Thursday, June 30, 2016


Sometimes we make trade-offs when we're reloading.

Yesterday, after my bullet-casting post, I went outside to the bench and realized that I had no liquid Alox.  So, I went inside and made an order to the White Label Lube Company.  They're a great outfit and make wonderful lube, but they're a small outfit, so I don't expect it in the next week.  I couldn't lube the bullets, so I cast about for alternatives.

Luckily, today, I had to cross the river into Alexandria, and they've got a big-box store there that sells a limited amount of reloading supplies.  I stopped in there to see what was available.  I wasn't looking for premium jacketed hollow point bullets and they had a goodly supply of those, but I noticed a box, forlorn at the end of the shelf.  Hornady's magnificent Frontier lead bullets.  They're swaged from dead-soft lead and lubed with something that looks like talcum, but if you don't push them too hard, they do just fine.  They're good looking bullets.  I've shot a bunch of them over the years.

I've used them before and they do just fine, but a 300 count box comes in the door at about $30.00, so they're a dime apiece.  And there's the benefit to bullet casting.

That bag of bullets on the left cost me 0 cents apiece.  The ones on the right cost me 10 cents apiece.  Believe me, after amortizing that casting pot and that bullet mold, I'm well into zero cost.  The lead was scrounged.  So, let's look at the cost effectiveness of reloading.  Realize I've been doing this for 20 years, so my equipment amortization cost is well past the full depreciation stage, even if you're a CPA, there is really no cost left to amortize.  It's fully depreciated.

So, let's do some math.  For my reloads with cast bullets, I figure I'm using 2 cents worth of powder and four cents worth of primers. My lube might cost me a penny, so my reloads come in at 7 cents each.  A box of 50 cost me $3.50.

If I use Mr. Hornady's bullets (and they're really good bullets), then I still have that 2 cents worth of powder, and that four cent primer, but the bullet costs me a full dime.  That's 16 cents apiece, or $8.00 for a box of 50.

If I want to buy ammo, about the cheapest I can find is UltraMax ammo, which comes in the door at about 32 cents a round, or $16.00 for a box of 50, if you can find it.

There is no telling how much money my reloading bench has saved me over the years.  I recommend it to every serious shooter.  Next week, I'll load those Hornady's into .38 special brass and put them in the stock until my lube comes in.

Now, I see that it's happy hour, so Milady wants an apertif.  If you'll excuse me.

Dog Days

It's hot out there.  The dawg and I finished our errands and chores this morning, and it's now mid-afternoon and the sun is white hot out there.While I was surfing around, I heard a strange snoring noise, so I peeked around the corner into the washroom

Yeah, he's out like a light.  Taking a well-earned nap.  You know, that's not a bad idea.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The TL358-158 SWC

This morning after posting the .38 Special post below, I went out to my bench and realized that I was out of the bullet that I prefer in that cartridge, Lee's TL358-158 SWC.  It's a 358 diameter, 158 grain semi-wadcutter and it is the bees knees for the .38 Special.

So, after a few chores, and making a lunch-time sandwich for myself and the dawg, I took the pot down and put some scrap lead in it.

Lee Production Pot IV
My pot is an old Lee Production Pot IV.  Lee still makes the darned things, even though mine is 20 years old and has cast thousands upon thousands of lead bullets.    If I ever need another one, I'll spend the extra $10 and get the bigger pot.  Mine holds 10 pounds of metal, but I normally only fill it to about 8 lbs.

The very first bullet mold I ever bought was one of Dick Lee's tumble lube molds, the TL358-158SWC.  You can still buy it from lots of places.  Mine is the little 2-cavity mold and if I ever decide to get another, it will be one of his bigger 6-cavity molds, but in the mean time, the little 2-cavity mold has been making bullets for over 20 years, and still throws a pretty bullet.

I cranked up the pot just before one o'clock today and let it heat for half an hour before I even approached it.  Fluxed the lead, then started casting.  For handgun bullets I don't worry so much about bullet harness.  These things are going to be shot at about 750 fps, so hard bullets aren't necessary.  Even if I decide to load some in .357 magnum cases, I won't push them much above 1300 fps, so hard bullets really aren't necessary.  I generally use whatever scrap is available.  Today, it was a bunch of old sprues from earlier casting sessions, and added a little dead soft lead that I had scrounged from roof flashings.

The secret to bullet casting is to be in a well ventilated area (in my case, the garage), wear eye protection, and have no distractions.  You'll establish a rhythm and before long, you'll realize you've got a pile of bullets.  I stopped halfway through to see about the dawg, refill the pot, and get a glass of ice water indoors.  In a few minutes I was back ourside in the heat, with that rhythm until the pot was almost empty.  So, I unplugged it, dropped the sprues back into the melt, and cleaned up my work area.  After the bullets were cool emough to handle, I put them in a quart zipper bag and weighed them on my household scale. About 5.75 lbs of nice, clean bullets.  I estimate a few over 250, based on weight.

That's a pretty good pile of bullets for an hour's casting and a 2-cavity mold.  Later this afternoon after the pot cools, I'll put it away and lube the bullets in Alox.  After they dry overnight, I'll store them for a future reloading session.

The .38 Special

Rivrdog asked a question in comments, and I realized that it's been a while since I talked about the .38 Special.  So, let's answer his question.

My love affair with the .38 Special began in 1981 when I bought my first duty revolver, a Ruger Security Six.  I had just hired on as a cop with the State of Louisiana, and I had to provide my own revolver.  The state specified Smith and Wesson, Colt, or Ruger, in .38 Special or .357 magnum.  I walked into a pawn shop on Bolton Avenue, in Alexandria and saw a blued Ruger in the case.  I bought it for $200.00 and walked out the door.  That began my infatuation with Ruger revolvers, the .38 Special, and pawn shops.

It wasn't long after that, I decided to take up reloading, and the .38 Special was the very first cartridge I reloaded.  There were no internets back in those days, so I relied on printed media.  At that time, the standard target load for the .38 Special was 2.7 grains of Bullseye under a 148 grain double-ended wadcutter bullet.  It quickly became my go-to load for paper punching and shot exquisitely in every revolver I ever used it in.  That particular load is so standard that if you google it right now, you'll get over 50K hits.  That standard load gives me 650 fps and is a powder-puff.  Gentle recoil, marvelous accuracy, and gentle on the gun.  If you want to see the inherent accuracy in any revolver, use that load.  If the gun doesn't shoot it, there's something wrong with the revolver.

During those days, I lived on a hobby farm with my wife and kids.  We had ten acres that sat up against a huge national forest, so I had plenty of room to wander about.  I normally carried that revolver with me on my wanderings.  In a year or so, I had started bullet casting, and the first mold I bought was for the .38 Special. Again, relying on printed media, and being on a budget, I sent off an order to Dick Lee for one of his new-fangled aluminum molds.  It cane with handles already attached and cost me less than $20.00.  Specifically named the TL358-158 SWC, you can still buy it from MidwayUSA today, for $21.99.  It throws a 158 grain semi-wadcutter and is a tumble lube design, which means that you don't have to own a lubri-sizer.  Simply tumble it in liquid Alox and load it into your case.

