Long Week

I am so glad it is Friday and a long weekend.

Here are some of the things I got going for me:

  • Coffee. Coffee now and every day.
  • Pizza for lunch today.
  • I'm a Bachelor this weekend so I am going to rip a wall down and make a lot of dust while there is loud music.
  • There will be beers, cigars and Bourbon.
  • I will be taking The JR Carbine to the range.
  • Movies in the home theater will be many and full of Beautiful Women with powerful firearms.
  • Steak and bacon.
  • Did I mention it's a 110 inch screen?
  • I might even sleep in until 6:30am!
  • And we will kick it off with Jane Russell...
--Sometime Fridays are more than just Fridays...

Logic Dictates

Demonizing Things

I was born in the late 50's.

Back then where I lived in rural Western NY guns were everywhere and were looked on as tools.

Every kid had them as toys. I must have had 10 cap guns. Eventually it was BB guns. By the time I was 10 I was shooting varmints for my dad with the .410.

Schools didn't freak out if we played Cowboys and Indians or Cops and Robbers. Girls snd Boys.

I could identify every kid I knew by the unique machine gun sound they could make with their mouth.

The political correctness hit.

This week the parents of a def kid named Hunter was told, "Deaf child's sign language name looks too much like gun".

--How can we shake some sense into this culture?

Gunsmithin: Part 4 - Final

I finally picked up my JR Carbine from the Gunsmith last night. The barrel is now threaded and my suppressor now works on both my Glock 21 and the JR Carbine. I upgraded the grips, added the EOTech, the flipups, and the hot green LASER!

I can't wait to get this to the range. I have aired out the suppressed Glock several times. Love it!

--When the Zombies come, Shhhhh...

Blog Fail

Got home from work today and discovered the post I had scheduled for today has been stolen.

You become complacent with your tools when the work fine a thousand times in a row.

I can't even remember what was scheduled for today, dammit.

Oh Well.

--So in stead or our regular scheduled free icecream, have this public service announcement...

The SWAT Bot

The SWAT Bot
It's almost hunting season again in Virginia.

I am feeling really old, so I was thinking that this year it would be totally awesome if I could go hunting and never leave the comfort of my E Z Boy recliner!

TBolt and I did a lot of scouting this weekend in prep for the season. We found a few good spots for stands and blinds. We also got completely eaten up by chiggers.

I would refit this baby with my Saiga 12 gauge shotgun!

Camouflaged nicely this baby is perfect for hunting!

--I would if these can be found on Amazon.com!

Quotes of the Week

We hear this, and the only possible explanation are that these people are evil - determined to seize all guns from the population and ensure a monopoly of force to the government - or tools.  Perhaps well meaning tools, but ignorant and easily led by the evil group. 

Some nights the wolves are silent, and the moon howls.

--George Carlin

"Not murdering people is EASY, I do it all the time..."


The Kriss Kard

I must confess I am curious. Just how recoil-less can it be?

--I thought Glock 21s we a Brick!


This weekend I plan on a refresh of my inventory for insurance.

I will take digital photos of each firearms and annotate them with make model and serial numbers. In addition to that, detail the accessories, because they often add up!

After this is all done I create a spreadsheet and make  hard copies of the spreadsheet. Finally all the images are tossed on a thumb CD and put in my safety deposit box.

Then there will be Bourbon.

--Plus I will be watching Paint Your Wagon!

10 Things on Fast and Furious

The NRA/ILA put together the list below regarding the Fast and Furious Scandal. I don't usually go into politics too far. Others address this debacle far better than me. It's important that the F&F background come into sharper focus during this election.

This is preaching to the choir. I know. I will use this list in reasoned discourse as I find the fence sitters. I have already known lots of people that bought into the "Hope and Change, wouldn't it be cool to have a black guy as president", bullshit of 2008.

Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Fast and Furious
  1. The Obama administration illegally helped traffic over 2,000 guns to violent Mexican drug cartels.
  2. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by Mexican criminals with guns they received through Fast and Furious.
  3. The Obama administration used Fast and Furious to bolster its false claim that 90 percent of guns used in Mexican drug crimes come from the United States.
  4. Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) leaned on U.S. gun shops to sell guns to known buyers for Mexican drug cartels.
  5. Obama’s Assistant Attorney General, Lanny Breuer, lied to Congress when he claimed that BATFE never knowingly allowed the sale of guns to known buyers for Mexican drug cartels.
  6. The Obama administration armed violent Mexican drug cartels and endangered American lives to push a gun control agenda.
  7. The Obama administration deliberately used guns trafficked through Fast and Furious to make the case for implementing an illegal gun registration scheme in four U.S. border states.
  8. Despite congressional subpoenas, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to turn over more than 90 percent of the vital documents that pertain to this scandal.
  9. Obama invoked “executive privilege” to help Eric Holder conceal Fast and Furious documents from congressional investigators and the American public.
  10. On June 28, 2012, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House voted to hold Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. Eric Holder is the first U.S. Attorney General ever to be held in contempt of Congress
--Corrupt and possibly evil. At very least we need to have them out of office for this and other issues.

Found: SOG Flash II

SOG Flash II
So the other day I was wandering through the universe, walking down a dirt road, listening to Ventura Highway on Pandora when I spotted a knife in the weeds.

I picked it up and tossed it in my pocket and forgot about it.

There was no hope in finding the owner. Probably some kid on a bike.

Days later I cleaned it up and noticed that it was a decent knife. It cleaned up really well. It's a bit bigger than I usually carry but the action is great for one hand opening.

I looked it up and the Intertubes to discover that it is a SOG Flash II and retails for $75.


Wounded Warrior Fundraiser Blogshoot

From Lagniappe's Lair:

"OK, folks, it's that time again.

Following on last year's shoot and all-around fun day, there will be another blogshoot here in the VA/WV/MD area to raise money for Wounded Warriors.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, September 22nd, and be prepared to show up here with as many guns as you'd like to bring and let's spend a few hours on the range, followed by dinner nearby. It will be at a different range than last year's event and this one is better-located and has more range space and fewer restrictions on shooting so long as everyone's safe. So far, we've already got Old NFO, Keads, Proud Hillbilly and Aaron of The Shekel tentatively confirmed, and all but one of them is coming from a distance, so any of you within a couple hundred miles have no distance-related excuse. Come on out, spend a day shooting with your blog pals and help us raise money for a good cause.

For more info and range location, leave me a comment with your contact info or e-mail me at: martinihenrywv@gmail.com"

--I'll be there. I hope to see you there!!

Custom Leather

A friend emailed me this picture because he knows I love guns the way he loves motorcycles. I know lots of shooters that love Bikes too.

Custom leather for a modern cowboy.

I could never just park this anywhere. Unless you also had a holster on my person. But if I had a holster wouldn't my gun be better in there even if I was riding?

I don't care.

--It's still damn cool!

Quotes of the Week

Thomas Jefferson on "No Gun Zones" 

"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson 

You don't need a "high capacity" magazine for a theater shooting. This is the gun that killed President Lincoln
-- Emily Miller

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."


Politically popular speech has always been protected: even the Jews were free to say Heil Hitler.

- Isaac Asimov 

“We must be as stealthy as rats in the wainscoting of their society. It was easier in the old days, of course, and society had more rats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildings. But there are rats in the building now as well. Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment...”

―Harry Harrison

Video of the week: Silencer Addiction

Here is a video of the Savage Mark II with a suppressor that I was . It compares how much noise it makes with other quiet things.

--This would be an excellent Zombie Defense Tool!!

Next Project in the Queue

Savage Mark II with Suppressor
I already have a Savage Mark II with a fixed 4x scope in the collection. It's a tack driver!

Recently, while I was at the NRA range I was talking to a guy that had this very configuration depicted on the right.

I really liked what he had to say. It was even quieter that my suppressed Ruger 10/22.
  • When you pull the trigger there is no sound of the action working.
  • Subsonic rounds don't need to cycle the action.
  • It is quieter than my .177 pellet gun!
  • It will shoot any kind of .22LR.
  • Light and reliable.
So this weekend I will be researching .22LR screw on Suppressors.The leading contender is currently the GEMTECH Outback IID.

I may also use this opportunity to set up a Trust for my Class 3 gear. Maybe.

--Let me know if you have any recommendations.

Vacation is sooo over

There is nothing like the end of a vacation being punctuated by 2 hours in a dentist chair.

I had a Titanium implant installed a few months ago. It finally healed up enough, so I went in and got two new crowns installed.

