Monday, February 28, 2011

Something I never thought I'd say: Thanks WikiLeaks.

For the most part WikiLeaks was nothing but a bunch of shit any sane and rational person already knew but that the powers that be (international and domestic) lied through their fucking teeth about.  For instance:

According to State Department cables, the Mexican drug cartels are getting their weaponry from an international operation, with the cartels getting military weapons through various government channels. Some of those weapons did, in fact, come from the United States, but they weren't the result of the "gun show loophole" straw-man purchases or any of the other individual criminal acts anti-gun groups would have you believe.

Large quantities of those US weapons -everything from rifles to machine guns, grenade launchers, explosives and ammunition, came from purchases by the government of Mexico from the United States. As the underpaid, undermanned and undermined soldiers of the Mexican army skipped out on the military to put their training to work for the cartels, they took their issued-arms with them.

I guess the antigunners will have to come up with a new lie to tell.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Profanity: Use it, or don't.

But don't pretend you're not using it when you type 'a**' instead of 'ass.'  You are not fooling anyone, except maybe yourself.  We all know what it means.  If you feel compelled by politeness or moral code to not use profanity, then don't.  When you throw in a couple of asterisks you're still using it, or do you really believe that no one knows what you mean by 'a**' 's**t' or 'f**k'?

There are far too many other words to use in the place of profanity for you to have an excuse for using a childish method to not technically use the world.  You can't church it up, so don't try.  

I use profanity frequently.  There is a warning about that in my blog header.  But I know there are certain instances where it is the better part of valor not to use profanity, and I don't.  Work is one example.  I also try, and often fail, to not use it around children I have frequent contact with. 

I've been called 'ignorant' for my use of profanity.  Well, that's a load of shit.  Or would you prefer, 'that's clearly an irrational statement brought about by your social upbringing and a failure to evaluate the benefits of profanity while engaging in heated discourse'?  Profanity is efficient.  Yes, I could tell you that you 'have the intelligence of a retarded banana slug', but it's much more efficient to say 'you're a fucking idiot.'  And let's face it, both are just as insulting.  One just took a little more time to say. 

So, please, either use profanity or don't.  Asterisks just insult my intelligence. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Plastic gun.

Over the last year or so I've been giving some serious consideration to picking up a plastic gun, either a Glock or a S&W M&P.  Lately, the M&P45(without the thumb safety) has been really standing out.  For the price it's a reasonable way to jump back into the plastic gun world (I've previously owned 2 HKs) and give one a thorough run down.

Don't get my wrong.  My 1911 isn't going anywhere, but I do want some time on other guns.  And I really do want to see how the M&P stacks up in my hands.  You can read all the reviews in the world, but it's not the same as actually holding one.

If I can get one and it functions significantly better and is not significantly more uncomfortable to carry I may switch over to one for my primary carry gun.  If the function is the same and it is at all more of a pain to carry, I won't.  If the function is worse (which I sincerely doubt) it will get sold.

I can get an IWB holster for it from Don Hume for about $60, and magazines run from $20 -$40 depending on where you look.

If I get one, it'll have to comfortable enough to carry IWB.  If it's not, then that's a deal breaker.  It will have to eat any ammo my RIA will.  That won't necessarily be a deal breaker, but it would definitely be something that turns me off.  It will have to go at least 1,000 rounds without a malfunction that can not be quickly cleared, and at least 500 rounds with no malfunctions at all.

I could live with this becoming my carry least until I can afford to spend the money on the 1911 I want!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Because we are a nation ruled by cowards and fools.

We have the world's largest navy and best marines on the fucking planet, and yet this happens:
Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed, Fox News has confirmed.
U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite attempts to save their lives, all four hostages died of their wounds.
It's time the cowards who call themselves our leaders end the pirate threat.  We know who they are, we know where they are based.  Destroy them.  There is no excuse for allowing them to continue their depredations, none for allowing them to continue to hold hostages and demand ransoms.  

Monday, February 21, 2011

Teacups are for drinking tea...

Not for shooting guns.

Quick Chiappa!  Send me one so I can demonstrate the correct method!

Texas nearing allowing CCW at universities.

Texas seems to heading toward allowing CCW on it's university campuses.  I think this is great.  Texas is the second largest state in the union, and has 38 public universities and a huge student population.  It's the perfect place to show the 'blood in the streets' argument is made of nothing but the cries of the irrational, like this one from the linked article: 

"There is no scenario where allowing concealed weapons on college campuses will do anything other than create a more dangerous environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors," Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson said in January.

Funny that the evidence does not seem to support this statement. I can only conclude that Glen Johnson is either a liar or an idiot. I can't decide which would be more disturbing considering his job title.

The last paragraph of the article is simple and to the point, and sums up the situation perfectly:

Wentworth said he heard the "blood on the streets" warnings when Texas first passed the concealed handgun law. "They said we'd have shootouts at every intersection," he said. "None of that has happened."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gatlinburg, TN

I love Gatlinburg, TN.  Of all of the places I've been it is by far my favorite.  I've been twice, and I'd go once a month if I had the means. 

