Saturday, February 28, 2015

Little Tree

Giving this a shot to help with winter suck.  The local greenhouse had some on sale, so I snagged a juniper, since they are supposedly able to take a bit of abuse. 

Re-potted it and trimmed it up a bit yesterday, still need to get a pair of concave cutters (or whatever they're called) to nip off one of the bigger branches.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Brr...

A few of us hit up the range yesterday, which was fine for the first couple hours, but then my toes got cold. It was around 9°, not counting windchill...

The "Cold-weather Carbine" rode in the bed of the truck on the way there, just to keep it nice and chilly.  The only issue encountered was with the first Lancer translucent mag.  I've got a couple of their first generation ones, so bearing that in mind, with only 20 rounds in the 30 round mag, I racked the charging handle, the mag didn't fall out, but it didn't chamber a round.  It had failed to seat on a closed bolt.  I guess they're still more of a novelty to me than as a combat ready magazine, until I get my hands on some of the newest ones.

My other Lancer mag worked fine, however I didn't try seating it on a closed bolt.  My PMags worked fine.

And I think I can finally feel my toes again.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Here's a horrible idea...


Seriously. You're going to get somebody shot.

Apparently the Ferguson PD is testing this thing?  What the hell is wrong with a Taser?  At least you don't have to draw your real gun, and point said gun at people.  Or just get freakin' bean bag rounds for the shotguns... that thing is just going to make things worse.
After traveling through the barrel, the bullet embeds itself inside the alloy projectile, and the docking unit immediately detaches from the weapon, according to the manufacturer.
This process decreases the bullet's velocity and dampens its impact. The bullet, then, should not pierce a human’s skin and cause the type of internal damage that would kill the person. However, it retains enough blunt force to knock someone over and deliver severe, debilitating pain.
What could go wrong?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Frosty

Did some function testing and zeroed the "frosty truck gun" build.


I actually wish it had been colder (it was 22°F...) but I'll take what I can get.  At least my fingers didn't go numb reloading mags.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Poly K31 Clips

Neat-o product for the day-


Polymer K31 chargers.  I need to restock some of my 7.5Swiss supply and take that one out more.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sig MCX

I will admit, it kind of makes my pants tight.

(The gun, not the guy.)

RECOIL has a nice breakdown of it with plenty of pictures of the insides.

Folding stock, easily swapped barrels (5.56 to .300BLK and back again sounds fun,) and replaceable wear point on the upper. I'm hoping the removable forward assist assembly also means there'll be an option to just slap a plate on there and get rid of it.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cold Weather Gun?

I've been contemplating what kind of rifle I could leave in the truck this time of year.  Today is insanely mild (if it gets any warmer, stuff might actually melt!) but just a week ago I was doing a felony stop in -30ºF windchill.  With that in mind, I've tossed together some parts I had around the house, and ordered a new stock to throw on it.


BCM middy upper I won in a raffle a few years ago, fixed rear sight off the M&P15-22, and some Magpul grips, and their Fixed Carbine Stock, which has the same length of pull as what I set collapsible ones anyway.  No electronics to die in the deep-freeze.

The plan is to keep an eye on the weather, and swing over to the range one of these days when it's freakin' cold out again, with the gun in the back so it stays nice and cold.  I'm just debating what lube to use (the last time I was shooting ARs in -20º or lower temps, it was noticeably sluggish with CLP.)

Blarg

Been working steady overnight shifts of immense boredom.  This tends to destroy most of my creative abilities... if'n you've been wondering about the lack of posts as of late.

The truck goes into the shop after I get done with this shift though, and it's my Saturday (for lack of a better term,) so maybe I'll get something more substantial up.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Real exciting here.


I actually go 10-41 before midnight... maybe some drunks will wander through campus? Ha...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Bang Switch

Apex had a holiday sale, so I got a new trigger for the M&P9.  Had some 'surprise!' downtime today, so I finally got around to installing it.


It feels a lot better than the two-piece hinged guy to me, I'd say more predictable. Hopefully I can get out to the range soonish and see how it handles.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Factory" Drop-in 10/22 Trigger

Ruger BX-Trigger


2.5-3 lb pull, about $90.  My only problem from what I can see is it still has the 'serrated' trigger face that's on the stock unit.

Still, it's pretty cool to see Ruger embracing this kind of after marker stuff as of late.