After I had cast and lubed a coffee-can full of those things, I tarted looking for a suitable powder charge.  After just a little experimentation, I settled on 4.3 grains of Unique and anybody's standard primer.  I later found that that load (standard primer, 4.3 grains Unique, 158 SWC) gave me 750 fps and very good accuracy.  It became my go-to load for general plinking, small game, or varmint removal and over the years it has proved very versatile.  It's taught all four of my children (and those grandkids old enough to run a revolver) to shoot, and it's become my standard load, to the point that I keep them in ziplock bags, labeled .38 Standard.  There is no reason for additional labeling.  It's been my standard load for over 30 years and when the kids are sorting my belongings following my funeral (which I hope is many years hence), the'll know exactly what it is.  They load it themselves at their benches these days.

That same load, under a Speer 158 grain hollowpoint works wonderfully if you want a hollowpoint bullet.  It also works great with any of a variety of jacketed bullets.

For target work or general revolver shooting, those two loads are PawPaw's standard.  They're all I need in the .38 Special.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Let's Not Be Hypocritical

Joe Huffman makes a pretty good point:

If she (and most of the Democrats who recently staged their little temper tantrum), wants to ban gunss, then she should tell her Secret Service staff to disarm.  If she doesn't like automatic weapons, tell her staff to leave them at the office.  If she doesn't like semi-autos, she should tell her protectors to leave them behind.

As a matter of fact, I'd support a national law that required politicians to rely on the same armament that is generally available to the general population in the jurisdiction at the time.  Further, to legislate  penalties for having armaments that are illegal in a particular jurisdiction to be the same as if a private citizen were caught with that armament or accouterment.  Let the politicians figure it out.

Fair is fair, after all, and we don't need officials who don't follow the same laws that the general public follows.

Wax Bullet Data

I learned during my Castbullet days, that there was nothing like data.  We could speculate all we wanted, but until we actually measured something, we had no real idea of that we were talking about.  That wisdom holds true for handloading, where we measure everything.  It also holds true for the wax bullet games, where we don't really control much about our ammunition.

You see, we shoot wax bullets powdered by shotgun primers.  We certainly can't control the charge, we're reliant completely on the quality control of the primer manufacturer.  We don't generally cast our own bullets, mainly because the various manufacturers keep it inexpensive enough that it's easier to buy the bullets than to make them at home.  And, we're not really seeking extreme accuracy, but our hits are counted on the basis of time.

At sanctioned shoots, we control nothing about out ammo; it's supplied by the host and we have to trust that the loader knows his craft.  So far, it's proved adequate.

But, there are still things we wonder about, so there are still things we can measure.  This morning, I determined to find out some things about my ammo, the ammo I make myself at the house, so I set up my chronograph to find out a few things.

For the record, the temps were 84F, winds negligible, the pressure was 30.02 and humidity was 75%.  My range is 122 feet above sea level.  It was a standard, Louisiana summer morning.

My ammo was CFDA brass, Deadeye Easy-Loader bullets, and Rio 209 shotgun primers.  All velocities were measure across a Shooting Chrony Alpha Master chronograph.  Both at the muzzle and at 20 feet.  I wanted to see how the velocity dropped off as the bullet approached the target.

The revolvers were both Ruger Vaqueros, one with a 4.62" barrel and one with a 7" barrel.
Below is the data.  Please forgive my puny table-making skills.
               Short Gun                                      Long Gun            Muzzle             20 feet               Muzzle                 20 feet
Hi    754.7             586.1                  754.2                  568.7
Lo    695.0             520.1                   597.9                  513.1
Avg    729.7             559.8                   686.8                  555.7
ES     59.7              66.0                      156.3                  55.6
StDev  17.7              21.6                      52.3                    19.7
Fairly interesting results.  I believe that I had one "short charge" primer.  The vast majority of my muzzle velocities were well above 650 fps. But, there's that one LO for the long gun at 597.9 fps.  It's an outlier and skewed my AVG, ES, and StDev for that sting.  If you look at the two 20-foot AVG between the short gun and the long gun, you'll see that they're within 4 fps of each other.  Not much difference in velocity at all, but that little wax pill has lost a lot of velocity between the muzzle and the target, 21 feet away.

If you look at the Hi's between the short gun and the long gun, you'll see that they're within a half fps.  You'd think that the long gun and the short gun would have a significant difference show up between the barrel lengths, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I'll have to ponder this some more.


I was pretty sure I knew what had happened in Benghazi, when Ambassador Stevens and his security staff were under attack.  Simply, Hillary let him swing in the wind, then lied to the American people about it.

Twitchy is reporting that the House Committee will release their report today, and they've gotten a look at part of it. The conclusions are damning.
According to NBC News, the rescue mission never got off the ground because State Department officials were arguing if the Marines should wear uniforms or not:
What?  Marines secure embassies, that's common knowledge.  It should come as no surprise, anywhere int he world, to have Marines on a State Department site.   But, it gets worse.
The Marines allegedly changed in and out of their uniforms 4 times as the debate — and the assault on the compound — raged on:
 What?  When the time comes to launch, it shouldn't matter if they're in dress blues, full battle-rattle, or bluejeans and tennis shoes.  A fight is a "come as you are" affair and when it's time to launch you go with what you've got.

Hillary couldn't make up her mind, and the mission degenerated into an obscene clusterfark.  Then, she lied about it to the American people.  This is just one more example of her unfitness to be the Commander in Chief.  But, in the end, this probably won't change anything.  Her supporters are by-and-large, so low-information that they will never hear of this.

Her supporters don't care.  Hillary Clinton should be wearing prison orange, for one of several derelictions concerning her tenure at Secretary of State.  Her activities on several different incidents border on treason and certainly fall into the realm of gross malfeasance.

The problem is that her supporters just don't care.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bullet RPM

While it was scorching hot today, I was following a discussion over on one of the Gunslinger forums about bullet flight, and I started recalling some of the research that Junior Doughty and I did, back during our Castbullet days, and I began recalling the interesting things we found about bullet flight.  We noticed that over-driven cast bullets would sometimes come apart in flight, and we attributed that to a too-soft alloy being pushed too fast, with the resultant RPMs tearing the bullets apart in flight.

If you dig around on the internet, it won't be long before you find yourself at Accurate Shooter, a great resource for all things accuracy, and eventually you'll find that there are handy math pages, for things like calculating bullet RPM and how that affects bullet stability.

You can go to the link above, but the quick version of computing bullet RPM is:
RPM = MV X 720/Twist Rate
Where MV is muzzle velocity and you know the twist rate of your barrel.

