Saturday, January 31, 2009

Da Boss--My people made a bad deal with the Devil, aka Wal-Mart.

"Some fans" became upset after Bruce Springsteen inked an exclusive marketing deal for a greatest-hits release with Wal-Mart, often attacked for it's "unfair" labor and business practices. The retailing giant planned to cash in on the Springer's Super Bowl appearance tomorrow. The Boss, long a champion of ordinary Americans and workers of the world, has told the objective, fair and unbiased journalists at The New York Times that the contract was made in error.

The interview will be in the Sunday edition, although the NYT marketers are also trying to cash in by releasing details before the clash.

Bruce, turn that money over to your leader for inclusion in the stimulus package. It will fund a few condom distribution programs and abortions. This will allow states to reduce the numbers of children who would otherwise require cradle-to-grave public services plus cut the cost of treating them for STDs. Of course, they won't grow up to pay taxes, work or shop at Wal-Mart or any other evil corporation that pays taxes, or ask their elders, "Who was Bruce Springsteen?"

Boss, back out of the Bridgestone Super Bowl for the sake of the greens. Tires, chemicals and other dangerous industrial products Bridgestone, an evil multinational corporation, produces and markets all over the world add to the carbon footprint, clutter our landfills, foul our water, and cause Al Gore to sweat. Bridgestone has exploited workers in China, Japan, South Korea, here in the U.S.A, and elsewhere. And think about the untold millions who have suffered personal injury as the result of a defective tire. How do you, Patty and the entire E-Street Band sleep at night?

Why does the Boss need the dough? That Wal-Mart deal isn't any different than "height of irresponsibility" Wall Street bonuses. It isn't a time to profit when ordinary working people are struggling. Stop selling out. For a change, give it away. Any proceeds from a CD, DVD, or any other media format sold though Wal-Mart is Judas money.

Maybe those nameless "fans" who hate the Wal-Mart greedheads are sticking it to the Boss and all other exploiters of the poor by downloading the entire Springsteen catalog from illegal file-sharing networks. They're morally justified. They're victims.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Not asking for much ...

"In Wyoming, we don't ask for much from Washington. We do ask that Washington limit its intrusion on our land, water and especially our Second Amendment rights. That's not a lot to ask in the grand scheme of Washington, but it is critically important to the constituents who sent me to fight for them."--U.S. Senator John Barrasso, who won't vote to confirm Eric Holder as the nation's attorney general."During Holder's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing he stated that gun control is not on this administration's agenda. He also said that he still supports regulating private gun sales, banning ammunition and semi-automatic assault weapons. Given Holder's career of attacks on the Second Amendment, his nomination continues to be of great concern to me. I am not convinced his philosophy on the Second Amendment is acceptable to the people of Wyoming and gun owners across the United States.

Agendas and intentions can change quickly. Our nation's highest law enforcement officer must be committed to protecting and defending our individual rights to keep and bear arms. I intend to vote no on the nomination of Eric Holder."

Saturday, January 24, 2009

S&Ws without internal locks

I took up handgunning when the revolver was king. My first double-action revolver was a S&W Model 19 .357 Magnum I bought with hoarded money from a summer job I had between my freshman and sophmore college years. When I went into law enforcement, I carried a S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman tuned by Ron Power, who launched Power Custom in 1959 while still working for Armco Steel in the Kansas City area.

I still carry a S&W rev0lver every day. I'm an old goat in a vast sea of semi-auto toters. But the warm spot I hold in my heart for classic Smith and Wessons has never extended to cover those with the internal locks, MIM innards, crush-fit barrels, etc. I examine them at the gun shops and seldom take one home.

The classics line has somewhat regenerated me. It's good to see the fabled Model 58 .41 Magnum back in the the current catalog, as well as the Models 17 and 18 .22 K-frames. They still have the damned keyhole, but I see where the 442 and 642 J-frame Centennials are now offered without internal locks. Perhaps S&W is building a few with frames designed for the reintroduced lightweight Model 42 Centennial. Neither the all-steel Model 40 Centennial nor the aluminum-frame Model 42 is burdened with an internal lock because they're fitted with grip safties.

My 642-2 is equipped with the Clinton/Cuomo internal lock. The never-used key is still resting in the blue plastic box. The mechanism not caused any malfunctions for me, but more complex devices are more likely to fail as some have found out. If I want to lock a revolver, there's plenty of cable locks around here. Handcuffs work even better than internal or cable locks for most revolvers. One can run one cuff through the cylinder opening in the frame and fasten the other cuff to an immovable object.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Some would pay extra for this ...