What does this have to do with guns?

The new teeth were made, on site with a 3D printer. I have read several things regarding the creation of firearm parts using 3D printers.

The material is durable enough for my major molars. This tells me that it may work fine for many firearm components.

While waiting for my face to numb up we talked about it. The device he has can only create items 1 inch in diameter, a cylinder shape. Not big enough to build a lower.

--Time to go buy some steaks...

Cartoons Cut to the Quick

Still waiting for Liberal Outrage over Fast and Furious?

Please note that in the hole this cartoon says, "300 Dead". I believe this is a low estimate.

Hey media, what if the two guys in this cartoon were going to get married? What if this was why they were going to be shot? This should be the millstone around Holders neck!

Chick-fil-A doesn't have a damn body count, dammit. 

--Sorry. This is really pissing me off today.

Gun Free College Zones

This is from the rules at Virginia Commonwealth University where my daughter will attend this fall.

The Right to Academic Freedom and to Equal Educational and Occupational Access
The University is committed to providing an environment conducive to academic freedom, free inquiry, and equal access to educational and occupational opportunities. The principle of academic freedom requires all persons to respect another’s dignity, to acknowledge another’s right to express differing opinions, to cultivate and to cherish intellectual honesty, and to promote freedom of inquiry and expression. It is therefore the policy of the University that no act of any member of the University community shall serve to restrain or inhibit access to opportunities or the exercise of these freedoms.

To that end, no person, either singly or in concert with others, shall willfully:

1. Discriminate against another person on a basis not reasonably related to the educational or job functions involved on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and age.
2. Harass or intimidate any person.
3. Cause physical injury or threaten any person with force or violence.

4. Have in his or her possession any firearm, other weapon, or explosive, regardless of whether a license to possess the same has been issued, without the written authorization of the president of the University. This restriction does not apply to persons whose duties lawfully require the possession of firearms or other weapons.

5. Disrupt or prevent the peaceful or orderly conduct of classes, lectures, meetings, or other University functions, or interfere with the lawful freedom of other persons, including invited speakers, to express their views.
6. Falsify or forge an official University record or document; or file documents with the University with the intent to mislead.
7. Lie, cheat, steal, or plagiarize. Violations of lying, cheating, plagiarism, and stealing will be adjudicated through this or other applicable documents. Student academic violations of lying, cheating, plagiarism, and stealing will be referred to the VCU Honor System for adjudication.
8. Violate any duly authorized University rule or regulation issued pursuant to a specific University function, for example, regulations applicable to social events, the library, or University hospitals.
9. Incite others to commit any act which has been herein prohibited.
10. Bring charges against a member of the University community that are spurious, or that are intended primarily to harass or maliciously defame, or that are designed to intentionally overburden the adjudicatory system.

--Yeah, this will keep her safe.

Back from Vacation

The Tiny Menace
I have been on vacation camping at Pennsic for a full two weeks. It was very relaxing.

I confess that the blog posts for the last two weeks were scheduled in advance via the magic of mystical blogger tools.

I spent most of the time in my favorite hammock reading SciFi books and napping.

The rest of the time was spent eating a variety of taste meats, drinking beers and bourbon around a campfire, or enjoying early morning coffee and conversations.

The only thing even remotely gun content related is that I got to see Breda Fallacy! She even cooked the best camp meal EVER!

--Going to be a serious Monday...

Quotes of the Week

"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it"

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan

 "Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty."

--Calvin Coolidge

Video Of the Week

A friend sent me this link via Email and I expected it to be one of those dumb girls with guns vids.

This is actually an interesting video of a woman shooting a 10 gauge shotgun. She has a decent grasp on how to shoot a beast like this.

Watch the video to the end. Watch the way her shoulder and arm reacts to the recoil in the slow motion playback.

--I need a 10 gauge shotgun!

Movie: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I just watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull again and this time through I was really enjoying the various guns in this edition.

I can't say the movie was the greatest. The Special effects were really good though. Harrison is getting a bit old for the action. He did a good job though.

Miller Rating - 6 of 10

From the Internet Movie Firearms Database:
--Someone should explain about non-ferrous metals to the screen writers.

870s and 500s

Standard Remington 870 and Mossberg 500
I have both Mossberg 500s and Remington 870s in my collection.

