We the Politicians of the United States, in Order to avoid a more perfect Union, manipulate Justice, destroy domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common offense, promote general Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Progeny, do blaspheme and eviscerate this Constitution of the United States of America. ("Zack," circa 1966 -1970)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

When on the road with my guns I do make the effort to comply with the letter and intent of the myriad of laws ...


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... but I gotta be honest,  it ain't easy.  Just the nuances of Illinois compliance stuff often makes my head swim; crossing from state to state sometimes is like ... wow ... although CCL reciprocity has helped immensely.  There are some anti-gun states in the USA that I just won't visit.  For that matter (concealed carry license or not, for safety reasons more than the legalities) there are some cities in Illinois that I avoid like I would an outbreak of Ebola.  

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The above (very old)  locking metal box is what I call my "vehicle compliance box."  I won't bore you with the details of when it is used and why ... let's just say that I do make the effort and I also keep the telephone numbers of a couple of lawyers on speed dial in case I am detained because I misunderstood a nuance of some law.  




"Unloaded, locked, separate from ammunition, and not readily accessible" used to be a good general guideline ... the box went in the trunk.  Some guns are more readily unloaded than others ...

Many many many years ago I traveled with unloaded handguns stowed inside my luggage in the trunk ... until I was offered a legal opinion that in some jurisdictions it would be considered as "carrying concealed" ... that the handguns must be locked in a recognizable "handgun box." Some states offered that it was okay to have a loaded "car gun" provided that it was holstered in plain view ... others states said / implied that it had to be holstered in the glove box ... and in some jurisdictions the presence of a holster was prima facie evidence of the intent to carry concealed.

Then again there will always be a sizable portion of the population that just doesn't give a shit about gun laws, orders of protection, DUI laws, etc ...






Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Ruger P90 Range Session (AKA more .45 ACP FUN) 06/24/2019 at 5-Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois

I found this old target (above) while cleaning the basement; it's from a 07/08/2004 range session when I last fired my old Ruger P90.  At some point during that range session this target received the 3000th round fired from my P90 (along with some perforations from a .32 ACP Seecamp).  Subsequent to that benchmark event I rewarded the old Ruger with a thorough cleaning, a new guide rod, a new recoil spring, and then lubed it up with Shooter's Choice space age red grease.

I decided to grab the old gun from the lockup and stage it with the old target for the above photo (my apologies for the bad basement lighting and my poor photography) as I pondered details for a range session.

The old makeshift travel kit for the P90 contained 47-rounds of Federal 230-grain Hydra-Shok hollowpoints as follows:
a) 4 x magazines each containing 7-rounds
b) a plastic ammo-wallet containing 18-rounds
c) 1 loose round

To make the range time shakedown more blog-worthy I scrounged together an additional 45-rounds of S&B 230-grain FMJ ball ammo from some partially used boxes on the shelves.

I was curious about a few things.  Would the aforementioned Shooter's Choice space age gun grease be congealed into a waxy sludge after 15-years?  How would the magazines perform after sitting with the springs fully compressed for 15-years?  One of those magazines is as old as the P90 and likely fed half of all rounds ever fired from this pistol ... the "newest" mag probably is over 16-years-old.  All of these magazines have original factory springs.

(I never purchased any of the 8-round mags Ruger produced for this pistol ... I don't recall ever reading a convincing review about reliability.  If my 7-round mags ever need new springs and followers I may be stuck ... I doubt anything exactly matching Ruger OEM springs and followers exists.   Ruger no longer produces the P90; it is an orphan.  Hereafter I'll be storing the mags empty.)





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Target #1 was set at 30-feet (10-yards)
After chambering a round (and then topping off the magazine with the sole loose round) the shooting commenced with the Hydra-Shok ammunition. Things went swimmingly well until the very last round of the last of the preloaded magazines.  Yep, there was a feed jam on the final round of the 4th magazine (round #29).   I relegated that mag to just feeding ball ammo during the balance of this range visit.  I inspected the cleared Hydra-Shok cartridge and deemed its condition to be "shoot worthy" and used it on the next target. 




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Target #2 was set at 45-feet (15-yards)
The remaining 19-rounds of Hydra-Shok and the 45-rounds of S&B FMJ cycled through the pistol and magazines without incident.

92-rounds total for this session.  Good fun and my arthritic hands held up okay.




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How did the Shooter's Choice super duper space age red gun grease stand the tests of time and live fire?  Well,  I'll be darned if it wasn't just as smooth and slickery as it was 15-years ago when I wiped it on.   After the shoot I stripped the pistol down to the major components and wiped the powder residue and the grease away with a paper towel ... the photo was taken before I scrubbed everything with CLP.

I'm of the mind nowadays that CLP is all that I need for my lightweight shooting habits.  However, if I ever get a wild ass hankering to beat up on a pistol by firing 2000-rounds in between cleanings then that space age red grease will likely be my choice.






Saturday, June 29, 2019

Monthly Weigh-in 06/29/2019 = UNCHANGED at 180-lbs

This is a monthly reminder to myself to "keep at it."  Not losing anything since last month is not a surprise.  Not gaining any weight is always a win.

Somewhat of a surprise was when I saw some waist-size-33 jeans for sale ... I can remember going directly from size-32 to size-34 many years ago because I found nothing in between.  Anyhow,  I figured I could fit into the size-33 comfortably enough so I made the purchase ... the big surprise is that I also fit into the size-32 that I bought out of sheer optimism.   I later tried on some ancient size-32 jeans that I had kept from the previous century ... they also fit.  Whoopee!  The game of ounces and inches is glacially slow and boring but the "Eureka!" moments are fun.

Although the size-34 jeans are a bit baggy on me nowadays I am going to continue wearing them until I am at 175-lbs or below; old geezers always gots to get their money's worth!





