Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Couple of quick notes:

First, on anything except a muzzleloader, I'm about to tell Holy Black to go to hell, and take its adherents with it.  Pickiest damned stuff to load with...

As in make up some cartridges using a load that worked quite well before.  Before what?  Before I had to get another bottle of powder.  Same brand and granulation, only now it's spread all over the target.  Great big PITA.

Second, first thoughts on Blackhorn 209.
I think I'm going to like it.  It's not as bulky as black, and doesn't need compression to burn well.  Some smoke, less than 2f gave in comparable loads.
You don't have to use a blow tube between shots, and don't have to wipe the bore between groups.
Couple of loads showed real promise.

Tomorrow I'll try to give a better writeup, right now I need a shower.

Oh, and I picked up the first tick of the season.  Yay.

Range day was had,

and I did not melt.  Never made it to the pistol side; by the time I finished the rifle stuff I was too hot, and it was late enough, that I had to go.  But did find some things out, including that some people either don't think, or are jackasses.  As in I saw a glint in a trash can, and found almost fifty rounds of new, once-fired .270 brass.  Someone actually took the time to pick it up, put it in the cartridge sleeves, and throw it in the trash.

I think I know someone who'll be able to use it.

More on the rest of the stuff later.  I need to drink some more, and eat something.

Take a successful(very), adaptable(VERY) predator,

treat it like it's a poor widdle fuzzy that only wants to be friends, and yeah, this is what happens.

Think I mentioned once, the biggest coyote I've ever seen was right the the middle of Oklahoma City one winter.  Make themselves at home anywhere.

So the racists at La Raza have discovered that a lot of people, including 'hispanics', aren't racist and don't like racists.  Also, and more important to them,
Appealing to a broader swath of this diverse group is necessary now that the "fat years" under President Obama are gone.
Guarantee, if these bastards still had a friendly face in the Oval Office, they'd be pushing LA RAZA!! just as hard as they could.  Remember, their motto is For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing
Downright National Socialist, isn't it?

I've been thinking about putting together a upper in 5.56

simply because there's so much of that available, and sometimes on sale it's not worth reloading for general practice.

I've discovered that, if I can find a complete upper on sale, it'll be cheaper than buying the parts and putting one together.

Over to Californicated,
Gun-control groups have not expressed much public concern over the delays and setbacks. The 2016 California gun-control measures represented a bright spot for the movement in a year that largely favored the efforts of gun-rights groups. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not immediately return a request for comment from the Washington Free Beacon but previously said they were not worried about the delayed implementation of new assault-weapon regulations.
Of course they're not troubled; things are horrendously screwed up and gun owners and firearms-related businesses are the ones being screwed by all this, which is just find with the Brady bunch.

Over to The Media.  Y'know, the clowns who spent most of a decade covering for and boosting Obama & Co., but now scream and yell about how they're not being properly respected.

Very much a case of "You bastards made this bed; deal with it."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scenes from the range

"Is it too late to buy another target?"
"Well, since they're closing the registers, and it's ten minutes until you have to have your stuff packed up and heading for the door, yes."

Couple came in to rent and try out some guns.  Lady was doing most of the shooting, so she got the full 'Here's how it works, here's the safety stuff to do and not do' talk.  Then asked "Any questions?"

She smiled and said "You sound just like my drill instructor."

I take that as a compliment.

If this information is correct, a bunch of 'child care' workers and a judge

need to become unemployed.  And the judge lose his license to practice law.
...MDHHS caseworkers told Mr. Johnson, a 100-percent disabled Marine Corps veteran who sought custody of his grandson that he would have to give the agency the serial numbers of all of his firearms. When he questioned this, the caseworkers allegedly told him, “If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.” This was after the state asked the Johnsons to be foster parents to their grandson.

Two weeks later, the lawsuit alleges, a Gogebic County Court judge told the Johnsons that if they wanted their grandson placed in their care, “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home.”

Yeah, when the media screams about Trump's 'attacks' on them,

I'm not real sympathetic; I remember screaming at THEM about a lot of this crap as it was happening.

Or, in the case of their 'reporting', not happening.

But we're supposed to forget about or ignore all this now.  Because "We Are The Media".

Screw you bastards.  You can't be trusted, and we damned well know it.

I need to hit the range

Outdoor, specifically, as I have some .45-70 loads to test.  And a couple of other things to go over.  And I just plain need some trigger time.

Which, this time of year, means I'll be sweating my ass off, so I'll need to take a cooler with some water bottles, and one of the electrolyte supplement to be on the safe side.

I also, now that I reflect on the noises from my mid-region, need to eat.  Food first.

