Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Preparation for ANY apocalypse

There was a quote that I caught on some TV show pointing out that if you have the ability to make gunpowder and alcohol, you can barter for anything post-apocalypse.

And this goes for ANY apocalypse- not just the Zombie Apocalypse. It would go for Nuclear Winter, Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", Returning of the Dinosaurs, or any 'LMOE' (Last Man On Earth, pronounced 'Elmo') situation.

So, I need the Still, and the knowledge to use it.

Then, the knowledge to make powder, bullets and primers. I have books on that stuff already.

This is good preperation, but falls a little short in my estimation. What we need to round out the "making post apocalyptic money" is the ability to make and store BACON!

You could probably start a civilization on those 3 commodities. Make sure to guard the knowledge, though. Or else someone can use the knowledge and try to take the hardware.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!



I hope Santa brings you what you want!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Using an AK to build a Guitar

An Instrument for Peace, Literally



See this news story, and I immediately come up with rules for it:

The NGA 3 rules:
ALWAYS keep your guitar pointed in a safe direction.
Keep your fingers off the frets until you are ready to ROCK!
ALWAYS keep your guitar unplugged until ready to rock.

Jeff Cooper’s 4 rules:
All Guitars are ready to rock.
Never let the headstock cover anything that you are not ready to rock out
Keep your fingers off the frets until your sights are on the music
Be sure of your music! Know what the tune is, what it sounds like, and what is behind it. Never rock out anything you have not positively identified. Be aware of your surroundings, whether in the studio or on a stage. Do not assume anything. Know what you are doing.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Maybe it's not Vaporware this time

GunPundit has more info on the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver (CARR)

I love oddball guns. A revolver in Auto chamberings with no moonclips speaks to me. They first announced this like FIVE years ago. One of the reasons I did not buy a Bulldog back them was I would rather have it in .45ACP.

And I would love to have one in 9mm as well. Cheap ammo, low recoil, easier extraction with a short ejector rod (over a .38Spl or .357 Mag). I would like to see if it will be listed to run .380 as well...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Random cool gun stuff

Savage has Renamed the "Edge" to the "Axis":
http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/featured/

EAA is importing a bunch of new stuff, including the SxS .45-70 that Remington was threatening to import under the "Spartan" brand about 5 years ago:
http://www.eaacorp.com/pdfs/USSG_2011Catalog_p18.pdf

EAA is also bringing in a BUNCH of other stuff. Hope they actually do.

So, new additions to the "Short List":
Savage Axis (Probably in .308)
EAA SxS in .45-70

This joins the other oddball stuff:
Rossi Ranch Hand
Chiappa Rhino

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Go do your duty!

If you don't vote, don't bitch

Thursday, October 28, 2010

test

Testing something out

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lots of Irony here

Postal Union Election Delayed Due To Ballots Lost In The Mail

Don't laugh. These are the kinds of workers and procedures that the .gov wants in control of our healthcare.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Maybe Hollywood is Ready for MHI Now

So, Twilight was originally supposed to be an action flick with agents hunting down Vampires.

I think it is time for a movie adaptation of Monster Hunters International. That is all. But Correia HAS to be the writer. We don't want another "Starship Troopers".

Friday, September 24, 2010

Shhhhhh!

videoWhat's new? Oh, nothing special... Just got my new suppressor and went shooting.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Constitution Day

September 17th

I plan on celebrating by bitterly clinging to my God and Guns. You?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lots of chatter on the GunBlogosphere

About the Chiappa Rhino today


Grant Cunningham
, OneInchGroup, GunPundit, and Guns & Ammo Mag

I still want one, and while some claims are out there that there is a 3" version in the works, it is not listed on the Chiappa site. I'm pretty sure I want the 3" version since I HAVE a 4" .357, and a 2" .357 just seems a little too short for the .357.

4":


2":

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

"What Kind of Conservative are you?" Quiz

I was just sent this quiz, and I was disturbed by the pre-set answers. Here are the questions with what I would REALLY answer them with if it were not multiple choice:

Question 1: Which bumper sticker would you most likely put on your car?

"Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to God"

Question 2: If the Founding Fathers were alive today, they would be most appalled by which of the following?

People who cant think for, or take care of themselves

Question 3: An asteroid is headed for Earth. You have a seat on the last shuttle off the planet. If you could bring only one book with which to build a future civilization, what would it be?

"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand

Question 4: A second civil war has just broken out in America. Who is to blame?