Friday, June 28, 2019

UPDATE: Lake County Sheriff investigation finds NO THREATS WERE MADE regarding Lake County, Illinois Civil War Re-enactment (KUDOS to the Sheriff's Office for getting on this promptly and putting it all to bed)

It would appear that this was nothing more than our local politicians showing off their talents for opportunism, obfuscation, and mendaciousness ...  all the while stopping just short of qualifying for a Jussie Smollett award.  Good job, guys!  Well played.











Thursday, June 27, 2019

Threats get Civil War Re-enactment CANCELED in Lake County, Illinois


A criminal investigation is underway (IMHO, something we need more when it comes to threats of violence).  It is unclear what the threats were about.  Dunno if the threats were from the left, from the right, or from a broad political spectrum.  I remember reading some official as saying that the re-enactments were "racist" but I won't link to that post because it doesn't contain the full content or context of what was being discussed.   

The re-enactments have been going on for many years.  There was some talk about this being the last year for them for whatever reason.  Everything on this earth offends someone or another nowadays.  C'est dommage.  C'est la vie.  Breathe in, breathe out, move on.






Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Federal's Syntech .45 acp ammunition is now here in the wilds of Northeastern Illinois (but it has not yet been subjected to a Colt Defender shooting-range-shakedown session).

Lessee what we have in the (above) photo ... 200-rounds of Syntech red-ball range fodder plus the 100-rounds of Syntech blue-nose personal defense stuff plus 6-rounds of regular FMJ ball equals a bit over some / many / all of the federal, state, and local ammunition limits being proposed.  Golly ... gosh ... gee whiz ... I guess that I had better get busy and shoot more often and much faster than I have been ... thus far this year I have only burned through 442-rounds of what I already had in inventory; in many gun circles that amount of shooting would get me tagged me as a lightweight Fudd.  I'm serious; the amount of ammo that I burn in a full year is what many serious gunslingers toss downrange a couple or more times every week.

Silly ammo-limit laws solve nothing ... unless the hidden intent of is to fastrack criminalization of innocent gun owners.

How many rounds of ammunition do I have cached?  Meh, maybe only a few more than shown in the photo below ... modesty keeps me from posting a full count.   Am I a notorious liar?  Well, yeah, kinda, but no more so than any given major party politician.  Truth be told, I don't own any guns ... I just make this shit up as blog fodder.

Guns are evil.  Guns are bad.  Ban guns.  Ban boolits.  Ooorah!  Happy?  Good, now go home and let the adults continue.



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Typical (dare I say "traditional?") copper full metal jacket 230-grain ball is on the left, Syntech 230-grain ball is on the right, and Syntech 205-grain segmented hollowpoint is in the middle.  "How good doz dey choot?"  Dunno yet ... I hope to get it to the range soon.  Is Federal's synthetic jacket softer than copper?  Well, I am going to assume that it is.  I am also assuming that it MAY be easier on aluminum feed ramps.

NOTE: Nothing that I can do here would meet any measure of being "SCIENCE."  It would require serious effort and resources for anyone to conclusively say that (compared to copper jacketed bullets) use of Syntech ammo in pistols with aluminum alloy feed ramps A) Makes no difference   B) Causes less wear and tear  C) Causes more wear and tear.  This isn't as easy as climate science.



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Above is a photo (and an enlargement) showing a bit of the feed ramp of my 1998 vintage Colt Defender shortly after I purchased it a few years ago.  It was a used gun so I dunno if that shiny ramp came from the factory in that condition or if some well intentioned previous owner or gun store clerk wannabe gunsmith thought that polishing it would improve feed reliability.  Folks, I may be in the minority but it is my opinion that only factory employed smiths (or an exceptionally experienced independent smith) should be messing with a feed ramp, be it anodized aluminum, titanium, steel, integral to the frame of the pistol or on ramped barrels.  Angles and hardness are kinda critical.  IMHO (again), feed problems usually can be traced to A) magazines B) extractors C) problematic ammo design.

In short, it is possible that, at sometime between this pistol's 1998 DOB and the date when I purchased it, some or all of the anodized hardening was polished from the feed ramp.  If it was, the pistol is now down to the question of how hard (or soft) copper jackets are versus how soft (or hard) the aluminum alloy pistol frame is.

I stripped, cleaned, inspected and lubed the pistol when I first purchased it.  I set aside the pair of factory magazines and replaced them with a different brand.

6-rounds of hollowpoint ammunition were fired on this outing (click HERE)

57-rounds of ball ammunition were fired during this outing (click HERE).

I again stripped, cleaned, inspected and lubed the pistol.




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The feed cycle of semi-automatic pistols is more chaotic than most would imagine.  Computer animations depict it as a smooth chain of events.  The reality is that ammo hits feed ramps high and low, sometimes a bit left or right.  Feed ramps soak up lots of abuse.





My method for cleaning a feed ramp is via CLP on a soft cloth patch; that's it.  This photo pretty much has me convinced (it is ever possible for me to be mistaken) that somewhere along the line somebody polished the anodizing from the feed ramp, which is why I am hoping that synthetic jacketed bullets will minimize wear and tear.  I plan to shoot the living hell outta this pistol regardless; it is a gun that is still full of fun.




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Well, all right then! If you sass Mommy Gubmint again she is gonna take your guns away and THAT'S FINAL!


I love Illinois politicians.  They never fail to amuse ... this one even has the lawyers in stitches.  

All of you closeted gun-owning liberals might want to rethink your blind party-allegiance.  Just sayin'.

As for myself, I am plotting my exit strategy from this state ... call it "Escape from Mikemadiganistan."   Illinois is morally, intellectually, and financially bankrupt beyond hope.