Saturday, July 04, 2020

She said I had to post

Merida insisted that I put a post up to declare that she is healthy and fabulous and eager to kick most any other dog’s butt. Scrappy little bitch has gotten herself banned from the dog park for fighting. And shame on her, but no teeth and only three legs and she still wins!

Meanwhile, I added a Harris bipod to the distance AR and took it out yesterday to zero it. Once sighted, at 200 yards it busts 4” sporting clays consistently if I do my part. Next step is to lay in a quantity of Mk262 77gr. Ammo and see what she’ll do at a distance. If yesterday’s performance was any indicator I’m going to be happy with this rifle.

Happy Independence Day. Looking forward to the day we become free of liberalism so freedom really can reign!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

America bad, Mom who risks kid's life good.

OK this one got my blood boiling.

10 Years Old, Tearful and Confused After a Sudden Deportation

Typical left sob story about a poor little Honduran kid who is supposedly sad and confused because he got deported. But if you read past the headline, you'll see that he was never really in our country to begin with. His mom wanted to get in here with him, but she apparently could not so she paid money to the smuggling cartels, put her precious child in a raft at night with a bunch of strangers, and blindly launched him across the Rio Grande at our country, expecting our Border Patrol to find him and obligingly turn him over to one of her relatives already here (likely illegally also). Then six days later, she found out that he was back in Honduras and she and her family are now upset that we Americans aren't letting them play us for suckers any more.

Even better, her brother, the boy's uncle, throws shade on America for sending the kid home:
Ricardo Rodríguez Galo, the uncle of the 10-year-old boy who was deported this month, said he was shocked to learn that Gerson had been sent back to Honduras alone... Mr. Rodríguez also wondered about the judgment of American authorities who chose to put a child on a plane without notifying any of his family members, including those who had been waiting in the United States to take the boy into their home.

So no criticism of a woman who gives her kids to strangers in a raft in the middle of the night hoping that they'll just take him into America without molesting him, tossing him out of the raft or abandoning him in the desert. That's ok. But putting him on an airplane and sending him back to government officials in his own country is supposedly a risk for the child? An American citizen who let her kids go on an illegal boat ride with strangers in the middle of the night would lose those kids to Child Protective Services, but these illegals act like they've got free citizenship, welfare swag and a lifetime pass to Disneyland because America wouldn't let hem get away with it. You can't make this stuff up.

But he'll be back, I'm sure. The story also points out the problem of the revolving door deportations:

Some of the children who have been expelled from the United States were previously ordered deported. But historically, even children with prior deportation orders have been given new opportunities to request asylum if they entered the United States again. Now, that appears to have changed.

Sneak in, get caught, claim asylum for no valid reason, ride it out for years, lose and get deported, then sneak right back in and play it all over again.

This right here is why I voted Trump in 2016 and why I'll do it again this year. Well this, our economic gains (covid notwithstanding), my gun rights, and the fact that it makes so many leftists blow their stacks every day.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Quiet on the range...

I got a call from the gun shop this morning. My Form 4 was finally approved for a suppressor that I'd bought about a year ago. Much of the delay was THIS SHOP not forwarding everything to BATFE as they should have--and no, they didn't offer to do anything to make it right--but it finally cleared and I went to pick it up and put some rounds through it today. And I was in awe, as it was actually quieter to me then the unsuppressed pistols being fired an the adjacent firing line on the other side of a brick wall and a steel door.

The can is the Acadian Arms Defender made right here in Lafayette, Louisiana.
I got in on the first production run of the new Defender and I got it pretty cheap. I chose it after evaluating their Predator model, and I was impressed with that one, but this one is better. Just 6" long at 13oz, it brings a 5.56mm muzzle blast down to actual hearing safe. I was shooting my 18" HBAR on the indoor range with just foam plugs in my ears and I felt no discomfort at all. Normally pistol shots bother my ears with foam plugs alone, which is why I use plugs AND ear muffs when I shoot. Unless I'm shooting this one. Heck, if I was outdoors and not shooting next to a brick wall I probably wouldn't have even needed the plugs.

