it IS damn hot out there.
Since I'm currently inside cleaning(awright, taking a break from, ok?), let's see what's out there.
The administration finally decided that inviting officials of a government currently involved in beating and murdering protesters to the 4th of July celebration was a Bad Idea, and has rescinded the invites. As Sondra says, "What took you so long?"
Rustmeister notes that a couple of congresscritters have decided to let DHS know they don't like the "Let's ban 80% of the knives out there" attempt:
Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) have co-sponsored an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to restrict funds to the proposed CBP rule on switchblades.
Back to Iran the Republican Guard weenies seem to have a liking for zooming into crowds on motorcycles, jumping off and beating people. Which works fine, until the people decide to beat back. Of course, we are talking about people who'll murder a woman, and then screw her family around:
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.
Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.
"We just know that they [the family] were forced to leave their flat," a neighbour said. The Guardian was unable to contact the family directly to confirm if they had been forced to leave.
Governor Sanford, you're an asshole.
The MArooned gentleman has a list of dumb gunnie tricks. One of my picks: the guy who tells a friend buying a Mosin Nagant "Don't buy that surplus ammo, it'll rust the barrel out!" Never mind that if you actually, y'know, clean it soon after shooting it'll be fine...
Jay also notes a problem with the current "You MUST be interested in them!" crap. About a month ago, while getting ready to play a DVD, I heard a few minutes of Jay Leno. He was saying "I was in the store, and saw all these headlines about Kate's heartbreak, and Jon cheating, and I thought "Really... who the hell are these people? And why do I care?" Yup.
Despite the promise of baking, I hit the range this morning. And yes, I did bake. But A: I like shooting outside when I can, especially with rifles and B: I was going to bake doing ANYTHING outside, so... While there, guy let me take a look at, and some shots with, one of these
It's a EMF copy of the Model 92 Winchester, this one in .357 Mag. 20" barrel, blue steel. Very slick action, nice handling, nice trigger. It has one of those idiot 'make the lawyers happy' safeties on top of the bolt, otherwise looks just like the 92. He was feeding it .357 loads with (I think he said) 162-grain semi-wadcutters, and it fed them flawlessly. The only gripe I'd have with it? The sights; just like the original, and my eyes have trouble with that style anymore, especially at 100 yards(at 50 was just fine, or as fine as could be for me). I wonder if anyone makes a peep sight for these? If they did... As is, I liked it; short, handy, light and reliable. Man, one of these with a loop lever, that'd be fun to play with.
Speaking of the range, anyone know why some rifles, with cast loads, hit from 3" to 6" right of point of aim at 100 yards? I've seen this with Enfields in .303, K31 and the P14. My 1903A3 Springfield just needs the elevation raised, but the others group quite nicely, but way to the right.
Considering how things seem to be deteriorating in Iran, I wonder if the protesters are taking arms from the security boobs they grab? Or are the authorities worried about that and mostly sending goons with clubs and axes and such in close and having the shooters keep distance?
I'd better get back to cleaning.