Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Intermediate Armorer's Course, 1911

After Action Report.

The course at Hatfield's was good.  As good as the beginner class.  But that's because of the caliber of the instructor.  He picked up his gunsmithing and instructor skills in the Army in the Army Marksmanship Unit.

What did I learn?  LOTS of stuff.

Just a sample...  Check out your MIM slide stop.  The diameter of the post.  Many are fatter closer to the tip.  And the diameter changes from .198 on the side with the MIM 'mold' seam to .195 or less.  So that's a bad thing that MIM can give you.  But swapping it out for a better made after market part can hurt you.  But you can spec a post that is .200 or .202...  higher.  But then you may need to ream the holes in your frame.  And maybe the barrel link will need resizing.  But not too long a link. The post is supposed to ride on the ramp of the barrel lug.  And there shouldn't be a hump on the lug, either.

And this is just one small tiny area.  You gotta chase backwards if you look to make any change at all.  Make a change to the barrel bushing and you almost have to think about grip screw specs eventually.

Again, while I do pick up tuning tips that I can do to make the gun run better.  And recognize tuning areas I CAN do, but probably shouldn't.  What I truly learn in these classes is how much I don't know.

And we didn't even get to things we could do to the hammer and sear notches and such.  That's for the more advanced class.  And then 10 hours a day for two years working on other people's guns before I felt good enough to do my own.

Monday, September 1, 2014


I didn't vote for Romney last election.  Left that spot blank.

Millions of libertarian 'conservatives'. Did the same.

Don't believe me?  Doesn't matter.  It only needed thousand in Virginia Florida and Ohio to swing the thing.

Guess what happens if the GOP gets Romney again?  President Biden, 2017.  Good Lord

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What the what?

I don't remember THIS jem from the 70s,

Scroll down.  The Hamilton Beach Baconer. 

"A toaster that made bacon, in other words. Why are these not available for a reasonable price in an attractive design today? Why must I dizzy my bacon in the microwave for seven minutes, when BACONER technology was clearly available 30 years ago?"

Hear hear!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Perfect Breakfast

Before the 1911 armorer's course I will eat this, to keep my strength up.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Due Process

The BLNN network sent me this:

"California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders"

Huh?  Like a Pre Crime division of the police?  How will they determine potential offenders?  Check to see if someone's eyes are set too close together?  Put a Phrenologist on the State payroll, and check to see if someone has the skull bumps of a serial rapist?

Let me read further...

No, it's if a family member complains.  "Uncle Billy is a little odd, and we had a nasty argument about politics last Thanksgiving.  I'll show him, that right wing troglodyte and get the SWAT team to confiscate his precious guns.   Hmph!"

Yeah, no chance for abuse of Bills civil rights there.  5th Amendment?  Never heard of it in the fight to quash the 2nd.

"If it can save one life, one family from that agony, it will be worth it."

You could say the exact same thing about letting Liberals remain alive.  I mean look at what they accomplished in the 20th Century.  Too chancy to let them keep breathing, right?  Right?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bill Gates

As many of you have heard, he wants to confiscate all your guns.  This would make the work his private armed guards do a lot easier, I guess.  Him and a buncha other 1990s NW computer billionaires.

He is pledging a million to universal gun registration initiative in Washington State, now.  And all registration schemes, as we all know from history, is merely a precursor to confiscation efforts.  And usually quite quickly. 

What's next on the civil rights violations front, Bill?  Bringing back enforced racial seating arrangements on buses in Alabama?  Separate water fountains?  You should feel ashamed.  And you make me sick.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The part where...

George Costanza calls President Obama a coward.

And thereby outs himself as a racist. Racist.

Hooray Judicial Branch

So a few weeks ago a judge spanked Washington DC for being effective a no-issue CCW regime.  And you could Vermont carry in the District for about an hour and a half.  My state is effectively no-issue except for friends of the Governor or Attorney General.

This week a judge smacked down the California 10-day waiting period.  Especially for people that already have a gun.  I mean what's the point?   "I'm really mad at my wife, and want to murder her NOW, not 10 days from now.    And I already have a .357... but I really want to murder her with a .44 magnum!  Shoot, in a week my anger might have subsided..."

Maryland also has a waiting period. 

Months ago a judge made Illinois issue CCW.   And today, crime has dropped noticeably?  Related?  Maybe! 

