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).
Then:
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:

9mm: https://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/pistol-ammo-9mm#gel-test

45 ACP: https://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/pistol-ammo-45-acp#gel-test

40 S&W: https://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/pistol-ammo-40-sw#gel-test

380 ACP: https://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/pistol-ammo-380-auto#gel-test
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

Culture

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!

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.



Whiners

An article on Samizdata today links to an article in the guardian
in which the author justifies his position by citing a poet whom I've never heard of who goes on: ---------------

While there are still humanitarian crises such as that in Syria, nobody can justify vast spending on rocketry experiments. That point was made plain in 1970 by the poet Gil Scott-Heron, on his record Whitey On the Moon, which criticized the US for spending millions to send men on a pointless moon adventure while the country’s inner cities languished:

I can’t pay no doctor bills
But whitey’s on the moon
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still
While whitey’s on the moon.
------------------
Somewhere in my collection of memorabilia is a job application for the position of cargo specialist on the space shuttle. The education part starts off by asking where the applicant got his or her FIRST bachelors degree, and extends to asking about any post doctoral work. When whitey was walking on the moon there were a whole bunch of us less educated crackers cheering him on from back down here. If this blues singer is bummed that he didn’t get to go, all he had to do was go back to school, major in engineering, learn to fly a plane, preferably jets, and work his way up the hierarchy of test pilots to the position of astronaut. It’s easy and I guarantee you don’t have to be white.
To paraphrase a man who shall remain nameless, “There are those who go to space, and there are those who pay doctor bills. You pay.”

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flu Season

I broke down and went in for a flu shot yesterday. It seems there are 3 vaccines out there, a 3-virus version which is considered a bare minimum, a 4-virus version which is considered better, and an extra strength version which is recommended for old geezers which category I, alas, qualify. There is, as you might expect, a problem. Seems those last 2 are not currently available. I got the "better than nothing" shot as that was available. I have doubts it will do me much good should the actual need arise, but hey, I could get lucky.

All this was covered by Medicare, which made me imagine a scene at the pharmacy:

Patient: I'd like a flu shot please.
Pharma: Certainly, may I see your insurance card. Oh, Medicare. (scans into computer) According to our records, you're dead.
Patient: What? But I'm standing right here!
Pharma: Got to trust the records, they're in the computer after all, now how long have you been deceased?
Patient: But I tell you I'm not dead!
Pharma: Don't rock the boat. You know there's a 25% discount if you've been dead for 3 months? Now how long have you been deceased?
Patient: (pensive silence) 6 months!
Pharma: Even better! You qualify for a 30% discount! Now which arm?

There's a new shingles vaccine out that, unlike the old one, actually works. Naturally it's even more expensive than the old one and the old one was north of $200. I was advised to wait a bit as Medicare might soon be picking up some or all of the cost of the new one, as soon as a ruling from the bureaucracy in charge of such things gets around to making a decision. This, I'm told should happen in the next 2-6 months. It's worth noting that they never did approve the old vaccine although with the rather dismal record it has for actually working, I can't say I'm real surprised. Hopefully I won't die of shingles in the next 6 months.

Be sure to tell your Millenial friends, who will be voting for the first time in the upcoming elections, that the blue modules in Tide and Cascade cleansers have an antibiotic function. When ingested by themselves, that can cure most STDs, but it takes 3 of the blue modules to work successfully.

O.K. that last bit isn't true, but imagine the twitter comments and you tube videos, not to mention the candidates they'll elect.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Convention Of States

Now here's a topic some find downright scary, a convention of the states to consider amendments to the constitution. First, here's some background:


The current proposal is to word the petitions in the various legislatures to call for a convention to address 3 specific issues which might limit the thing to the 3 issues mentioned; Term limits, some sort of fiscal discipline, and a reduction in the size and scope of the federal government. That last one relates to the fed.gov taking on responsibilities they have no business getting in to in the first place.

More on the COS movement here.