Monday, December 15, 2014

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood is a pretty fine actor, but he seems to just flat out kill it as a director.  I'm looking forward to it.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Magpod Dealer List

They're here...

Initial Dealer Roster below; street price should be around $20 for a 3-pack.
Battle Arms Development
BlackPoint Tactical
Brownells, Inc.
F3 Tactical, Inc.
Griffon Industries
Gun Gallery Inc.
Harris Tactical
Joe Bob Outfitters.com
King Shooters Supply
Rainier Arms
SKD Tactical
The Armory Inc.
The Gun Vault Utah
Tactical Distributors
VF Gunrunners
Weapon Outfitters

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another AR PDW Stock Option

I just saw this one today, looks like they just hit the market pretty recently.  MVB Industries has theirs available through Amazon at a price lower than the others I have seen out there.


It only has two positions (open and closed), but really, what more do you need for one of these?  It also features a neat little latch that catches the buffer inside the stock, allowing you to "shotgun" the rifle, rather than having to slide the upper forward off the lower.

I'd love to get my hands on one...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ugh

On a positive note, when I get done working in a half hour, there's very few people to compete with for a treadmill at the gym.

On a not so positive note... bleg. Overnight shifts...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanks

Thanks to all my brothers and sisters for your collective sacrifice.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Situational Awarness Time!

Watch this video, but do yourself a favor and pause at the 30 second mark.  What would you do, and why?  What cues do you pick up and what do they tell you?



Hopefully, you'd do something very similar to what the driver did here.  No lights, not even hazards, a couple traffic cones, no reflective wear on the goblin.  You should be saying "this looks sketchy as %&^#" and getting out of dodge.

Thankfully this one has a relatively happy ending.  Two guys getting picked up strongly suggests the other goblin was ready to hop the center divider and carjack the driver while his partner distracted him on the passenger side.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sadie Update

She managed to pick up a good case of the sniffles at the shelter, and gets grumpy when you try to comb the boogers out of her tail.  We saw the vet this afternoon and got some kitty cold meds, hopefully that helps.

Otherwise, like I've found throughout most of my life, windows make all the difference.

"Please ignore the drippy nose, it's very unbecoming of a Lady."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Shield = Sad Face

Also during last Friday's range trip, I finally got a chance to shoot a S&W Shield.  I was very excited when it came out, and thought it might be a great carry gun for me... but sadly it has the same issue as Sigs do for me.  The slide stop is directly where my thumb rests, and the slide locked back on empty exactly zero times.  It could be argued that since I have to carry a Sig at work, that I should train more to get over it, but I don't think that's the best answer.

I guess back to my original thought of just getting an M&P9c, or possibly track down an LC9s to fondle.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

M&P Bitz Report

Hit up the range yesterday with one of my coworkers. Chilly, but ran some rounds through a few of our guns.  A good day overall.

I'm more than impressed with the 10-8 u-notch rear.  I don't have a timer, but it sure felt faster.  Sharp, clear, uncluttered.

The Apex/10-8 collaboration floor plates are also pretty nice. I didn't notice any difference while shooting, but I felt like I had more control during reloads.

If I have any issues in the future, I'll be sure to report them.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Cat!

Almost two weeks ago, I got called to one of the dorms to meet with a girl who believed a van stopped in front of her and tossed out a cat.  Obviously horrible people, who we can only hope somehow get eaten by tigers if true.  Following protocol, I notified the Humane Society, and they came and took custody of said feline.

The downside was, I'm a sucker for pretty girls with long hair and blue eyes (just ask the wife...)  So, I gave the Humane Officer my name and phone number, in case nobody claimed such a cute little girl in the required seven days.

This morning I picked her up (cops can have hearts!)  She's not big on car rides.

"I've been kidnapped by a crazy guy!"

Once home she settled right down.  Lady Isadora, Duchess of Burroughs (named for the street she was ditched on, and the dorm she was found at,) or 'Sadie' for short, is apparently quite happy to be out of the pound.

She asks you don't make fun of the naked tummy. They messed with her lady bits.


Clingy cat is clingy. Hopefully Lila doesn't feel she's butting in on her game.



The poor thing was declawed in the front too, so hopefully the other two don't get too rough.  It is interesting getting kneeded by a cat without claws though.  Hopefully the others aren't complete bullies when we lift the isolation orders (small steps for now.  Somebody hisses when she's in the carrier.)

Although she could care less about the other cat smells in her little sanctuary.


I think she's just happy to have a window.