30 November 2017

Small World

The Lovely Harvey said to me last night, "Honey, now you can say you know someone who sat across a table from a serial killer."  As part of her work duties, sat in the conference room while the Seminole Heights shooting suspect was being given his "last chance" counseling before termination.  Considering he was found working at a McDonald's you can tell that he didn't take that counsel to heart.

In light of this discovery, I gather that management is reconsidering their gun-free zone policies for their corporate offices.

They terminate four or five people a day from the call center attached to her place of work, the thought that any one of the could be just like Mr Suspect and come back with a gun, or follow them home, has them a bit off kilter.

Farewell Corporal Nabors

Jim Nabors has shuffled off the mortal coil.

He was an honorary US Marine Corporal for his famous portrayal of PFC Gomer Pyle.

I kind of enjoyed his singing for the Indy 500.

My mom owned several of his albums.

Cautiously Optimistic

National CCW Reciprocity might just get a House floor vote.

Whereupon it will die somewhere in the vicinity of The Senate...

But I can always hope that McCain strokes out and the other turncoat RINO's recognize that we're not playing anymore.

But I'm pessimistic more than optimistic.

29 November 2017

Tells

Social Entrepreneurship is where your main product is a social justice message wrapped in your secondary product which is the purported actual product.

Intersectionality is bigot for, "my bigotry is sanctioned and you must feel feel guilt because someone of YOUR race/class/gender/sexual orientation is or was as bigoted as I am; but isn't sanctioned to be so."

Every time you hear someone use that word, you are talking to a bigot whose bigotry is backed by the full power of Social Justice.

Bigots come in all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds.

But Is The Beer Any Good?

Black Star Line Brewing Reports Death Threats And Hate Speech

One should not be subjected to death threats and hate speech.

The primary mission of this brewery doesn't appear to be to make beer, but to promote their social message.

“We chose to name the brewery Black Star Line due to our social mission and wanting to connect to the historical narrative of liberation and mobility,”

It's sounding a lot more like they have a social message they wanted to promote, found a place that didn't have many gay or black people in it (brewing) then began promoting the message, and by the way they make beer.

The tone is, sadly, typically SJW and off putting.

Is the beer any good?

What kinds of beer do they brew?

Notice that isn't mentioned?  Not even once!

Another quote:

"Ultimately, what happened with the messages is part of a bigger problem. In local communities, we would invite people to have conversations about intersectionality, social entrepreneurship, healing and liberation. One tangible action folks can take is asking others “How goes it with your soul?” and truly stopping to listen, witness, and hold space for their response."
IS THE FUCKING BEER ANY FUCKING GOOD?!?

It's apparently not their main product.

I wonder if they would have been left alone to brew if they'd not been manufacturing their primary product.

UPDATE:

They're racists.  They're sexists.  They're hetrerophobes.

But since they're not white, not male and not straight; they can't be bigoted.

They're seeing their hate being reflected back and wrapping themselves in the victim mantle.

With so many reports of "racism" and "hate" turning out to be perpetrated by members of the hated group, I would not be shocked to discover that they've threatened themselves with death threats and hate speech just to capture the camera.

Social Justice Warriors don't seem to realize they've their own tells that give them away.

Thank God For Waiting Periods!

Otherwise someone might have gotten killed...

Oh wait...

"Police said [alleged murderer] bought the handgun used in the murders on Oct. 3. He picked it up on Oct. 7 after the required waiting period."
"The first killing happened on Oct. 9."
While he's not convicted, this shows the value of waiting periods to a tee.

It should also be noted he was packing without a permit too.  That's what got the cops to him in the first place.  How do we know he didn't have a permit?  People with permits in Florida get to skip the waiting period!

28 November 2017

5,000

This is amazing!  It's still going!


BelOMO is getting to AIMPoint levels of battery life with modern, Western, batteries.

I think that the 400 hour battery life was based on Belorussian alkaline batteries and not Energizer Ultimate Lithium.

We're at 12.5 times the expected life of the battery.

Do not hesitate to purchase a PK-01VS for your AK if you have a side rail to mount it.

It's mounted low enough you don't need cheek risers and it co-witnesses with your irons.

Good kit!

Plus, the battery ain't dead yet!  The test continues!

Update:

It's been on since: 1:50 pm (eastern), May 4, 2017.

5,000 hours is... 6 months, 24 days, 8 hours.

