July 2006 | AUGUST 2006 | September 2006
1225 - Tuesday, 1 August 2006: Head troubles. Difficult to drag self out of bed for job interview.

"Oh my God you can speak English you're hired!" Not in so many words, but it does seem to be getting that bad out there. For the whole story, please go back to entry #1188. The cartoon is part of the story.

So, for $9/hr, I'm slinging metal, cutting & drilling pipe, spot-welding things onto sheetmetal, and I think the head of the electrical work cell is thinking of poaching me. Less money than I'm used to, but a shorter commute, and so far there's nothing disgusting about the place (except a couple Kerry stickers in the parking lot but I think those are officecritters - the first guy they assigned me to had an NRA Life Member belt buckle). Money will be tight for a few days but I think I can make it. And so far I have made it (mostly) without begging for the sweat of others' brows (aside from guilt over too-generous sister's generosity).


Ah, club picnic and $wap meet this Saturday, I'm sure I can find things I can bear to part with, like bonus brass in calibers I don't have weapons for, an extra set of 9x19m carbide dies, an extra .308 headspace gauge.

1226 - Wednesday, 2 August 2006: Eh, haven't quit yet. Not really learning anything about metalworking that I didn't already know or couldn't have easily figured out if I had to. What I really want is to learn to use machine tools, i.e. lathe & mill, but I don't think they have any. Shorter commute helps at least.

1227 - Thursday, 3 August 2006: They haven't yet found any task I can't grasp in about two minutes, from cutting sheetmetal to bending it to spot-welding things onto it to cutting pipe to drilling holes in that to a little arc-welding thing. Nothing particularly strenuous here, though the other side, the brick room (they make kilns for firing ceramic products), doesn't appeal.

Gas prices rising, local ARCO $2.83, isolated stations in the high $2.70s.

ISP down.

Atlas Shrugged scares me, much as did Ringo & Evans' The Road to Damascus, both with their step-by-step descriptions of the descent of a nation into collectivism, insanity, and primitive savagery. I'm also reminded of a Penn & Teller show I saw on library video. Now, P&T are hardcore libertarians, and I bet they have dog-eared and annotated copies of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead too. Anyway this video was just them doing their magic act around the world while archaeologically searching for the origins of magic. One of the stops was communist China, and naturally they couldn't resist some digs. For example, China has an entire city for performers - acrobats, illusionists, etc. No one else lives there, the ChiCom politburo decreed that the place would be built. And no one goes there to watch all these performers perform. Yet, all the resources required to operate such a place are still spent. This is in the real world. The parallels to Rand's 1957 work of fiction are deeply disturbing.

Where was I going with this...? Oh yeah, I read in Shotgun News that China is introducing a whole new family of small arms for the Revolutionary People's Army, and I was wondering, where do they get the resources to produce them? And the answer must be, by seizing anything that makes a profit or a product and milking it to death, by enslaving and compelling anyone with a shred of ability. But the next question is, how do they come up with new designs? And the answer is, they don't, really - I see the helical-feed magazine of the Calico (which may owe a little something to the Archimedes Screw magazine of the Evans repeating rifles way back in the late 1850s) and the four-column magazine of the Spectre (which is just a double-double-column and Mauser had the original part figured out well over a century ago), and the guts of any particular weapon in the new arsenal are probably no earth-shattering improvement over Kalashnikov or Walther or Browning or even STEN. They are maggots, feeding on the intellectual corpses of people of real ability. I wonder how long it will take them to devour Hong Kong...? (Although there are indications that Hong Kong may in time devour them.)

There was something else to rant about... no, it's slipped away. Damn.

1228 - Friday, 4 August 2006: Work shrug. The tasks become more precise and less strenuous as supervisors become more aware of my abilities. Talk of putting me on a "fast track." -But for now I'm still making only $9/hour. One feature conspicuously absent from this workplace is... the cartoon that started this recent bout of unemployment.

Paycheck from the tea-heaving, $63.55.

Gas prices still slowly climbing.

ISP still down.

Scrounging hovel's arms lockers for saleable items - .224 projectiles from the English Pit score back when, Albanian & Hungarian military 7.62x54R (which I don't need anymore since I can load my own, milder and non-corrosive), a 5-round fixed magazine for a Simonov, a tray of CCI .44 Magnum shotshells for the Ruger Vaquero that succumbed to a bout of unemployment many years ago, etc.

Nearing the end of Atlas Shrugged and it's getting speechier & preachier by the page. Not that I disagree with Ms. Rand or her avatar Mr. Galt, but I am skipping some pages.

ISP back up about 8:30pm.

And about a quarter to one in the morning I'm finished with Atlas Shrugged, all 1,168 pages of it, yay. Then I went back and read the spoilers from Rand's notes in Peikoff's introduction and one bit leapt out at me: "Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone." Remember this the next time you heard sounds coming out of a moonbat's mouth or see bytes from its keyboard.

Next in the stack, Ambush Alley by Tim Pritchard, on the battle of Nasiriyah, 23 March 2003. Not sure I'll like it - the author is a Brit who has worked for BBC and PBS, and I found it on the New Books shelves at the local library (meaning it was handpicked by the staff, who are demonstrably lefty judging by their usual selections for that shelf), so I'm afraid it's going to be a hit-piece. Fortunately Choosers of the Slain, third in John Ringo's Paladin of Shadows series (Ghost, Kildar) is just now coming through my hold queue.

1229 - Saturday, 5 August 2006: Woo Hoo! Did better than expected at the club swap meet. Pretty good turnout, Cruffler would be sorry he missed it, I could've spent a couple thousand there myself. Sold all the 7.62x39 I brought, some Albanian 7.62x54R, .224 projectiles, .44 Magnum brass, and the 5-round Simonov magazine. Grossed over $100, put $20 in the Corolla, and with the tea-heaving check and what's left in my accounts I have enough for rent and food and fuel until the next paycheck, so all should be well.

Back to hovel, send photos to club newsletter guy, check email - and OMG!, a reader sends a big fat PayPal donation!

From the lists, this Farnam quip on the (tenuous, tentative, marginal, but still) awakening... not of the masses, but at least of more individuals.

Not sure about Pritchard's Ambush Alley. One paragraph he's describing US Marines as swell patriotic guys trained and educated to a fine edge, the next he's tossing out anecdotes about steroids and casual sex and the wives they'd be beating if they weren't getting shot at in Iraq.

1230 - Sunday, 6 August 2006: Zzzzz.

