21 April 2019

Slow Fade

It's fast becoming time to replace my Mac Pro.

This is a sad day because the machine is still up and running as well as the day I opened the box.

What's pressing it into obsolescence is the standards of current browsers make the browsers I can still run fail to work.

Soon I will not even be able to log into Flickr to upload or download pics for this blog.

I do still have the Bootcamp install of Win7 Ultimate that lets the machine keep working, but that side cannot even see the 3tb internal RAID and cannot write to the Drobo.

The Drobo thing can be fixed by reformatting it to a PC standard, but I need to find a place to put the data in the meantime.  That will also mean that there will be no writing to it from the Mac side.

SIGH.

Looking at the options brings the specter of gaming again.  DCS is a fine flight simulator and making a new machine means considering enough hardware to play it.

Looks like $700 will get me there.

Anyone wanna buy some Mosins?

Bad Timing

Finally unloading that East German AKM bayonet I had laying around.

The Gunbroker auction ended at noon yesterday.

Which means the buyer isn't likely to do anything about winning it until Easter is over.

Kudos to me for realizing that before getting miffed at the zero communication.

20 April 2019

Let The Insurance Company Deal With It

That's another way of saying, "I'm going to make you deal with it."

How is that?

The way insurance works is to create a large pool from many small payments to pay for damages.

If a certain kind of claim keeps happening, then they raise the cost to contribute to that pool for everyone covered.

Even if they never make a claim.

This is why it's so important to find the asshole at fault and punish them.

20 Years Of Safety

One of the crowning achievements of the Clinton administration was the Gun Free School Zones laws.

The administration and legislators must be particularly proud of how two crazed teenagers were unable to bring firearms and improvised explosives into a high school due to this law.

Credit is also due to the Johnson administration for signing into law a prohibition on making "destructive devices", such as pipe bombs, without first obtaining permission from ATF and paying a $200 tax.  This same law also makes it impossible for someone to purchase a firearm for someone else who cannot buy it for themselves, thus denying the teens of several firearms they wished to use in their thwarted attack.

Many lives were saved that day, as many as 15 and perhaps 24 additional injuries from gunfire were prevented.

Bravo! President William Jefferson Clinton, for your courage in doing something effective to stop gun violence.

You really made a difference.

19 April 2019

Take Care

Reading this I recall something...

A couple of time, when seeing someone on a bike doing something stupid, I've shouted, "Hey!  Take better care of my new liver!"

Once or twice I might have been heard.

What The Heck

I must open by saying, I get the joke.

Sharps in .17 HMR.

I'm just tickled by a rifle that is so famous for large caliber, long cartridges being chambered in a tiny rimfire.

Condition Is Conditional

When I reported to my unit in Germany, this 19K was disappointed to discover there were M60A3 (TTS) tanks in the motorpool.

They weren't there for long.

We replaced them with brand new M1(IP) very shortly after I arrived.

I remember the '60's being all used up.

The Cav Squadron across the way took the cream of our crop and turned in their worst with the rest of ours.

I remember them exclaiming in joy how wonderful it was to have good tanks again.

They then spend a year beating more shit out of them until the vehicles were replaced with M3 Devers and the crews were transferred to us.

I don't know, specifically, what happened to our '60's, but I've heard stories about the USMC getting threadbare Army tanks and just GUSHING at how well maintained and NEW they were.

Because I Am Not Batman

I stumbled across a thread discussing people's everyday carry.

The piles of stuff some people were lugging around would put Batman's utility belt to shame.

I don't know about you, but my name isn't Bruce Wayne and, as much as I wish it were otherwise, I am not a billionaire playboy.

It's playing the odds.

Do I need to have a gunshot first aid kit with me at all times?

Probably not.

At the range?

Probably not.  But adding one to the gun bag is less cumbersome than everyday.

Because of The Precious I am more bulk sensitive than others.

Because of my shattered legs and the consequences I am also more weight sensitive.

Lord knows that if I could lose about 100 lb. I'd take care of much of both problems.  A consequence of living with my injury is an inability to do much that gets my metabolism going.  Recent adventures in wrenching demonstrated how much slower I have to go than when I was young.

That same crippling is why I carry a gun, at least.  I'm not running very fast or very far to get away from circumstances where I might need a gun.  Interestingly, that's led to being a lot more selective about where I go in the first place.

Better to not need to run, right?  Better to not need a full trauma kit in the first place.

18 April 2019

Pocket Packing

Summer is fast approaching in the Gunshine State.

It's been shorts weather here for about a week, and that means losing the cover garments which hide bigger guns.

The M&P-9 Shield is a bit heavier than the SIG P238 it's replacing, but it also gets more puissance from 9x18 instead of 9x17.

It's no more a bother than the S&W 640 I used to carry.

Perhaps A Combination Of Things

The fresh R134a in the system got its first real workout today.

The HVAC panel indicated 91˚ F outside and the selected inside temperature of 74˚ F was attained.

It's an improvement over a few weeks ago when the system appeared to be hunting the temperature and moving the blend door a lot.

It could be I have the correct amount of R134a now.

It could be that the condenser is now clear of debris.

It could be that having the condenser flat instead of bowed allows for better air flow.

It could be all of those things.

English, Motherfucker, Do You Speak It

Quote of the day:

Reporter: “Why do you say that is unprecedented?”
Barr: “Has it happened before?”
Reporter: “No.”
Barr: “Then it’s unprecedented.”

Verily, the definition of the word...

Style Note

Dear Mass Media:

If it can be carried and employed by an individual infantryman, it is not a weapon of mass destruction (WoMD).

Please note that individual infantrymen carry genuine assault rifles and hand grenades.

Even conventional artillery doesn't rise to the standard of WoMD.

Mass destruction is reserved for chemical, biological and nuclear stuff.

Weapons which cause damage disproportionately larger than the effort it takes to employ them.

17 April 2019

Living In The Future Has Some Drawbacks

There was once a time when you needed a hunk of rubber hose to bridge between the fuel filler pipe and the gas tank; you simply bought some from the local auto store.

Now...

It's unclear if they even stock such things from looking at their web pages.

From measuring at the filler, I think I need 1-3/4" for the filler and 5/8" for the vent.

I need, maybe a foot of the larger and about 18" of the smaller.

Amazon will sell me 3' of the larger and 10' of the smaller.  For about $33 each.

And a wait of a few days.

I will end up with way too much after a delay.

The leak isn't too severe, so it can wait a good long time on this secondary vehicle.

Dry Rot

One of the hoses that connect the metal fuel filler pipe to the tank is leaking on The Biscayne.

Huge shock that after 29 years some dry rot might have set in.

What actually surprises me is that nobody seems to know what size these hoses are.  I've found posts from 2011 where people are complaining that GM discontinued the parts (10228630 and 10228632) but nobody chiming in, "It's just a x" long hunk of y" fuel line."

Of course, the leak did not present itself until the tank had all 23 gallons of gas in it.

Got to drive off a few pounds of gas before I drop the tank to yank the hoses and take them to the parts store to get a couple hunks.

I'll post those sizes when I have them.

16 April 2019

Early Capacity

Early on the plan at Armalite was for their new 5.56 rifle to have a 25-round magazine.

Because of round taper, this plan didn't work out and 20-rounds was settled on until the late-60's.

Thanks to Brownell's, I can now compare the pre-'67 AR magazines.


From left to right:

25-round straight magazine, 20-round "waffle" magazine, 20-round USGI magazine, early 30-round USGI magazine.


Word has it that the 25-round reproduction is a bit long compared to the original and that a USGI 30-round spring is stuffed in there.


