Saturday, June 16, 2018

Conestoga Project 3

Spent today fitting parts from the motor kit to the intended bicycle, a Giant mountain bike.

1. The motor kit is intended to be mounted on a heavyweight cruiser bike. The sort of thing we used to call a "paper boy bike". They don't mention this in the advertising. The pedal cranks have a large outward offset presumably to keep your knees off the motor. The right hand crank has a sprocket welded to it which would be used to drive the bike absent the motor. The sprocket is a 1/2" pitch type which means it won't run with the 12mm (I think) chain that derailleur bikes use. The welded assembly also means that putting a 3-ring chain set onto it is going to be a non-trivial job. I'm about half way through it.

2. The motor is about 8-1/2" tall which means that the mounting plate needs to be way down low in a modern mountain bike. Especially in an aluminum frame bike whose tubes are about twice the diameter of the steel ones of yesteryear.

2 heavy iron castings are clamped to the frame tubes as shown, and the sheet metal motor mount is bolted to them. Some grinding was necessary to get the bracket to fit between the tubes and the forward side slots needed to be lengthened. Likewise, 2 new holes needed to be drilled and tapped into the rear cast iron support piece to get everything to mate up.

3. The motor also is fitted with an air filter and oil filler on the rear side, both of which hit the seat post before the motor mounting bolts will align with slots in the mounting bracket. Assembly procedure seems to be to mount the bracket to the motor, mount the motor and bracket to the iron frame mounts, rotate the motor in from the left side into the frame, then add the 2 saddle plates last. Relocating the motor mounting slots looks like a requirement if I plan to keep the air filter and oil filler plug intact.

4. The drive sprocket is fairly straight forward. 2 thick reinforced rubber spacers go on the inside and outside of the spokes, and bolts clamp the sprocket to the outside.
I added a spacer to hold the sprocket centered on the hub. So far it seems pretty sturdy.

5. Not necessary at this point, but what the heck, I mounted the gas tank. Again the mounting is intended for a steel framed bike with smaller tubing diameter but with a bit of judicious hammer work the supplied brackets fit.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fake News?

Here's 2 headlines. Take your pick:

1. House Democrats Draft Legislation That Would Make It A Hate Crime To Eat At Chick-Fil-A

2.Colorado schools board omits gun benefits in standards

Item 2 describes Colorado board of education policy to discusses only the dangers of gun ownership and none of the benefits.

So far only one of these is real but give it time, there's an election coming up and the Donks need an issue very badly.
Comrades, turn in your weapons! What could go wrong?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Conestoga Project 2

While the motor kit did not come with any installation instructions, It seems there are a bunch of videos on line that explain the process fairly well. I don't think that all the 50cc motor kits are made by the same company, but I would venture to guess that there's a lot of over-the-shoulder-looking going on in China.

When they can't spy on us and steal our technology, they spy on each other, hence these kits look a awful lot alike. What they don't mention in their ads is that the kits seem to be oriented towards mounting on a one-speed heavy duty bike. What we used to call a paper boy bike. Assembling one to a mountain bike could present some new challenges, but at this point it looks like the big items are accounted for.

Going over the assembly videos, I've accounted for about half the fasteners that came in the plastic bag. The rest must be spares to be used when the first set vibrates loose and falls off. Note in the picture 2 posts down that there are 2 large sprockets, one plain and one with a pedal crank attached. I think the pedal crank with sprocket is intended to go on the right side of a one-speed bike to deliver a lower starting ratio to compensate for the extra weight. The larger one gets attached to the rear hub on the left and is driven by the motor. The hole is sized to fit a coaster brake hub. I'm guessing I'll have to make an adapter to go between the derailleur hub on the mountain bike and the drive sprocket to get it to center up.

The pedal crank with the sprocket goes on the right and has 5 holes in it that don't quite match a derailleur set of chain rings. Some modification may be in order here.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Use Of The F-Word

Charles Krauthammer has an essay up regarding the use of the F-word in let's face it, less than polite conversation including its use through 2 or more layers of auto glass and even on the floors of the U.S. Congress.

In the House, where the membership is often indistinguishable from the denizens of dive bars located in some of the seedier neighborhoods, there is less concern with decorum but in the senate, the suggestion should be sufficient.

In declining a members suggestion regarding legislation one should pointed refuse to go into any detail regarding his or her intelligence, personal habits, ot qualifications for the office, and then refer the errant member to other declination to participate put forth by long gone members far more loquaciously gifted than anyone currently warming a seat. One should ask that the member consider the older statement with only the phrase "and the horse you rode in on." appended.

Conestoga Project

The bicycle pulled camping trailer project continues with the arrival of the motor for the bicycle. The opening bars were played 3 or 4 posts down.

The gasoline booster motor kit came yesterday and got opened this afternoon.

What fun! 2 smaller boxes inside the larger one, one containing the motor and motor care and operation instructions, and the other containing most of everything else. Notably missing were any assembly instructions at all. This thing takes after the Dacia automobile company whose attitude was that people of insufficient mechanical aptitude shouldn't be privileged to own one.

I've figured out what most of the stuff is for and where it will eventually wind up living. There are a couple of parts whose function I don't see but will surely find a happy home somewhere if possibly not on the bicycle. Also included is a large bag of screws, nuts, and washers, many of which will no doubt prove useful in the assembly process. This is the sort of challenge an engineer can appreciate as most of us tend to ignore any included instructions anyway. We figure that if you know the intended function of the device, the form of the individual pieces should be a dead giveaway to their ultimate location and attachment. We also understand that most manufacturers include some spare parts for the entertainment of the more creative types in hopes that eventually one of us will complete the assembly of the first working quantum cosmic infindibulum and a part with the donor company's logo will appear in a prominent location.

It could happen.

Friday, June 8, 2018

High School Civics In 4 Easy Lessons

Start here. Links to all 4 are on each page. A great read and useful as a replacement for having slept through the course when you were in high school.

Oh yeah, it's funny too.

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Parkland Snowflakes Magical Mystery Tour

Found here.
In a news release from March for Our Lives, the organization said students are calling for "universal, comprehensive background checks; creating a searchable database for gun owners; funding the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence;" and "banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault rifles."
The above items are the sort of thing the left would sell their mothers into slavery for but don't generally mention as in most districts this would result in a resounding defeat. Handily, they have a busload of sock puppets to advance the agenda for them.

The item that jumped out at me was the searchable (hackable) database. If you are a burglar and need to supply someone with a Beretta 9mm, what easier way to pick your starting points than a searchable database. Likewise if you are a city council person who has just added the Blastomatic 2000 to the towns list of banned firearms and want to know which houses the police should visit, well, this is it.