Pedersen Device Surgery

Gunderdome!

C&Rsenal and Forgotten Weapons both did some research, came to different conclusions.

It started with C&Rsenal.



Then it went to Forgotten Weapons.



And Now...



Two video channels enter... one channel leaves!  Two channels show they're class acts, communicate and stay friends?

Where's the raging hate we're accustomed to on the internet?

They're Beautiful


h/t Gun Free Zone

I wonder how many are in that can.  I can see it's at least 10 deep.

Is M1911A1 Cal .45 Pistol, 1005-00-726-5655, Serial # 1164935 among them?

27 November 2017

I Got Big Brass...

...cartridge cases.

.300 Savage cases, to be precise!

Thanks to Bob!

Now to get them to our reloader buddy!

Harvey At The Range

The Lovely Harvey took a mental health day today and we used it to hit the range!

Pistol time didn't go so well.

She was on paper at 7 yards, but she was all over it.  I gave pointers and she's getting better, but she naturally grabs the pistol wrongly.

So we changed over to her AR at 25 yards, offhand.



MUCH better, much more relaxed and comfortable.

She commented that the Magpul grip on the AR felt fuller and more comfortable.

So I checked which grip panel was on her M&P 9... SMALL.

When we got home, we swapped in the MEDIUM and now the pistol falls into her hand naturally!  WIN!!!

Of course, we need to get back to the range to confirm, but some dry firing showed her doing much better than with the SMALL panel installed.

The AR shows that she's got the fundamentals down, she just needs to learn her pistol.

If I were to put this in GURPS terms, she's shooting pistol off her Guns/TL8 (Rifle) default.

Two Decades On

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Twilight War's nuclear exchange.

I think I shall go down to Dunedin and have a beer in honor of The Dunedin Militia.

26 November 2017

Ho Made Black Powder



Marv has made black powder.

This is 75 parts salt-peter, 15 parts powdered and sifted charcoal (that we made ourselves) and 10 parts unsifted bulk sulfur (from China!).

He's also made a bit of gun cotton.  I think he should try making some cordite.

It Is A Skill After All

"I've never actually tortured anyone.  I don't know how."

"You don't know how?"

"They have specialists."

"Cut off his thumbs!"

25 November 2017

Crazy Cat Lady

If you're a crazy cat lady, don't mail explosives to former presidents.

All that fur, that's in everything, you ignore...

Yeah, that's what law enforcement calls "evidence".

Golf clap?

Golf clap!

Not Exactly New News

Male and female human brains are wired differently.

I remember there was research reaching these conclusions back in the 1990's too.

How many more studies have to be done for it to be treated seriously?

This is interesting in that it's bucking the politically correct narrative about how men and women are identical and interchangeable.

It's also not all that shocking, poets have been writing about this difference for centuries in as many languages as you wish to name.

24 November 2017

Who Run Zimbabwe?

Mnangagwa
doo doooooo doodoo
Mnangagwa
doo doodoo do
Mnangagwa
doo doooooo doodoo
doo doodoo doodoo
doo doo doodoo doo

Fail

Checkering is presently utterly beyond me.

There's something I am definitely missing about getting the lines to stay parallel with the 20 lpi cutter.

Dunno what it is, and I don't know what I don't know.


The cutting tool is binding a lot more than it should and I don't know why, when it binds, it jumps out of track and messes up the line.

Going to keep pestering at it and the Fugly Bear stock will be covered in aborted attempts.

Donald Hitler

If I didn't rage on you for 8 years for voting for Obama.

You've no fucking cause to rage on me for voting for Trump.

I've never made it a secret I want less Government in my life because less government means more freedom. Obama grew the government, I didn't need to rage about it, I just needed to watch it happen. I confined my comments to "told you so".

I've been quite the gentleman about it too. I got to endure the 8 years of frothing rage over ChimpyBushMcHitler. Where you kept telling me Bush was literally Hitler.

You know I'm a history buff, right? You wouldn't know Hitler if he handed you an engraved ticket to Auschwitz (cattle class).

At a MINIMUM, if you're literally Hitler you have to conquer France.

Could It Be Because We Hardly Ever See Him Golfing?

"President Trump will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months (650) as Barack Obama named in eight years (325)."

22 November 2017

Just For The Record

Og took Thag spear.

Him not carve.  Him thief!

Thag carve.  Thag got tool.

How's That Line Go?

