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, March 28, 2019

Monthly Weigh-in 03/28/2019 = 185-lbs; First official weight-loss of 2019 = 5-lbs; Total weight-loss for this project = 40-lbs; I celebrated this benchmark by posting my first ever online senior-citizen full-frontal-nude selfie

 (HEY! WTF?! What happened to my saggy-ass selfie?!  Dammit dammit dammit!)


Weighing in at 185-lbs (confirmed over a few days of reweighing to make sure it was not caused by dehydration) was pretty darn exciting for me.  My best guess is that it was sometime around a quarter of a century ago when I last weighed 185.  Time flies.

Doing these silly monthly public weigh-ins has helped keep me righteous.  The goal still remains for me to get down to 165-lbs.  Originally I was thinking that 185 would be a good upper limit but, judging by the amount of  flab that I'm still packing, methinks 175-lbs would be a better "time to get back on the diet" trigger point.  We shall see ... it's still too early in this voyage to be firming-up the destination plans.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy First Day of SPRING 2019!

The last of our winter snow;  we hope not to get any of our famous springtime blizzards.

Restoring the grass on the parkway will be a challenge.

Saturday, March 16, 2019


The oldest and most storied gun store in Lake County, Illinois is having a BIG sale on ammunition, gear, and GUNS (consignments excluded).   HURRY!  BUY EVERYTHING BEFORE I LOSE MY FISCAL SELF CONTROL AND DRIVE OVER THERE!

Give them a call if you are not local and you see something on the website that you just cannot resist; they can do FFL to FFL transfers.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP Range Session 08/27/2018 at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois

I forgot about this range session from back in late August of last year.
It was another shake-down check of the Colt Combat Commander.   Target#1was set at 15-feet (5-yards). I sectored the target with three pieces of yellow duct tape.  The bottom tape was the target for shooting with my right hand only, the top tape was the target for shooting with my left hand only, and the middle tape was the target for shooting using both hands.  Pace of shooting was casual ... not panic fast and not bullseye slow ... just a nice blam-blam-blam.  The intent was to see if I could induce a malfeed or other problem (sometimes switching shooting hands or changing to a different way of gripping a semi-auto invites malfunctions due to unintended limp wristing, wimp listing, voodoo, bad karma  ...)  7-rounds (1 full mag) of ball ammo were fired at each sector.

No anomalies ... it is a safe, solid, good-old-handgun.  It passed ... it is still keep-worthy!

Click on the date-links below for prior blog posts about this Colt; some of them cover spring replacement, drop safety, quality magazines, etc.

Target#2 was set at 21-feet (7-yards)
I returned to using my standard two-handed hold on the pistol and tossed 3 x 7-round magazines of ball ammo at this target.

Target#3 was set at 30-feet (10-yards)
This was only the second full magazine of personal defense hollowpoint ammo that I have ever put through this gun.  The ammo fed just fine and I was feeling okay about my shooting until I clumsily pushed a round way-down-low and crotch-shot the target (the hole in the target that is just to the right of the Colt's muzzle).  That's when I decided to call it a day.  I'll use more hollowpoints with this pistol as time moves on ... it is expensive stuff compared to the ball ammo ... 

Hat tip and THANKS to my favorite local shooting range.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Glock 43 and Speer Gold Dot 124-grain +P at the range 2/25/2019 at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois

It was -5F this past Monday morning; by the early afternoon the temp was only up to +7F ... I was trying to get enthused about going to the shooting range that day and I just could not muster the desire ... I'm tired of going out in the frigid air and I avoid it as much as possible ... so I sat around the house and lackadaisically clicked on the keyboard, trying to compose something that would meet some measure of blogworthiness.   Nothing ... nothing ... nothing.   On the Monday prior the weather was a bit closer to tolerable so I did manage to make it to the shooting range that day ... so I decided to attempt some disjointed blog-blather about that event. 


The firearm of choice for that effort was a carry gun that I needed to reacquaint with my trigger finger, the pocket-size 9mm Glock 43 ... a pistol that was long overdue for a cleaning and lube ... hey, if I gotta clean it up anyway I rationalized that some powder residue would make the cleaning worthy of the effort ... weird old people think that way doncha know ... 

