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1556 - Wednesday, 1 August 2007: Zz-ouch. Supposed to be hot today, just as well I won't be flinging yard debris in it.

New club newsletter and calendar - highpower match this Sunday! Not much notice. But, the Queen is inoperable anyway and I don't have rounds for my other rifles. (I do have enough handloads for at least one more Garand match, and also a cache of CMP LC, and a couple heaps of corrosive surplus.) No plate match writeup - the editor was on a deadline I guess. Lots of matches - if I could afford the fuel I'd go up just to take photos.

From the Patriot Post, Quote o' the Day: "You don't make the poor richer by making the rich poorer." - Winston Churchill

Also: "That would be a real big problem for us, no question about that." - Rep. James Clyburn on how good news regarding the surge in Iraq would be bad for Democrats

And: "While, as I recall, conservative little boys practice quick draw with their cap guns while playing cowboys and Indians, apparently liberal little boys practice how fast they can throw up their hands to surrender to the guys in the black hats." - Tony Blankley

Yuri tells me the Garand firing pin has arrived! Hm, match Sunday, hmm.... I'm conserving fuel now but I hope to get the pin from him at the Washougal show and/or the club picnic Saturday.

My club... is probably the best in the area. Some are bigger, some have longer rifle ranges, some are open more days or have different kinds of competitions, but taken altogether as cost vs. location vs. activities vs. (constantly-improving) facilities, mine's best. Certainly I can't think of one that's less expensive. To support my evaluation, just look at the membership: capped at 600 by a vote of the board, and a waiting list, and always a crowd on public days, and a mob for months every year during public sight-in days.

[mode=ramble] Money.... It seems to me that the people who say money isn't everything, or money is in itself evil, usually have plenty of it; and the people they're saying it to, are, or the speaker wants to be, a lower class of servants and vassals. And property, like my original GP100 or certain patches of land or whatnot - same thing; the folks deriding property rights usually stand to benefit from some development deal or at least get to skim the take, and always have plenty of property of their own. The same pattern can be seen in the global warming cultists, Gore most graphically with his umpty-thousand-square-foot mansion and 6-figure heating bills. Elitist hypocrisy. Just the sort of thing that got the redcoats booted off this continent and, in older yet somehow less mature societies, produced the guillotine and the massacre of the Romanovs. -Public school history classes were bad when I dropped out a quarter-century ago, I shudder to think what they're like now. Without a knowledge of history, the masses can be made to fall for the same murderous, even genocidal, lies again and again: "Put us in power and we'll take from this group to give to you." "That group is evil and the root of all your misery. Put us in power and we'll wipe them out and raise you up in their place." And sometimes those in power even deliver... for a while. Until the useful idiots get their turn under the blade, in favor of the next group the rulers pander to in exchange for votes.

All of this - with an eye toward history - is why my hackles raise at the Patriot Act and similar legislation. The mere existence of such laws is dangerous enough, but at least our current president and partisan cabinet lack the stomach and/or spine to make a real Arbeit Macht Frei go of it. If Hillary gets in... good gods, we'll have a civil war and I'll likely get killed in it. Which is why, when a certain SCA acquaintence arrived at cable company ex-neighbor's birthday party with HRC's Living History under her arm, my fangs came out as though she were aiming a pistol at me. A vote for Hillary is a vote for death and destruction, including mine personally. The moonbats don't see it that way of course... they don't see further than getting their turn on top and their share of the loot. But me....

I know some history.


I'm on 30-odd email lists, mostly through the Yahoo system. This therefore disturbs me. If Yahoo cozies up so easily to the murderous communist Chinese regime, how much faster will they cooperate with domestic totalitarians like Hillary?

Finishing Other Times Than Peace, a collection of Drake's earlier work. The last entry is one he wrote for the Honorverse and I recall reading parts of it in one of the franchise anthologies; but this is the original, as Drake wrote it, before he sent it to Weber for polish. Honorverse junkies should like it either way. Next I have, seen in a banner on some conservative site or other, American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq, by James A. Warren. During the road trip I was watching FNC and there was a Hannity segment where he interviewed troops in Iraq, and one of them, irritated to use an understatement at his treatment by mainstream media, was describing his and his fellows' military careers as a "lifestyle". I've also viewed an actual documentary video on the Spartans, so I claim to know a little more about them than might be learned from a couple entertainment films. And, I've read several history and military-history books which dealt with the USMC. Even before I start reading this book, the title strikes me as appropriate. We have the best guys in the world, and they know what they're doing. If the damn bureaucrats would just get out of their way, we'd've been done in Iraq a couple years ago.

Off for more ache-making yard work (and more to the point, cash) tomorrow. Hm, better stop on the way for more sport drink - I usually carry some in the car with the other preparedness stuff, and of course it got used Tuesday. Plenty of water in the car though.

1557 - Thursday, 2 August 2007: Znrk.

Radio news, bridge collapse in Minneapolis - I'm sure it won't take long for the moonbats to blame it on George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Haliburton. (Some parody callers to the Laura Ingraham show doing just that.) (At least I think they were parodies. Blurry line, these days.)

"Jobs Americans won't do" my poor departed cat's fuzzy backside. Weed-whacking and junk-heaving in the summer sun. More tomorrow, gravel-shoveling and who-knows-what. I think this is multiply beneficial: I get cash, obviously; exercise, not a bad idea; and after several months of relative inactivity I'm easing back into a get-out-of-bed-and-go-to-work mindset, instead of crashing into a daily commute on jammed freeways at unholy hours.

Reader asks:

Maybe you should ask the question in your blog as to why the M1A is so expensive, it can't be the investment castings? An AR should have as many or more machining operations and my OLY is forged.
How do they make new Garand and M1A receivers these days? As opposed to how the Queen was made at the real Springfield Armory in 1955? Now one obvious difference between the cost of an AR receiver vs. an M1A is the alloys; the AR's aluminum will be a lot easier on the tooling and that's gotta reduce costs. But still, any insights?

Rumors, and only that, that the little English Pit range, where I began my quest to become a Rifleman, may reopen in a month or three. The rumor also states that no maintenance has been done to the place for about two years. Most likely I wouldn't go, except out of curiosity; Clark Rifles is bigger and better and has matches and cool stuff like that, but it would be an easier drive for many in the area, and another place for private citizens to shoot is in the Good column in any case.

Reader sends: Sean Penn Praised by Venezuela's Chavez. Kinda speaks for itself, eh?

US Army Marksmanship Unit Training Manual (pistol).

Reader reminds me of Guns magazine's 50-year-old issues in .PDF. The August 1957 issue has police-oriented articles, one titled "Whose Fault Is It If Cops Can't Shoot?" An excerpt:

It has become "smart" in recent years for shooters, people "in the know" about guns and shooting, to chant wherever police use of guns is mentioned, "Cops are lousy shooters! Cops don't know one end of a gun from the other!"

Unfortunately for all us, they are right in all too many cases. A few years ago, a lieutenant on a big city police force appeared at a gun repair shop with his service pistol wrapped carefully in a hotel dinner napkin. Trouble? The gun was cocked - the officer had cocked it in anticipation of trouble which had not developed - and he did not know how to uncock it without pulling the trigger.... Then there is the one about the officers who were called to dispose of a large dog that had bitten several children in a school yard. The policemen approached within a few yards and commenced firing. They ran out of ammunition. The dog, no longer amused, went home. The police followed, and the scene was repeated. Nobody knows (or will tell) how many shots were fired, but all agree that the dog was not hit. The dog catcher was called, finally. He caught the dog.

Uh huh. Oh, there are exceptions, I'm sure. But my challenge stands: I'm confident in my ability to whup 9 out of 10 average, uniform-wearing, cop-car-driving cops and their umpty-shot Glocks with my Ruger six-shooter. -Heck, just last weekend I was that close to winning the whole plate match, a field of 26, against a red-dot .22 racer in the final round. Oh, and here's another, from "Is the Tommy Gun a Police Weapon?"
"In nine out of ten of the cases in which Tommy Guns have been used by police in recent years, equal results could have been obtained with less bloodshed, less wreckage of property, less danger to innocent people, by trained officers with other weapons." - Valmore Forgett, Jr.
But these days, it seems every burg that has more than one ZIP code, and some that don't, have militarized SWAT teams with armored vehicles, MP5s, stun grenades, surplus M16s and new G36s (with all the 30rnd magazines they can carry, unlike they would allow us peasants), Remchester tactical sniper rigs (which in our hands would of course be eee-vil), and the occasional .50BMG (which LAPD struts around with on TV to support a ban, then has the gall to send back to the maker for service). And do they know how to handle them any better now than 50 years ago? If anything I'd bet they're even worse, with the general decline of the gun culture over the last few decades. Some of these badgeboys probably never touched a weapon until they joined the force.

But they're the Only Ones Professional Enough. Riiiight.

1558 - Friday, 3 August 2007: Shoveling gravel, laying foundation blocks, and more weed-whacking. Not as strenuous. Not as long either, as I begged off early to avoid Friday cross-town traffic, which was bad enough at 2pm. Don't know when or if I'm going back for more; I have a show and a club picnic tomorrow and maybe a match Sunday, dunno what I'll have left for yard work by Monday.