The King is dead, long live The King!?

Mugabe is ousted, long live the...

I gotta work on this.

But will his replacement be any better for Zimbabwe?

History says no, but there's examples that didn't go historical.  They're few and far between, but they do exist.

21 November 2017

And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

I bruised the gin, I used garbage ice.


But it's still a tasty gimlet!

It Has A Purpose

To kill one Nazi, and set three on fire.




Targets 6, 3 and 4 were a Mosin Mad Minute.

We hate to admit it, but the M-38's sights were much easier to acquire and use than the Ljungman's.

Navalized M1 Carbine

Willard scored an M1 Carbine that someone had subjected to electroless nickel plating.



The plating didn't hurt its accuracy, I don't think.  Circle 3, 25 at 25!




Ljungmann



These are itty-bitty sights.

Firing is pleasant though.  This heavy a gun just won't have recoil from a wee little 6.5 round.

You can see Willard trying desperately to find the sights before he starts shooting.



Sadly, though I cried real tears, held my breath and stamped my feet, Willard did not just give it to me.  Something about paying real money for it that I don't understand.

20 November 2017

Eighteen Month Notice

Haitian refugees from the 2010 earthquake just got their 180 day 18 month notice to unass back to Haiti.

People are losing their minds about how inhospitable we Americans are by telling them to go home.

Just a show of hands, how many years can I sleep on your couch before you expect me to get a job?

How long before you expect me to either move out or start paying my share of the rent?

Is it a lot shorter than seven years?

Let's face it, if Haiti wanted the problem these refugees are avoiding fixed, it would be fixed by now and fixed years ago.  Haiti doesn't want it fixed, and their people are not my problem.  Haitians are a Haitian problem and they can have them.

I am sick of the open borders concept that we have to take everyone who's been screwed over by living someplace shitty.

Tell you what, Haiti.  I have a plan.

You won't like it.

You'll call it racist.

We invade and declare Haiti a US territory then open it up to colonization by Americans.  Put in a territorial governor who's a puppet of the colonists and doesn't give shit one about the native population.

Be brutal to the native population while the Americanization of the place takes hold.  Make reservations for the natives to live on.  After a while, the place will be a prosperous state and part of the America that Haitians so desperately wish to live in.  Except they won't be allowed out of the reservations until they're fully assimilated as Americans.

I know this methodology works.  It was used for pretty much every state west of the Mississippi and east of The Rockies.

And since the world will call me an evil racist for doing anything, it might as well be something that has long term benefits for me.

Shootin'

One of the things I enjoy about hitting the range is sharing.

A fellow regular shared his .500 S&W today.  While not my cup of tea, it's fun to pop a couple of rounds with a muzzle brake that causes an orange curtain of flame.

I almost even hit the target too!  The sights were regulated low for how I was shooting it.

The owner, however, is completely comfortable with it!





Compared to Willard's 629PD (.44 Magnum) this gun isn't that bad!  It's not-bad enough that I think I could learn where to hold it to hit was I was aiming at.

I shared Laverne, my Savage 99EG in .300 Savage.

It shoots!


$2 a round, it'd bloody better shoot... mutter mutter...  Even with the hated buckhorn sights, I did OK.

I zeroed the new peep sight on Connie, the Marlin 30AS.  Forgot to take a picture of the target.  I'm far happier with her now that I can actually use the sights.  So far only my Remington 341 and Savage 99 have buckhorns that put the round where I think it should go.

The Colt Challenger, not-Woodsman, is also a fine shooting thing.


All three of these guns are pawn-shop finds.  Well under $500 invested.  I guess you have to see diamonds in the rough.  Because we like shooting, it's not such an issue to have a gun that's pristine, some honest wear and tear is OK, even a bit of neglect is tolerable if it still shoots.

You Clearly Did Not Read It

Democrat candidate for The US Sentate, Doug Jones says, "he's a second amendment guy," BUT, "he loves to hunt but still believes in “smart” gun laws." Because other amendments have limitations on them or something.

Now that we have digital transcripts of The Constitution, we can search for words.

Hunt does not appear even once. Not a single instance of hunt, hunter or hunting.

He's also ignorant that the primary purpose of The Bill of Rights was to LIMIT the power of the Federal Government, as was the Constitution they amended, and not meant as an impediment to the rights of the citizens.

He's right that every right bears the limitations of responsibilities.