Nanny-Staters

Question 5: If you could time-travel to any historical event and bring one thing with you, what would you choose?
The Drafting of the bill of rights with a copy of what the Constitution has become. Make sure that the Founding Fathers head off some of this stupidity at the pass.

Question 6: If you were a candidate for political office, what would your theme song be?
"Indestructable" by Disturbed

Question 7: If you could pile any three people into a naked pyramid, who would you choose?
Uhh... What the hell does that have to do with anything?

Question 8: What region of the country would you most like to see kicked out of the Union?
Washington DC

Question 9: If you could issue an Executive Order, which of the following would you most like to see happen?
Repeal anything enacted after 1900.

Question 10: If you could chisel any Americans, living or dead, onto Mt. Rushmore, who would you choose?
John Moses Browning, John C Garand, Eugene Stoner,

I WANT YOUR MONEY!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Court Ruling: The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves

Repeat after me: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about!"

The "War on Drugs" is an abject failure, and all it has done is taken away our rights. I don't use drugs, and think you are a MORON if you do. But this is just insane. Because some idiots smoke pot, we ALL have to have(and I quote) "no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Another Hero lost

Thanks, Law Dog for bringing this to my attention.

Another hero lost to time. This was a man that played his bagpipes, unarmed except for the skean dubh in his sock, on the beaches of Normandy.

Rest in Peace.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monster Hunter Vendetta is coming soon!

I spoke for my autographed copies over at Correia's site. Have you?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More Bad News- Rossi delaying the Ranch Hand

As reported by The Firearms Blog

So, I go and get myself all excited about buying a Ranch Hand, and getting it suppressed, and Rossi goes and delays it. Not shipping to Q1 2011. I am starting to fear that this will join the leagues of firearms vapor-ware that I fall for all the time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

A place from my youth is changing

Things like this always make you sad.

On the other hand, a real oddity from a wonderfully strange area made the national news. That's kinda cool.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

As if the movie was not bad enough



Seriously, I saw this on the commute home from work.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Inception- my review

Thank God everyone's subconscious projections are such lousy shots.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Damnit, Charter Arms!

So, Charter Arms has now pulled all mentions of the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver off of their website.

So, this joins the league of Vapor-Ware guns that I have fallen for and they never got produced. Like the Remington/Spartan SxS double rifle. I wanted one of those in .45-70, and one in 7.62x39.

Hint to gun manufacturers- If you announce it at SHOT- At LEAST do one production run.

"Class III" is not cheap

A while ago, I won $700 and dedicated that cash to go to buying a suppressor. Everything I read and heard was "It's easy!" Supposedly, all you do is get a Trust, fill out some paperwork, mail it all off to the BATFE with a $200 check, wait a few months, and Ta-DAH! You have a suppressor!

So, I get with the guys at Major Malfunction and figure out for my needs that a pistol caliber suppressor will get me the most 'suppressed bang' for the buck. I'll be able to fit it to all sorts of stuff and use one can for a whole pile of guns in my safe. I go for the Yankee Hill Machine Cobra M2 .45 caliber suppressor. It is the only one in this price range that can be disassembled for cleaning, which means I can use it (with the right threaded barrel and adapter) on things from .22LR up through .45ACP. Awesome.

My Can, or one just like it:


So, I pay $499 for the suppressor. It gets shipped to my local Class III dealer, Chuck's Class III, and I fill out the paperwork and send in my $200 check to the BATFE.

I start trying to decide what is going to get threaded, and in what order. I want to make sure that once I have that tax stamp, I am going to go shoot THAT FREAKING DAY.

I figure these are the ones I want to have the option to mount the suppressor on:
1911, Glock 22, CZ-75, Uzi Carbine, the Wife's Walther P22, Ruger 10-22, Marlin Camp Carbine, Kel Tec Sub 2000 carbine. And I'm sure there will be more.

I come up with another oddball idea, as well. You know that I mentioned that Rossi Ranch Hand a while ago? Well, wouldn't that be freaking cool if you could figure out a way to mount the suppressor on there? I find a company that can do such things by fitting a barrel extension on the gun- Tornado Technologies. Why suppress that? Because no one else has. And the conventional wisdom is that you CAN'T suppress a .357 Mag handgun because of the Barrel/ cylinder gap on revolvers. Well, this .357 Mag Pistol does not have a B/C gap, so- Nyah. I guess from looking at their price list that it would be about $150. Kinda expensive, but this is custom.