Ever wonder why you never see David Hogg smiling? If I had Mike Bloomberg's hand that far up my a**, I wouldn't be smiling either. The proper response to this sort of tomfoolery is a variation on an older one:

 "Sod off, Snowflake."

Oh and one other thing, Who's financing this national road trip?

Trump Raising The Price Of Beer

Oskar Blues Brewing Co. has figured out that Trumps proposed aluminum tariffs will impact the price of a case of their wares by between $.20 and $.24/case of 24 cans.

Tempest in a growler if you ask me.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Projects - Keeping Busy

My oldest daughter, by some other parents, has decided she likes camping, and would like to do this from her bicycle. Fine, there are several hundred like-minded souls wandering around the Denver area on bicycles, camping wherever they find themselves when the sun goes down, but let's take it a bit further. She found some pictures of camping trailers moved by pedal power on the net, and wants to go that way.

OK then how about a trailer about 6 feet long to tow behind a bicycle with a waterproof "lid" of some sort.
 Here's a basic frame in need of some sort of flooring and a top. Maybe just ribs and a tarp like a Conestoga wagon. Or maybe something more artsy like a Corrugated plastic set of walls more like a little Airstream. The frame is 1x1x1/8 aluminum tube, bolted together, with wheels and hitch hardware from a Schwinn kiddie carrier trailer. We are trying to source some 10mm Coroplast to use for flooring but so far this is proving elusive. And expensive.
Here we are carrying my regular bike. It pulls easily so far although with flooring, covering, and a set of camping gear it might not be so easy. Never fear, there's a solution:
This rig goes for as little as $168. I saw one on the road the other day and I have to admit I was impressed. The old boy riding it got across 6 lanes and up to around 20mph in short enough order and with so little noise I could barely hear the motor running. Sharp looking rig too.

At the rate I'm going, I should have some finish pics ready to go by around the end of this month. Don't hold me to that.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

QOTD - Extended

Found at Ace of Spades:
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.Gilbert K. Chesterton
The same might as well be said about capitalism.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gun Law - Mission Creep

A California (where else?) legislator is attempting to expand the states Red Flag law to give essentially anyone the right to ask for an order to confiscate anyone else's guns.  They get an inch, and in the next session, they amend the inch to cover as many miles as they can get.

So if pajama boy with his sticker-bedecked Prius is one of your co-workers, you cannot yet ask for a restraining order against him on the grounds that he is a demonstrably extreme lefty and thus far more likely to come in to work one day and shoot the place up in a fit of pique. This is a shortcoming of the red flag legislation that urgently needs to be addressed in all states that have such. Equal protection for all I say, it's in the 14th. Call it the workplace psychosis amendment.

Given the symbolism of red flags and all, I think this is a perfectly reasonable amendment and no Red Flag bill should be without it. Of course this may impact the legislative support for the things, but we all need to make sacrifices now don't we?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fitbits Latest Feature In Beta Test

Fitbit would never make a watch that accidentally shocks its owner, so I'm guessing that the next iteration of the watch will include as a feature, a built in motivator for users. If you haven't reached some percentage of your desired daily level of exercise by some predetermined time, say 3 PM, the watch will deliver a jolt to the wearer to encourage them to get with some form of activity. NOW ya lazy slacker!

If no activity is detected within a moderate length of time, say 5 minutes, another jolt is delivered. Not to worry. If the watch detects no heartbeat, it can call the EMTs.

Remember, never attribute to stupidity that which can be explained by simple corporate intent.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gun Laws - All Of Them

Ever notice that anti gun laws, at the end of the day, invariably seem to benefit the criminals?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Boulder To Ban Assault Weapons Tonight

The Boulder City Council is meeting tonight to consider on first third reading, a bill to ban assault weapons from their socialist utopia. The ordinance was first proposed a couple of weeks ago and met with stiff opposition. It was significantly rewritten, but kept the original title, so the new version counts as the first, and the first reading of the new version counts as the second reading of the first. Opposition was still stiff and proposals were floated to put it out as a referendum.

Based on the pushback the council was getting, it looked like the referendum would fail, so the re-re-written act will be considered tonight and if passed, will become law without having to deal with obnoxious peasants.

Per local channel 7:
The current version of the proposal reads in part, “Assault weapons are semi-automatic firearms designed with military features to allow rapid spray firing for the quick and efficient killing of humans.”
The law also has the usual exemptions for the police without actually explaining why the police would need to quickly and efficiently kill large numbers of humans. It's possible of course that polling is showing the large bloc of students at the University may be drifting away from the party plantation, not wishing to culturally appropriate Venezuela, and may be in line for more direct persuasion that just being forced to listen to elderly Marxist professors droning on in lecture halls.

In the latest version, if you acquire an "assault weapon" before June 15 you may keep it, but you must:
  • Get a background check
  • Obtain a certificate from the Boulder Police Department saying they own the weapon
  • Find a safe place to store the weapon
  • Only possess the weapon on their property or at a gun shop
  • Report theft within 48 hours
Presumably the BPD will issue identification to the owners:
 Perhaps in the form of a shiny brass badge which must be affixed prominently to their outer garment at all times. After June 15, the guns become officially toxic in that you will no longer be able to buy, sell, or inherit one of them.

It has also been suggested that the law as currently written, may well be unenforcable. The Boulder police chief says he has no plans to do a door-to-door looking for the guns but his men may enforce the law if the opportunity presents itself.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

IDPA – PCC – Lessons Learned

I got my second shot at the PCC qualifier today, this time in the down sized format. I learn something every time, so here it is.

In the full scale format, where the targets are at 15, 25, and 50 yards, having a low power scope is a swell idea. Especially at 50 yards. My scope is adjustable, 2-6 power with a 50mm apeture so I get a nice wide field of view. This is good when you move from one target to the next as you worry less about whether you're looking at the right one or not. NOTE: make sure your adjustable scope is set to the lowest magnification at the start. You want to see as much as possible and not just the -1 number stamped into the cardboard somewhere. When I shot the full sized qualifier, I lost the most points on the closest strings, which isn't supposed to happen. On subsequent strings, I changed the magnification to 2X.

The alternative setup for the qualifier is to change all the setup dimensions from yards to feet, including the target size. Here it is on an 8-1/2x11 sheet of paper.
Download the pic and print it out. You can set up a stage in a room and shoot it with an airsoft pistol for practice or you can take some copies to the range and set them up at 15, 25, and 50 feet to dial in your PCC. 