Sarah Hoyt's been doing a series on home schooling,

and it's all worth reading.  Part of the current post:
Actually, this started with homework, like explaining to them why, no, we weren’t giving them a copy of our budget as the basis for homework, as the teacher asked.  Even though we had nothing to hide, it was none of his class’s business. So we were going to make one up.  Or when they asked Robert to color on a map where his ancestors came from, and I told him to color everything, even the sea, then explained both why it was true (if you go back far enough) and why the assignment was pernicious, dividing Americans into hyphenated groups. Or when I explained why the school’s definition of “culture” as “genetic heritage” was wrong, and in fact at the root of a bunch of progressive errors. (If you’re one of those people who doesn't know, genetics might give you certain abilities and tendencies, but they’re not culture. A Chinese infant brought up by an American couple is American. The idea that culture is inborn and non-changeable is what leads progressives to call us racist when we criticize Islam, or to think it’s “racist” to demand immigrants learn English. They think that’s objectively impossible since you’re born with one culture and one language. For the record, I’m writing this in my third language and the idea of inborn culture is a pernicious lie.)

If you've got kids or other small relatives stuck in the public school system, it's a really good idea to keep track of just what crap is being handed them in the guise of 'education'.  So you know what they're up to, and you can try to counter the bullshit.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

They ask why you'd want a nasty gun during a hike

in the wonderful forest,

'Some irregularities'

Isn't that a nice way to excuse drugging someone, and holding them down while you finish killing them?

Part of the 'let's make this go away' from the Dutch government:
The shocking case was referred to the so-called Regional Review Committee in the Netherlands which admitted that while the case involved some irregularities that merited a reprimand, the female doctor had effectively acted in good faith. 

However they also added that the case should come to court so that judges can confirm that any other doctor who acts in good faith when providing euthanasia to people with dementia cannot be prosecuted.
"She said she didn't want to die, but we think it was best, so we killed her."

I need to do some casting;

however, it needs to be on a day I can do it early, and have a while to recover from the dehydration.

I figure about two hours to cast the stuff I need; that's a lot of sweating time where I can't drink.

Active shooter situation information

over here.  Looks pretty good.

Billll on what the ATF would bring to knives and swords.
The Claymore will be classified as a "destructive device" and subject to the $200 tax stamp.
Deity knows what they'd want to do with axes.

Oh yeah, what could go wrong?
Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits—and the Newberry is asking for help translating and transcribing them.
I mean, aside from monsters and portals and cats and dogs living together, what could go wrong?

Tom finally decided to tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend.

One evening, after the honeymoon, he was welding some stuff in the garage just for fun.
His new wife was standing there at the bench watching him.

After a long period of silence she finally spoke, "Honey, I've just been thinking, now that we are married maybe it's time you quit spending all your time out here in the shop. You probably should just consider selling all your welders along with your gun collection and that stupid vintage Harley."

Tom got a horrified look on his face.

"She said, "Darling, what's wrong?"

He replied, "There for a minute you were starting to sound like my ex-wife."


Tom replied: “I wasn't."

I do wonder if they got the idea from acid attacks on 'immoral' women?

A horrific wave of acid attacks have overtaken London, leaving victims gruesomely disfigured and suffering life-altering injuries amid a growing trend that's seen the corrosive liquid become the weapon of choice for British attackers.
This is nasty.  But don't worry, Brit lawmakers are right on it:
The spike in attacks has prompted some lawmakers to call for restrictions on the sale and carrying of corrosive liquids such as sulfuric acid.

Yeah, that'll do it.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Busy, busy,

so an Experiment may or may not happen later.
In the meantime,

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday night in July

Hot.  Tired.  Cool off and go over the newest data.

And if you call this the idiocy that it is,

you'll be labeled 'anti-intellectual', and the reason the country is in trouble.
Two feminist geographers are encouraging their colleagues to be more mindful about citing the research of white males because doing so contributes to “the reproduction of white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship.”
This isn't amazing, it's idiotic.  And racist.  And misandrist.  But it's PC racism and misandry, so the other leftists will defend and support this crap. 

Public Education: "Your kid is learning too much, we can't have that!"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Currently, I'm trying to find information on Blackhorn 209 powder (updated)

Hard data being hard to come by.  Depending on where you look, runs the gamut from "How dare you not use Holy Black in a .45-70!" to "Greatest thing EVER!", with little hard information of the "Here's a load that works wonders" variety.

I finally called Western and asked if it needed any compression like black: "No, you can have some space between powder and bullet, it won't get a pressure spike like back."  So there's that.  But I forgot to ask about actual maximum recommended charges.  Yeah, sometimes I'm brilliant like that.
E-mail sent.

So we'll see what comes back.

I did some measuring, and found that 35.0 grains would let the 500-grain bullet be seated to the same level, and very slight compression, as with 68.0 grains of very-compressed black.  So wrote to Western and asked about that load, they say that 35.0 should be fine, but don't go over that.
This is the kind of thing that makes reloading, ah, 'interesting' at times.  The OAL they show for the flat-nose bullet is 2.515"; the oal I've been using with the Lee round-nose is 2.85" to put the bullet closer to the start of the rifling.  Why the big difference?