Gun Talk chat room says the radio show call screener says to not mention the chat room on the air! But later a caller puts it to Tom Gresham, who says that the show website is being rebuilt and there will be a new chat room.

Aha! On rec.guns, this range report on the new Stoeger Cougar pistol, which says that Beretta moved the factory for that pistol to Turkey and that Stoeger is a subsidiary of Beretta. So now I know. -Hey, whatever happened to those stainless-steel Lugers? Wasn't Stoeger one of the manufacturers at one time? (Also Mitchell?) Although I've read at least one account of poor metallurgy and severe battering from a very low number of rounds.

I've been meaning to ‘blog this story for some time and finally looked it up: Scotland to Ban Glass Bottles in Pubs. (Head in hands....)

ISP up and down. Email backing up.

Club newsletter - several of my & sis' photos being used (she took a particularly good one, catching my P35 in recoil - that reminds me, there are still more features in this Fuji A345 I haven't tried yet, like a Sport mode and continuous mode, must experiment at the next match).

Public sight-in days begin 25 August. This should generate more bonus brass, but the 26th will be a mess, with hunter's education closing the upper, 100yd rifle line, the plate match closing the handgun line, and the Sportsmen fumbling about on the lower, 300yd rifle line. Calendar shows extra R/Os, they'll be needed. On the 19th & 20th is a two-day Cast Bullet state championship, closing the lower line (and there's the yearly two-day OAC show); the 2nd is a sight-in day and may be crowded, so I can't count on getting practice then; so that leaves this weekend (meaning Saturday the 12th as I'll be glued to the screen for the chat room on the 13th) to practice for the Garand match on the 9th, meaning I do need to brave the expensive environs of Sportsman's Warehouse soon for .30-06 fixin's. The PayPal donation is percolating through the bank's computers and when it does, I'll get two boxes of Hornady #3037 150gr FMJBT (cheaper than Sierra # 2115, and I already know they work), another pound of IMR4895 (Bi-Mart might be cheaper), and nothing el$e.

1231 - Monday, 7 August 2006: Fujiyama is dead.

I'm not sure exactly when. I hadn't seen him around for a day or two, and when I returned from work this afternoon I examined a black trash bag near where I park and found his remains inside. I had neither the heart nor the stomach to examine the body, or even retrieve his tag. Someone put him in that bag and it wasn't me. Was he murdered in a random act of sadism, or less-randomly to attack me for the political views on the back of my car? Did I accidentally kill him when he wouldn't or couldn't get his 16-year-old bones out of the way as I parked? Or did he just die of old age in the summer heat?

Minutes after I arrive one of the new neighbors knocks and says that he found Fuji while doing yardwork this morning, evidently run over by Veteran on the morning departure for work. Neighbor says it was evident that Fuji did not suffer. Probably Fuji was sleeping under Veteran's car and just couldn't get his old joints out of the way in time. Later, Veteran says he didn't notice anything.

Honestly I am partly relieved. Fuji was an old cat, I could tell he was in frequent pain from arthritis, and he may have been partly blind. His passing was quicker than it might otherwise have been, and I didn't have to make a decision about it myself.

Not looking for another cat at present.

May he rest in eternal summer as an eternal kitten, with mousies and butterflies in abundance.

Fuji in his prime.

1232 - Tuesday, 8 August 2006: I remember once, I was watching TV in bed and Fuji lay down in the crook of my arm, very anthropomorphically stretched out on his back. He fell asleep there and started snoring right in my ear. I couldn't control my laughter and shook so hard I woke him up.

Sympathies from readers. Thank you all.

Finished Ambush Alley, not a hit piece I guess, but after Fischer's Washington's Crossing and Sloan's Given Up for Dead I have high standards for military-history books, and this BBC/PBS guy didn't meet them. Anyway it was about the battle of Nasiriyah, in which, coincidentally, Pvt. Jessica Lynch of the 507th Maintenance Convoy was captured. Two bridges on a major route to Baghdad were the objective for the Marines, and the point the book illustrates is that No Plan Survives Contact With the Enemy, and that Murphy Was a Grunt. Now on Ringo's Choosers of the Slain and grateful for the distraction.

Both sisters express intention to attend the next plate match, on the 26th.

This Saturday, I have: the Barberton show; meeting this guy there, possibly to help him get into reloading, and to give him some of my Mosin loads for his evaluation; to the range for Garand practice with the ammunition I haven't loaded yet because the bank computer hasn't spat out the PayPal donation yet; and with the rifle & handgun sections of my reloading pages ready for release (a few people have seen them already), I need to whip up at least a small batch of shotshells for photo purposes to finish the shotshell page. Pistol practice is advisable too, I felt I did poorer than I should have in the last plate match (even though I took 2nd overall).

1233 - Wednesday, 9 August 2006: Last time first sis visited, we walked up the driveway and startled Fuji, who was cleaning himself. You know how cats sometimes forget to reel in their tongues and how cute it is? Fuji had an inch or more of tongue hanging down and flapping as he moved. He reeled it in before I got my camera out though.

More trouble than usual sleeping last night. Ringo didn't help.

Atlas Shrugged was a more complete work, but The Fountainhead was a lot easier to read. Anyway both are important.

PayPal donation came through, blew much of it at Sportsman's Warehouse. They only had one box of Hornady #3037; got the powder; resisted urge to get a box of $ierra #2115; succumbed to RCBS primer tube for the single-stage press (dug out the mounting block for it), which will speed things up a little when next I load 7.62x54R or 7.62x39mm. (This also necessitates new photos for the rifle reloading page. Hope to have the photos for the shotshell page, and to provide a link, this weekend.) Oh, and couldn't resist another 50-place plastic cartridge box. (I note that SW still has a place for CCI #34 (and #41) military primers, but such space is empty.) Loading 103 rounds (counting leftover #3037s from last time) presently.

Seen on the lists:

For those who wonder why Americans are such rowdy, individualistic, rebellious, SOBs: America is a nation made up of people who came here because either they didn't like where they were or where they were didn't like them, or both.
Finished CotS, many asses kicked, lots of room to continue the series. Starting American Soldier, Gen. Tommy Franks' book, picked up cheap at a library fundraiser in Battleground, WA, some months ago. (Franks was at the recent NRA convention, but that doesn't mean as much as it might once have - remember I'm on the late Neal Knox' side in the NRA schism.) I expect to read this book in pieces as others come through my library hold queue.