There is not much better than enjoying a great view from the hot tub at your cabin up in the mountains, breathing the fresh air, then climbing out and moving inside to sit in front of a crackling fire. 

It's a place that should be shared.  A friend of mine recently made a trip there.  She loved it.  I had a feeling she would if she ever made it.  I'm going to have to get back there soon. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fucking asshole.

I hope this piece of shit gets shived.

Police say they have arrested a 62-year-old Alabama man for allegedly poisoning trees at a historic site on Auburn University's campus, where fans have long celebrated big wins and hundreds gathered after the Tigers won the national football championship on Jan. 10.

"The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Ala., because I live 30 miles away, and I poisoned the Toomer's trees," the caller told The Paul Finebaum Radio Show, saying he was at the Iron Bowl.

A year after your team wins the national football title the rival team in your state beats you.  Your response, rather than celebrate the historic event of the schools in your state about to bring home back to back national titles, is to go the place at the rival university where everyone celebrates and poison the 130 year old oaks there.  Fucker.  Asshole.  Sore loser.  PIECE. OF. SHIT.

It's people like you, Harvey Updyke, that make me wish dueling was legal.  I'm not one to get all weepy about sports or even trees, but the level of sheer douchedness here appalls me.

Robert's Picks


Cally's War by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane (good)


Salt (good)

Mulholland Dr.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Speaking of the 1911.

I've owned four.  So far the most reliable has been the one I own right now, my RIA Tactical ('tactical' apparently meaning decent sights, commander hammer, and beaver tail in Filipino).  Once I got the magazine situation and cleaning schedule figured out I've had six honest to god failures, all FTEs, in 1,520 rounds.  Now, if I'm doing my math right that means the gun runs correctly  99.6% of the time.  The gun also shoots better than I can.  It eats whatever ammo I feed it.

My first 1911 was a Kimber Stainless II.  It didn't eat JHP very well and had other FTF issues that were probably magazine related.

Next was a Kimber Ultra Raptor that was really pretty for about two months and then the finish went to hell in a hand basket.  It also didn't really care for JHP and had FTF issues with all ammo with Kimber, Wilson, and Chip McCormick mags, though the Wilsons ran the best.

My next was an RIA GI 1911A1.  I liked it but didn't shoot it a whole lot.  Again, it shot better than I did and I don't think I had any failures with it, but only put a couple hundred rounds through it.  I traded it and a little cash for the Tactical model because I wanted better sights without machining the slide. 

My RIA is a 'junk gun,' but so far I can't complain.  I wish I'd spent the $1,200 that I spent on the Kimber Ultra Raptor on something in that price range from SA but I have no regrets about either of my RIA purchases. 

Frankly, if I can get the extractor issue figured out and handled, maybe swap out a few parts here and there I'll still have a sub-thousand dollar gun that shoots better than I can and is reliable enough for my needs.  It's not perfect, but the trade offs in other areas make up for complaints I might have.

I am a nostalgic lover of the 1911.  But hell, it does the job I need it to do too.

1911 hilarity.

Tam writes a post about the 1911.  The internet takes said post and decides that she both loves the 1911 and can see no fault in it, and that she's an idiot who knows nothing about 1911s and loves Glocks.  It's fun reading if you've got the time.  Go check it out.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On The Range #40: New Carry Ammo

After almost a month of no shooting I was finally able to get out on the range for some much needed trigger time.  I picked up 40 rounds of Hornady 230 gr. JHP+P to test in my RIA.  I need 25 rounds for a full load out to carry (8+1 in the gun and 2 8-round spare mags), so that left 15 rounds to shoot. 

I did a lot of shooting 3" Shoot N' See targets at 7 yards.  First I burned through my old carry ammo, 25 rounds of Winchester 230 JHP.  The majority of my shots were spot on, but I was dropping some low and left.  I really need to work on my trigger control.

Next I shoot the 15 rounds of Hornady I had to shoot.  Again, the majority went on the 3" target, but some went low left.  I can't wait until I can get a .22 1911.

Next I shot fifty rounds Winchester FMJ, doing some shooting with snap caps and working on reloads.  Ran through a couple of drills as well.  I had not trouble staying in the 8" circle, but it was hard to stay in the 3" without slowing way down.

My last 50 rounds went to Dot Torture at 7 yards.  I scored 29/50 which is better than I did the last time I shot it, but still not near my best so far.

While I was out today I also picked up a couple of new 8-round Chip McCormick mags.  I renumbered all my mags before hitting the range.  I did not have any failures to lock back on an empty mag, but I did get a FTE.  That's six FTE in 1,520 rounds.  I need to do a little research into the causes of this and see what I can do to correct it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tactical flashlight

Back in the days when I had an AR I decided I wanted to mount a flashlight on it.  I couldn't afford to spend big bucks on an uber super tactical flashlight, so I picked up one of these instead.