Where he's wrong is that putting prior restraint on rights is an effective means of assigning those responsibilities.

HELLter Skelter

Hope it's toasty for you, Chuck.

Jane You Ignorant Slut

If you truly wanna boycott the NFL and you wanna boycott ESPN, the notion that some guy sitting out there, or gal, and they decide, 'you know what, I'm gonna cut my entire cable package because ESPN gave an award on a made-up show in July because there's no sports, to a woman who used to be a man, so I'm now not gonna have any cable TV at all and I'm gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that,' that's not happening. And if you did that, then you're so dumb that I can't even pray for you because you're beyond hope. If that was your reaction to this, was to deny yourself the ability to watch television, I mean that just hasn't happened and didn't happen, so I boycott them. Scott Van Pelt
Go ahead and boycott me, asshole.

See how far that gets you.

You don't pay my bills.

You don't buy my clothes.

You don't purchase my food.

You don't keep a roof over my head.

Guess what I do, or do not, by having a subscription to a cable service?

I pay your bills, buy your clothes, purchase your food, and keep a roof over your head.

In short, you need me and I don't need you.

Boycott away!

Burn Baby Burn

Marv and I made charcoal!









His ultimate goal is home-made black powder.  I admire his ambition.

18 November 2017

Sasha Upgrade

Sasha has a new horse!


Lego reworked their anti-Lego horses to be articulated so they can rear.  That included a redesign of the head and ears.

The pack horse is the older version of the horse, but the big news here is I figured out how to mount all of the guns the character is supposed to have on the pack-saddle!  The string is even a genuine Lego part!


1x Mosin-Nagant 91/30 PE.
2x Mosin-Nagant 91/30.
2x Mauser K.98k
1x Rheinmetall MG.42.

Morality Clause

Once I've got this checkering thing down...

I will be sorely tempted to restock my Winchester 54.

While it's the original stock, it's got that gaping hole in it.

Nobody makes an original profile stock, and starting with a 96% inletted, unfinished stock is much cheaper than running down an original in even fair condition.

That might even include the value of the labor.

I rage on Bubba here, so I worry about becoming him by restocking this gun.

In The Intelligence Community We Call This An Indicator


Godspeed Mr Young

I knew it would be coming.

The musicians who played the music when I was young would start dying.

Bracing doesn't mean you're ready.

17 November 2017

This Is What Happens

Actions have consequences.

Willard paws through the cardboard box every gun shop has that has a $5 label on it.  It's the "damned if we know what it is box".

He bought this more than two years ago.


It's pretty obviously a Star magazine.  But for what gun?

It's 9x19mm, Largo was too long for it.

Not a B or Super B.

BM!


At last, he can rest.

16 November 2017

Melancholy

Because I am what is known as a "difficult" friend, I've driven lots of friends away.

LOTS!

I've gotten better about being difficult over the years, but...

Let's just say I've stopped making new friends.

When you're difficult and you've driven friends away, you start to recognize the signs that they're starting to distance themselves in preparation to haul ass.

They're still being polite, but it's clear where it's heading.

They might not even realize that they're doing it, it's not conscious yet.

But they are.

Part of being less difficult is to man up and accept they want be gone and to stop forcing myself into their life.

I'll be drinking as part of the mourning process for a few days.

Posts might be incoherent.

PS: No blame should be assigned to the friend I alienated.  This is a ME problem.

What Was That Line Again?

What was it that the Clinton administration used to say to us about gun control and the Brady Background checks?

"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about."

Yes that was it.

Well, Clinton, if you have nothing to hide...

15 November 2017

Can You Guess The Theme?

Other than they're black and white...


Dammit John!

There are a myriad of pizza choices I can make. I liked that you were standing up to the NFL's hatred of America, right up until you caved in.

It looks like we're going to be getting our pizza from somebody else, probably a local store, now that you've decided that you hate America too.

Your slogan is "better ingredients, better pizza"; you need to ask yourself how taking a political decision unrelated to either ingredients or pizza affects your business. Your first position was the correct one, distancing yourself from people making a political statement if you didn't wish to make that statement with them.

You've made your choice. I'll make mine.

Something that you need to remember about being in business is that I can live a long, happy, life without delivery pizza. Your business cannot survive very long at all without customers.

Black And White Challenge

b/w is such artsy photography.


