Saturday, July 4, 2015


Go eat something grilled outside and fire off the anvil.

But BE careful! I have few enough readers as it is.

Friday, July 3, 2015

What caliber for...

N00b Shoulder Holster review

"T-Bolt, how can YOU review a CCW holster? You live in the Gun Crow state of Maryland, and if the local constabulary catches you, they'll lock you up and throw away the key."

How?  About the house, I'm working from home this week.  It's not perfect, but it's sumthin.

I wanted to see how the old style shoulder holster felt for me, doing office type stuff.  Sitting, going to the powder room, making lunch, that sort of thing.

First you do muzzle that off side arm when you draw.  For some reason I thought it would not.  You'd have to contort your "other stronghand" when getting the gun to keep from not pointing the dangerous part at main cables.  I'd rather have a stripe on my ass than a hole in that area.  So, a down side

It's not as easy to draw as hip holster of various flavors.  It's like the holster needs lube.  Or baseball mitt treatment.  Or just lot of holstering-deholstering.   You gotta pull up and out to free it.  When it cooperates it is gentle and easy, but if you rush it, it's gonna jam in there. 

It leans toward the right.  Even with 2 mags to counter balance.  If it was the no mag type of holster? sheesh I'd list to starboard with a 1911.  Some to get used to, or use the tie down on that side

The advantages of this holster:
  • it don't pull pants down
  • convenient spare mag toting
  • easy on and off, if not that stealthy
  • more comfy in a car

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Law Giver Daze

A Man Bowl

More like a HUMAN bowl.  I keep looking all over of the stuff I want to carry with me when I go out.  "My wallet is over here, my keys are where..."  So a centralized location is called for.  Why not make this thing a rough hewn wooden bowl?  The only thing missing in a quick grab situation is a canteen and an energy bar.


Knife.  Because I am not an animal.  I will not gnaw on clamshell packaging with my teeth. 

Fingernail clippers.  Because I haven't figured out that way to trim your nails with a knifeblade. 

Chapstick.  Because I refuse to use my own earwax when my lips are dry.

Fire.  We humans mastered that aeons ago.  I don't even smoke anymore, but making fire is important.

Light.  Sometime a match is not enough to push away the darkness.

Writing tools. Something to write on is easy.  Something to write with less so.

And F*** mosquitoes.

Additionally, more advanced tools are nearby.  For times I am not going to the Post Office or whatever.

Not pictured:  The stuff in my pockets or on my person already.  Wallet, watch, keys, other knife


And this is just walking around stuff.  That's a BUG gun, in a normal world. 

All this stuff makes me think how you can get by on just the stuff in your pockets.  Add a toothbrush, and throw my clothes away every 3 days instead of laundering them and make me a tough gorilla and then I am a Jack Reacher type.  Yeah, like that'll happen.

So why in the bowl?  Well, I don't carry ALL that.  But I switch out gear at times.  Frex:  Smaller knife in the summer or with particular pants or if I am going to an airport or what have you.  The problem was, it was scattered all over.  This is trying to organize it into one place so I don't go "where did I put that tiny flashlight and knife combo..." as I pace through the house.  Wouldn't need a bowl if my drawers didn't collect junk.  I just need a place for this stuff.  Years ago, tired of searching high and low, I made a place for my wallet and keys.  And trained myself to use it.  I want to train myself to put this sort of accoutrement here.  Not change or loos paper clips or business cards.  Objects.  That go in a pocket. 

I'm also thinking that this is where a holstered pistol will go, or nearby here.  Perhaps a hook on the wall where I'd hang tomorrow's pants, with holster already looped to the belt, ready to go.  Save some time in the morning, and quick access in the night, as this whole shebang is placed by my bed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thanks Gov. Hogan

He has repealed Maryland's hated rain tax.  Effective today.

We have a reprieve until 2017 when President O'Malley instates it federally.

Carter 2

I was a kid in Elementary School for the malaisey Carter years.  My teachers, in hindsight, were typical liberals.  My mom liked the man, I bet, but not too much.  She voted for Anderson in 80.  Dad was never a political type.  But I didn't like Jimmy Carter.  I wasn't influenced by anyone.  The biggest influence?  Unchecked inflation and economic doldrums.  A kid like me notices that.  Especially with a can of Coke goes up to 45 cents from 25, a nickel at a time.  It was formative.  Helped make me a Reagan Republican. 

Today's wee bairns?  They are gonna be conservatives too.  As long as the next president doesn't screw up bad and gets the feds out of the way of the economy. Why?  Because of Obama?  Aka:  Carter II?  Yes, but the other Obama.   Michelle.

Like I was nudged by expensive sodas, they will be nudged by her execrable school lunch initiatives.  "Why was the President's wife writing my schools school-lunch menu?  And it was horrible.  Out of Oliver twist.  And that President Perry did a good job, like he did with Texas, right after.  And his wife kept her nose out of my business."

I had no truck with Rosalynn Carter.  But Amy annoyed me, even then.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


See that first 10 seconds of this video?  That guy is making the blank for an M1 receiver.  That big trip hammer is pounding the molten metal into dies to get the right sizing.  The receiver will be machined after this step.

You see how labor intensive that is?  Can you get a robut to hold the pole in the right place?  Maybe.  But it might be cheaper to carve it out of barstock or get the piece to the closer-enough phase with baking MIM powder.

But it won't align the molecules of iron like forging with a big ol drop hammer does.  Maybe you don't need it that strong, to tell the truth.  I sure do like the old ways.  But, man, it's expensive keeping skill labor around.

And look at the window behind some of these workers!  You can open them!  And single pane in Massachusetts.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bren 10

So Larry Vickers reviews the old Bren 10 and give a bit of the inside baseball history of this star crossed pistol.  Which is cool all in itself.

But this is a blog and I need blog fodder.

So watch this video, it's been making the rounds:

I noticed that the spent cases are ejected in a weird, to me, direction.  Over Larry's left shoulder.  The other side of the gun than the port.  It's casting that brass at 7 o'clock.  On both guns.  Ya know, you often like to see the spent brass shooting of in the 1 to 5 o'clock areas.  At 6 o'clock you get it right in the kisser.

Now, looking at this parts diagram, the ejector looks like a complicated part.  The gun is 30 years old and the company dissolved.  It's probably hard to get replacement parts.  So even in Larry is thinking "that ain't right" there isn't much he can do about it.  And the gun is more of a curiosity at this point.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Comics.  Often dirty, and sometimes true.  Frex:


Are the two officer standing behind the turd-burglar with a bad haircut all tarted up in soldier gear because they want to look cool and intimidating?

Or are they corrections officers and wear protective stuffs because they have to hand folk in jail.  A subset of the population not know for cooperative behaviors and are often violent? 

Not sure.  Leaning latter.  If they were the arresting officers they could give the hot vest a rest once at the station.  It is summer in South Carolina after all.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This has been a very wet June

Record levels.  And that was before this weekend's storm.  I am so glad I put a driveway in to get that side of the house better drainage.  I'd rather pay the rain tax than to get a flooded basement.

Storm from 23rd

A really nice wall of darkness hit on a 90-sumthin afternoon, dropping the temperature right quick.  It rained like dammit but not too windy.  Cats and dogs and sticks to beat them to death with.  The power stayed on but the cable blinked for 30 seconds.  The tail end of the storm has the greatest colors. 


Also, time to look for a better camera.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Is it Friday

Yes.  Yes that is.

US Racism

China lashes out at US racial bias in human rights report

China?  Is whinging about racism, here, in the US?  Complaining about us round-eye barbarians not from the Middle Kingdom?