Future Of Transportation - Space

First this:

Then this:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What We Already Knew

A careful and no doubt expensive study has revealed

Electric shock to the brain boosts memory '15 per cent'

As any of several less reputable police and internal security departments worldwide could have told you, electric shocks can markedly improve memory function in most people, and pretty much independently of where they're administered.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Weather Modification

Since it's au courant these days to blame everything on the Russians, I might as well get on the bus.

Back in the 50's and probably long before that, the Russians were going through an extended period of poor agricultural output. They also publicly mentioned that they were working on weather modification technology in an effort to fix this problem. This led a few people here in the U.S. to begin blaming every years weather and any noteworthy incident on blowby from Russian weather modification experiments.

People who knew better (farmers) nodded sagely to hear the news of falling skies and comment that the Russians seemed to be the victims of the longest stretch of "bad weather" anyone could remember. Our own experience seemed to suggest that the harder the government tried to assist the agricultural sector, the worse the weather seemed to get.

So let us assume that Putin has allowed the Russian "weather modification" department to continue its operations for a moment. Couple this with a radio report I heard today that said that Moscow had set an all time record for one days snowfall at about 18". This represents about half of what they expect in a month over there and the infrastructure is severely strained.

When my family first moved to Colorado, 1960, over the Christmas break, We got hit with 24" of snow and temps of -28F. I had to go to school*. The next day about half the roads has been cleared and the temp was up to a balmy -26F. The superintendent was able to get to a phone and cancel school. So we went sledding.
Wimps! Note as well the name on that front loader.

*Walking of course. Uphill, both ways, barefoot, with barb wire wrapped around my feet for traction, etc, etc.

Market Movements

The market declined today by the largest number of points in its history, for a one day move.

Big Whoop.

Bills Law of Election Year* Rhetoric states that if someone is citing raw numbers to you, the real story or lack of same is in the percentages, and vice versa. Here's a handy chart showing some of the more memorable market drops:
Today the Dow lost 1175 points, the biggest one day drop in history. But wait, that's a drop of 4.6% which is hardly noticeable.  For comparison, look at numbers 2, 4, and 5. Total drop was 90.42 points but add the percentages and you see a 34.47% drop. Now we're talking. OK that isn't entirely fair since each percentage is from the previously reduced total, still...

I had just gotten in to stock investing when the 1987 crash hit. That one rates #1 on the chart and it was sobering to see that much of my money disappear for no real apparent reason. The panic was great enough that the phone line to my broker was jammed and I couldn't get through to join the lemmings jumping off the cliff. Just as well as the market rebounded shortly thereafter. So while in physics, what goes up at less than escape velocity, must come down, In the market it's what goes down for no reason, eventually comes back up again. This applies generally to the market as a whole. The exception to this is individual stocks which can certainly go down and vanish in a cloud of paper.

The bright side of this is that most stocks are now on sale at 4.5-5% off. Hmmmm. 5% off. Would you go to a store selling anything for a 5% off sale? OTOH if you call your broker and buy one of the market index funds, there's a good chance you'll pick up 5% over the next 6 months or so which is way better than you'll do on a CD from your bank.

*Pretty much every year seems to be an election year or a run up to one any more.

Friday, February 2, 2018

3 Popes?

It would appear that the Catholic Church now has 3 officially recognized popes.

Pope #1: Francis, located in Rome.