For example, if we have a 12 twist barrel and the bullet is going 3000 fps, the RPM is 180,000 rpm. (3000 * 720 / 12 = 180,000).  I know of few things that can spin at 180K rpm and hold together, but bullets are one of them. Modern Jacketed bullets, anyway.  Some lead alloys start to come apart at considerably lesser speeds.  Junior and I settled on 125,000 rpm as about the top rotation that we could reliably put the old Lyman #2 alloy to without it coming apart.  The old Lyman #2 alloy was a standard alloy for many shooters, and it worked really well in the .30-30 Winchester cartridge when cast into the inestimable Lyman 311041, a bullet I really like.  Pushing it to 2000 fps in a 12 twist barrel gave us a bullet RPM of 120,000, which it would stand nicely.  However, if you pushed that same load down a 10-twist barrel (Like Marlin's standard .30-30 barrel) you would spin that bullet to 144,000 RPM and it would likely tear itself apart before it got to the target.  So, for a 10-twist barrel you'd have to keep the MV down around 1700 fps to keep the RPM under that magical 125,000.

That work was a lot of fun, and I'm glad we did it.  And, I'm writing this down here an now so that I can find it later without having to resort to my written notes, which are apt to be mislaid.  As I recall, I could launch my linotype alloy to about 1750 fps from my Marlin barrel without it coming apart, and there's noting wrong with a 170 grain bullet going 1750 fps in the piney woods of north Louisiana.  Many a deer, or hog, has succumbed to such a bullet over the past century, and it's cheap shooting.  Just about the most expensive component of that load was the gas-check on the base of the bullet.

Nowadays I shoot a lot more wax bullets than anything, but that discussion I referenced above got me to thinking about bullet RPM.  If we assume a muzzle velocity of 620 fps, and we use Ruger's 1:16 twist barrel as standard, that little wax bullet is spinning at 27,900 RPM as it travels across that 21 foot range. it will rotate 15.75 times before it hits the target.

That's something to think about, and I wonder, in my current game, how many misses can be attributed to bad bullets?  I know that inclusions and voids can affect the accuracy of old-fashioned cast bullet, and that the modern bullet makers today (Hornady, Sierra, Speer, Nosler, et al) take extreme pains to make their bullets as concentric as possible.

It's something to ponder.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Another Bullshit Gun Meme

We all know that the mainstream media doesn't understand guns and makes very little effort to get the facts straight.  For example, this article by CBS News, which attempts to rank states based on the number of "registered" firearms in the state.  So, I looked for my state, Louisiana, and found this laughable bullshit.
Louisiana comes in at number 10, with 15.1 guns for every 1,000 residents. That's 69,668 registered firearms among 4,625,470 people
When I read that, I snorted.  First of all, there are a lot more than 69,668 guns in Louisiana.  It would surprise me if we had that few in my home parish of Rapides.  So, I went to the NICS system, run by the FBI, and learned that Louisiana has had  66,961 handgun checks this year, and 39,298 long gun checks this year alone.  This year ain't over yet.  The biggest months for selling guns are still to come, yet we've already bought more guns THIS YEAR than CBS says we have in our total inventory.

CBS's numbers are utter bullshit.  But that's not the only bullshit in those two sentences.

Except for Class III firearms, which are required to be registered under federal law, there is no registry in Louisiana.  None.  No law enforcement agency in Louisiana keeps a gun registry; that's also against the law.

This is CBS News, and they get the easily-checked facts in two sentences completely and totally wrong.  1) Their estimate of guns in Louisiana is short by several orders of magnitude and 2) except for NFA items, there are no guns registered in Louisiana.

If they are getting this wrong, I expect that every other fact that they report is wrong.  Seriously.  Those two facts were too easy to check.  It took about three minutes on Google.  Why should we believe anything that CBS News reports?


It's hot out there this afternoon.  94F in the shade on the patio and the humidity is well over 50%.  It's like trying to breathe through a wet, wool blanket.

No shooting in the back yard today, no piddling around in the shop, it's simply too hot out there, even for a Louisiana boy who spent his whole life in this type of weather.

Tonight before I close my eyes, I'll say a special prayer of thanks for the life work of Willis Carrier, the man who invented the air conditioner.

Well Done, Willis.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Best Selfie Ever

This has to be the best selfie ever taken.

No attribution, I found it surfing around the interwebs.

Is there enough there to tell what kind of aircraft that is?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Old NFO?

For Me, But Not For Thee!

The ethically challenged, hypocritical, probably criminal congressman from New York, Charlie Rangel, once again displays the arrogance and entitlement that runs rampant in our political class.
The veteran congressman denied knowing about the scandal involving bribes for concealed carry permits in New York City. However, when he heard how difficult it is for a New York City resident to acquire a concealed carry permit, Rangel responded, “If it is difficult to get a concealed weapon permit, I’m glad to hear that.”
 Pressed on the right of people living in his district to get a carry permit, Rangel reacted by stating, “I wouldn’t want them to have it,” adding, “Law-abiding citizens just shouldn’t have to carry a gun.”
 The reporter pointed out the armed U.S. Capitol Police inside the building, just a few feet away from the congressman, Rangel laughed and responded, “Well that’s a little different. I think we deserve — I think we need to be protected down here.”
Rangel deserves and needs armed protection, but the people of his district don't need armed protection.   That statement along shows the disdain that Rangel holds for his constituents.

Hat tip, Joe Huffman.

Silencers, Again

It seems that a local man was arrested for NFA violations and pled guilty recently to making and selling unregistered silencers.  It's a cautionary tale for all you garage machinists.
Durham was recorded setting up a sale of silencers with an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, authorities said. They met on May 10, 2016, in Winnfield, and the undercover agent purchased three silencers.
A silencer, (more correctly, a suppressor) is a simple device used to quieten the report of a firearm.  They can be built by any home hobbyist.  We've talked about this before. Suppressors were banned in the United States when Congress enacted the National Firearms Act of 1934 in the wake of gangland violence.  In those days, suppressors were considered nefarious devices used solely by criminals who wanted to keep their illicit activities secret.

Nowadays, of course, suppressors are considered safety devices that preserve hearing.  The don't silence a firearm, but they suppress the report to a level that doesn't pose a medical threat to your ears.  Suppressors are legally bought and sold in the US today, but you have to pay a $200 tax and register the device with the government.

I detest the suppressor law.  It places a tax on possessing a simple little mechanical device that can be manufactured by almost anyone.  But, it is the law, and we disregard it at our hazard, as illustrated in this cautionary tale.  An unregistered suppressor can cause you to spend up to 10 years in jail.

We need to change the law.  But, before that is accomplished, it's still a felony to possess an unregistered silencer.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Trey Gowdy on the Sit-In.

I like Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC).  Evidently, he had questions to his fellow reps when they insisted on the temper tantrum we're calling a sit-in.
Democrat members are certainly free to stage a sit-in and shut down House floor activities as they have done. What would be infinitely more productive would be asking this Administration and the Department of Justice in particular why prosecutions of current gun law violations have decreased under their watch. There are already broad categories of persons prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition and those lists go largely without prosecution. Now House Democrats are asking for yet another list of persons - this time without any due process rights - so this Administration can fail to enforce that list of laws too. How does that make us safer?
Great question, Rep Gowdy!