Rumor confirmed!  A USGI spring wouldn't fit into an OG 25-rounder without cutting a couple coils.  Also notice the center spike of the follower is shortened from the old all-tilt black follower.

It looks decidedly odd in a mag-well though.


The next development was what is now known as the "waffle" magazine, based on scaling down the "waffle" pattern magazine of the AR-10.


The reputation of the waffle mag is bad.  It earned an unenviable reputation for being unreliable because of an early design decision.  Armalite anticipated that these thin, steel aluminum magazines would be shipped, loaded, in the crates and discarded when empty.

The Air Force and Army don't do things like that and so reused the magazines.

Because they weren't designed to be durable, they didn't work well for long.

By the time Vietnam rolls around, the Army was aggressively pursuing extant waffle mags for destruction and getting the new, aluminum, 20-rounders into the hands of the troops.


The 20-rounder wasn't a complete cure.  You can stuff 21 rounds into one easily, and 22 if you really try.  This over compresses the spring and weakens it, making the mag unreliable.  If you never ever load more than 20 it's pretty solid, and you only load 18, it will last a lifetime.  Well, until the feed lips wear out...

It wasn't long before the troops wanted the same number of rounds the bad guys had, which leads to the 30-rounder I've yapped about before.


Massive

Looking up the weights of cars gives some interesting realizations.

Cars are heavier today than they've ever been.

A 2016 Taurus (3,964 lb.) weighs more than a much larger 1964 Impala (3,514 lb.).

Cars make more power today than they ever have.

Cars get better mileage today than ever, especially considering they are more powerful and heavier.

They are safer than ever too.  It's the number one reason that a Taurus is more massive than a Six-Four.  While you might get hurt, you probably won't get dead, in an accident.  There's entire new fields of medicine which have arisen to treat injuries in car accidents where previously such impacts would have needed the services of a coroner.

Living in the future is kinda neat.

Keeping up the performance and mileage with the extra weight of the safety equipment is the number one driver of cost on a car, followed closely by labor.

15 April 2019

Lie Back And Think Of England

Red flag laws are an infringement of all of our rights that are supposed to be protected by The Constitution.

You will never be allowed to face your accuser.

You are denied due process before you receive the punishment.

You are guilty until proven innocent.

You are not secure in your person, papers and effects.

It is prior restraint on your free speech because it creates a chilling effect on expressing innocent thoughts which can be taken out of context.

To stand there and say, "submit meekly and let the court sort it."

It's cowardly submission suggested by someone who will get a special consideration because of whom they are.

I do not like it.

It is not how things should be.

I do not want to burn in the camps later regretting that I didn't do anything.

These laws need repealed.

The agents who carry out these seizures need to be prosecuted for denying civil rights under the color of law.

Someone is going to get shot.

The really sad thing is these are a goad.  They are deliberately creating an intolerable situation to see if they can get a "revolutionary" reaction to show the public that guns need to be banned completely; and/or to see if we will submit to the intolerable, meekly and without physical resistance.
Submitting, meekly and without physical resistance is what is suggested by the "experts".

Funny, they don't seem to be saying much against the laws or demanding they be repealed.  They just tell us how we should submit.

Even more intolerable is the process of submission and supplication to regain your rightful property is, in fact, the punishment.  Punishment for committing no crime.

Punishment without conviction.

I've No Words

Notre Dame burning down.

I've been there, I've stood inside and marveled at how big it is in relation to how old and how it must have been constructed.

All gone.

Lots of history happened there and you can almost feel the loss from here.

Stainless Conversion





Took out the stop-gap brass tee and replaced it with the food-grade stainless (thanks for finding me that ebay link, Terrapod!).  Yes, I took the time to clean up all that dirt that's been in a couple of these pictures before putting the intake trunk back on.

A comparison study of the various tees I've accumulated along with the broken original:

I think the poly would have been a bit snug.  As it is, the barbs hold things tight enough.

Long Delayed

When you put less than 4,000 miles a year on a car, oil changes lose their urgency.

Nonetheless, they do need done.

Today, it is done.

Huzzah!

Wait Weight

A friend on Facebook is incredulous about the upcoming 2020 Mustang Ecoboost Performance Package.

330 hp dragging around 4,225 lb.  12.8 lb. to hp.

What the actual fuck?

The Biscayne curbs at 3,951 lb. and the '96 Impala sourced LT1 gives 260 hp.  15.2 lb. to hp.

My ancient beater can give a brand new "performance" model a run for its money?

And since when did a such a small car start out-massing a land yacht?

A Mustang, any Mustang, shouldn't outweigh a B-Body.

This trend is not limited to Fords.  The current Camaro and Challenger are likewise heavy.

I am sitting here contemplating how sprightly The Biscayne would be if I dropped a LQ4 or LQ9 6.0L from a truck or van in her svelte chassis.  Even a 5.3L LMF would be competitive with its 310 horses changing the ratio to 12.7:1!

Edit to add:

The Precious is a mere 3,216 lb.  With 436 hp on tap (or more) that gives 7.4:1.

14 April 2019

Truly International

Miguel noticed that my upper radiator hose was Hecho en Mexico.

That's not the only part!

The Tremec TR-6060 Manuel manual transmission is also made in Pedro Ecobedo, Mexico.

The LS3 engine was assembled in St Catharines, Canada.

The brake calipers are from Elizabeth, Australia.

The electronics are from all over the world, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan...

There's even some US made content.

Then it was all assembled in Kentucky.

This is the norm for all cars made these days.

Marv's "Japanese" pick-up was made in Tennessee.

My Mom's Civic was made in Ohio.

The Biscayne was made in Willow Run, Michigan and even back in March 1990 a Chevy was chock full of international parts.  Some even imported from Socialist nations like California.

It Is Done

The Precious is repaired.

It cost a lot more than I wanted because I had to buy the genuine GM upper and lower radiator hoses because the Dayco brand ones from AutoZone just don't fit.

That's because I have the RPO: KPS extra cooling.  The radiator is different from the base Corvette, so needs special hoses.

Apparently there aren't enough Z51's out there for the aftermarket to make hoses for them.

I prolly could have gotten them $40 cheaper if I was willing to wait yet more days, but...

The AC held pressure and is blowing cold air.  We think we got the pressures right, but we'll have to wait for a good cold day to be sure.

Having The Biscayne up at the same time makes this such a winning week despite all the angst.

I also managed to get the oil changed in The Nox for Harvey too!

13 April 2019

I Got Brass

Brass tee-fitting installed.


Got it all put back together except for charging the AC and doing the coolant flush.

And checking the trans fluid.

The World Is Running Out Of Phantoms

Phuck!

Japan is giving theirs a better send off than the Brits, that's for sure.


Worth A Watch

Condensed

Because we had to dump the R134 from the system to get the fan/radiator/condenser assembly back in the car...

We took the opportunity to flatten the bow that had formed in the condenser.

This created a chance for additional worry that I'd broken it.

Last night we attached the vacuum pump to the now resealed AC system.

Dragged it down to -30 psi and gave it a five minute wait.

Gauge had fallen back to -25 psi.

PANIC PANIC PANIC

Happily I have a supply of strong drink to shut The Hated Brain up to allow sleep.

Marv's the AC guy here, so I've been blindly watching him run his gauges.

Duck-Duck-Go to the rescue.

I read up on how the gauges work and what readings you're supposed to be seeing.

Turns out, when there's moisture in the system, it's not unusual to see a dramatic drop in vacuum on the first go as the water is evaporated out.

