Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED JOB PRODUCTIVITY, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, SEXUAL IMPOTENCY, AND / OR DEVIANT FUNAMBULISM. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNITION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. (No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some lubricious adventures with your trophy wife and a future first-round draft pick.) CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, while inside a public library, while inside any public or private school, or while inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving a motor vehicle or while piloting an aircraft. Viewing this blog may be illegal inside the EU, Chicago, and other parts of the Third World. THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT. DISCLAIMER: This blog is a hobby, it is not a livelihood. Even though much of what I blog about relates to firearms collecting and recreational shooting, I am not an expert (by any measure) on any facet of guns, shooting, hunting, or personal defense. Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats or post hunt bourbon-fueled barroom-bluster; I offer no opinion on what you should or should not purchase, or what you should be using or doing. What does or does not work for me could be rugged-country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased / rented / leased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, distilled spirits, recreational pharmaceuticals, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post. TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on via one method or another, for one reason or another; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online DNA residue by using Tor and Duck Duck Go. Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all! Ante omnia armari. To each of you, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!
Please consider RECURRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS of ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLITICIANS (including but not limited to school records, acquaintances, employment history, Social Media, financial, drug, and psychiatric screenings). Please consider TERM LIMITS; political power corrupts.

'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)

Make them earn it.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Y2K plus 10

December 31, 1999, it is hard to believe a decade has passed since then. It all seems like such a short time ago. New Year’s Eve spent at work, safeguarding the potable water and wastewater systems, waiting to see if the computers of the world would cause a sociological meltdown at the stroke of midnight, contingency plans in place for potential equipment failures, anticipating possible acts of terrorism or vandalism. The world was on edge.


Can you shoot .380ACP in a .38 Super? Can you shoot .38 Super in a .380?

I am not sure why, but I have been getting many hits to this site using several variations of those questions. I ignored the first couple of hits, but after receiving many subsequent hits, I reconsidered.

The short answer is “no.”

The information below was clipped from this site.

The .380 is NOT the same as the .38 Super or .38 Auto or .38 ACP. They have longer cases and higher pressures. The big boys will not fit properly in a .380. Likewise, don't try to shoot a .380 in a pistol chambered for the .38 Auto or .38 Super. The case length of the .380 is .680" and the .38 Super (and the .38 ACP) are .900" long. For reference, the 9mm Luger/Para is .754" case length.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

“Ed’s Red” bore cleaner

Update 5/5/2010: Now available for purchase HERE, and some of the proceeds go to a very good cause. Hat tip to Grant Cunningham for the info.

This stuff is good but you can’t buy it; this is home brewing at its finest. It is the circa 1993 creation of gun writer / gun guru Ed Harris.  By nature, bore cleaners have strong odors and Ed's Red is no exception.  It seems to be no less than equal to the commercial cleaners and can be whipped together for a fraction of the cost.  It is especially worthy of consideration if you shoot wholesale amounts of corrosive primers or black powder (or black powder substitutes).  Black powder ot smokeless, I never let my guns stay dirty; I clean them after every outing. Ed’s Red is good for routine cleaning as well as the hopelessly tough jobs. I mixed a batch once to remove caked on crust from a sewage pump; nothing else worked, but Ed’s Red cleaned it right up.  Ed’s Red transformed the antique 16-gauge double muzzle-loader in the photo from a being a sad, rusty, carbon-fouled piece of junk into a decent  fireplace mantel gun.

The following was obtained from this site.
CONTENTS: Ed's Red Bore Cleaner

• 1 part Dexron ATF, GM Spec. D-20265 or later.
• 1 part Kerosene - deodorized, K1
• 1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits  CAS #64741-49-9,
(or substitute "Stoddard Solvent", CAS #8052-41-3, or equivalent. )
• 1 part Acetone, CAS #67-64-1.
• (Optional 1 lb. of Lanolin, Anhydrous, USP per gallon, or OK to substitute Lanolin, Modified, Topical Lubricant, from the drug store)

Mix outdoors, in good ventilation. Use a clean 1 gallon metal, chemical-resistant, heavy gage PET or PVC plastic container. NFPA approved plastic gasoline storage containers are OK. Do NOT use HDPE, which is permeable, because the acetone will slowly evaporate. Acetone in ER will attack HDPE over time, causing the container to collapse, making a heck of a mess!

Add the ATF first. Use the empty container to measure the otherainer to measure the other components, so that it is thoroughly rinsed. If you incorporate the lanolin into the mixture, melt this carefully in a double boiler, taking precautions against fire. Pour the melted lanolin it into a larger container, rinsing the lanolin container with the bore cleaner mix, and stirring until it is all dissolved. I recommend diverting up to 4 ozs. per quart of the 50-50 ATF/kerosene mix to use as "ER-compatible" gun oil. This can be done without impairing the effectiveness of the remaining mix.



Contents: petroleum distillates, surfactants, organometallic antioxidants and acetone.

1. Flammable mixture, keep away from heat, sparks or flame.

2. FIRST AID, If swallowed DO NOT induce vomiting, call physician immediately. In case of eye contact immediately flush thoroughly with water and call a physician. For skin contact wash thoroughly.

3. Use with adequate ventilation. Avoid breathing vapors or spray mist. It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with itsonsistent with its labeling. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged occupational overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage. If using in closed armory vaults lacking forced air ventilation wear respiratory protection meeting NIOSH TC23C or equivalent. Keep container tightly closed when not in use.