Pope #2: Theodoros II, located in Cairo

Pope #3: Xi Jinpeng, located in Beijing

Pope #3 ascended to his throne when Francis officially recognized the several Bishops he had appointed and withdrew his previous excommunication of them. When it comes time to select a new pope to replace Francis, one wonders how many Cardinals Pope Xi will send to Rome for the voting.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Writing For Conservatives

Kurt Schlichter has a column on writing techniques for aspiring conservative writers. Interesting, and I know the left has its version of a style book that they work from as well so I'll consider the most recent non-story about a train wreck in Virginia. First off consider that there must be several hundred songs written about this sort of thing, especially in Appalachia where trains run one every 20 minutes and crossing gates are apparently unheard of. Cue the banjos:

First the Democratic version:
Right Wing Terrorists Use Train To Attack Working Class Recycling Hero
Several dozen right wing terrorists today used a train to ram a truck carrying recyclables to the recycling center in an effort to discredit the green movement. This is suspected to be an extension of their efforts to dismantle the EPA and Make the Atmosphere Smog Again (MASA). The ultimate end is thought to be a partnership between the President and a coalition of Russian hookers to convert money losing Trump hotels into upscale branches of the U.S. prison system.

And the Republican Version
Left Wing Terrorists Use Truck Bomb In Mass Assassination Attempt
Apparently disappointed with James Hodgkinsons abilities as a marksman last June, leftist terrorists attempted today to assassinate multiple members of the Republican congressional delegation who were on their way to a retreat to discuss even greater tax and regulatory relief for the working citizens of America. So far Nancy Pelosi has not responded to questions as to why the truck failed to explode. Her staff has denied her involvement in the incident and denounced a previously unheard of memo on the topic as being a"a complete fabrication" setting off a rush to try to find this memo even though no one had ever heard of it.

To my mind, what makes the thing memorable was that the train in question was carrying passengers instead of coal.

Fun With Headlines - Unexpectedly

If you have a talent for keen observation and clear note taking, you might be qualified to be a scientist. If you don't have the money or inclination to get a PhD, your talents would be useful in the role of say police detective.

If you think this kind of work sounds like fun, but you have no talent for it, take heart: there's always journalism. Case in point would be this gem, found today on Drudge:
Jobless claims unexpectedly fall as job market strengthens...

Or maybe I'm missing something here. It's possible that being unemployed has become so attractive and lucrative that once you get there, you never want to go back. I've met people like that.




Or, as they say on Insty, Fox Butterfield, please call your office.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mass Transit - Another Way

Everyone likes mass transit and thinks it should be used more by other people so as to make their movement, by POV (privately owned vehicle) easier. It's been noted that 95% of transport is by POV because public transit is slow, dangerous, and over priced. Drew Willsey has an idea to address the overpriced part: pay the riders.

This would add to the cost of keeping and maintaining the RTD, but since fares contribute very little to the costs, making them a payment to the riders wouldn't change things much. That is until you actually change the dynamic of riding transit. I'm retired so I don't regularly go anywhere. Thus if I decide to go downtown for some reason, the $2.60 for a day pass seems reasonable, especially in light of the car-hostile nature of downtown with respect to parking.

If I had to go to work there, I might need more incentive. After all, the 1 hour ride each way 5 days a week, is a significant chunk out of my life that I could be using for something else. Pay me $1 every time I get aboard, and I've got a start toward entertaining the family on the weekend.

RTDs operating budget is what it is and tripling demand for services will necessarily triple the budget. They get their money from a dedicated tax plus 50% of auto license fees right now and I don't see the taxpayers voting a big tax increase to cover this. If they quit trying to build a railroad empire, costs would also drop significantly but I'm having a hard time seeing the upper management giving up the prestige of being rail barons either.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sartorial Splendor

Or maybe I'm just a fan of H.P. Lovecraft:
Everything is available on Amazon, conveniently enough.

Added link. The hoodie is from Gamiss. If you visit their site your browser will be plastered with their ads for the next 2 months. 

Commenting On Womens Appearance

May soon be illegal in France. May also soon be a non-issue in France when the new immigrants pass a mandatory burka law, but in the meantime, one imagines the following comment:
Pierre: "Oh look, Jaques, at the amazingly attractive building behind the woman in the red dress over there!"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fun With Headlines - Trump-Mueller

From Gateway Pundit today:

IT’S A TRAP=> POTUS Trump Says He Would “Love To” Interview With Mueller Under Oath

 

My thought: What makes him think Mueller would tell the truth even under oath?