4473 Fail

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/nolan-finley/2017/11/11/finley-shotgun-purchase-texas-church-massacre/107594878/

Imagine if he'd gone through all of that and instead of the shop refusing to sell him the gun, he'd gotten a conditional non-approval?

Ammunition Collector Almost By Default

When you're an accumulator of curio and relics, you end up also accumulating different cartridges.

Some quite old.  Rounds in the ammo boxes, chronologically...  Just in case I need to do some time traveling.

.22 Short - 1857
.22 Long - 1871
.45 Colt - 1872
12ga 2-3/4" - 1876?
.32 S&W - 1878
.22 Long Rifle - 1887
.303 British - 1889
7.62x54mmR - 1891
.30-40 - 1892
6.5x55mm - 1894
.30-30 Winchester - 1895
.32 S&W Long - 1896
.38 Special - 1898
9mm Bergmann-Bayard (Largo) - 1901
9x19mm Parabellum - 1901
.25 ACP - 1905
.45 ACP - 1905
.30-06 - 1906
.380 ACP - 1908
.300 Savage - 1920
12ga 3" - 1921
.270 Winchester - 1923
.38 Super - 1929
.357 Magnum - 1934
.30 Carbine - 1941
7.62x39mm - 1944
7.62x51mm - 1954
.243 Winchester - 1955
.22 WMR - 1959
.223 Remington / 5.56x45mm - 1964
5.55x45mm NATO - 1977
.40 S&W - 1990
.357 SIG - 1994
6.8x43mm SPC - 2004

Of course, the chronological order doesn't do much good if you end up someplace where the round has not yet spread.  Probably damn few 6.5x55mm rounds in the USA in 1895, for example.

Es No Bueno

Willard scored some clips for Swedish guns.


Something was amiss when we tried to use them to load the Ljungman.


Mind the gap?

It turns out you put the charger guide between the stops on the clip then push it down.


We also discovered the Swedish stripper clip is nigh universal.  It loaded 7.62 NATO into an FAL magazine, and .30-06 into both a Winchester 54 and an Eddystone M1917.

Clip Or Magazine

It's not Short Clip Lee-Enfield, is it?

Think About It

Arlo Guthrie played at Woodstock.

He was on stage for 30 minutes.

He probably only played a single song.

Reminds Me Of An Old Joke

This story rekindles...

When Israel was talking about needing to do something about Iran's nuclear facility, right before Stuxnet hit, the Saudis seemed remarkably calm about the idea that IDF planes would be transiting their air space.

So I wrote their, heated, response.

Israel's military aircraft will not be tolerated over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Not at flight level 350.

Not squawking code 3567.

Not flying the route shown on attached map.

Not while rendezvousing with tanker aircraft in the shaded area shown on attached map.

Not while flying during designated times also shown on map.

We will broke no violation of our national airspace and sovereignty!

14 November 2017

The Blood Dance Of MY People

So far no word on the identity of the shooter in California.

Considering that Kali is the model showroom of everything the gun-banners want federally, I think it will be hard for them to make a case for more gun control from it.

Teeny Tiny Ogre


Ogre Mk V, Ogre Mk III and a T-80BV for scale.


The glow-in-the-dark Ogres are a stretch-goal add-on for supporters of the Kickstarter.  From November last year...

Adventure! Excitement!

The game appears to be afoot in Salisbury Harare.

Forgot The Rocket Motors

It would appear that NBC has learned nothing from when Michael Gartner was blowing up pick-up trucks.



Unless someone makes a pump shotgun called an AR-15, they're lying.

The question, now, is are they still lying or lying again?

If you ever wonder how I became illiberal, it's stuff like this.

If you ever wonder why I'm a climate change denier, it's stuff like this.  They're not merely mistaken, they're LYING, and if they're lying about this, what else are they lying to us about?

13 November 2017

Check!

The 20 LPI checkering tool set arrived today!

I did a couple of test swipes with the spacer tool to get a feel for it.

Feel is right.

It's very easy to lose the straight line.

But I think I can do this!

Now I need to get some practice in.

Much Better!

Formerly Fugly has new bolt parts!

The new cocking piece sleeve and wavy washer front bolt bushing have definitely improved the bolt throw!

Old wavy washer front bolt bushing and new.  Not much wave left in the old one.


Old cocking piece sleeve and new.  The complete circle at both ends prevents it from spreading and fighting the cocking on open.



Huzzah!