1234 - Thursday, 10 August 2006: Years ago I lived in Beaverton and worked at various, and variously-shady, computer dealers. One day I was going out to scatter resumes on the waters and came out of the bedroom wearing a necktie, one of the few times I ever have. Fuji took one look, turned sideways and fluffed in traditional feline battle-challenge. Man, that tail got big.

Work sigh. See previous whining about how I don't wanna.

Seen on a bumper (accompanied, of course, by a Vietnam service ribbon, a US Army Retired decal, a POW/MIA magnet, etc.): JANE: CALL HOME/1-800-HANOI. Civilian gunfolk like myself have long memories, but we're not the only ones by any means.

On sale at Bi-Mart, Tora! Tora! Tora! Special Edition on DVD for $7.88.

In the news, a terrorist attack by young middle-eastern men using liquid explosives is foiled - and new security at airports restricting or prohibiting all liquids. So they'll take bottles away from babies but they won't profile young middle-eastern men! BOYCOTT ALL AIRLINES until they stop treating terrorists like dignitaries and customers like cattle!

Loaded 55 rounds M2 equivalent.

Fuji's loss is painful, but life must go on. My cat's gone, I can see a future point where I become unemployable due to attitude, my car could scatter itself over I-205 at any time, some of the best weapons in my collection are stolen (possibly twice), the country's deteriorating within and being invaded without, near everybody in the world is at war with somebody whether they admit it or not (i.e. the Paris riots)... shooting is one of the few things that still give me pleasure and I'm gonna do some. Besides, Tucson Tom is owed a progress report on the Queen, and the way things are going I'll need my skill with her anyway.

Email backing up more.

1235 - Friday, 11 August 2006: Fuji's size was probably a result of a high-protein diet in his formative year: cockroaches. Several times a night, in a previous hovel where he grew up, I'd wake up to little crunching, popping, smacking sounds. He only ever took one mouse that I know of, but he did it all by himself, again waking me with crunching. Some years later I gave him an assist on one I found in the bathtub - It took him a minute, but eventually he streaked out of the hovel with something gray and furry in his mouth.

Paycheck. Shrug.

Loaded remaining 48 Hornady 150s.

Cruffler phones, alerts me to reloading stuff at LL Guns, will go there after Barberton tomorrow.

There is a part of me that is really hurting over losing Fuji, and the little tufts of fur that are still outside the hovel door from cleaning himself. But I've long been a compartmentalized kind of person (probably something unhealthy there) and another compartment is fiddling with the Pro 1000 progressive press to see if I can set up the Lee .30-06 crimp die (the donated press came with a .45ACP shell carrier) so I can feed the finished rounds through that. The cartridges are too long for the case feeder, and on further consideration I probably don't want live .30-06 rounds clunking down on each other in what would amount to a tube magazine, even with CCI primers. Single-loading would be all right if I didn't have to also take them out, the press can kick them into a box. -And that was a waste of time because a completed .30-06 round is too long to clear the Pro 1000's turret, much less the crimp die body, before the shell carrier starts to rotate. Also the top-heavy cartridge tumbles the wrong way over the kicker bar after the last station and ends up on the floor. So now I know. So much for my first attempt at processing rifle rounds on a progressive press, but at least there's new data. And now I have to set up the crimp die for the single-stage all over again. -With a shorter cartridge, i.e. 7.62x51 or 7.62x39, this should work. -103 rounds crimped. The latter 48 are from a different can of powder and a bit longer COL, as the cannelure was a bit too low to suit me on the first 55.

Attempting email, managed some. Reader sends initial range report on the affordable Rock Island 1911:

OK... I finally got my Rock Island Armory .45. It's accurate, but about half the time it won't lock open on the last shot. Two hundred rounds no stoppages, not a hiccup. Feeds well, groups well, puts them all in a fist sized group two inches below point of aim. American Eagle and Wolf ammo.
Probably a bit of magazine trouble, maybe in the shape of the follower.

Yuri sends this (title is "The Difference"):

1236 - Saturday, 12 August 2006: Made it to Barberton. Later than I intended, but I did drag myself out of bed. Bought: for $10 (marked $15), a scruffy old M5A1 bayonet for Garand (the kind with the stud that goes in the gas plug, instead of a traditional muzzle ring), stamped "JAPAN", no scabbard (there was a very nice 10" at the swap meet, with scabbard, marked $50, but of course I was more concerned with raising money that day); for $20 (marked $25), GI steel-pot helmet, apparently complete, for the WWII rifleman shtick I guess, probably just my battered psyche reaching out for something (cat, car, work, burglary, Blueshirts, Blue States, what am I, Job?). Saw a worn and damaged cartridge belt for $4 but forgot to get it, maybe next month. Also saw this (Ruger Single-Six, .22LR/WMR - tag says "Aluma-Hide" custom epoxy finish).

The part that hurts over Fuji is getting dragged around by the part that goes on living.

Cruffler bought this, for something under $400:

1918 Erfurt P.08 9x19mm

It's a 1918 Erfurt, 1908 model, 9x19mm, refinished but all matching except for the takedown plate as far as he can tell. Then he handed it to me and asked me to live-test it, since I was going to the range and I'd never fired a Luger before (he had to stay and run the show when other club officers flaked out). I tried my old 147gr plated lead handloads, which functioned perfectly but were horribly inaccurate, and UMC 115gr factory, which functioned perfectly and were much more accurate. For some reason I didn't get around to practicing with my own pistol today (the handgun line did get crowded later). Anyway Cruffler was pleased to learn that the only thing wrong with his Luger was that it wouldn't lock open on the last shot, which he'd already discovered dry, and which is probably the magazine's fault.

Before that, to LL Guns where I got a Lyman carbide 3-die set in .45ACP for $12, a box of quite old Speer #4477 .451" 200gr JHP for $10, and 250 pieces of apparently-virgin Winchester .357 Magnum brass at $3/50. Would've bought more, ˘ouldn't. Reportedly there was a very great deal of stuff in the original pile and most of it is already gone.