1. Open the firearm action and ensure the bore is clear. Cleaning is most effective when done while the barrel is still warm from firing. Saturate a cotton patch with bore cleaner, wrap or impale on jag and push it through the bore from breech to muzzle. The patch should be a snug fit. Let the first patch fall off and do not pull it back into the bore.

2. Wet a second patch, and similarly start it into the bore from the breech, this time scrubbing from the throat area forward in 4-5" strokes and gradually advancing until the patch emerges out the muzzle. Waiting approximately 1 minute to let the bore cleaner soak will improve its action.

3. For pitted, heavily carbon-fouled service rifles, leaded revolvers or neglected bores a bronze brush wet with bore cleaner may be used to remove stubborn deposits. This is unnecessary for smooth, target-grade barrels in routine use.

4. Use a final wet patch pushed straight through the bore to flush out loosened residue dissolved by Ed's Red. Let the patch fall off the jag without pulling it back into the bore. If you are finished firing, leaving the bore wet will protect it from rust for 1 year under average atmospheric conditions.

5. If lanolin is incorporated into the mixture, it will protect the firearm from rust for up to two years, even in a humid environment. (For longer storage use Lee Liquid Alox or Cosmolene). "ER" will readily remove hardened Alox or Cosmolene.

6. Wipe spilled Ed's Red from exterior surfaces before storing the gun. While Ed's Red is harmless to blue and nickel finishes, the acetone it contains is harmful to most wood finishes.

7. Before firing again, push two dry patches through the bore and dry the chamber, using a patch wrapped around a suitably sized brush or jag. First shot point of impact usually will not be disturbed by Ed's Red if the bore is cleaned as described.

8. I have determined to my satisfaction that when Ed's Red is used exclusively and thoroughly, that hot water cleaning is unnecessary after use of Pyrodex or military chlorate primers. However, if bores are not wiped between shots and are heavily caked from black powder fouling, hot water cleaning is recommended first to break up heavy fouling deposits. Water cleaning should be followed by a flush with Ed's Red to prevent after-rusting which could result from residual moisture. It is ALWAYS good practice to clean TWICE, TWO DAYS APART whenever using chlorate primed ammunition, just to make sure you get all the corrosive residue out.

This "Recipe" has been placed in the public domain, and may be freely distributed provided that it is done so in its entirely with all current revisions, instructions and safety warnings included herein, and that proper attribution is given to the author.

C96 Bolo Range Review


Colt 1991A1

This blog entry contains some unfavorable comments about Colt Manufacturing Company, as I perceived them to be in the early 1990’s. Frankly, back then they pissed me off with three of their pistols that I purchased. How do I feel about Colt pistols today? IMHO, they are much improved.

Eighty years following the creation of the 1911 pistol, Colt introduced the Series 80 1991A1 as its entry into the low-end government-model pistol market. As incentives, the 1991A1 came with enhancements such as larger sights, a lowered ejection port, beveled magazine well, and they returned to the long trigger and straight mainspring housing. Supposedly, according to the gun periodicals of the day, Colt made refinements to the feed-ramp and barrel-throat to provide for reliable use of hollowpoint ammunition.

I bought this pistol new in November of 1992. As far as feeding hollowpoints, this pistol was a failure; initially it would not even feed ball ammo reliably. I’m not talking about a rare and random mal-feed or jam; there was a problem with each magazine of ammo. Colt’s customer support gave the same answer to each of my inquiries, “Just keep shooting it, it just needs breaking-in.” Yeah, right. Out of frustration, two months later I bought the first of my Springfield Armory 1911 pistols (for $100 less than I paid for the Colt) which proved to be 100% reliable with ball ammo right out of the box, and, at least in my unsophisticated hand, seemed to be more accurate than the Colt.

I persevered with the Colt 1991A1. Swapping out the recoil spring to 18.5 lbs and settling on Bill Wilson’s seven-round magazines finally made the pistol reliable enough for me to burn through enough ammo to break in the pistol (afterwards, it still occasionally would mal-feed ball ammo when used with quality eight-round magazines). The only hollowpoint ammunition that I found to feed 100% of the time was Winchester’s Black Talon (with quality seven-round magazines).

This pistol rarely sees use anymore; I have not fired it in over five years. It is not one of my favorites. If I ever choose to own another Wilson Combat wonder-gun, I’ll ship this one off for them to use as a platform to build on.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Wauconda Home Invasion is a case of mistaken address

CLICK HERE for a news update. It turns out the two home invaders were supposed to pick up a family member and somehow got the address wrong. When told that their relative was not there, they did not believe the homeowners so they forced their way inside in an apparent attempt to search the residence. After a scuffle, the homeowner shot both of the dumbasses. The homeowner has a FOID card so he is safe from prosecution on that technical aspect of Illinois nonsense law.
A somewhat similar incident happened to me a few years ago. I was on the front porch enjoying a cigar one night when a neighbor (one I had never seen before) came roaring into my driveway, jumped out of his car, identified himself as “Tex,” and loudly demanded that I send his daughter outside immediately. He became more aggressive and agitated when I informed him that I had no idea who his daughter was and that she was most certainly not inside my house. He took two steps forward but stopped as I made a motion meant to warn him off. I then calmly suggested that he consider the possibility that he might have the wrong house. Loudmouth Tex then noticed that he had pulled into the wrong driveway (I am on a cul de sac, both my next-door neighbor and I have near-identical green GM vans parked in our driveways).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Aurora Illinois shark attack


The Belly of the Beast. 