Remington's R51

I see that Remington is re-issuing their ill-fated R51 pistol.  Many sites, including The Firearm Blog are trumpeting the news:

I had high hopes for this little gun when it was rolled out prior to the 2014 SHOT show, but subsequent problems with it lead to Remington cancelling production and recalling the pistols.  I understand that they believe that they've fixed the problems now, and the first batch coming out is slated to replace the pistols that were recalled.

I wish Remington the best with this, but a lot has happened since early 2014, and it's not hard to find a single stack .380 pocket pistol these days.  Still, I wish them the best of luck with the little gun.

Now, if Remington would re-introduce their 1858 revolver in a .45 Colt conversion, that might be something to get excited about.

It Doesn't Matter

It doesn't matter that gun sales are through the roof.  It doesn't matter that violent crime is falling, it doesn't matter that the 2nd Amendment says what it says.  It doesn't matter that due process is in danger of being abrogated.   The facts don't matter.  All that matters is the narrative. Joe Huffmaan calls it GunCog, the cognitive dissonance that drives the anti-gunners.  He shares a graphic.

The underlying chart is here:

Good Job, Joe, and thanks for your efforts.

Your Risk Profile

Joe Mamma, a blogger who went silent on the internet last year, sent me a link to this article.  Written by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, it attempts to explain the dissonance in the gun control debates today.  Adams posits that your stance on gun control is based in your personal risk profile. (Bear with me), and that influence likely carries over to your political leanings.

For example, if you live in the inner city, you're likely to understand poverty and crime from a unique perspective. You are also more likely to be a Democrat.  If you are lucky enough to be fairly affluent and live in one of the afore-referenced mega-cities, (I'm thinking places like Chicago, Los Angeles, or Louisiana's own Mogadishu-on-the-River New Orleans)) you're more likely to be a Democrat.  So, your risk profile is such that if you run into a gun-toting, opportunistic entrepreneur, he's also likely to be a Democrat.  Under those circumstances, it's easy to understand your aversion to guns.

I'd note, simply from the record, that the last two Aloha-Snackbar Mohametans that shot up large crowds were also Democrats, shooting into crowds of likewise Democrats.  I use these two data points simply for reference, without attempting to draw any statistically valid conclusion.

On the other hand, if you live in fly-over country, you're more likely to own guns and use them for sport shooting, or hunting, or recreation, or any number of safe, law abiding, constitutionally based activities.  As a matter of culture, we teach our kids to handle guns safely, to shoot safely, and to respect other folks safety and property.  Our guns don't hurt anybody, unless a Democrat comes through the window of our home.

Adams sums it up concisely:
So it seems to me that gun control can’t be solved because Democrats are using guns to kill each other – and want it to stop – whereas Republicans are using guns to defend against Democrats. Psychologically, those are different risk profiles. And you can’t reconcile those interests, except on the margins. For example, both sides might agree that rocket launchers are a step too far. But Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as “Put down your gun so I can shoot you.”
Thankfully, we have the Constitution on our side, as we've discussed before in these pages.  And, while it's easy to understand why Democrats are trying to abrogate my rights, it's also easy to understand why I intend to fight them tooth and nail.  We have different risk profiles and view the argument from singular perspectives.  It's an interesting argument.

I know why I intend to keep my guns, and the Democrats had better consider that I don't intend to surrender a single one of them.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have guns to clean and ammo to load.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The End of LIberal Thinking

Like many of you, I've been reading about the sit-in that some Democrats have staged in the House chamber for the past two days.  I understand that they ended it today, after a recess until July 5th.  Like petulant children, the Democrats are acting like spoiled brats, unable to make a substantial argument, they're willing to throw away due process to get their way.

I find it ironic that they're staging a sit-in in the People's House, a place where they have a full right to debate and legislate.  However, unable to make the argument, they act like spoiled children, demanding that due process be denied to US citizens so that they can have their way.

The erstwhile leader of this little demagoguery, John Lewis, was once a staunch advocate of civil rights.  He himself has been on secret government lists, and has fervently defended the rights of all Americans.  In this last act, he has squandered the good reputation he took so long to build.  He is now simply being petulant at not having his own way.  He's openly mocked across social media, and he's shown that he's willing to discard due process for transient political advantage.

As a minor student of historical liberal thought, I am reminded of the words of that great legal thinker, Frederick Douglass, who said that "the liberties of the American people were dependent upon the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the cartridge-box; that without these no class of people could live and flourish in this country..."  It is well that we remember these words.

We have the ballot box to select our representatives, the jury box to ensure justice, and the cartridge box to ensure freedom.  The government should be reminded that We The People are the government.  Our representatives serve at our pleasure and our prerogative.  The Congress is supposed to defend the liberties of all Americans, and is sworn to uphold the Constitution, which places limits on government.  It seems that the Democrats in the House have forgotten their oaths and their duty.

Today, Kevin D. Willaimson pens a wonderful piece over at National Review, and finishes with this paragraph:

The Democratic party in 2016 is not a liberal party. It is a party that is working diligently to rescind free-speech rights on one front and to undermine due-process protections on another. It has abandoned the notion of procedural justice in pursuit of substantive outcomes demanded by its supporters, the rule of law be damned. There is a term for the armed pursuit of justice, real or perceived, outside the rule of law, and that term is “lynching.” The Democrats have lynching in their political DNA, and they seem to be unable to evolve past it. Ironically, their abandonment of due process and their flirtation with tyranny are reminders of one of the reasons why the Founders believed it necessary to have an armed citizenry.
Go, as they say and read the whole thing.

The Second Amendment is about overthrowing tyranny, and the Democratic party had best remember that.  It's not about deer hunting, or even about sport shooting.  I still have the ballot box, and I pray that I won't have to resort to the cartridge box, but I have several of those too.

The Curious Case of the Quiet Guineas.

This case occurred in northwest Louisiana during the early '80s.  I was working for another agency and working my own cases, but small jurisdictions are notorious for word getting around.  It went something like this:

It was murder, there was no doubt about it.  A Sheriff's deputy, on routine patrol happened to see a car  all the back parking lot of a nightclub.  The club had been closed for several hours, so our intrepid deputy rolled over to check on it.  When he approached the car, shortly before daylight, he saw a body slumped in the driver's seat.  Thinking that it was probably someone sleeping off a night of too-much-fun, he tapped on the glass, then opened the driver's door.

The body was behind the steering wheel and was slumped over the console.  The driver's window was up, and the door had been closed when he approached.  He noticed that the body had two gunshot wounds in the left side.  One in the neck, one just behind the ear.  The body appeared to be a twenty-something female.  She was cold to the touch, but her clothing was all in place.

The deputy stepped back, looked around, then turned and threw up on the ground.  After he composed himself, he called it in.  The dispatcher told him to stand by, preserve the scene, and start collecting information.   Help was on the way.