We're still money and points ahead of sportifying a Mosin.  About the only thing a sportified Mosin has over something like a mid-80's Savage is cheap ammo.

Cheap ammo isn't always a panacea for a gun you're trying to make more accurate.

The Original Mini-30


The M1 Carbine.

Arguably the Mini-14 and Mini-30 more greatly resemble the carbine than they do the M14.

In a really, not-really kind of way.

The Mini combines features of the Carbine and Garand/M14.  But it starts being an esoteric engineering history exercise pretty quickly.

The Solution Is Clear

Ian Bremmer, via Miguel's Facebook...

Most dangerous cities, by homicides/100,000 residents 
1. Caracas, Venezuela
2. Acapulco, Mexico
3. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
4. Distrito Central, Honduras
5. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
6. Maturin, Venezuela
7. San Salvador, El Salvador
8. Cuidad Guayana, Venezuela
9. Valencia, Venezuela
10. Natal, Brazil

Using the demonstrated logic of the anti-gun advocates it seems clear that banning the speaking of Spanish is the obvious solution.

12 November 2017

Nobody Cares

Go.

Eat dinner with that OTHER person.

I don't care.

Nobody cares.

PBBBBBT!

Covering For Sex Offenders

I've noticed a quiet, but building, trend to accuse conservatives of defending sexual predators when they're discovered.

I think that's projection again.

Because we have an example of how conservatives react when someone on our side is accused plausibly with such crimes.

Will Hayden.

I'll leave speculation about how people like him seem to gravitate towards Hollywierd's embrace to someone else.

11 November 2017

Scotch On The Rocks

I drink The Famous Grouse Smokey Black over ice.

I am not wrong to do so.

If you insist otherwise, perhaps your man-bun is too tight, Hipster.

There's a certain truth that drinking it room temperature and neat allows certain flavors to be perceived that you wouldn't otherwise.

It's also almost certain that unless you're a super-taster, you're not tasting those subtle nuances, ice or not.

I swear that this whiskey snobishness is entirely perpetrated by people who want to be wine snobs but don't like wine.

Mac vs PC

One place that I really prefer Mac over PC is the ease in which characters like ä can be entered.

On a Mac you ctrl-u and the umlauts appear in a highlighted yellow space where the character will appear, then enter the base letter to be umlauted.  This is true for accents and several other special characters where you type in alt+ and they appear, like †.

On the PC you can use the alt+number string on the number pad or copy paste from the character viewer.  It's less convenient.


Lego Fallschirmjäger


With clipped helmet, FG.42 and everything.

For The Living

Today is Veteran's Day!

A reminder:  In the US, Memorial Day is for the fallen.  Armed Forces Day is for those who still serve.

Veteran's day is for we who served and are still kicking.

Say thanks, buy 'em a drink, get 'em laid!

In much of the rest of the English speaking world, today is remembrance day.  A toast to the fallen is appropriate.  Wear a poppy with pride.

Today is also UDI day.  Perhaps the most egregious example of bad timing and or misreading the audience ever committed.

99 Years Ago

This exact moment, 99 years ago, the guns stopped.

10 November 2017

Durable Good


That wee little 5-round group at 25 yards is 4x larger at 100.

That's inside the 9's still.

It will double that at 200 yards.

Just barely inside the 9's.

With a rifle made in 1931.  With ammo purchased from Wal Mart.  Ammo that was selected on a price basis.

If properly cared for, this rifle will probably still perform this well for the grandchildren of people born today.

Gun banners are actively pissing off people who look at the group above and would wonder why I don't care enough to do better.


Actually, I can.  The 86 year old gun uses iron sights.  The target above is with optics.  Optics that have a smart-phone app to help compensate for range with a given round and magnification.

I don't consider myself a good shot.  But, I also remember being a great shot!  When I was a biathlete my shooting compensated for my poor skiing skills.  Almost enough to make National.  I have the measure of what it takes to get that edge back.

Gun banners should be asking themselves if they can risk angering people who, not only, can way outshoot me, but have already learned that they CAN shoot at a person and kill them.

People who are literally harmless if left alone.  Banning so-called "assault weapons" or wording a bumpfire stock ban in such a manner as to amount to the same thing is NOT leaving them alone.

How This Should Work


This is how checkering works!  This example is 20 lines per inch, cut to a depth of 0.025"

You scribe your first line with the 60˚ cutter then run the rest of the pattern with the spacing cutter.