Attorney charged in Kane County Courthouse belly bump incident.  He pleads obesity.


Wauconda Illinois homeowner shoots two home invaders

Saturday night just before 6:00 p.m., two masked men pushed their way into a Wauconda home and refused to leave after repeated demands by the two homeowners. After engaging in physical altercations, one of the homeowners shot both of the home invaders.

I lived in Wauconda for 22-years. Unless things have changed there in the many years since I moved out, my guess is that a goon breaking into any house in Wauconda has around a 50-50 chance to wind up facing an armed homeowner. Home invasion is probably not a very good vocation to practice in that town.

Even if this proves to be a righteous shooting, even if that homeowner is a Saint with an unblemished record, if that homeowner does not possess the requisite Illinois firearm owner identification card (FOID) there may be substantial legal issues to face.

UPDATE: CLICK HERE for Daily Herald article. Both invaders were shot with a small caliber handgun. One invader was 49 years old; the other was 15 years old. Both apparently believed another family member was forcibly being held in the house. The only people in the house at the time of the invasion were the homeowners. The 15 year old was treated for his wounds and released from the hospital; the 49 year old is still hospitalized. Both will be charged. Charges against the homeowner are not expected, but have not been ruled out.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hard Times Investing Update 12/26/2009


Well, it isn’t earth-shattering great news but I’ll take it; on Christmas Eve, by a mere 1/10th of 1%, my modest investment portfolio reached a new all-time-high. Dumb luck and divine intervention has recovered every penny of the losses I suffered during our recent market crash. Using the S&P-500 as a measure, the markets are still around 28% below their pre-crash highs, which means they need to jump roughly 39% from their current level of 1126 to achieve a full recovery. While I am sure that many retirees have fared better in the markets than I have, I know many others who have not been so fortunate. My hope is that blessings will soon descend upon us all.

I figure that I’m too old to be 100% in the markets and too young to be 100% out of the markets, so I guess I’ll just remain a half-assed investor for the near future. As a hedge against the downside, as the markets rose from their lows I took profits on two occasions and moved the proceeds to cash. Currently the portfolio sits with 53% cash and 47% equities.

OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this blog entry is advice on investing or finances.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

No more blogging here until after Christmas; I’m not traveling anywhere; I just have much unfinished business to attend to.

Be safe. Thanks for stopping by.

Warmest regards,


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association raffling ISA commemorative M1A

Yes, you read that correctly, the Illinois Sheriffs Association is raffling an ISA commemorative M1A rifle to the public (only Illinois citizens qualify).

Ticket will be drawn at the Winter Conference, February 2010
$20.00 per ticket, only 1500 printed, winner need not be present to win
(Must be at least 18 yrs. of age and possess a valid F.O.I.D. card)
For more information contact the ISA office at 217—753-2372 or email

Illinois gun owners may want to consider supporting these people; they have thrown some support our way in the past. IMHO, this is a gutsy move on their part, certain to ruffle a few anti-gun feathers. I intend on supporting the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association as long as they continue to support us.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Birthday!

My good friend Steve in Minnesota celebrates his 60th birthday. Steve and I go back many years to the Fidonet Bulletin Board days and 2400-baud modems. Evolution to 9600-baud was awe-inspiring. We both have Tennessee roots and deep-seated affection for that state.

Cook up some home brew for me, Steve; I can fall off the wagon occasionally. Maria and I will get up there someday soon.

Memphis Tennessee shark attack

Attorney bites off man’s nose during bathroom brawl.  He claims self defense.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Copenhagen Summit, leading by example

The Copenhagen Summit was a shining example of elitists indulging in luxuries while preaching piety to the masses. By their own standards, such extravagances left a large carbon footprint on our earth. It also left very bad taste in the mouths of the taxpaying citizens of the world. Perhaps our world leaders will consider multipoint videoconferencing in the future. They need to practice what they preach and quit sounding like a choir of whores.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Underused Thomson, Illinois prison to Gitmo prisoners

A prison designed to hold the run-of-the-mill Illinois criminal (no, we are not talking about our politicians this time) will be tasked by our federal government to hold many ruthless, well trained, well practiced, world-class, wholesale murderers. While trying to keep those zealots on the inside, the prison must also keep well-trained zealots who may be lurking on the outside from trying to spring their buddies. Let’s hope the facility is more formidable than it looks to be in the photo, and that the federal prison-staff members are to be no-nonsense, Marine Corps sandbox veterans.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Al Gore tells Copenhagen all Arctic ice to be gone in 5 – 7 years

Start the clock folks. Let’s be generous and give it 10-years.

There already is a problem with Al’s prediction… it has no basis in science, and the expert that Al quoted never said what Al said that he said.

Am I enjoying this far too much? YOU BETCHA!

Global Warming ideas sell better during the SUMMER!

Good Lord, people! Did anyone really believe the American public was going to rally around the Copenhagen Summit in mid December? We are now getting our first heating bills for this winter season; WOW! The government needs to print some extra money for us all to burn so we can stay warm.

