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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Will Ohio Become More Like Alaska ?

Under the proposal, Ohioans who are legally allowed to possess and purchase firearms would not be required to obtain a license to carry one.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if all citizens were treated as citizens with all the rights that comes with being such? Forget that. How about if governments didn't forcefully squash the rights that are natural, as part of being human?

So far we're still having issues with localities following state law. Ohio citizens, legally carrying a weapon, are at times suspect to harassment by police. I doubt that state wide we're ready politically, to reclaim our natural human rights.


I just had to share this story.

On my 66th birthday, I got a gift certificate from my wife. The certificate paid for a visit to a medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumored to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction. After being persuaded, I drove to the reservation, handed my ticket to the medicine man and wondered what would happen next.

The old man slowly, methodically produced a potion, handed it to me, and with a grip on my shoulder, warned, "This is powerful medicine and it must be respected. You take only a teaspoonful and then say '1-2-3. 'When you do that, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life and you can perform as long as you want."

I was encouraged. As I walked away, I turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?" "Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,' he responded. "But when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."

I was very eager to see if it worked so I went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited my wife to join me in the bedroom. When she came in, I took off my clothes and said, "1-2-3!"

Immediately, I was the manliest of men. My wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes. And then she asked, "What was the 1-2-3 for?"

And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

100 Days

Yep, it's been 100 days of terror. Has any president done more damage to our country in such a short time? Naturally he's had lots of help. Or is he the helper? I'm not sure that opening our borders to all terrorists would have a more lasting effect. Keep your powder dry.

Long Weekend Coming

Friday morning, or there'bouts we're heading for Nashville Indiana and a couple days of chilling out. We've rented a cabin that accepts Amber (our siberian husky), we'll likely go see Ray Stevens perform (remember The Streak?), stroll the shops and just generally relax.

Indiana is very concealed carry friendly, which I cansider a good thing. Back in the mid 1970s we lived in Indianapolis. They issued concealed carry licenses even then.

Baby Sitting

The other night I handed my Llama MicroMax and a box of ammo to my daughter-in-law and asked her to please take care of it for a while. This is the gun she used in her concealed carry class a little over a year ago. She lost her job and can't afford a gun of her own, so never bothered to apply for the license. She really likes that little .380 single action. Since I usually carry a Kimber and also have a Walther PPK and Keltec P3AT I can certainly spare the Llama.

Some day I might just give it to her, but I like it enough that that'll be hard to do. Besides they're hard to find used and Llama has gone out of business.

I certainly hope she applies for the license now. All women should be packin'.


Now that the RINO has officially switched sides, will he be a DINO? Saying that the Reps have drifted too far right for his liking brought a loud "WHAT?" from the Boss. There's probably not a dozen of true conservatives in all of congress.

His real reason is that he has no chance of being re-elected as a Rep. After all, his first job is to get elected, and re-elected. Not sure the truth has ever passed his lips.


Wouldn't it have been amuzing if the 747 would've been shot down, by the uninformed, when flying by NYC? Well, . . . . maybe not to the pilot and crew.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Around lunch today I made a trip up the road to a machine shop to clean up a an error made on a drawing. Being the Engineering Supervisor and the only mechanical engineer I'd like to not claim credit for the error, but it's all mine.

They'll have the fixture done by the end of the week, and a little spacer for me as well. I found that I could improve the accuracy of my AR by changing the location of the flash suppressor. The spacer (aluminum) will allow me to tighten down the suppressor.

Also just happened :-) to drive by a local shooting supply shop. They actually had a few bricks of Federal primers, which I purchased 2. They only had Federal. Bought 1 of large pistol and 1 of small pistol magnum. I'm almost out of small rifle primers for the 454, but they didn't have any. One guy tried to buy 2 bricks of the same thing, but they wouldn't sell him more than one due to the lack of supply. They're doing the same thing with factory pistol ammo.

Never thought I'd see the day when ammo and components would be rationed. At least it doesn't seem to be by Fed mandate, . . . . yet.

Friday, April 24, 2009

So Proud

The leadership of the Dems is busy raising a stink about treatment of the terrorist prisoners and talking about criminal actions. This treatment apparently stopped at least 2 major attacks.

Our elected leader, the leader of the "free world" and most powerful military on earth, has been playing footsie with dictator Chavez. Chavez says socialism is now a reality in the US.

The government is now controlling private businesses and our elected leader seems to have the ability to fire corporate CEOs at will. And he has.

Chavez is only partially right. We have socialism and fascism.

All this BS is destroying our country, while the Taliban is on the brink of taking over the country of Pakistan, and Pakistan has nuclear weapons.