I was really happy with it.  It put out great light and stood up to the abuse of many range trips attached to my M&P15.  I'd still have it, but I lost it. 

So I bought another one.  I've had it for almost a year.  I think I've changed the batteries once and I use it extensively almost every day since it is the flashlight I take to work. 

The other day I misplaced it and had to use my back up for a while.  Last night I washed some clothes, and then put them in the dryer before bed.  This afternoon when I got home I turned the dryer on to knock out some of the wrinkles and kept hearing a banging noise in the dryer. 

Opened it up and what did I pull out?  Why, my handy little tactical flashlight. 

And guess what, after being run through both the washing machine and the dryer it still lights up.  Not bad.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Here in Alabama...

We're in the middle of Snowmageddon 2.0 (or is it 3.0?).  It's gone from being, "Snow!  Neat!" to "It's snowing.  Fuck." 

At least it should make for some entertaining driving tomorrow.  I enjoy counting all the idiots who drove off the road due to a lack of common sense.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Drinking and guns.

I'm one of those people who thinks, knows in my own personal case, that you can have a few drinks and go about normal tasks without any problems.  There is a difference between this and being drunk and doing most normal tasks.  You can do them when drunk too, but you give up either speed or you do them poorly. 

Now, I will drink with a gun in my possession.  I limit myself to two, maybe three drinks.  That is my personal limit.  That's the point at which I know my motor skills will begin to degrade to an unacceptable rate.  If I'm going to drink more I put the gun away, either in my car if I'm at a friend's home or in the backpack where I carry it when it can't be on body. 

I've been in a house full of people where there were guns in cars, guns put up in bedrooms, and guns on hips of those who were not drinking.  I didn't like all the people there, and I'm sure some didn't like me.  Hell, there were a few people there who flat out can't stand each other.  And yet...

And yet not a single person was harmed.  No fights were started.  No threats were made.

Most of us were drinking.  Some of us were very drunk.  All of us had access to firearms, knives, and hot pokers out of the fire. 

You see, it's called self control.  Each individual is responsible for it.  And each individual must pay the price if they fail to exhibit it.

But only IF they fail.  Most won't.  Those who do should be punished.  But those who don't shouldn't be punished because someone else might, either.

I am shocked, schocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

David Cameron will today release dozens of confidential letters, 150 pages of documents, memos and minutes of meetings that are said to provide a "comprehensive" picture of the last government's involvement in freeing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

Today's documents are thought to include further information about the extent to which ministers under Tony Blair's and Gordon Brown's leadership were willing to help the Libyans to secure a multi-billion pound oil deal for BP.

H/t Borepatch

Sunday, February 6, 2011


I bought a Kindle Friday. So far I like it a lot. I've got the eArc of Larry Correia's Hard Magic on there as well as some other books from the Baen free library. Hopefully I'll have a review of Hard Magic soon.

Super Bowl summary.

Packers won. That means I get $5 off my next purchase at Books A Million.

As for the game, meh. It was boring as hell. At least it was an excuse to hang out with friends and eat some good food.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

This, that, and the other.

Work's been kind of crazy.  First it was very down, now it looks like it's going to be very up. 

The weather sucks.  There is nothing worse than working in sub-freezing windy weather...except barely above freezing windy and rainy weather. 

Hot Pockets make a decent quick meal.  Yeah, that's a lie.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Um, that's an act of war.

A Pakistani court ordered the government Tuesday not to release an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis despite U.S. insistence that he has diplomatic immunity and has been detained illegally.

Reading this article, this is basically the same type of thing you would expect if a black man had killed two white men in self defensive in Alabama in 1947.  Also, the man has diplomatic immunity.  To the best of my knowledge, he can't be touched by Pakistani authorities other than being told to leave the country.

It's been suggested that since he was carrying a gun he must be CIA or a security contractor and might be ineligible for diplomatic immunity as a result.  I don't know if that is true, and in fact I doubt it.  However, it would make sense for embassy members to be issued weapons if they are going into dangerous areas.  I don't know if US embassies do this, but considering members have diplomatic immunity that would make sense. 

But leaving all that aside, authorities have arrested and hold a staff member of an embassy in defiance of international law, the laws of the host nation (I'm willing to bet), and millenia of tradition.  That type of action is considered the worst faux pas at best, and an act of war at worst.  Considering we've been fighting an unofficial war with Pakistan since we invaded Afghanistan I can't help but think we should remind them we have more nuclear weapons than both them and India combined...and that we like India a WHOLE lot better.

But with our current President and Secretary of State?  Poor fucker will probably be tried, and might end up executed.

Another media fabrication.

A 16-year-old was caught with an unloaded gun in the waistband of her pants today at Woodlawn High School, Birmingham police announced today.

You expect me to believe that someone was able to walk into a school, right into a gun free zone, with a gun?  Unpossible.  No way that happened.  There is a sign that says NO GUNS on the door of every school.