We will not be in the mood to worry about the world getting too warm until at least July. Check in with us then.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Illinois secretly releasing prisoners to save money

Perpetuating our banana republic stereotype, Governor Quinn today suspended a secret prisoner release program after the Associated Press discovered the details. Read the AP story; it is disturbing but not at all surprising. Our state government has long been out of control. If you do not approve, please let our politicians know and please make voting a top priority in your life. Only the citizens of Illinois can foster an honest and efficient government.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Springfield Armory 1911A1

Can you make a full size 1911 style pistol your “only gun,” suitable for both concealed-carry and home-defense? With a modicum of dedication, forethought, and a couple of good holsters, you probably can work it out. Although I have been shooting them for a “good long time,” it is well beyond my qualifications to venture into promoting or dismissing the 1911 as the “ultimate fighting pistol.” It is a fine design; if it works for you, cool, if not there is a world full of other handgun designs for you to choose from.

There was a time when Colt held the majority of the 1911 market. Since there was not much competition, new pistols became rather pricey and the quality disappointing. Some folks resorted to buying
military surplus pistols imported from other countries; some were quite affordable at the time but have since become scarce and spendy. Buying used pistols can be perilous; unless one is especially familiar with the mechanics of the design one can never be sure if critical parts have been “tuned up” by some dumbass. When all of the parts function as intended, the 1911 is a very safe and reliable tool, otherwise, it can be cantankerous or even downright treacherous. Thankfully, today it should be needless to look to the used gun market to find bargains on 1911 models. It is safe for me to speculate that more companies today are making variations of John Moses Browning’s 1911 semi-automatic pistol than at anytime in history. If you have decided to purchase a 1911 model, it would be hard not to find something new that fits your taste and budget. What calibers are available and which caliber is the best? The most popular caliber for the 1911 pistol is the .45 ACP, but there are numerous other choices available, among them are the .38 Super and the 10MM. I’ll let others argue as to which the best is.

Should you go with a bare-bones bargain model or push your budget for something superbly tuned like the
Wilson Combat CQB? It’s hard to go wrong by buying the best gun you can afford. Will a better gun make you a better shooter? While it is doubtful that a finely tuned pistol will ever hurt the skills of any shooter, I am unconvinced that one is essential for survival. If buying top-shelf means adding to an existing pile of family debt, go with the more affordable gun. Now, I can hear what’s coming next so please spare me from the “how much is your life worth?” cliché. We can’t all afford to move to gated communities guarded by heavily armed private security firms and we can’t all afford bodyguards and armored limos. A $2,000 - $5,000 pistol does not make a person either bulletproof or a master-class gunslinger. Each of us holds the price of life very dear but we can only do the best we can with the money that we have available. What we hanker for does not equal what we truly need.

After that rather loquacious opening, it is high time that I get to the subject of today’s post, the
Springfield Armory 1911A1 (SA now calls it the GI .45). How good are these low-end 1911 style pistols? My ever-humble opinion is that they are darn respectable. This is my second SA 1911A1, the first I sold to a needy young Sheriff’s Deputy for half of what it was worth, and he only paid me half of that amount before being dismissed from duty and disappearing with the gun and the rest of my money. In any case, I was so impressed with the reliability and accuracy of that pistol that I bought another. It is a no-frills 1911 style pistol with the standard ejection port and unbeveled magazine-well. I find the Springfield Armory Parkerized finish to be durable and attractive. It has the small Mil-Spec sights, forged barrel, frame, and slide. I believe SA gets all of the parts from Brazil and assembles the pistols in the USA; the fitting is quite good. While the different makers of the 1911 style pistols strive for the same look and feel as the Colts, often there are differences whereby some parts are not interchangeable. For example, the SA 1911A1.45 ACP in the above photo uses a .38 Super firing pin (smaller diameter). The dust cover and front strap appear to be thicker than on a Colt.

Without using a
Ransom Rest to do an “all-things-being-equal” test, I cannot say for sure how the accuracy of this pistol compares to my other 1911s. On the rare days when I impress myself by shooting consistent small, tight, groups, it is usually with this pistol. Most likely, there are nuances to this no-frills pistol that enhance my mediocre shooting skills. The fact that the sights are so small and hard to see may be an asset; perhaps I tend to use the sights casually instead of obsessively. I shoot more often with this pistol than with the others, so maybe my instincts are more in tune with it. I have not compared the actual weight of this pistol to the others by using a scale, but it feels perceptibly heavier so there may be less felt recoil and muzzle-flip. There is a noticeable area on the outside end of the barrel, sized to the inside of the bushing. This I believe enhances the accuracy more than a just smidgen.

Whether marketed as a bargain-gun or a high-end defensive masterpiece, a 1911 style pistol must reliably feed hollowpoint ammo or it is neither a bargain nor a masterpiece. I don’t ever remember having a jam of any sort with this pistol, but the majority of my shooting with it has been with ball ammo. If I were to move this pistol to home-security duty, I would need to prove its worthiness by exercising it with a goodly amount of quality hollowpoints. I have no doubt that it would measure up.

CLICK HERE for Xavier’s review of the Springfield Armory GI .45

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Come on now. Give Bernanke some credit.

I don’t mean for saving us from economic Armageddon, I mean for causing it!