A few minutes later, a supervisor arrived, and a half hour later, the on-call detective arrived.  Within the next hour, the coroner's representative was on scene.  As the day progressed, she was identified, and family was notified.  Detectives learned that she was married, with no children, and that she and her husband had been going through a nasty separation.  He was known to be volatile, and carried a pistol.  She had thrown hubby out of the house, and he was living with his father out in the rural area of the parish.

Detectives went to the father and talked to him.  Hubby had left for work early that morning, after having been in the house all night.  Of course, the old man had been sleeping, but he was pretty sure that hubby never left the house, from 800 pm until daylight. Detectives went to his work site, interviewed hubby and asked specifically about the handgun he was known to have kept in his vehicle.  He had sold it to pay some bills.  No, he didn't know the guy he sold it to. Very convenient.

Detectives continued to run down leads,   The coroner reported that either one of the two shots would have killed her, and that a slug recovered from her head seemed to be a .38 caliber bullet.  The handgun that hubby was known to have carried was a .38 Special.

Detectives got a warrant and arrested hubby for the murder of his wife.  He, of course, proclaimed his innocence and a lawyer was appointed.

Thirty days later, a preliminary hearing was scheduled.  The state laid out its evidence.  The bitter separation, the threats hubby made against the wife.  The slugs in wife's head.  The handgun that was conveniently missing.  The lack of a viable alibi.   The state rested.

The defense put on the old man, the father of hubby.  Father testified that they lived in the family home place, way out in the country.  They were pretty much alone, but had one neighbor with whom he had had words.  In addition to the normal couple of hound dogs, he also had a large flock of guineas that roosted in a tree over the gravel driveway.

The guineas were the source of the friction between he and his neighbor.  Any time anything disturbed the night-time quiet, the guineas would awaken and commence to raising holy hell. The rest of the father's testimony was fairly straightforward.  His son had come in from owrk about 6:00 pm.  They ate supper, then watched television.  Father went to bed about 8:00 pm and slept soundly through the night.  When father awoke at about 6:00 am, the son was in the kitchen making coffee.

The DA has a follow-up question, "Are you sure that your son never left the house all evening?"

Father testified simply, "The guineas were quiet all night.  No one left the house, not even the dogs.  If you don't believe me", he pointed to the back of the courtroom, "ask my neighbors.  They're sitting right back there."

The neighbor was sworn to testify.  She and her husband had been complaining about the guineas for several years.  Every time a dog, a coyote, or a pickup truck crossed that driveway, they were shaken from their sleep by that damned flock of guineas.  They had complained over, and over, about those birds.  But, on the night in question, they had seen hubby come in from work and park his truck.  They also want to bed later, and slept soundly through the night.  On that particular night, the guineas were silent.  Nothing had moved on that land, that night.

The judge took a brief recess to consider the testimony.  When he returned, he said that the testimony of the neighbor was compelling.  He knew about guineas, and their habit of waking everything within the sound of their screeching when the flock was disturbed.  He told the DA that based on the guineas, he had no choice.  The guineas were silent, so the husband could not have left the house during the hours of darkness.  The judge released the husband from the bond obligation pending further investigation.

I don't recall if that case was ever solved.  I was working other cases, and lost track of that particular investigation.  But, I was in the courtroom that day, and heard the testimony set forth in the Curious Case of the Quiet Guineas.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Due Process

I covered this yesterday, but it's worth considering again.  The Democrats in the Senate came out on Monday against due process in chilling a constitutional right.  Allahpundit explains it better than I did.
The capper was Democrats voting en masse yesterday against John Cornyn’s bill that would have allowed the DOJ to block gun sales to someone on a terror watch list temporarily, with the feds able to make the ban permanent by going to court and proving that that person’s a threat. That was a compromise by the GOP; for all of the left’s rhetoric about Republican obstruction on guns, conservatives conceded that watch-listers should have their rights infringed despite not having been convicted of a crime. All they asked from Democrats was some due process. Democrats voted against the bill en masse.
Due Process is an idea enshrined in our Constitution, and Democrats voted en mass against it.  Representative Trey Gowdy lays out the hypocrisy of the administration, and Senate Democrats in this YouTube clip.

It's worth watching this government functionary sit speechless, clueless, when Gowdy asks her about due process.  This is a defining moment of the Obama administration.

Staggering Stupidity

I see that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has revealed her staggering stupidity about the US Constitution. According to BuzzFeed:
“The fact is, the AR-15, the gun that (Omar) Mateen used, that’s a weapon of war; it’s advertised as being able do technologically advances in killing people that previous weapons have been unable to do and somebody who is buying that kind of a weapon isn’t buying it for target shooting,” she said. “They’re not buying it to go out and hunt deer. You don’t need an AK-47 or an AR-15 to hunt deer. They’re buying it to do bad things and we need to recognize that and address it.
Staggeringly stupid, equating hunting with the 2nd Amendment.

I would ask the good Senator what other constitutional right has to be defended from stupidity, over and over and over again.  The people of New Hampshire deserve better.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Weapons Retention

If you've got a gun, you've got to keep it with you.  That's one of the drawbacks of open carry; everybody knows you've got a gun, and they might try to snatch it.  Police holsters have improved dramatically over the last 20 years.  We don't want anyone to snatch our gun, and we take steps to defeat a gun snatch.  The best defense is the defense that's built into your holster and the holster companies have gotten very good at defeating a snatch, yet making the gun very easy to draw if you're wearing the holster.

The lesson about a gun snatch is evident in this story about a fellow who wanted to assassinate Donald Trump.   His plan was simple.  Go to a rally, get close, and snatch a cop's gun.
Police say Sandford started chatting with one of their officers at the event and claimed that he wanted to get Trump's autograph. But instead, Sandford tried to take the officer's gun, and officers quickly took him into custody.
 Sandford allegedly told investigators he practiced shooting at a nearby gun range the day before the rally. When officials asked Sandford why he tried to take the officer's gun, he allegedly said, "To shoot and kill Trump."
The 19-year-old was transferred into the custody of the U.S. Secret Service
Luckily, just about every police agency these days uses a Level III holster, usually made by Safariland.  I've carried one for the past dozen years, and my holster today is the Model 6365, and that's fairly standard today. The holster requires three separate motions with the thumb before you can draw the pistol, but Safariland has designed the holster so that it is very ergonomic and natural if you're the person wearing the holster.

If you're not the person wearing the holster, your hand won't be in position to release the pistol.  Forget it.  All that's going to happen is that you're going to feel blows rain down upon you and you'll be arrested and jailed.  There's no faster way to jail than to try to snatch a cop's gun.

And, no, I'm not going to tell you how it works.  It works fine, and I'm sure that there are YouTube videos out there to help you with the mechanics of the holster.

Those Gun Control Amendments

Interesting votes yesterday on the various amendments to legislation following the Orlando shooting.

