Sunday, November 30, 2008

Back in Pocket.

Just getting home. It was 79, sunny and humid when we left Grand Cayman at 4 p.m. island time. It's much much colder here. Aside from some horrendous head winds, rough ride, and icing on the way into home, it was a good flight. I'm completely spent. Just wanted to say I made it home in one piece.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Out of Pocket.

I'm getting ready for a 5 day trip starting tomorrow. My job being my job, every now and then we get a "paid" vacation to somewhere nice. This trip sends us to the Caribbean. Yeap, that's right. I get to spend a nice weekends relaxing on the beaches of Grand Cayman with the Caymanites Caymanonians Caymanists Caymantans Islanders.

Apparently, Thanksgiving is a November tradition only in the U.S. or October, if you're Canadian.

So, I'll be soaking up the sun alone while you all are shivering away in your homes with your turkey and stuffing and ham and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies and warm bread and yams with the mini marshmallows (mmmmm....) all the while surrounded by friends, family and loved ones.

Leave it to me to find the cloud in that silver lining.

Pet(?) Peeves

Cleaning out the dryer lint trap.

Huh? You say. Here's the deal. I live in an apartment complex and they don't have hookups for washer/dryers in the apartments. So, I, like all my fellow complex dwellers use a laundromat of some sort. Now, when I do my laundry and unload my clothes from the dryer, the last thing I do is clean the lint trap for the next person. You can't know how much I hate to load a dryer and check the lint trap and find someone else's fur. Because, while some of my complex-mates have pets and the lint trap catches that fur. Usually, it isn't fur...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Results

h/t to Breda

Sometimes a Picture is All You Need.

Abby over at Bad Dogs and Such, my intrepid daily read from The Sandpit, has a picture up today that says more about the state of affairs over there than all the MSM, congresscritters, and moonbats in the San Fran area combined.

Hurrah for the good guys (and gals).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lolcat of the day.



Oh come on! That's funny. Tell me you didn't laugh.

Friday mind game.

I know it's early for this. But, I feel I must push you further into that madness that will allow me to rule the world. My throats a little sore, so no evil laugh today. Mommy's making me chicken noodle soup.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

AR build update.

Old_NFO made a comment on my build blog about the EOTech 516. I've looked into it and read any info I could find on the model and the batteries it uses. I'm sold. Change my holosight to the 516 from the 512. I've talked with many people around here about NV (night vision) compatibility. I haven't found one yet that has actually used the feature. If there's anyone out there that has actually used the NV feature, please pipe up and let me know.



Thanks Jim.

See what happens when you're out of touch.

Apparently I'm being credited with the most popular candidate ticket in the last 50 years.

No, I say. NO. I am not the author of this most insightful and, dare I say, ingenious political pairing.

I merely gave voice to the great gestalt that is the hip and oh so now trendy group of in crowd that is us. Or Gun Nuts, if you will.

Besides, she's already promised me the chair of the Department of Claw-hammer.

The winter of our discontent... Day in the Life of a Charter Pilot

Sorry, I've been out of pocket for the last few days.

I had a one day trip turn into an overnight, turn into a full 2 days. I'm just getting home.

Fabreeze is your friend.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Craziness

I was wandering around the local gun shops today, looking at all the empty shelves. Anyway, I was talking to a guy looking for AR lowers, (good luck with that) and he mentioned that a friend of his emptied about half his 401K account out to buy a bunch of lowers and uppers.

Which left me thinking. Have I mentioned that that's not a good thing usually?

Listen, if your panicky that the incoming Democratic controlled government is going to take your 2nd amendment rights away and you're contemplating emptying whatever cash or savings or credit cards or whatever you have to buy up all the ammo/hi cap mags/EBR's you can. Stop for a second.

Just stop. and. think. for. a. second.

I'll agree that the likelyhood of the next 2 to 4 years being bad for constitutionally guarenteed rights is high. And we're looking at a real possiblity of not having access to a great many of today's most common firearms.

But we're also looking at a economic crisis of, dare I say it, biblical proportions. I'd say that you're probably going to need that money for housing and food. But, you say, the firearms will be a smart investment, they'll skyrocket in price and I'll be able to sell those for money. I'd say that the first half of that sentence is true, but not maybe the second.

During the dust bowl days here in Oklahoma, many a farmer literally lost everything to the drought and economy. The banks, being banks, foreclosed on those farms to recoup their lost loans only to find that there weren't any people out there with any money to auction said foreclosures to. People are broke, banks followed and a contributing factor to the great depression is thrown in the economic pot.

