Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bernie Goes Full Socialist

Bernie Sanders, the lovable commie from Vermont, is going full socialist.  He believes that the government should guarantee you a job.
The socialist senator from Vermont is proposing that the government guarantee (yes, another entitlement) that every American who wants one or needs one has a job.
The only problem is that he is not quite sure how this would work.  But, any student of political history can tell you that socialism never works.  Never.  Look at Venezuela.  Look at the Com-block nations.   Look at everywhere socialism has ever been tried.  It fails utterly.  Every time.

Even liberal Finland, who tried an experiment with a guaranteed basic income, has found that it doesn't work.  It's simply unsustainable.

Socialism in every form has proven to be an utter failure each time it has been tried.

Did The FBI Stand Down?

Glenn Reynolds links to an article that asks the question.  Did McCabe order the FBI to stand dwon on the Clinton email investigation?

Well, somebody damned sure did.  I was watching TV that morning when Comey outlined a prima facie case for mis-handling classified information. From what little experience I have handling classified documents, someone would have gone to jail, if her last name wasn't Clinton.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Audience Displays

With the proceeds from Louisiana State, the Cross Branded Peacemakers were able to buy audience displays.  These lights hang over the target and display the time for a shot.

They came in today, and I installed them tonight.  Working by myself in the shop, about four hours to install a six-lane set.  It wasn't a bad job, but I got my exercise going up and down that ladder tonight.


Those lights hanging from the ceiling, after the test run.  Everything works, it's ready for the match on Saturday.They are about twelve feet in the air, so they should be fairly safe from bullet strikes.

This is something I have waited for, for a long time.  But now, I need a shower, a shot of whiskey, and a little bed time.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tank Ammo

Mostly Cajun says in comments (and takes me down memory lane).
All the way in - HEAT-T or TP-T, our most common training round at Knox. All the way out - HEP-T. In the middle APDS-T, which was NEVER used at Knox.
When I got to Knox in '76 for the Basic Course, we fired a lot of HEAT-T, but I don't remember any sabot at all.  Even when I graduated and went down the street to the 4/27th Armor, we shot mostly (95%) HEAT-T and HEP-T.

But, when I got back there in '85 for the Advanced Course, we shot a heck of a lot of TPDS-T   Mainly on Yaho and St. Vith ranges.  I feel like I spent the whole summer at St. Vith.  As I recall, that was a beautiful range, nestled between two big ridges near the Salt River.  That place was  absolutely gorgeous

Knox ain't Knox any more.  Nowadays, it's a Finance center, with lots of REMFs and DA civilians keeping it open. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Computers

When I was a stripling soldier, I was introduced to computers.  Not the kind I'm typing on now, but e an electro-mechanical computer that figured ballistics for tank ammo.  It was mounted to the right side of the gunners station and fed inputs from the range-finder into the gun, to help assure a first-round hit.


You can click on it to see a bigger version.  When used, you could hear the cams working

For the uneducated, elevation is the angle of the gun from level.  Super elevation is that minute change, based on the ballistics of the ammo, to make the bullet hit the target. 

I found this picture on the Book of Face this morning, and it brought back a lot of old memories.

Mallards

When I was a young man, I used to walk Catahoula lake, or the creeks and sloughs in other places, hoping for a shot at a mallard drake.

Nowadays, they are wandering around my driveway.  With a pellet rifle, I could be eating mallard three nights a week.


Fortunately for them, I don't feel like plucking a duck.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Model P

The Model P was a firearm that was both iconic, and a continuation of continuing design.  Also known at the Single Action Army, or the Peacemaker, it is the iconic firearm of the cowboy westerns. 

Colt still makes them, if you have $2 grand to drop and are willing to wait a year or so.

There is another alternative, though.  As the story goes, the president of Cimarron Firearms happened to have a first-generation Colt in his collection, and sent it to Uberti to be copied.  His was the later manufacturing change, and has the cross-bolt latch for the base pin, instead of the screw for retaining the base pin.  We call these the pre-war model.

This clone is supposed to be very, very close to the original.  Colt parts are supposed to fit it, although that remains to be seen.

Grabaagun.com has them in their stock room, so as I have not yet bought my annual BAG Day gun, I put one on order.  It should be at the FFL in a week or so, and I'll highlight it here when I can handle it.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Packing Old Skool

I talked about this pistol back in 2013, an old Colt 1911 I picked up in a pawn shop.  I shot it a few times, ran it through a USPSA match, and shortly after that, the Sheriff gave us Glocks to carry.

The 1911 was probably the very first pistol I ever shot, when we went to the range with a class of savetail lieutenants back in 1976.  I learned that I shoot the 1911 almost instinctively.  It just points well in my hand.  The grip angle is correct for me, and the sights align naturally out of the holster.

Here's a picture as it came  out of the pawn shop.


Yeah, it's chromed like a Chevy bumper, but it's still a Colt  It's marked US Army Property, and a search of the serial number at the Colt archives put the manufacture date in 1915.  It's over 100 years old.

