Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Anti Gun Associates

Tell, what is wrong with background checks for every gun sale?  Well, this is what's wrong:

It's because it's not about the background checks.  It's about control.  It's about putting down the foundation for eventual confiscation.

But hey, let's compromise.  It's all about the compromise.  How bout background checks OR the presentation of a valid CCW?  A CCW holder has had the background check already, so, no need.  And you can show that in a private sale and leave the poor overburdened gov't alone.  Or, when you get a background check it's good for a 3 months anywhere.  Another shop, a gunshow, a private seller.  You've gone 30 years without a conviction, what are the chances you caught a charge in the last month?

But no, that would create a situation where forms are not filled out and maybe filed in a database leading to defacto registration.  And registration, historically, always, ALWAYS, leads to confiscation.  Confiscation?  I thought the 'gun-safety' types that used to wear the label 'gun-controller' didn't want to round up innocent people's guns?  Well, you see, that's the point of compromise.

U Shaped

So, the gunsmith Sam Hatfield at Hatfields Gunsmithing is a big fan of the no-dot U-Shaped rear sight.  Pshaw, I thought.  How much better could it be?

Well, he had me try one and compare it to a 2 dot and 3 dot.  He might have a point...  It bears further investigation.  The idea is, without the distraction of the dots to the rear you can better concentrate on the front sight.  It's not normally an issue for me.  It turns out I naturally focus on the front sight.  Lucky me, it's the only break I've gotten with my pistol marksmanship.  But I am not going to shrug off something that makes me focus even faster.  And better. 

Further personal study needed.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get Offa My Lawn

In the Washington Post advice column:

"Do we have to carry our 24-year-old daughter on our health insurance policy? She is employed and has two degrees. We informed her that we would be dropping her at the end of the year because it's costing us a fortune, and she told us today that we are required by law to cover her. We do not claim her on our taxes."

I'll take Punk Ingrates That Don't Know Their Place for $500, Alex.  The same question is in the Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse column.

I learned STUFF

So the armors class did what I wanted it to do.  I can take a 1911 down to parts and put it back to together and it still WORKS.  Detail-strip, as the kids say.  Everything but the staked down stuff like the plunger tube and the ejector.

I probably could done it myself, by looking at diagrams and watching youtube demos over and over, but because of the class and the little tips I learned, it's now easy.

The thing that intimidated me the most was disconnector/sear relationship.  But once you know...  You see you hold the comfortable bit of the disconnector in the left hand, pyramid up, and you hold the sear like a cup in the right, then you saddle up the dear on top of the disconnector.  Hold the 1911 by putting your pinky in the magwell so you can guide the two into the disconnector hole in the frame and Robert is your Mother's Brother.

Still can't follow that?  Do it once in the class and it's yours forever.

Props to Sam and Hatfields Gunsmithing.  The guy is good.  A good instructor.  If his area of expertise was the Napoleonic Wars I'd be thrilled to take that college level course.  Or if it was Botany 101.  And I'm not that interested in plants.  He's just a good instructor.

But man is the class dense with detail.  And it's almost impossible to take notes because you are working on a gun the whole time.  I'd almost want to take the Beginner course again to pick up and reinforce the info presented.  Maybe keep a few more details in my head. Gonna look into the intermediate class, too.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Experts Warn!

If you are ready for the Zombacalypse, the EMP blackout is about the same.  You worry less about bites, but the 'shamblors' are more formidably clever.

The Gray Man

So I pick up OldNFO's book on the top of the stack with a bit of trepidation.  Because, what if it is no good?  It's his first book, to my knowledge, and how many of those are really any good?  Especially nowaday with self publishing proliferating and easier.  There were plenty of BAD books back in the days where a handful of publishing houses controlled everything and people besides the writer had actually read the stuff and could jettison the dreck before the presses spun up and it was too late.  What are the chances nowadays?  What if he wrote in crayon?  I know the type of personnel that went through Pensacola Naval Air Schools Command, it'd be written in crayon if we were LUCKY.

Anyway, so I pick up OldNFO's book, The Gray Man, with that frame of mind.  And sure enough... that phrase seems clunky, there's a typo, that's a tired cliche, there's another typo, kind of a weak opener...  I'm not even on page 7 and thinking this if going to be a slog.  Then I look up and it is chapter 10 and I have no idea where that time went.  Wow.  I never should have doubted.  I only put it down because it's a school night and I gotta get up early to make the donuts.  And I can't wait to take it up again.

I'm sure 'Fo himself will admit it's not literature.  Never meant to be.  But it does what you want it to.  Draws you in and engages you.  His action sequences are very good.  There is only the slightest distracting hiccups in the interpersonal stuff of the characters.  And the one girl with broken ribs and recovering from a collapsed lung does a little too much hugging.  I broke a rib once.  I'd be hesitant shaking someone's hand if it were me.

I'd have bought this book and enjoyed even if I DIDN'T know OldNFO.  Money well spent.  My trepidation was misplaced.  Mea Culpa.

Now this is a gunnie's delight, so it has that appeal to a certain subset that reads stuff like gun blogs.  I've never read the Jack Reacher stuff, so I don't know, but, I have a feeling NFO has and drew some inspiration from that corner.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Armorer Class

Oops, forgot to post.

Went to the 1911 armorer course yesterday knowing I knew nothing about building my own 1911.  I just knew that everything impacts everything else.  Change one thing and you might have to change EVERYTHING else.  Nearly.

The class was great, I learned a TON of stuff, and somehow now I feel like I know even less about building my own 1911...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Metrocons and SWAT

The online presense of the metrocon fortnightly is noticing that there are way too many SWAT teams out there squaring off against non violent offenders or suspects.