If the economy tanks as bad as some people are predicting, any investments you have, be it stocks, bonds, firearms or comic books are going to tank at least as bad. That lower that listed for 100 bucks a month ago and you're eying at $175 today may go for $250 in February, but you might be looking at a $25 paperweight if the economy collapses.

There are some things that won't take a bad a bath, but we're talking about something that has a subjective component to the value. That subjective component is what people are thinking the next administration will do concerning firearms. If people suddenly don't have any income, disposable or otherwise, to spend, all you'll be left with is the objective part of the price. What's bulk aluminum selling for these days?

I'd love to gather all the money I have squirreled away together to put a bulk buy in on what I think will become scarce for guns, but the reality is, I may need it more to keep a roof over my head or food in the cupboard.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My New Project.

As I'm sure none of you remember. Last year and the year before I had an M-14 project. Basically it was all USGI NOS parts built up on an Armscorp receiver. I went with an outstanding armorer in Colorado for the final head spacing/build and the thing is a tack driver. Even with iron sights I can shoot 4 to 6 inch groups at 200 yards. And yes, that's freestanding unsupported, so all you sub-MOA mall ninjas can suck it. If you hit the deer in the breadbasket on the first shot, it doesn't matter if you can send the second shot through the same hole. You didn't need to shoot the second shot.

But I digress.

As I mentioned in a previous blog I bought a DPMS AR lower after voting. That's become my new project. I've always had a tool box of one sort or another. I've done 3 MG B's over the years, as well as balsa wood airplanes, plastic models etc. I'm an unrepentant tinkerer.

I figure a few months for gathering all the parts and a day or so for the build. I've talked with an armorer friend and since the head space on the AR platform isn't as hard to do as on the M-14, it's very much a do-able thing on a home workbench. In fact, the workbench and tools are probably going to be the most expensive single item cost.

Anyway, here's what I'm thinking.

DPMS for both lower and upper receivers, as well as parts kits. It's just convenient that way. It will be an A3 flat top upper. I've heard opinions that the high riser flat top that DPMS makes is supposed to be stronger and more accurate. While that is true, MIL Spec is MIL Spec and if the A3 can take the abuse the Army can dish out on equipment then it ought to be strong enough to take the occasional weekend plinking.

Barrel: I'm still up in the air for who to get this from. The specs are 16", mid length gas block, Gov't contour. This is a carbine project, so I don't want the weight of an HBAR hanging out there and the lightweight barrels are too thin to stand up for very long in my opinion. Feel free to comment on who makes good barrels or why I'm all wet about my opinion regarding heavy, medium or light weight barrels. In fact, please comment. I'm learning here. The only experience with AR platforms I have is the old M-16A1 I carried in the army back in the eighties. So, the whole M-4/CAR/A2/Flattop revolution is new to me.

Now for the other stuff. In no particular order.

EOTech for the holosight. The 512 most likely.

Badger Ordinance makes an ambidextrous charging handle. Not the tac latch, but a true ambi.

Norgon LLC makes an ambi mag release that looks good.

Yankee Hill Machine for the back up iron sights (BUIS). They make a gas block with integrated flip up front sight that looks good. Criteria here is the sights have to fold down. I guess there's a crowd out there that is all fired up about co-witnessing, but I don't want them sticking up in the EOTech's view.

If you haven't noticed a trend here. An ambi-safety. Of course. Manufacturer doesn't really matter here, but if you've got an opinion, feel free.

Rock River makes a national match two stage trigger. I've heard people poo poo Rock River, but half the TPD and surrounding forces carry RR AR's for work and I've neither seen nor heard anything bad from these guys. And a lot of them have them at home too. This ain't New York either folks. A lot of the cops here are gunnies too.

Ergo for the grip.

Ace makes a skeleton buttstock that looks nice with plenty of attachment points for the sling. I looked at collapsible stocks, but several people have said they were uncomfortable and I can't think of the good enough reason to mount one. And fixed is stronger.

Specialized Armament has an armorer tool kit that has all the punches, roll pin holders, ejector tools, etc. All I'll need is a vise, receiver blocks, barrel wrench, go/no go gages for the tool box.

That's it for now. I'll post updates as needed on the build.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I've been gotted.

I just got back from a quick trip to KY and back. Short day, just drop a pax off and home as quick as we can. I think we set a new quick turn time. Something like 15 minutes from touchdown to takeoff.

But that's beside the point. I get home to discover I've been tagged with the bookworm meme. I must stock up on my antibiotics....

Anyhoo. OldNFO passed this on to me and joked that he hoped I wasn't updating Jepps. Oh, irony, thy name is Matilda. Apparently it's a family name.