Yusuf Evans, 37, wanted to show a visiting cousin and another friend a good time. So he took them to XTC, which is found somewhere on Brittain Road in Akron, Ohio.

A stripper, Tiffany, tried to do Yusuf a good turn. She flipped off her platform shoe, which flew and struck Yusuf in the nose. Yes, some would gladly pay extra for the pleasure derived from pain. Not Yusuf. That ain't his bag, bebe.

''I have to live with this the rest of my life probably. ... That was my first time ever there. Isn't that crazy? My nose got chipped on one side and I constantly lose the ability to breathe out of one nostril; the passageway gets clogged up.''

One year later Yusuf still requires nose surgery. So he's suing Tiffany and XTC Nighclub for services improperly rendered. Some pain, no pleasure, and no XTC for anyone except maybe Yusuf's attorney.

My advice to Tiffany is to review her liability coverage each year with her insurance agent and to shell out some of the tips for extra protection an umbrella policy would offer. Yusuf, guys with your sort of luck should stay home or buy Kevlar® protection from DuPont.

Propped up for pics.

Fidel Castro showed up in the news again--the Argentinians released a photo of Fidel in his track suit arm-in-arm with their president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. She said, "Fidel believes in Obama" following her hour-long visit with him.
I think Fidel or his estate has either cut an endorsement deal with Adidas, or he's dead and the Cubans produce a wax dummy or body doubles of him to pose with visiting, leftist, heads of state. Perhaps the Yankee dogs in the CIA whacked Fidel way back in the decade of greed, the Reagan-Bush 1980s.
Get in line. Photo opportunities like this won't last forever.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

She's lost weight?

"It felt like a 10-pound anvil was lifted off my head," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said of her favorite Inauguration Day memory--watching the Bushes leave the the U.S. Capital grounds in Marine One. Losing weight, not being such a blockhead--nah, the steel is still up there.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Change is more of the same, old tripe.

From the White House two and one-half hours after the new president swore a oath to preserve, protect and defend:

"Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent."

President Obama has issued a call for service, which is a grand idea. Join or upgrade your membership to National Rifle Association and any other pro-Second Amendment group. Encourage others to join. Look into the multitude of ways one can serve country and community such as teaching new shooters, appealing to members of Congress and local and state polititicans to support the right to keep and bear arms, building and maintaining places to shoot, sponsoring a Friends of the NRA event, or aiding a youth shooting-sports program.

Let's do more than stock up non-microstamped ammunition, obtaining firearms we think will be banned, waiting for more incremental restrictions on firearms use and ownership, and being silent in the face of what seems to be an overpowering political force.

"We can form a single united body, while the enemy must split up into fractions. Hence there will be a whole pitted against separate parts of a whole, which means that we shall be many to the enemy's few."--Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Saturday, January 17, 2009

We mustn't forget "ordinary Americans"

After I heard or read about "ordinary Americans", "everyday people", "ordinary working-class folks", "ordinary Americans--the poor and the disenfranchised", etc., several times today, I did some Googling just to figure out if I am ordinary or not.

I'm never going to receive an invitation to ride the ordinary train. I lack the "special distinction, rank or status" and am so undiscernable to matter to intellectual collectors of woeful tales.

Those "stories have been overlooked too long," and "we mustn't overlook" them any longer. Maybe the circulation of most major newspapers are falling for another reason besides the bad economy. Reading the paper is too much like giving yourself a waterboarding.

Anyhow, I entered the phrase, "ordinary American" into Google and searched images. This one was at the head of the list.

The Marines' 40mm Revolver, the M32 MGL

I saw a Shot Show 2009 picture 0f the M32 MGL on display at VLTOR booth. It intrigued me enough to cause me to do some research.

The M32 MGL was first adopted by the U.S. Marines in 2006. It was first demonstrated to the South African Defence Force in 1981 and has been produced since 1983. It holds six grenades, has a range between 32 to nearly 435 yards, and the cylinder is rewound between reloads.

It would be one hell of a groundhog killer, and I could demolish ramshackle farm sheds with it. To hell with the crowbar. I doubt the Marines would loan me one, however. Then I have enough problems paying for .223 ammunition, let alone cases of 40mm grenades.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I'm not a Barackstar.

I scored a whopping one point higher than aepilot_jim, but we'll both probably wind up in the gulag.