So, I hooked up the gauges and pump again and cranked it down to -30 psi again.  After 20 minutes, still showing 30.  Ten minutes to go on this initial run.  After 30 minutes, still holding!

12 April 2019

Looking Like An Engine Again


This is as far as I can take it until I have a tee-fitting, any tee-fitting.

Brass is supposed to be here tomorrow.

Then the fan shroud can go back on, then fill and flush the cooling system and charge the AC.

I see a light at the end of the tunnel and I don't hear a train.

To A Tee

Because they weren't really expensive... individually, I've got several 3/8 x 1/4 x 3/8 reducing tees on the way.

Polypropylene, brass and stainless steel plus the expensive GM assy that someone put on ebay for half price new in wrap.

The poly looks closest to the GM part, but I am nervous about the spec sheet at McMaster-Carr saying the material is only good from 32° F to 250° F.  How hot does that line get?  While it's been a while, I have had The Precious in freezing weather overnight before.

Brass was easiest to find and will arrive first.  Brass raises the specter of electrolysis in the cooling system because DexCool™ has a reputation of being hard on brass, bronze and copper.  That reputation was earned years ago and there's been at least one reformulation to deal with the issue since.

Stainless appears to be the ideal here.  No corrosion or temperature problems.

The genuine GM part...  I think I might take it apart and dimension the plastic tee and see about having some made in stainless and see if the Vette stores will carry it.  Might be a money maker if I can get the price well below the GM assy.

11 April 2019

Nothing Else To Do So Pictures

The offending tee fitting:


When it's finally all buttoned up, it needs to be level.  And it needs to be raised so you can get under it.

Real mechanics have lifts that do this naturally.


I am not a "real" mechanic.

The two reasons it needs to be in the air and level is to check the transmission fluid level (because some leaked out the cooler line) and because I plan on flushing out all the old fluid.  Rather than raise and lower it several times, I'm just going to leave it up.

It's A Reducing Tee

There's a hose that goes from the pressure tank, tees into the throttle-body and keeps going to a nipple on the radiator.

The tee is plastic.

The tee is fragile.

The tee is broken.

GM does not sell the tee.  They sell the entire hose assembly.  P/N 10305352, $103.68.

$103.68 because a plastic fitting broke, and appears to be made from a plastic which is destined to fail.

99¢ nylon barbed union and bypass the throttle-body; here we come.

I've found a 10mm x 6mm x 10mm brass fitting which would replace the broken tee, but I'm getting conflicting reports about how bad this is with the DexCool and aluminum in the system from electrolysis.

Eyes crossed.

Update:  The tee fitting is required since they plumbed it into the steam-pipe crossover for the heads.

I'm getting sick of this project.

Every step forward has encountered a step back.  A week in and I'm not any closer to getting done.

As much as love Amazon, the retail apocalypse means that simple projects now have built in wait times.

I Was Afraid Of That

It turns out that you cannot get the condenser back on the clips on the radiator with the condenser still in the car.

You've got to dump the R134 and clip it to the radiator outside the car, making an assembly of the fan, radiator and condenser.


We took the opportunity to take the bow out of the condenser and give it a really thorough cleaning.

The combined assembly drops right in, like it was made to.


Tomorrow I'm going to jack it up and start attaching lines.

Friday Marv is bringing up his AC tools and we're going to recharge the system and hope the condenser is still good after straightening.  Arms crossed.

This is a poor design for servicing.  I am not happy.

10 April 2019

Quick Clip


The quick-detach tool I bought on ebay is still missing in action.

Seeing that the new radiator came with new clips, I got brave yesterday and used my smallest precision flat-blade to pry out the clips.  One went flying to parts unknown, probably coming to rest near an AR front take-down pin detent.

This retainer clip is kind of elegant in its simplicity.  The three indentations snap over a flare in the cooler line and hold it against an o-ring in the radiator's trans cooler.

It's also fiddly as all get-out.

The proper tool has three teeth which go into the wider sections and the gap, then you rotate it to lift the clip by the indents.  Then you can remove the line without removing the clips from the fitting.  In fact, there are rubber sleeves over the clips to help retain them when using this tool.

Ready For Reassembly

I cleaned out near a pound of debris off the condenser.  Ick.



Found the crack in the driver's side tank that started this week long adventure.


Transferred the fan assembly to the new radiator.






Just need a mechanically inclined helper to guide it into the engine bay.  One hand on the radiator, one moving the hoses and wiring out of the way.  FUN!

Tear Down Complete

Every single thing on this removal is made more difficult by design decisions which make it easier to put together on the assembly line.

There is virtually no consideration to fixing it later without access to a very complete shop.

The condenser, radiator and fan assembly are supposed to come out as a single unit.

Except...  The shade-tree mechanic doesn't have the expensive AC refrigerant recovery system so the condenser needs to remain in the car.

Then all of the hoses are retained by the bane of my mechanic existence, spring clamps.

Then, there's the hard to reach wiring harness retainers which you cannot free.

Plus the special tool needed to detach the transmission cooler lines from the radiator.

Nevertheless, I have persevered!


There was a whole forest of leaves between the condenser and radiator, and the fan appears to have sucked on the condenser so hard as to have bowed it in.

I'm going to be doing some foliage removal tomorrow before I even consider putting the new radiator in.

08 April 2019

Double Or Nothing Progression

Over and over getting my business degree it was repeated that the target inflation was 3%.

It was also stated that deflation, stasis and inflation were all bad.

Currency value is going to do one of those three.

How long until 3% inflation halves the value of your money?

It's not very hard math, but every 23.5 years it takes twice as much money to buy the same thing with 3% inflation.

This is why the surge in property values and box-office receipts are illusory.  The money to buy them became less valuable, not they became worth more.

There's a fun little chart showing how much an ounce of gold would buy back when as compared to today.  They're remarkably similar lists.  Like the value of gold did, pretty much, stay put.

Except for its dollar value.  It takes a lot more dollars to buy that ounce now.

3M For The Win

There's a reason Permatex is $1.50 at Wal Mart and the 3M stuff is $7.92 at Advance-Auto.

Mirror mounted!

Edit:

You have no idea how much situational awareness you lose without that center inside mirror with the teeny-tiny outside mirrors on a 91-94 B-Body.

What About Mak?

One thing you can say about many 9x18mm Makarov chambered pistols is they're cheap affordable.

On the surface you'd think they'd compare will with The Sheild.






GURPS stats:

The Sheild gets more shots and does more damage for the same weight.  Plus you get better sights and an easier safety to operate (unless you count the 20 lb. double action trigger on the P-64 as a safety.)

Average of 8 per shot and 64 per load with the Smith, 7 per shot and 49 per load with the Pole.
Changing to hollow points gets the same sort of spread with 10.5 per shot and 84 per load for the Shield and 9 per shot and 63 per load with the Łucznik.

Double Or Nothin'

Marv and I have a fake bet running.

Palmetto still has M&P-9 Sheilds on sale for $249.99.

Joking around when I'd ordered mine, I told him to hurry and order one for himself because the sale ended at noon the next day.

He "bet" me a nickel that it would be extended.

It was, and he "demanded" his nickel.

"Double or nothin'!" I cried in reply.

Day 1 I "owe" 5¢.
Day 2 I "owe" 10¢
Day 3 I "owe" 20¢
Day 4 I "owe" 40¢
Day 5 I "owe" 80¢
Day 6 I "owe" $1.60
Day 7 I "owe" $3.20
Day 8 I "owe" $6.40
Day 9 I "owe" $12.80
Day 10 I "owe" $25.60
Day 11 I "owe" $51.20
Day 12 I "owe" $102.40

My, that escalated quickly.