I wasn't updating Jepps. Those pesky approach plates pilots use that are printed on tissue paper. Thin tissue paper at that. I was updating my GOM. That's a company document which is oh so much more exciting than Jeppesen plates. Believe me.

So, page 56, fifth sentence and the next 2 to 5. The numbering is a bit screwy so I'll just count to the 56th physical page rather than finding one that's numbered 56,

(ahem)

(a) The certificate holder may use actual passenger and bag weights, or

(b) The certificate holder may use the segmented passenger weights and average bag weights listed in Advisory Circular (AC) 120-27 (as revised), or

(c) The certificate holder may use the standard average passenger and bag weights prescribed for large cabin aircraft, or average weights based on a survey, if
(i) The aircraft was certficated under commuter category, part 25, or part 29 (or has equivalent data), and
(ii) The certificate holder curtails the aircraft CG envelope as prescribed in AC120-27 (as revised) Appnedixes 3 and 4.

Fascinating huh.

Right, now to spread the pain. ;-)

My 5 victims volunteers shall be:

  1. Bad Dogs and Such. She's running around the sandbox these days, but it's Army, so she'll have plenty of books.
  2. Fatale Abstraction. I loaned her the DVD's to the best series of Sci-fi in a while. (Excluding Battlestar Galactica of course) So she owes me. Hah! Hah, I say unto you.
  3. Downright Dusty. He writes good. If you'll permit me to be rural for a sec. I'd like to find out what he's reading and if that's influenced his writing.
  4. New Jovian Thunderbolt. He has excellent taste in firearms, especially rifles. That has to spill over into his reading, you'd think.
  5. And finally, but only in a numerical way. Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease. It was a her or Caleb and I ended up flipping a coin. Either one would have a great book shelf I think.

Monday, November 10, 2008

With a nod...

To Breda.



Birthday day.

It's somebody's birthday today. I can't seem to remember who though. I'm thinking it was one of the drinking buddies a while back. Must not be important though, especially if I can't remember who.

/cough/USMC/cough/

I was USArmy. I had to. I couldn't very well give those jarheads a h/t without at least a little shit. Happy 233rd. I'd hate to have to light that cakes candles.

Edit: Vinnie's story in the comments had me laughing out loud.

And the First Amendment Attacks Begin

I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the shape of things to come.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Wanenmacher Wrap up

A quick Wanenmacher Gun Show wrap up.

My feet hurt.

That is all.




Sorry, couldn't resist that one. The show was a madhouse on saturday and only slightly less so on sunday. I ended up not seeing any of the show except for what I caught friday after setting up. I had a couple of people complain that they would have bought something on saturday, but they couldn't get to the table for the crowd. I didn't get a second to even sit down both days. The tables we had were right in front of the concession stand and I couldn't get half a moment to even go there to eat. Saturday started out with a table full of Glocks of all makes with more underneath. Saturday ended with one lone Glock 23. Anything that was even remotely compact went. We had 4 pallets of Remington .223, the last of which went sunday morning by 9.

On the non-feet-divorcing-me side, aside from a couple of small things like a scale and calipers, I'm all set up for reloading. A friend from here in town picked up everything and built a 24" bull barreled varmint-er AR-15 with a nice scope and bi-pod. He started with nothing but a bare lower and by 5 pm sunday he was pushing the take down pins in. Not a bad deal. He also won the deal of the show award by finding a very rare trap door rifle for $75. The rifle is easily worth 100 times that. And yes I meant 100 (one hundred).

I want to send out a big thanks to Old NFO. First for getting me the C&R application. Second for pointing me towards Norgon's ambi-mag release. Third for swinging by when he'd spotted any deals for me. I just with I'd had a second to take advantage of them. Next time... Next time.

All in all, I'd have to give the show a big two thumbs up. For the largest gun show in the states, it's definitely a mecca for enthusiasts of all sorts. If you've never been, it's a must. Just make sure you've got a copy of a local FFL's license so you can get the transfers done if you're from out of state.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Let's pick a name.

I just want to say up front that I didn't coin this. But I do want to get it out to the blogosphere.

Let's call the next administration's tenure the Obamanation.

Say it quick. A couple of times.

Sounds like Abomination.... Coincidence? Or Prophesy?

The ostrich in me doesn't want to know. The seer in me is afraid I already do.

Wanenmacher Update

Just a quick Wanenmacher Gun Show update.

My feet hurt.

That is all.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday mind game.

Here it is. Enjoy. When I rule the world, I shall save you for last.