There is a case about having a firearm on your private property while it is on someone else's private property and there is booze nearby.  And the Second Amendment Foundation is on a roll getting local ordnances that are cross threaded with state rules kiboshed

Seems like the judiciary is working around the fringes of my state.  I have little hope the state legislature is going to be a remedy, even if they see the parade a-comin' and want to get out in front of it.  But there is some reward in rubbing their noses in it when they are forced to end this hostile-to-civil-rights regime.  FORCE them to change.  With luck, while Frosh is AG.  I have hopes.  Ever hopeful.

(If Brian Frosh was a billionaire, he'd make Bloomberg look like a gun-nut survivalist prepper.)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Iconic Image

What is the image in your head when you think of a 'gun'.  Like, if you dreamed about a person with a gun, what kind is most likely to show up in your mind.

Well maybe not YOU, loyal reader.  You are prolly a gun enthusiast and are extra familiar with guns. 

But regular folks.  Non enthusiasts. 

A lot of input for this is going to come from Hollywood.  That will be the primary source of image in their head.  Sure, everyone has SEEN a gun in real life.  Maybe even have one in the house, but they see more guns through the TV or movie screen.  (Maybe comics too for some people)  So, the more of a familiar type there the more it will become a default image.  Maybe. 

Or I could be talking out my butt.

If I had to guess I'd say a black revolver.   I am biased by my own life experience, however.  My formative years, the cops all had revolvers.  The opening to the Adventures of Superman had the closeup of a revolver in 'faster than a speeding bullet...'  All the TV shows were revolver heavy unless it was a WWII movie.  Cops shows and cowboy shows were revolvers.

But a 25 year old, now...  What gun is first to mind for his or her head?  Has the Glock style black generic semi taken over from the revolver?

I did a quick poll of folks around me.  I got "revolver maybe" and "shotgun usually" and "skinny skinny barrel" and "nothing specific but I am a gunnie" and "non specific black pistol, could be revolver or semi" and "Beretta" and "9mm Beretta" and "the one 007 has in the opening of his movies" and, oddly "Mauser BYF 42 is my default image."  And that last one was a Marine who owns no pistols.

Usually a pistol, you notice?

This would be entirely different in a different culture.  Burma?  Morocco?  Totally different cultural and real life exposure to firearms.   If you go your life rarely seeing a pistol, and never seeing a revolver, then a revolver shouldn't be the default.

But it looks like the Army and the Lethal Weapons movies have worked their way with the generation lightly younger than me.

Monday, August 25, 2014

1 Adam 12

I have a confession to make.  I never watched a whole episode of Adam 12.

Oh sure, it ran while I was alive.  And there were endless repeats for years and years after the show ran its course.  But I only caught snippets.  Never watched a whole one as a kid.

Oh I knew the basic concept and all.  So it's not like I was talking out of my butt when griping about over rambunctious over-militarized modern polices.

Dad's early shows, in my memory, were Star Trek repeats, Mission Impossible, and Emergency (the other Mark VII production).  I guess he wasn't a fan of police procedural.  Then the shows were all sorta ours, after.   

Well, thanks to Netflix, and a more mature taste and being able to enjoy a slower paced cop show in my dotage, I can watch Adam 12 now.   And just saw the first DVD.  Not bad.

But it's fiction.  It's idyllic cops.  What they wanted to be, not what they actually were.  Jack Webb was a fan and wanted to show the LAPD in the best light possible.

You know how I know it wasn't true truth on that show?  Look at the squad room.  Out of 2 dozen cops there is maybe 14 pounds of fat total between all of them.  That right there blows it out of the water.

This is what police work was really like.  True truth.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


From wikipedia:

According to British writer David Icke, 5- to 12-foot (1.5–3.7 m) tall, blood-drinking, shape-shifting reptilian humanoids from the Alpha Draconis star system, now hiding in underground bases, are the force behind a worldwide conspiracy against humanity. He contends that most of the world's leaders are related to these reptilians, including George W. Bush of the United States, and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Icke's conspiracy theories now have supporters in 47 countries and he has given lectures to crowds of up to 6,000. American writer Vicki Santillano included it in her list of the 10 most popular conspiracy theories, describing it as the "wackiest theory" she had encountered.

A poll of Americans in 2013 by Public Policy Polling showed that 4% of registered voters (+/- 2.8%) believed in David Icke's ideas

Let me reiterate:

A poll of Americans in 2013 by Public Policy Polling showed that 4% of registered voters (+/- 2.8%) believed in David Icke's ideas.

