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Friday, May 22, 2015

12-gauge Mossberg 500 20-inch barrel, 7-round magazine plus 1-round in the chamber

Before you get into this post, please CLICK HERE to read Wild Ed's take on how it was the short shotgun that won the West.  Wild Ed is one of the real-deal outdoorsmen / shooter / hunters; I'm just a hobbyist / enthusiast.

In the photo above, that neat-o-baby bad-ass ammo-sling holds 15-rounds; 1-round more than enough to charge the shotgun's magazine twice.  I bought this shotgun brand new a number of years ago for $200.   It has since been a low tier part of my home defense (EDIT:  FOR ME, a shotgun is not MY choice as a primary home defense weapon.  I am speaking only for me; I am not making a recommendation one way or the other for anyone else.  You are free to choose to use whatever keeps you from singing the blues).    Since I could not remember if I had ever fired this shotgun, I figured it would give me a quick half-hour of pleasure to check it out, and to also see if I could shake the ElZetta flashlight and mount loose (NOTE: the ElZetta held up to the recoil just fine).  The ammo used in this shakedown was the same used HERE with another Mossberg 500.   24-rounds were fired during this range session.

Target above:
Distance = 45-feet (15-yards)
Rounds fired = 7
Summary = all 00-buckshot hit inside scoring rings

Target above:
Distance = 30-feet (10-yards)
Rounds fired = 7
Summary = all 00-buckshot hit inside scoring rings

Target above:
Distance = 21-feet (7-yards)
Rounds fired = 10
Summary = I was racking the slide pretty fast while point-shooting on this target.    I'm not sure if all of the shot cups were releasing their pellets at this distance; IMHO, some did, but only a little bit.  MOST of the little bit of 00-buckshot that was released did hit inside scoring rings; it looks like a tight sub-group of 2 or 3 pellets hit outside of the scoring zone, up in the lower neck area of the silhouette.  I believe that there would be no shot spread whatsoever at any distance closer than 21-feet, with this gun using this load; it would be akin to shooting shotgun slugs.  I believe the 1-inch holes in this target are (for the most part) plastic shot cups still full of shot.  The 1-inch holes in all of the prior targets are from the empty plastic shot cups (Federal's Flight Control Wad).  The shot cup helps to keep the pellets from spreading too far too soon.  The shot cups often veer off on unpredictable trajectories once they release their load of shot.  


Mining in Outer Space

As we rush toward the future, the future is rushing toward us at warp speed.

My family history is full of miners.  I look at the post civil war photos of my antecedents and wonder if they thought the technology of their time was "as good as it is going to get."  A century from now, will our descendants look at photos of us and wonder what we were pondering?

What marvels and challenges await the great great grandchildren of our children?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Super-smart computers are no longer science fiction. Get ready for a heck of a ride into the future.

Since the super-intelligent humans are worrying about super-intelligent computers, I assume that it is time for the rest of us to worry.

How do you prevent "something" from taking control of "everything" when the "something" is immeasurably smarter than any collective group of humans?

Which government will be the first to have one or more super-smart computer systems?  Will it be the Russians, the USA, the Chinese, the Japanese, or other?    What happens if the CIA or KGB go rogue with a super-smart computer.  What happens if a CIA or KGB super-smart computer goes rogue on its own?  Nuclear launch codes and computer system air-gaps are pale safeguards against a super-intelligence.

Which corporate giant will be the first to have a super-smart computer?  Will it be Google, IBM, Apple, or some lesser known entity.  Will governments try to confiscate the systems or regulate these corporations?

Will a super-smart, autonomous, sentient computer system experience feelings of compassion and beneficence?  Moreover, is it possible for a computer to become downright nasty and evil?

What happens if super-intelligence proves there is NO GOD?  What happens if super-intelligence proves that THERE IS A GOD, but that GOD is not quite like what most folks had in mind.

The possibilities are beyond the limits of my imagination.  Perhaps your imagination will do better.

Friday, May 15, 2015

I lost 25-pounds in 8-weeks

I gained 25-pounds over the winter and my body decided to stage a coup.

The rapid weight loss was intentional; salads 7-days-a-week.

Another 25-pound loss is pending.

Stepping on a scale and weighing in at 175-pounds is my earnest goal.

This blog will have periods when it is very low on my priority list.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Glock 43 range review number 2

My Glock 43 learning curve continues.  With the exception of the lowest target on the right side of the sheet, 5-rounds of standard pressure 115-grain 9mm were fired at each target.

During this range session, each press of the trigger was SLOW and DELIBERATE, which was very unlike my initial range session with this pistol.  I also experimented with different ways for me to grip this skinny little handgun; some ideas / methods work better than others.  I will not be practicing any one-handed shooting until I arrive at my desired two-handed skill level.  This entire range session was with the flush-fit magazine, which I find more difficult to use than the magazine with the pinky-extender.

I have not yet hit my comfort level with this handgun so my decision is still pending whether to use it for concealed carry.  Any pocket carry that I would do with this pistol would be with the flush-fit magazine.  Other carry methods likely would be with the pinky-extender mag.

The Glock 43 has all of the makings of turning into a classic.  It may sound weird because of the lack of visual similarities, but when handling and shooting the Glock 43 I get a distinct flavor of a Walther PPK (thankfully, minus the hammer bites and slide cuts).

Will the Glock 43 replace the nearly ever-present  Seecamp 9MM Kurz in my righthand pants pocket? Maybe on occasion.  The Seecamp .380 is somewhat of a talisman for me.  I do sometimes move it to my lefthand pants pocket to make room in my righthand pocket for something more substantial (usually a snub J-Frame .38).

At the heart of the soft recoil of the Glock 43 is a compound spring that makes up for some of the lack of slide-mass.  This idea was patented by Larry Seecamp back in the 1980s and is used by almost every manufacturer that makes small, powerful handguns.

 Anyway, back to the range session.  The top 2-targets were set at 15-feet.

 The middle 2-targets were set at 21-feet.

The bottom 2-targets were set at 30-feet.  Long ago I was taught that I learn absolutely nothing unless I am brutally honest with myself.  The tale these photos of the targets don't tell is the CLEAN, OFF-PAPER, MISS that I tossed low on my first shot at the final target on the right hand side.  It was a latent, lazy, undisciplined "eyes wide shut" flinch; I knew that I did it as soon as the trigger broke.  The remaining 4-rounds of hardball were in the red, as were 3-rounds of +P 124-grain Gold Dot hollowpoints that I threw at the target just to make sure that I wasn't regressing.

Ammo tally:
90-rounds on 4/28/15 (60 of them +P)
33-rounds 5/5/15 (3 of them +P)

I suffered my first operator induced Glock 43 pistol malfunction during this range session; I had my thumb tight against the slide-stop during one string of fire; the slide did not lock open when the mag went empty.