Birthdays

Sometimes the gags just write themselves. D'wife got me a card:
So she posits this question and asks that I tap my cane 3 times if I agree.

Me: What?
Wife: Asks again, louder.
Me, trying to remember which button makes the hearing aid louder: What?
Wife, now about ready to hit me: Asks again, very loud. Yes, I did find the right button.
Me: No cane, bangs knuckles on table slowly, "Knock,   knock,..., " How many if I agree?"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Shutdown Benefit

It seems the budget deal, for 3 whole weeks, includes a few easter eggs for us peasants that we didn't know about. The part that affects me is the repeal of the Obama Medical Device Tax. For those of you who don't know, there are 2 categories of things used to help the hearing impaired: Personal Sound Amplifiers, and Hearing Aids. Sounds like the same thing, no? The difference is about $1500-$2000. Each.

The PSAs on the low end simply amplify everything which doesn't really help much since hearing loss tends to favor certain frequency ranges and if you can't hear the upper frequencies very well, amplifying the other ones won't help much. The better ones have programability built in to make some ranges louder while affecting other ranges less. These run $500-$600 each. Real "Hearing Aids" are programmable across a wider range and are considered "medical devices" and are subject to the tax. They also can include features as connectivity to your phone and/or TV so as to specifically amplify those appliances.

Don't know if this will help me as I'm getting new aids next month, but one can hope.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Russian Methodology

More properly, Czarist methodology. Back in the day, one of the Czars had a royal garden to supply fresh produce to the palace, including cabbages. He reputedly appointed several of the cabbages to his cabinet. When policy didn't work out, he would publicly announce that several members of his cabinet had been beheaded for their incompetence. This worked as long as no one asked which ministers had been executed or demanded to see the heads on pikes at the palace gates.

The technique survives today although with a bothersome press on the loose, a scapegoat must be named and publicly shamed or fired. Since the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore, the mayor has had to walk a PC tightrope between reducing the police presence while at the same time, reducing an unacceptably high crime rate. Naming a "kinder, gentler" police commissioner seemed like a good start and the usual suspects acclaimed the reduced enthusiasm of the cops on the streets.

The reduced enthusiasm was probably more a reaction of the street cops to the well founded feeling that upper management no longer had their backs, thus arrests went down and crime went up. Last year set a record for murders in Baltimore. The mayor has risen to the occasion and fired the police commissioner, arguably for doing exactly as he was told.

This bodes poorly for his replacement who would take the job knowing that he needs to do what the boss wants or get fired. The boss wants both less crime and fewer arrests. Sucks to be commissioner in Baltimore.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trump Is...

First off he's not Hitler. No one who was Hitler could have that many Jews in his family and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capitol.

Second off, he's not Stalin, the lefts current fallback position. If he were, most of the Democrats would love him and besides he hasn't sent anyone to the gulags he hasn't built. No matter how richly they might deserve it. The walls he wants to build are specifically to keep people out, not in.

Now imagine a figure whose existence inspires fierce loyalty among his followers and terror among his enemies. A figure who causes insanity to afflict his enemies just by getting up in the morning. A figure who seemingly cannot be stopped but only delayed.

Yes!

Trump is Cthulhu!

Flying Cars, Sort Of

Boeing has acquired a smaller company that has itself developed an "octorotor" craft capable of lifting 500 lbs. The reactions on the military oriented blogs run toward panic at the thought that the crazy in the basement next door could attach a 500 lb bomb to his new drone and drop it somewhere socially unacceptable.

Here at Billlls, we look at things a bit differently. Take that 8-rotor, add 4 spindly legs and a canvas bosuns chair, and you're off to work driving with the same controller you use for your drone toy. Probably get some extra distance too from you weighing less than half the machine's rated capacity.
Land in a designated EV parking space and charge up your batteries while you're charging up the company ladder, and buzz back home at 5 PM laughing at the traffic below. The best part is that no long runway is required, just roll out the garage and up you go.