In 1/3 scale format, again 2x is plenty of magnification but what you need to remember is that at very short distances, your rifles point of impact will be 2-3 inches below your point of aim. Nearly everyone today had that problem. Additionally, with the target being only 1/3 of normal size, a 2”-3” drop will be equivalent to a 6-9” drop on a full sized target. Thus aiming for the torso A zone will get you hits on the lower edge of the target if you're lucky. Aiming at the head will get you hits in the torso A zone. If your scope has multiple ranging marks, you need to dial it in at 50', then move up to 25' and 15' making note of which mark is your new POI. Yeah, yeah, everybody knows this. So why did almost nobody seem to know this today?

At this point, I need 3 cheat sheets, one for IDPA close qualifiers, one for normal IDPA qualifiers, and one for USPSA events which run out to 200 yards. 

Most PCCs make 1200-1300 fps at the barrel which is very similar to a .22lr hi velocity. The best way to set one up is probably to zero at 35 yards, which gives another zero at 125 yards, and 18" low at 200. Now work out the hold overs for the close in stuff, and the hold under for 100 yards and make a cheat sheet.

Red Flag Gun Laws

Colorado's Red Flag Law was killed in committee this year, but don't worry, it will be back if the Donks hold either house in the next session. Sean Sorrentino comments on Facebook:

So imagine, if you would, that you're a person whose only motive is to prevent violence from occurring. You have no interest one way or another about guns. Let's say you knew a person was a danger to himself or others and he had a gun. Would you
A) Immediately take this person who is a danger to himself or others to a mental ward so he can be treated for whatever is wrong with him?
B) Take his guns, but leave him free so he can buy a new gun from Ice Dog and Ray Ray down on Dot Ave in Southie and then go murder whoever set him up with the restraining order?
Seriously, which would you choose?
Stop making the Due Process argument. No one cares about that but us, and we're already convinced. Insist that your representatives add a line to these laws in committee. Add words to the effect that if a judge finds a person to be dangerous to himself or others that he be taken directly to the mental ward for a 72 hour evaluation. If he's safe enough to release, he doesn't lose his guns. If he's too dangerous to release, then he gets committed. Anyone who wants to prevent violence by unstable, dangerous people wouldn't leave unstable, dangerous people on the street where they can still cause mayhem.
Italics are mine.

So instead of taking someones guns first and letting them go through legal hell to get them back, why not just lock them up for 72 hours and see if losing their job on some vindictive ex's say so sits better with them than having their property taken and effectively held for ransom.

If a law can be abused, it will be sooner or later. Keep thinking about this. No one wants crazy people to have guns. Knives work nearly as well and aren't regulated yet. Figure out some easy quick way to evaluate someones sanity that can at least suggest whether or not a more in-depth evaluation is needed. It shouldn't take 72 hours and should include an evaluation of the accuser as well.

Remember Wednesday Addams when asked about her Halloween costume: "I'm a psychopathic mass murderer. We look just like everybody else."

Thursday, May 10, 2018

QOTD - Socialism and Millennials

Found on Breitbart:
“If I was a kid right now and they asked me why I don’t want to practice socialism, I’d use their own language to get out of it; I’d say, ‘You know why I don’t want to practice socialism, because I don’t want to culturally appropriate Venezuela.”          Dennis Miller on Breitbart News

Oregon Goes For The Gold - Gun Ban

Some folks in Oregon have an initiative that would ban most guns and require them to be turned in. The petition title mentions exceptions, but comments on the petition note that none actually appear in the document text.

Quick summary:
Any semi automatic gun, be it pistol or rifle, that is “capable” of accepting a magazine that holds 10 or more rounds would be banned, along with any such magazine, be it a fixed magazine or detachable.
All these would be banned, which covers a rather large percentage of all firearms currently extant.  Seems you would also be responsible for any crimes committed with any firearm you own or ever owned up to 5 years after you sell it.

Even in Oregon I don't see this going very far but you never know. Step 1 there is to get the petition recognized, which has happened.

Step 2 is a comment period which they are currently in. Normally a ballot initiative gets 10 or so comments but this one has over 1000. Topics include a permanent title for the initiative. Some of the suggestions are interesting. If the courts approve the wording and title, there needs to be a second round of signature collection to get it on the ballot.

Step 3, if it gets that far would be the vote from the people of Oregon.

Judenrein at Denver University

Well, not exactly Juden, but in this case, they have effectively driven out the Young Americans for Freedom and the Federalist Society. The target is different, but the philosophy remains the same. Tuition at D.U. is steep so only the best-heeled liberals can send their offspring to it and if they tend to be of a conservative bent, they need to learn to keep their opinions to themselves.

This is a university! You can't take a conflicting opinion here!

It's embarrassing to find oneself living so near such a bastion of bigotry.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Ammo Comparisons 2 - Mo Data

The Ammo To Go people have been shooting the gel blocks and have added 16 more loads to their already extensive data base.

Click the link and see what they found out. Ignore the complaints in the comments about the terrible negligence in failing to test 25 different manufacturers offerings in such popular(?) calibers as .32 magnum, 9mm Makarov, 44 Magnum and .454 Casul. They do cover the better known ones of .380, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, and .45ACP.

The latest additions focus on defensive ammo which means hollow points.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Survey Says: Convention Of States

The Convention of States group, which is advocating for exactly that to consider possible amendments to the constitution, has completed a survey of its followers asking among other things, what it is that they see as the most important issues facing the country today.First results are out, and shake down like this:
Top Five Biggest Threats to the American Republic Today1. Illegal Immigration 20%
2. Erosion of Individual Rights 19%
3. Runaway Spending 17%
4. The Media 12%
5. Politicization of the Education System 11%
6. Infringement on 2nd Amendment 9%
7. Money in Politics 6%
Put this way, gun rights doesn't figure very highly but when you consider that gun rights are individual rights, and toss them in with erosion of individual rights, you get 28% seeing erosion of individual rights as the biggest issue out there today. The above list and a quick summary of some of the other results appears in a Paul Bedard column here.

Full disclosure: I'm a member of the COS group and participated in the survey. FWIW I don't believe the survey was given to anyone outside the group so it's not a representative survey of the general population. I'm not on Facebook or Twitter so I don't know if they've been banned, blocked, excommunicated or whatever or if they even have a presence there. The group sounds like one Z-burg would ban as "hate speech" if he knew anything about it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Boulder Gun Ban Advances

The Peoples Republic of city of Boulder has passed on "second" reading a much modified version of its previously proposed ban on assault weapons and magazines holding more than 10 rounds. If it is passed a third time, the city will have their ban without having to submit it to any pesky peasants who might, even in Boulder, go so far as to reject it.