As far as I could tell, the Point of Impact didn't shift a bit. This can is light enough that you hardly notice the extra weight on the end of the barrel, unlike say a Gemtech HALO. Only downside is that being so light it heats up fast, but it is rated for full-auto per the manufacturer. I have it on a Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) though so rapid fire shouldn't be a problem. It can be fully disassembled for cleaning with just one hex-head wrench and it comes with some anti-seize grease for the threads when you install it. This one is direct thread, so no fancy (and expensive) proprietary muzzle devices are needed but that does mean that it goes on one particular rifle and stays on that one. I bought this one specifically for a particular rifle though so that's not an issue. It's a fine addition to my 18' HBAR with a variable power Leupold Mark AR 3-9x40mm scope.

Now I just need to grab a good bipod and sling for it and I'll be all set. (I'm still kicking myself for selling a bunch of Harris bipods that I'd bought used from Springfield Armory at Camp Perry one year. The money I got was good at the time and badly needed but I could have used every one of those bipods had I only held on to them. Sigh...)

Monday, May 04, 2020

M-1A vs PTR-91

Yesterday I found a new (to me) range just over the Mississippi line so I went to check it out. I also got to test and sight in both new 7.62 rifles that I picked up before the Pandemic hit and closed my regular range for the duration.

This rifles: top to bottom, Springfield M-1A Scout Squad and PTR-91.
Neither has a sling yet. It was noticed during the shooting which was done at 200 yards prone from the mat. Eventually the Springfield will get an optic of some sort. The PTR will stay in it's "clean" configuration. I will cobble up some sort of sling adapter for it so I as a left-hander can carry it properly and maybe even use it as a shooting aid like on the M-1/M-1A/M-16 rifles. Both shot 7.62x51mm ammo from 20rd. box magazines.

The first glitch came when I brought out some old reloaded ammo I'd made up for a 1919A4 once upon a time. These rounds were a trifle too long for most rifle box magazines so I'd set them aside for my .308 bolt rifles. Of course they wound up back in the mix and got grabbed this morning by mistake. Dammit, I know better. The M-1A did load and fire them without a hitch. The PTR struggled to chamber a few of them because the bullet tip was right up against the forward wall of the magazine and they didn't chamber well when I'd release the bolt on the first round.

Also, that bolt/bolt handle. As a leftie...grr! When I'd slap the bolt handle down out of it's retaining slot, the bolt and handle would shoot forward and that handle would hit my right hand which was already in place of the foregrip most every time. And it moves fast and hits hard! This can be resolved with training (keep the fingers out out the way) but it wasn't happy-making. The PTR also has a stiffer, heavier trigger than the M-1A (which is almost like a competition trigger in it's lightness and smoothness) but the PTR trigger does break crisply and cleanly. Both were pleasant and enjoyable to shoot from that aspect. Both also present with very nice sight pictures and they shoulder instinctively and comfortably. Each was a joy to shoot, although the PTR's recoil was noticeably sharper with the same ammo. It wasn't unpleasant at all, it was pretty much what you'd expect from a 7.62mm cartridge. It just showed me how effective the M-1A and it's muzzle brake is at reducing felt recoil.

The sights on the M-1A are much more adjustable, and coupled with that trigger, the smoother recoil and the fact that it's charging handle wasn't busting my fingers like the PTR, I gave it the edge in shootability, although I'd be happy with either one in a pinch. Accuracy was tough to gauge because that crummy ammo was printing WAY low with both rifles, but I had no difficulty putting them all on the standard pistol silhouette in passable groups at 200 yards with both rifles.

I love them both. The M-1A was a bit better in the ergonomics and performance areas but it's also about twice the price. I'd fight with either if I needed a "go to" rifle and I endorse them both.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Air Force New Orleans flyover

To salute frontline health workers. Four passes in 20 min.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Someone has to be that guy

