any guns left!"

So Willard trims his purchase down to two guns, dropping the SAA from the list.

They get the price settled to asking, plus tax plus call in.

Then she informs Willard, "We don't allow multiple handguns to be sold on the same day."  Owner's policy because of the extra paperwork.

Willard MANFULLY restrained himself from saying what he was thinking, "No wonder you're going out of business!  I have money on the counter and you're telling me you don't want it!"

"Can I buy one of them?" I ask.

"Sure!" she says.  So I did.  I'll see if Willard is still interested in my Detective Special in couple of days.  I'd show you a picture but I forgot it in his car.  I trust him.

Because they were refusing multiple sales because of the paperwork, I was sorely tempted to overload her hamster wheel and produce my C&R papers and have her figure out a dealer to dealer transfer.  (Hint, it's the same as a normal purchase just you have to have a copy of my FFL number and write it on the 4473.)

Nope

Fox News asks if this sign is an example of reverse racism.


Nope.

That's just plain old racism.

Reversing whom is racist doesn't change that it's racism.

20 May 2018

Too Much Freedom?

This is a gaming post, not a political one.

I think I've established that I'm a fan of GURPS.

I know several gamers whom hate it because it's got a character creation system that's complex and cumbersome compared to most other role-playing games.

Aside: your computer doesn't have a role playing game on it; so I am not going to say "table-top RPG" like the computer "gamers" want.

GURPS is a point-based, skill driven system.

What this means is you get a pool of points to spend to create your character "spending" your points on traits and skills and getting credit from flaws.

What determines what your character can do is primarily derived from what skills you purchased and what level you raised them to.

It takes a while to make a character.

The beauty is, once you've made your character, everything you need to play further is already on your sheet.  Only the situationally defined variables assigned by the GM are missing.

It's a system that, literally, allows you to make any person you can imagine within the limits of the points given by the GM.

This induces vapor lock in players who're more accustomed to systems that actively walk you through the character generation process.

Think back to AD&D.  The first step is randomly generating the stats.  That give you a limited set of choices for your character class depending on how well or poorly you rolled for any given stat.  Once you've chosen your class you're done making decisions about your character except for picking out spells (if any).

Later editions of D&D added some skills, but I've never played them so can't talk authoritatively on them; but the character class is still the main choice and subsequent choices fall from that first choice.

Traveller was the same thing in the main.  You randomly generated stats.  Then you picked a service (if your stats were high enough for it) and then just followed the table until you died in character generation, got mustered out by a bad roll or simply quit rolling.  Even service choice could be taken away if you rolled poorly.

Game after game follows this mold.

GURPS and Hero are the two main exceptions, and both have people complaining about the same issue.  It boils down to a lack of guidance from the rules to determine what a character should have.

I think that players don't really like the freedom.  Time and again I've watched players struggle to make their character with GURPS and spend hours picking out five skills.  Yes, their character is GOOD at those five things, but as play progresses and they are confronted with situations which don't need those five skills... they get mad.  They blame the GM, they blame the rules.

They don't blame themselves.

GURPS introduced character templates as a way to guide the players.  A template gives a list of stats, skills, advantages and disadvantages.

Guess what the players do.

They take the template and virtually nothing else.  So in a GURPS: WW2 game I end up with at least 70% of the players with the identical character.

They treat the template as a requirement that cannot be altered or changed.  Says here "Guns/TL7 (rifle) 12" so they buy the skill to 12 and leave it.  No higher, no lower.

No matter how many times I say the templates are guides not manifestos.

Why Do Mass Shootings Happen?

This is a discouraging explanation.

If this explanation holds true, then it's incumbent on the mass media to stop obsessing on these events.

The reporting is allowing the spread of the "riot".

But then, the press never did seem to understand responsibilities go with rights.

Left Earth Orbit

Leaving Earth orbit.

I keep hearing this phrase for the moon missions.

While they were orbiting the moon, they were orbiting something that orbits the Earth.

They didn't leave Earth orbit...

If it doesn't work you can always hit them with it.

https://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2018/05/heavy-is-good-heavy-is-reliable.html

19 May 2018

Just Fence Me In

Before:

After:

We're now privacy fenced on two of three sides of the back yard.

Thanks to JT and Marv for the excellent assistance!

Armed Forces Day

TODAY is the day you say thanks to those still in uniform.

Even the Air Force.

Find a restaurant where they hang out after hours and randomly pay the bill for the table anonymously.

Find a proper receptacle for your butt!

Get them laid.