On the drive over, Rush points out that the moonbats are, predictably, blaming President Bush and the Republican Party for the Minneapolis bridge collapse, specifically claiming that taxes aren't high enough - then Rush points out that the states have enough (TAX!) money for extravagant social handouts, Museums of Drag Racing, a new baseball stadium, a replica Viking ship for their football team... and the bureaucrats choose not to spend that money on roads & bridges. And a fine soundbite: "600,000 bridges in America and one falls down." But persepective, like logic, is a fearful and alien thing to the lefties.

And another thing: a bridge for a major interstate freeway collapses, during rush hour, and after two days the death toll hasn't reached a dozen. Because this is America and we have the best damn infrastructure and emergency-response ever (which latter includes private citizens taking initiative and diving into the water on their own to pull people out, because it's the Right Thing to Do, and because Americans still have a vestigial tradition of not waiting around for Almighty Authority). You go almost anywhere else in the world, and something of a similar magnitude happens, thousands die, between peasant apathy and corrupt, wasteful government. Perspective!

American Spartans is a book to make one proud to be an American and ashamed to be a civilian. Remember that old Bugs Bunny cartoon with the super carrots that turned him into Super Bunny? And the end of the cartoon, where he sees a newspaper headline, says, "This looks like a job for a real superman!", ducks into a phone booth... and comes out in USMC blues? No foolin'.

Reader sends:

The receivers for the M1 Garand were forged billets that were then broached. Just like they do on many car parts now. They broach a bunch of stuff on the heads and blocks for at least Ford engines, the only ones I have ever been in a plant for.

The M14 was made on some of the same tooling so I would bet that part of it was made by broaching billets, with the rest being done by milling.

Most of the NEW receivers are made by investment casting and then CNC milling. That is why all of the new Garand receivers have been so bad, they were never designed for milling, even on a 4 axis CNC center. I can't remember for sure, but the follower track in an M1 receiver is an arc, which is a section of a circle, with either a 36" radius or diameter.

Springfield, Inc. has their receivers investment cast (they don't make them themselves) by the place that makes the FM High Powers. As they run out of other GI parts they are having to reproduce more and more parts on their own and they are trying investment casting for more and more of these and having more and more trouble and rejects. This trouble and especially the constant rejects, are what is keeping the price of an M1A up.

The ARs are designed after the point where CNC machining centers were available, even though high dollar items. They are designed to be produced that way, while the Garand and the M14 are not.

Anyone else?

Reader points to article on possible progress on the immigration front. Of course MSM slants it as the eee-vil Bush administration going all Third Reich on private businesses.

Then there's the bunny-huggers who want to reintroduce wolves and other predators all over the continent. Perspective.

Most of my readers, I think, have a sense of history. Many of you will have heard of David Bushnell's Turtle, the muscle-powered submersible used to attack a British blockade during the War of Independence. Someone appears to have built and tested a reproduction of this remarkable artifact of our strugle against tyranny and excessive government. And naturally, they got arrested. >:-[ So many points being missed I know not where to begin.

A bit of graphic insight on moonbat thought processes.

My assistance is directly requested for setup for the club picnic, so I guess I'll skip the little Washougal show this month.

Dem Congresswoman Sticks Fingers In Ears, Goes "LaLaLa, I Can't Hear You". Democrats hate America and want us to lose the war against Islamic terrorism. Article III, Section 3, United States Constitution: "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort...." What the hell else can you call this behavior?

1559 - Saturday, 4 August 2007: Okay, the introduction and first chapter of American Spartans strikes me as rambling, disconnected, and lacking flow; I like to think I'd've written it tighter. But the Marines' deeds speak for themselves and readability improves once the chronological bits begin.

Club picnic & swap meet! Brought nothing to sell - not much left to sell. Bought, perhaps irresponsibly, an RCBS priming tool, which takes standard single-stage shellholders; this will speed up my next batch of Mosin rounds. $15, less than half retail, and it ain't been used hardly a'tall. Won no door prizes but took half a surplus chocolate cake back to the hovel. Touched many bases, discussed my plate match and other upcoming events, took many photos for newsletter. Yuri delivered a brand-new, never-been-in-a-rifle Garand firing pin! Now I need another. For the butt trap. Because. -At the OAC show last Sunday the regular vendor who usually has some Garand bits was absent, according to some other regular geezers, due to a 23-year-old out-of-state driver's license, so it's doubly swell of Yuri to make the donation.

[Insert libertarian rant on excessive government, licensing scams, revenue schemes, etc.]

Also I scored a pound or so of scrap bonus lead, dug up by the various kids and then abandoned.

On the way out, stopped at Sportsman's Warehouse to check assorted prices and, finally, to get the replacement expander/decapper subassembly for my .223 die, though with the silver-solder repair in place I'll not bother installing it unless the old one breaks again. Comforting to have spares though.

And I refilled my reserve fuel can, which of course got used during the previous few crisis weeks. Vancouver ARCO Regular $2.79, local to the hovel, $2.65, BTW.

The Queen's new firing pin is installed and bounces a section of wooden dowel off the ceiling. The match tomorrow calls for 58 rounds including sighters; I have... 54 left from the last handload batch. But the course is four stages: slow-standing, rapid-sitting or -kneeling, and slow- and rapid-prone, with two sighters each, and all four stages are at the same distance, though on three different regulation targets according to the newsletter (eh, a black spot is a black spot). Also I still have a cache of LC72. I'm a'goin'.

Hm, Garand fodder... while in SW I manfully re$isted buying another box of Hornady #3037. In the hovel I have... about 80 such FMJBT projectiles, rather more than that in Nosler Ballistic Tips of the same diameter and weight but limited experience, and a mound of brass (much unprocessed) and a temporary adequacy of primers & powder.

Ah! Today is the fifth anniversary of the beginning of this journal! Have I made progress in becoming a Rifleman? Yes I have. I now possess a true battle rifle; I know how it works; I've medals and certificates on my wall proving my skill; I'm having more live-fire competition tomorrow morning.

Ah! E-list chatter says GunsAmerica is tooling up to step into the void left by eBay's prohibition of firearm and ammunition components. Free-markety goodness! America! Gods bless her!

1560 - Sunday, 5 August 2007: Dead last in a field of eight. :( But: it turns out I miscounted and didn't have enough handloads for the whole match after all, therefore I used LC72, which I hadn't sighted-in with recently; and, the double-length slow-prone stage, counting for 200 of 500 points, was on the much smaller MR31 target, instead of the SR1 I'm used to. 79.0% for the match, shrug, good enough to kill commies. The new firing pin worked perfectly of course and again, there's nothing wrong with the rifle. Another mitigation: the match started with the slow-standing stage (which did include two sighters), whereas most other matches begin with slow-prone (& sighters), which give shooters more and better opportunity to adjust their sights.

Small turnout for the match, only one relay - it pays to advertise. All over by about 11am.

Eww, open-to-the-public day. Fudds and blasters, and of course they have no clue there's a match scheduled because they don't even know there is a club newsletter.

Back to hovel. On Gun Talk, "NATO doctrine" for RKBA, observing the schism in the Culture. In chat... also a low turnout since the show host abandoned us; and grumping about that.

Trivia point: one of the Elves reports that the Mosin M91/30 socket bayonet will not fit on the M38 carbine. So now we know.


From the lists, this condescending claptrap from Boston: "Our advice is any time anybody is the victim of an apparent robbery where there is a weapon involved is to comply as much as they can to avoid being hurt." - Detective Lieutenant Michael Pappalardo

Riiiight, if anyone's going to do any hurting it's going to be the Only Ones. Case in point: Stray Bullet Shot by Cop Kills 5-Year-Old Boy. Out fishing with his grandfather and the kid wasn't safe from the people who are supposed to protect him. You watch, the investigation will "find no wrongdoing", the shooter will get paid leave, and he'll back on the job - still armed - in a couple weeks.

"Professional enough." Yeah right.

Rabbi points out ACLU hypocrisy regarding separation of church & state.

A reader mentions that a friend of his recently bought a .44 AutoMag. Way back when I started reading on purpose, among the first titles were the original Mack Bolan series by Don Pendleton, before the hack writers defiled it. Envy.

Yuri sends this eBay item in protest of eBay's new prohibitionist policy.

Oh. Ooohhhhh yeah. Word is, our guys take a certain pleasure in using the enemy's weapons, which they paid opium and/or CAIR donations for, against him, while saving their own tax-paid ammunition.

Hey, I got the Vaio running again! Still no sound, I suspect that's still (one of) the little tiny ribbon cable(s) under the speaker panel, and jostling may lose the power cable connection again, but at least I can fiddle with it, maybe get some Grisoft or WinXP updates if I can get the built-in modem working (or insert the modem card the NEC came with). The place I've been doing the yardwork is also populated by technogeeks of assorted vintages, and there's a WiFi spot there. I've been taking the NEC PII/300 there to fiddle with around lunchtime, but that laptop, while fine in its day and a tremendous advantage during the road trip, is really quite old and slow compared to the Vaio PIV/2.4. If I can get the Vaio running reliably I'll haul it all the heck over the place lemme tell ya. The Vaio is also the hottest computer I presently possess, hm. -Oh hey! External speaker port - yeah, no software or device issues, cool, just a little cable or maybe the built-in speakers. I'll get some cheap stereo headphones for the laptop bag I guess. If the power switch behaves itself this machine might be ready!

