Saturday, August 31, 2013

A cheap solution to the President's Syria problem.

He should ask Congress to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal.  Let anyone who can afford to carry it out have the Letters and access to the necessary intelligence in order to handle the issue.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Definition of 'man cave.'

Man Cave: n. A room or space in a woman's house where she allows a beta male to pretend he has a shred of masculinity.

In case you were wondering.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Safety Recall on Smith & Wesson Shield.

If you haven't already heard S&W has issued a safety recall for all M&P Shield pistols manufactured before 8/19/13.  In other words, all of them.

More here.

I was seriously considering buying one too.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Robert's Picks

Books:

Guns, Bullets, and Gunfights:  Lessons and Tales from a Modern-Day Gunfighter by Jim Cirillo (very good)

Orphanage by Robert Buettner (good)

Ride the Rising Tide by Peter Grant (good)

Tiger by the Tail by John Ringo and Ryan Sear (very good)

Movies:

Taken 2 (good)

The Bourne Legacy (very good)

Hemingway and Gellhorn (good)

Dredd (good)

Stand Up Guys (good)

Friday, August 16, 2013

On The Range #91: Defensive Ammo Test (.38 Special)

Last month I posted the results of my test of my 9mm carry ammo. I said there would be more to come.  I performed the test a couple of weeks ago but work and moving haven't allowed me to put this post together until now.


Again, my test medium was a smoked pork shoulder.  The ammunition used was Remington HD .38 Special 125 gr. +P JHP.

Entry.

Exit.

Wound channel.

This time I did not hit bone, but I think it would have been just as devasting as the 9mm with maybe a little less penetration.  The .38 bullet completely penetrated and left a whole I easily fit my thumb in.  

Left is the 9mm, and right the .38

As you can see both rounds expanded as designed and penetrated deeply enough to puncture internal organs. Either, in my opinion, are effective for self defense purposes IF the shooter does his job.  Most 9mm pistols are going to hold more rounds than a .38, but considering most defensive use of pistols where shots are fired go less than five rounds this advantage would be marginalized in most situations.

Next up will be the classic .45 ACP. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Plane crash in Birmingham, AL.

Looks like a UPS cargo jet went down in a field just outside Birmingham International Airport. Last I heard two people had been on board and there were no survivors.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Been busy.

I'm in the process of moving and work has been busy.  Both are good things but sucking up my free time.

The .38 Special ammo test is done and I just need to get the post put together. I probably put up some photos of the new place once I get settled. The move was literally right next door but a vast improvement.