To the lower range for practice with the Queen, all with handloads. Zero malfunctions, no doubling when firing from clips, so that reinforces my opinion that the Federal red-box stuff uses too-sensitive primers and is not safe in a Garand. Fired 63 rounds, adequately zeroed at 100 yards and up sometimes one click, sometimes three, at 200. Some rounds went right where I wanted them to, many didn't; some strings were horrendous and some were wonderful. Not blaming the rifle, I suspect either me or my handloads or both. While there a couple of the regular match shooters showed up and we chatted, and it was suggested that I weigh every charge in these loads - couldn't hurt, but tedious. (Is there an easy-metering ball powder suitable for Garand fodder?) It was also suggested that the action was a bit too loose in the stock and a replacement might be in order. (Bedding would be against CMP match rules though.) Progress continues. I will have to go again to get more practice before the match. And, a couple readers have asked for more pictures, so here's one:

The Queen with bayonet fixed

Oh, and the bayonet changed the point of impact - 5 or 6 MOA up. That's different. Presently I'm three clicks up from bottom for center hold at 100 yards (I always use center hold, as I anticipate the conditions under which I'll need these skills will not be on targets of geometrically-known sizes and distances), so to sight-in with the bayonet (for bonus points in this club's matches) I think I'd need a taller front sight. But I understand they're available.

Will attempt pistol practice next weekend, depending on crowds. Rifle practice is out as the two-day state CBA championship is on the lower range, but pistol practice will give me an excuse to take pictures of CBA for the newsletter. Oh, and hunter's ed was on the upper range earlier today and on the swell trail-and-game simulator below the parking lot, got a couple good pictures of that. Rifle practice on the 2nd then, and maybe I can simulate the match as I used to, if the Remchester-toting "sportsmen" don't object to my eee-vil military rifle - or even if they do. I might start using the TW5 rounds (which I suspect are non-corrosive), sight in with those, and eliminate my handloads as a factor; I should have enough for practice, one simulated match, and the match itself, especially if the match is on the three-stage, 35-round Course A instead of last year's four-stage, 55-round Course B (I'll check on that).

After fuel and groceries, back to hovel, where the still-living part now has the Pro 1000 set up to process the .45ACP brass I've been accumulating. I don't own a .45 but I will in time. (Even if I end up having to take it off a dead jackboot. Hey, a Kimber SWAT, a Springfield HRT, not shabby.) Not loading any live rounds (don't have Large Pistol primers anyway), but getting the brass processed.

Technical trivia from Cruffler, who used to do the benchrest, sub-MOA, weigh-everything thing: the reason Norma brass is so expensive is that they drill their flash holes with an actual drill, while most other brands more quickly and cheaply use a punch. The punch leaves a burr which may affect ignition and therefore accuracy, so the hardcore high-end benchrest folks take a drill, or a purpose-built tool from Redding or Sinclair Intl. or somebody, and drill their flash holes.

ISP trouble still.

In Shotgun News I notice that Fred/RWVA will be in Yakima on 7-8 October for their Appleseed Project. I could reach Yakima.... I'd better start saving for fees and lodging and such.

1237 - Sunday, 13 August 2006: Zzz.

Garand Match flyer in email, says shorter Course A, so if I use the TW5 stuff in practice I only need to save 35 rounds for the match. Counting it again - 151 rounds.

Gun Talk rerun of GunSite show, Elves abandoning chat room. Then my ISP crashes anyway.

Fiddling with the steel-pot helmet. Straps are nylon, all seems nearly unused, but the liner is awfully loose in the pot unless I use the chin strap to secure the liner between the pot and my head. Is there supposed to be some additional way of securing the liner to the pot? There are three little buckles inside the liner, at approximately 3, 6, and 9 o' clock, that aren't doing anything. Then, digging through closet and Willie the Parasite, may the little racist bastard be raped to death in prison, did not steal my Kevlar helmet, nor my no-doubt-expired flak vest. (Also found my mace, a comfortably-simple handweapon which disappeared I-don't-know-how-long-ago.) Found some Woodland-pattern BDUs that might still fit too. In the Allies vs. Axis match, there's a special award - I forget if it's bonus points or a refund of the match fee - for the best period costume, but most of the stuff I've collected is Vietnam-era or later. It will probably take more time and money than I have to build a WWII rifleman outfit (though the OAC show usually has a bunch). Maybe next year. -The two helmets seem about the same weight.

Um, the Appleseed event is on the same weekend as the Vancouver fairgrounds gun show and the Barberton show, hm.

Examining the Garand bayonet. Some rust, especially under the grips, but it's still functional. Crossguard (and therefore the mounting stud) a little loose, I'll try silver-soldering it.

Sized & expanded the new .357 brass, priming.

New cartoon:

I spend too much money when I'm depressed. Now I have The Green Berets on DVD. John Wayne killing communists, one can't get much more un-PC. -I note the subtitles were written by someone with no military knowledge whatever.

ISP down & up, struggling with email and journal updates.

1238 - Monday, 14 August 2006: Lethargy.

Starting Turtledove's The Grapple, tenth in his alternate Confederate series.

And... lethargy.

1239 - Tuesday, 15 August 2006: Continuing Turtledove's The Grapple. I may have been somewhat unfair to the author in previous criticism of this series. Sure, he turned Pittsburgh into Stalingrad and the Confederacy into a Reich (and the Richmond Ghetto is having an Uprising - I wonder if he'll do a Sobibor too?), but there are big, thought-through differences other than uniforms and maps. His less-than-zippy writing style still annoys, but has improved (or benefitted from editing) vs. previous works. However, one criticism I must make: he's writing about .45 pistols, .50 machineguns, automatic rifles... John Moses Browning was a Utah Mormon, and in this alternate universe, the Utah Mormons are in full-scale armed rebellion against the Union for the second or third time in as many generations. John Cantius Garand was Canadian-born, and in the Great War the USA took Canada away from the UK and has militarily occupied it ever since (except for the US-puppet "Republic" of Quebec). Non-gunfolk do not realize how much history has been shaped by a handful of arms-designing geniuses. I mean, c'mon! Arch-Duke Ferdinand was assassinated with a Browning M1900 pistol designed by John M. Browning!

I forgot about the .45 brass in the tumbler, which is set to run while I'm at work, and it ran for six hours (the media is old and I haven't bothered to treat or change it, so I just run it longer) over two days. Anyway, shiny. I note that Federal brass, or at least what seems to be later production, has a consistently larger flash hole than other brands. Eh?

I did make a little progress on the shotshell reloading page over the weekend and hope to have it "finished", and to put up a link to my reloading pages so you can all tell me how unfinished they are, this weekend.

ISP behaving at present, attempting backed-up email.

Here is some frightening nanny-state, government-knows-best stuff from Belgium, with American implications.

Paul Chafe, author of Destiny's Forge, thanks me for the review of his book and offers condolences for the loss of Fuji.

More media bias. Phooey.