Yup, the Vaio's built-in modem fired right up, sweet. And I have that wireless card that is "excessive" for the old NEC.

WinXP isn't so bad... if you put it on Classic settings and have a powerful enough machine with enough hard drive space.

Oh- nope, power switch still not working. At least I got a Grisoft update before it died again, and I know it produces sound.

1561 - Monday, 6 August 2007: Hiroshima Day. The USA doesn't start fights. We finish them.

Tuscon Tom and another reader send more links to the same AP article on the "trained, professional" law enforcement officer killing the 5-year-old.

Lately I've been spending a lot of bandwidth at Wowio downloading free ebooks. One of these was John W. Campbell's original "Who Goes There?", the 1938 pulp novelette basis for two films, Howard Hawks' 1951 The Thing From Another World and John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing. Carpenter came closer to Campbell but all three are sufficiently spooky. Additionally, the original has an air of Mankind Conquering Anything the Universe Throws at Him and Coming Out Ahead.

Yuri sends THR thread on using motor oil for firearm lubrication, hmm. I run most of my weapons quite dry, except for the Queen with GI white or brown grease at the points indicated in the CMP manual. The Witness' feed problems were due to SWC shoulders, not a lack of lubricant; the P35 was fixed the instant I installed the compact upper, replacing the worn surplus original barrel & slide; I haven't added grease to the Queen for several sessions and she ran perfectly in yesterday's match. When cleaning the GP100 I usually disassemble the cylinder from the crane; on reassembly I put some CLP on the surface the cylinder rotates on, but not much.

Oh, an email from the Lone Oak club for a Garand match (on the same day as my plate match) just reminded me: I heard from my club's CMP guy that the LC M2 Ball is gone, or nearly so, and CMP is only offering the Greek stuff for sale now. Not that there's anything wrong with the HXP in my limited experience, and it's non-corrosive and reloadable, but alas, an era ends. -UMC, WinUSA, and FedRed all offer a 150FMJBT .30-06 load... and the published ballistics for all of them are way hot for a Garand, and the Federal doubled repeatedly in mine. I handload, sure, but can't the ammunition makers pay a little more attention to the market?

1562 - Tuesday, 7 August 2007: Hey, a power outage! (Truck vs. transformer, so I hear.) Fixed by the time I got back from the laundromat though. (For a moment I feared the power company had shut me off, but the phone line was unaffected, the NEC laptop's battery was charged, and I could visit their website - I have another month I think.) Heh, in the worst, living-in-the-Corolla, case, I can keep up with email and even update my site as long as I can scrounge some occasional AC for recharging, and/or keep the car fueled to use the power adaptor.

Hm, more yardwork Thursday perhaps.

As for emergency preparedness, I have flashlights, spare batteries, a shake-light, a Russian squeeze-light, matches, a Zippo, a kerosene lamp, a propane catalytic heater, even a butane stove to heat food or wash-water. Didn't need 'em, it's summer and the water heater hadn't cooled by the time the power was restored.

Radio talk: didn't take long for the bridge collapse to be blamed on global warming. Some folks need to adjust their tinfoil, lemme tell ya.

Hey, local ARCO Regular $2.59!

Plate match awards... are shrinking. Current champion John Goss, who also runs the Sharpshooter quarterly precision-rifle event, is far more techno-current than I and has provided some splendid new graphics; at the club picnic he and usual champion Jim Breen mildly complained about the 8.5x11" frames taking up too much space on their (SOs'...) walls. Therefore I'm getting 4x6" frames and photo paper at the dollar store. Still need ink though.

So I'm at the dollar store getting those and as usual there are screeching brats... but they're screeching in at least two different third-world languages. Immigrants are not assimilating. >:-[

Still not quite enough signal strength at the laundromat for a good wireless connection (sometimes enough for a bad one), but a thought: the Vaio came with an older wireless card, but which included an auxiliary antenna with a magnet for placing on a car roof, therefore drawing a signal from outside the steel cage of the automobile (where I usually sit rather than be contaminated by screeching brats and assorted street creatures inside the actual laundromat) (I keep an eye on my stuff through the windows). Will experiment, if I can get the other card's drivers onto the NEC somehow. -Or maybe XP's plug-n-play will suffice. Looks like it might, if I had any signal at all in the hovel to test the theory with. -Speaking of the NEC, a cardboard shim under the CPU access panel seems to help prevent the CPU popping out of its socket from heat expansion.

On eBay, Yuri also sends eee-vill fully-automatic assault rock and eee-vill plastic invisible assault straw.

Reader sends commentary on illegal immigration and activist judges. Hazelton, PA, loses.

Cruffler sends video of an open-carry incident in New Hampshire. More like Live Free and Die if the badgeboys have their way, but our guys (area libertarians (the porcupine is the libertarian totem, as for pachyderms and jackasses), specifically) handled themselves very well indeed. Much bandwidth required but it's worth it to illustrate the anti-rights, authoritarian mindset of modern LEOs. (Hint for slower connections: get the file to start playing, then click the Pause button, then go do something else while it downloads the rest of the file, indicated by a dark red bar to the right of the timescale slider (whereas a brighter red bar to the left indicates what has already been downloaded and played).) I yelled at my screen several times.

Paying car insurance now. $5 late fee from last time.

Heard of at the match, Dillon offers a powered case trimmer which fits on your progressive press like a die. Horribly expensive (by my standards) of course, and it looks like chamfering/deburring is still separate, and it needs a proprietary Dillon die for each cartridge, but hmm.

The RWVA Appleseed program finally has their .PDF email newsletter underway, and it's archived here. Don't know when I'll be able to attend another though. :(

1563 - Wednesday, 8 August 2007: More laundry, and the 11Mbs Cisco 340 wireless card w/auxiliary antenna gets a better connection, but a slower one compared to the D-Link 652's 50-odd (still, bunches faster than the dialup I've been using for years). The Cisco does not detect any signals in the hovel's driveway with the antenna atop the Corolla. ...Nor does the D-Link (not obviously designed for external antennae) while standing in the driveway.

Interesting: there's been some kind of driver conflict with the NEC's sound, so that I had to disable the sound in the device manager, then reinstall it, if I wanted sound from the NEC's speakers. But, when I removed the D-Link, installed the Cisco, and restarted, I got standard Windows sounds. Remove Cisco, replace D-Link, restart... no sound. Uh huh. (All this time I thought it was the NetZero software I never could completely uninstall.) Yet, if I use Device Manager, while the D-Link is in and without restarting, to disable and re-detect the NEC's sound, I get sound (until I restart with the D-Link installed again). Eh, probably Bill Gates' fault.

(Have I ranted this before? I wouldn't mind that Bill Gates is fabulously wealthy and has a de-facto monopoly on operating systems if his OS weren't crap! And pretty much, it's just the OS - the apps, i.e. Excel, MSWord, even Outlook Express, work fine for me.) (And my continuing use of those apps, and all the files I've created with them, are one reason I resist Linux.)

I also note the 56k PCMCIA modem card with the NEC is a couple kbps slower than the generic PCI internal I'm running in my tower, which in turn is slower than the Vaio's built-in modem. (However I am using LocalNet's dialup accelleration software in all three cases and, especially for some file downloads, it seems to actually work.) Well, hopefully I can get the Vaio fixed someday. I've found some net sources for parts, and replacement tiny cables aren't unrea$onable, if I can figure out which is the right one.

After an annoyingly-long wait for projectiles (Cruffler passes on reports of widespread component shortages, and I have seen empty spaces on some Sportsman's Warehouse shelves), the .223 reloading project approaches conclusion. With provided components I am using my second Pro 1000 to complete a large batch of M193-equivalent rounds. All seems well; the case feeder holds up to 45 cases, so every time the feeder empties I doublecheck the Auto-Disk Pro's throw weight, which is remaining consistent at 26.7gr H335. That also makes a good stopping point to get up and stretch, relieve oneself, refill the powder reservoir, etc. Tightening the screws on the double-disk kit has reduced leaking; going slower on the ram's downstroke, which rotates the shellplate, reduces spilling. -500 done, whew. That's probably as big a batch as I want to do in the same day. Well, .357 or .45 seems to be a lot less work, I could make more of that, especially if it's for my own use.

Sunday's match results in snailmail, still dead last, shrug. Some of the equipment the Queen was up against was quite high-end; the match winner was using something that might have started life as a Remington 700. His rear sight alone may have cost as much as my rent. Even the Queen is just not at that level, and certainly I am not, but I'm still confident I can whack commies at significant distances when necessary.

Another eBay protest item.

O. M. G. A good cop. Mayor sucks though. And more astonishing, MSM actually reported it.

1564 - Thursday, 9 August 2007: No, no yardwork today, some other errands, and lethargy. Nor tomorrow with Friday traffic. Next week perhaps.

I'm told the eBay protest assault rock went for $1,000. Now why can't I think of things like that?

