Saturday, April 21, 2018

A rainy Saturday evening is a fine time

to stay dry and check things out.

Crap like this is why the CDC got slapped down,

and why we don't trust them.
Now Kleck has unearthed some lost CDC survey data on the question. The CDC essentially confirmed Kleck's results. But Kleck didn't know about that until now, because the CDC never reported what it found. 
(Gee, I wonder why...)
Kleck's new paper—"What Do CDC's Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?"—finds that the agency had asked about DGUs in its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
For those who wonder exactly how purely scientific CDC researchers are likely to be about issues of gun violence that implicate policy, Kleck notes that "CDC never reported the results of those surveys, does not report on their website any estimates of DGU frequency, and does not even acknowledge that they ever asked about the topic in any of their surveys."

So the 'non-partisan' CDC did a real study, found LOTS of defensive gun uses, and buried it.  Then bitched and whined when called on playing political games. 

She has the right to be a nasty bitch, and donors

have the right to say "I don't want my money supporting her."  Deal with it, Fresno.
As Michael Williamson put it:
The Right: “I have this perfectly reasonable opinion.”


Randa Jarrar: “Barbara Bush was a racist and I’m glad she’s dead and I hope her husband suffers and eff you because I can never be fired.”

The Right: “Wow. That’s not right.”


Google being run by intolerant leftists may well have a price.  A big one.   Good.

But recognizing their real enemies would mean criticizing some people and groups on the left.  And the people this is aimed at won't do that.

What?  Banning guns for the commoners didn't get rid of crime? Impossible!

You've got a socialist hellhole that doesn't want said commoners to have any way to fight back; what the left wants here.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday evening has arrived;

you know what that means

People who should be remembered include Dr. John Plunkett,

who made a real difference in a lot of lives by testifying

Also to be remembered are the prosecutors who went after him for doing so; them so their disgusting acts will not be forgotten.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

About that Cadet,

here's what it looks like
42" long, weighs about 6.25 pounds, very light, and well-balanced.  If there were any question about what country it came from,
that should take care of it.  Also this stamp on the stock

It's a lovely thing, and I want one.  Especially since I now know how to put the ammo together.

About that ammunition... a lot of these, after import to the US, were rechambered to .32-20 so you could use an easily(or more-easily) available ammo.  Problem is, .32-20 bullets are about ten-thousandths too small in diameter, which means lousy accuracy.  Since suitable bullets were almost impossible to find for quite a while, a lot of them were bored out and either rebarreled or rechambered/rifled to a larger cartridge, or a liner put in to change them to something else.  .22LR was very popular.  They've been changed to cartridges from .22lr to .22 Hornet to .357 Mag and such.  Nowadays, if I found one that'd been rechambered, I'd see about using the RCBS heeled bullet in the .32-20 cases; ought to work nicely.

Added: a lot of those that reached the US(Britain, for that matter) were dismantled and the receivers used to make target and hunting rifles.  Many of which are still happily being used to put holes in targets.

About that bullet: it being larger than the case, it means crimping is, ah, difficult; a modern seating/crimping die won't do it(at least the one the owner has).  The first loads we put together, the heel was a tight-enough fit into the case that we used the seating die to push them into place; after that, you could seat the bullet with finger pressure.  Which is exactly what a lot of people do; not something you'd want to carry in a pocket, but fine for the range.  I've read of modifying a Lee Factory Crimp die in .32-20 to crimp the case mouth around the heel.

The original Kynoch rounds have a 'stab' crimp; three places around the case, some type of punch die was used, each as if you took a center punch and upset the case metal into the heel.

Lubing: I used LLA.  Some people use a .323" sizing die to size and lube(I've read that getting it adjusted correctly is a pain, some have had to plug the lower lube holes to keep the mess down), others seat the bullet in the case, then dip the bullet into melted lube just deep enough to get some into the lube groove.  The LLA seems to work quite well, and is simple to do.

That about covers my knowledge on this, and thanks to the folks who commented on the 'obsolete ammo' post.

ConCarolinas is a science-fiction convention

that has knuckled under to a bunch of leftists threatening violence.  And doesn't have the balls to publicly say so.
Published April 16, 2018 | By Jada

ConCarolinas and John Ringo have mutually agreed he will not attend the 2018 event. ConCarolinas wants to provide a positive environment for everyone who attends our events from our guests, attendees, vendors, and staff.