Dear Florida Carry

I know you're all excited to be participating in the suit to reverse what amounted to an executive order to redefine bumpstocks as machineguns...

But let me point something out.

The Federal redefinition has zero effect on Florida.

Florida banned them by law in overreaction to Parkland.

So, even if you win the suit, bumpstocks are still banned in Florida.

Thanks for all your hard work in the other 49 states FLORIDA Carry.

Rearview Mirror Glue

The inside mirror on The Biscayne has fallen and can't get up.

Two different applications of the Permatex brand adhesive have released the button while trying to get he mirror to click back into place.

Mutter mutter mutter.

Going to try the 3M brand this evening.

Eyes crossed.

07 April 2019

On Top Gun Maverick

I will petition Cinema Sins to take off 1,000 sins if Maverick's back seater yells word to the effect of, "Shut your stick-monkey pie hole and let me concentrate!"

Additional 500 for muttering under their breathe in a close-up, "Goddamned chatty nose-gunners."

Poetic Justice

Rhino poacher trampled by elephants and eaten by lions.

I quote:

- A poacher who was hunting rhinos in a South African park was reportedly trampled to death by an elephant, and his remains were then eaten by lions.

and

“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that," Glen Phillips, Kruger National Park's Managing Executive, told the Letaba Herald. "It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

No Darwin, he's bred already.  His kids should consider getting their tubes tied.

Of MiG-28's And Exocets

Now that the F-14B is in early release for DCS, people are doing recreations of various scenes from Top Gun.

The end scene is sticking in my craw.  It has been for decades.

The big deal about the Hollywood/Wolfman, Iceman/Slider fight against the six MiG-28's is the concern about them carrying Exocet missiles, thus if they break a certain distance the carrier is vulnerable.

First off, all of the carrier aircraft for the AM39 I've been able to find are NATO spec, and nearly all of those French.

The Soviets would have sold their own anti-ship missiles to a MiG customer rather than trying to integrate a NATO missile.  The Soviets never really developed an equivalent to the Exocet.

So, Exocets and...

Why not Mirages?

The Mirage was widely exported.

Mirage III and V both have been adapted to carry the AM39.  The F-5E is used to simulate a MiG-21 at TOPGUN and the Mirage III is kinda in that same envelope.

So from now on when they say "MiG-28" in the movie, think Mirage III or Mirage V.

Second:  The "MiGs" are dogfighting Hollywood and Iceman, who have closed to visual ID ranges before the fight starts.  They can see that the enemy aircraft aren't carrying air to ground stores, and the dogfight kind of proves it as well.  The Exocet is a fairly large missile and you don't want to bring it to a dogfight, you'd jettison it before the merge.

So our bad guys are pure air to air.

What Hollywood and Iceman will want to do is get the fight moving back to the carrier to shorten the alert-5 response time to their location, this appears to be happening because of the concern about the range to the boat.

Third:

Just two planes up for the CAP?  In a place where they've been warned if they see a hostile act they will respond?

Fourth:

The loadout of all three F-14A is two AIM-9 and two AIM-7.  Obviously the E-3 is airborne because Enterprise has an excellent picture of what's going on.  That means the LINK-4 is up.  That means that Maverick/Merlin know what's friendly and what's bandit.  From BVR ranges.  This means that they could have taken two Sparrow shots long before Maverick gets all emo from some jet-wash at the merge.  Actually, it'd be Merlin who fired those at that range.

I feel better.

06 April 2019

Why Would I Want It

Watching Mr Bartocci talk about the differences between the P320-M17 and M17 Commemorative and I am struck...

Lacking a collector motive to buy one, if I have a Glock 17 or a S&W M&P-9; do I need one?

Odds are, you don't.

Odds are, I don't; I have both a Glock 17 or a S&W M&P-9.

I only have a Beretta M9 because I was, briefly, issued one.

I've never been issued an M17 and I never will be.  The urge to own one is much lower.

It's got no service history to make me want one.  No cachet of, "what has this gun seen in its life?"

My M1911A1 has both the issued to me and service history cachet to get me to buy one.

My semi-auto M16A2 clone has the issued cachet.  The M16 and M16A1 clones have the history...

I do, kinda, wanna shoot a 320 to see if I like it so much I'd sell all my other plastic fantastic 9mm's...

Except the Glock 17 is in the pile from "issue" nostalgia too.  I bought one when our M9's got held up after we'd turned in our M1911A1's and ammo but had drawn 9mm NATO already.  I carried one for our one trip to the Czech-German border.

Damn Cryptids!

So, in the midst of financial distress from car repairs, I try to distract myself by seeing what it would take to get a machine that will run VR with DCS...

The fookin' video card that's recommended runs $500!

I do recall when a top of the line vid card was a mere $150.  Damn!  I got old and inflation got past me.

I am reliably informed that the reason video cards are running pricy is these are what crypto-currency farmers use to work on the Al Gore Rhythms.  Music is important to cryptic dollars, apparently.

I Wasn't Tony Stark

In the way-back I played Champions quite a bit, all the way through 4th Edition.

My principle character was a powered suit guy.

He could fly, teleport, and shoot energy blasts in every iteration.  Some had claws for a hand-to-hand killing attack, some had a prehensile tail.

My inspiration was Alpha Flight's Guardian, not Iron Man; but my constant tinkering with the suit led to an arc more reminiscent of Stark's various marks.

The public ID started as a research scientist for the in-game equivalent to Stark Industries, he basically embezzled the tech he used to make his first couple suits.  The GM was learning stock options and stuff in college, so my guy took some and got rich.  Then he founded a competing company for consumer "super" gear and got richer.

Being an aviation buff, I named the suits (and the character) after the 'Cat' series of fighters from Grumman.

Wildcat was the starting point.
Hellcat was the Wildcat updated with experience.  Just more of everything.
Bearcat scaled back a little on the firepower and upped the Speed stat.
Tigercat was really fast, had powerful attacks and could see in the dark.
Tomcat was the pinnacle of the series.  A flying energy projecting brick at this point.

At some point my character's son became a costumed hero too.  Alley Cat.

Later on we had to reboot the world somewhat with a lower point level.  My character's public ID had lost everything fighting criminal charges... industrial espionage from adapting tech from a defeated villain.  It was either go through the legal drama or admit where he'd really gotten it.  The other side wasn't eager to admit they were funding a powered suit villain than I was willing to admit to being a powered suit hero.

So a stealth, infiltration version got made...  Prowler.

Prowler has even been converted to GURPS.  The others?  I don't seem to have the character sheets anymore.  I could probably recreate the whole character.

05 April 2019

Bite Me

The CMP has posted:

It has been brought to our attention that some customers are receiving their 1911 and posting on Gun Broker and other such sites for resale. This was not the intention of the program. If you are found to be reselling these pistols you will be banned from purchasing from the CMP for an indefinite period.

Red and bold in the original.

Sorry, guys, but it's MY property now; you don't get to decide what I do with it.

It's bad enough to essentially force everyone to prove they're not criminals three times before taking our money and giving us the guns; now you seek to dictate what we do with them?

What if I wanted a gun that was all Colt?  What if I insisted that I get the same Colt/RemRand mix I had in the service?

What if I was simply unhappy about the amount of sandblasting present?

Marv's is a lot more blasted than mine, and the proceeds from selling it would go a long way towards getting a less worked over gun.

But if he does, and they catch him, then he can't buy a Garand later?

Bullshit.

Some have commented that the paperwork we signed in requesting these guns says we agreed to not resell them.  That same language is in the paperwork with Garands, and there are a couple guys in the local show circuit who're definitely buying the annual limit and selling them on rather than using them as agreed.