I'd think our elected leader has more important things to consider than keeping US arms out of Mexico, which is a big lie anyway.

This leadership has made me soooo proud.


I just chose 'politics' and 'stupidity' as labels for thid post. Do those words mean the same thing?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bunch of Damn Traitors

The farther we get into the present fascist government, the more I think the Boss may be right. The Perfect Storm could in fact be coming. The approval of the legislature is has been extremely low for 4-5 years now, even lower than Bush's. Combine that with a new president that has no regard for the country, values or heritage for which he serves, and The People are reaching the line in the sand.

Anyone with a working brain knows that he's continually lied about citizens owning guns. Despite what he says, he's spent his political career in an effort to disarm us. Pelosie said this issue is on the back burner, probably because they'd loose control of congress for the effort. But that doesn't satisfy the new fascist in the white house. So now he's going to try a back door approach. He's supporting citizen disarmament by way of international treaty.

As far as I'm concerned our fascist in the big house is a traitor.


I saw on Beck where the EPA is trying to squelch the buying of incandescent light bulbs. They'd prefer we use the new low energy bulbs made in China that contains mercury. So during a bad recession, they'll increase the unemployment in Kentucky, where most regular bulbs are made, and support China by bringing in mercury contamination. More brain dead idiots.


Seems to me it's time to not only fire the Fed government, but the heads of all Fed agencies as well.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Perfect Storm

There was a movie titled The Perfect Storm where weather factors combined just right to produce an unprecedented storm. Could we be on the track to the political equivalent? The Boss certainly thinks it's likely.

Our government, those that theoretically work for us, calling The People 'radical' for peacefully protesting at TEA parties doesn't help the situation. I don't want it to happen, but it certainly could if the Fed doesn't start paying attention. I know of no other way to stop the fascism.

I Don't Care

I've heard that there's some sort of international law against officers and crew of a ship being armed. If true it's just another really stupid law by the worlds fascists, especially in the pirate infested wayers.

How is international law created anyway? How is it enforced? If I was running cargo ships in those waters I'd ignore any such law. They can stick it up their collective asses.

It's been suggested that cargo ships hire/contract security. If I was one of those security guys, I'd bring a bag full of guns and pass them out to the crew.

Paintball Weekend

A bad weekend at the paintball field is better than a good day at work, or something like that.

Three of us drove to this place for a weekend of pump gun only paintball, and 5 others met us there. I consider myself to be among the top 20% of players at the local or big game fields. Pump gun only games have a higher class of expertise. When attending those events, few and far between, I'm mediocre at best.

I found out the hard way that when packing for a camping trip, which is usually only once a year, to not assume all your gear is as you expect. In other words don't gather things up at the last minute. My tents rain fly and air mattress were left behind. The first night I slept on the ground in another guys tent. The next day I bought another air mattress and a tarp. Good thing too because it rained like hell Saturday night.

It rained enough to turn the paintball field into a swamp. Needless to say, I didn't play Sunday. Slipping and sliding around is not good on an arthritic hip. When checking out the vendor booths, I was surprised to learn that a real nice pump gun costs as much as a Walther PPK. That pump gun, shooting paintballs was very, very nice but priced at $575. That's more than a good semiautomatic gun. I wanted one but not at that price.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Couple Days Gone

I'll be gone playing paintball for the weekend. Leaving tomorrow (Friday) early afternoon for Illinois to camp and play pump-gun only for 2 days. Gonna have a great time we are.

And yea, I'll be bringing a personal protection device with me.

Velocity Tests - Hand Gun

I've suspected for years that the .357 from a 2" barrel will be similar to a 38+p because the short barrel just isn't long enough to burn the extra powder. I've also suspected that short bareled .32s and .380s won't lose much velocity because they were designed for relatively short barrels in the first place. To date I've never tested my theories.

Well maybe I won't have to do the testing myself.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lesson Learned - - - - Again

If you scroll down to my range report below, there's a couple things that I'd like to bring to your attention.

The Remington 210gr bullet had virtually no change in chronographed velocity when the powder charge was reduced from 8.5 to 8.0 grains of Unique. I conclude that the powder did not fully burn in the 4" of barrel length, so a reduction in powder charge is indicated.

The 210gr Rem bullet was chronographed at about 1040 f/s on average. The Sierra reloading manual was used as a reference. According to Sierra the velocity should have been around 950 f/s with 8.5 grains of Unique with the Max at 8.8 and 1,000 f/s.. My Hornady manual, that I failed to reference maxes out at 7.0 grains of Unique and 850 f/s. Since I was shooting Remmington bullets I was remiss in not checking all my manuals and using the lowest Max charge as the Max charge and reducing from there.