I'm guessing their loads are intended to work in a lever-action repeater; with a single-shot, length is much less a factor.  That also means, with the bullet seated further out, there's more space for powder.  Blackhorn, I'm told, doesn't mind some empty space in the cartridge(as noted above), but 'some' is a very open-ended word here; yes, I'm asking about actual amounts.  And giving some more information about the way I'm loading this cartridge to see of that affects the data(I know it does, but specifics would be very nice); for instance, having more space for powder, does that mean you can safely use more that if you were actually compressing it?

We'll see what comes back.

I just read a piece of true insanity on Bookface:

"I would have voted for Hillary had she run as a Republican if her policies were the same as they were on the Democrat ticket.I know a number of Democrats far more liberal than I who think she WAS too Republican for their taste and that her policies WERE too conservative."
That's a level of- crap, I can't even call this 'stupidity', it goes far beyond that.  In various ways.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


"You told the truth about something we'd rather hide!  You're off reporting, and we might fire you for this!"
Yeah, that works.

Reading the MDA tweet, you’d think that the shooting had nothing to do with radical Leftist politics.  It was probably just some white, racist, CCW holder who was mad that the police were protecting a MKL-esque civil rights march.

This is no different than the reaction to the Congressional Baseball Shooting.  Violent Leftist listens to violent Leftist message, shoots people, the Leftists who encouraged it use the event to call for more Lefty gun control.

Sorry, but I’m not buying it.

While Only Black Lives Matter and other such groups are part of it,

bullshit like this is a big reason lots of people don't like/trust cops anymore.

STOP SHOOTING DOGS THAT ARE  NOT A DAMNED THREAT.  AND STOP HIDING IT ALL BEHIND 'OFFICER SAFETY'.  It is bullshit, and people know it, and it pisses them off even more.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some things just don't change much

One of the letters was written by a man called Masclus, who is best known for a previous letter to his Commanding Officers asking for more beer, this time asking for leave from work.
Troops need beer.  Always.

Getting drunk with Mattis ought to lead to some real stories; too bad nobody can write that for real.

Sweden is so screwed...
It's a country where, while Muslim rapists and terrorists are forgiven, critics of immigrant conduct are punished. In May, a 70-year-old woman in Dalarna, Sweden, was arrested for writing on Facebook in 2015 about immigrants who “set cars on fire and urinate and defecate in the streets.” (She faces up to four years in prison.)

No surprise, then, that on July 7, Jyllands-Posten reported that the Swedish government plans to alter the nation's Constitution in such a way as to give itself the power to limit online free speech about precisely these ticklish matters. Among other things, wrote Jyllands-Posten, it will become illegal “for certain websites to publicize information about private persons' ethnicity or conviction of crimes.”
"All is wonderful, and if you say otherwise we'll throw you in prison."  Yeah, that'll work.

"Why would you want to carry a GUN when you're in the forest?"
Because some things there might want to eat you.  Dumbass.

So, the San Francisco train system won't release video of various crimes.  Because sensitive and caring.  And they're apparently too effing stupid to understand just what their 'reasons' are telling people.
Allen told us the agency issued an explanation for why it is being tight-lipped about the thefts.

“To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district,” she was told. “And in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

According to a memo distributed to BART Directors, the agency won’t do a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a “petty crime” that would make BART look “crime ridden.” Furthermore, it would “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.”

Monday, July 10, 2017

Yesterday morning heard an airplane engine that sounded a bit odd,

and looked up to see a red biplane flying over, followed by a silver one.  Couldn't get a shot of the red, but here's the other
No idea if some kind of event, or just a couple of people with restored planes.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Why do they lie?

Because it's all they've got.

"Racists!"  Yawn.  They leftists have been using that club so long, at anyone who doesn't fall into line, that it's nothing but splinters remaining.  Little ones.


Stuff from the range

Asked a young lady her age(kids under 15 free): got a 'Why do I have to keep saying this?' look and "I'm 22."  Swear to whatever, people, she looked fourteen or fifteen.  Which has to be a pain now, but may be quite welcome in later years.

Guy who came in later, Air Force and 21, could've passed for a tall, skinny fifteen-sixteen.  Maybe should try to get them together to have kids that'll never look old.

People do lose track of time, I know; when you've already told them '15 minutes to close' and they just keep doing whatever, they haven't lost track, they just don't give a crap.  And expect the place to stay open for them.  Only a few who do this, but they're enough to really screw with your mood.

Few days ago someone had a Rock Island 1911 in .22TCM.  That sucker sounded like a .44 Mag going off, with a huge muzzle flash.  Now I kind of want one.

I love it when someone brings in a friend or relative who's never touched a gun, you help them get started, and they leave with a big smile.  Sooner or later they'll be back, and then matter of time before they've got their own.  It's wonderful.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

'Another Saturday night

and I ain't got nobody,' etc.  But there is always the intellectual stimulus of data analysis