This ain't going to affect me.  My CMP M1911A1 is part of my estate.

As soon as the cars are all fixed, I might just wander up to Anniston and see if there's a Garand with my name on it.  I kinda miss Rosie.

How Many Miles On Your Car?


Those are actual miles on my 29 year old Biscayne SS.

It's been an amazingly reliable car and if I'd just kept driving it, there'd be fewer things wrong from sitting around.

The oil pressure guage is marked wrong.  The sender for my engine is a 0-80 psi calibrated sender, so 30 = 40 and 60 = 50.  So it's actually reading 35 psi here not 20-something.

In Common

Florida, unfortunately, had three mass shootings in a relatively short period of time.

The Pulse Nightclub shooting.

The Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.

Mary Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

It needs to be hammered home, hard, that these three places have something in common.

Two things, really.

First, they are gun free zones.  The common citizen is forbidden, by law, to have a firearm on the premises.

Second, law enforcement completely fucked up their response.  They are far more interested in their own skins than ours and made damn sure they were completely safe before they advanced on the situation.

In the case of the Pulse Nightclub, they might even have been the ones who shot some of the injured and deceased.

It's morally wrong to be forced to depend on the protection of a group who has no legal requirement to offer that protection and cannot be punished for failing to do so.

Let that sink in.

When you call 911, they don't have any obligation whatsoever to even pick up the phone, let alone send anyone.  The courts have ruled on this over and over.

Your only sensible recourse is to not go anyplace where you cannot provide your own security.

It's Unfair?

Mark Wahlberg got paid a shitload more for reshoots than Michelle Williams.

It's got to sting to find out that Marky Mark is smarter than you are.

Why did he get paid more?  Because he put an extortionate price in his contract in case of reshoots in an attempt to not have to do them.

Why didn't you think of that, Michelle?

I have a theory as to why Mr Wahlberg thought of it.  He came up from the music industry, where you get a hard lesson on contracts shoved up your ass dry every day until that first contract is finally fulfilled.

In essence, he got more money because he's more experienced, just not more experienced with acting.

It's not because he's a man and you're a woman.  It so very rarely is.

Mostly Dead

Put the charger on The Biscayne.

Managed to ignore her and had dinner with Marv while we watched a couple movies on his gotta-be-compensating-for-something big TV.

Got home and she sluggishly turned over and fired up.

Drove around for about an hour on the dry-rotted tires, doing laps around the area.

Leaving the car sit for so long flat spotted the tires pretty bad too, but that cleared up after a couple miles.

It acted like a couple of valves weren't closing all the way until it got warm, but that cleared up too.

Steering is still sloppy, but that's to be expected with the idler out.  Last generation B-Bodies eat idler arms and center links.

04 April 2019

But Wait There's More

I can't even do disassembly of the Vette yet.

The transmission cooling lines and the oil cooler lines both use a quick-detach fitting.

This is GM code for "you need an expensive special tool" to take them apart.

A tool that absolutely nobody stocks.

The front shroud is captured by the oil cooler until the lines are disconnected and the radiator by the trans cooler lines...

UGH.

Can't get the tool here before Wednesday so I am without wheels until then, at least.

I remember when a radiator was a simple chore which just needed some wrenches.

The Joy Of Two Dead Cars

The driver's side tank on the Vette's radiator split today.

162k miles...  $225.

The Biscayne has been yard art for a while.

It's needed tires for a while.  $540.

The steering linkage is worn.  $200.

Probably needs new control arms.  $400.

The AC compressor is locked up.  $300.

The paint is shot.  $ let's not talk about it.

The carpet needs replaced, but I have new carpet in the closet.

The seats need reupholstered.  No idea on that.

The tach needs calibrated.  Got the stuff, need to get up Marv's ass to do it.

The dash is apart because the tach needs calibrated.  The dash bezel needs lots of fixing because the plastic is ancient and brittle.

The gas that's in it has been there for at least a year.

This is not a small revival.

There's a part of me that screams that I can get a mini-van for what getting it running would cost.

I like to work on her, but I need the time and the money.  Those are not forthcoming.

03 April 2019

Thag Hub!

My blog is marked as porn on several DNS filters of the sort used by workplaces.

I didn't even post any pics of dicks or tits.  Could it be my fucking potty mouth?

This is interesting.

I wonder how one appeals this decision.

Yes, Helen, I Know

“There is nothing like sitting in the cinema.” Dame Helen Mirrin.

I am aware of this, that's why I simply don't go.

The last new release I saw in a cinema was Moana.  I saw it on a weekday matinee when The Boy and I had the run of the theater.

I have walked out of movies I'd paid for because my fellow patrons were simple insufferable.

Super-tolerant Marv has followed me on occasion.  It's not just that I'm more sensitive because of my misophonia.

Going to the movies can be fun.

I saw Blazing Saddles at The Tampa Theater last year and it was great fun.  But the audience wasn't the normal crowd.

There's a bar in Safety Harbor that has a teeny dinner-theater setting that's great fun.  Die Hard on Christmas Eve rocked!

But go to the theater for a new release?

No.

Last time I tried was Ghost In The Shell and the affrontery of assigned seating, followed by the asshole bringing the entire snack bar with him...  With assigned seats you can't just move.

I left before I got so angry I couldn't drive.  Marv gutted it out to the end, but expressed a great deal of anger at the amount of noise coming from him.

The cinema experience has been intolerable to me for a long time, so I love the fact that I can get a TV that's the same angular size as a movie screen in my living room.

In my living room where I can eat anything I'd like, drink whatever I want, pause it for potty breaks and rewind if I missed something (or just want to see it again).  Where I can say, "Marv, can you be quieter?" and know that he'll at least try to make less noise and not assault me for it.

Even You

In the way back...

I was going to be a psychologist.

One of the neat things, for a starving college student, is psych students get asked to participate in all kinds of studies and experiments.  They pay you!

I signed up for one which, to my disappointment, had me attend a series of lectures.

It's easier to skip to the end rather than trying to keep you in suspense.

The experiment was about influencing groups of people and the lectures were translated and repackaged Hitler.

They hired an excellent speaker to give us that lecture and we got caught in the moment and were ready to do his bidding!

The last lecture had us a bit nervous because they brought the cops.  Not campus cops, real State Troopers.

There was no last lecture.  It was the reveal.

They explained what the experiment was and how we'd be influenced and if we needed counseling it would be provided for free.

It was a jarring experience.

One interesting thing, that led to my political awakening, was the part about how the people we were being riled up to hate was chosen.  At random.  It didn't matter whom, as long as they were different from the carefully vetted audience.  The difference didn't even have to be very big.

The explanation stuck with me, and it's very scary shit.  Be extra wary of anyone sowing division among the citizenry.

Because anyone can be the Jew.

No More WWSD?

GWACS Armory, maker of the CAV-15 Mk II polymer lower has dropped off the face of the earth.

There's nothing listed in stock.

Their Facebook page was "Mk III and IV coming soon" until 17Jan19 when they say, "Interesting developments, we have had to vacate our location. We are in the process of finding new space and will be transferring our FFL license's. We will be off grid until we get set back up."

Two and a half months without a peep?

There's a couple of messages from people who apparently ordered something from the web page and didn't get their stuff and can't reach them.

Bad sign.

Fingers crossed that they come back, I kinda wanted one.


Nearly Sold Out

Palmetto State Armory and Rainier Arms will both ship normal capacity magazines to California.

Apparently, there's been something of a run on them and, Palmetto at least, shows many makes out of stock.

Go freedom and capitalism!