Ben Bernanke took a fragile but functional economy and single handedly demolished it by acting on his delusional fears of inflation. With all of the finesse of a pot smoking locomotive engineer, he locked the brakes instead of feathering them. You can find decades of bi-partisan action and inaction sewing the seeds of this catastrophe, but Bernanke was the man who chose to run the train off the tracks. I wrote about the warning signs
here, and here, and here.

Reconfirm Bernanke? Hell. Dismiss the entire Federal Reserve Board before they destroy the world. As I said in an earlier post, part of the reason that we have boom and bust economic cycles is because The Fed over-corrects on both the downside and upside. Unless he wants to step forward to accept a large chunk of the blame for our economic mess, Ben Bernanke needs to have a good old-fashioned cup of “Shut the fuck up!”

I love global warming

Dear Anonymous troll,

Thank you for your email. Sorry it took so long for me to reply, but your letter wound up in the spam folder. Somehow, you scrubbed your return address from the message header; that’s a very impressive trick. However, it does make for a one sided conversation. I’ll try to answer via this blog entry.

Although I find your ideas captivating, I am sorry to say that at my age I cannot possibly perform those sex acts on myself, especially using the items and animals that you suggested.

Seriously, I do hope the climate science that you so dearly love is true… but I hope that the Copenhagen summit falls flat. As a kid in the 1950’s and 1960’s, while slogging both to and from school through waist-deep snow, I grew passionately to hate the cold. As an adult, three decades of working outside in the brutal cold of winter took its toll on me. With each frost bitten step, I prayed that the world would miraculously warm. Today, if your scientists are truly righteous, carbon dioxide is the answer to my prayers. CO2, I love YOU! I won’t have to spend my retirement years in Florida.

Mr. (or Ms) Troll, please look on the bright side of global warming. If we no longer have winters, people will not need to pollute our planet by burning wood, coal, and oil for heat. Carbon dioxide emissions will be lower. Truly, I should win a Nobel Prize for my hypothesis that global warming and carbon dioxide are mutually limiting. I can draw a graph that looks like a hockey stick if you would like. Having no winter means longer growing seasons, which means more food for the hungry of the world.
Let them eat watermelon!

As for the projections of super hot summer weather, please bring it on. The rising sea levels should put the beach within a couple of hours driving time from my house. The oceanfront luxury resorts favored by our rich politicians will be long gone below the waves and make for some great offshore scuba diving sites.

Yeah, I dearly love this anthropogenic global warming thing. My descendents will thank me for it. Please don’t screw it up for them.

Warmest regards,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Green alternative to cremation

One third of all Americans are cremated after they die. According to the attached Reuter’s article on an alternative method, a standard cremation generates a whopping 880 pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and uses enough energy to drive a car 500 miles. Perhaps the major players in Copenhagen will work something out so we can sell our carbon units into the cap-and-trade pool when opting for the alternative cremation method.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Climate change skeptic

I am one not joining in on the hysterics of our news organizations, our politicians, or our self-aggrandizing scientists. Why am I so hard to convince of “inconvenient truths?” Age; I have lived through it all before. Attached is a link to a
1975 NEWSWEEK article on global cooling. Yep, you heard that right, GLOBAL COOLING. Hey, NEWSWEEK could not be wrong, ‘eh? Yeah, scientists back then said hell was indeed freezing over. Some scientists said we needed to melt the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot.

I’m all for science, I am all for studying climate, and I am all for debate. I am not for acting on the pseudo intellectual pontifications of politicians and pundits! The science is not settled, in fact, there are indications that the science may be as corrupt as a Chicago election.

CLICK HERE and browse through Borepatch’s pages.

CLICK HERE and browse the “Climate Debate Daily.”

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

I am thankful for all of the blessings received and for those that I did not get and did not need.

Have a
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Colt 1903 Model M Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP

Click here for an outstanding Ed Harris article on the .32 ACP (and associated pistols) over at Trail Boss TV (it includes reloading info for those so inclined).

Click here for Ed Buffaloe’s very complete article on the Colt Model M, which includes a table for cross-referencing serial numbers to the year of manufacture.

Although the
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless is large compared to the pocket pistols of today (it is nowhere near as compact as a Seecamp), you can indeed carry it in a pants or coat pocket. It is not a true hammerless pistol; the hammer hides inside the slide. Since there is no exposed hammer spur, there is nothing to snag on the inside of a pocket. Unless you have gigantic mitts, the Model M provides a good grip area. There is no chance for hammer-bite and only a faint chance of suffering slide cuts from having a high grip. I find the grip safety much more agreeable than that on the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket Pistol.

The subject Model M of this blog entry is a 1918 1919 vintage Type III, making it around 90-years-old. While not in pristine condition, it is still a tight, fully functional pistol. It would not be my first choice for concealed carry or home defense, but worse choices are ever possible. If I were on a super tight budget and had inherited a pistol like this as an only gun, I believe I could sleep well. Many feel the
.32 ACP is sub-marginal for stopping power; my humble opinion is that it is smidgen better than they believe it to be; .32 ACP ball looks to have the same stopping stats as does .380 ACP ball and .38 Special round nose lead, about 50% according to Evan Marshall. Those are not impressive numbers, but far better than .22 L.R. and .25 ACP. The jury is still arguing the merits of using .32 ACP hollowpoint ammunition. That case is moot unless an old design like this proves to be 100% reliable feeding hollowpoints. With its 8-round magazine, the Model M does have adequate capacity and its mild recoil makes fast follow-up shots a sure bet. Since the slide does not lock back after firing the last round and the mag release is located on the butt, the pistol’s design is not ideal for fast mag swaps. While my search for them has not been exhaustive, I am of the opinion that spare mags for the Model M are as rare as hens’ teeth.