In local news, the city council votes unanimously to support moonbat Kucinich's proposed Department of Peace; and also to restrict sales of spray paint because of graffiti. In the latter case, we have yet another example of government refusing to address real problems and instead punishing innocent citizens for the activities of criminals. In the former... I just want to smack someone. They want 8 billion tax bucks for this, from the DoD's budget, but the mission creep begins before the new department even exists, with talk of addressing domestic violence and even video games. More like the Department of Huxleyesque Conditioning. (Oh, Wowio has Brave New World and (one of many interpretations of) The Art of War in free ebooks too.)

List chatter says AuctionArms is also tooling up to welcome customers abandoning eBay.

Continuing American Spartans. I had not known that US Marines had been wounded and killed in action in China between WWII and the Korean War, in fighting between Nationalists and Communists. I did know that Truman, et. al., screwed Chiang Kai-Shek and handed China to communism through assorted sins of omission (not that Chiang was the most splendid leader his people had ever seen). It's common historical knowledge that post-WWII cuts (by Truman) led to the early disasters in Korea, but I learned much of the political wrangling behind those cuts and restructurings, which threatened to destroy the Corps outright.

Giuliani on Hannity - asked, but IMO softballed, on RKBA. Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk, when a politician says he supports the 2nd Amendment, would ask that politician, "What gun-control laws would you repeal?" I don't think any candidate has been asked that question yet, much less answered it, except perhaps Ron Paul, who unfortunately is not electable... and probably wouldn't get my vote anyway due to his stance on the war against Islamic terrorism. Another talker suggesting a Giuliani/Thompson ticket - not for me. Thompson maybe, after the primary; Tancredo preferrably at this point; Giuliani never, based on current data.

1565 - Friday, 10 August 2007: If Democrats are so "pro-choice", why won't they let you choose your doctor (socialist government-run health-care schemes)? If Democrats are so "pro-choice", why won't they let you choose your child's school (discrimination against or outright prohibition of home schooling, and resistance to school funding vouchers)? If Democrats are so "pro-choice", why won't they let you choose to have the means to defend yourself (not just RKBA infringements but resistance to "stand your ground" or "castle doctrine" laws)? If Democrats are so "pro-choice", why won't they let you choose who to associate with (i.e. the Democrat-sponsored discrimination against the Boy Scouts in recent years)? Or what radio programs to listen to (the "Fairness" Doctrine), or what books to read (ditto, and "Hate Crimes" or "Hate Speech" legislation), or which car to drive (mandated, extreme, and scientifically invalid environmental regulations), or what internet sites to visit ("Fairness" again, and the McCain-Feingold Anti-Political-Speech Act), or how to spend the money you've earned (TAXES! and artificial economic controls)?

As stated, I don't see Republicans marching folks off to church at bayonet point. I see Democrats burning a church with children inside, and stealing a child from his family at gunpoint and shipping him off to a communist dictatorship. Anyone who votes for the party of demonstrated totalitarianism and mass murder is my sworn enemy.

A couple days ago I linked an MSNBC article on a Good Cop who believes in private citizens' RKBA and the human right to self-defense, and calls for more of it. Reader now points out that more detail can be had, from a local paper, Freep of course, and I see that Yuri is also on the ball.

In other news, Obama associates with black racists. If he gets in I can expect to be busted for "driving while white".

Hypocrisy and censorship in the anti-war movement. Like we expect anything else.

In Guns magazine, David Codrea (of WoG) illustrates why I like science fiction and hate government.

Visual aid on Ron Paul's electability, though harsher than I would have been. The Patriot Post has a gentler, but essentially the same, position.

Oh, hey! My example above? That Republicans don't force people to participate in things they don't believe in, implying that Democrats and related lefties do use such force? Proof!

Keep another eye on The Firearms Coalition, the late Neal Knox' outfit now run by his sons, including the regular column in Shotgun News. From them I learn that the Parker case, the DC ban reversal, is now referred to as Disctrict of Columbia v. Heller, or the Heller case.

1567 - Saturday, 11 August 2007: Zzzznrk. Barberton - sold my Gerber Mk II knife for gas & food money. Cruffler gave me a free hot dog. (Well, I forward "For Sale" items to him from around the net, and flatter his ego by asking technical advice, for myself and other readers.) No range today, saving fuel. Dunno if I can make Wolverton pins next weekend, and I still need printer ink to make certificates for the plate match.

Whimper. So many things I'd rather have bought. A brace of near-NIB .45 Vaqueros, consecutively numbered, with factory Pearlite grips, for $750; another, seen before, tastefully engraved and inlaid, $600; a couple S&W L-frames (4" 686, 6" 586, didn't note prices), on principle (as stated I'd love to stockpile .38/.357 revolvers as loaners/trainers); two Lugers, .30 and 9, $700 each; a couple (repro) Sharps .45-70s (I gave first sis my VHS copy of Quigley when I got the DVD); funky stuff I'd never seen before, like the Stevens M124 straight-pull bolt-action repeating shotgun (it looks like a semiauto and I stared at it for some time, trying to figure out if it was gas or recoil operated) (and then I look it up in Krause and they say it is recoil-operated)... sigh. Just once before I die I want to go into a nice gun show with no financial constraints whatever.

Speaking of shows, the Washougal show, which I missed last weekend due to the club picnic (Yuri made it to both), is rescheduled to 29 September, and there's talk of a combined show in the future.

A vacancy in the hovelplex, the unit across from mine, the "cursed" unit with, until the most recent tenants, a history of deadbeats and burglars. I wonder what I'll get for neighbors this time?

The Vaio's donor informs me that replacement cables are on the way! That's going to be so cool, to get that running. Reportedly these little cables are a known design flaw, and the aftermarket cables should hold up better. -Other advantages of the Vaio over the NEC are that the built-in modem has a standard phone jack, while the NEC's PCMCIA modem requires a proprietary cable on one end; and the Vaio has built-in Ethernet, while the NEC needs a card again (though it did come with one). The Vaio is therefore more portable, in more senses of the term, than the NEC. Also, three USB ports to the NEC's one.

From WoG, Unstable Freaks in Black Robes. And I'm supposed to trust that same system for redress of grievances?

RHJunior, who's been churning out more webcomic updates than usual lately, offers this perspective on US military casualty figures. Uh huh. I can just see the peaceniks sticking their fingers in their ears and going "LaLaLaICan'tHearYou".

My readers - one in particular - are astonishingly and embarrasingly generous. I feel guilty raking in all this loot in its assorted forms. I try to offer useful content here and elsewhere (i.e.) in return.

Speaking of WoG, responding to this news on the Red's Trading Post persecution, that particularly generous reader CCs me what he just sent to the Nuge:

Dear Mr. Nugent,

I've just navigated over here after reading the article both at David Codrea's "War on Guns" 'blog and at Ryan Horsley's as well.


Just what sort of unmitigated b******t is that?

Your access to the public is as a Second Amendment champion these days. Yeah, you can still pack them in for a concert, but ask Joe Sixpack who you are, and no later than third place (after 'Motor City Madman' and 'Cat Scratch Fever') comes Gun Advocate. You don't really think it was your superior command of prosody that got you that guest editorial in the WSJ, do you? Guitars and Guns is what got you that gig.

I don't live anywhere near Idaho, yet I am trying to gather some money together to buy one of Ryan's guns through GunBroker, because that's what I can do to support him and his fight against the BATFE. What with bills and other impingements of Reality in my life, it probably won't happen, but I'm still trying, because it's the right thing to do.

If all I had to do was to pose my skinny guitar shredding ass next to him for ten minutes for a photo-op, don't you think that's the least I could do?

If the BatFags succeed in closing down all the gun shops what are you going to do on Call of the Wild? Throw rocks? That sure would've worked with that boar after you put four arrows in him, eh? Oh! I know! You can throw that 10mm Kimber at him, that'll do the job!

Come on, man: we need you to do this. Except for the bloggers, this is being ignored, and the Gummint cockroaches are dependent on Silence to do their dirty work. I'm prepared to resist when they come for my guns, but I'd prefer to stop them in Idaho, not here in [state].

For my own part, when I read God, Guns and Rock & Roll a year or so ago, I did cock an eyebrow at Ted Nugent being so chummy with law enforcement, and being a reserve badgeman himself. Of a feather, eh?

That same reader wants to know if anyone is looking for a leather left-handed holster for a Browning Hi-Power - he has a couple extra. Email me if interested and I'll forward.

Excerpts from latest CMP e-newsletter:

M1 GARAND AVAILABILITY. The Army is in process of transferring another large shipment of Garands to the CMP. We expect to complete the transfer in the next few weeks and to begin our Inspection/Repair/Grading process on these rifles before the end of the year. Because of this, we are now again accepting orders for Garands. Initial orders will probably be shipped within 30 days, but customers should expect a 60-120 day delivery time, or possibly longer, depending on the item ordered and the initial flood of orders. More information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the CMP Sales forum and on the Garand web page at http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/m1garand.htm.
LC .30-06 SOLD OUT. Lake City .30-06 ammunition is no longer available from the CMP. We are completely sold out and do not have any reason to expect more. Our inventory of HXP .30-06 M2 Ball is expected to last at least another 3-5 years. http://www.odcmp.com/ammo.htm.