02 April 2019

Like So Many Democrat Shibboleths

Minimum wage has its roots in racism.

How is that?

You see, recently emancipated slaves would work at a far lower rate than their white counterparts.

Can't have that!

So you pass a law that establishes the salary the white workers draw as the floor.

Add in other Jim Crow bullshit and you squeeze black workers from the labor market for anything but the most unskilled jobs.

Privilege My Ass

If a straight, white man had hired a couple of buddies from his apartment complex to pretend they were black and beat him up and called the police...

The straight white man would be in jail for false report at a minimum and probably more.

But a gay black man?

You can talk to me about privilege when the above is not true.

If You Had Told Me

Even ten years ago, if you had told me that they would take the characters from The Super Friends and make live action movies that didn't suck.

I would not have believed you.

If you went on to tell me that the best two films of this group were Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

I would have called you dangerously insane.

Yet; here we are.

Just Relax And Let The Hooks Do Their Work

With my new 2/3 scale pockets...

Pocket carry of the Shield is out.

Strong side IWB is the most comfortable and easiest to get to overall.

Cross-draw IWB is best for the car, but is awkward otherwise because fat-fuck.

Both IWB modes require some sort of cover garment, and if it's cool enough for that; it's cool enough for a full-size pistol in the Miami Classic.

So the Shield will be delegated to summer carry, replacing the SIG P238.  At least I'm moved up from .380 all year now!

01 April 2019

Great Minds

It would appear that Leatherneck Simulations is going to be making an F-8 module for DCS!

Excellent!

Fail

Ordered two pair of jeans from Amazon.

I thought I was ordering the same size and brand I was already wearing, except without stains and holes.

Apparently not.

The front pockets are 2/3 the size of the old jeans.  I'm having trouble getting my wallet in there.

So I look hard at the labels.

Amazon stocks Wrangler Authentic.

The jeans I was seeking to replace were simply Wrangler.

The Authentics lack the wee little red tag and have a different back pocket stitching as well.

31 March 2019

Excellent Flick

Netflix's The Highwaymen is excellent!

Check it out.

Third Time's The Charm

Things you have to remember and check when replacing the radiator on a 1996 Corvette.

When you've pulled the lower radiator hose to flush it after the first run to temp... tighten the hose clamp.  The hose will not stay on by friction alone.  At 190˚ it will pop off.

When you tighten that clamp...  Make sure it's actually tightening on the nipple of the radiator... or it will pop at 190˚...

Mistakes like this will cost you a gallon of pre-mixed DexCool® coolant per pop.

I guess the good thing is we got two extra flushes to make sure all the tap-water was out and replaced with the 50/50 mix.

All's well that ends well...

30 March 2019

Because We Said So

Over and over in the Duncan v Becerra decision Judge Benitez mentions, then dismisses, California's argument.

What argument?

California essentially asserts, repeatedly, "because we said so" as the reason for the magazine ban.

Judge Benitez spends pages explaining why this just isn't so from every angle.

It's exhilarating!

It's also laying the groundwork to survive first California's appeal to the 9th Circuit and then the inevitable en banc hearing of the 9th.

Knowing the bone-heads at the 9th when all combined en banc, we'll be awaiting The Supreme Court to deny certiorari and continue to ignore the 2nd.

Or...

Well, California is shitting all over both Heller rulings and MacDonald.  The USSC doesn't like it when lower courts shit on their rulings.  Never have.

One of the surest ways to get a case cert is where their rulings are being blatantly ignored.

Judge Benitez is doing a great job of showing that.

California is in a rough place.  If they appeal to 9th Circuit there's a good chance that it will go to SCOTUS and then see all magazine restrictions killed nationally...  or let it stand in the Southern District of California.

Letting it stand would pretty much kill magazine bans for the rest of the state because nothing spreads in US jurisprudence like precedent.

29 March 2019

Is This Something

This looks like it could be something.

Duncan v Becerra

This could unban normal cap magazines!

Well Dammit

Hoser has gone.

I didn't actually meet him, but saw him in person once.

My "uncle" Ben pointed him out and said, "That's the guy from that book you were reading."

28 March 2019

A Reminder

If you're a veteran, S&W is giving you a rebate if you bought new between Jan 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019 on select models.

Click here to see the details.

The already discounted M&P-9 Shield was worth $40 back on a pre-paid card.

The Constant Pecking Might Have Done Some Good

Florida HB 7093 was advanced on 3-21 by the Education Committee and my representative voted for it.

She might just be learning.

Old Flame

Unrequited love of an old flame.

ATI mentioned they were getting into the Galil game at SHOT.

Brownell's is stocking them.

I've a long running lust for a Galil.

It runs back to 7th grade and getting my first copy of TSR's Top Secret where it's listed as ".22 Galil semi-automatic (Israel)" and only holds 10 shots.

That led me to grab the correct volume of my Weapons and Warfare books and look up this mystery gun.  Damn it looked cool!

When I got out of the Army I started looking to buy one.

Prices were always just out of reach, and kept climbing ahead of my income where the price of a Mini-14 stayed steady.  I learned that you cannot make a Galil from a Mini-14.

And this was just with the effects of Bush Sr's "assault weapon" import ban.

The Clinton AWB changed the price inflation to either logarithmic or exponential progression on the fixed supply and dramatically increased demand.

There prices have remained, so it's amazing to see a Galil for a "just" over a grand!

That's Century Golani Sporter territory!

With Mosin 91/30s running $300, maybe it's time to start selling some of the old guns?


Busy And Unproductive

Been harping at the staffers of my state congress creatures.

My state senator's staff is definitely saying the right things.

My rep...  Her staff seems to be confused about some things and clear on others.

They're really baffled that I am against changes to the gun laws that don't actually affect me.

"Why do you care if you're over 21 and have a carry permit?" they ask.

"You represent people under 21 who don't have permits, why don't you care?" I reply.

The dance continues...

I need to check to see how they're voting in committee.

If I'd But Known

This being in constant pain from the lingering effects of my military service...

Well it sucks.

It's exhausting, in fact.

I zoned out and crashed very early only to be wakened by my screaming hips.

I busted my shins, but apparently the effect on my gait has killed my hips too.

I have a wonderful topical pain med that works fast, but doesn't last very long.

Hopefully I will stay down now.

I am hating how slow the appeal to the VA for an increase in my disability runs.  While it won't make me physically any better, more money would make it easier to bear.

A high enough percentage might even save money in other areas if I cross certain thresholds for care that's not service connected.

27 March 2019

Still Going

Palmetto has extended their sale on the 9mm Shield again, and have been doing so literally daily since I notice the sale.

If you want a damn good pocket 9mm, for a great price; I'd hit it while you still can.

26 March 2019

Service Life

Another consideration for the fun factor of an F-8 would be when it was available.

The F-8A entered service in 1957 and by 1966 it was deemed that there weren't enough to be remanufactured into F-8M.

The F-8B entered service in 1958.  Beginning in 1965, 63 were rebuilt to F-8L standard and remained in service until 1976.

The F-8C entered service in 1959.  Beginning in 1965, 87 were rebuilt to F-8K standard and remained in service until 1976.

The F-8D entered service in 1961.  Beginning in 1967, 89 were rebuilt to F-8H standard and remained in US service until 1973.  35 F-8H were transferred to the Philippines as F-8P in 1977 and served until 1991.

The F-8E entered service in 1962.  Beginning in 1968, 136 were rebuilt to F-8J standard and remained in service until 1976.

The French F-8E(FN) entered service in 1964.  Starting in 1982 the remaining 17 planes were upgraded to a different F-8P standard than the Philippines, with the 'P' meaning Prolonge.  These planes held on to 1999, but had not been used operationally since 1991.