The you take the 60˚ cutter and cut your initial pass  First two cuts in the picture from the left.  You don't cut all the way down to the finish depth of 0.025", but I wanted to exaggerate what was happening.

Then you take the 75˚ cutter and widen the furrow and deepen the cut.

Then you take the 90˚ cutter and make the little diamonds all pointy!

Fewer lines per inch, deeper furrows.  More lines per inch, shallower furrows.

I can tell that this is going to be a tactile skill and practice will make perfect.

Oversight

No official GURPS book mentions the Pederson Device.


There, all better!  I can sleep now.

Player Character Contraption

This was not invented by an NPC...



Shootin' it!



I just know I'm going to have to make game stats for this...

Things Are Getting Serious!

The checkering cradle arrived!


And the checkering guide...


The cradle is such a handy holder I think taking the 1/16" of an inch off the bear stock to make it... um... bare devoid of carving is viable.

Incorporated Into The Traveller Murderhobo Lexicon

"The first rule of space travel, kids, is always check out distress beacons.  9 out of 10 times it's a ship full of dead aliens and a bunch of free shit!"

--Noted philosopher R. Sanchez.

3 Common GUN CONTROL MYTHS Debunked

09 November 2017

Happy Birthday

A toast!  For dear departed Lex.


Guinness for STRENGTH!  Jameson for COURAGE!

Special thanks to JT for sharing in the toast.

They are never gone, so long as we remember them.

Why Not A Million?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/09/army-to-decide-if-bergdahl-is-entitled-to-300g-back-pay.html

Or you could grow some balls and say that he's not entitled to any pay from the moment he deserted.

That he would never have been a captive had he stood his post.  Like he volunteered to do.

He's already getting far more than he deserves by being allowed to continue to suck precious oxygen away from better people, so why give him even a dime?

I like the tack that he might actually owe the Army at the end of this.  That'd be icing on the cake since there's a $10k fine to be paid in here too.

Since he skated on the proper sentence; being broke, in debt and unemployable seems the next best thing.

To show that I'm not completely heartless, I'll donate a refrigerator box to house him should he take up residence on the estate of any of his liberal supporters.

08 November 2017

Further Confirmation

That SJ Games intended GURPS to be played with Minifigs...

The big cat anti-Lego minifig is a two-hex creature.


Horses and cats need the Brick-Arms 4-stud hex bases, which appear to be out of stock everywhere!

I can foresee a day when only the active characters are mounted on bases due to shortage.

Sasha Jakobovich Millerov

He is completed!



And of course, he's a completely different Minifig than last night...

They don't really make a Cossack hat, so he gets a stereotypical ushanka hat.

Notable In Their Absence


In the Brick Arms light and general purpose machine gun catagory we have a Lewis, DP-28, Bren, MG.42 (Not shown), MG.34, RPD and an M60.

Where are the MAG and PK?

I think that a company that makes a Hotchkiss Mk1 would be all over the two most common GPMG ever made.


The've got a Mk.19, M2HB, DShK, M1919A4, M1917, Hotchkiss M1909 Benét-Mercié, Vickers and the previously mentioned LMG and GPMG.

They've several kinds of M249 and the SEAL Combat LMG...

But no MAG.

Why, Brick Arms, why?

07 November 2017

Inching Closer To That Cossack


Sasha Jakobovich Millerov is a Ural Host Cossack from Modred.

He's also an arms smuggler.

On that pack horse there's the Mosin-Nagant PE sniper rifle he used to take out an isolated Fallschirmjäger team, 2 Mosin 91/30's, 2 K.98k's, and an MG.42.  I don't know how I'd mount the Brick Arms versions to the horse though...

Sasha is a 100 point character in the 3e world I made him for and a 312 point character in 4e translation.  To account for the changes in how TL and high TL stuff is handled, I had to drop 75 points at wealth!  This is because an FG.42 is a G$68,000 item in the TL3 world he was dropped into.

Of note, a horse is a three-hex creature in GURPS.  Notice how many hex bases the horses are standing on.

Steve Jackson OBVIOUSLY intended GURPS to use Lego Minifigs!

I've got a better hat for Sasha coming.

Again It's Not A Gun Problem

Link to the New York (spit) Fucking Times.

SHITSTAIN had been confined to and, briefly, escaped from a mental institution.