...It belatedly occurs to me that, even with a rack-grade Greek-return rifle and government surplus ammunition, on a smaller, lower-scoring target, I still shot 79.0% in a 500-point course against genuine match-grade equipment in the hands of guys who do this a lot. The competition was five ARs (in my criticisms of the Mousegun I don't think I've ever claimed they were inaccurate), a late-model Springfield Inc. "Loaded" M1A, and a custom Remington 700 with humungous expensive sights. I have a good rifle, and I'm not bad with it.

1568 - Sunday, 12 August 2007: Ink prices, yech. Cheaper to buy a whole new printer.

In chat, talk of rising ammunition and component prices, eBay's prohibitionist policy, and other auction sites filling the market void. The show, meanwhile, is at a huge trap/skeet facility in Illinois, talking about youth programs and how you can even get varsity letters in shooting at some schools, even today, which is good, but I still cock an eyebrow at the shotgunners.

Hey, I got WoGged!

Still trying to bond with the Witness. Perhaps an extended safety would help. Having it on hovel duty for increased fondling is helping, but it will be a while before I can justify the ammunition expense of another live-fire session. Meanwhile I still have my GP100, nothing wrong there.

1569 - Monday, 13 August 2007: So LEOs support private RKBA, you say? Nuh-uh: The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, which represents campus public-safety officials, said the presence of students carrying concealed weapons "has the potential to dramatically increase violence on our college and university campuses." And leaving them utterly defenseless worked so very well. >:-[

Wearing the holstered Witness in the hovel, practicing draw, aim, and reholster. (On plates (or pins) my biggest (identified) problem has always been getting the sight picture for the first target; there's no magic to it, just raise & dry-fire a lot to get a muscle-memory.) (Getting a proper, consistent grip on the weapon first is key.) No problem with the Fobus holster, but the Uncle Mike's kydex magazine carrier on the other side digs the floorplates uncomfortably into my spare tire. -In future I'll also get a paddle-type magazine carrier for versatility (I think Fobus offers a Roto as well); presently I have the belt loop adaptor on the holster.

In the news: Sucks to be British; 4th Amendment Repealed in Indianapolis; a USMC Major spells out the reason for RKBA.

Speaking of the 4th Amendment, in the latest Shotgun News, Vin rants; and already online but awaiting SGN's publishing lag, the next installment. A link under his photo leads to several of Vin's columns. Gratifyingly, he also departs from many of his fellow libertarians (who tend toward open borders and free-market labor without addressing societal costs) on illegal immigration.

Reader alerts me to an update on the Red's/Nugent thingie.

Later, same reader points me to military motivational posters. Heh.

Snork! Deputies Get Lost in Woods! [pointing] Hah-hah! If that's what they'll be sending against us, we'll be in great shape! If just a few of us get loose, with our rifles....

Late this evening, another whopping donation. Blush. -BTW, that donor points out what may be the original source for the article attributed above to a USMC Major - I dunno, there's the links.

1570 - Tuesday, 14 August 2007: Another reader confirms that the Munchkin Wrangler is the true origin of the essay linked yesterday.

In relation to the deputies getting lost in the woods, reader contributes:

Dateline Washington State (MSM) - In further development to last night's story regarding the Lost Deputies, MSMedia can now report that during their harrowing ordeal the officers were able to order pizza and doughnuts to combat the effects of all the marijuana plants that were nearby. An interview with one of the delivery men confirmed this, adding "it looked like one of them had hooked an iPod to a set of speakers, and they were chilling to some Grateful Dead".
Snicker. One does wonder how much contraband makes it all the way into evidence.

Now I've been approached for a .308/7.62x51mm reloading project and I'm shopping for components on the web. For .30-06 I use Hornady's #3037 150gr FMJBT, which is usually on the shelf at Sportsman's Warehouse, and there are two stores in driving distance; powder is available there (including bulk) and elsewhere locally; primers ditto; I don't have much brass on hand, some Austrian and Venezuelan military and Federal civilian. But while I was surfing about to find stuff I discovered that those of you who load for 7.62x39mm, for blasting rounds for your Kalashnikovs and Simonovs, finally have a proper projectile available. In future I might try a batch in the Mosin even; cheaper than the Sierra soft-point I've been using.

Gaah. Drool and double drool.

Yuri points me to this bit of regulatory history.

1571 - Wednesday, 15 August 2007: On Rush, a lefty statist caller demanding prohibition of smoking in cars because eee-vill second-hand smoke will kill children on sight - and almost in the same breath denying that there is a trend to outlaw all smoking including in private homes, denouncing any resistance to the nanny state as "right-wing paranoia". -I don't smoke. Smoke bothers me and I don't like it. But it's your business, not government's. Any government intrusion in private life - and there's far, far too much already (a subsequent caller rants on seatbelts and airbags, which latter at least is documented as killing children) - leads only to more, and more, until we're right down there with Winston Smith. -Then a news item on a proposal to ban cars near schools in the UK, to combat global warming and obesity. How many kids will catch pneumonia hiking to school in winter, or just slip on ice and break something? Here in Portland there was a very similar proposal a few months ago, "Walk-to-School Days"... including through neighborhoods wherein live registered sex offenders. Talk about disconnect! "We're going to save you from yourselves if it kills every one of you!"

As for debate... I am not one of those creatures who enjoy argument for its own sake. I've no desire to waste my time trying to sway moonbats to a recognition of reality, nor to be harangued by delusional cretins; I'd rather walk away, and if followed, "send a friend to call upon you." Often I turn off the radio when a moonbat tangles with a host. I don't need to hear the opposing point of view, it's rammed down my throat by mainstream media and a thousand psychotic bumper stickers every day. Shut up and lemme alone you totalitarian freaks.

Quote o' the Day (I've had or linked it here before, but it bears repeating):

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free."
- John Adams (A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787)

And more concisely:
"When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'guilty'."
- Theodore Roosevelt

From the lists, what's wrong with this picture? -I kid you not, there's some kind of mean anti-gun lady living behind the 300yd berm at my club who's done something similar - displaying unfired projectiles which she claimed to have recovered, showing holes in her walls with fresh sawdust and a power drill nearby.

List chatter that the Bushmaster .308 AR was discontinued for having something wrong with the bolt, or modifications thereto. Current thread there on 7.62mm ARs, particularly the lack of standarized parts as the 5.56mm enjoys.

First use of the RCBS priming tool, on Mosin brass - works. Different feel from the Lee, takes getting used to, but easier on the hand.

Reports of our military personnel vowing to resign or not re-enlist if a Democrat is elected as president.

Now I discover that I mis-miscounted and did have 54 rounds of proven handloads available for the National Match format match which required 50 for score and allowed 8 sighters, so I didn't really have to use LC72 after all. Hmph. Well, certainly enough for the CMP match next month, and I medalled in the next-to-last one of those, with the same stuff - and might have medalled in the last if I hadn't forgot those two rounds at the end.

In reference to yesterday's regulatory history, reader reminds me of the Cincinatti Revolt and the reformation of NRA. Some details of that and later schisms within NRA can be seen at this Gun Week obituary of Neal Knox. -And yet I'm sending another quarterly $25 Easy Payment for Life Membership installment. NRA membership is required of club members for insurance reasons, and it does grease many wheels in competition and other gunfolk circles, but I do have my eyes open.

Okay, the drool links above have expired - for those of you who missed it, it was several tons of spent brass cartridge cases, including 7.62x51 and 5.56x45. The links still take you to the government auction site (which I think is a private or semi-private operation, perhaps similar to CMP) and from there, search for "casings" to get results like this or this. Sigh.

I just spent a lot of bandwidth to download this extremely cool video of a radio-controlled model B-29 dropping a radio-controlled model X-1. And I'll have you know I've read Yeager's biography.

Yet another eBay protest item!

1572 - Thursday, 16 August 2007: Found an area ink-refill place which refilled one color and one black cartridge in about half an hour, for about half the price of remanufactured and about 2/3 savings over OEM. Got a buck each for some of my used cartridges too. Making prize certificates for this weekend's pin shoot and next's plate match.

Processing, in small bites, a... really large pile of .30-06 brass. Between reader donations, range pickups, and post-match begging, I have well over a thousand pieces. The verifiably-once-fired military I'm processing then setting aside unprimed, for special occasions - my current working batch will be more-than-once-fired HXP66. -As an historical note, I have one piece of LC74 and one HXP78, each the latest such I've seen.

1573 - Friday, 17 August 2007: Another week gone and no income, ugh.

Election... Romney, who supports a ban on "assault weapons", wins a second consecutive straw poll. I don't want to vote for him. Will it be necessary to vote against the other side? Yech. -Oh, and Tancredo scored last in the same poll.

So I'm in a doubly-unswell mood.

Finished American Spartans. In a technical sense I could be very critical of the writing, perhaps even using the word "sloppy", but it was nonetheless an informative work on the history and present capabilities of the USMC, particularly pointing out how they've always been stuck with the dirty jobs, yet have somehow always done their jobs. Much reference was also made to the Corps' self-correction mechanisms and how the Corps has always fixed ther own internal problems and adapted to real-world changes, usually far ahead of any other branch of service. On balance, recommended.