Getting tips on the steel-pot helmet and on period US uniforms & gear. Oh, don't tell me I'm becoming a re-enactor, as if I didn't have an expensive hobby already.... (And I still don't have that Confederate officer's uniform to tick off the liberals at Hallowe'en. I'm sure Dixie Gun Works has everything I could possibly need, but at shocking prices.)

Today's Dilbert was particularly timely.

One reader comments on The Green Berets and wonders, in email, how we lost that one; then answers himself, "Oh yeah, the commies over here." And that's something I've been thinking on since I got the DVD, not least because I'm reading another alternate history book. Has it not been said, by the commies over there, that we would have won if not for the commies over here? Now that's an alternate history I'd like to read. But with so much baggage on the issue, who'd dare write it and how would it turn out?

In email, first sis justifiably brags about the people she is subverting into the Gun Culture. Yay sis!

1240 - Thursday, 17 August 2006: I've been laid off.

Temp rep says that employer says they loved my work, felt really bad about letting me go, and would hire me back, but just ran out of things to do. I've had worse jobs, and worse tasks too, which are not the same thing. This was not entirely unexpected; I spent most of yesterday wandering around from one cell to another looking for what amounted to make-work, and I heard a rumor today that I would be laid off.

So hey! I'm unemployed again! At least this time I didn't quit. Two new possibilities, electronics in Tualatin or machine operator at a Well-Known Knife Maker in about the same area (no, the other one).

And tomorrow I sleep in.

Big yearly two-day OAC show this weekend being advertised on radio, cool. Except now I'm incomeless again. What in the hell did I do in a past life? Well, at least this gives me time to finish my reloading pages.

Aaand, from the lists, I think I just learned that the four-column submachinegun magazine I mentioned recently, from the Spectre and the new Chinese stuff, actually goes back to the Finnish Suomi in the late 1920s/early '30s. How 'bout that?

1241 - Friday, 18 August 2006: Zzz.

Oh yeah, the Barberton show is on the second Saturday of the month, so it wouldn't conflict with the RWVA event in Yakima.

First sis emails that she's sending money and I respond in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that she should stop doing that! I got the storage rent paid into September and I have the hovel rent, and a little food and fuel, in the pipeline. -Well, depending whether and what she sends I could legitimately spend it on .357, 7.62x54R, and 12 gauge components for both sisters.

Tweaking my Constitution a little with input from radio talk and news. No readers have yet made any suggestions.... Recent adjustments are against eminent domain in favor of private property (Article VIII Section 5), and against international law & treaties in favor of national sovereignty (Article I Section 4 Paragraph 7, Article VII Paragraph 2).

My reloading pages are ready for viewing, and here they are. Bear in mind, I'm not trying to teach a course in reloading here, I'm just trying to take some of the mystery out of it, i.e. for those who are tired of paying ~80˘/round but don't want to lose body parts making their own.

Speaking of airports....

Don't know if I'm going to the range tomorrow. I'd like to get some photos of the CBA championship for the club newsletter, and I could use some pistol practice before the match, I dunno.

Neighbor reports burglaries and suspicious presences in area. Taking down porch flag, which interferes with motion-activated porch light. Wyoming....

1242 - Saturday, 19 August 2006: Znrk. Going to OAC show, but also packing for a range trip.

Checking email first - Yuri says he'll be there, good. From USKTA, this excerpt:

It was very disturbing to hear at O.R. that some knife industry executives received venomous and outrageous hate mail as a result of the now infamous Wall Street Journal article. I am trying to obtain permission to publish some examples. It is a sad commentary on the ignorance prevalent in the public on this subject and, more to the point, on how easily people can be manipulated by the misleading information and outright lies that the Anti's rely upon in their battle against our rights. It is yet another example of why forming USKTA and then building up a broad base of members is so critical at this juncture.
Since I appear to be nearing the 30Mb limit of my ISP's web hosting for this site, I'm now putting the pictures onto the JEFFERSONIAN.NAME server, which came with 5Gb free hosting but puts advertisements on the top. Pointing the .html to files stored there works great however. Anyway if there's trouble loading pictures henceforth, that may be why. I might transfer more stuff there, to free up space on the Iguanasoft server, time & gumption permitting.

Fabulous displays at the once-a-year two-day OAC show. Decent attendance too, for what is usually a little tiny show in a National Guard Armory - but this year it was advertised on radio. Here's just a little of the fascinating stuff I saw:

Then to the range. Sat down at a bench with the P35 and ended up nudging the rear sight a bit. So I got some pistol practice, hope it makes a difference in the match. Also took photos of the Cast Bullet Association match, continuing tomorrow. Some of these shooters were loading their rounds right there at the bench:

Seen in the range parking lot:

So would I.

Now look here. I got some Garand practice, on the bench at 100 yards, with the TW5 rounds on the club's 10˘ 1"-grid target. I started three clicks up from mechanical zero, as for my handloads. I fired three rounds, single-loaded, and windage was good, about two inches low. Naturally I went up two clicks and fired five more rounds, single-loaded, and then as you can see I felt warm and fuzzy. Next I fired a clip of eight on a fresh target, immediately below the first, using the exact same point of aim. A picture being worth a thousand words:

One problem is that, again, I'm using tiny little aiming points that are hard to see over the M1's otherwise-superior sights. Hope to get more practice after the plate match on the 26th, and/or on the 2nd. Anyway, zero malfunctions. I remain convinced this is a worthy specimen of an excellent design and I need more practice.

Thought: It seems that when I single-load the Queen she puts the bullets right where she should, but when I use her as a repeater she puts them somewhere completely different. Experimentation is called for. 111 rounds TW5 remaining, also 40 rounds handloads, and a pile each of corrosive DEN42 and KA70-73.

I actually bought nothing at the OAC show, but this was far more show than sale. Some of the displays were truly magnificent. But, I spent vicariously through Yuri, who loaded up on reloading stuff. He'll soon be acquiring a #4MkI SMLE and has determined that it will be cheaper to load his own .303 than to hunt it down or buy factory hunting rounds. He should now have everything he needs to load .303 (except case lube, but he can get a bottle of oil treatment goop at Bi-Mart or some dollar stores). Based on Sierra's 5th edition manual he selected Hodgdon H380 powder, and acquired some Hornady #3140 .310" 123gr bullets and CCI200 primers. But, does anyone else have some pet .303 British loads?

Cruffler sends:

Inspired by reader, new image:

I note the gas plug backs out some after a session. Adding a touch of blue LocTite/GunTite.

Readers send: The M1 Garand and the Modern Militia; Wildlife Officers Demoted for Illegal Hunting; this one qualifies for both my Bad Cops and Crimes of the Left pages: Homosexual-Activist Cop Threatens Christians; The Militarization of American Police Departments.

