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Monday, February 16, 2015

Why only 90,000 licenses in first year of Illinois Concealed Carry?


I will speculate that

A) Many of the fine people of Illinois find that the application process is daunting (beginning with that infernal online digital ID).

B) The whole process is cumulatively expensive.

C) Finding the time to fit the classroom sessions into your life can be challenging.

D) Some have concerns about the live fire qualification.

E) Some folks do not yet own a handgun (a few individuals in my class did not own their own handgun and had to borrow or rent one, so I'll assume that to be fairly common).

F) Some folks fear disqualification via some arcane legal issue from their past.

The State of Illinois gets $150 for each application, and many applicants will pay in the neighborhood of $250 - $350 for the required classroom and range training; that $400 - $500 total is not an insignificant amount to most of us.  To speed things up, you can pay for non-requisite fingerprinting (~$55), and some training outfits such as GAT Guns will do the online registration for you as well for an additional fee (~$30).   Anyway, should a husband and wife each apply, the $800 - $1000 total investment could make a noticeable dent in the family's discretionary income.


I often wonder if Illinois made this process difficult and expensive to insure handgun carriers were qualified or if the whole thing was intended as an obstacle to deter folks of modest means from carrying handguns.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Traditional Valentine's Day Blog Entry - 2015



“Buy her diamonds,” say the commercials on radio, television, and the internet. Cram it, that ain’t gonna happen. I don’t care how much these commercials try to shame me into feeling cheap or unsuccessful, there ain’t gonna be any Valentine’s Diamond. Nor will there be a new Lexus in the driveway, elegantly wrapped in a gigantic heart-shaped red ribbon.

Many women, if not most, hate Valentine’s Day. Not having a significant other, or having one who doesn’t deliver a gift, can be painful. Valentine’s Day is a cruel day of angst. Even if she has a love who has righteously shown up with a dozen roses year after year, eventually she will wonder why the loser hasn’t bought her a Rolex like Mr. Successful does in the TV commercials.

The only guys who enjoy Valentine’s Day are looking to get Fifty Shades of Laid. Most guys detest Valentine’s Day. Roses can jump to $100 a dozen in some areas, and giving the obligatory heart of chocolates is cliché and considered cheap. When your love says she doesn’t want anything for Valentine's Day, you guys best know that you had better show up with something, and you had better hope your sweetheart did not see that damn Lexus commercial.

The legend says St. Valentine died by execution and I am certain the truth is that it wasn’t just an act of revenge for his womanizing. Once Valentine started giving out the gifts, the little fornicator was doomed; all of the other men knew women would expect gifts forever. If Val had discreetly jumped from bed to bed, he would have died a worn out but happy old man. Nope, he just had to start handing out his flowery business cards. The horny little bastard got what was coming to him; the way I heard it, that short, fat, bald, incontinent hit man named Cupid was hired to put an arrow through Valentine’s cheatin’ heart.

We now need to find out if the fool who started the "Sweetest Day" nonsense is still around, and if he is, we need to paint his sorry ass with honey and stake it to a Texas anthill.

With my eternal love, and all of that other unctuous saccharin rot, 

Your Valentine,

Zack 




Sunday, February 8, 2015

Range review of Federal LE13300 12 GA 2.75''' Tactical 00 Buckshot


The shotgun used for this session was a typical home defense style Mossberg 500 with a smooth, clean, 18-inch cylinder bore barrel.

Now, don't go getting all "gun geek" on me if my range results with this load don't match yours.  Not all guns are equal, and production runs of ammo can be different.

All target distances for this range session were set via the Meggitt Training System; there was no guessing.


Don't suffer an anxiety attack over the "Law Enforcement Ammunition" label on the box; this ammo is available to the public.  The "tactical" part is the lower recoil, mostly from having eight double ought buckshot pellets instead of nine, and the use of Federal's Flight Control Wad for better (tighter) shot grouping.  I'm not a "tactical guy."  The "practical guy" inside of me found a couple of hundred rounds of this stuff very cheap years ago; since GTR Sporting Club shooting range in Waukegan allows shotguns, I have an opportunity to burn some of it from the inventory just for fun.






The first shot was an attempt at a head-shot at sixty-feet and the shot grouping fell apart; two pellets missed the head of the silhouette to the left, and two pellets missed to the right, two pellets were totally missing, one pellet hit a shoulder, and one hit the head.  The large hole in the head is the shot wad; one (or more) of the missing pellets may have been covered by where the wad hit.




I lowered my aim a bit for the second shot, which was at fifty-feet.  While all eight pellets were in the black, the group was loose.  The shot wad did not whack the target this time.




The third shot was at forty-feet, which looks to be the outside-distance for an acceptable group using this particular gun with this particular load.




The fourth shot was at thirty-feet and again the closer distance provided a tightening of the group, but peculiarly there were three pellets missing, perhaps covered by the hole made by the wad.




I did not see any point in bringing a target closer than twenty-feet, so I used that distance for a final five-shot-volley as fast as I could rack the slide and squeeze the trigger.  Other than to say that Federal LE13300 is very easy on the shoulder and provides easy recovery during rapid fire,  this final exercise had little scientific value... but it sure was a whole lot of fun!




Thursday, February 5, 2015

What will Super-Artificial-Intelligence decide about religion?

"Howdy Parson, welcome to HELL!" (Lee Marvin as Ben Rumson, in the movie "Paint Your Wagon")

Only a very few believe that Super Artificial Intelligence will NOT happen.  For the most part the discussion has shifted from "if" to "when," and how scientists and politicians plan to bottle it up.

Where does religion fit in with Super AI? 

Will science try and shield Super AI from all flavors of religion?  What happens if the Super AI declares itself to be God and decides to purge wickedness from the earth?  How will a godlike Super AI define "wickedness?"

What happens if Super AI proves, without any doubt, that there IS or IS NOT a God?

Are all y'all ready for this stuff?