We represent a diverse range of opinions and support that.

We will not tolerate harassment or bullying as stated in our policy.

Any comments regarding this may be sent to

ConCarolinas ConCom
Jada Diaz, ConChair
Dawson Kriska, Vice Chair
Sue Lambert, Secretary and Treasurer
Luis Diaz, Director of Security

Slight problem with 'mutually':
This was John’s response on Facebook: 
And again with the 'we do not tolerate harassment or bullying' without pointing out who that is pointed at.

From my last email with the conchair:
"as ConChair I know this will be an extremely hostile environment and I am concerned for your personal safety. "

It was mutual, more on that in a moment. But they very much rescinded because they were concerned for my safety.

That was how bad it was getting.
Etc.  If they'd said "He won't be here because other people were threatening violence" they'd have been  honest, but it would've pissed-off the leftists, so they didn't even do that.

Never been there, have heard from others that it's been a nice con.  'Been' being the important word.

And while the media is screaming "Trump! Hannity! Same lawyer!!",

one of the things they're not reporting on:
The House Office of Inspector General charged in Sept. 30, 2016 that data was being funneled off the House network by the Awans as recently as September 2016 — shortly before the presidential election. 

Nearly Imran’s entire immediate family was on the House payroll working as IT aides to one-fifth of House Democrats, and he began working for the House in 2004. The inspector general, Michael Ptasienski, testified this month that “system administrators hold the ‘keys to the kingdom’ meaning they can create accounts, grant access, view, download, update, or delete almost any electronic information within an office. Because of this high-level access, a rogue system administrator could inflict considerable damage.”
For some reason this isn't 'newsworthy'; gee, I wonder why...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Oh, and about that marvelous NHS in Canada,

First, some context: “Queen’s Park stopped talking with Ontario’s doctors back in January and is cutting services to save money… In early February, the provincial government decreed that medical services be cut by an average of 5 per cent. This includes a cut to all doctors’ fees by 3 per cent as well as cuts to primary care and specialist services originally designed to assist complex patients. ”

Now the most important quote in the article: “If doctors see more patients than the arbitrary limit the government has set — government will force physicians to pay back any amount over their imposed limit.”
My, doesn't that sound wonderful?  And this is the crap the left wants controlling our lives here.

"They don't have these problems in other countries!

We should be more like Sweden!"
A: The hell they don't.
B: Oh HELL no.
Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country’s parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon. 

Shootings in the country have become so common that they don’t make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life.
And their politicians are still lying about it:
...During a visit to the White House in March, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven admitted that his country has problems with crime and specifically shootings, but denied the existence of no-go zones. Sweden’s education minister, Gustav Fridolin, traveled to Hungary last week with the same message.

But the reality is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics’ union Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are definitely no-go for ambulance drivers — at least without police protection.
In March, Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases “is going down and going down and going down.” In fact, the opposite is true, which Johansson later admitted in an apology. 

Similarly, in an op-ed for the Washington Post, former Prime Minister Carl Bildt described the country’s immigration policy as a success story. He did not elaborate on violent crime. After repeated attacks against Jewish institutions in December — including the firebombing of a synagogue in Gothenburg — Bildt took to the same paper to claim that anti-Semitism is not a major problem in Sweden.
"Screw the facts, this is the image we want people to believe!"  And a lot of their media is complicit in this.  Including people being trashed for speaking uncomfortable facts.

No, thank you, we have too many lying bastard politicians and journalists of our own already.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A dive into the insanity of obsolete cartridge loading

I wrote once before about forming brass from one cartridge to make brass for another, but this one gets a bit more involved than most.

Meet the .310 Cadet
It's a rimmed case used in the Australian Cadet, a small-frame Martini used as a training rifle.  There are lots of these around, and a friend has a very pretty one, but you cannot buy loaded ammo for it.  A search indicates that you can form brass for it from .32-20, but there are a couple of caveats:
You will probably have to thin the case rim.
You will have to full-length size the brass in a suitable die.
You will have to trim it to length.
It uses an odd bullet.

So, where to start... my process was to
Resize the cases,
Thin the rims,
Cut to just above finished length,
final trim and deburr.
Friend had a set of .310 dies, so lubed the cases, pulled the deprime/neck expander assembly and resized the brass.  I've read it can be done in a .30 Carbine sizing die, will have to try that sometime.  Reason for resizing first is .32-20 is a necked case, and I wanted the straight body to fit into the lathe chuck.