From the lists: California Sucks Real Bad. Under California Penal Code and with an increasingly-common activist judge, they could raid the AvA or the PIG. And note the exemptions for the King's Men. Blueshirts, you see why gunfolk increasingly hate you? And remember: we're better shots. Come get some, jackboot.

Blogsurfing, found this article denouncing ignorant and lazy gunowners, like the recently-mentioned "feed the children" moonbat or the FAL guy from English Pit, who do nothing to defend the rights they wish to exercise, or even undermine them at the ballot box.

Another nitpick of Turtledove's alternate Confederate series: he uses the word flak. Which as we know is an abbreviation, in German, of FLugzugAntiKanone, anti-aircraft cannon. Except he's using it in west Texas to describe Confederate weaponry firing against Union aircraft. Okay, the United States and the Empire of Germany are allies in this war and in fact the US military is significantly influenced by the German, and the Confederate States are smack up against the United States and one can't help being influenced by the other - maybe I can let it slide.

That reminds me, another gloriously-rare piece I saw at the OAC show was a live, complete, MP44 (so marked, as opposed to MP43 or StG44). A real piece of hoplological history. Shoulda got a picture.

1243 - Sunday, 20 August 2006: Zzz.

Data point: Ruger 22/45 magazines are drop-free but, the shape of the floorplate and how it mates with the frame interferes with this, as the floorplate binds against the palm of the shooter's hand. One might take an X-Acto to the floorplate to clear the palm (and then to the polymer frame to remove sharp edges from the empty space thus created).

Reader sends confirmation that the affordable Rock Island 1911, which wasn't locking open empty, has nothing wrong with it but the magazines. Gotta get me one of tho$e. (After all, I have all this .45 brass now, and the Pro 1000's set up to load it....)

Gun Talk is a) reportedly a rerun and b) not being played on my usual station, some shopping show instead. Of the two other stations the site lists, one has some health show and I can't get the other to stream on my ancient (in computer years) hardware & software.

Reader sends: Cops Abuse, Mock Protestors, Offer Lame "Apology". Leftist commie protestors, sure, but again I say, what happens when Queen Hillary gets her hands on these powers? (I am of the same two minds on the recent wiretap court flap - terrorists should be tracked, hunted down, and killed, but what's Hillary's definition of a terrorist?) Five links: 1 2 3 4 5.

From the lists, The Border Still Sucks.

Winston Churchill quotes: 1 2 3 4. One that leapt out: "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

Aaand, speaking of airports again. If I ever need to fly somewhere I'll either find a private pilot who'll do it for cost-minus-one-cent per FAA regs, or I won't bloody go.

From the lists, a pro-gun Democrat. Which can usually be found somewhere between unicorns and dragons. Whaddayawanna bet the party destroys him for stepping off the reservation? Ooorrrr, more likely, it's just a smokescreen and the thugs will be kicking down doors as usual after the election. Pay no attention to the gun-banning, tax-raising, terrorist-appeasing socialist behind the curtain....

Reader sends German arms collector's site, including MP44 section. And I would love to take a semiautomatic reproduction of this to the AvA. (I actually find the first model more visually appealing than the second.) After I win the lottery and start my own business making reproductions of famous and otherwise-unobtainable firearms, I'd offer both models of FG42 in original 7.92x57mm (but using cheaper and more readily available BAR magazines), .30-06, and cheap-feeding 7.62x51 (possibly with FAL magazines). And I'd have the MP43/44/StG in the original 7.92x33 and in handier 7.62x39. How about a brand-new G/K43 that you would actually dare take out and play with? My idea is that CNC machining would bring the reproduction price below that of a collectible original. And while I'm at it maybe I could resurrect the proper way of making Garand receivers. -So I'm unemployed, I can still dream. -Hey, look at the last two photos on the FG page, of the sling swivel. Just like Uncle Mike's industry standard!

Fiddling with the Queen, trying to determine why the POI might be so drastically different as a repeater vs. single-loaded. Obviously the bullet tip must bear on the innards to be guided into the chamber, but would that deform the tip so much? And if cartridges are being fed from both sides of the staggered-column magazine, why is the shift in POI apparently consistent?

1244 - Monday, 21 August 2006: Zzzz.

Didn't win the lottery last weekend.

On reader suggestion, added photo of powder funnel in use to the rifle section of my reloading pages. Then, also added a couple pics and paragraphs for swaging military primer pockets. (The digital camera sis gave me for a birthday is so cool.) Then some more warnings on powder handling.

Cruffler emails praise for the pages. Aw shucks.

Sis sends money. Carrying the check in my wallet and not depositing it until I really have to. Pride.

But it's comforting to have that margin. Anyway, out of the hovel for groceries, fuel, library videos, and even daring $portsman's Warehouse for a box of .358 bullets for plate loads for my sisters for the match this weekend. Almost bought can of Hornady One Shot spray case lube, $8, restrained self; I have an adequate system for sizing rifle brass on the single-stage, the main reason I want the spray lube is if I start processing rifle rounds on a progressive press, because the Hornady stuff is supposed to dry nicely so it doesn't goop up everything it touches. Anyway I know they stock it and I can wait to get some.

Duh, I can legitimately and without guilt put the PayPal button on my reloading pages!

And just as I was heading out to the nearby convenience store for a lottery ticket I had this flash of artistic inspiration:

Then, from the lists, this is most blogworthy.

Later in email, Cruffler continues to enthuse about the actual live Pedersen device (with a quantity of ammunition) seen at the OAC show. I didn't know they were that rare. Fine, that's another reproduction for my fantasy business.

1245 - Tuesday, 22 August 2006: Zzzz.

Readers suggest the Queen's POI discrepancy is the Autoloader Effect and that makes sense, as, when single-loading, I've been easing the bolt down and giving the op-rod handle a little bump to seat the extractor. So that's what the SLED is for, might have to get one after all. Next practice session, will single-load using a clip (open bolt, insert empty clip, roll one cartridge into clip, release bolt - contrary to popular opinion and at least one computer game, the Garand can be topped-off from a less-than-full load if you know where to put your fingers). Will also see what happens with the 2-round match clip vs. 8-round.

New image:

If you don't get it, you haven't been paying attention.

Sized a bunch of .30-06, whipped up not-quite-300 rounds of .357 plate loads. Contemplating more 12 gauge superlight once my sister(s) tell me whether they want buckshot or birdshot.