Next I have The Best of Jim Baen's Universe 2006, a dead-tree edition of the webscription wherein new and established writers are showcased. This edition comes with a CD and I usually leech the files off it to my hard drive, but this one, containing tributes to Jim Baen, who passed away last year, I copied completely onto a CD/W.

I never met or communicated with Jim Baen. I have an account at the Baen's Bar forums but rarely use it (unless one of my readers points out a juicy bit there). But, most of the books I've read for the last several years have been published by Baen, and no less than three authors of those books have emailed me after I reviewed their work here. Jim Baen single-handedly created a new publishing phenomenon (or two or three, counting webscriptions and the free online library) and is directly responsible for the discovery of a flock of fine (relatively-)new authors and the publication of huge quantities of really good SF. He left his mark on the world.

And what's the big deal about SF? Look up. Most of the technological advances of the last century were first seen as science fiction stories, or scientific essays by scientists who happened to write SF. Arthur Clarke invented communications satellites and is credited with the discovery of the synchronous orbit. Heinlein laid out the concept of modern spacesuits, and the basic principles of the mechanical arms in use on Endeavour and the International Space Station as I type; he wrote Rocketship Galileo, about the first flight to Luna, before we had a space program (which book was loosely adapted to the film Destination Moon at the dawn of our space program). Asimov literally wrote the books on robotics and the real world hasn't caught up to him yet. Nor is it just nuts & bolts; last time I saw a new printing of Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, it was blurbed as "Libertarian Revolution on the Moon". Heinlein's Starship Troopers is recommended reading at most American military academies. Weber explores the future of naval combat, when oceans have been left far behind; Drake shows us the future of mechanized ground warfare. Ringo explores the future, both near and far, of special operations. Williamson shows us what a truly free society can be like.

SF looks ahead. Society and technology don't take every path charted by SF... but they always take some of them. The more of it you read, the less surprised you'll be when the future arrives.

Quote o' the Day:

"The whole of that Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals...[I]t establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of."
- Albert Gallatin (letter to Alexander Addison, 7 October 1789)

Yet some moonbats still claim that the 2nd Amendment, which is part of that Bill of Rights, adopted in 1791, applies only to the National Guard, which did not exist until 1903.

To counter a Brady/Jack$on/Snuffy protest, WoG and others are pushing Buy-a-Gun and/or Ammo Day on 28 August. (See also The Firearms Coalition.) No promi$es but I'll do what I can. Maybe a tray of primers.

Thought: X-Prize II: Luna.

Tucson Tom sends article on ammunition shortages disrupting police training. ...Okay, cops need lots more training... but they always have. I'm sure there are lots of spending cuts they could have made to build up a good reserve of ammunition. And, government procurement procedures are, by definition, a waste of the tax dollars we pay for their ammunition; surely there are better sources and methods for reducing costs. And... why is there only one US government arsenal producing small arms ammunition in a time of war? Whose idea was that? -I'm sure someone will propose a suspension of all civilian ammunition sales in favor of government forces, or raising taxes on civilian sales, or the like. Makes me glad I spent all that money on reloading gear - none of that is on the liquidation list.

Cruffler sends, with the caption "Ask the American Indians what happens when you don't control immigration":

Not my tribe(s), I expect, but one can appreciate the sentiment.

Reader sends this MSM report on further erosion of the rule of law and of the restraint of government. -I'm still processing .30-06 brass. Sure would be nice if I could afford enough components to load it all (would be nicer if I had income so I could pay the *&^% rent without charity - and that's really starting to bug me), but I still have a stockpile of milsurp, and by the time that's gone I'll be picking L85s and G36s off the dead Blue Helmets.

Reader sends Baen's Bar thread on NY suing GA arms shops, with explicit commentary by Michael Williamson.

1574 - Saturday, 18 August 2007: Znrk. Almost overslept, exhausted by money stress.

Double hoo-aah. 1st Revolver again (of three), 2nd Overall again (of eighteen). A little more accurate in the final stage and I'd've taken first. The Wall is further behind. Also attending were my assistant plate match director Russell Pusc (1st Autoloader on plates last month), current plate champion John Goss, his brother and fellow plate regular Mark, and past plate champion Jim Breen, for what may have been a record turnout for this pin shoot. John took 1st Overall, with his usual Glock 34, with 45.22 seconds total, compared to 50.49 for me - and I'd've beat him if I hadn't had to reload twice in the final stage. That's twice in a row in three weeks he and I have come in 1st & 2nd in action handgun competition. (I'm pleased with my reload speed though, and everyone else seems impressed by it. Practice! Know your weapon!) The pin shoot director (Reuel Emery, reueljoe [at] yahoo.com, if you're in the area) would have taken first by a wide margin with his 1911 if he hadn't suffered a squib in the second stage. The course of fire was:

  • 5 pins, safe holstered weapon, wrists above shoulders
  • 5 pins, safe holstered weapon, 6rnds max in weapon & 6rnds max each reload, hands at sides
  • 5 pins, safe holstered weapon, 4rnds max in weapon & unlimited reloads, hands at sides
  • 6 pins, safe holstered weapon, bowling alley setup, hands at sides
  • 5 pins on table, safe loaded weapon on bench, start seated with hands on knees, pins not required to leave table, mandatory reload for sixth stop pin below table, strong hand only for stop pin, 6sec penalty for violations

    See here for slightly more details and here for some pics of the course.

    Scores are by total time only, no head-to-head. Breen was 10th overall with his fine old Series 70 Colt, Russ took 5th overall and 3rd Major Autoloader with a Kimber Raptor. Talk of shooting pins at Clark Rifles, blending elements of this event and the plate match.

    An absolutely perfect performance requires only 27 rounds. This month I fired 37, my best so far, as was my time. And I didn't take any pre-competition warm-up runs this month. The 7.3gr W231 load works great, smacking the pins with a 158gr plated FP and tossing them gratifyingly off the table, without punishing recoil. Next weekend on plates I'll be using up the far milder 5.6gr load I made lots of previously. The 7.3, especially in a beefy Ruger with a modular grip, is controllable enough for either and the next time I make a big batch I'll probably standardize on that load. Besides, the extra flash and blast might give me a psychological edge over the guy in the other lane. :) -Huh, I never 'blogged the velocity data for that load, but I still have it written down - 9 recorded shots give an average of 1,095fps, just barely subsonic depending on local atmospheric conditions. Last time I tested the 5.6gr I got an average of 820, and first-round velocity variations due to excess case capacity, though magnum primers help there.

    Hm, beginning work on a page to illustrate my revolver reloading technique, which is based on Jerry Miculek's. From what I see, lots of shooters who think they are competitors have never studied or practiced this stuff.

    From the lists, commentary on a Harvard study of crime rates vs. firearm ownership.

    1575 - Sunday, 19 August 2007: I was not aware of this.

    Gun Talk live at Thunder Ranch, except when their signal fails and they rerun an old show. Only a handful of die-hards in chat.

    Romney Bans "Assault Weapons". $%^&*.

    Hm, I live in Oregon, but every live round I've fired for the past few years has been in Washington state.

    Yuri posts a good NRA video in support of right-to-carry. It also features a couple Good Cops... whose careers are probably in trouble if they haven't already left their respective forces.

    List of MSM lies, fabrications, plagiarisms, conflicts of interest, and similar misdeeds.

    Garand collectors, scroll down and be jealous. I was especially impressed by the consecutive-numbered pair that came from Columbia and Korea to be reunited in New Jersey. History! If they could speak!

    Reloading equipment data: reader informs me that the Forster case trimmer, as I have, uses pilots with a .185" shaft (which I have just now verified), while the RCBS pilots, on the rack at Sportsman's Warehouse, use a .155" shaft and are therefore not interchangeable. I had wondered. I believe Midway carries Forster trimmer parts. The reader uses a poly shim around the RCBS pilot's shaft to center it in his Forster trimmer.

    Seen on rec.guns, in reference to the article a couple days ago about the ammunition shortage affecting police training:

    ## I guess it's time for them to learn the art of reloading!

    #some of them can't even handle a gun without an AD,and you want them to
    #RELOAD ammo? They could double-load a round and blow up their gun.
    #(or someone elses!)
    #NYPD officers fired 41 rounds at a guy and only 19 of them actually hit the

    Hey, they're improving - 50% (almost) hits as opposed to 20%; jeeesh.
    And the police don't trust us with weapons. >:-[

    Downloaded from Wowio, studying Napoleon's Military Maxims. Innnnteresting. Of course some are grossly obsolete, like the arrangement of ranks of musket-bearing infantry, but others are universal and timeless - for example:

    It is not through tirades at the moment of engaging that soldiers are rendered brave. Veterans hardly listen to them and recruits forget them at the first discharge of a cannon. If speeches and arguments are at any time useful, it is during the course of the campaign to counteract false reports, maintain a proper spirit in the camp, and furnish subjects of conversation in the camps. These objects may be attained by the printed orders of the day.
    There are two levers for moving men: interest and fear.
    - Quoted in Emerson, Representative Men

    Like Sun Tzu, much of this could also be applied to the business world. As for the military matters, a diet of Weber, Drake, and Ringo allows one to see the underlying principles which are easily adapted to new technologies. Alas, Wowio doesn't seem to have Clausewitz' On War, of which I've read only parts, but what I recall of that work resonates with Napoleon's views. For example, Napoleon says:
    Nothing is more important in war than unity of command. Therefore, when waging war against a single power, have one army acting on one line led by one commander.
    Which meshes perfectly with Clausewitz' talk of the Center of Gravity and concentration of force.