I'm an embarrassment to Barack!
I only scored 18 on the Obama Test

Revolver Springs: Standard vs. Reduced Power

It's a bitter, windy day at the range. But gun fights usually happen in less-than-ideal conditions, the range master says. The class will go on. You head to the line with Old Faithful, your carry revolver, in the holster. You enhanced it last weekend with the installation of a spring kit just like Uncle Harry put in his S&W Model 29 .44 Mag residing in his sock drawer.

During timed fire at seven yards, Old Faithful's trigger doesn't reset when you're cranking off a cylinder. After a reload, it fails to reset again. You failed to fire two of the twelve rounds in that stage. Later on, you drop another round because a primer failed to ignite. You can't imagine why--you followed the instructions some highly-experienced gunslinger in Slapout, Okla., gave you via the Internet. You even successfully test fired it with some Federal and Winchester factory ammunition.

You're not alone. Many of us have ignored the small print such as: "urges caution when using reduced power hammer or striker springs in firearms, particularly in firearms used for critical applications such as law enforcement. Reduction of the hammer or striker spring may compromise the reliability of the firearm" or "designed for competition and speed shooting ... For best results, use Federal primers."

If any revolver spring is labeled "reduced power", I'm leery of it. I don't put them in revolvers I might carry in dangerous times, which is any revolver I own. What works in ideal conditions may not work in the field. Springs need the strength to overcome fouling, temperature extremes, harder primers, faster-than-average cycling, and perhaps a bit too much headspace.

Here are some things anyone can try before putting reduced-power springs in concealed-carry or duty revolvers.

  • Obtain quality references on how a revolver works such as Jerry Miculek videos from Clark Custom Guns or Jerry Kuhnhausen's shop manuals published by Heritage Gun Books.

  • Carry out a detail strip, clean and lube job using above references.

  • Check revolver function as laid out in the references. If a revolver is improperly fitted, it will negatively impact the trigger pull weights because it takes more force to rotate the cylinder. If that is the case, send it in for warranty repair or obtain the services of a reliable revolver smith.

  • Strengthen your hands and fingers by squeezing a ball. Clear the revolver, leave all ammo in another room, and dry fire at a mark with a bullet-proof backstop behind it.

Lastly, try aftermarket standard-weight replacement springs such as Wolff/Brownells Type-1, standard power, Power Rib mainspring for S&W K, L and N frame revolvers. It has an altered contour that does seem to smooth out the action without reducing reliability.

If the mainspring comes in a kit with three, reduced-power rebound springs, throw them away. Even the heaviest rebound spring is three pounds below factory weight. Fortunately one can order the mainspring alone. Sometimes it helps to lightly polish the bottom and rear surfaces of the rebound slide of S&W revolvers. Emery paper fastened to a wood block works well. Do nothing to the hammer and trigger engagement surfaces.

J-frame S&W revolvers use a coil mainspring. I haven't had good luck with aftermarket mainsprings. These little pieces are even more apt to suffer trigger reset problems from reduced-power rebound springs in my large hands.

Check the springs in used firearms you've picked up in a trade. I've seen several used Colt D-frame snubs such as the Detective Special or Cobra that won't reliably pop primers because of bent or reduced-power hammer springs.

Compare coil springs in length to new, factory springs. If the old springs are shorter, replace them.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Honest Abe and "the letter and spirit of the Constitution"

Attorney General designate Eric Holder faced the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time today. He declared he would adhere to the rule of law and follow "the letter and spirit of the Constitution."

I doubt he will face much scrutiny on his previous efforts to explain away the Second Amendment.

The news is filled with coverage of President-elect Obama's Lincoln-themed inauguration. Obama will place his right hand on the same Holy Bible on which Lincoln's rested March 4, 1861, and swear:

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Even in the midst of a terrible war that makes the current one in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in this nation's transportation and financial hubs appear like a mild squabble, Abraham Lincoln never insisted the Second Amendment guaranteed only the right of states to form militias.

In fact he said on that day,

"I take the official oath to-day, with no mental reservations, and with no purpose to construe the Constitution or laws, by any hypercritical rules. And while I do not choose now to specify particular acts of Congress as proper to be enforced, I do suggest that it will be much safer for all, both in official and private stations, to conform to, and abide by, all those acts which stand unrepealed, than to violate any of them, trusting to find impunity in having them held to be unconstitutional. ...

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."

We do need change, a new birth of freedom, open government, and a renewal of America's promise. We've allowed presidents and senators, attorneys and lobbyists, corporations and other special interests, and Democrats and Republicans to render separation of powers provided for by the Constitution to be meaningless.