I see that Ringo will soon have Unto the Breach, which just by the cover art must be the fourth in the Paladin of Shadows (Ghost) series. Then I go to Baen for the jacket blurb and it looks like Clancy has some real competition.

This page shows how to make one's own SLED, hmm.

Now Turtledove mentions the Thompson submachinegun in US hands. John T. Thompson was born in Kentucky in 1860, and when Lee, having not lost a copy of Special Order 191, smashed McClellan at Antietam two years later, Kentucky stayed a Confederate state. Harry shoulda consulted gunfolk on this series. Grump.

1246 - Wednesday, 23 August 2006: Zzz.

Looking through my Garand clips I found the one with a big rust spot on it (from the donated WWII rounds last year), which I shall attempt to convert to a SLED.

Evidently it rained last night, for the first time in weeks. Overcast today.

I will later acquire another 2- and 5-round clip (already have one of each), not least for loaners at matches.

Not pleased with the crimps on the last batch of .357, changing the separate taper-crimp die to a .357 setting and running them all through again. Maybe those .38-.357 die shims are worth it after all, maybe I can make something from the hardware store. Will change process for seating & crimping .357: powder measure in Pro 1000's first station, plain seater in second, crimper in third. That's how I was set up for .38, but I rarely do .38, so I'll change those dies.

Making the SLED. Mine's not as pretty of course, but it works with a resized empty case (and I didn't spend any incomeless money on it - shopped for one on the net, half-again or twice what I'd expect to pay for a 2- or 5-round, plus shipping, phooey, I have that many tools). The Fulton Armory FAQ shows how it's used. Might make another later. Now I'll see about that Point-Of-Impact. And now I won't have a clip pinging out of my rifle 20 or 30 times per match, as I would have with my previous plan.

It seems I am now keeping a separate GarandBlog, which is really just excerpts from this journal.

Lars is having a Bad Caller day - no one, on either side of the aisle (usually it's just the hysterical left), can get their act together and make a coherent point on the air.

From the lists: Driving With Money is a Crime. It's gettin' near time to feed the hogs. Official government asset-seizure program. And how often is our legislature writing itself a new budget law under which assets can be seized from "criminals"? (I note it's a Clinton legacy....)

Now Turtledove mentions a US training camp named after General Pershing. He also was born in 1860, in Missouri, and his father served as sutler to the 18th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was a Confederate unit. So little John J. would have grown up in a Confederate home, if not necessarily a Confederate state (I forget who ended up with Missouri earlier in this series). Harry's historical knowledge ain't all it's hyped to be.

1247 - Thursday, 24 August 2006: Zzz.

Finished The Grapple, which series may be concluded in the next volume, In at the Death, which isn't out yet. Now on Von Neumann's War, apparently a standalone, by Ringo & previous collaborator (Into the Looking Glass) rocket scientist Travis Taylor.

ISP down last night, still down this morning.

Big load o' laundry, fewer icky laundromat people on an unemployed weekday morning.

Von Neumann's War is zippy, especially right after a Turtledove.

Had to deposit sis' check, argh.

Savage bashing Rice for sticking it to Israel again. It was her that convinced Israel to give up Gaza to terrorists, and now the allegation is that she jerked Olmert around, who in turn jerked the IDF around, while bullets and rockets were flying. Also more bashing of Google, who cooperate with communist China to totalitarian ends and display other leftist behavior. I've been using AlltheWeb for most of my searches for a few years now, ever since the first anti-gun allegations came out against Google.

No difficulty reprocessing the TW5 brass, now that I have the RCBS primer-pocket swager.

ISP up this evening. In email, both sisters report they are subverting people into the Culture!

Mild weather the last couple days, but weekend forecast is hot.

1248 - Friday, 25 August 2006: Zz.

Cleaning hovel. -Okay, procrastinating. Bachelor here, bear-with-furniture. -And I think one of the bathroom fixtures has developed a leak. The time spent with the drunken Polish plumber may come in handy - he had (likely has) a bottle problem, but he does know his stuff.

Making copies of tournament tree & qualifying time sheets for plate match; also of the Four Rules for more general distribution, will leave stack in R/O shack.

Paycheck, shrug. Mailing rent tomorrow.

Thought for the PIG: Confederate uniform and a reproduction Henry. "Took it off'n a dead Yankee!" It's a repeater... the PIG's rapid-fire stages start the clock with the weapon loaded and the shooter in position.... Previously I challenged Cruffler to attend the PIG with one of his several Trapdoors, heh. Do the Capstick thing with cartridges between the fingers of the support hand, eh? The Trapdoor ejects spent cartridges, not simply extracting them, yes? (And modern brass is so much better than what the 7th Regiment had.)

I have seen, years ago at the big Expo show, one of the Tsarist Russian Winchester 1895s, in 7.62x54R with full stock & charger guide - don't recall if it had a bayonet lug or would use the Mosin socket. According to the Books, more than half of the 1895's production went to Russia, and rumor has it that a large cache of them has been located since the Soviet collapse, but money is being haggled over. Anyway, bayonet. Politically Incorrect Gun.

Packing range bag(s), hoping for some rifle practice after the match. The Caldwell electronic muffs have the advantage, as designed, of letting you hear things and people around you while still protecting your hearing, but the old simple Silencio muffs can rotate to allow the wearing of a hat. Taking both.

Recently I ordered a small part from Numrich and as usual it arrived in good order and in a reasonable amount of time. Also as usual it came with a flyer advertising some stuff, and I find item #KF546160, M1 Garand Buttstock Accessory Package, $21.60, perfect. As soon as I have income again.

1249 - Saturday, 26 August 2006: Znrk.

Match day. Up early enough to clean hovel, or at least pretend to, and listening to local radio talk. Gubernatorial and other campaigning - bleah. Saxton's a RINO, Kulongoski's a commie, Mary Starrett of the Constitution Party is a single-issue (anti-abortion) candidate - but not my single voting issue (though theoretically she'd do all right with it), Libertarians are not viable candidates in a state of war for cultural survival, and it looks like everyone else is on one fringe or another. Meanwhile, partisan maneuvering: last time, great lengths were gone to by the (Democrat...) Secretary of State for Oregon to keep raging commie Ralph Nader off the Oregon ballot... ‘cause he was a spoiler for Democrat votes. This time great lengths are being gone to, again by the Democrat SecState, to keep Republican spoiler Starrett on the ballot.


Finish loading car, deposit paycheck, mail rent check, off to the range. Yuri begs off due to family obligations, maybe next time.