    That thread at Baen's Bar on NY suing GA arms shops isn't dead yet.

    Hey, does anyone know the thread specs for Williams' sight apertures?

    1576 - Monday, 20 August 2007: From the Patriot Post:

    "Government must proceed carefully when exercising power, lest a 'long Train of Abuses and Usurpations' inspire the people to again water the 'tree of liberty... with the blood of patriots and tyrants.' In no other culture and under no other government has the importance of an armed citizenry been made so explicit or as carefully guaranteed as it has under the American constitutional order. While both ancient Rome and the British Parliament paid statutory lip service to the value of being armed, only in the United States was being armed recognized as an inviolable right protected by the Constitution... If the average person today wonders about his relationship to his government, the Second Amendment provides ample guidance. It represents the ideal of American political and social life: the individual, self-governing, self-motivated, self-respecting, dignified, free citizen---who takes these virtues so seriously that he will maintain the personal power to back them up."
    - Scott McPherson

    Rain today, more Autumn than August.

    The gods hate me. The replacement cables for the Vaio arrived promptly and in good order last Tuesday, but have no effect. I now suspect the power switch itself, a suspicion supported by memory of the last time I had the Vaio running, with the old cable - it powered up when I inserted the cable, without touching the power switch, evidently a freak occurance when the worn cable was jiggled just right. I've located a replacement switch on the web but of course I'm still incomeless.

    (Reader sends a job opening for painting road lines... in Wyoming. Sigh. -But it is, really, a government job....) (And I'm really starting to worry about rent (again). I may have to liquidate something else, but at least I'm not completely out of such assets-I-can-bear-to-part-with yet.)

    But the NEC does work and I'm getting in the habit of taking it along when I go places. Next month (if I'm not living out of the Corolla by then), I'll take it to the pin shoot and use it to keep score, with an Excel spreadsheet I whipped up in a couple minutes, easily sorting results by class (major, minor, revolver, auto) and time, and eliminating the need to read seven different guys' handwriting. I love technology. -Oh, the external keyboard jack works too, so I have a proper number-key pad for data entry by taking along a regular keyboard from one of the hovel's derelict machines. (Hm, another thing for the when-I-have-money-again list, one of those external 10-key pads to add to the laptop bag.)

    Cop Negligently Kills Self. Guard Tasers Father Holding Infant. But we're the ones who can't be trusted with weapons. >:-O

    Ah, the complete article by Scott McPherson excerpted above.

    1577 - Tuesday, 21 August 2007: Getting a few bucks for the 10rnd magazine from my Simonov, which was stolen with another installed.

    Finished Jim Baen's Universe, skipped over most of the fantasy entries, but I have it all on disk and more besides. (I also put the other files I've leeched from other Baen CDs onto the same disk, freeing HD space.) Next is Gingrich & Forstchen's latest alternate history, Pearl Harbor, which I must hurry through for two reasons: others have it in their hold queues so I can't renew; and next I have Ringo's latest Mike Harmon, A Deeper Blue, which has the same problem. -Gingrich & Forstchen never did do a sequel to Baen's 1945, grump.

    Phoning temp service - nothing. Argh.

    Between readers, the answer to the Williams aperture thread spec question appears to be here. Thanks!

    1578 - Wednesday, 22 August 2007: Ah, I can use the NEC to make a spreadsheet for the plate match qualifying times, sorting for class and time, which will at least make the initial pairings in the tournament tree clearer and reduce the risk of missing or mismatching someone, as has happened with assorted folks' handwriting.

    Quote o' the Day:

    "Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous." - Will Rogers
    That one might have come out of The Notebooks of Lazarus Long. And:
    "The fall of the Soviet Union deprived us of the biggest example of how socialism works. We need laboratories of failure to demonstrate what socialism is like. All we have now is Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, the U.S. Post Office, and state motor-vehicle departments." - John Stossel
    Radio news: Atlanta NAACP calls for Michael Vick, charged with animal cruelty and promoting dog fighting, to be "rehabilitated" and allowed back in the NFL. And if he were white these same "tolerant, inclusive" people would have already lynched him (perhaps quite literally) and probably thrown in an LA-style race riot for good measure. Meanwhile a New York City councilman wants to assault whites on sight. And I got fired from a widget-making job because I dared object to the uncivilized behavior of a Latin immigrant. I am sick of these multiple standards. The cumulative effect also contributes to the head problems I'm having regarding getting a new job.

    About a third through Gingrich & Forstchen's Pearl Harbor - sloppy punctuation and syntax, grump, but intriguing historical buildup covering things like the incidents at the Marco Polo Bridge and the sinking of USS Panay, of which I'd not known until the book caused me to websearch them; no surgarcoating of the Rape of Nanking either. Particular attention is paid to the philosophical differences between the Japanese army and navy, though the emphasis is of course on the navy.

    1579 - Thursday, 23 August 2007: From the lists, this news article on (police!) range safety - with the following commentary:

    I had to laugh a few years ago. Adams County S[heriff's] O[ffice] had their gun range out on Riverdale road. The backstop was a pretty dang good-sized hill. They had to build a fence on top of the hill out of 8"X 8" timber, 'cause the deputies kept MISSING THE HILL AND HITTING THE HOUSES DOWN THE ROAD! Their backstop hill was substantially higher than our backstop hill at Aurora Gun Club.
    And on the same day I receive, from a reader, this article on an Ohio police officer facing the death penalty for murdering his (pregnant!) girlfriend, and Tucson Tom sends this account of drunken cops in Arizona. Meanwhile, there's this story (which I think Hannity has covered) of a student being suspended (from government school, hint-hint) for drawing a picture that barely looks like a weapon; and SAF sends out this commentary on PA state police using the old Clinton-era trick of shutting down the background-check system to effectively halt all licensed-dealer arms sales whenever they feel like it.

    In other news, a reader sends this customer-service report:

    Several months ago, I bought a CH 4D primer pocket swaging kit, or at least most of one. I think it's a better design.... In a nutshell, the swaging process takes place above the die holder, and therefore only a bit of the lever arc is needed. [The RCBS swager I'm using requires a full stroke, and there is some risk of damage to the case mouth, since a rod inside the die must enter the case to press against the base.]

    So, I went online and found out what was missing. I called, and spoke to Dave Davison, i.e., the owner. His hearing is bad: he told me he lit off 12-13,000 rounds of .44mag in the 60's before anyone ever thought about hearing protectors, and now it has caught up with him. :(

    I ordered two retaining clips (one for a spare), an extra large rifle swaging ram, and the priming ram, which'll give me another way to prime cases.

    Here's the great part: I mentioned to him that I was going to send a money order, and could he give me a total. He said, Never Mind All That, I'll just put an invoice in with the stuff, and you can pay me when you get it! I gotta buy more of his stuff.

    Vintage competition at Camp Perry.

    Two-thirds through Pearl Harbor I finally see the departure point: one key figure added to the Japanese attack. Pearl Harbor isn't my usual focus of MilHist study - mainly I soak up MilHist in whatever bits I encounter, in various mediums - but I know enough of the attack to immediately see the implications. -Sloppily written, run-on sentences, punctuation applied by a government-schooled 8th-grader, but there is a story worth reading inside.

    1580 - Friday, 24 August 2007: Up late finishing Pearl Harbor, sleep cycle still screwed up. Anyway, Third Wave, yes, but rather more to come in the next volume (I think this is going to be another trilogy, like these authors' Gettysburg). If you can get through the sloppy writing (I don't remember their last work being so sloppy) (Pearl Harbor makes American Spartans look shiny), AltHist enthusiasts should be pleased.

    Starting A Deeper Blue. Written much cleaner of course, and it's good to be reading Ringo again in any case. -I'm not displeased to see him take the libertarian position on prohibition.

    Anyone heard anything about the next volume in Weber's new series for Tor (Armageddon Reef)?

    Uh-huh. With the Vaio I received a USB netlink cable & software, and I never could get the software to install on the NEC... until I tried again with the D-Link wireless card physically removed. (Recall that the D-Link also interferes with the NEC's sound.) Interesting. And now I can get all the road trip photos off the NEC and onto my tower so I can start fussing with them and sending some to my sister and maybe finally making a page for my photo-tour of the Cody Firearms Museum!

    A bit of commentary on the devolution of our (government...) space program.

    1581 - Saturday, 25 August 2007: Triple hoo-aah. 1st Revolver yet again, of seven this time; 2nd qualifying time & 3rd overall of 28. But, though I plugged it at the pin shoot and Reuel, the pins director, forwarded my public post to his pins people, none of the latter showed!