Senator Cornyn (R-TX) proffered an amendment that would "flag" a person on the government's terror watch list.  It would impose a 72-hour period where the government could make its case or not.  After 72 hours, the sale would be allowed to proceed.  As the Dallas Morning News explains:
A test vote on Cornyn’s proposal – which would have triggered a three-day investigation into the pending buyer – failed 53-47, with Sen. Ted Cruz supporting Cornyn’s amendment. The proposed amendments to the Department of Justice spending bill needed 60 votes to proceed.
Senator Feinstein was critical of the amendment.
 In the Senate Monday, Feinstein attacked Cornyn’s amendment for using the probable cause standard in order to deny a gun purchase, noting that, under his plan, the person denied the sale must be granted a hearing within 72 hours.
“This is nearly impossible to achieve within 72 hours, and if it isn’t achieved, the terrorist gets the gun,” she said.
I don't want a terrorist to have a gun at all.  I believe that we can agree on that.  Personally, I don't want a terrorist in the US, but I realize that it happens occasionally.  What Feinstein wants is the total ban, the whole enchilada.  What Cornyn's amendment did is to cause the government to make the case, and to do it in a rational time period.

Feinstein, of course, says that 72 hours isn't long enough to complete the investigation, but in my mind, if a person is on the secret terror watch list, the government should already have completed the investigation.  That should have been done before the person's name was added to the list.

The really interesting thing is that nearly every Democrat voted against the Cornyn amendment.  According to the Senate Press Gallery:
6:37 p.m. Cloture fails on the Cornyn amendment 53-47.
Senators in favor: 51 Republicans, 2 Democrats (Donnelly, Manchin)
Senators against: 42 Democrats, 3 Republicans (Collins, Flake and Kirk) 2 Independents (King and Sanders).
That's interesting.  It seems that with the exception of two Democrat senators, the rest of that party is in favor of letting the government breach a constitutional right without having the government establish probable cause.

Every cop on every beat in every city or county of the US understand probable cause.  Probable Cause is the reasonable, articulable, belief that a crime has been, or is about to be committed.  It's really a simple standard, understood universally, and not a high bar to clear.  It seems to me that if the government has my name on a super-secret, double-probation watch list, it should already have cleared that hurdle.

Police in every locality all over the country use Probable Cause every day.  It's not too much to ask that the federal government adopt is as well.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Resume Building

We dragged in last night about 2300 hours, local, after a weekend of gunfighting, telling tales, laughing and loving with good friends and old acquaintances.  The Tejano Joe Memorial shoot and fish fry are in the books.  It's over and done.  We had a ball, and I'd like to thank the North Texas Society of Gunfighters for putting on a great shoot in the blazing hot north Texas sun.

It was a scorcher this weekend, but we had enough shade, enough liquid and enough shooting to fill the two days.  And, we had sombreros, oh, Lord, did we have sombreros.

PawPaw wore his regular, wool Cav hat this weekend.  I should have put the straw hat in the car, but I didn't think about that before we left.  My bad, and you can be sure that next time a shoot threatens to be in the upper 90s, I'll have a straw hat in the car.

There were very few youth shooters this weekend, and grandson Zach was the only male youth.  So, they threw him in with the men.  The match was a 4X, which means that you had to lose four times before you had finished your day.  Zach drew some stiff opponents, to include Lightning Jesse, Brad Quick, Okie Ed, and PawPaw hisself.  His times were fast and his accuracy was good, but in the final analysis, he drew his four Xs pretty quickly.  But, he made everybody work for the win.  He was no push-over and in his matches, it came down to a single, final shot each time.  I was proud of the boy, he bantered with his opponents, made them work for the win, and earned the respect of everyone on the line.

After we left, headed east toward Texarkana, we were looking for a place to grab a bite of supper.  What I didn't realize is that the match organizers had included in their planning, a cash prize for the top shooters, and Zach had qualified to win a cash prize.  Yep, Zach won folding money this weekend, which makes him a professional gunfighter.

How many people do you know that can put Professional Gunfighter on their resume?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day

That's my old man, right there.

We lost him in 2007, and life changed.

We'e thinking about you, Pop!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Gainesville 2016

We found the range this morning, and got ready to shoot some wax bullets.  They did the "fun" shoots today and the main match will be tomorrow.

Zach shot doubles, and Texas Hold'Em.  I shot Texas Hold'Em and Shootist.

Zach shooting Texas Hold'Em.
Neither Zach nor I especially distinguished ourselves, but we did have a lot of fun.  Milady ain't much for the fun matches, and she certainly doesn't shoot the long gun, so she pretty much stayed in the shade today and visited with folks.

I did shoot in the Shootist category today with the long gun, and while I didn't necessarily distinguish myself, I didn't embarrass myself either.  I stayed alive through five matches before I got my third X.  The rig my son made for me worked just fine, and any fault today is mine alone.  Blame it on the heat, (index 113), or the competition, but I was actually relieved to get my third X and be able to leave the venue for someplace with air conditioning.

I used the leather cuffs my son made for me, and after a day with them, I see the utility.

Check out the leather cuffs; they worked great.
One of the CFDA rules requires men to wear long sleeved shirts, and I've found during competition that the cuffs on my shirts tend to get in my way.  I'm constantly pulling my sleeves up.Today, it wasn't an issue.  The leather cuffs trap the shirt sleeves and the shirt cuffs never get in the way.  They are a great addition to a cowboy outfit and you can believe that I'll be putting sweat patina on them.  I can't imagine shooting without them.

Tomorrow is the main match, and as soon as the match is over, we're getting in the car and taking the six hour trip home.  We'll take lots of pictures tomorrow, but don't look for any postings.  We'll be on the road until long after dark.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Bacon Meme

I've seen this floating around the Book of Face, and I'm okay with it.

I've got no problem with this at all.


We got out of class early today, so Milady, Zach and I headed to Texas.  The North Texas Society of Gunfighters has an invitational match this weekend, and we wee invited.  We got into town, found the range (which is located behind a bar), then came over to the hotel and checked in.

The range is located at 7519 Highway 82 East, Oak Ridge, TX.  If you'e interested, come out and see us tomorrow.  We'll be there all day.  It looks to be a good gunfight.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Training Day II

Got up this morning and mowed the grass at home.  Cleaned up and went to the range about noon.   Loaded magazines with good, clean ammo and got ready to qualify.  Everyone else showed up and we posted targets, went out on the line.

Our range is in full sun.  Sun, concrete and grass, enclosed by berms.  Accuweather pegged the heat index at 110F.  Full sun, high humidity, middle of the day.  Iced water was the key today.  Lots of water.  When it was time to score targets, I had scored a 111.  Max possible is 120, minimum to qualify is 96.  Last two years with an unfamiliar gun, I scored a 105 both times, so I'm six points better than than I was for the last two years, so I'm okay with that.

We didn't shoot shotguns or carbines this time, and the firearms instructor apologized for that.  For most of the early part of the year, our range was under water in a flood, so he's playing catch-up, qualifying as many deputies as possible.  The Louisiana POST council (the state agency that certifies police officers) sets minimum standards, and we have met the standards.  Maybe next year the floods will stay away.