So being bored last night, I got around to installing a new magazine spring in my Benicia Arsenal rework 1898 Krag. Working on a 120+ year old gun is always a challenge but I got it apart, put the new spring in and managed to get it back together correctly in about an hour and without breaking anything, so I was pretty pleased with myself. The magazine hinge pin in particular is prone to breaking and those aren’t cheap or plentiful any more, probably because so many people break them.
But I reassembled it without a problem, giving it all a good cleaning and oiling while I was inside. Then I cycled some rounds through it for a function test and that smooth old Krag action ran them through perfectly. I loaded a couple more mags up and ran those through too. Did I mention how slick and smooth a properly-functioning Krag is?
I picked the loose rounds up off the floor and was just about to put the rifle away when a neighbor called from outside to ask me something. I went out to talk to him and as we talked, a gunshot went off just down the block. While this doesn’t happen as frequently as it used to, my response hasn’t changed. I ducked back inside And grabbed the Krag because it was right there. I scooped up a handful of .30-40 cartridges, moved back outside and took up a good position behind my car where I could see down the block. I opened the Krag magazine, dumped the shells in, closed the magazine and cycled the action, chambering a round. From where I was I could see two blocks down and a block to the left. My view of the street to the right is blocked by houses. Pretty sure whoever fired that was around the corner and not too far down but as long as they stayed there I was ok with that. My neighbors called the police and probably because they had nothing else to do, they were there in a few minutes. As is typical of NOPD, they didn’t look around to try to find the shooter (or victim), they just switched on all their lights to let everyone know that they were there and then they left. Hell, they didn’t even seem to see me standing in front of my house or the old Krag tucked discretely behind the gutter downspout. They soon left and I picked up the rifle and walked back inside. And then I thought about it. If someone with a gun had come running around the corner onto my street towards me, my house, my neighbors, etc. ... Hell I guess somebody has to have the honor of being the last person in history shot by a Krag.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

The scamming begins

Among other things that happened here is that owing to the large numbers of people unemployed currently, the Mayor was one of the first in the country to declare that no one who failed to pay rent can be evicted , and she completely closed the city's eviction courts. A landlord who owns properties on the block is now aghast that his tenants are contacting him and telling him that they want to take advantage of this and not pay rent for April. The aggravating part? These tenants never had jobs. They're all on Section 8 or other welfare programs and they're still getting paid just like it was any other month. But they've let him know that "because of the Corona" they won't be paying their rent. And there's not a thing that he can do about it.

Likewise, the buzz is going around among many of the local service industry workers and performers who work under the table for cash that even though they were excluded from the $1200 stimulus checks because they didn't file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 (some have never filed taxes in their lives and they are in their 30's and 40's), they can now grab the special unemployment check provision by going back and filing for 2018 and claiming no income. Doing this makes them eligible for $600 over whatever other unemployment benefits that they'd be able to claim, which since they can't claim any, they still get $600 a month until this is over. The section 8 and SSI-D folks get those extra $600 checks too, btw. And the people who will be getting these checks are already discussing how to keep from spending any of it on rent since they can't be evicted for not paying during the emergency and they're ignoring the few voices--including some landlords--who are warning them that even though they don't have to pay now, there's no waiver of then rent during this time and it will be due eventually. But again, the talk I'm hearing is about ways to keep and enjoy the special checks that they'll be getting and saying things like "they can't evict all of us when it's over..." And the talk or organized rent strikes and other actions is starting to get louder too. Socialist groups are popping up like dandelions now advocating varying degrees of militant action, and May 1st, "International Workers Day" has been getting more heated around here the last few years with all of these millennial kids who think that the world owes them something because they chose to wait tables or tend bar as a career. I have a hunch that we'll see some stuff kick off if people are still largely out of work and scared then, because the socialist agitators have been dreaming of a crisis strong enough to draw more desperate people into their orbit for decades. We might have that crisis now.

Stock up if you haven't yet...this mess hasn't peaked yet and it's going to get worse before it gets better, especially in parts of the country that haven't even seen it yet.

Oh, and of course it's all Trump's fault. Those opportunists are already hard at work.

As for me, the Thompson gun has a 50rd drum in it and a pouch filled with 30-round stick mags right next to it. And mine's a good one now--it feeds jacketed hollow points flawlessly. Some people around me have been making inquiries about where and how to get guns now, and my responses typically vary based on how liberal I know them to be and how anti-gun, anti-NRA and anti-conservative that they were before.

My close friends who don't have guns (or very good guns) know that if things break really stupid, there are loaners here for them. But they're a select few. Take care of yourselves and stay home.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

In other New Orleans news...

The city recently gave itself a lot of credit for rounding up as many homeless as it could catch and putting them up in the Hilton Garden Inn downtown. Real nice place, and several dozen of them got rooms, meals and laundry service for a month this was touted as a way of protecting one of the city’s “most vulnerable populations” from the COVID virus.

Not boasted about by the city is how in less than 24 hours the hotel was forced to evict a fair number of them and police officers had to be posted on every floor to keep the rest in their rooms as many of the beneficiaries of the taxpayers’largesse rebelled against the relatively few rules that the hotel imposed and began to drink, use drugs, fight and destroy the hotel.