I almost titled this post "870 vs 500" but decided not to because they are both excellent reliable tools.

A massive amount of after market accessories are available for both. Most are super easy to install yourself.

What I wanted to post about is the minute differences between them that are of consequence when I use them.

The most notable difference, and this is very important in a defensive use situation, is the location of the manual safety. The Mossberg is on the top and the Remington is just in front of the trigger guard. The top safety is more ambidextrous. Lefties usually get the Left hand version of the 870.

I would be remiss if I didn't note that I have had the 870 jam on me once. But just once in hundreds of rounds. My older, more heavily used, Mossberg has never jammed in thousands of rounds.

--Either one is a great choice.

Blogmeet September 29th

On Saturday September 29th there will be another edition of the Nations Gun Show.

Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

It's 22 Miles from Washington, DC - Directions:  I-66, Exit 53B, go 3 miles Rt. 28 N, turn right onto Willard Rd., take 2nd left into the Chantilly Shopping Center,  Follow signs to Expo Center.

I love this Gun Show. It is huge. I have purchased several firearms there at good prices. They usually have everything. New items, Class III, optics, old and new firearms, gadgets, gear, knives, books, accessories, ammo (esoteric and bulk), pretty much everything.

Anyway, I go to this gun show often. I have gone with TBolt several times. I have heard that many other bloggers attended the same show at the same time as me.

So the idea behind this Blogmeet is go to the gun show on the same day and the all get together for dinner and drinks and hanging out for a bit. Maybe a restaurant, maybe my house to grill burgers with bacon and pepper jack cheese, hanging at my bar or at the fire pit, having a cold beer or two.

--I'm doin it! Mark you calendars now. More Later.

The Wood Project

Most of my rigs are black. The scary kind that make liberals nervous.

I am thinking of putting together a 5 gun set of guns that are done in matching wood.
  • Mossberg 500
  • Ruger Mini-14
  • Ruger 10/22
  • Classic 1911
  • Browning Buckmark
Matching custom wood finishes and matching custom leather work, like holster and slings.

--All in a display case.


Gun Blogs are not the only bit of social media that have people that love Guns and the 2nd Amendments.

Facebook has tons of gun related content. It has open and closed forums. It has topic specific groups for things like 1911s, Glocks, Skeet Shooting or Deer Hunting.

Guns on Facebook can get people in trouble, or actually sell people guns or gear.

Lots of Blogs have corresponding Facbook pages to facilitate communications with readers beyond comments in the Blogs.

Facebook is trying to all things to all people. I can't say I am feeling it will replace my blog. But the one thing it does is get breaking news out FAST.

--Facebook is good and bad. Neither and both.

Quotes of the week

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

-Albert Einstein
“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.”

- Ayn Rand 

"Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating propaganda."

--Thomas Sowell 

Video of the Week

I actually saw this vid a long time ago. This is an impressive bit of shotgunmanship!

--You gotta love an extended capacity semi-auto! Fun shooting!

Mossberg 930 SPX

I had occasion to try one of these recently and I loved it. The one I tried had an after market adjustable stock as well! It was a really sweet package. It was the bell of the ball for shooting skeet that day.

Mossberg 930 SPX
One of the best things about it was that it is made in the USA and has a street price of under $600 new, depending on the configuration.

--I will keep an eye out for one at the gun show in September!

Cabin Dreams

I am hoping that one day soon my wife and I will be buying some land that either already has a cottage or cabin.

I would love to build one from local materials if possible.

I'd start with a small one that would later be used as the guest house. Build the main house later.

There would be enough land that hunting, fishing and trapping would be an options.

I would like to set up shooting ranges that would go all the way out to 1000 yards and could be used in any kind of weather.

I would like the cabin to be completely off the grid. Any power would come from cleverly concealed solar panels or wind mills.

I want it to be beautiful. Like a garden that is completely natural and low maintenance. Paths for strolls and comfy benches, chairs and hammocs scattered about for reading.

I would like it to be far away from people.

I want it to have fruit trees, and grape vines and lots of edible landscaping.

--I want it soon...

Hidden Gun Cabinet

I love hidden compartments.

I bet I could build one of these in my garage. All you have to do is to reserve the back most 4 inches!

You can find more information here.

--Good stuff.