Then I start pricing barrels for the pistols- Holy Crap! They are more expensive then the tax stamp! The cheapest is a Lone Wolf barrel for the Glock 22, and that is $140 plus shipping and a thread protector. The ones for the 1911 and CZ-75 are all $240+

So, here is the math:
Can- $499
Tax- $200
Transfer Fee- $50
3 Month Wait- FREE!
Cheapest threaded barrel- $140

So this will be $889 to just suppress the Glock. Damn. This is NOT the hobby for the impatient or the thrifty.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recoil- .45 Colt and .454 Casull

Took the Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull to the range yesterday. I happened to have the trusty Flip Video camcorder with me, so I loaded up one round of .45 Colt and one of .454 Casull and let fly.

Here is the gun:


And here is the video of the recoil differences firing one handed:
video

MI2Tall fired 2 rounds, and while he did not find recoil intolerable, his middle knuckle got beat by the back of the trigger guard. He liked the .45 Colt loads, though.

I have a couple of vids on MI2Tall firing the Scoped Marlin .44Mag that I'll try and upload later.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Great thoughts on carrying Ruger wheelguns

Over at the Revolver Liberation Alliance

Guess I need to add a GP-100 to the short list.

Or get the 4" Barreled .44 Mag Redhawk. For Daily carry, of course.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Seen on the walk to lunch


I blurred it to keep it less offensive.

This made me laugh

Damnit

I have mentioned before about my love of oddball guns and FADD (Firearms Attention Deficit Disorder), but this is getting ridiculous.

First- I am not a fan of Taurus. I used to be. I used to own a LOT of their pistols. But then I realized that I was sending them in for repair a LOT. Out of 5 pistols, 4 had to go back to the factory. Out of those 4, two had to be sent back a second time. But here is the thing- since I love oddball guns, Taurus keeps on coming out with stuff that is 'cool'. Moonclip revolvers. .223 chambered revolvers. And so on....

Now Rossi is owned by Taurus, and they have released two guns that are calling to me on a deep level. First is The Mare's Leg style lever action pistol (which hearkens back to one of the first repeating pistols called the "Volcanic" ) called the Rossi Ranch Hand. This serves no purpose. It holds 6 rounds of a handgun round. It is big, ungainly, requires two hands to shoot, it's heavy, and generally loses all points to a good revolver.
Ranch Hand:


Volcanic:


But I want one. And now this one is cheap enough to own.

I mentioned this before, but I want a modern DA revolving carbine. I bought a Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull with the intention of screwing on a 16" barrel and modifying a T/C Encore buttstock. But now Rossi has the Circuit Judge that would cost less then converting the SRH


Thank God the Circuit judge is ugly. Or I'd probably order one now.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WRONG!



Everyone knows that God carries an M1 Garand and a 1911.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The CZ-75 P-07 Duty is now fully tested



(Click the pic for the full view)

So, I have about 400 rounds through the gun now, and have not had one issue since CZ fixed the sticky Mag issue. It works, and with the addition of the Blade-Tech UCH holster, this one is ready to carry.

More pics, and pics of the holster to follow when I get free time.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Feeling the Irish roots

videoAt the oldest restaurant in America, the Celtics are on the TV, and a
great Irish band is playing

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Texas Gulf Coast

Beautiful weather and no oil.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Little Italy!

This is my third visit to 'Il Cortile' in Little Italy. Every time is
outstanding. I had the gnocchi stuffed with chicken, spinach and
Parmesan cheese. The sauce was unbelievably good.

The Wife had a lobster raviolli that had a cream sauce that was out of
this world.

www.ilcortile.com

The Wife's pizza

Carmelized onion, roasted garlic, double smoked bacon. It was
outstanding

That Bobby Flay knows how to do a burger

Perfect medium with gruere cheese and a smoked red pepper mayo. Tasty.

Wife had a grilled pizza that was outstanding.

Lunch in NYC

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Of all the freaking luck

You know those stories of a plane load of peope stuck 10 feet from a
gate? I am freaking living it now. 40 min so far

Friday, May 14, 2010

I have FADD

Firearms Attention Deficit Disorder.

A few days ago, I was really wanting to get a cheapo 9mm 1911. Then I got distracted by the Saiga 12 Gauge and converting it to a more badass configuration. All of these fit into my 'oddball gun' collection.

Of course, there is my overwhelming need to accumulate more CZs... Plus, I still NEED a small concealable revolver. If only Ruger would make the LCR in 9mm, loading with moonclips.