As per usual, the ordinance bans weapons "capable of spray firing and killing the greatest number of people in the shortest time" and includes an exception for the police. As also per usual, no one on the city council wants to explain the envisioned circumstance under which the police might be called upon to perform such an action.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Spring having put in a one day appearance today, I took the bicycle out for a ride. 28 miles later I can report that the strength training I've done over the winter is paying off as I didn't get winded on the uphills and managed to keep a decent pace for the entire trip.

A bicycle group I sometimes frequent, Pedals and Pints, is having a Cinco de Mayo ride this weekend. Looks to be ridiculously easy at this point although the addition of a couple of beers along the way will slow the ride down a bit. Some of my less athletically inclined friends hear that they will be expected to actually pedal some 12 miles and immediately wimp out. Their loss. Pedals and Pints is a very sociable group.

A typical ride with P&P runs 10-20 miles, starts at a brew pub and visits 2 others on a round trip. My idea of a nice ride is 30 miles and using that as a round trip, there are over 60 brew pubs within that range of my house.
The only way to go.

Rifling PVC - Bigger

This is a perfect example of why engineers should never be left to their own devices or unemployed. Following on from the earlier successful attempt at rifling a 1" barrel, I've now prepped a 2" barrel.
This is probably my favorite size as empty caulk tubes are a near perfect fit and fly like lawn darts. So here's the button, fitted with 6 cutters.

The .410 dart is for scale. For this one I added a couple of ball bearings and an axle with which to push/pull/whatever the button through the pipe. Turned out I just put a piece of pipe over the all thread and hammered the thing to the bottom, then did the same the other way to get it out. The bearings let the button turn as the cutters are angled at 7 degrees. It worked.
Getting decent pictures is tough but you can see the 6 grooves 1/16" wide running down the pipe. Test darts were one "Nerf" dart made from pipe insulation, and one caulk tube with one wrap of decorative felt to give a tight fit into the barrel.
Results on this one were inconclusive. I may need to cut the grooves again to get them a bit deeper. Or something. Probably also need to make a cutter with a more aggressive twist although large bores like this seemingly don't need as much.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

QOTD - Economics

Found here.

“Real Socialism” has never been tried in the same way that “Real Capitalism” has never been tried.

The difference is that “almost socialism" resulted in the impoverishment and death of hundreds of millions of people.

While “Almost Capitalism" has lifted billions from absolute poverty.

@Mark Antro

Gun Rights - Under The Radar

The Peoples Republic of Boulder has an anti-gun measure before the city council right now that so far has garnered opposition in the council meeting, and a protest out on the street. The outdoor protest happened in spite of inclement weather and at least some aspects of it such as open carry of firearms were already banned in Boulder. The police took a neutral view of this and limited actions to informing people of the relevant Boulder ordinances.

The city council has been sufficiently alarmed by public opposition to their proposed "assault weapon" ban that one of the bills supporters is now opposing a suggestion to put the measure on the ballot this November to let the public decide. Seems he doesn't think the public can be trusted to limit their civil rights in a politically correct manner and is asking that the measure be passed by the council without any further input from the peasants as quickly as possible.

Bloombergs sock puppet groups are also worried that if the measure is not rammed through quickly, there will be more demonstrations and public sentiment will be swayed to support the second amendment.

Restraint shown by the police in the face of a peaceful gathering is certainly laudable with no word as yet as to whose idea that was. I suspect that had the demonstration been one by say Antifa that involved rock throwing, assaults, and the burning of a building, that the Mayor would have told the police and fire departments to stand down rather than risk infringing anyones civil rights to free speech.

Gun Stuff - Over The Top

The opposite of silencers, these things add to the noise and flash of your gun. Works best with ammo loaded with the slowest burning powder you can find. Fit one of these to your .44 snubbie and load with a +P dose of Power Pistol and when used against a late night home intruder, one shot should take out all your windows, knock everyone on their asses, and set fire to everything in the room in which you fire it. The final resting point of the bullet is of no real consequence. In fact, if you should hit the intruder, he'll probably thank you for the quick end to his suffering.

Shown here on an AK platform with a short barrel which should add to the fireworks. Pic of this in action at the link. Spectacular!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Rifling Spud Guns - Follow-up

So I glued some felt onto one of the 12ga darts I made for the 1" barrel, and fired it to test the rifling. I have to report that is spins right smartly with a twist rate of about 1:24. There was absolutely no evidence of coning on the flight which probably helped the penetration go more smoothly.

The dart was painted in black and silver to make spotting easier. The black shell is the "before" picture for the darts. Flaring the open end helps the velocity as it greatly reduces leakage. Adding the felt accomplishes the same thing. The felted one was fired at a modest 20 psi and a range of 12 yards. That's 1/2" plywood it's sunken into. An un-felted dart was found to have traveled some 175 yards at 65 psi so I imagine the felted one would make over 200 without much trouble.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gun Fun - Rifling Spud Guns

Attacking one of the burning question in the shooting world today, here's how to add rifling to your PVC spud gun. There are 2 approaches to this, one is to make a button to press down the barrel that enlarges the barrel and leaves the rifling as positive grooves, and the opposite approach is to cut the grooves abd leave the barrel diameter alone. I used method #2.

Here is a die I made to fit a 1" barrel from my Pedal Air Gun.

The 1" wood dowel slides closely down the 1" PVC. I cut slots in it at a 7-1/2*deg angle, initially to accommodate some clothes line wire. Later I recut the slots to fit some 3/16" square stock. The depth is set to make the metal bits about .030"* larger than the ID of the tubing. The ends are smoothed to be a sharp, square edge.

Break the inlet end of the tubing to allow the cutters to get started down the tube, and pound the whole thing through the tube using a broomstick as a pusher. I ran this through the tube 3 times, twice with the wires, and once with the keystock. Here's the result:
All in all, not bad. The keystock grooves are the 4 darkest ones. FWIW, I need to drill some holes at the leading edges of the grooves in the tool to give the scraped off plastic some where to go. Details, details. Fitting the 12ga darts (click the link) with some adhesive door insulation to tighten up the fit inside the barrel should give enough grip to properly spin them. In season, the crabapples should also fit closely enough to pick up the spin. Twist rate by the way is 1:24 which according to the web page on the topic, should be plenty for this size of projectile. 

As mentioned before, the smooth bore groups about 5 inches at 10 yards. When the snow stops and the sun comes back out, I'll see how much smaller the groups get. For all of you trying for a match grade spud gun, here's how to do it, or at least how to keep you busy for a while.