The Sierra 240gr bullet averaged at about 975 f/s with 7.5 grains of Unique. The Sierra manual says the velocity should be about 825 f/s with that charge. This isn't the first time I've found this sort of thing. This is why I bought a chronograph in the first place. Way back when, I worked up a nice accurate load for my .357. In the hot days of summer the cases would tend to stick in the cylinder, one of the high pressure signs. My then brand new chronograph indicated higher than expected velocity. Since high pressure and high velocity go hand in hand I reduced the powder charge. No more sticking cases. So even with Sierra bullets, my particular gun generates more velocity and higher pressure than the Sierra manual shows. Using the ratios of velocity and powder charge, I'll calculate a new maximum powder charge for my particular revolver when using that bullet.

All the writers say to start at the minimum powder charge and then work up from there. But I just can't make myself do that. I always start at some charge between the midpoint and the Max. Saves me a lot of time and money that way. I've found that the best accuracy usually falls in that same area. The down side is that some guns will produce pressures higher than the manuals indicate. Of the many cartridges I load, and the couple dozen guns I shoot, this has happened only 2 times. This was number 2.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Best Revolver

James has a post answering the Taurus, S&W and Ruger question. Apparently a newbie asked the question. My answer is that all are just fine for the average shooter or as a carry gun that's carried a lot and shot a little. For someone like me, or like I used to be when firing 1500 to 2000 rounds of stout magnum loads a year, there's no hesitation. I pick Ruger. They just last longer than the other guys, and of late the triggers aren't bad either. I recently handled a new Ruger SP101 that had a trigger as smooth as the Boss's thigh.

I have 1 H&R (my mothers), 1 Charter Arms and 4 Rugers in the safe. And the Charter would be a Ruger if they made a small framed 44 special.

Don't forget to check out the comments. One guy has a nice historical perspective.

Tea Time Tomorrow

Tomorrow isn't theft day or buy a gun day, it's Tea Party Day. I had planned on going to the local one, but by the time I get off work it'll be a long hike, on concrete, to get there from any parking I'm likely to find. My arthritic hip and foot won't tolerate that abuse. So I guess they'll do just fine without me because I'll be there in spirit only. Looks like about 6% of the local population has registered to be there.

Impressed? - Not Hardly

So what's the big deal? The King gave thr geen light to the Seals that allowed them to do their job. And what a great job they did. But a guy sitting in an office saying 'yeah you can go ahead and save an American citizen from kidnappers/hijackers' doesn't impress me one bit. What would impress me in a very negative way is if he told the Navy to stay away. At least in this case he managed to do his job.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Range Report

I managed to get to the range for a couple of hours while the Boss was in bed sick. I only brought 3 weapons with me this time due to shortage of time, that is excluding my carry piece.

As of yet I haven't done any handloading experiments for the AR, mostly due to lack of available bullets. To date the standard, easily purchased (sometimes) ammo has produced 3 shot, 100 yard groups from 3-5/8 to 4-3/4 from 4 different brands launching 55gr bullets. Federal, launching 63 gr bullets has done a little better at 3". I suspect this particular rifle is going to like heavier bullets. That's unfortunate because 55gr bullets are the most common.

Today I ran an experiment with the flash suppressot position, knowing that the weight on the end of the barrel effects barrel harmonics. I used only PPU factory ammo shooting 55gr bullets at 2960-2994f/s chronographed.
Tight - 3-5/8"
0.03 gap - 2-1/2"
0.08 gap - 2"
0.11 gap - 1-1/2"
0.15 gap - 2-3/8"
0.21 gap - 4-3/8"
0.28 gap - 2-3/8"
Looks like that particular ammo shoots best when the flash hider is backed off about 0.11". Next time I'll try to fine tune that some, and include other brands as well. Hopefully I'm not too far away from trying some hand loaded ammo, if I can get my hands on some bullets.

I ran 3 different handloads through the 4" 44 Bulldog. They all semed OK as far as accuracy is concerned, though I didn't shoot any of them for groups. I was primarily looking for a comfort zone. That little dog can definitely bite the hand that feeds it.
210gr Rem with 8.5gr Unique -> 1020-1060f/s
210gr Rem with 8.0gr Unique -> 1011-1066f/s
240gr Sierra with 7.5gr Unique -> 947-985f/s
With that light weight gun and thin grips, the bigger bullet running slower is definitely more comfortable to shoot. My 454 Casull isn't much harder on the hand than the 210 grain loads above. The next load I try will be 240gr bullets running in the low to mid 900s. I'll be looking for an accurate load in that ball park.