The main concern with using these old designs for defense is carrying a round in the chamber, cocked-and-locked using the manual safety. While some gunnies are very fast at racking the slide to bring a pistol into action, many people would fumble the maneuver under pressure. Modern guns seem to be relatively safe with a round in the pipe, but pistols like this one, and the striker-fired pistols like the Colt Vest Pocket and the
Browning Baby, have reputations for sometimes discharging when dropped. Whether those stories are truth or fiction I cannot say, but they do give me pause. If my personal safety gave me no choice, I would pay a competent gunsmith to detail the pistol, and then I would carry it locked and loaded, ever mindful that I am legally and morally responsible for every bullet that races from the barrel, intentionally or negligently.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ghost Riders

Many of us have antecedents going back throughout the entire history of this country, rawboned pioneers clawing a living from the land. Reading their stories and seeing their old photos brings an eerie sense of eternity to their existence. Many held on to a tenuous life against all odds, never knowing when all was lost, never knowing when to quit. Some souls held on long after life was gone; they became as forever as the land. Just as you can see the light from long dead stars, souls from long ago can cloud your reality with glimpses of what once was. Click here to visit with Wild Ed as he tells of The Stranger at the Campfire.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Illinois State Police writing tickets for air fresheners

This is a reminder to travelers having a concealed firearm carry permit. When traveling through Illinois you best unload and stow your weapon or face felony charges that could permanently cost you your permit, among other things that you hold dear.

If you choose to ignore Illinois law, what are your chances of being caught? In view of the number of criminals in Illinois who pack heat with impunity, your chances of being caught are probably slim. However, the Illinois State Police are pulling people over for no other reason than having air fresheners hanging from their rearview mirrors; such stops are up 91% since 2004. Once the police pull you over for any infraction, you may have trouble keeping them from searching you and your car. If you don’t believe me,
CLICK HERE for an enlightening Chicago Tribune article. Even if you don’t have anything hanging from your rearview mirror, police are pulling motorists over for having GPS units stuck to their windshields. Anything a given cop says obstructs your view is grounds for him to make a stop. Welcome to my world. There are so many criminals in Illinois that the police and the politicians consider everyone a suspect.

My advice to travelers is to avoid Illinois every chance they get.
Boycott Illinois. Boycott Chicago. Let the world know why you are doing it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

How goes the government’s war on poverty?

One problem with getting older is that I remember much of the past, such as the many great political solutions enacted to deal with our many great social problems. I do some reading every now and again to see how those grand ideas turned out. The war on poverty looks like it has not drifted too far from the skirmish line. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964, there does not seem to be hard evidence to give me optimism or pessimism, only cynicism. This is not a partisan slap. Both Republicans and Democrats have had 45-years to show meaningful results from their efforts, paid for with our tax dollars. Click here for an AP story stating that one-half of all American children will be on food stamps sometime during their childhood. To me, that number is profound. Should I be proud to live in a country great enough to provide this safety net? I suppose I should be. Should I be wondering if such programs perpetuate a class of unmotivated people with a sense of entitlement? It may be uncharitable for me to do so, but I do wonder.

National Ammo Day 2009

Join the ammo BUYcott.
National Ammo Day is November 19.

(It is my belief that 2009 will go down in history as National Ammo Year.)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Chicago man arrested for 63rd time

The truly amazing part of
the story is that he is not one of our politicians!

Maybe it is not too late for a career change.

Blogroll addition: HomePlace - Art's Stuff

Heh. I have yet to find a Texas blog that I did not like. Meet Art and one of his trained attack tabby cats.

(CLICK HERE for HomePlace – Art's Stuff)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

There is no such thing as a “cop killer gun.”

The media created the term
“cop killer gun.” The term did not originate “on the streets” as some “journalists” claim; nor did the term originate in law enforcement. The media made the catchy term up. To me, it is no surprise that the “news” organizations most often using the term “cop killer gun” are the same ones favored by the White House over Fox News. While I will never claim to be a “gun expert,” I have fired tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition from well over a hundred different gun makes and models. Many mainstream media “journalists” who toss out colorful phrases such as “cop killer gun” have never held a gun. Yes, I have fired the FN Five-Seven; I considered purchasing one. Yes, it is an interesting gun with an interesting cartridge, the 5.7x28 millimeter (NOT 5.7 CALIBER as reported by “journalists.”) In the end, I found nothing unique with the pistol; frankly, I found it to be an ugly brick. It does have very low recoil, which is perfect for sissies who otherwise cannot stay on target. Did the Fort Hood murderer buy this pistol because he was a master gunslinger who knew it to be the ultimate killing machine? Nope, he bought it for the same reason most people buy anything; he bought it because someone else hyped it to him. The Fort Hood murderer could have chosen from, arguably, no less than a hundred other handgun models that would have provided him the same concealment and firepower that he needed for murdering unsuspecting, unarmed people packed in a crowded, inadequately protected, so-called “gun-free zone.” If no guns were available to this murderous loser, he could have gone medieval using other methods. Murderers kill, that is what they do, and they will always find a way. ”Journalists” sensationalize, that is what they do, and they will always find a way. The truth has never gotten in the way of “journalism.” Lack of firepower and “gun-free zones” have never stopped mass murderers.

