Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Get yer ass to Mars

Elon Musk wants to put a million people on Mars.  Here's why.

"The first few gotta eat something."

Yes, but does MY caliber suck?

A thought from the comments on this hoary old argument

Why take the cue for caliber selection from a bloated bureaucratic fedgov organization that would rather you not be armed with a titanium spork, much less an actual firearm.  So put that in your pipe and note it.  Note that the FBI is switching from .40 to 9mm if they use premium modern JHP ammo.  You don't trust them gummint types, remember?  Just because they agree with you?  Well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.  But that poor squirrel has to eat a lot of bottle caps and cigarette butts and pop tops before that.

If the FBI said that steel core .32 Magnum was the way to go, in an N Frame revolver that holds 10 in the cylinder, would you make a beeline for the gun store?  Well, not if that is what you've been carrying for years.  Then you get to say, "Toldja, yo!  Superior man stopper."

Well, the gummint isn't telling ME what to do.  And now I want an N-Frame .32.  Smith and Wesson sells no .32 caliber revolvers currently.

Been re-reading some Jeff Cooper stuff again.  We all know his caliber preference, but he seemed to waffle between wadcutter and standard 230 gr FMJ.  I guess some years he wanted a better wound channel and some years he wanted firearm reliability in a stock Gov't 1911.  There may be reasoning behind either choice that I have not run across.  I don't know where he ended up but remember he was semi-retired before JHP designs became really acceptable in a semi. 


Oh, and I eat my chili with that titanium spork.  It is my goto utensil for that application.  Chili is sometimes served on top of pasta or corn chips, but it doesn't hafta be.   Beans can be served with chili but never cooked in the chili.  Never.  There is no beans in chili.  Ever.  Beans are maybe a garnish.  Like onions or parmesan cheese.

It's be like making Bananana Crème Pie with a pound of ground lamb.  Lamb is good.  Bananana Pie is good.  Not made together.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pepperidge Farm

UK and Denmark

Join the bombing campaign of them Islamists that have nothing to do with Islam.  Somehow.  The administration cheers the growth of their coalition effort.

Remember when it was cool to mock the W administration because they celebrated getting more nations into the "Coalition of the Willing"?

Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Remember when this guy got that Nobel Peace Prize his first week on the job?

Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Browning's Genius

The .45ACP round.  Perfection that could not be improved upon.  God's own caliber.

Ok, ok, enough with the hyperbole. 

Browning invented a lot of cartridges.  The Army specced .45 because of perceived issues with .38 in scuffles overseas.  But you never know.  What if the Army hadn't?  JMB would have been out of luck?  No, he had other offerings. 

Like the .38ACP.  JMB had it in the Colt 1900.  So it predates the .45ACP that didn't come out til '04. 

And it doesn't step on patent toes of the 9mm Parabellum, which is in development at the exact same time, and maybe a little newer.  Plus, it has a little more ooomph to it than the Luger round.  Well, as originally intended.   Browning originally intended his .38ACP to be loaded at .38 Super levels, but dialed it back while he worked the kinks out of this whole semi-auto pistol business. 

I wonder how much of each other's development the 2 gun makers knew about...

At any rate, he was ready with a .38 semi offering to build off of, depending on what the Army settled on wanting.  Two steps ahead of them Government Ordnants ninnies. 

Maybe in further development, JMB might have headspaced off the cartridge mouth in a 'next generation .38 ACP.  The .38 ACP, as is, headspaces offa semi-rim.  Which is kinda odd for a semi auto, but remember, Browning was blazing trails here.  Inventing stuff out of whole cloth.   Sorta like YOUR invention of a cheap and simple phased plasma rifle in a 40 watt range.  No one knows what that gun looks like but you until you get it out of your head and into the factory.

So what tripped me down this rabbit hole?  The Webley-Fosbery had a .38ACP version.   8 shots, too.  Can you imagine?  What if the War Department had adopted THAT?!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


What are teenagers and an 11 year old doing at a night club at 1AM? 

Forget about the drive-by, why are they even there?

See, this is why I don't dress up and go out to a club.  Ricky Ricardo isn't the band leader, and the patron are literal children.  I prefer to do my cocktail swilling with adults, personally.


A clerk at a gas station fought back against three robbers.  In Canton Ohio.  Where at least one of their force used to like to discourage law abiding citizens from carrying

The clerk was wounded, but hit for effect on 2 of the robbers.

Odd place, Canton.

I don't think officer Harless works there anymore, tho.

From the headlines

"Bound Oklahoma man found decapitated; Police suspect suicide."

Can you do Sudden Jihadi Syndrome on yourself, while your hands and feet are tied?


I was a VHS jockey
I ran the register at a convenience store
I was a mop pusher
I hauled trash
I hauled biological waster to an incinerator
I was a telephone operator
I did statitistics
I was a sailor
I was a Naval officer
I hocked kegs of beer
I BREWED the damn beer and bottled it and sold it.
I supported software
I sold software on commission
I was a system administrator
And I played that funky music.

Til I died.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mr. Cunningham

New to me concept.

Cunningham's Law:   “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.

I wonder how true that is Mr. C.  Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...

So if I want to know something I just have to blog about it and say, "There one thing about the Blastomatic 5000 that is entirely true is Xxxx" and put down something I know is wrong and wait for the correct Yyyy answer in the comments.

Sounds too risky to me.

And I don't think the Law has anything to do with Happy Days, however.  Yeah.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Number of jihadist terrorists the TSA has stopped:  0

Number of jihadist terrorists a CCW holder has stopped:  At least 1.

What's the time?

TIL from the radio...

I have been on this planet absorbing advertisements for umpty 45 years and only NOW I notice that watch ads, invariably, the analog watch is set to 10:10.  Or thereabouts.  It's almost 90% of the examples.  In new ads and old ads.

What the?!

That's the sort of thing I usually pick up.  But the radio man had to tell me.

Not having haunted gunshops

For my entire adult life, I notice trends that are only a 'thing' relatively recently.

Is it just me... or...

There seem to be a lot more .22 pistols around today.  I mean, compared to 2007. Back then, I only remember Ruger Mk III.  Maybe a Buckmark.  A few years later and Mosquitos showed up.  Nowadays the .22s are taking up a lot more display space with a plethora of choices.

Am I imagining things?

Thursday, September 25, 2014


The dead rise from the grave and the Attorney General quits...

I need goat entrails to check more portents.  Then, THE ORACLE!

It Begins