The failed economy, dwindling international stature, wars without end, mounting national debt, global trade imbalances, a weak currency--an imbalance of power between branches of government is behind all of it.

When servants of the people such as the president, attorney general or senators are impugn in misinterpreting or ignoring Constitutional safeguards, tyranny grows. Holder's nomination doesn't speak of change. It's still the imbalanced way executive appointments have been handled in Washington for at least the past century. Through the power of appointments, one man can cease being a servant to become a master.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The 2009 Shot Show

I always look forward to hearing the first impressions and seeing the pictures from those able to attend the Shot Show. It fires up tomorrow in Orlando.

Best wishes to all attendees and exhibitors. May 2009 be a year in which we're unimpeded in enjoying the shooting sports, exercising our rights to assemble, and preserving and defending our Second Amendment rights.

I've love to get to either Las Vegas or Orlando some January. Until then I'll have to enjoy it vicariously.

The Land of Lincoln

"What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself."

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."--Abraham Lincoln

Have a good day, President-elect Obama. Hopefully there will be enough port-a-potties.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sacha Baron Cohen's delusions

This English comedian aims to shock Americans by putting a black Jesus dressed in a loincloth and wearing a crown of thorns in his latest film.

Americans, like people all over the world for centuries, have a extreme range of opinions about Jesus. Some believe he never existed, others think he wasn't the son of God but an archangel, a percentage claim he was a great prophet only, and some say he was a false prophet.

Sacha may be shocked to learn that this white, gun-toting, Bible-hugging, conservative man from Kansas, U.S. of A., has seen Jesus as black. Nope, I'm not under the influence of corn liquor I've distilled or meth I've cooked in the old tool shed.

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:28 that there is no Jew or Greek, servant or free, male or female: because we are all one in Jesus Christ. These differences mean nothing to God. All that matters is "faith that expresses itself through love."

Those who have been transformed by their acceptance of Jesus become one with his body. His body is made up of all believers, the universal church. Jesus is the head of the body. I think another passage of scripture enforces this concept, Mathew 25:40.

This passage, in simple English, states, "And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

This morning my son, baptized at birth in a mainstream Protestant church, drove into town and picked up a Roman Catholic friend. These two white teenagers skipped services at their churches to attend church with a third friend to help her celebrate her birthday. She attends a church mainly made up of black Christians.

It is comforting and not shocking at all to know my son will see Christ in all of them and that they will see Christ in him.

Friday, January 9, 2009

I'd like the Grilled Sea Kitten please ...

and some extra hush puppies.

PETA's sea kittens are known as fish to many cruel, heartless torturers who like to hook, filet and consume them.

"In the United States, there are no regulations to ensure the humane treatment of fish, despite the fact that billions of farmed fish are slaughtered every year. Though they may seem alien to us, fish are unique and intelligent individuals who feel pain, just as all animals do."

Sea Kitten and Chips, Fried Sea Kitten, Sea Kitten Sticks, Blackened Sea Kitten--I'm more ruthless than than a CIA subcontractor running a waterboarding operation in eastern Europe.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

First Firearm

Brigid wrote of the first gun she shot. It prompts me to remember when I first fired my father's Mossberg 146B .22 target rifle.

Dad bought it soon after he came home in 1953 from serving in the U.S. Army in West Germany. Mossberg produced that model from 1949 to 1954. I came along in 1961 and can always remember it being handy. Every farm household had a .22 rifle of some sort, but they didn't look as exotic as the Mossberg with the oil-rubbed walnut stock with pistol grip, rear receiver sight and hooded front sight with changeable inserts. The knob for end tip also made it stand out from run-of-the-mill .22 single-shot rifles such as the one the butcher used or the one Grandma kept to dispatch pests.

Dad and I was standing behind my 10-year-old brother as he shot tin cans at various ranges in the garden during a sunny, fall afternoon. I begged for a chance, and Dad allowed me to take a few shots after some instruction. The can was about seven yards away and the seven-pound rifle seemed as if there was a brick suspended from the muzzle. I can still see the can flashing in the sun as it was hit. I was six years old.

We still have the Mossberg. The forearm has a split in it. Us boys took the sights off after they broke in order to mount a cheap 4x scope on it. I think it is time to hunt up some parts and get it back into service.

I do remember the first girl I kissed. Her name was Paula. She drove a tan, 1978 Trans-Am. It isn't like there were a huge number of girls to remember. I was standoffish--rube in the big city.