    Rapidly finished A Deeper Blue, a good ride from Ringo as always. -Speaking of Ringo, he's contributed a blurb to the 10th Anniversary celebrations at Sluggy Freelance, the reigning King of All Webcomics, which Ringo has written into both his Posleen and Council Wars series. Next is... ah, those AltHist paperbacks I got with the Vaio! First is HistFict, Victory: On the Attack, a WWII collection edited by Stephen Coonts.

    Oh, and another grump on Pearl Harbor - the cover art. I can see the Phalanx modules and even pick out the hull number of USS Missouri. Folks just ain't even trying anymore.

    1582 - Sunday, 26 August 2007:OAC's annual 2-day open-themed show! Cruffler makes a personal request for photos of a "gen-u-wine Sharps coffee grinder carbine". This is one of the few shows around where cameras are allowed at all and I took some photos last year too. Liquidated a West German wire-cutter bayonet for the M16, at a loss, but with that and the money from the Simonov magazine I went straight to the bank for deposit; then across the street for a single small bag of groceries; then to the hovel for Gun Talk and chat and to pay the electric bill for which I received a shutoff warning in snailmail the other day with a due date of Thursday.


    On the show are mentions of forthcoming films starring Kevin Bacon and Jodie Foster. Be informed.

    One of the Elves tells of a trick I hadn't heard of: using a pistol magazine to speed-load single-action revolvers. I suppose, a Desert Eagle magazine for example - those are made in .357 & .44 Magnum, and .50 AE, even a few in .41 Magnum IIRC; and something like .38-40 should fit one of those, at least well enough to be used for the purpose.

    Another Elf requests that I download and make available through here, for those who don't want their IPs recorded on BATFE's site, this .PDF of BATFE trace data for the state of Oregon (since these are 1Mb+ files, and I'm still mostly on dialup, I'm disinclined to download them all; the rest are here). (Probably the JBTs have been to this site (1 (1a), 2, 3, 4, 5) many times, but since I'm not using anything like SiteMeter - I have an account there but haven't really set it up on my site - I wouldn't know.) The reason for the request is this Washington Post article about that trace data and whether it's legal for it to be released (pshyeah, like Law Enforcement Officers ever obey laws). Anyhow see for yourself.

    Some pics from the show:

    Point 'em there when they say shotguns aren't military weapons. And here's some really collectible stuff - Starr, Burnside, Smith, & Hall, with a Remington-Keene bolt action (see Selleck's Crossfire Trail) peeking out at top left (and there was at least one more R-K at another table in the same show):

    Oh! Hey! I just read the business card I grabbed from there and that's the same awesome Idaho museum/shop sis and I visited early in the road trip!

    There was a Hall flintlock on the other side of the hall too, but the light in the place wasn't the best and I was distracted by money stress and in a hurry to get back in time for the radio show & chat room. Here's a splendid Borchardt:

    Fully accoutered too, but that photo was out-of-focus. And here's one of the "coffee grinder" Sharps:

    On the same table was M1903 Springfield #32, with rod bayonet:

    Some really awesome displays - one showed about a half-dozen Reisings. I'd've spent all day there if my head weren't about to explode over money. Some regular vendor-type-vendors too, even one of the Parts Geezers. I'd've bought some reloading stuff as well, if; for example a third Lee Pro 1000 marked $35.

    Speaking of LEOs, remember: You don't need a gun! The police are there to protect you! >:-[

    1583 - Monday, 27 August 2007: Radio news: Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, who opposes the human right of self-defense, resigns. No word on replacement yet.

    Phone temp services - nothing again. As Charlie Brown said, "My stomach hurts."

    Cruffler and Tucson Tom send, from different sources, this article on a labor shortage in the interior West, i.e. Montana. Sigh. I've hardly enough fuel or money to make it to the range, much less Montana.

    Reader sends detailed description of Political Correctness.

    Another sends this report on developments in US Army sniper rifles.

    At the OAC show yesterday I grabbed a flyer for the Northwest Historical Military Collectors Assn., which will be having a show at the Jackson Armory, OAC's usual location, on 29 September... the same day I expect to be at the Washougal Grange Hall with Cruffler, et.al., attempting to sell whatever part-with-able I have left by that time. Shucks. Web search turns up nothing on NWHMCA but the next show is marked for the Tacoma VFW Post 91 on 17 November. If anyone's painfully curious email me for the contact info. I've been to a couple small shows of this kind and they are quite interesting; one might also find some useful surplus field gear there, but mostly it's collectibles and maybe some re-enactors.

    1584 - Tuesday, 28 August 2007: Ugh.

    Bought one tray of CCI550 small pistol magnum primers for Exercise Your Rights Day, because Winchester was a) 20 more and b) sold out because all primers are 20% off at Bi-Mart through tomorrow and there's evidently been a run on them. (I might take some small credit for that.)

    Looks like I have a new neighbor in the hovelplex. Possible parking disputes in future but no obvious problems yet. At least there are no screeching brats in evidence, as there were for most of the sniffer-over-ers the past couple weeks.

    Finished Victory on the Attack, not bad; three of the four stories were aviation-based and the Dean Ing offering had some incidental SF content. Now starting the AltHist, Fox on the Rhine by Douglas Niles & Michael Dobson, wherein the Stauffenberg bomb plot against Hitler succeeded and Rommel was not forced to suicide for being implicated. -Again with the cover art! The Sherman tank is a later Super Sherman with the long gun and the heavier suspension, which did not exist until well after WWII. Cover art is a minor peeve of mine; I once saw a Star Trek novel with a Lockheed SR71 on the cover, the Pratt & Whitney J58s being replaced with TOS-style warp nacelles. C'mon, folks, at least make an effort! -The story's off to a decent start though.

    Another Republican senator, Larry Craig, in a misconduct scandal - and again the GOP throws him to the wolves (Romney dismissing Craig from the Romney campaign in Idaho; Hannity calling for Craig to resign; other GOP senators calling for an investigation of Craig) while Democrat criminals like William Jefferson (cash in the fridge) and Barney Frank (prostitution ring operating in his home) remain in office and on committees (and Bill Clinton remains unindicted for serial rape and Janet Reno remains unindicted for kidnapping and mass murder). Conservatives are morally superior.

    Tucson Tom sends another stupid cop in Arizona. And yet they drive around in their revenue-mobiles giving us tickets. >:-[

    Reader sends article on falling SAT scores, commenting, "The College Board rewrote the exam to try to reduce the "minority gap"... I guess if everyone scores really low, there won't be a gap!" Visual aid. Typical lowest-common-denominator socialist-think from our government-run schools. Separation of School and State! Free-market education now!

    1585 - Wednesday, 29 August 2007: Software troubles. Backing up the tower to the NEC (when the tower isn't choking) in preparation for reformatting. *&^%$. No, pretty sure it's not a virus, I've been running Grisoft regularly.

    From the lists, MSM article on CMP's M1s for Vets program.

    1586 - Thursday, 30 August 2007: Tower performance improved. I think. Laboriously reinstalling applications. Fortunately I was smart enough to put the big Opera installer on my 2Gb USB drive, so I don't have to download it again; and I copied the bookmark file too.

    Tucson Tom mentions that he's looking for bayonets for the Italian Vetterli and Dutch Beaumont. Anyone? Separately he sends article on the public-health costs of illegal immigration.

    Via Baen's Bar, reader sends, Greenpeace Stunt Backfires. Snicker.

    While files were transferring, finished Fox on the Rhine, not bad. Starting Fox on the Front. -Part of me was almost rooting for the Wehrmacht; that part of me that despises incompetence. With Hitler dead and Rommel in command, we'd'a been screwed, and very nearly were, in the story. Fortunately for our side it was Himmler who became the next Fuhrer, not much of an improvement. -I'm also reminded of the closing episodes of Band of Brothers, where the surrended soldaten march proudly even in defeat, and where that one general addresses his men before surrendering.

    1587 - Friday, 31 August 2007: Looks like the rent will be late. Hopefully I can liquidate a couple more items over the weekend somehow - if I do well there I'll have a roof for another month, but I dunno.

    Software problems continue.

    As good as Branagh's Henry V is, it's made better by the background of Henry IV, which the library fortunately has an adaptation of on DVD.

    From the lists, Fox News article by John Lott on Virginia Tech & RTC.

    Visual aid on the Senator Craig thing. Uh huh.

    Bill O'Reilly is, IMHO, an ideological prostitute who will take whatever side of whatever issue he thinks will get him the highest ratings, but once in a while he points out something useful, such as AARP's leftist agenda. I, and doubtless you my readers, have known about this for some time, but there's some details. (Note that the article is dated December 2004, but I doubt AARP has swung right any since then.)

    Hmm: "You seem ... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all contitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy... The Contitution has erected no such single tribunal." - Thomas Jefferson, 1820

    Oh looky! Cops Buy Illegal Guns Illegally! But if Randy Weaver cuts " off a shotgun barrel they murder his unarmed wife and get away with it. >:-[ Time! To! Feed! The! Hogs!

    Speaking of bloodsucking revenuers, I've 'blogged the SpeedTrap Exchange before but for some reason I hadn't added it to my links page.

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