*All dimensions are approximate. +/- 10% is not out of reason.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Incoming Robots

I saw a Daily Mail article on a "Tedroy" bot and would like to humbly submit that the vast, immediate market for this type of bot is the national and local news media. Imagine selling a set of 3 bots, one a distinguished middle ager, one a 30-something bloke, and one an attractive female. The station now has its news, Sports, and weather anchors, capable of voicing pre-written scripts for the news broadcasts at a small fraction of the cost of hiring good looking airheads to do the job. Monologues can be written by student interns who can show competency in basic spelling and grammar and even better, the whole show can be pre-run to insure no glaring errors. The kidnapping of the Queen by aliens from outer space will be reported with the same calm reserve as the auto crash on the freeway.

Later they can move up to running them for city council or higher office with a committee of party hacks deciding on what they say. I look forward to seeing an aspiring pol speak for 30 minutes without saying anything.

 Oh wait, we have that now. Not only that, but a bot is running for Mayor of Tokyo. These bots thus, are a shoe-in for whatever office a committee wishes to anonymously hold.

What do you think?

Gun Law - Viewpoints

First here's an article denouncing the NRA for taking an overly pessimistic view of humanity:
The NRA sees a bleak Hobbesian world. So why does it want to arm individuals with guns?
Fox Butterfield, call your office. Most Socialist Utopians like to go on the assumption that basic human nature is easily moldable and can be turned to happy altruism with only a minimum of coercion. Historically the amount of coercion required is measured in millions of bodies, but this time we are assured, they'll get it right.  The french constitution was based on this principle. Chairman Robspierre is alas, not available for comment.

The U.S. constitution was written on the basis that most people, especially elected officials, look after themselves first and their neighbors second, if at all. Thus the founders simply wrote protections in to limit the mischief that people could foment between each other. That approach isn't perfect either, but its held up reasonably well in spite of concerted efforts to get around it. The rule of law establishes police, courts, judges, and juries. The right to bear arms gives the citizen legal recourse until the law can actually show up, which may take a while.

Next up is the peoples Republic of Boulder with a proposed ban on assault weapons, which means anything the city council doesn't like. Hearings on the proposal were lengthy and sometimes a bit acrimonious with complaints from the antis that some of the opponents didn't actually live in Boulder (average new home price $1M+) and thus should have no voice in the prospect of becoming felons while passing through town. The councils initial reaction is to pass that buck to the people in a referendum, but the antis, afraid of losing out to normal people arguing against the measure, are demanding the council simply ignore possible objections and pass the measure as written and fight the inevitable lawsuits later.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Legal Question

I'm sure everybody already knows the answer to this question, but humor me for a moment, I seem to have missed that discussion in my Thermodynamics class or somewhere.

1. Poll taxes are forbidden under the 24th amendment:
24th Amendment . Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.. Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.. Passed August 27, 1962. Ratified January 23, 1964.. This Amendment was sponsored by US Senator Spessard Lindsay Holland of Florida (Democrat).
In the 1966 case of Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections, the Supreme Court reversed its decision in Breedlove v. Suttles to also include state elections as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

2. Why then are taxes on firearms of any sort at all, legal?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Gun Rights Rally - Denver

A group calling itself America For Americans or  National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans, or something called for a national rally for gun rights a few days ago, co-ordinating the call with no one as nearly as anyone here could tell, nevertheless drew some 200 people to the governors mansion for a roadside rally. It was supposed to be at the capitol, but the venue was already booked. Probably just as well since such short notice drove the attendance down.

View looking SE. We filled all 4 corners of the intersection. 
Nobody told this guy his flag was backwards. If I got a roof from them, my insurance agent would probably hold out for the gun.

Signs were a last minute affair. The fellow selling flags from a 5 gallon bucket seems to have made a nice fortune. This one was acclaimed the best slogan:
Reducing this to 6 words makes it bumper sticker material:
Click to embiggen, save to desktop, print 11" wide, and tape to back car window.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Splitting California

Always an interesting proposition depending on the new proposed state lines. Looks like the proposition will be on the ballot this November as Someone with money has collected way over the minimum number of signatures to do this.
This looks to me like Mr. Draper is trying to please everyone by creating 3 states with with large metropolitan areas that could conceivably deliver 4 more Democratic Senators. This would probably go over better in the US congress than the 2 state version in which the coast from San Fran down to San Clemente would be one state and all the rest would become the other.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Arming Teachers - The Collectivist Error

President Trumps suggestion to arm teachers to prevent or at least mitigate the effects of school shooters has been met with widespread disapproval by teacher organizations and other anti gun groups. The most likely reason for this is the collectivist mindset common to such groups. If you suggest arming teachers, they see the program as requiring ALL teachers in a school to be armed. The individualist view is that only teachers willing and able to take on the responsibility would actually be armed, and this would likely be a small fraction of the total faculty.

The collectivist, seeing that only a few teachers might be armed, will pooh-pooh the idea that 1 or 2 armed opponents might stop a dedicated shooter. They visualize an army of some sort standing shoulder to shoulder. Here is a graphic that shows the reported rape rate at CSU in Ft Collins across the '00s.

At 2003, the reported rape rate dropped from around 32/year to about 12. That was the year Colorado became a shall issue state, and no one had thought to demand that universities be gun free zones.

Doing the math, one must be 21 years old to get a permit, which pretty much means only Seniors are likely to have one, and only about 5-7% of eligible people actually apply so the odds of a sex offender meeting a carrier are as close to zero as not to matter much. Still, the question is posed. If your chances of getting shot while attempting a rape are about 2%, do you feel lucky, punk? Statistically the answer seems to be NO.

Would arming a few of the faculty stop school shootings? Not completely, but this looks like an easy route to a 66% reduction.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Springtime In The Rockies

The peach tree is in full bloom so we all know what that means: Snowstorm!
Admittedly it isn't very much of one but take a look at this tree in my front yard:
What's wrong with this picture? Normally We when we get snow, it accumulates on the grass but not under the tree. This time, however...

I'm With Him - Robinsons Speech

Everyone should see this.

Gun laws, for the most part, inconvenience only the law abiding and provide the criminal with a safer working environment.

Selling Guns - NICS Checks

Nothing like a school shooting to bring the antis out from under their rocks waving the same legislative placebos they've been pushing since the invention of the rock tied on to the end of a stick. This time they have some 15-18 year old sock puppets to front them and with the usual suspects standing behind them they see an opportunity to make some real progress toward the goal of disarming the American public.