America's Safest Place

Here is a veteran who knows what he's talking about, talking about the AR15.  I'm going to leave this here so that I can find it later.  Y'all enjoy.

The AR15 is America's rifle.

Cute Girl

We've seen all the arguments, and some of these are getting over-wrought, but I think this one is cute.

She has a pretty smile, doesn't she?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Where to Begin?

Got home from training today, started looking at the news.

Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) says can AR15 can fire 700 rounds a minute.  What a wretched dumbass.  No, Alan, it can't.

Yet another wretched dumbass, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), says he's open to gun control after Orlando.  I'll check with my Kentucky brethren and see if they can jack him up by his stacking swivel?

I see that John Cornyn, (R Texas) is talking with Senator Feinstein about gun control.  He's a senator from Texas.  Has he lost his mind?  I'll have to let my Texican buddies know about this.

On the other hand, though, stopping the Senate's business is not necessarily a bad thing.

Training Day

I got my training on this morning.  Every year, we have to re-qualify on several topics, as do all law enforcement agencies across the US.  Like many agencies in this computer era, we have training online that we can complete at our leisure, and our agency has embraced computer-oriented training.  Rather than sit through hours of classroom training,we can get it done online.  Most of our training is done over a computer these days, but there are several things where we still have to show up to show basic hand-on competence.

Today was defensive tactics, then First Aid/CPR/AED certification.  Tomorrow is firearms, where we burn the Sheriff's ammo.  Friday morning is driver training.  Easy-peasy, I've been doing this now for over thirty years.  The training changes from time to time, and while at the training site, I get to interact with my brethren who I don't see much during the year.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Oh, the Argument

Eugene Robinson makes the argument that "assault weapons must be banned in America.  Nothing else will do the trick.  He even invokes the Founders.
When the framers wrote of “arms,” they were thinking about muskets and single-shot pistols. They could not have foreseen modern rifles or high-capacity magazines. They lived at a time when it was impossible to imagine one man barging into a crowded room and killing more than one or two people before having to reload and surely being subdued. Today it is not only imaginable but also tragically commonplace.
Mr. Robinson is very short sighted.  When the Founders wrote the Constitution, they wrote it broadly enough that they allowed for technological advance.  Let me rephrase that paragraph in a way that Mr. Robinson might understand.
When the framers wrote of a "press" they were thinking about Franklin's press, a device that might crank out several hundred papers an hour.  They could not have foreseen an idiot such as Robinson sitting at a computer screen, spewing his screed in Washington, immediately available to readers across the globe. They lived in a time when news traveled slowly, when the press was limited to paper and ink, and  news moved on horseback.  if you had told them about the internet, they would think you truly insane.
Here's Franklin's press, Mr. Robinson.  This is what the Framers envisioned when they talked about the freedom of the press.

I'm pretty sure, Mr. Robinson, that the Founders knew that technology would move forward.  That's why they didn't limit the constitution to a particular technology. They knew we'd advance and figure it out.

Mr. Robinson goes on with other ludicrous arguments, and I'll leave others to burn those strawmen.  But, I would caution the learned Mr. Robinson.  As I wrote earlier, there are conservatively 10 million of these rifles across the United States.  That horse is well and truly out of the barn. The genie is out of the bottle.  You're not putting it back in.

In the past forty years, the AR-15 has become America's rifle.  You might as well get used to it.

Let's Talk About ARs

There is lots of bad information going around about the ever-demonized AR15, which I like to call America's Rifle.  I was reading an article today in Rolling Stone, which purports to tell us everything we need to know about the AR15 and the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that sunseted in 2004.  Lots of liberal talking points there, but those of us who know our business can call bullshit on most of it.

Before we begin, you might recall that Rolling Stone magazine is the same magazine that published the infamous article about the UVA rape case back in 2014.  Thoroughly discredited from opening paragraph to ending paragraph, that particular article is upheld as a testament to journalistic malpractice.  Anyone who considers Rolling Stone serious journalism is either demented or confused, so we'll consider the source here.

This one paragraph in the newer article I was reading caught my eye.  Let's take it apart, piece by piece, shall we?
Semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 were, at one time, banned nationwide. The 1994 federal assault weapons ban prohibited most versions of the rifle from being sold in the U.S. The gun re-entered circulation after Congress allowed the ban to expire in 2004. Subsequent efforts to renew the ban, or create other legislation that would limit assault weapons, have been unsuccessful.
Funny thing about the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons ban. I didn't find that it banned many guns, and it certainly didn't ban America's Rifle.  I know that because I bought one, perfectly legally, in 2003.  I remember it plainly.  In February, 2003 I was working in the jail on the evening that two good police officers were killed in Alexandria, LA.  It was an horrific event that rocked the community, and I don't want to dwell on it except to reinforce my timeline.

In April, 2003, I learned that I would be going to training for a new assignment.  Out of the jail, on the street, working with our most vulnerable citizens.  If I needed help, it would be coming, but I'd be on my own for several minutes.  I decided that I needed to give myself, and the citizens under my charge, the best opportunity to survive those several minutes.

So, shortly after I got my paycheck, probably about May 1, 2003 I went down to the local gun shop (in blue jeans and tennis shoes) and bought myself an AR-15.  I simply walked up the counter in my jeans and told the guy to bring me a new-in-box Bushmaster.  I filled out the form, passed the background check, and walked away with my rifle under my arm.  This was during the Assault Weapons Ban.  In 2003.  Before the law sunseted in 2004.  Let's see if we can find it?

Yep, that's it, a Bushmaster XM15E2S, bought totally legally during the ban.  Another blogger of some note, Tam, has noticed the same thing.  As she says:
And what I have is a tiny fraction of an electron in one atom in a water molecule of a drop in the civilian-owned AR15 bucket. Conservative estimates have the number of these things in circulation as closer to ten million than five. The horse is well and truly out of the barn.
Tam's right.  The horse is well and truly out of the barn.  Liberal media, and liberal politicians will try to placate us and offer platitudes to make us feel better.   The simple fact is that the Assault Weapons ban did nothing.  The AR-15 is America's Rifle.  The vast majority of them in civilian hands are not registered, because in the vast majority of jurisdictions in the US, there is no gun registration scheme.

Anyone that tells you that America's Rifle was banned from 994 to 2004 is obviously in denial, confused, or lying to you, as I've easily shown here.  AR-15s were bought, sold, and traded legally during that entire time.  The law didn't amount to a bucket of warm spit, but it made the anti-gunners feel good.  Which is why it was allowed to expire in 2004.

Oh, and that AR-15 used in the Orlando shooting?  It wan't.

Monday, June 13, 2016


I get home from running my errands, after two days of watching storm clouds scud past me, and I decided that I need to put some water in the swimming pool.  So, I stretch out the hose, get the water running, and boom

Yep, rain.  Today won't be wasted.  There are still guns to clean and laundry to do, so I'll let it rain while I stay inside and keep the dawg company.