I'm thinking since the F-8E, F-8J and French Crusaders are all closely related that a 4 variant pack might work best if one were to make an F8U module.

NATOPS

It turns out I have the NATOPS manual for the F-8D and F-8E.

A tidbit that turned out to be amazingly hard to find was if the F-8E's post-SHOEHORN chaff dispenser was actually an AN/ALE-29.

It is.

In the cockpit you get a narrow little panel on the right, just under the hook control and a friendly red anodized button on the left wall at the canopy rail, just outboard of the landing checklist placard.

These are what you use to fire off chaff.  Theoretically, you could fire flares too, but...

The friendly red button pops a single cartridge from one of the two 30-shot dispensers, using the FWD/AFT/OFF switch on the other panel to choose which dispenser.  If you run one dry, it will start using the other automatically.

The narrow panel, in addition to having the FWD/AFT/OFF switch has the counters for how many cartridges are left and an AUTOFIRE button.

This is where it gets fun and complicated.

In the starboard wheel well is a panel where you can select how many bursts will be fired per stab of the AUTOFIRE button, how long between bursts and if each burst is a single or double shot.  Notice that you really cannot change these settings in flight, what with the landing gear being retracted and all that wind and all.


You can select 6 to 36 bursts with a delay of 1 to 10 seconds between them.

It starts with the forward dispenser and when that one runs out, uses the aft.

Since you only have 60 total shots, you can run out very fast with autofire.

My manual says you can load them with Mk. 46 or MJU-8/B flares or RR-129 or RR-144 chaff.

Mk. 46 flares are magnesium-teflon and burn real good!  Safety hazard good because they use a lanyard to light.
MJU-8/B flares are identical to the Mk. 46 but have a different burn time.
RR-129 covers 2-18 GHz.
RR-144 is a training chaff round that doesn't fuck with the FAA.

Now about using flares...  In 1966 when this was added to the plane, IR missiles weren't really a threat.  They were much more concerned with radar guided missiles over charming vacations spots like Hanoi.

The thing is, flares were developed for the AN/ALE-29.

The simple way to have both is to fill one with flares and the other with chaff and select the dispenser loaded with the one you want to use.

Again, in theory, you could load the dispenser bucket in any order you want, including alternating the types.

Thag Want Lurn

Been reading about DCS World.

That sure is neat.  I do love a good flight sim.

I also love me the F-8 Crusader.

Since the game is modular, in theory one could make their own plane module and offer it up for sale.

I don't know how, but I might have enough friends to bootstrap it.

But which version to get stupid detailed about?  The most numerous version?

218 F8U-1 were made, redesignated to F-8A in 1962.
130 F8U-1E were made, redesignated to F-8B in 1962.  63 were rebuilt into F-8L
187 F8U-2 were made, redesignated to F-8C in 1962.  87 were rebuilt into F-8K.
152 F8U-2N were made, redesignated to F-8D in 1962.  89 were rebuilt into F-8H.
286 F8U-2NE were made, redesignated to F-8E in 1962.  136 were rebuilt into F-8J.

I think the F-8E is the winner here.  Bigger radar than earlier version, more air-to-ground capability thanks to the wing pylons, approach power compensator to make landing easier...

The "big" question is whether to make it the post-66 Project SHOEHORN model with the AN/ALQ-51 ECM and AN/ALE-29 chaff dispensers.  Lose some cannon ammo though.

Daylight Gun

The M1909 Benét-Mercié was known as a "daylight gun" because the feed strip needs to be "just-so" to be successfully inserted into the feedway.

GURPS gives this a reload time of (5), or five seconds to insert a new feed strip of 30 rounds into the gun.

Gun stats in GURPS are an odd mix of best case and worst case assumptions.

Accuracy and skill assume the worst conditions.

Reloading appears to assume optimal conditions.

Gate loaded revolvers is someplace this shows clearly.  The Single Action Army has a reload time of 5i, or five seconds per shot.  This is putting it at half-cock, opening the gate, dumping the empties, putting in fresh cartridges and closing the gate.  Try it!  Now try it with your ammo in a gun-belt.

How to simulate the reality?

The rules have footnotes in them that have more detailed loading times that account for obtaining each round individually and how many actions it takes.

But not for strip or belt feed nor does it account for difficult actions, like the Hotchkiss.

Again, we have a rule in the main skill section.  Gunner/TL is a DX based skill normally.  The rules mention rolling against a different stat as circumstances might require.  So, rolling against your Gunner/TL skill against IQ might be what we want here.  My potential house rule would be:  A failure adds 1d-1 seconds to your reload time.  A crit fail adds 5d seconds to the reload.

The detail and realism oriented GM will have to learn about individual guns and make notes available to the players about this.

Most of us just use the numbers in the table.

24 March 2019

Geometry

I noticed, but forgot to mention, that the M&P-9 and the M&P-9 Shield have identical geometry between the trigger and grip.

Same reach, same angles, same trigger guard.  The Shield is, obviously, narrower, but it feels very similar to my hand.

It made transitioning to the smaller gun a lot easier.

I Am Not A Lawyer

Reading this post at The Firearm Blog:

It occurs to me that the plaintiff's case is invalid because the murderer didn't purchase the gun in question.

His mother, who killed no one and was murdered for the weapon used, is the person whom the marketing affected.

The perpetrator used his mother's guns because those were the guns available to him, not because Bushmaster was marketing them as the perfect kid killer.

Teachers Get Wrong Take-Away

To demonstrate what "cowering and hoping" would get them in an active shooter situation, the deputies sprayed the teachers down with airsoft guns.

The teachers learned nothing.

They're currently complaining about how it hurt and traumatized them.

To the point that the sheriff is going to stop the shooting part of the active shooter drills.

Hey, teacher, did you feel powerless?  Did it hurt?

Good.  That was supposed to teach you to do something other than cower in fear and the pain is supposed to reinforce the lesson.

Much like the gas chamber in basic.  Better to learn to use and trust your gear with CS than VX.

Better to get shot with an airsoft pellet and get a welt than to end up dead.

I want to see one of these exercises where a teacher is given an airsoft pistol the cops don't know about and see how the exercise changes.  It might change some minds.

23 March 2019

In The Red Corner

Marv brought up his SIG P365 to compare with the S&W M&P9 Shield.

As you can see, they're of a size.  The Shield barely peeks past if you line up the triggers.

We have no problems to report with either gun with any ammunition we've tried so far.

With aluminum cased Remington Federal Champion 115gr FMJ I shot like this:

P365 on left.  Shield on right.
Marv shot like this.

Brass cased Remington 115gr FMJ from me:

From Marv:

With a 10+1 capacity, the average raw damage from the SIG is 88.  With 12+1 it jumps to 104.

Rage Quit

There was a YouTuber called CarniKcon.

He made shooting videos which were frenetic and humorous, but devoid of any meat in the content.

His videos were also one-note things.  Once you figured out the shtick on one, you had the fullness of it.

I was happy when he went away and people stopped linking to the silliness.

InRange, on the other hand, appears to have found him endlessly amusing and has partnered with him more than once.

Because I was paying them a small amount on Patreon, I thought that I'd offer my thoughts about not-liking that kind of content and it not being what I was paying for.  On Facebook.

The rabid fanbois told me I had no right to complain and since my contribution was insignificant, I wasn't really paying for anything.

Since I am not really paying for anything, why waste the money?