The extra loud screeching and offering of extremist legislation however, seems to be having the opposite effect:
You can complain all you want to the city council, but if the council is 100% Donk, they have no reason to listen to you and certainly won't. The way to get them to listen is to get some of them to lose their jobs which is a reachable goal in most towns. The problem is to find a level headed candidate, and then get the Reps in town to turn out en masse to actually vote for him.

Or you can just buy more ammo.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Proposed New Bumpstock Law

As Orville said"Gee I don't know Wilbur, I don't think this is gonna fly."

The rule revolves around this statement
Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.
If only it were true. As the gun rocks back and forth, the shooter must be present and engaging the trigger on each shot. Absent the shooters finger, the thing doesn't work.

H/T to Market Ticker for the link.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saying Thanks

The March For our Lives needs to thank the folks who came out, especially the high school kids who had not figured out that they were being used. At the school where I'm mentoring the robotics club, I noticed that there were at least 3 flyers inviting the students to pop on over for the march downtown. The march being over, and the flyers having not yet been removed, I put this one together and taped it over the top of one of the invitations.

Some time early this coming week, I hope to hear from my friend who teaches there about the faculty member who was blowing a cork in the staff meeting over the presence of such right wing propaganda.

We've all seen the car in the food store parking lot with the rear side nearly completely covered with leftie bumper stickers. Well there's a classroom in the school whose door closely matches that image. I expect that this will be the location of the exploded head.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Trumps Rabbit Trick

So Trump just signed a budget bill worth $1.3T that looks like it was written by Schumer and Pelosi and gives conservatives nothing while taking care of every pony under the Christmas tree the Dems asked for.

It's not often you see a pol commit political suicide right out there in front of everybody. The last time was when Bush signed a big tax increase after promising "no new taxes, read my lips". Didn't work out well for Bush now did it? At this point I can see little reason for Republicans to even go to the polls for the mid terms if they think that this is the way the party will be treating them. The local parties will be pleading for turnout claiming that the local pols will be forthright in defense of their constituents, but by now we've seen that local candidates who get elected by promising this or that, vote the party line in lockstep with the leadership once they sit down in the big building and this is true at both the state and Federal levels.

To save the day, Trump is going to have to pull from his hat, a rabbit big enough to trample and eat Manhattan, and do it before the mid terms. I can only think of one thing that might serve at this point and that would be an indictment against Hillary Clinton. For good measure, perhaps include a few of her enablers. The budget deal has foreclosed on most of Mr Trumps other political promises and his tax reform phase 2 is probably destined for death by committee as the Dems have little else to ask for at this point. Absent this rabbit or something of equal import, I anticipate a veto-proof Dem majority in both houses of congress next year.

The budget bill impact at the local level will vary by state of course, but here in Colorado where we are fending off becoming East California by one Senate seat, this will most likely translate into another Dem trifecta similar to 2013 with a raft of bills imported from California, paid for by Styer and Bloomberg whooped through a compliant legislature.

I am eagerly awaiting the appearance of the rabbit. I am also hoping that my near perfect record of being wrong on predictions will hold up.

Update: As noted in the comments, the bill passed is NOT a real budget and the monies authorized are NOT guaranteed to be spent as wished. See Post on dailytimewaster.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gun Fun

So while the kiddies were enjoying their all expense paid trip to wherever to protest the existence of civil rights, I went to the range for a Qualifier. Good news for me! I moved up to Sharp Shooter, the mid-level for IDPA. At this  point I'm as happy as I'll get over that as I have no illusions of moving up from there. People much younger and faster than I am are having trouble getting to Expert.

The rankings are:
DM - Distinguished Master
MS - Master
EX - Expert
SS - Sharpshooter
MM - Marksman
NV - Novice
ST - Storm Trooper

OK that last one isn't actually officially on the list but it probably should be so as to make note of when you're having a really bad day with malfunctions and brain farts combining to make you wonder if you should take up knitting or something. Of course if you qualify at the ST level and don't have malfs or BFs, then maybe you probably should.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Future Of Transportation

Sold my pickup today. 93 Dodge Dakota with 228,000 miles on it. Runs fine, lust a bit slower than it used to. I'm missing it already as I haven't been without a truck pretty much since 1971.
Doran's Law states that if something works, they'll stop making it. Seen a real compact pickup lately? I really liked my Mazda 2000 back in the '90s. Here's a contender: an '02 Ford Falcon XL.
 Seems they kept the name alive down under. Pity it only comes with the steering wheel on the wrong side. Another possibility would be a Pontiac G8 ST. Never heard of that one either? Pontiac decided not to go to production with it just before GM decided not to continue production with Pontiac at all.

Your basic pickup today is sized to compete with Kenworth and is seemingly only available in 4X4 with a lift kit added at no extra charge. Hint to automakers: A Subaru Baja, if it hasn't been wrecked, is worth damn near what you paid for it new.

Oh well. I put a small hitch receiver on the Camaro so I guess all I need is a 4x6 trailer from Harbor Freight, and a bicycle carrier to plug in to it.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Scenes We Would Have Liked To Have Seen

Or maybe Scenes we'd Like To See* on the new hit TV series. Based on alternative histories conjured up by celebrities or perhaps ripped straight from the fevered imaginings of fevered imaginers.

Storyboard: Trump and Biden meet as teenagers in high school and take an immediate dislike to each other. Biden picks a fight with Trump, and actually wins. 2 weeks later Trump hires a couple of his own friends from New Jersey with some money and an NDA and Biden is never seen or heard from again.

Like a famous Russian once remarked: Ees loving story weeth happy eending.

*H/T to Mad Magazine for that title

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Military Parades

Rule 1: Have it in someone elses country.

Removing Barriers to Work

 SB-18-193 has been introduced with significant co-sponsorship to allow challenges to laws and regulations restricting entry to jobs. This covers such absurdities as demanding a college degree to be allowed to braid hair or perhaps having to get permission from a coalition of all the existing licensed taxi drivers to operate your own cab.

It allows a citizen to request a judicial review of such laws and regs, and specifies how the judiciary should address the review.

Great idea. I bet it requires the person filling out the form to be licensed to practice law before the bar in Colorado instead of making the request a sort of fill-in-the-box form letter that any clerk could help you with.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ammo Comparisons

The folks at Ammo to go sent me an e-mail with links to their ammo testing results. The available data includes gel penetration, bullet weight, price/round, Average MV for the test quantity, and other technical information. Some people care a great deal more than others about the quality of the doom they throw about so here's the place to start.