Even better, do away with the wireless controller and put a small joystick on a hanging stalk, then forget about high tech jammers down below. Cup holder goes on the other stalk. Just stay away from the high tension lines and radio antennas (don't ignore the guy wires) and you're good to go. License this as an experimental aircraft to get around some of the bothersome FAA regs and hope it doesn't make so much noise as to bug your neighbors.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Russians and the NRA

From the Colorado RKBA newsletter:
A media frenzy has erupted in the wake of a Thursday morning report by McClatchy that the FBI is possibly looking into whether a “top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin” may have “illegally funneled” money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump’s White House campaign.

http://libertyparkpress.com/fbi-trump-russia-probe-reportedly-now-includes-nra/

So:
 

Spying - How It's Done

Inspired by someone's poster of Al Capone saying "Capone Foundation, Why didn't I think of that?", and in view of evidence seemingly confirming that one of the main functions of the infamous "Trump Dossier" was to bamboozle a judge into signing a warrant that would allow eavesdropping on the Trump campaign under the guise of a national security investigation, here's my contribution.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Taprooms vs Bars

One of the biggest suppliers of beer to local type bars, Molson-Coors, is complaining that local microbreweries with taprooms are cutting into their business in a noticeable way.

Bummer dudes. First let's see what exactly is being compared.
Beer:
N.B. = Coors, Miller, Bud. Options = regular or light.
T.R. = The house brews. 6-12 variants ranging from light to black. May include fruit or other flavorings. YMMV but you knew that in advance.
Food:
Neighborhood bar = grill in back producing burgers and fries. Probably better than fast food but not greatly.
Taproom: These places seldom have a food production facility, but they cover the legal requirement to supply eats by contracting to a food truck to park outside. The truck is sometimes as much of the attraction as the beer inside and every one is unique, some much better than others.
Ambience:
N.B. = Loud background music, usually R&R, and wall-to-wall TV's tuned to various sports channels. Noise level demands yelling to make yourself heard across the table.
TR = Softer background music and probably only one TV, frequently tuned to a news channel. Fox if you're lucky, CNN if you're not. If you're really lucky, there won't be a TV. Conversation is easily possible.

So why did you go to whichever place you went to in the first place? My idea of a drinking establishment is a dimly lit place with many small (2-4 seats) tables with classical music playing softly in the background and a couple of larger tables in the back room for party groups. Craft beers and single malt whisky. Food = appetizers.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Relocating The BLM

There has been much talk lately about moving the BLM out of Washington to a location closer to the lands they allegedly manage. While on the one hand, this is greeted with horror, as the social scene out in the sticks is comparatively non-existent, there might be some saving features to the idea.

First off let's consider just how far out in the sticks the BLM might get moved. For most in D.C., Denver might be about as far as anyone could reasonably be expected to tolerate. In spite of being in the middle of nowhere, it does have a decent airport so junkets to necessary meetings wouldn't be all that difficult. Keeping in mind that top management would, of course, have to stay near the government teat in D.C. and no one would reasonably expect them to travel to the middle of nowhere to meet with underlings.

The locals would probably not notice the move at first, at least not until the imposing 20 story building with the glass facade was opened on the Federal Center out in Lakewood at which point the traffic situation would become so bad as could be no longer ignored. 6th avenue, the main feeder to the center, could be made a toll road from I-25 to Golden which would keep the hoi-poloi out of the way of the nobility. Free toll passes to all government employees, of course.

Next up we'd consider locations further west and closer to the federal principalities. Boulder comes to mind where the political climate very closely matches that of D.C. Problem with that is that no one under the grade of GS-21 can afford to live there.

Next up would be Dillon or Glenwood Springs. Both small towns with a limited supply of Opera houses, but plenty of upscale shopping and dining as they cater to the upscale skiers, especially Glenwood, the low income bedroom community to Aspen. Keep in mind that low-income is a relative term here.