The Orlando Shooter

It's been 24 hours since I first learned of the Orlando shooting.  I'm not going to use the guy's name, but what is being reported now starts to shed light on who this fellow was.

What do we know so far?

Of course, the anti-gun push is strong this morning. From all indications, the shooter used an AR-15 and a 9mm pistol to commit his carnage.  So, we've got to endure another round of anti-AR nonsense in the weeks and month to come.  In fact, the first thing that came up on my Facebook feed this morning was this atrocity.

I would note, for the record, that the San Bernardino shooting and the Orlando shooting were both the work of jihadis.  I'd also note for the record that neither my AR, nor my friends, acquaintances, and coworkers ARs hurt no-one this weekend.  Yet, rather than worry about violent Mohametans, the liberal press is concerned with America's Rifle.

Denial is a powerful part of mourning, and both the Obama administration and the liberal American press are in full denial this morning.  This wasn't about the rifle, this was about Islamic jihad, come to Americas shores.

Never let anyone tell you that the left isn't out to take your guns.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have firearms to clean and errands to run.

Can a Blind Man Hit A Target?

In Cowboy Fast Draw he can.

In this video we look at Tommy, a blind man, being coached by a CFDA shooter from The Deputies, a club in California. The CFDA Shooter, we call Master Gunfighter.  He's a champion on more than one level. This video is cool.  It's very cool.

Looks like fun, doesn't it?  Find a CFDA club near you.  There is a map, and plenty of information at this link.  We'd be proud to know you.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Revolver with a Magazine Meme

The boys and I were playing around today before lunch, and I decided to go full retard on the idiot meme I've seen in other places.

Yeah, that's my 7.5" Ruger Vaquero with a G23 mag.  Full retard.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cool Video - Make a Knife with Common Shop Tools.

If you've ever wondered how to make a knife with common tools found in most home tool boxes, look no more. This guy uses firebrick and a propane torch as a forge, and shows how to work the metal with files and an angle grinder.  And of course, sandpaper.  It's pretty cool.

Pretty good looking knife.

Paul Mauser

Commenter Bradley, asked about Paul Mauser in the post two days ago regarding firearms designers, and I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about him.  Paul Mauser lived from 1838 to 1914 and his family, more than most folks is responsible for the bolt-action rifle that we all know and love.  They lived and made firearms during the transition from black powder muzzleloaders, to smokeless powder repeaters and the Mauser design made good use of the revolutionary changes in arms design at the time.

Paul Mauser himself is credited with the Gewehr 98 and the Carabiner 98K, two rifles that still set the standard for strength, durability, and accuracy.  These designs were so influential that the United States simply stole them when they were designing the legendary Springfield Model 1903, which became the standard infantry rifle for both World Wars 1 and II.  Mauser sued the government for patent infringement and the Court awarded Mauser a judgement of $25,000.  A kings ransom at the time.

Basically, both the Winchester Model 70 of the early 1960s (pre-64) and the current Ruger Model 77 are derivative of Mausers's 98 rifle.  Of course, the Mauser 98 is still available today, both as military surplus and brand-new rifles.  The bolt action rifles of today owe a great deal of their heritage to the work of Paul Mauser.  Occasionally, Brno actions come available on the market, and the Czech company CZ owe a lot of their heritage to the Mauser designs.  Some say that their Model 452 is a scaled-down Mauser, chambered for .22LR

Paul died in 1914, but the company lived on, producing rifles and pistols for the various European military contracts that were available at the time.  Paul is also credited with designing the 7.65x53 Argentine cartidge, and the 7x57 Mauser rifle cartridge.  I still consider the 7X57 cartridge a dandy whitetail deer cartridge.  Not many American companies build rifles for it because of its unfortunate length.  It's too long for standard short actions and too short for standard long actions.  Still, it is a handloader's dream, combining good accuracy, light recoil, and a heavy enough bullet to make it almost perfect for medium game under 300 yards.  WDM Bell used it extensively in Africa to take all manner of game, up to an including elephant, but Bell was an expert shot. I do not recommend the 7mm Mauser for elephant.

Any discussion of firearms design would be incomplete with out at least a mention of Paul Mauser.


Sufing around the Book of Face, I often look at a page, Traces of Texas, that features photos from Texas history.  Recently, they featured a photo from 1883.  I'll let the moderator tell you about it.
Every good Texan knows that Pecos, Texas is the site of the world's first rodeo, which was held on July 4, 1883. Well, Traces of Texas reader Trey Armstrong sent in this unbelievably great photo of one of the four contestants that day, Mr. Henry Slack. Prize money for the event totaled 25 dollars. I wonder what Mr. Slack would say regarding the bull-riding extravaganzas that go on today? He'd probably nod his head in approval, I'm thinking.
And, here's the photo:

Great photo, but what I was drawn to, if the holster.

That appears to be a double loop holster. The gun appears to be an Model 1873 Colt, but it's wearing two-piece grips.  How interesting is that?  And, of course, he's making no pretense at con concealment.

How cool is that?

Friday, June 10, 2016

My Apologies.

Eye appointment today with a retinal specialist.  Nothing to worry about, but my eyes are dilated and this guy uses good eye dilation solution.  Five hours later, it's just starting to wear off, but I'm touch-typing, the screen is a blur.

Blogging is pointless.  I'll be back tomorrow.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Firearms Design

My son and I were talking about firearms designers the last time he visited.   The name Browning kept coming in to the conversation.  John Moses Browning is no stranger to the students of firearm design, whether you're talking handguns, rifles, shotguns,  sporting arms, or military arms, the name Browning is synonymous with firearms design.

But, there are others.  Bill Ruger, for example, who gave us excellent firearms, particularly revolvers, and sporting rifles.  His Model 77 is still one of my favorite bolt rifles, and we have several in the family.  We also like his wheelguns, and the Ruger Standard .22LR pistol is a gem.

Eugene Stoner, of course, of M-16 and AR 15 fame, along with Mikhail Kalasnakov who invented the enemy's rifle.  The list of firearms designers wouldn't be complete without Sam Colt, or Oliver Winchester.  Gaston Glock has had a pretty good run.

But, the point of the conversation was that we really haven't had a first-rate, bordering on genius, firearms designer in the past 50 years.  Yeah, Glock did good with his pistol, and it's made him a lot of money, but unlike Browning, I don't see any Glock rifles, or shotguns, or even military machine guns.  Don't get me wrong, I like Glock pistols.  I carry one every day, but that's al there is.  Pistols.

Of course, most firearms today are made by large corporations that have been in the business for many years.  Perhaps it's tough for a firearms designer to rise to the top of the chain and get his name out in the pubic eye.

Of course, if Glock would come out with a new carbine, say in 9mm, that used G17 mags and make it available to the public, I might change my mind.

UPDATE*** Old NFO says not to forget Ronnie Barrett!.  Good point.  Who else am I forgetting?