I was impressed by the variety of results with MV's ranging from the mid 900's to the low 1200's and gel penetration ranging from 12 to 24". One would think that 12" would suffice for most threats and that one also featured sub-fragmentation that made the wound cavity look like an H.E. round had gone off in it. If you expect to face acid spitting near unkillable aliens, this may be the stuff for you despite the $2.50/rnd price tag.

I shoot cardboard targets along with the occasional steel popper or plate with arthritic hands so I look for something with a middling weight and modest velocity. I also use the ammo in a pistol caliber carbine at greater ranges than the pistol so getting a velocity boost from the carbine is a plus. Alas, that latter bit of info is not usually extracted. The last batch of ammo I tested was a "training and defense" setup that featured some very fast powder as witness the minimal difference in MV between the pistol and the rifle of 100-150 fps as I remember. That stuff would likely work very well in compact guns with the fast burn time offsetting the minimal time the bullet spends in the barrel. Some of my hand loads have shown as much as 300 fps velocity improvement. Blazer ammo w/180gr bullet is rated to 1000 fps from some mythological test pistol, and delivers 1400 fps from my carbine. Nice jump. Impressive muzzle flash from the pistol too, I bet.

Anyway, here's some links to their test results which feature sub-links to more detailed information, including pricing:
You can see our results for each caliber at the following pages:


45 ACP:

40 S&W:

380 ACP:
Hitting any of these links makes available links to several other calibers with most of the popular ones shown. LOTS of information here if you want to compare Blasto DRT defensive ammo to Everyday Range Fodder.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Social Scores

In China, it kind of looks like you start out with a social score of zero. If you do nothing, it stays at zero. Grumble about life in general or the government in particular, and it drops. Unless of course the official you were complaining about happens to be on a higher ups list in which case the officials score goes down and yours goes up.

Setting the same system up here involves first setting it up in the school system where anything can be rationalized as being for the greater good and necessary to keep things orderly. By the time a kid graduates, it's the only system they've known and they know that complaining will reduce your social score.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Remember, if you lift one or two in honor of the Leprechauns tomorrow, it's not appropriation. It's assimilation, and if you're lucky (!) the wee folk will bless you with a pot full of fireworks for Independence Day. It works both ways you know.

Monday, March 12, 2018

MacDonalds To Merge With Wendys

And the new logo just jumps out at you. Mac's woman-empowering version of the arches on its back with legs in the air, topped by the visage of a successful, empowered woman.
What's not to like?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Abolishing Agencies

This early in the cycle, nothing you hear can reasonably be called party policy yet. The correct term is "trial balloon". The latest one to be floated from the left calls for the abolition of ICE whose existence is depleting the ranks of Dem voters.

So swell. I'm a republican, for lack of a better place to hang out, and I approve this message. I think the Donks should begin right now buying ads and making sure that everyone knows that illegal, as in coming across the border without papers, does not mean illegal as in selling classified information to hostile foreign operatives.

Of course the Reps could take the same tack. Call for the abolition of the Department of Education, Energy, EPA, and of course the ATF. Attach a coupon to every K-12 child good for say $7-8000/yr, payable to whatever accredited educational institution their parents want to send them to.

Promise the people that they will get the most cost-efficient energy available subject only to their state regulations. Cali will soon be as dark at night as North Korea, but so what?

Without the EPA, it's still illegal to pollute, and polluters would still be liable for damages. It would, however, be legal to remove wildfire fuel from around your house without worrying about an astronomical fine for disrupting the lifestyle of some differently abled vermin.

Then there's the ATF. Your shoelaces and the belt loops on your jeans will soon be classified as machine guns and you'll have to give them up on the premise that this will make the kids in school safer. The mandatory "voluntary" turn-ins should be amusing to watch. Kilts will be coming back in style.

So Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho!
Department of* has got to go!

*Well, maybe not the Department of Defense, but no one would miss the rest of them.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Caucus Night

Here in Colorado last night was caucus night. As a precinct leader I was there and presented the Convention Of States resolution for consideration. I have to say I should have brought more copies of it  with me as it seemed to be getting about 90% approval from the delegates.
Calling for a Convention of States - It is resolved that Colorado Republicans encourage the Colorado General Assembly to adopt a resolution calling for a convention of the states under Article V of the US Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.
As many precincts as I had copies voted the resolution up, noted the vote numbers on the page, and dropped the page into the precinct results. Several others went so far as to hand copy the document and do the same. I'm told that the COS resolution would pass the Colorado senate easily as Republicans hold a 1-seat majority but would likely fail in the Dem controlled house. Certainly any suggestion that the government might be too powerful will be treated by Dems like garlic at a vampire convention.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Stiff New Gun Laws = More Crime

In Mass. anyway. Here's a story from the Boston Globe:
The 1998 legislation did cut down, quite sharply, on the legal use of guns in Massachusetts. Within four years, the number of active gun licenses in the state had plummeted. “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June [2002], that number was down to just 200,000.” The author of the law, state Senator Cheryl Jacques, was pleased that the Bay State’s stiff new restrictions had made it possible to “weed out the clutter.”
What it actually did was create a safe working environment for the states criminal class .

Monday, March 5, 2018

Gov Hickenlooper Favors More School Shootings

He won't say so as such, but his approach to the problem suggests it. In a story at PJ Media, Hick says:
“I’ve probably talked to 1,000 teachers and this was not too long after Columbine happened in 1999, and we discussed those kinds of questions all the time. I can count on one hand the number of people that wanted to be trained and wanted to be carrying handguns or weapons in their schools,”
Of course. The educational cadre is made up mostly of lefties, and anyone identifying as pro-gun would be ostracized and most likely forced out of the profession.

Of course there are alternative solutions. Right off one could install the TSA at every school entrance and make 1-3000 students go through the same kind of screening the rest of us undergo at the airport. Remember kiddies, your classes start at 8 AM so allow 2 hours to clear security in the morning

UPDATE: Added second link. Not local, but typical.

Theme Song

As the Donks like "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow", the right could do worse than this ditty:

Found at Samizdata this morning.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

"Never trust an Automatic pistol or a D.A's deal"

Quoth J. Dillinger. Seems the Parkland shooter should have studied more history or something. He came to the school, not with an AR and some large capacity magazines, but with 15 10-rounders. Part way along it seems one of them jammed so he dropped the rifle and joined the rest of the students exiting the building.

