Saturday, June 30, 2012

I need a new camera...

A friend from camp came into town for the day, and we dropped my fast prime lens on his D90 body...

That's straight off the camera there...  A few more I need to crop and tweek colors on, but damn. I am jealous.

Friday, June 29, 2012


...for everyone?  That's the word on the street for the Army.  Makes the most sense to me, there's already a good chunk of gear in the system and heraldry in place for the colors.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

While the Idea is Cool...

...bipedal armored fighting machines are not really a good idea.  I'm fairly certain any unit of modern main battle tank would hand their shiny metal asses to them.  However I do kind of hope they follow through on it, I'd love to see one.

Monday, June 25, 2012

You keep using that word....

...I don't think it means what you think it means.

Hardly "supporting" there, Elks...

I've seen numerous "no guns" signs around now that we have ccw laws (really never were many when we only had open carry...) but this one really made me wonder more than just about any around.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Will most likely be shot.  Top Gear (the real one) is on Amazon Prime, and there's an app for that on the Xbox 360 now...


The fact that whenever I've left the house the last few days with a bruised up side, I've had one of my little pistols tucked into my waistband.  This has easily been the most "debilitated" I've felt in just about ever, and there's no way in hell I'm running away from anything, so it's nice to know I've got a better option available.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Range Photos

Fun times.  Went out to the range with Dan and another coworker yesterday to try out the micro-pistol and Dan's new toy.  It was good, aside from the sore everything.

Dan picked up a Saiga-12 (he may or may not be in the middle of reading the Monster Hunter series...)

It'll be getting a new stock sooner than later.  In the meantime, not quite my cup of tea but it still a bit of fun, and quite giggle inducing.

Dan also brought out the S&W .44mag (I'm wondering about his fascination with self punishment...)

And, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the tiny little thing pretending to be a pistol worked too.  Surprisingly accurate, despite its lack of sights (one of the few times I'm probably going to put a laser on something.)

I did come to the conclusion that with my hands, the tiny bit of concealability I loose is a worthwhile trade-off for the controlability of the finger rest extension.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Light Range Trip

The LCP works, so that's cool.  Snappy little gun though.

Bruised ribs do not make for very dynamic movements though... at least not with any long guns.  Photos later, need to caffeinate and clean house first, guests inbound.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


To say the least.

Scout earns all the Merit Badges (Via Jay)


Biking back from the coffee house and my chain popped off.  Couple nice patches of road rash, a few cuts, possibly bruised rib, and trashed one of my new Fivefingers.  Worst spill I've had in a long while.  Thankfully I managed to land on my non-carry side, so the gun's ok, and the OtterBox once again saved the phone.  Gonna curl up for a while in the AC now...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Elsie Pea Club

I joined it.  This thing makes the P64 seem absolutely huge and clunky.  Very much the "21st Century Vest Pocket Pistol."

It's been on "the (long) list" for a while, with the stipulation of "only if it's a deal..."  Well, when scoping out the new shop in town I noticed one in the case for a good chunk off retail, despite being brand new.  Turns out it's the classic "I won it at a raffle, and don't like it" trade, just plain too small for the guy's hands.  (ETA :p ) We had left the store, and about halfway to the car Manda looks at me and simply says "go back and buy it, otherwise you won't shut up about it all weekend."  So I did.

Picked up some cheap Russian ball to wring through it, and a box of Hornady Critical Defense.  Also had an Amazon package waiting at the door when I got home containing a Desantis Nemesis Holster for it (I love Amazon Prime.)  Should get out in a couple days to try it out.

Killin' Time

And monsters.

Two and a Half Hours

Until the shop opens.  Curse you Doyle.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Home. And New Shop in Town.

Which is cool, since we've been in a drought for dealers in the county for the better part of a decade other than big-box retailers.  Had a good talk with the owner, and he went out of his way to ask MandaFern for opinions on guns for women.

I'll be going back on Monday to bring something home... (stupid Doyle...)

Obligatory teaser shot...
Dan also picked up something from there last week that's pretty sweet, and will make an appearance here when I get a chance to take some photos and try it out.

Bit of an update, his site is now live.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Birthday!

To the US Army.  Hooah! Back to training. Wondering if there'll be cake with chow...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CLC Day 2

Yesterday was a bunch of lectures, but today there's a table full of training aids. I like that idea.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


My Guard and Reserve brothers feel my pain. Combat Lifesaver next week though, hooray combat medicine!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Long busy day

I'm just hitting the rack, and was too busy doing boring stuff for any neat pics. Look for a repeat tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Long Couple of Weeks Ahead

With a possibility of rather light blogging. Wearing camo the next 10 days or so, and interwebs are likely limited to the phone.  We'll see.

Also, if you live in Wisconsin, you know what to do today... it's not like the media will let you forget.

Monday, June 4, 2012

M.A.D. Hook Up

New sling attachment option from the guys that brought you the BAD-ASS.  Being a fan of Magpul's ASAP, I'm liking it.  Looks perfect for guys that can't really modify their stuff, or for the M&P15-22.

Check Your Ammo!

A good reminder and a bunch of examples at WEVO.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Drool Worthy

Paging through the newest issue of Bicycle Times while my shift winds down.  There's a bunch of photos from the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and most of it's simply rolling art.  I'd hate to own some of those, I'd never want to ride them for fear of scratching it....

Friday, June 1, 2012


Or "should my boss keep his job?"

I've kept very quiet about the whole recall situation here, mainly because the Governor is in my chain of command, and I've always felt it tacky to publicly ridicule your boss (same reason you don't see me ragging on the POTUS.)

Tuesday's the big day, but I'll be reporting to Ft. McCoy for close to two weeks of training that morning, so I went down to the courthouse and took care of it today.  Surprisingly I only had to wait for one other person to finish up before I had my turn.

I'm surprised because in Wisconsin, you don't really need any excuse to file an early absentee ballot.  All week there'd been reports of lines of people out the door waiting to "avoid the lines at the booth" or "political groups at the polling places."  I can't help but wonder how many people that have legitimate reasons for being unable to vote Tuesday simply didn't turn in an early ballot because of those reports.