Friday, May 7, 2010

10mm range report

Took the freshly loaded 10mm to the range for function testing. I am very pleased with my first load- 100% reliability, and they hit where the gun aimed. Here were the first 6 shots:

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That's offhand at 10 yards. Not bad. Recoil was pretty mild as well. I was goofing a bit and did this with the iPhone:

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Also ran about another 100 rounds of mixed bag FMJ through the CZ-75 P-07 Duty. Still running flawless.
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Here is an off-hand 10 yard full 17 rounds of a full load:

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MI2Tall took his Marlin .44Mag and I got some vid of him running puffball .44Specials through it:
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Now- back to work!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Guns in the News

News:
Fred Murphy lauded by neighbors for shooting would-be burglar

My thoughts-
As you lay there and bleed, look back on your life and reflect on what went wrong to get you to the point that strangers are applauding the fact you got shot being a dumbass.

H/T to The Armed Citizen

Random Wheelgun thoughts

It's no secret to those that know me, but I like oddball guns. Pistol caliber carbines, bolt action 7.62x39, moonclip revolvers.... I like them all. I am also a big revolver fan.

So, two things out there right now are calling a siren song to me. The pull is great, and the only reason I have not put them on order at my favorite gunstore (TexGuns) is that both of them seem to be vapor-ware:
First is the Chiappa Rhino. This thing has that whole "Yoda-Cute" thing going on: So ugly it's cute.
Then there is the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver. A revolver firing 9mm (or .380), or .40, or .45ACP without moonclips. It's like that old S&W 547 (yeah, I want one of those as well. Unfortunately, I have only seen ONE for sale- ever), this one was announced a year and a half ago, and rumors have it that it might be finally announced to ship at the NRA annual meeting next weekend.


There is one other 'dark horse' out there that fits into this 'oddball, revolver'thing is one that I am ashamed to admit is calling a siren song to me. The Rossi Circuit Judge. This is basically taking that ridiculous Taurus Judge revolver and stretching it out to make it a revolving carbine. Why does this speak to me? Because I have wanted a revolving carbine for YEARS. As a matter of fact, I bought a Ruger Super Redhawk for the express purpose of having a 16 inch barrel screwed in, a buttstock from a TC Encore fitted, and the cyl trimmed to take moonclips. That way I could fire .45ACP, .45Colt, and .454Casull all from the same cool little carbine. Just have not found a gunsmith that will do the project yet
But this Rossi would be cheaper and easier. But it would have that famous Taurus quality control that (in my personal experience) means that I would have to ship it back to the factory once, maybe twice, before it works.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How long until the moonbats say "5/1 was an inside job?"

So, what could have been a pretty powerful car bomb was left in the heart of NYC. Our top dog law enforcement officer in the US says he is not sure it's terrorism. Then we have that dipshiat Bloomberg try and tie it to those of us that think that socialized medicine is a bad, stupid, and ruinous idea.

Now we find out that an arrest has been made, and it's a naturalized citizen from Pakistan. Worse, he spent 5 months in what could only be terrorist training in Pakistan, and none of our intel agencies knew about it.

Our incompetence in border security, Intel, and enforcement is only outweighed by the abject stupidity of someone who spent 5 months training and still could not make 10 gallons of gas, 40 pounds of propane, fireworks and fertilizer explode.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May is Zombie Awareness Month

Zombie Research Society

In observance of Zombie Awareness Month, here is my main Zombie Gun- The AK at the top of the page with a quick release mounted Burris Fast-Fire II red dot:

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Loading 10mm

Had a few moments, loaded up some 10mm. CCI large pistol primers, 6
grains of Bullseye powder, and 180 grain Berry's Mfg copper plated
hollow point. This is a test batch to see if the load will run the EAA
Witness.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Main course

Grilled up some halibut dusted with homemade blackening spice, and
topped with a black bean and corn salad.

This turned out REALLY good. It was going to be blackened fish tacos,
but the tortillas were frozen.

These are test posts using the mobile post function.

To start dinner

Started dinner tonight with a test. First time steaming clams. Made a
broth of sauteed onions, bacon, and garlic added Shiner Frost beer,
red pepper flake, and parsley and steamed for 5 minutes. Served with
Rosemary olive oil bread.

It was quite good. The clams thing needs further exploration.

When Panzerfaust is outlawed...

Only pigs will have panzerfaust.

...or Something like that

Common sense and clear thoughts

MI2Tall has some great points about the AZ really-illegal alien law

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Moonclips!


I did a guest post on two of my favorite revolvers over at AbtGuns

But... EVERYONE is doing it!



Yeah, so now I have a blog. Yay!

Why? I have no idea. Just seemed like a good thing to do at the time.

I have no idea What to talk about, so here is a picture of an Ishapore Enfield action.