No, I will not use the murderous loser’s name in my blog. I do not honor

Mew flu outbreak in Lake County, Illinois?

My daughter called this morning to tell me that one of her cats was sneezing, had watery eyes, and could only breathe through his mouth. She later took the cat to the local veterinarian who said it had been a very strange day; there had been ten cats brought in so far with the exact same symptoms. The vet said that he had called the other vets in the area and they all said that they were seeing the same thing.

So far, the two cats who allow me to live in this house have no symptoms.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Prayers for those at Fort Hood

The news is very bad; there are many dead and injured.

Hat tip to
Say Uncle. He did a better job keeping abreast of the story than did the media.

Where is all of that damn doom you promised?

Over at Chicago Boyz,
James Rummel says it for many of us oldsters. Chicken Little jaded us many times over; we have heard it all before.

Experts, please, give us some real end-of -the-world action soon or shut the hell up and quit boring us with your flaccid predictions. We can't wait forever.

My money is on the
Large Hadron Collider creating a black hole that sucks us all in. Everything began with the “Big Bang”; everything will end with the “Big Suck.” The Large Hadron Collider experiment will prove the one theory we all agree with, “life sucks and then you die.”

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Del Fatti patented 9mm moon clip pocket carrier

A true genius has the power to inspire us to whack ourselves in the head and exclaim, “Why didn’t I think of that!”

In an earlier post on the
S&W 940 9mm revolver I mentioned that many people were disappointed when they found that loaded moon clips often bend when carried loose in a pocket. The speed load advantage provided by moon clips is nothing but an illusion if the clip is bent. My improvised solution was to carry a loaded clip inside a 35-mm film container. Naturally, Matt Del Fatti came up with a much better solution with his patented 5-round 9mm moon clip pocket carrier. When I saw the listing today on Matt’s site, I suffered instant infatuation and ordered two of them.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mauser C96 Bolo

Demons do not inhabit guns. To the eyes of many, no other pistol looks as sinister as does the Mauser C96. In most Hollywood thrillers where the C96 appears, it is usually in the hands of the bad guy. In reality, as with rocks, clubs, knives, swords, spears, arrows, and all firearms before and since, the C96 was nothing more than a tool used by both the good and the evil of our world.

The first semi-auto pistol made in any quantity was the
Borchardt C-93. Soon after, the Feederle brothers designed the first commercially successful semi-auto pistol, the C96 which Mauser produced over one million of from 1896 – 1937. The shape of the ungainly grip helped foster the moniker “Broomhandle Mauser.” By use of 10-round stripper clips to load its box magazine, the C96 was a high capacity, rapid-fire arm that provided for fast reloads. The Mauser 7.63 x 25 cartridge is powerful even by today’s standards, chucking an 88-grain slug out of the barrel at a magnum velocity of around 1400 feet per second. The so-called Bolo variant comprised from one-third to one-half of the C96 pistols Mauser made. They came to be after WWI when the Treaty of Versailles restricted the arms Germany could produce. To be compliant, Mauser produced the C96 with shorter 3.9’’ barrels and smaller grips, which had the unintended consequence of making them easier to conceal. The pistol became popular with the Bolsheviks who bought them in large quantities; some say this gave the variant its nickname of “Bolo.”

If you find a C96 when you sort through your great grandfather’s belongings, check with several sources to ascertain its value. Usually a C96 in the worst possible condition is worth more money than is offered by the so-called “buy back” programs. Some Broomhandle Mausers are worth several thousand dollars. The Bolo that I own, even though all of the parts have matching numbers, has only modest value. However, it does make an interesting collectable and is fun to take to the range for an occasional shakedown.

Today, the Mauser 7.63 x 25 ammunition is hard to find, but is still made by
Fiocchi and Prvi Partizan.

SAFETY NOTES: NEVER use the more powerful 7.62 x 25 Tokarev ammunition in your 7.63 x 25 Mauser; it will fit, it will fire, and the results may be categorically tragic. Many of the C96 Mausers available today have suffered through many years of hard use and neglect. Before shooting one of these relics, it is best to have it checked by a competent gunsmith.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Snubgun left-hand reload video (speed loader)

Instructor Michael de Bethencourt has
a new video posted on his site showing how lefties can perform revolver speed reloads. This is good stuff and it is FREE.

Colt .22 Automatic

EDIT 11/27/2010:  From what I have gleaned from different internet sites, Colt originally had plans to market this pistol as the “Colt Cadet.”  Another gun company claimed rights to the name “Cadet,” so Colt settled for the name “Colt .22 Automatic.”  Strangely, I find more information on this pistol by searching “Colt Cadet” than I do by searching “Colt .22 Automatic,” including sources for replacement magazines.

This may be the Colt pistol that, someday, nobody will remember. Searching for it on the web today brings up very few hits. The usually rabid die-hard collectors of Colt handguns have yet to consider this pistol worthy of pursuit.