18 May 2018

Lot 17

St George Single Malt Whiskey

You can't call it scotch, because it's made in California.  But it's a 15 year scotch otherwise.  No peat, seaweed, or corpses.  Almost sweet.

And look, ye purists, no ice!

There Goes THAT Narrative

The murder weapons appear to be a shotgun and a .38 revolver stolen from the murderer's father.

A far cry from the dreaded "AR-15 type weapon" the gun-grabbers masturbate about being used.

The Texas Lt Governor, Dan Patrick, has said it was a Remington with a 4-5 shot capacity.

Legal under the Brady Act!

17

The murderer is seventeen years old.

Too young to buy a gun from an FFL.  Even in Texas.

According to wikipedia, Texas has no age restrictions on possession.

Taking a gun to school appears to be a felony unless you have a carry permit and aren't being "reckless" with it.  You can't get a Texas Toter's Permit until you're 21 (except for active mil who can be 18).

Oh, has anyone noticed THIS teeny little law?  While we're all frothy about the idea of banning every gun under the sun and creating more magic lines on the ground to stop school shootings we always seem to forget that murder is illegal.

In every state.

Really.

Even Florida.

Wow!  It's like criminals don't obey laws or something!

If passing laws stopped crime then we'd have been done decades if not millennia ago.

If banning weapons from civilian possession prevented civilians from getting hold of some, there's quite a few conquering nations who'd have had much less trouble with their conquests.  Even the National Socialists, Soviets and Red Chinese failed to get all the guns.

The IRA managed to remain armed for how long?  Ireland is an ISLAND kids.

Speaking of the IRA, banning the manufacture and use of explosive devices didn't slow them down much, did it?

Maybe it's time to focus on the schools themselves.  What are they doing that's breeding people who want to kill as many of their fellow students as they can?

I'm betting we're going to hear about the Santa Fe, TX murderer being bullied.

Just like Columbine.  Just like Parkland.

Maybe it's time to return schools to local control rather than one-size-fits-all Federal control.

Still Not Me

Not my guns.

I wasn't there, didn't do it.

But somehow, someone will figure I need be punished for the actions of others.

How many laws broken before the first shot?

I Did You Mewling Fucking Quim

Serve my country?  Got the DD214, getting the disability checks.

More than you've ever done.

I suspect, more than you will ever do.

Fucking bitch.  Armed Forces Day is tomorrow and Memorial Day is around the corner.  Bet she's got not a clue about how abrasive her timing is.

17 May 2018

Big-Uns

Curious about a comment here I looked up High-Point's .45 ACP offering.

I looked because it was touted as being preferable to a 1911 if one were to insist on a single stack in 45.

It's larger in every dimension.  Heavier empty than a 1911 is loaded.

Bigger and heavier in exchange for much cheaper and two extra shots.

Nah.  I don't think I will.

The other gun mentioned was a Glock 21.  I have one of those.  It's not a comfortable carry gun here in Florida.  It's too big in every dimension to get away with IWB under a loose t-shirt when it's 90/95% here.  The size and shape conspire to make something poke at your covering garment in a way that gives the game away.

I tried and tried to carry it here and have a box full of G21 holsters to prove it.

It shoots great though!  A bit lighter than a loaded 1911 even when loaded with 13+1 rounds too.

My carry problem reoccurs with most every full-size double stack gun.  So far the only three guns that have disappeared for me have been a 1911, Glock 17 and a Browning Hi-Power.  The 17 fading surprised me since it's the same shape as the 21, just smaller.  It's made me consider a Glock 19, to be honest.

16 May 2018

But They're Easy To Catch

Flogging this dead horse some more.  Dead horses are easier to catch than live horses, plus you don't have to break them.

The USGI M1911A1 market has set some expectations for some people looking forward to their lottery entry at CMP.

Expectations that don't think will be supported by reality.

You've got to remember the route the guns on the market now did not get to civilian hands by the same path as the guns the CMP is presently sorting through.

More than a couple of those ex-GI guns went home in some GI's pocket or duffel.  Literally stolen property that the military simply wrote off and has zero interest in investigating.

Some are guns which were given away at retirements.  These are the real cream of the ex-GI crop.

Some are guns which were surplussed from an earlier time where the politics were different.  Back when it was the DCM rather than CMP.

Let's timeline this a bit...

Take-home guns which don't have a criminal investigation trying to find them are the ones which were combat-loss'd.  This sets the age and condition being closely related to which war it was loss'd in.  Grampa's WW2 bring-back is probably going to be in better shape than my Uncle's 'Nam gun because it spent 20-30 fewer years in service.