I've read of people clamping the case in a drill press and using a file to cut the rim down.  It should work, but that'd be a long way to do it.  If you have access to a lathe, I'd suggest that.*

This being a somewhat worn little lathe, it took some fiddling to get the procedure right.  That was stick the case into the chuck; use a caliper to set each case with the same amount sticking out;

use a facing bit to cut away at the front of the rim

until had a thickness of .046-.050", which proved to work nicely with the rifle in question.

To trim, I used a small Harbor Freight cutoff saw(originally bought to make .300 Blackout cases from .223).  Took a piece of hardwood dowel, sanded it to a slip-fit in the case, adjusted it in the vise so it would cut at the right length

and went to it.  Two things:
First, it took two cuts: the first to get rid of about half the length, the second to make the finished length.

Second, you have to hold the saw in position with one hand and rotate the case with the other, and you will make a cut into the dowel.  But it gives you a pretty consistent length with minimal deburring needed.  Which is good, because the walls of these cases are thin.
Note: if I were going to make a lot of these cases, I'd get a piece of aluminum rod, turn it to fit, and use that for the mandrel.

Trimming to exact length is tricky primarily because there are different lengths listed.  I found this on one loading site

and that Kynoch cartridge up at the top measures 1.120", so I went with that. 

.32-20 case sized, rim thinned, cut to length
Yes, the mouth on the last needs deburring.  And be careful doing it; the walls of these cases are thin, and it's easy to damage the mouth.

For the bullet, RCBS makes a mold to cast the proper heeled bullet at a nominal 120 grains, and friend has one.  These were used as-cast(15-1 as that's what was in the melter), and tumble-lubed with this modified Lee Liquid Alox.**  Some searching around found a variety of loads, the primary for starting off seems to be 4.0 to 4.5 of Unique; this being a new one to me, I started with 4.0.

Original and new cartridge

They were tried out over the weekend; all went bang, accuracy seemed quite good
Top group was five rounds, holding on the bottom of the white bullseye; lower group is ten rounds, holding on the 5.  Range was 30 yards, with forearm resting on the bench top.  I'll add that this little rifle had quite good sights, the rear adjustable for both windage and elevation.

The case mouth was not crimped onto the heel; the die won't do that, so these were a tight press-fit into the neck.  After having been fired the cases were formed to the chamber, and the bullet can be seated by thumb pressure.  I'd hate to carry them out hunting that way unless in some suitable case, but it seems to work well for general target shooting.  

There was no sign of leading or other nastiness in the bore, so the lube did its job.  And I think this counts as success.

I'll have some more on the rifle and cartridge later.

*The other method I've read of is swaging: take a piece of flat steel plate and drill two holes: one for the case body to fit through, the other, slightly larger, for the rim.  That one has to be shallow enough that you can put a flat punch on top, whack it, and swage the rim down.

**I've used this lube on many different bullets for rifle and pistol, and it works quite well.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Yeah, and there's nothing political about the Children's March, either.

The man leading an Arizona teacher protest that labels itself as "bipartisan" has in the past year worked with partisan election groups launched by Democratic operatives after the 2016 election and was hired last year to manage a Democrat's campaign.
Karvelis, however, has allied himself with Ducey's political opponents. He has openly admitted that the idea of the #RedforEd protest—for all teachers to wear red on Wednesdays to show solidarity—was Arizona union boss Joe Thomas's idea. He said in a recent interview that his group has a "powerful relationship" with Thomas's Arizona Education Association and that he has worked with them to "discuss further steps" and a possible strike.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

And not a single screeching student activist, Democrat politician, or

"We must act, for the CHILDREN!" screamer is trying to get the sheriff fired, or clean out the school officials responsible for this idiocy.

Why, it's like they don't care unless they can blame the NRA, or something.

Of course he won't be prosecuted;

at this point I tend to think the deceased could be a double-amputee  with no hands and 'I thought he was reaching for a weapon!' would get a cop off.

No, I don't hate all cops; I'm simply sick of a lot of people winding up dead, beaten, or cavity-searched on bullshit excuses and the people behind it getting away with it.

And in NYeffingCity,