But note some important details here...
The report filed by the El Paso officers says that the person who reported SHITSTAIN missing from the hospital advised them that he “suffered from mental disorders,” and that he “was attempting to carry out death threats” against “his military chain of command.” The man “was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base,” it added.
Death threats.

Actual material activities to carry out those threats.

Mental disorders and it appears involuntary admission to the facility he escaped from.  Adjudicated perhaps?  Adjudicated enough to be disqualifying?

This is a person who needed to be prevented from buying guns and there are laws in place that made it illegal for him to own them.

It's not the law-abiding gun owner who failed here.

It was government failing, again, to do the job we delegated to it.

An Obvious Photo


I remember buying the TM to help a friend put their Beretta 92 back together once they'd made a bag of gun parts out of one.

He gave up and took it to a gun smith before I could clear my schedule and put his parts back together for him.

The M9 isn't that complicated.

The pistol, as I mentioned before, is the result of service nostalgia run amok.

06 November 2017

Why Am I So RAH RAH RAH

Why am I so rah, rah, rah, about enforcing the Lautenberg amendment?

Because when man bites dog you mention it!

For the first time that I can remember an anti-gun law, if it had been properly implemented, would have prevented the perpetrator from buying his guns.

Normally these things just fuck with the law-abiding.

Narrowing The Blame

It appears it was the USAF who dropped the ball here.

They failed to inform, and people are dead.

Let's start at the clerk of SHITSTAIN's courts martial and work our way up that chain of command.

Careers should end, sentences be meted out.

It was someone's job to inform the FBI and this person has superiors who were supposed to make sure they were doing their job.

I'm OK with them doing some time in Leavenworth over this.

Manufacturer And Dealer In One

The checkering tools are apparently back ordered.

Which is odd.

The maker of the tools, Master Carver, is in Englewood, FL.

The only dealer of their tools I can find is Wood Carvers Supply Incorporated; also in Englewood, FL.

Neither lists a physical address, just PO Boxes.

Timothy Effrem is listed as president for both companies.

Corporation Wiki shows
Master Carver
2870 Worth Ave.
Englewood, FL 34224

and

PO Box 5218
Englewood, FL 34224

Wood Carver's Supply
2870 Worth Ave.
Englewood, FL 34224

and

PO Box 7500
Englewood, FL 34224

Oh look, same street address.

I hate shell games like this.  Especially since the manufacturing side shows the item in stock and has an apparent live inventory system running; but you need to be one of their dealers to order on that side.

The commerce side doesn't have a live inventory system and happily takes your money without any notification that what you're ordering is back-ordered and leaves it up to you to check back with your account to see the message when you wonder about days passing without a new email from them.

For pity's sake!  Do they think we can't look this crap up online?

He Could Not Have

"ATF officials told reporters that SHITSTAIN legally purchased four firearms over the past four years."

No, ATF official, he could not have legally purchased four firearms over the past four years.

How do I know this?

Because SHITSTAIN was convicted of a domestic abuse charge via Courts Martial in the Air Force.

He was able to illegally make those purchases because the Federal agencies in charge of such things don't bother to keep their records up to date.

There's the blood of 46 innocent people, 26 of whom are dead, on the hands of the USAF Judge Advocate General Corps and the FBI agents who're responsible for the NICS checks.  It's also likely that the Texas Criminal Justice Information System dropped the ball as well, especially since it found him disqualified to have a carry permit.

To everyone crying that there needs to be a law; there is.

It Might Come As A Surprise

There's a lot of evil in the world.

There's a lot of support for survivors of that evil.

There's also a lot of "suck it up, buttercup" towards survivors of evil if they fit a certain demographic.

They're on their own and have to construct their own coping mechanisms and heal from the trauma as they may; while also not exhibiting any outward sign of the injury.

It's interesting that this demographic also heals more fully and faster than those whom are fully supported with compassion and sympathy.

Almost as if "suck it up, ruck up, move out" is excellent psychological advice.

Or the expectation that you're on your own and you don't get to complain about it is motivational.

Get It Right This Time

Am I the only one who thinks that Stephen King should go play in traffic?

Not Enfield


One of these guns is over 100.  The other is 50.

One of them is, literally, an Enfield.  The other is just figuratively.

On top is a Rifle 7.62mm 2A1 made by Rifle Factory Ishapore in 1967.

Below that is a Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk III* made by Rifle Factory Enfield in 1915.