DCM guns will be in better condition than CMP guns because of the same lack of service.

The CMP guns are the survivors from 1945 through 1990 (or so).  While these guns might be the best of the guns remaining when the M9 finally supplanted the M1911A1, it doesn't mean they're in good shape at all.  I don't recall an ordnance rework plan for the turned in pistols.  I recall that the plan at the time we turned ours in was the very best guns were to be put in storage and the rest parted out with serviceable parts being retained with the rest getting destroyed.

Judging from vendors tables at gun shows, lots of parts didn't get stored or destroyed.

A goodly sized hunk of the stored pistols got destroyed during the Clinton administration without regard to their condition.

Something that I think supports my idea that these aren't very nice guns is the low-expectation description grading CMP has given and the lack of photos from the sorting process.  They've shown us pictures (and video!) of the Philippene Garands coming back, so we know they're not camera shy there.

I'm willing to TAKE those pictures if the CMP wants to invite me up!

Not So Cute

Sometimes that porg, he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. Y'know the thing about a porg, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'... until he bites ya. And those black eyes roll over white, and then... oh, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin', the grass turns red, and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces.

What's In The Box?

I tripped over the box in the garage again.

What's in that box?

Several, valuable, BM-59 magazines is what.

I don't have a BM-59.

This is not my box.  This is Willard's box.

I cannot, for the life of me, remember why we put it in my garage.

Bier?

Amerikanisches Bier?

Miller "High Life" ist gelbes Wasser. Es ist nicht einmal sehr gelb.

15 May 2018

On Tracking The Panic

My little hourly log of blood pressure has me solidly convinced that a single reading should not be acted on too decisively.

I've had two extremely high readings then got normal a minute later.

Ask for a second or third reading to make sure the machine is reading consistently!

Panic Tracker

Last night I made a nice orange chicken meal from a frozen kit.

It was very tasty, and I ate far too much of it too soon after another meal.

I got a confluence of my back hurting from sitting wrong, heart-burn and my heart skipping a beat (which it's done occasionally since childhood) while I was listening to my heart pounding in my ears.

PANIC ATTACK!

Knowing that it was food and stomach related didn't help a bit.

But we have this spiffy blood-pressure cuff, so I took a few readings during the event.

Peak-freakout, at about 7:40 PM was 134 over 81 with my ticker running 110 per minute just sitting at my desk gulping for air.

I spent the next six hours trying to relax and calm down.  At 9:00 PM I'd managed a 113 over 73 at 90!  But that spiked back to 134 over 84 at 86 by midnight when I shut off the lights and moved into bed to lie there for the next three hours watching movies waiting for the heartburn to subside.

This morning I got 106/73 with 79 bpm at 9:20 AM and 115/73 with 74 bpm at 10:33 AM.

I feel MUCH better.

PS: the cuff has a handy little "health indicator" which shows a P if your systolic  goes over 120 or your diastolic goes over 80.  It changes to a 1 if your systolic goes over 130 and changes to a 2 when your systolic goes 140 or more or your diastolic hits 90 or more.

Those correspond to stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension.

Perhaps Priced Appropriately

The CMP M1911A1's might be priced well below market.

Hit gunbroker and find an Ex-USGI M1911A1 for less than $1,000.

Now, would you fire that gun without doing some repairs?

I remember balking at the prices for what you got when CMP made their first tentative pricing announcement.

Turns out that a nice M1911A1 made by Remington-Rand is a $2,500-$3,000 gun.

A franken gun with the frame made by one maker and the slide another will be $1,500-$2,000 depending on the level and skill of the refurbishment and refinishing.  This gun, sadly, is what will be representative of what CMP likely has.

I think I will be happy with my Springfield Armory clone.

Of note:  Remington Rand made more M1911A1's than anyone else.  This is the most common maker and the M1911A1 is the most numerous model.

Also note: there will be no surprise hidden gems coming out of CMP's 1911 lottery.  They've reserved an auction price level for those.  Buyer be aware.

I Got Nothin'

While I took the weekend off from the drama, it awaited me for the week.

Progress is being made, but it's consuming far more time than it should.

14 May 2018

Busy Weekend

A busy weekend without drama!

Went retirement house shopping with Marv.

Took Willard out to lunch for his birthday.

Rode along with another friend and did Big Top Brewery and Dissent Brewery.

Hung out with Marv and JT to watch Expanse and Westworld.

All fun, no drama.

I needed no drama for 48 hours.