Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Or you are a Metrocon

I don't even... uh...

Master Beta?

Metrocons Defined

Governor Cuomo didn't expect to get as much heat for this long for passing onerous rights-curtailing gun legislation.  Good.  I hope it kills his career.  But one graph buried in this Times article is telling.  It is almost a perfect definition of what a Metrocon is.  People in the city and suburbs only see firearms in two contexts.  Either in a cop's holster or in a crooks hand.  And since they are not a cop or a crook, anything that might make guns be around, even ostensibly, is fine by them.

"In a poll conducted by Siena College in March, the Safe Act drew support from 63 percent of voters statewide. But opinions varied significantly by region: 79 percent of voters in New York City and 63 percent in the city’s suburbs approved of the laws, compared with only 45 percent in upstate New York."

79 or 63 to 45.  Those number have a lot of Liberal, obviously, but there are lots of conservatives in the city and close in suburbs.  How do you make those oridinary urban people see firearms as something for them, and not just for Law Enforcement or Bad Guys? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dole wants Romney to go for it in 2016

Bless your heart, Senator Dole, and thank you for you service.

Mitt?  Sit down. 

Give it UP Bush

Let some fresh blood with less baggage play the game this time.

Pledge Drive

So, listening to NPR, they had a pledge drive last week.  One host talking about the sublime season we were in talked about a doe nuzzling her fawn framed by fall foliage.  She didn't know the terms 'doe' and 'fawn' but that's ok.

That didn't sound right to me.  Are does and fawns still paired up this late in the season?  Maybe one of the more experienced outdoorsfolk can answer this. 


Oh, I am sure you are ALL asking.  "How much did you give to NPR during this pledge drive, T-Bolt?"

I already 'give' plenty.  The bill is due April 15th every damn year.   And they do take a bite.   But some of that money goes to other things.  Like selling AKs to drug cartels and ensuring our institution in charge of curbing communicable disease are extra incompetent.

Monday, October 27, 2014


There is one thing about glue.  Eventually it will fail.

Sure there are things hide-glue together STILL together found in Egyptian pyramids after 4000 years, but those items were also not touched.  I dare say a glue ejector left in a dry gunsafe with little temperature variations would also fare that well. 

Hide glue is made from animal skin and bone.  A protein based glue.  Apply a bit of steam and you dissassemble the joint

Modern wood glues?  Elmers.  Polyvinyl white glue.  "The glue joint is stronger than the wood"  as the old saying and commercial goes.  Of course it does still always fail next to the joint when they show that in action... 

So, a dresser drawer is glued at the joint.  But the glue will fail.  A cheap dresser drawer has simple 'mechanical' joints holding it together.  A butt joint is just glue holding it together.  A dado joint has a groove one board fits into on another and is slightly better.  Finger joints try to maximize surface area that the glue is in contact with and ensure there is less end-gran to the flat grain contact which is inherently weak.  But if you store something like shotputs in your dresser everytime you open the drawer they impact the back of the drawer and hammer it apart over time.   Same thing happens with lighter material than iron spheres, but it takes longer to hammer apart.

The best is a dovetail joint.   Those little wedged fingers mechanically hold the two boards together in one direction even without glue (so it will last longer with those shot puts, even without glue).  But a dovetail joint also has a lot of surface area contact for the glue to be attached too, just like the finger joint. 

Why not pin a wooden joint with a bit of metal?  A screw, an nail, a rod?  Dissimilar materials can give you problems later.  You've seen nails work their way loose over the years, right?

But we aren't concerned with wooden drawers.  We are concerned with things glued onto GUNS.  And I've been talking about the ejector on the 1911 lately.

Glue the ejector in place only is sorta like the dado joint.  The part does have those legs entering the frame, so some mechanical advantage is there.  They could have filed those off and just glued a flat ejector in place, and that would work for a few rounds...  But it's not as strong as glue-plus-stake.  That is more of a 'dovetail joint'.   Glue, plus 'legs', plus a pin holding the legs down.  Ideal.   This combination will see longest time to failure.  But is it just suspenders and a belt?  Why not just glue? 

Well, there is the heat from firing.  Really?  Is it that much heat?  Well, it'd be worse if it was glued to the barrel, certainly.  You've gotten fired brass down your collar, right?  At least the brass had three feet of air time to start to cool, the ejector is RIGHT THERE....  Yeah, but...  And steel doesn't conduct heat as much as other things.  Like brass or copper or aluminum.  Heat doesn't 'travel' down the metal as easy via conduction with iron based items.  But it still heats.  The case still impacts.  Impact/heat/begin-cooling every time you fire.  A little bit.  Vibration, impact and a bit of heat expansion.  Plus solvents when the pistol is cleaned...  Even glues that need to heat to break the joint are gonna fail.  Not like they would with a blowtorch and tools yanking on it, but fail, the glue will (/yoda).

But when?  If after 100 rounds that is unacceptible.  If after 10,000 rounds?  Well that's a lot less to worry about. 

So...  what glue was used to lock down the ejector?  The gunsmith thought it was 'Loctite Black' or equivalent.  What the hell is that?  Well it ain't Elmer's wood glue.  Loctite is a company brand name for a product that was originally designed to lock the threads of a machine bolt or screw so they wouldn't come loose.  They have more products now and a plethora of adhesives for all sorts of applications.  A basic gunsmith toolkit might include Loctite Red, Blue, and 'Black'. 

Loctite Red #271.  It's for the threads of something you screw on and never intend to unscrew.  To unscrew you will almost definitely need to heat the area to break the seal.  500 degrees farenheit.    It is... red in color.  Surprise.  The color makes it harder to screw up when you grab a bottle.  Good for the attaching the grip panel bushings to the frame. 