Left up to me, I think I'd put them in Cortez. This is convenient to 2 Indian reservations and several national forests, parks, and monuments, plus being near to the big city amenities of Durango and Shiprock N.M.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Odds Of Dying - Fun With Statistics

Click here for an article listing the 25 most common reasons for your demise. It is with some satisfaction that I note that riding a motorcycle is less dangerous than walking or driving so I think I'll keep the motorbike. The bicycle is listed as being safer than either one of those so I'll keep that too.

Of course more people die in car accidents than motorcycle accidents simply because more people are driving, but don't let that get in the way of your argument for a nice bike.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Deportations - QOTD

To paraphrase Joe Stalin:

The deportation of one person is a tragedy.
 The deportation of 1 million is a statistic.

Gun Tech - Eggleston Bullets

Eggleston Munitions in Colo Spgs sells polymer coated bullets in all the usual sizes and at very reasonable prices. I bought a couple of sample packs to try out in my pistol and in my carbine. The pistol batch was 165 gr conical flat point primarily for use in my Glock 22 at IDPA matches. As distances are short, pinpoint accuracy is not really an issue so I didn't test for that, rather just for MV, as I normally load light.

For comparison, I usually load a RNFP plated bullet from either Barrys or Rocky Mountain Reloaders. When loading for the pistol all I need is enough velocity to qualify in the SSP class which would be a power factor of 130. This means anything over about 825 fps. I usually get about 850-875 loading over 4.0g of Titegroup so no problem there.

I loaded up 30 rounds as usual, and took them to the range with the chronograph. Zowie! 972 in the pistol and 1073 in the carbine. About 100-125 fps faster in the pistol and about 75 fps faster than I usually get from the carbine.

They look like a collection of Barbie lipsticks, don't they. Also available in Orange, Pink and Black.
As I was loading the bullets, I noticed that the seating die needed a good deal of adjustment to get to 1.140 cartridge length. I got to looking at the bullets and comparing them to the plated ones and discovered that the Egglestons were about .022" longer than the RMRs and dropping one of each into the seating die I found that the Egglestons were seating .03" deeper than the plated bullets probably due to the different nose shape and the spherical shape of the die face. The deeper seating would explain the faster MV as this would give higher pressures.

By way of comparison, the 180g bullets I got were exactly the same length as the RNL bullets I had purchased earlier. Doesn't hurt to check, eh?

Since one never sees a target beyond 15 yards in IDPA, the pistol ammo works fine in the carbine. USPSA, however has carbine stages that run to 200 yards (note they do NOT specify the caliber) thus some extra boost is needed and accuracy is at a premium when using a PCC. I have tried multiple different hand loads, and multiple different commercial ammo for this and so far no one, including Eggleston, has been able to do better than Blazer aluminum cased 180g.  Go figure.

I like the Egglestons. They take less powder and cost less, work fine, and if you load for 2 different guns or multiple situations, you can get them in different colors to differentiate.

UPDATE: OK be that way. All the comments this post generated are over at Uncles place.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gun Laws - Colorado

The legislature is in session, do you know where your watch and wallet are?

So here we go again with the House (Donk) and Senate (Rep) rolling out this years collection of new rules without which the population of Colorado will doubtless be decimated by something spread by unregulated stuff somehow. S-52 however, proposes to repeal the magazine restriction law the Dems whooped through back in '13 limiting all firearm mags sold after mid '13 to 15 rounds, which happened to be the capacity of the Golden police chief's duty gun. No shit, he had to excuse himself from the hearing room to go count them.

Click here to contact your Senator and Rep on this.

The original bill was widely seen as providing a safer work environment for a variety of miscreants who seemed to have the more powerful lobby in the capitol in spite of SRO opposition.