Then I tried the little Keltec P3AT 380acp. That's sure a tiny little shooter. Winchester white box 95gr ammo ran 783-821f/s across the chronograph. It was relatively easy to shoot and despite the gritty trigger, point shooting proved very effective at 7 yards. The sights, though almost non-existent, were good enough to stay on a silhouette at 25 yards. I put about half a box through it without any malfunction of any kind. Not at all sorry I bought the thing.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I Dislike Holidays

I've gotten to the point where I really do dislike holidays. I think I'd rather go to work than do the extra work required by the Boss before we're invaded by a bunch of family and friends. It's just not worth the trouble as far as I'm concerned.

What's the deal with all the cleaning anyway? We do a bunch of house cleaning, then a dozen or more people invade, mess it all up, then we clean again. Why can't we just forget the first cleaning process? If they don't like the place the way we live in it, they can just stay home. Unfortunately the Boss doesn't share those sentiments.

About 15 people are due to arrive in about 1-1/2 hours. At first it's OK, but after a while I'd just love to kick them all out so we can return to some peace and quiet.

Oh well, guess I'd better go take a shower and change.

Friday, April 10, 2009


What's the deal with a US merchant ship sailing in pirate infested waters and the crew unarmed? Not only is that stupid, it's definitely un-American.

In the past I made it a point to buy a few boxes of ammo on buy-a-gun day, April 15. This year, though a little early, I bought a gun. It's not much of a gun, but it is a gun. These little pocket pistols are crude and inexpensive (paid $270 retail), have been around for a while and seem to have a relatively good reputation for reliability. In this case reliability is relative to being fired very little, not like what I practice with.

The best thing is that one can be carried almost anywhere you go. I've been helping the Boss around the house today with it dropped in the front pocket of my jeans. I actually forgot it was there until I started typing this post.

I suppose I'm somewhat of a gun snob in that I've always looked down on the inexpensive guns like Keltec, but I tend to buy middle of the road. Then a few years back I bought a Llama 1911 45acp. Fit and finish was nothing to wrote home about and lacking a feed ramp it would only cycle ball ammo, but it worked. It went bang every time I squeezed the trigger with acceptable accuracy.

With new Keltec pistols selling at around $300 and Charter Arms revolvers a little more there's very little excuse for an American to be gunless. I'm not sure a real American would ever be gunless.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

One Way or Another

With support for gun control at an all time low, the evil Pelosi has finally spoken the truth about what she thinks about the constitution of this country.

While insisting that Congress "never denied" the gun rights of American Citizens, Pelosi told Roberts, "We want them registered. We don't want them crossing state lines..."

Holder was asked if the administration might encounter constitutional issues as it tries to crack down on alleged gun trafficking. His response: "I don't think our Second Amendment will stand in the way of efforts we have begun and will expand upon."

Congress, in general, has become more anti-constitutional and at the same time their approval rating has been dropping. Since support for gun control has been dropping, one can conclude that The People are becoming more constitutional. It appears that those in government and the majority of the population are moving in the opposite direction. If this continues, there will be a time when The People will remove the authority from the government, one way or another.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Disarming America

"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." — Robert Heinlein

The Disarming of America

"The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm."

. . . . just one percent of American gun owners would fall into the "cold dead hands" category: that's a mere 850 thousand. These would be the hard core-- the men and women who know how to kill at range, and who, with their scoped .30-06 deer rifles can out-range and out-shoot the M16 rifles and 9mm submachine guns of Dan's American Einsatzgruppen.

The war would not end until one vision of America or the other won. It would be war to the knife and knife to the hilt. The 850,000 traditional Americans would be determined to take as many of the Einsatzgruppen, their commanders and controllers with them as possible. And it would be far greater than a one-to-one ratio. The fanaticism that the liberals have always imputed to us, would in the event, become real and deadly.

Viet Minh Sergeant: "Do we take prisoners?"
Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu An: "No. Kill all they send... and they will stop coming." --
The Opening Scene of "We Were Soldiers"

"Hell, let's just start shooting the bastards. Let's get this crap over with while I'm still young enough to march in the victory parade down Pennsylvania Avenue." -- An American gun owner, overheard in a Birmingham, Alabama, gun store, 27 April 2007.

Pass the ammo.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Brain Fade

I work as the Engineering Supervisor in a company of 40 employees, with a grand total of 4 engineers reporting to me. I kinda like the small atmosphere because I can supervise but still, at times, actually do some engineering work. I've been there only 2 years, one as a mechanical engineer, and one as a supervisor. Yep, kinda small but owned by a corporation with something like 30 relatively small companies spread around the globe. Unlike our European counterparts we've never had trouble being profitable until now.