For me the G43 has worked out to be a decent-enough concealed-carry gun (thanks to a quality pants pocket holster and a quality IWB holster) even though I habitually carry it with the harder to conceal finger extension mags.  I took six mags to the range, each sporting the extended pinky-finger grip; I favor those for this pistol mostly because of the rather stout 124-grain +P JHP self-defense carry-loads that I prefer for the G43 ... I figure that if I want a short barrel handgun to come near the performance of a full size duty gun the loads need more oomph in trade for what they lose by being launched from a short barrel.  Anyhoo, the scant two-finger-grip that my hand can manage with the more concealable flush-fit magazines does not work quite as well for me with the +P loads.  If I squeeze my fingers together real tight I get a three finger grip with the pinky-mags.

Anecdotally, I find that a +P 125-grain .38 special fired from a steel J-frame snub sends more OUCH to my shooting hand than does a +P 124-grain 9mm fired from the G43 (which would probably chronograph as the more powerful load of the two).  Comfort and concealment wise, carrying a J-frame snub in a pocket or IWB is (for me) pretty much the same as my carrying the G43.  I find the J-frame boot grips do provide a better grip for drawing from concealment.  The G43 offers an initial couple of extra rounds of ammunition (7-rounds for the G43 vs 5-rounds for the J-frame .38).  Reloads are faster with the G43 mags than on my best days using speedloaders with J-frames ... and the mags offer an extra round of ammunition (6-round magazine vs 5-round speedloader).  For me, choosing between a pocket size snub .38 revolver and snubby size 9mm semi-auto is a toss up.  Sometimes seasonal or social attire / activity makes one or the other more comfortable or concealable.  If local news or rumors suggest that I need more tacticality than practicality I stay home if at all possible ... otherwise I carry heavier hardware and scurry back home as soon as my obligations are finished.   


30-rounds total of Speer 124-grain +P JHP fired at Target#1 from 30-feet (10-yards)

Initially I was going to do a practice Illinois CCL qualification drill of 10-rounds (2 mags loaded with 5-rounds each) at each distance of 15-feet, 21-feet, and 30-feet (a qualifying score is keeping a minimum of 21-rounds inside the scoring rings) but I changed my mind.  I decided to just shoot all 30-rounds from 30-feet with the noble intent of putting every round inside the 9-ring or better.  As you can see,  I did not quite make it.  While the trigger and sights of the G43 are (to me) more shooter-friendly than are the trigger and sights of any common DAO J-frame snub revolver, this little pistol is still a challenge to shoot.   My trigger finger took a beating ... the +P 124-grain loads put some kind of a whip into the recoil that whacks my finger in a way that does not happen with standard pressure 115-grain loads.  


More on the fun side was the faster pace of Face-Time / Edge-Time.  
25-rounds of Winchester 115-grain JHP (NON +P) fired at Target#2 from 21-feet (7-yards)

I started with the G43 at low ready with a round in the chamber and a fully loaded magazine.  When the target timed out and moved from edge to facing, I aimed and fired as fast as I safely could empty the pistol before the target timed out back to edge.  Drop the empty mag, insert full mag, chamber a round and wait at low ready for the target to again face me.  Repeat until all mags are empty.

I mentioned earlier that the gun needed cleaning and lube ... it was full of pocket lint, cat fuzz, and the lube had vanished long ago.  The slide started to get sluggish during this phase of the session and one round failed to chamber ... but then suddenly obliged as soon as I started to make motions to clear the mal-feed.


55-rounds total were fired during this range visit.  That's pretty much my arthritic limit.
30-rounds of 124-grain +P JHP
25-rounds of 115-grain standard pressure JHP


I put a white sheet of paper on the floor under the targets to provide contrast for these photos.  While I do not think it affected my accuracy for this session, I was disappointed to find that my favorite shooting range only had the standard B-27 targets in black; they were apparently sold out of B-27 targets in other colors. Black is the color my eyes find the most troubling when it comes to seeing the holes that I punch at any distance (unless I am shooting .45 caliber).  On targets that are any color other than black I can usually see the holes as I shoot and make adjustments as needed.  With black targets I often have to reel them in every so often to see how I am doing; it may be the fact that the other side of the target is the lack of a contrasting color, just the black color of the mound of shredded tires downrange used to backstop the bullets.  Then again, maybe it's just my tired old eyes.

Friday, March 1, 2019

We have yet another case of ballistic gender reassignment. Deadeye Dick shoots self where it counts. Yep.

CLICK HERE to read what happened down in the junkyard.   From the description of the wounds there should have been substantial Gender Fluid leakage.

What we need is a law that requires a double-felon to know how to safely carry any gun that the law prohibits him / her / it from possessing.   


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