Loctite Blue #242.  Another thread locker but not as strong as Red.  You can still disassemble this with just tools after use, and not a touch of flame.  So you attach the bushings to the frame with Red, and the screws holding on the grip with Blue.  Not the other way around.  You do it the other way and then go to unscrew the grip screws and you just undo the bushings and it's a pain to get the bushings off the screwtips at that point. 

Another tip!  Don't fail to put Red on the bushings then Blue on the screws.  Same things happens at disassambly with a slightly easier problem to tackle gettin the bushings parted from the screw.  And a warning...  Springfield owners.  Springfield is known to pin the bushing to the frame mechanically.  So if you remove the bushing you might just mung up the frame.  As long as you don't mung up the frame this can be a good thing, havign them pinned, as they are in there pretty good.  If you do mung up the frame, adding metal to the hole and then retapping it for the screws is a PITA.  So removing the bushing to put Red on them is even more problematic.  What do you do if you don't know if they are pinned and don't want to risk removing your factory installed bushings?  Well, it's a pain to remove a normal bushing locked on a screw with Loctite Blue, but it's not that bad, all things considered.

Loctite 'Black' #480.  Used in parts assembly.  Requires less heat (100 degrees Celsius instead of 260 C, if I am reading the spec sheets right.) to break free than Red, but is for a part that you don't normally take apart.  Sort of a 'gentler' Red.  Other application for 1911s? Assembling the plunger tube to the frame before you stake THAT on there.  Note... not really a THREAD locker, per se.   Thread lockers are kinda thin, but they don't expect to have to hold across a big gap.  Male-female mate pretty closely with screw threads.  Loctite Black is more of a gelled superglue.  And is pretty cool!  I like super glue that stick like a gel to things.

To clairfy.  Loctite Black is just a nice rubberized super glue.  Cyanoacrylate family.

So, Springfield determined that this glue is good enough for a gun in one of their budget lines.  And I am sure it is for most users.  It'll be decades before it is a problem with most users, maybe.   I get that.  It the same impulse that puts $5 mags in with it instead of $20 magazines.  They can cut the price $30 that way.  I just want a Performance Center gun that I initially paid the GI Standard price for.  Everyone wants to maximize value while minimizing outlays.  And I took the chance of getting an improvement for free because the gunsmith I took a class from said Springfield has added the staking in the past for free.  Not so lucky, me.  Oh, they'll do it for me if I pay them.  It might even be a cheap procedure in itself (I didn't ask).  But the cost adds up when you consider shipping costs, so... That's why I am looking to perhaps doing this myself with proper adult supervision.  Also, to go over the types of adhesives, what they are good for, and share with you my blog readers.  Maybe do a service, thusly.

"If you want a Performance Center Gun (that always comes staked, btw) T-Bolt, just suck it up and pay for it!  You're gonna pay for it in the end anyway just nickel and diming yourself with parts and occasional professional gunsmith shop service"

Yeah, but then I wouldn't have all this fun with it, learning.  It's not like the gun isn't a gun now.   It functions just fine.   Plus I kid myself that I am saving money putting in my own sweat equity (I am paying a LOT of money learning how to put in my own sweat equity, you see...)


One other thing.  Another nod to Springfield just gluing:  "John Moses Browning staked em, so that must be the way to go.  Who am I and who is Springfield to go against HIM?!"  Well, glues like this are MUCH better today than they were 100 years ago...  Ideally you pin and BRAZE the part on, but even JMB would blanch at that labor, and time, and skill-intensive industrial assembly option.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Leftists are Monsters

As illustrated in this article from the website of the metrocon fortnightly

If they ever got the chance they would murder everyone on flyover country.  There really can be no peace between our peoples.   Keep a weather eye on them at all times.   Good reason for even having a 2nd Amendment.

Saturday, October 25, 2014



Well, yeah, but it's not just for the whole race thing.  When there is a shooting it's even money if the story hits big that it will be used to push a false narrative of SOME flavor, no matter the truth behind it all.  Luckily the truth gets out easier, kyboshing their narrative. 

Often this narrative is gun control related instead of race, or other, related.

Imagine how much slipped past the truth seekers in the day before the democratization of the news media?  Back then the only outlet would have been marginal pubs that don't reach a big diversity of eyeballs.  Like only seeing actual self-defense stories in American Rifleman months after.  Now the same stories that just would get there get out into more mainstream situations.

Friday, October 24, 2014

More Gun Control

Coming.  To Canada.  America's Hat.

The picture I've seen of the bad guy up there, he wearing one of them Yassir Arafat Terror-Hanky things and he has a lever action rifle. 

Sounds like they already HAVE plenty of gun control.   And yet... Somebody broke a slew of laws anyway. 


Something strikes me about Islamic Terrism.  Ya know, if it weren't for 3000 dead in 2001, the left the world over would probably be fully sympathizing with the bad guys by now.  Sorta like they supported terror groups 45 years ago in their crapulence.  You can always count on the Left to side against humanity and decency.

"[They] are not 'insurgents' or 'terrorists' or 'The Enemy.' They are the revolution, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow - and they will win."  --Michael Moore

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Kevin Vickers.

What gun is that in the Canadian Sergeant at Arms hand?



Had a dream we were all in a survival situation.  I was to sleep on a schoolbus stripped of seats and with homemade canvas cots so close together that I didn't see how anyone could get up to pee in the dark.

Then we were buzzed by a Russian Bomber.  It was like a Soviet copy of the B52 but bigger, with more engines, if you can believe that.  Like they took a Badge, a Bear, and a B52 and combined the 3 into one airplane.  Huge.  With nuclear scramjets for propulsion.

So at least I knew why we were huddling in a bus for shelter.  Prolly no place else.

All I was armed with was a .45.  That was it in the bus.