A full field of sixteen entries, though one dropped out due to time constraints after qualifying. The new tournament tree and loser's bracket tree printouts worked great. I got knocked out of the regular bracket in the third round, but took the loser's bracket the rest of the way! Second sis, out of practice, got a bye in the first round and was knocked out in the second, then also knocked out of the loser's bracket, but first sis made it to the third regular round on her own, though she didn't survive the loser's bracket either.

Ten months! That's how long it's been since I won this match. Eight months! That's how long my GP100 has been stolen (though, rubbing it in, I still wonder how many times it's been stolen). I was beginning to worry that the P35 just wouldn't make it in this match, but the live practice and the sight-nudging last weekend really paid off. I even beat Jim Breen, who has won four of the last five months! VICTORY!!

Stayed after a while to try a few other things, including some shotgun introduction for second sis - she thought my superlight 12 gauge loads were powerful, until she tried a factory sporting load. The Load-All II will be getting more use.

First sis gives money. Second sis gives groceries. I am not a charity case! I hope....

1250 - Sunday, 27 August 2006: Most of the day spent on a scenic drive along the Columbia Gorge, including a stop at the Stonehenge replica and war memorials in Klickitat County:

Cruffler sends:

French Peacekeepers Arrive by Landing Craft
Surrender to Lebanese fishermen one mile from shore

Prior to reaching the coast of Lebanon, the advance 30-man contingent of the planned 200-man force of French peacekeepers has surrendered unconditionally to an unarmed, thirty-foot Lebanese fishing boat that had broken down and was drifting as the result of an overheated propeller shaft bearing while trawling for sea bass off the coast of Lebanon.

Colonel Maurice Pusse' explained that this surrender is necessary in order to verify conditions in Lebanese prisoner of war camps before the entire French force lands and surrenders en masse. "If the food and lodging are good, if they provide adequate dental care", Pusse' said, "then I can signal the main force to land; otherwise, they might just as well land somewhere else and surrender to anybody."

One of the five surprised fisherman who was interviewed, Ali Bubba, said he was delighted with the cooperative attitude of the French infidels and is especially happy to receive rifles and machine guns that have never once been fired, plus a nice landing craft. "These are new-in-wrap weapons that will command a good price, to help lift me out of poverty so I can travel to America and open a doughnut shop or maybe an institute for diversity training".

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed concern that the upkeep for French soldiers in Lebanese POW camps would impose a severe financial strain and said that, "of course, the United States, with their deep pockets and all, should, to be fair, pay extra for everything including the additional wear and tear and anguish of my staff of twenty-five thousand, some of whom are not even related to me."

1251 - Monday, 28 August 2006: Zzz [drooling on pillow]. Active weekend in summer heat, tired and creaky.

But I've had my week off. Pestering temp service - nicht.

Huh, only 60 rounds 9x19mm FMJ left - I went through an entire MegaPack in the match, five qualifying runs and thirteen in competition! Removing the P35's magazine safety and slicking the magazines so they drop free also helped - I have a big advantage over others when reloading, even when my opponent also has an autoloader; I practice my reloads, I take my weapon out and handle it. (Second sis! Go get yours right now! Get those dummy rounds! First sis, you too! Speedloader drill, chop-chop!)

Bunch of .357 and a little more scavenged .45 brass from the match, processed. Setting up for a big 12 gauge batch for sisters.

On further consideration, Harry's War isn't such a great film, plot- and production-wise. It could have been delivered better, why is the income tax wrong, why should it be revoked? For preaching to the choir it's adequately entertaining, but I think it fails as a mind-changer.

1252 - Tuesday, 29 August 2006: Zzz. Lethargy & apathy.

On one of the lists someone posts a pile of .40 brass for sale. I forward the message to compulsive-accumulator Cruffler and in the resulting exchange it occurs to me I should probably start picking up the significant quantities of .40 at Clark Rifles, on principle, even though I may never own a .40 myself. I need more dollar-store buckets.

Finished Von Neumann's War, tasty but somewhat shallower than I've come to expect, kinda feels like it was written with an eye toward future screenplays. Starting Galileo's Children, collection edited by Gardner Dozois, theme of superstition vs. science, but the preface raises some Culture War hackles. Then I take a closer look at the table of contents and there's a story titled "The Last Homosexual", and I skim it and it's about a future world that sounds like it was taken verbatim from the Democratic Underground. Phooey. Next in the stack... The Draco Tavern by Larry Niven, a collection not in his Known Space universe and some of which I think I've read in other collections years before. -Yes, that's more palatable.

In Shotgun News, InterOrdnance lists reproduction US (and German) WWII uniform bits. $hrug.

Online graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Report.

1253 - Wednesday, 30 August 2006: Temp service - still nothing.

Remember Michael New?

Autumn in August, unwarm and wet. Probably a zillion traffic accidents. Cityfolk.

In the last few weeks, reports of several hit-and-runs... and the perpetrators' or suspects' names or descriptions are usually Latino. (That's local - meanwhile a Muslim goes on a vehicular-assault spree... again; this time in San Francisco.) And reportedly southern California is as I type sliding into third-world illiteracy and degeneration. "Demographic warfare" says a radio talker.

Made some 12 gauge, more later. A couple hundred more .357 plate loads, all plate projectiles gone again but a .30 can mostly full of live rounds for my sisters.

More than half through The Draco Tavern already, Niven still has some of the old magic, and is injecting minimal politics.

Contemplating die shims for .38/.357. Dimensions and diagrams in load manuals suggest shims of 0.135" are appropriate; with scrap metal, or hobby metal from the hardware store, and a Dremel, I should be able to make something instead of ordering it.

From readers, lists, and e-newsletters: in the UK, animal activists attack a grandmother & family for having a pro-hunting sticker on their car; Worldometers, realtime world statistics; dangerous court case regarding muzzleloaders; "'Social justice' means enslaving people who have money, to pay the way of those who have less"; and just as I'm checking URLs the ISP goes down again. >:-[

Finished The Draco Tavern, enjoyed. Nothing else in the stack or hold queue, will go back to Gen. Franks' American Soldier.

1254 - Thursday, 31 August 2006: At least I mailed the rent check.

Zzzz. Apathy and lethargy. And, ISP still down.

Back up in the evening. Back to the backed-up email: International Coalition for Women in Shooting and Hunting; disturbing new search engine; Ex-Cop Gets 4˝ Years for Bomb Threat - and now they can finally stop paying him.

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