When I cancelled my Patreon support, I said why.  Karl, from InRange, commented in the Facebook thread, cited that thread was why I'd cancelled my support, thanked me for the support and LITERALLY shrugged.  He doesn't care.  The fanbois were correct, I didn't matter.

Ian from Forgotten Weapons is also Ian from InRange.  I cannot in good conscience support him at Forgotten Weapons for fear that the all-too-fungible money I donate finds its way into InRange's coffers.

But I don't matter, so this will have no effect.  On them.  Not unless a lot of people read this and say, "let the CarniKcon fanbois support them, I'm out!"  But since my total readership is not "a lot of people" I doubt they're even going to notice.  Not any more than McDonalds has noticed that I don't eat there any more.

McDonalds is an apt comparison, though.  Individually, we don't matter.  Collectively, we do.  If we vote with our feet and wallets, we can effect change.

I've voted.  And just like in every election I've participated in, I've had no effect on the outcome.

It makes me sad.

But there's a happy kernel.  Look at all the time I'm getting back to myself!

While I was hitting unsubscribe on the respective YouTube channels, I realized that I hadn't actually watched the videos I'd been paying for for a while.  Sure, I played them, but I had stopped actively watching them a long time ago.

Inertia had kept me clicking on them long after they'd stopped holding much interest for me.

That's led me to notice that I'm doing the same thing with C&Rsenal's vids.  The video is playing, but I'm not really paying attention to it.  This one bothers me because the content they put out is excellent and informative.

Before Anyone Comments On It

I know that my small contributions won't be missed and this petulant rage quit just makes me a laughing stock.

It's us folks who matter least who complain loudest about the littlest things, after all.

22 March 2019

A New Standard

It occurs to me that we can skip a whole lot of shooting if we simply use the same techniques to measure reliability as The Mainstream Media uses for polls.

Two shots must be just as good as 2,000 because cherry picked respondents measured in the hundreds somehow are representative of hundreds of millions of citizens.

See?  No need to actually measure anything.

We can skip actually getting the gun dirty for a mud-test since simply firing the gun in the presence of mud is sufficient.

The Market Might Be Ripe

If half the ingenuity and effort that's gone into making carry options for women was applied to making comfortable carry options for fat old fucks (like me)...

Not that I resent that women are getting options, it's just that it seems like it'd be easier to figure out totin' for tubbies.

What About Democracy?

Democrat secretary of state denies voter referendum on gun law.

Democrat democracy: Make the voters vote until they get the "right" answer then NEVER VOTE AGAIN.

21 March 2019

Dear Smith And Wesson

I am writing today to complain about having nothing to complain about with regards to your M&P9 Shield pistol.



Without a hiccup, it fired ball and hollow points; brass case and steel case.

I am sure it's more my shooting than the gun that gave the groups I got at 7-yards.


I had no difficulty with the 7-round magazines, but prefer the 8-rounders.  Willard also preferred the 8-rounder and said that his shooting was much easier with the extra length to hang onto.

The trigger proved to be just fine, unlike its larger stable-mate the M&P 9.  Sorry, Apex, I think I'll stay with the OEM trigger.

It was not hard to control at all.

So far the only down side is that it's not for lefties at all.  Being a proper dextrous person and not at all sinister, this is not an issue for me.  Your mileage may vary.

I'm quite happy with it and glad to have it!

I think the Shield compares favorably with the SIG P365.  The Shield groups are a little looser and you give up four rounds of ammo with the extended magazines; but for $250 less...  Well!  The sale continues at Palmetto State Armory...  Get one!  Midway still has the 8-round and 7-round magazines on sale for near half off!  This is nearly a no-brainer.

Today I've been carrying it cross-draw and that's simply more comfortable and practical for me.  I noticed, while taking The Boy to school this morning, that when I'm all strapped into the car, there's no getting to the pistol with strong-side IWB carry.  It's under my shirt and then under the seatbelt buckle.

Weer'd GURPS



It's surprising that .45 doesn't give up a lot of velocity in short barrels as compared to the 5" barreled 1911.  It does give up some Acc and Range though.

There's no official GURPS stats for the PM45, but since they use real units, it's easy to create stats for unlisted guns.

Update:

The average raw damage contained in 5+1 shots is 63.

19 March 2019

Armed With Hip Waders And A Giant Orange Iguana

Wander over to Miguel's where he's waded into the muck and compiled a listing of emails by committee membership so we can demand the ratfuck bastards we elected actually do our bidding.

For a change.

Thank him while you're over there because he's doing this without being paid $300,000 a year like Marion or going on armed fishing expeditions.

Honestly, the people and organizations that claim to be doing this professionally sure as heck don't seem to be keeping ahead of an unpaid one-man-show.

Speaking Of The Future

My garage/shop space has been lacking a decent source of music for a while.

Marv and The Lovely Harvey conspired to get me a set of Ryobi 18v One+ battery powered tools.

They sure are handy!

One of the local pawn shops had a radio that uses those batteries and I bought it on a whim.

It's Bluetooth enabled, so I paired it with my phone.

Tunes from my phone via the big speaker!

It's also got a USB port for charging things like the phone from that big-ass lithium battery.

Taste Of Hate

Chick-Fil-A continues to impress me.

The food is tasty.

The service is amazingly fast for how busy they are.

That service has always been friendly and smiling; like they are genuinely happy.

Their app is easy to navigate and simple to use.

Tonight I used the app to order my meal from my table.  Select the location, punch in what you want, pay online, tell the app what number is on your table and they bring it right to you.

You can also use this for the drive-thru and carry-out.

Living in the future is kinda neat.

That Appeared To Work

Got the insurance company to accept our demand to cancel the policy.

All it took was a new, notarized, signature and including a lawyer's business card in the envelope.

Like A Semi-Auto J-Frame

The Shield is very similar in size to my oft-carried J-Frame.




The Shield is MUCH thinner, especially when you include the holster.


The holsters also place the guns in different locations, but that could be because of difference in brand rather than in the guns themselves.


There's not a lot of difference, in GURPS terms, between my various attempts to find a great summer gun either.


In terms of average raw damage per load:
M&P 9 Shield - 64.  72 with optional magazine.
Model 640-3 - 45.  30 with .38 Special.
P232 - 48.
P238 - 42.  48 with optional magazine.

It's a no-brainer for GURPS!

Shields Up

The M&P 9 Shield arrived today.


Ain't it cute?

The trigger is a relatively crisp 6-1/2 pounds.  Much nicer than the stock trigger on my M&P 9.

It's much smaller and narrower than the M&P too.


It's bigger than the SIG P238.





Surprisingly, it can be worn tolerably strong-side IWB in The Precious!

18 March 2019

Observation

Muslims blow things up and murder people: Nobody says boo to them, they get massive concessions.

Occupy ???, riot and break shit: don't really get confronted.

Antifa, riot, break shit and assault folks:  Nobody says boo, they tend to get their way.

Ratfuck in New Zealand shoots up a mosque and says we need gun control: Governments do his bidding.

I think I see the lesson here.

You want to get your political agenda to advance, you gotta kill people.

Is this really the lesson that they want to teach over 100 million gun owners?

That our only chance is to start shooting?

That's not where I want to take this, but is that the only thing that will work?

17 March 2019

The Decision Isn't Hurting Us

In addition to the 35 stores which aren't selling anything at all due to being closed forever; Dick's Sporting Goods says they're going to stop selling firearms at 125 more locations.

So what?

They make it sound like it hurts us for them to stop selling guns, but I think there's another explanation.

We stopped buying things from them.

It makes sense to stop carrying stock which doesn't sell because the customers refuse to buy it from you.

The first sensible decision I've even heard rumored about them.