That means 96% of us are ignorant of the TRUTH!  Wake up, sheeple.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I'm not fat

I'm just big boned!

h/t tam


I know.  It's early Saturday morning.  If you are thinking about adult beverages now it's prolly a Momosa or a Bloody Mary (use OldBay in your Bloody Mary.  Trust me.)

And I am normally a Bourbon/Rye or Beer man.  Prima is my favorite.   For Rye, Bulleit.  For Bourbon, I got for Knob Creek or Very Old Barton.

But I have run into a cocktail enthusiast.  And he had some WWI era drinks I really got into.  And since we are still in the Gun of August 100 year anniversary...

Note, these were invented by flyboys.  Man, do aviators like to get in their cups.

The French 75.  Named after the field piece.  Booze wasn't super available near the battlefields, you take what you could get.  And you couldn't get drunk fast enough on champagne alone so they'd add some brandy to the glass to spike it up.  That's it.  Champagne and Brandy.   There are dozens of variations since the war, subsituting gin for the Cognac and adding zest or actual citrus juice of one variety or another.  Why was the drink named after artillery?  Because the hangover the next morning made you think you were being shelled, close aboard.

The Aviation.  This is now my favorite.  Gin, maraschino cherry liquer, lemon juice (sometimes lime) and... creme de violette.   The color of the drink is of the sky. 
  • shot of gin (I like it with lots of botanicals, but that's me)
  • tsp of the creme de violette
  • half ounce (third of a shot) of the maraschino
  • half a shot of lemon juice
Or, make 3 at once
  • 3 shots of gin
  • half shot of the creme de violette
  • shot of the maraschino liquer
  • shot and a half of lemon juice
Pour over ice in a shaker, shake, strain over chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry or twist of lemon peel.  Mmmmm.

Friday, August 22, 2014

More Thought on Militarized Cops

Whether or not cops playing solider are worse now or back in the old days is irrelevent.  UN-militarizing them is the goal.

 Why?  Because it is possible for cops to wear a blue suit and not cammies, a motorcycle riot helmet and not a military kevlar style, and not have to tool around in a mine resistant armored personnel carrier and still be as safe as they are now.  Heck, they can be just as effective and safe with revolvers and lever action rifles as they are now with semis and ARs, if they are trained right.

Let's stipulate that.  We don't want cops less safe, we want them less soldiery.

Now, why, that?  Sure, a jackboot in the face while you are getting pepper sprayed is not nice.  Good enough reason to yoink them for that.  But that is attitude as much as equipment.

Because if you demilitarize cops then we in the 2nd Amendment Civil Rights community have won.  The rifle in your gunsafe has deterred (or are one part of the deterrence factor) the police policy makers so that your rifle can remain in your safe.  The mere existence of you owning an AR changed tyrannical policies.  And the fact that there are 20 of you to 1 of them.  We, in the gunnie community don't WANT to snipe police.  We want police to act like police.  Heck we LIKE cops when they are like that.   It's win win for us and them.  The loser?  Folks like Bloomberg.  Yay.  Pat yerself on the back, and now use your rifle for fun stuff.

And that's a big reason for our side to advocate demilitarization and to thank our lucky stars that the country already went through a bit of this and passed posse comitatus laws over 100 years ago.  

The purpose of the 2nd is to fight tyranny.  Not so you can hunt.  Not even as much for you to defend yourself (that was always and assumed right).  The Founders put it there so you can oppose the government.  Now you don't want to USE arms to oppose the gov't if you don't have to.  Because that would be horrible all around.  We want this struggle to end like the Cold War did.  Not like WWII did.   We get our victory with no shots fired.   We win, they lose.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Got Nuthin'

Monday-Blog-Bupkis on a Thursday.

Let's go stream of consciousness.

Getting old sucks.  I fell and landed on my bum knee exactly one month ago.  STILL a bit tender.  I just don't heal like I used to.  Plus too damn fat.  Stupid old guy metabolism. 

Speaking of old, remember Archie?  My crotchety WWII vet neighbor?  He had to move to an old folks home last winter.  He wasn't able to keep up with the day to day even with my help.  And he got an infection that put him in the hospital for coupla weeks.  Bad bad.  I've visited him at his Old Folks Home in Hagerstown and he HATED it.  Well, daughter found a place a couple miles from her house.  AND he now has a help come in in the mornings and evening for a few hours each time.  Takes care of meals and pills and whatnot.  He is MUCH happier.  So, that is good.  Gonna go visit him again real soon.

In the mean time the new owners did THIS to his old house near me.  Wow.  Used to be just one floor.

Got a gunsmithing class coming up next weekend.  Looking forward to that.