This year I cynically predict will be no different with the bill passing the Senate, and being referred in the house to the "kill committee" for a quiet disposal. What we found out was that Tom $tyer has enough money to credibly threaten any wavering Donk with a WELL financed primary opponent if they voted the wrong way.

Cali has moved to the next stage, that of confiscation and the operation is currently in court. Here's a bit of an amicus brief filed with the 9th Circus on this one:
The awareness that a defensive shooter is capable of firing enough rounds to defuse the threat affects every party to a potential attack. Reserve capacity is a credible deterrent to criminals--especially for a victim confronted by multiple assailants. For example, the five criminals chased off by the Detroit woman in the example above would have had less reason to fear her if she had only a 5-shot revolver. Additionally, a defensive shooter can confidently act knowing she will not suddenly exhaust her ammunition and become a defenseless victim--like the Texan woman in the example above.

Violent confrontations are inherently unpredictable. As [Florida State U. criminology professor Gary] Kleck explained, "victims of crimes generally cannot plan for or anticipate crimes to occur at a specific time and place ... Victims who wish to defend themselves with firearms usually have to make do with a single available gun and its ammunition capacity." If a victim sees one assailant, she cannot know if a second assailant may be hiding nearby. If she sees two, there may be three. When a defender has a greater reserve, she will fire more shots at the first attacker knowing that she will have sufficient ammunition to deal with a possible second or third attacker. Obviously, the more shots the defender fires, the greater the possibility that the attacker(s) will be injured and the lesser the chance that the defender will be injured.

Moreover, when a defender has only a limited number of shots, she must make a calculation before each shot to determine whether she can successfully make a threat-ending shot now or whether it is worth the risk to wait a few moments in hopes of a better opportunity. These critical moments the defender spends hesitating and analyzing the situation could be the difference between life and death. By constricting reserve capacity, California's ban increases the risk of injury for victims and reduces it for attackers. That is the opposite of the Second Amendment's intent and purpose.
The logic is there, but the appeal to a legislators, or judges, feelings isn't. If the legislator doesn't feel that he or she is about to lose his or her job, then other arguments are wasted.

Commentary Request - Bump Stocks

As most of us know, attempts by the ATF to come up with verbiage to somehow regulate (ban) bump dtocks are now in progress. So far, nothing they have come up with actually does this without banning a host of other stuff, mostly related to accuratizing your rifle. Banning "any modification that increases the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm" can be construed by say, President Harris, to cover cleaning your gun and oiling the moving parts.

Here's a bit from the Colorado RKBA newsletter I get:
A Reminder from GOA: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has requested comments from gun owners on pending regulations that could ban bump stocks. Gun Owners of America URGENTLY needs you to speak up by the January 25th deadline set by the ATF and help us incinerate this proposal before it even hits the House floor. The proposal to ban bump stocks is nothing but a political game orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi. Most gun owners don’t even own bump stocks, but Pelosi knows that the second Republicans give her an inch, she’ll take a yard and stab them in the back. This is a dangerous slippery slope that we absolutely cannot cross. This is exactly why Gun Owners of America has officially taken a no-compromise stance. Our Second Amendment is clear. We have a right to bear arms. Period. Our Founding Fathers were wise enough to know that if we start sacrificing our God-given freedoms for a false sense of security from a nanny-state government, we’ll be left with neither liberty nor security. Every gun owner needs to realize that if the ATF can unilaterally ban bump stocks, THEY CAN BAN ANYTHING THEY WANT. We need to fight back... ( GOA's links eventually lead to the previously shared link for The Federal Register, which only provides for comment by postal mail or fax. However, the second link offers suggested text for your comments.)
Clicking on the links at the bottom will eventually get you to the ATF's commentary site where you can suggest that they have been given a fools errand that ultimately will either ban nothing or else ban everything.

The obvious solution, to me anyway, is to repeal the GCA '68. Think about it. Having done this, the demand for bumpers dries up and they disappear from the market, after having driven the price of real machine guns down to a competitive level. See? Problem solved.