There’s a message there about the effectiveness of working Socialism but I can’t quite put my finger on it, can you?

Range Report

Happy to report the old Marlin Glenfield shot well. There were a few hiccups feeding and ejecting in the first half dozen rounds or so but after that everything seemed to settle in and the rest of a hundred rounds fired perfectly. It groups nice but a little low and left at 25m and I think the rear sight is a bit bent. I’ll try to straighten it but if I can’t a new used one is cheap enough. I think it also would be well served with a new recoil spring but as it stands, “Katrina” is functional and good to go. I’m kinda proud of it.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

New old gun—labor of love

Some months ago a neighbor mentioned that they had an old rifle fir home defense but that it didn’t work. Helpful person that I am, I offered to take a look at it and get it running again. When I got to her house, she handed me a rusted, pitted old Marlin Glenfield Model 60 .22 rifle. One look at it told me that it was probably a lost cause but I like projects so I told her I’d take a look at it and fix it for the cost of the parts. I asked her how it got to be in that shape and she told me that when she moved into her house five years ago, her roommate found it buried under piles of junk and debris. She also said that they were the first ones back in that house since Hurricane Katrina ten years before that and that the rifle had probably been left behind during the storm. She’d never shot it but she used to take it outside and “scare people away with it.” Hoo boy.

Well I took it home and beat it apart and it was worse than I thought. The magazine tube was split, a corroded and bent live shell was stuck in the lifter (yikes!) and the bolt was all pitted and the extractors were frozen. The screws holding the sideplate assembly in were frozen and the heads were buggered, and when I finally got them off with curses, prayers and pliers the whole assembly fell apart in my hands. Junk.

Still, I shopped some used parts for this vintage 1976 rifle and called her up of course the used parts alone were more than a new used gun could be bought for and she told me to just throw it away.

But I like projects, and a Katrina salvage gun kind of appealed to me. I traded her a bottle of whiskey for the parts and then I began to clean up what was left of it. I spent hours on my porch with it steel-wooling the rust off as best I could and working the extractors loose. I cleaned the barrel up and the inside turned out ok thanks to Marlins micro-groove rifling that wasn’t deep enough to keep me from getting all the junk inside. I cleaned what I could and replaced what I couldn’t and I finished it today. For about $120 in parts and a lot of elbow grease and fitting, I now have a complete rifle that I could have bought in any pawn shop for about a hundred bucks. And of course mine looks like dogshit.

But mine’s got history. Mine is a Katrina survivor. And having rebuilt it piece by piece I’m kind of attached to it now. The wood will get some oil but the metal will stay as-is with all of its putting and corrosion evident and the scratches and scraped left intact. With so much metal damage I could never clean it up 100% (and swapping the barrels on these rifles is a machine shop job according to YouTubers who’ve tried it) so I’m leaving the metal as-is. Besides, that’s part of this gun’s history now. It survived Hurricane Katrina and it earned these “battle scars”. And now it waits for a range day to see if I got it right. It function checks ok and it feeds and ejects cartridges. It just remains to see if it’ll actually fire again after all these years.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

My life these days

Louisiana is one of the places in the US that's hardest hit by the virus. This is literally how I feel driving around the French Quarter in the daytime now, only difference being that so many of the French Quarter buildings are now boarded up as protection against looters and vandals. And I don't have a convertible or a Smith and Wesson M-76.

Somehow all of the Usual Suspects have face masks of the sort that out medical providers are begging for. Wish I knew which welfare store was handing them out. And most of these fools just have them hanging around their necks while they sit around on corners in close proximity to other fools. This is how it's spreading despite orders for everyone to stay off the streets and avoid contact with each other. And the ambulance service just put extra trucks on due to the overload as every third asshole with the sniffles seems to be demanding rides to the ER now to "get checked out". The hospitals are close to overload now with all of these non-emergency panic cases.

The gun shops are low on guns and almost out of ammo. One range is refusing to sell any more range practice ammo to anyone who isn't buying a new defensive handgun. They're saving what little they have for new gun buyers.Sure glad I stocked up years ago. Grateful for the new rifles I got this year now too.

As for me and the dogs, we're watching movies like Omega man and loading magazines. And eating ice cream. Because we ain't skeered.