Thursday, February 26, 2015

U Shaped Pistols

I mean, why not?  The stuff of SciFi, but they are certainly doable.   Go one step further with the Rhino, and Jason Bourne, and the trend is toward optics for your pistol.

Picture something like this, but the bullets come out of the bottom side, and the top side is scope, maybe something ACOG like, with a longer eye relief.  To load, you shove a mag in from the top.  Recoil would be down, so it's steady on a rest and doesn't flip in from of your target when shooting offhand.

Crazy talk, and too weird to take off, but, you never know.  I can't think of any reason why the concept wouldn't work.  Of course that doesn't mean it would work.  It's a limitation here, between the ears, mebbe.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Walking Dead

Haven't watched this show since they pissed me off and drove me away early on, but here is a gun safety tip from the main character:

Oh, ffs.  "Huh, it doesn't look loaded..."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


So it looks like  S&W and Ruger are gonna stop selling guns in California rather than do the silly microstamp thing there.  Pity it's such a large state.  People on the coast have so far to drive to get to a border state and buy their Smith under the soon to be real (crossed fingers) Mance v Holder purchasing regime.

I wonder if you could get in trouble with California law is you moved there to live NOW with brand new but not microstamped pistols?

In other news, the gunsmith I'm taking that class with is also an FFL, but his business isn't gunsales, per se.  He is not prepared to run an out of state purchase just yet. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Class After Action

"So it was 2 days of learning so you musta covered a lotta stuff, T-Bolt!"

No... we just did the slide rails.  That's a it.  Disassemble, clean, review a few things we already checked and corrected in a previous class, then on to the slide rails.  And nothing but.

(the back end of the slide, pic from here.)

First you make a buncha measurements for reference for the built.  Inner and outer rail width, and most importantly the rail height.  Calipers for the first two and a very expensive micrometer for that last one.  8 measurement up one side, and 8 down the other.  The littlest number was .1131.  The biggest was .1162.  My job was to to take a file and make the slide flat and straight and smooth... and all be .1130.  +/- .0001.  But it's better to just be right on the money.  Yes, just hit 1/10,000th of an inch please.  (Kuhnhausen usually said +/- .0005.  Most people end up doing +/-.0015)

If my lowest number was .1151 then I would have filed down to .1150 all around.  If the lowest number was .1125 in a critical area around lockup then I'd need a new slide because .1120 was too much off.

And since the file has to contact and ride both sides to stay flat and true, and one side might be .1148 and the other .1132, well, you see the English you gotta put into your file strokes.  And it's slow going.  3 or 6 passes of the file, cleaning off the shavings and re-measure.  It took all weekend.  And it was supposed to.

What else?  Knocked the front sight off.  It was pinned in place, and I will get a dovetail cut here during class one of these 8 sessions.  Also, when buying a 1911 used, rack the slide back and look at that little disconnector divot.  If there is a drilled out hole in the middle of it, run away. 

In fact, look there, feel the trigger on a dry fire, look at the ejector end for weird banged up wear, and check the feed ramp and transition to the barrel ramp and know what that gap should be by eye and what a healthy ramp should look like.  That inspection should take all of 6 seconds once you know how and will get you far on the road of the 'is this gun worth maybe plunking down money for?' question.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Class report

Class was good.  Short.  Got out early to get ahead of the weather.

Then it took me 7 hours to get 30 miles home.

Which had a good side.  The snow was all rain when I got home so I could at least shovel the 8 inches of it.

Not to go puke out a diseased lung.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You'd think

With all this time off recuperating I'd have more blog fodder or weird dreams or something.

Good news:  No fever since Thursday noon, so I can go to my saturday gunsmith class.  I may not be the most energetic but I am assured I won't be contagious.  So, good.  It's a six day class.  Maybe the other weekends I'll be more perky.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Guns Break

Not my Hi-Point!  Maybe that's the codeine talking.  I don't even own a hi-point....

Notice Uncle has alleviated his risk by having a spare and a spare.  One is none, two is one, and three just makes good common sense.

I'll go one step further.  You should be able to detail strip you three guns, jumble it all up in a bin, and reassemble three guns and have them all work GOOD, without a hiccup.  No matter how tight the original tolerances.

Quite a trick if I could pull that off with 1911's...

You know, that might be a good bet with those m&p's.  More proportion of parts requiring less fitting is my guess. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vietnam in HD

Been watching this documentary on on-demand.  Lots of in country footage.  And now that I know more about the history of the M14 I notice them more in the films.  Surprisingly large. Number of them being toted along with M16.  Sometimes they are in parity.

And the ARVN soldiers are still sport various version of the M1 carbine even into the 70's.  I just found these details interesting.

Another item.  On a brown wart navy patrol boat they had a grenade launcher.  It had a big hopper and the operator turned a crank on the side like an Olde Timey movie camera.  With every revolution, bloop, crank, bloop, crank, bloop, another grenade would spit out.  And it was pretty compact looking.  Never seen one before.

(Ed: originally the title read 'Vietnam Nam'.  Gah!  Nam nam?  Idiot.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Midnight tonite will be the high for tomorrow.  My house was built in 1952.  The only insulation in is what I put up there myself.

My mom has gotten into quilting in her retirement.   I am using two of those.


Levofloxacin and Codeine


I'm staying home.  Relapse.  And I got class this Saturday, too, dammit.  Going to doctor.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I am one of....

THOSE people.  I just bought .223 in the ensuing panic over the green tip surplus ammo ban.

Yeah yeah, I know.  I have an AR, but I'm not enamored by it.  But I have shot up most of the original can of 440 odd rounds.  And if the irrational panic spreads, I want some 7 mags of plinking ammo for any range sessions.  Do it today before the cupboard is bare next week.

But that means I am adding to the problem with my $90 worth.

But I did need more .45 anyway so threw a passel of that in there.

But I still feel a bit chagrined to be on the bandwagon.

Don't worry, I have plenty of 7.62x51.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Usual Monday Deficit

I did see Archie this weekend.  Crotchety old former neighbor now nursing home occupant.  We had lunch.  His memory is worse.  Though not as bad as he laments.

Things I learned from him this weekend.

The favorite plane he liked seeing taking off from an aircraft carrier was the Vought F4U.  He liked the gull wings.  Aesthetically pleasing.

Unmeltable chocolate in the K-Rations?  There was a reason it was so easy to steal.  People were more possessive of week old cigarette butts.

If you put a new started on your boat's motor, well, if that is the Opposite Rotating prop you don't have the right starter if you got if from your local auto parts dealer. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Well that's useless for me.

In MY backwards, bigotted, Gun Crow state of Maryland.  Free State, my Aunt Fanny.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.

I got a Virgina CHL, a Utah CCW.... Not covered.

Fine for YOU tho.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hunting Tip

When I DO go deer hunting.  I think my biggest problem is...   I look around too much.  I bet I should keep my head still. just move my eyes and move not a bit...  Let my ears do most of the work.  I'm not good enough to be doing any shooting except for the 45 degree arc in front of me.

Just sit down and shut up.  Like it says.  Not a shuffle.

Next year maybe.  Kinda hungerin for bacon wrapped back strap from a smoker.