Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I've always liked this 100 year old trick to try to fool sub commanders and mess up their targeting aspect.  I don't know how effective it was in foiling attacks, but it sure is pretty.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

This has a meaning

For certain members of my generation.  It meant "SNOOPY IS ON!"  Or Rankin and Bass.  Or Riki Tiki Tavi.  Whichever.  I always loved it.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Why am I getting MORE sentimental as I age?  Movies I NEVER would have gotten choked up affect me now.  It's a Wonderful Life?  That beginning scene where everyone is praying for George Bailey.  Every.  Time.  Star Trek II?  Fuhgeddaboutit.

Even songs.  About a damn turtle!

Good luck with your Lady Tortoise friend on that island in the sky, Lonesome George.

Dunno what causes this. The over sentimentality. Maybe it's always been there and I just care less about tamping it down now that I'm old.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Factory Guns

One bad thing about taking the 1911 gunsmith classes.  It makes it so hard to buy a factory gun again.  I know enough to be really picky.  So picky it gets expensive to ever get another.

Another problem.  Now that I made some modification under careful supervision and instruction I have one pistol with a lot of my sweat equity in, and I am kinda proud of.  But pride and high value is not what you want in a tool you can lose.  I need MANY 1911s I can be proud of, so if something happens to one of em I won't be overly upset.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Well THIS movie

Has some gunplay. And some chop-socky.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Turning the page

To a new era.

Guns magazine, regular readers know, posts pdf files of their old editions.

It's now 50 years ago. 1965. A watershed year by my lights. Somewhere around now the country descends into madness. Before this the veneer of adulthood remains

That Lileks fellow sorta agrees.  "The Twilight of the Grown Ups."  He likes the 50's part of the 60s.  Before it turned into fashion sensibility madness.

And the madness will descend further into the ennui of the 70s. 14 good years followed by 14 bad years

And the feel of gun magazines are changing.

They are worried about gun control. More and more of the magazine is devoted to it.

The Kleins sporting goods ads of Chicago are changing, too, in Guns Magazine.  See page 7.   Partly from Klein's connection to JFK getting killed two years prior, and certainly from the availability of surplus arms to sell. Now the cheapest gun is no longer a Carcano, but an inhouse sporterized Lee Enfield. Kleins put glass on lots of stuff for you, before you bought it.  Now, radios are getting ad space instead of S&W Victory revolvers.  In a gun magazine.  Like they are concentrating on 'sport' instead of the perfectly legitimate 'firearm'.  Because it is out of 'style.'

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On this day

24 years ago I got married.

On this day 16 years ago I got divorced.

And so it goes.

Monday, July 27, 2015


This always means something good was coming on when I was a kid.  Usually Charlie Brown or Rudolph.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Back In MY Day

Kids would get off a person's lawn when told to.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Lost a bet


I love that movie.

Is it because I am a basketball fan, a Gene Hackman fan, or an Indiana fan?  No.  Not particularly.

I just like it's mid 80s portrayal of what they thought the mid 50s felt like.  It wasn't really the 50s and it certainly wasn't the 80s.  Fake 50s, and a 50s I never new.  But I want to live in small town Indiana because of the movie.  Just because of the flavor the movie brings to my palate.   But that version.  The 80's 50s.

I don't think there was more than a single sunny day portrayed that whole movie 'season'.

Absolutely no gun content. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

I always liked Kennedy

From the Empty Vee!

Seriously, what do we call them?

When it was the Brady Campaign is was easy to refer to "The Bradys" and everyone knew you were referring to gun banners.  We were on the same page

But now it is Mom's Demand Action or MDA and Everytown for Gun Safety and Everytown and Bloomberg's minions and Mayors Against Illegal Guns is still out there and so on. 

None of those rolls off the tongue, either.

Out of Pocket

I'm gonna be AFK for a bit, so the posts every day will be less inspired.