So far:
Armed guard in school                                         Check
Armed cops outside of school                               Check
Background check for rifle                                    Check
10 round mags only                                                Check
Shooter banned from entering school                     Check

Blame being placed squarely on non-participants   Check

Friday, February 23, 2018


Immortality of a sort anyway. The Swedes are experimenting with the possibility of copying your brain into a computer and putting it into a robot body.  Interesting approach, but I can see some problems.

1. You should have gotten your brain backed up years ago. Before the rot set in.

2. If you do #1, then the last 40 years of knowledge will be lost to the robot, unless...
3. You keep the robot around to follow you and thus keep its knowledge base up to date, except..
4. The robot, being as stubborn as you are, refuses to believe that anything you are doing is of any real value and goes off on its own or...
5. Decides that you are too stupid and dangerous to live and offs you to prevent any further damage...
6. After backing itself up.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Free The Jeffersonians

O.K. this has been proposed in multiple different formats multiple different times. The rest of California wants to be free of the coastal counties. Variations on this theme have included schemes to divide California into anywhere from 2 to 6 separate states. This is not without precedent as Virginia calved off West Virginia using the process described in the Constitution.

As I remember the description of the process requires approval of the population of the state and approval of the Congress of the U.S. See Article IV Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

I think the movement is the brainchild of these guys, but I don't know for sure. No proposed map yet, but most folks think California would be made up of the coastal counties from L.A. to Marin and possibly two counties east of Marin which would incorporate Sacramento and retain it as the capitol.

Whatever, the new state boundary could be assembled from the same materials as Trumps new border wall and ports of entry established at the north and southern ends.

Anyway the petition to get the White House to respond one way or the other is here.

So pop over and sign it. At worst, nothing will happen. At best, the state of Jefferson would likely elect 2 new Republican senators.

Geography Lesson

The moral high ground is NOT located on top of a pile of dead children.

Making Disabilities Mandatory

It's a sad think to be born without a sense of humor, but really, this is not a valid reason to demand that everyone else have theirs surgically removed.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trumps Bump Stock Ban Request

You watch Trump for a while and you begin to see what he's doing and how he does it. Today he called for a bump stock ban:
"Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," Trump said in his memo that the White House released after he spoke.
A lot of RINOS will love this as it suggests they do something that might get Donks to vote for them (it won't) and at the same time fend off their angry conservative constituents by pointing at Trump as the instigator. Might even mitigate the attacks by the whiny snowflakes.

Now return with me to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the ATF looked at bump stocks and flatly declared that they do not turn a semiautomatic firearm into a machine gun. Twice. Now go back and carefully re-read the Trump memo, especially the emboldened part.

Gun control: What you do instead of something. In the meantime, here's an article speculating on what might happen should a major piece of gun control legislation pass and the left hold 5 seats on the Supreme Court.

Monday, February 19, 2018

QOTD - Gun Design

This has been around for a while, but I just ran across it for the first time in a while.

The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. 'Make it evil,' he'd been told. 'Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with.'

-- Douglas Adams
Clearly Eugene Stoner had a grasp of this philosophy and applied it to the AR. Especially the part about the blackened bits. Subsequent designers added the perforated muzzle guard AKA the tactical Christmas tree.

Taking A Stand - All Of Them

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fl) has demonstrated abilities above and beyond those of ordinary pols by getting in front of a camera and simultaneously taking every position I've heard so far on the Florida school shooting. Here's the money quote however:
But something — some freedoms are going to have to be given up to make sure that unstable people don’t have access to those weapons.
 Which brings to mind this one:
“Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither.”
 This seems to be a misquote of something B. Franklin said. The misquote is better than the original.
 But click the link and see how many different positions Rooney takes in only one interview. The good news for him at least is that he got some nice face time on MSNBC. I suppose it will help him stay in office.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hardening The Target

Scott Adams has addressed the issue that pops up every time there's a high body count shooting, that the left instantly pulls out copies of the gun laws they failed to get passed the last time, and accuses the right of being complicit for not passing them. After a week of blood dancing, they grudgingly admit that none of their proposals would not have materially affected the outcome, and we all hunker down and hope it doesn't happen again. Which it will.

A few years back it was proposed that concealed carry be banned on all state educational campuses. But wait, there's this:
A fairly substantial drop, eh? Consider that in Colo, you have to be 21 to get a permit, which means that pretty much only Seniors will have one. At the same time only about 7% of eligible people actually go to the trouble of getting one. So on campus, only 25% of the students are eligible to get a permit, and only some 7% of those actually might. Meaning that less than 2 of every 100 seniors might be carrying. Consider as well that on average, men are more likely that women to do this so a campus rapist is looking at a risk factor of somewhere around 1% that his intended victim will be able to defend herself. Now look at the answer to the question "Do you feel lucky, punk?" and note that the answer seems to be "No!"

It has been suggested that some effort be expended to encourage educators to get training to allow them to conceal and carry. Most educators tend to be Democrats or some other form of lefty which implies that most of them are at best severely hoplophobic. At worst it should be noted that most mass shooters are themselves some sort of lefties, but that's the pool we have to work from.

Additionally, consider the case of banks, where the contents must be carefully guarded, or businesses where admission to the facilities must be carefully controlled. The businesses use RFID cards currently, although soon facial recognition may replace them. The banks train their employees to recognize threats and give all of them a button to push should such a threat materialize.

These steps would make an assault on a school much more difficult and risky for someone looking to run up a new high score. Would it eliminate the problem? Not completely, but it would certainly help.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gun Fun - New IDPA 5X5 Qualifier

It's a problem with indoor ranges like the Arvada Rifle and Pistol Club that when setting up an IDPA stage, the usual 180 degree rule necessarily becomes the 15 degree rule due to a distinct lack of width. As luck would have it, the IDPA has come up with a classifier that fits into one half of the available space:

For the benefit of anyone who isn't familiar with the scoring procedure used here, each string is timed separately and points are added to your elapsed times at the rate of zero for hits in the two circular areas, one second per hit in the areas just outside the circles, 3 seconds for hits in the zone outside the one second area on the body, and 5 seconds for a complete miss.  Note also that makeup shots are not allowed here. You will fire 25 shots only, and there should be 25 holes in the target, hopefully in the zero zone.

I did a quick calculation to see how much margin was allowed in each division, and added one more rank on the bottom, ST. This stands for Storm Trooper. This is for sure the division in which you fall if you either need some VERY basic instruction or if you have gotten that instruction you should perhaps consider a different hobby. 

Of course you might not be completely hopeless. If you scored in the 50's with zero points down, all you need is some practice to improve your speed. If you finish in the 50's with 30 points down, simply switch to Billlls pistol accuratizing fluid (decaff coffee) before the match and see if that doesn't help.