Like other small companies, we don't do any real manufacturing on site. All of our parts are imported, most through Malaysia. That's the only way we can compete internationally. Our assembly workers are down to 30 hour work weeks but we've only lost 2 people so far, one from assembly and one from the office.

We're managing to survive by tightening the belt extremely tight. We're watching every dollar spent, doing cost reduction measures and trying to predict future sales. So far we're breaking even financially and will do whatever it takes to stay that way. Unlike the Fed government.

Like any other sales downturn, the engineering department is buried. Combining this situation with the fact that I'm in the midst of actually building the department and how it should operate, hopefully you'll understand if I post a little less than in the past. I come home every night with brain fade. I'll have something in mind that I want to say, only to have it completely disappear when I sit down at the keyboard.

Collapsitarianism ? ? ?

At least that's what Individ calls it.

I see the collapse of our "system" as a distinct possibility, but not an inevitability. What is "the system"? Basically, the totality of conditions that support the wide-spread civil order that'a s characterized American Society up til now.

I know for a fact that the Boss is one. I don't think she'd object if I mounted 50 cal machine gun on the roof.

I suppose you're one of them also if you've had thoughts like this.

Got my eye on an Ar-15 I saw in the local gun shop last week. Think I'm gonna trade in some of those soon-to-be-worthless??? green slips of rag for something of value.

Come to think of it, I've been considering another AR or maybe an AK varient to go with my CETME, SKS and AR. Then again, maybe just more ammo.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Grow a Pair

I've come to the conclusion that our new leader(?) has a dislike for our country, like so many of the political left. We're supposed to be the only remaining super power. Shouldn't our leader act like it?

A Little Fun Time

Ever since the Boss had her hand surgery I've spent every Saturday driving her around running errands. We spend the entire day accomplishing what she normally gets done during the week while I'm at work. Then most Sundays I drive her to church. Consequently I have very little time for me. I'm afraid I'm getting a bit grouchy, in need of a day wandering the woods allowing stress to melt away. Yesterday though, I managed to steal an hour at the indoor range with a relatively new shooter.

He started with a snubbie .22 double action, then single action. Then we moved to a Browning Buckmark. He learned the relative merits of sight radius and the difficulty of double action fire. From there he tried the .44 Bulldog, .44 Mag Super Blackhawk and 454 Casull. Each time we moved up in power his grin got bigger.

He only got 6 out of the 454 due to time constraints. Afterwards he said he would've done 6 more from the big 45, but that would've been his limit. Twelve in a row is usually my limit as well.

I've learned through experience that bullet acceleration has an influence on felt recoil and ease of pistol control. I know that in the .454, the 300gr bullet at 1600f/s is more comfortable than the 240gr bullet at 1800f/s even though the former unleashes more energy.

Yesterday I shot some .44 special loads published as 210gr at 950f/s through the Charter Arms 4" Bulldog. That's a light weight revolver with a slim rubber grip. I found it difficult to maintain my grip, as did my guest. I know a lot of people who would've found that load extremely uncomfortable. In the future I'm going to either back down the powder charge or go to a heavier bullet. I'm going for a bit more controllability since this isn't a hunting gun.

Friday, April 3, 2009

I wonder

My son called his distributor of firearm supplies with a whole list of items to order. They had no primers or gunpowder, none. He managed to get one box of .223 bullets and one box of .44 bullets for me, the last they had. We've been trying for 3 months to get 2 of a certain red dot sight that they normally stock. So far no luck.

I looked on a website a few days ago trying to buy .44 special brass and plastic ammo boxes. More than 50% of stuff I looked at was out of stock.

Are we as a people actually buying that much gun stuff? Could it be that a lot of that stuff is imported but now stopped by executive decree?

Just wondering.

Dumb-Asses All

Why is it that our elected dumb-asses and their dumb-ass beurocrats don't learn anything by observation? They could possibly learn that socialism just does not work, but capitalism works very well if left alone. The capitalist countries have the strongest economies in the world and always have. The rest of the world feeds off the capitalist economies, while socialism/communism falls on its face.

That is today and this is what can be learned when history is observed. Mild recessions are natural in a capitalist economy and usually very short lived. That's the natural way of correction. Deep recessions and depressions are created by the Fed government.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

National Theft (buy a gun) Day

If I recall correctly April 15, national theft day, has been dubbed National Buy a Gun Day. This year that seems to be a big let down. Instead of making a single day statement, we seem to be making a year long statement. I wonder if the ass-holes are paying attention.