Monday, June 22, 2015


Could picked any other park in the state...

Finally dragged the camper out of the driveway. Got set up just in time.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beer and Baseball

Who wouldn't want beer delivered down a river on a little raft? This is easily the most awesomely cheesy gimmick I've run into at a ballpark. In such a good way.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Just had a spam comment on this post.
I love winchester. This bullet looks great!
You know how I know you didn't read the post?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


*Grown-up language and bikini snaps.

"Did you just blackout on freedom?"

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Remington 380

The RM380

(Photo from TFB)

MSRP is identical to the new version of the LCP (with the drift adjustable sights.)  Remington is going with an aluminum frame rather than poly.

I think it could be a viable option for those looking for a micro .380, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one myself.

Look for an official announcement at the NRA convention.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Nice blurry photo from my walk into work this morning.  Spring has struck Wisconsin again.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I feel like Tam...
I saw this while patrolling. I wish they were regular people priced...

Why I Don't Care About the G43

So Glock finally released what people have wanted for the last decade, a single-stack 9mm, the G43.

In my opinion, I think they have done too little, too late, again.

Much like the G42, the overall size of the gun compared to the capacity is not comparable to other guns in the category (single-stack 9x19 subcompact.)  The M&P Shield is .95" in width, compared to the G43's 1.06". The Shield is a touch taller (around a quarter inch) but holds one more round (7+1 in the short mag, G43 is 6+1 in both mags.)  About the only major advantage the Glock gets is in weight, unloaded it's a tad over 1oz. lighter.

Then we'll look at the single-stack 9 I almost got (more on that in a bit), the Ruger LC9s Pro.  The little Ruger comes in at skinny .90", enough to actually be a noticeable difference.  It's also nearly 3/4 of an ounce lighter, and still holds 7+1 rounds.  Again, a quarter of an inch taller, but that's a minimal trade off for that extra round.

Both the Shield and the LC9s are cheaper to boot.

I'm sure that like the G42, they'll fly off the shelves, but that's just because it has "Glock" on the side. However, I think they should have done a single-stack the size of a G19.  Then they'd only be competing with themselves, and it's probably more of what all the fanboys wanted anyway.  Hell, I'd probably get one, do a slight stagger to the mag like the Shield and you'd get 10 rounds in there.

Earlier I had mentioned that I "almost got" a Ruger LC9s (I actually was looking at the regular "s" and not the "Pro," since I like thumb safeties. I just used the Pro for the comparison since the G43 doesn't have external safeties either.)  I got caught up with the idea this last year, since I like the size and concealability of my J-Frame, but I'm not in love with 5 rounds and a slow and tricky reload.  Mag fed autos are just tons easier to feed.  I shot my buddy's Shield, and found that my thumb rides the slide release. Darn.  I fondled the LC9s, and the safety was the perfect place for my 1911-brained thumb to go.

Then I went home and thought about it.

Does a whole 2 rounds really make it worth the expense of a new gun, holsters, and mags?  I know I just ragged on the new Glock for having one less than the others, but that's and apples-to-apples thing (but really Glock, why handicap yourself?)  The more I thought of it, the more I couldn't help but wonder if that magical quarter of an inch difference between the M&P9c and the Shield doesn't seem like much for almost double the capacity.  Plus the butt of the Compact is actually shorter than the Shield's, and that is probably the bigger concealment issue.  (For what it's worth, I haven't gotten any new gun yet anyway...)

So, having no practical experience with actually concealing these little single-stack guns, does that quarter of an inch really make it easier to conceal?  I think I can save that much just by switching from leather to kydex if it really made that big of a difference.  Anybody out there have thoughts on that?

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


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


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


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.)


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
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


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...