If you are gonna arrest someone with a clean record for clamming next to navigable waterways you probably don't need to send the full breaching team with sniper overwatch on the run.  But hell, you paid them to do all that trainig and get all that equipment, might as well use em.  The family Corgi isn't gonna shoot itself.

Money quotes:

"Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn’t been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud."


"The year before the raid on Wright, a SWAT team from the Food and Drug Administration raided the farm of Dan Allgyer of Lancaster, Pa. His crime was shipping unpasteurized milk across state lines to a cooperative of young women with children in Washington, D.C., called Grass Fed on the Hill. Raw milk can be sold in Pennsylvania, but it is illegal to transport it across state lines. The raid forced Allgyer to close down his business."

Do you need a SWAT team for those, or a single officer in a black and white? Maybe 2 officers?  Think of the saving in gasoline, alone.


Then there is this guy.  Dunno if he was SWATted for that, tho.  For a Twitter parody account.

And don't forget this one.  Gibson Guitars.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Con Comin'

Next week is the NRA convention.  Ima gunna be there.

I don't have much on the agenda of things I must do besides 1) get blog fodder and 2) sight Tam and RobertaX in the wild to add them to the bloggers-I-have-met list.  The rest I play by ear.

I expect to see multiple other folks I know already, look at the acres of stuff, and enjoy an adult beverage or two.  I've done this before, in Pittsburg.  Not my first rodeo.  But I'm not wizzened veteran at this, either.  Is there anything I must add to my dance card?

Thursday, April 17, 2014


B H Liddell Hart's

Sherman biography.

Just finished it.  I had read his auto-biography years ago, but wanted to see what the early 20th Century thought of William Tecumsah.

The language is a little closer to Dicken than to a terse Hemingway.  It's a bit distracting, but not too bad.  Certainly obvious.  He must use the word 'thither' a hundred times...  As in thither and yon.  Sherman auto-biography is less flowery.

Hart was a Brit WWI vet that turned into a historian and military theorist and military correspondent after the war.  He was shaped by the static lines of the Great War and was looking to the past to get more of a maneuver warfare up and going again.  His publisher wanted him to go a US Civil War general and preferred Robert E Lee, but, Hart wanted Sherman.  Lee was certainly a masterful campaigner, but what Billy Sherman did was more original, he thought.

So what was so new about Sherman, according to Hart?  Well the generals of that war were obviously greatly influenced by what Napoleon accomplished.  But Sherman thought the text books in English got the point wrong about concentration of forces.  Doctrine concentrated forces too early.  Large armies marched in multiple columns, but then came together when getting close to an objective.  Sherman thought it better to keep them separate and to march in a way so the enemy didn't know what his objective was.  This kept the enemy unconcentrated and guessing.  Now Lee would try to gobble up one of these smaller wings piecemeal, if they had faced each other, but Sherman had that covered by marching light, and therefore fast.  Hard to get cornered that way.

By this stage of the war armies were putting up improvised trenches and battlements when they stopped, increasing their defensive power when technology had already gone a long way to give advantage to the defense.  When defense has the advantage you let the enemy come and break upon your line and you don't attack his line.  Instead you maneuver around, obliging him to withdraw or have his lines of communication cut.

Sherman was a thinker, while Grant fought instinctively and persistently.  Both styles were a novelty for Northern generals at the time, and why they stand out.  Sherman 'played' chess, while Grant was more of a 'checkers' man.

Another feature of Sherman's style was realizing the value of indirect support.  If your wing is pressured by the enemy you can deploy troops to support them directly.  Or you can use the same troops to engage another area, taking pressure of the first indirectly.  If you tie down Lee's army around Richmond, and Beauregard's army in Tennessee,  your army only has to contend with Johnston's forced around Goldsboro, if you expand that principle to the strategic level.

So indirect maneuver and indirect support.  His men loved him for it.  Less slaughter involved achieving victory, so while morale of the enemy plummeted his friends' soared.

B H Liddell Hart was also supposed to have shaped tank warfare pre-WWII with this study of maneuver warfare in history.  Maybe.  There is some argument about how influential he was.  Did Rommel and Guderian really pay much attention to Hart?  Maybe.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bloomie $$$

Increasing the assault of civil rights to the tune of $50,000,000 extra.

The words that came out of his mouth:

“This is not a battle of dollars, this is a battle for the hearts and minds of America so that we can protect our children, protect innocent people,” former-mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

“We’re the only civilized country in the world that has this problem.”

“It isn’t gun control. This is simply making sure that people everybody agrees should not be allowed to buy a gun - criminals, minors, and people with psychiatric problems - make sure they can’t buy guns - nobody is going to take anyone’s gun away nobody is going to stop you from hunting, target practice or protecting yourself.”

He sure does lie a lot.


Goin' Postal!

Not the US Post Office is making a big ammo purchase!   First the weatherman, now the postman. 

I guess I better cut back on putting the garden house in the big blue mail box on the corner.  I might get a 1,200 feet per second delivery to my hinder.

Is the American people gonna have to do some pushback at places besides Nevada cattle ranches?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps the Postal Inspectors are out of ammo, and now that supply is better maybe prices are down, and they need to restock after a long ammo drought. 

I still don't like the optics of the feds buying more ammo for internal purposes.  That's OUR job.

Correlation, Causation...


As Tam says, I don't care if 150 million Americans murdered 150 million other Americans with a pistol last night.  A pistol JUST like one of mine.  I didn't.  So leave me out of it.