The last time I shot it, it shot fine.  It's probably been through several depot rebuilds, and I have no preconception that it's original in any way.   But, it's mine, and it's cool.

Back to the Glock.  It's a good pistol, but it had no soul.  And, as much as I appreciate the ruggedness and utility, I just can't shoot the damned thing.  I know, a lot of people like them, and it could stand a sight upgrade, but I'm not going to spend any money on a pistol I don't like and have to give back to the Sheriff eventually.

And, last year I was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a disease of the retina that puts a blurry spot right where I look at sights on a pistol.  I can't see the sights on the Glock.  I can see the pistol, and the target, but the sights just don't exist.  It makes it hard for me to quality.  I barely qualified last year.

I have to re-qual in June, and I've been thinking about that, so tonight I decided to drag out the old Colt and play with it for a while.  Just Damn!  It's like handling an old friend.  And, surprisingly, I can see the sights on this chromed wonder.

My boy gave me a set of grips for it several years ago, and I really like the way they look.  And, I have several holsters that fit it.  Several Level II holsters suitable for duty work.


I'll have to get it out to the range and shoot it a bit, but I'll have it in a bag when I go to quals this year.  If the Glock gives me any trouble, I"ll drag out the old   I may bod up the Glock and give it back to the Sheriff.  The old Colt may not be the newest, greatest crunchenticker ever developed, but it's got a lot of history, and it still is able to serve admirably.

We'll see.

A Time To Repent

I am so tired of the holier-than-thou attitude of the left.  Erick Erickson pens a piece that Hot Air excerpts.
Donald Trump is the first leader in the history of the world who evangelicals think does not have to repent. Trump himself has said he never felt the need to ask God to forgive anything. The relationship is transactional and people of supposed faith have resorted to claims they should adopt the tactics of the left to win.
This pisses me off, especially when the anointed candidate of the other side is commonly known to be a tool of Satan.  Erickson has no moral authority to lecture anyone on what God requires.  He's just sad that Hillary didn't win.
Call me crazy, but when you have an all powerful, omnipotent, creator of the entire universe on your side, you should not have to rely on a slightly orange adulterer for protection from your enemies. But American evangelicals have traded the risen Lord for Balaam’s donkey.
Okay, Erick, you're crazy.  You don't recall that God used King David (also an adulterer) and  Paul (who actively persecuted Christians) to both spread His word and His kingdom.  The Lord uses who He will to do His work, and it's not for I (nor you) to say any different.

But now, if you'll excuse me, it's Friday afternoon and I have other things to consider.  My lad and I are going to eat crawfish, and I may have a spot of whiskey.  I have been looking forward to this weekend, and it's time to get started.

Officers Down

So, this asshole walks up to a window outside a restaurant where two Florida sheriff's deputies are eating lunch, and shoots them both
Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty. There was no crime in progress, no disturbance. The suspect appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning. Two holes in the window are visible tonight.
Then, the shooter eats his own pistol.

This is senseless, but the Sheriff tries to make sense of it.
The Sheriff did say, “There’s so much I want to say and so much I shouldn’t say.” He continued, “We’re not going to make this a political issue other than the fact…What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent that it has been demonized, every type of hate, every type of put-down that you can think of.” He added, “The only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me.”
 Rest in Peace, brothers.

Spontaneous

Heh!  From the puppy blender.

Spontaneous, my ass!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Night Music

Supper

Belle is at the funeral home, to pay respects to a lady she once worked with, so I'm on my own hook for supper.

The doctor has me on a no-white-stuff diet, and I"m trying to be a good boy, so on the way home this afternoon, I stopped at the grocers, got a pound of good sausage, some frozen mixed veggies, and some shredded cabbage (cole slaw mix).

I got home, and piddled in the shop for an hour or so, then came inside to concoct a meal.

I cut up half of the pound of sausage into rounds, then put them in a black skillet and browned them.

Dropped in a handful of mixed veggies and let that saute in the fat from the sausage.  Then I put in half the bag of  cabbage, and added water to let it simmer for about 10 minutes.


A little salt and pepper to taste, and it's mighty fine.

On This Day

On this day in 1775, the British moved toward the villages of Lexington and Concord,  They were trying to trying to capture military stores, ie; muskets, powder, balls, or cannon.  We cal it a battle, but it was really only a skirmish, or a brushing engagement.

The colonists had been forewarned by Paul Revere and other riders.Captain John Parker put his militia company on the town square.  His move was calculated for maximum advantage.  He neither blocked the road to Concord, nor tried to stop the British advance.  He was a "show of foce", to let the British know that colonial militia was present, and watching.  He told his men, "Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."  In the resulting engagement, eight colonists were killed. 

The British continued to Concord to continue to search for military supplies.  On the return trip, they were harassed by hundreds of militia who had gathered, hearing of the engagement in Lexington. 

This was, of course, the year before the Declaration of Independence.  The road to war was long,  and the outrages ran deep.  We didn't simply decide one day to be independent.  It came at a cost, and a price, and it is one of the reasons that the Founders included the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights.  So that free men could stand against tyranny.  It was the bulwark of our freedom then, and still is today.