When this pistol was introduced in 1993 Colt’s marketing department seemingly put no effort into a name, simply calling it the Colt .22 Automatic. The upper portion of the pistol is stainless steel while the lower part is some sort of synthetic; some sources say it is a hard rubber made by Pachmayr. There were two variants of this pistol, both with 10-round magazines. From 1994 – 1998 the original design had fixed sights, a 4 ½’’ vented rib bull barrel, and weighed in around 33-ounces. Colt offered a target model from 1995 - 1999 with adjustable sights, a 6’’ vented rib bull barrel, and it weighed in at around 40-ounces; in 1995 this version was named "Handgun of the Year" by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. Both variants are decent shooters. Someone out there in the wide world of guns knows why Colt gave up on this pistol; so far, the truth has not been shared. It may simply be that big sales numbers never materialized.

Two things with this pistol were very bad ideas. The first major irritation is the location of the magazine release; it is on the right hand side, just above the trigger guard, exactly where I habitually put my trigger finger until I am on target. On occasion, I have accidently dropped the mag because of this. I would have preferred a butt mag release than to have it where it is on this pistol. The second major irritation is that Colt decided to make this pistol with mags similar too, but not quite like the magazines used by the Colt Woodsman. The Woodsman mags fit this pistol, but they will not actuate the slide stop. A minor problem with the mags made for this pistol is that the mag-spring doesn’t put enough oomph on the follower to lock in the slide-stop solidly after the last round. The slide does lock reliably, but the stop usually is barely in the slot; eventually this will wear the slide stop notch.

Everyone should have access to a good .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol; they are great for tuning up our shooting skills and they use ammo that most of us can still find and afford. Most of all, semi-auto .22 pistols are fun fun fun! If you are in the market for a good .22 semi-auto and you run across one of these, you may want to consider that, while it may take many thousand rounds of ammunition, eventually all guns have some part that will break. When a manufacturer quits making a given gun model, the parts that are available for repairs dwindles with each passing year. I don’t know if Colt still services this pistol or carries parts. If I keep shooting it as often as I do, someday I will find out for sure.

CLICK HERE for using Beretta Neos magazines in the Colt .22


Friday, October 23, 2009

Mag extensions for Seecamp pistols

Some folks may find they can’t quite get a good grip on their little sweetheart Seecamp .32 or .380 pistol. is offering what looks like very well made magazine extensions that can provide extra grip area.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Taser International warns against chest shots

Taser International has always warned against aiming at the head and neck. Now they warn against aiming for the chest. That shrinks the target zone down substantially.

Fox News isn’t

The Whitehouse says Fox News isn’t a legit news organization. Well, I wish I could argue that point, but in all honesty, I can’t. However, I find it somewhat interesting that the Whitehouse blesses the “legitimacy” of the other “news” organizations for doing nothing more than passionately humping the President’s leg. As a humble citizen, I find that searching for a righteous news organization in today’s competitive market is akin to looking for a Nun in a bordello. ALL news organizations have agendas; they all slant and spin the news. They all say they are doing it for love while the truth is that they all do it for the money. “News” is the third oldest profession, preceded only by prostitution and politics.

Just so that I get this Whitehouse “legitimacy” thing straight, someone like
Rush Limbaugh is a “political pundit,” while someone like Chris Matthews is a “journalist?” Ah, I get it now.

I think I’ll go visit a brothel and see if I can find religion. See you all in the morning.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Congress sucks

One of the many healthcare-package funding-proposals that Congress is considering is to levy a tax on so-called “
Cadillac Health Insurance Packages,” identified as those costing more than $8,000 per year.

Well, I am not, by any measure, a rich man. My health insurance package is not as good as
the health insurance packages available to members of Congress. Although I remain in my ex-employer’s insurance group as a retiree, I pay every dime for the cost of my coverage; my ex-employer does not subsidize any of it. I can choose from three packages while Congress can choose from over three hundred. With the latest annual increase, my health insurance, for single coverage, is now costing me over $8,000 per year. I am in the crosshairs of a thirty-five percent excise tax. That is just lovely.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The essential gun holster

Lawman Glenn B over at Ballseye’s Boomers has a great post on his holster preferences. It is very much worth reading. To me, holsters are almost as fascinating as handguns. How essential are holsters? Ask Plaxico Burress when he gets out of prison. Something as simple as a fifteen-dollar nylon inside-the-waistband holster could have saved him from a bullet wound to his leg, loss of several million in earnings, and a two-year prison sentence. Tucking a handgun into your waistband without a holster may be culturally cool… but chasing a bullet down your shorts is not.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Strange bedfellows or pork politics?

They share a lustful yearning to screw… 300,000,000 Americans.

Illinois unemployment at 26 year high

The banana republic of Illinois unemployment level has reached 10.5%, which does not count those who have given up looking for work. Before the economic crash, the Illinois poverty level in 2007 was 11.9%; I’m curious to know how high it has gone since then. On top of the 11.9% of the population who were in poverty back in the days of “prosperity,” an additional 16.2% were at risk of dropping into poverty; I wonder if they took the plunge with these huge job losses. I shudder to speculate at the numbers an honest count of the Illinois unemployed and impoverished would produce.

It is clear that the
International Olympic Committee did not want the 2016 games going to the third world. Congratulations to our friends in Cidade Maravilhosa; Rio de Janeiro. You earned it.


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