Tehee

This just txt'd to me:

Washington is on the one dollar bill, Lincoln is on the five dollar bill, and now we have a president to go on the food stamps.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gun Show Pre-Post

I've got my list of musts, likes, and nices all ready with prices I found on the internet. I've got a cooler of water, juices and beers for during and after. I have my hiking boots out.

I think I'm pretty much set. Tomorrow I help some friends set up their tables and then do some pre-wandering of the others. I might even stop by and say hi to the ATF booth. They do try hard.

Then for the next 48 hours after that it's Wanenmacher's!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A celebration?

So, to celebrate the chosen ones enshrining canonization election I went to the range. I needed to redo the mechanical zero on my M-14 anyway. After that I went out to one of the gunshops I groupie frequent. My allen wrenches didn't fit the front sight set screw and I knew they would have ones that would. I ended up sitting in one corner of the shop and just watching the panic buying. There's no other way to describe it. I watched AR-15's come in, barely get entered into the books before they were out the door again. And there were only 3 of those. The display that usually had between 15 and 20 Glocks of all makes had 3. I watched people buy .223 by the thousand round cases. This went on from the the time I got there, even before, till the shop closed.

I was sort of awed at the spectacle.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

One more before Gun Nuts...

One more Whiskey/Coke, and them I'm moving on to the hard stuff.

Srsly!

What if's

What if....

Obama wins the popular vote, but McCain wins the electoral college?

McCain wins the popular vote, but Obama wins the electoral college?

Obama loses both the popular vote and the electoral college?

McCain loses both the popular vote and the electoral college?

Well, since the Obamatons have already threatened the American public with riots and violence if the "correct" candidate doesn't win, I'm going to go with riots and violence for 1, 3, and 4 and I'm going with Detroit burning for 1, 2, 3, and 4. Because hey, for some reason Detroit burns at the drop of a hat... in Mongolia even.

1 and 3 for the obvious reasons and 4 because the mental ijits will riot in celebration. Way to be classy, don't ya think?

and Coke...

Jack and Coke
Rum and Coke
Jim Beam and Coke
What doesn't go with Coke?


Oh, right Tequila.

What I'm doing...

I've got at least another 15 hours of movies and shows Tivo'd and I plan on only playing those till tomorrow. That and beer.

Okay...

I'll admit it. I'm a glutton for punishment. I just went over to Fox News' interactive map and it shows a 2 to 1 majority for Obamanut. I'm thinking wow, that much? Then I realized that it's with just New Hampshire reporting. Just one state. Way to scare the bejeebus out of me, guys.

Edit: And it's only 2/3rds of a percent of the precincts reporting to boot.

BoVLB awards.

This election's BoVLB (Bear of Very Little Brain) award goes to the New Black Panthers Party of Philly and other urban centers for the ABSOLUTELY brilliant idea to go down to the polls and try to intimidate voters.

First off, did they really think that the Media was so in the Eared Ones pocket that they could ignore it? And come on, the zombie vote in Philly is so solidly in for the Socialistbringer, why would any intimidation be needed.

Come on people, think for a sec.

Duh Moment

I just noticed. The AR-15 Lower that I bought friday after voting, the last three of the serial number are 223.

Coincidence? Or obscure plan by the Man! I predict that after my seventh Whiskey it will be the Man!

Funny that....

Depending on which blogs you read, it's either in the tank for the Eared One or a squeaker for the Maverick.

Of those blogs I was able to find that were blue leaning, the bliss is blinding. Nary a single commenter stated for Mac/Cuda. On the other paw, the red leaning blogs I found were only slightly less skewed but more grimly determined.

I watched a vid of Dennis Miller on O'Reily's show from last night. I think he said it best. No matter who wins, we need to put it behind us. Sure, {whoever} might not have been your choice, but we can't let it continue to tear this country apart.

I couldn't resist any longer.

I told myself I wasn't going to even peek at the election new till after Gun Nuts:TNG was over. But I couldn't take it any longer. I looked up FOXNews, MSNBC, and CNN's interactive election maps. Surprisingly, CNN hasn't declared the Socialistbringer yet.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I know what you did last Day in the Life of a Charter Pilot

So, here's my "schedule". Last Thursday, I'm doing nothing for the next week. Last Friday, I'm flying every day for the next 4 days. Today, I'm doing nothing for the next 3. I was on two trips, then I was on 3 trips, now, I'm off. One pilot called in sick, so I had a quick quick recovery, now, they double book another pilot and in the process of un-fucking that little gem, they kicked me off this last trip. Because the people I work with are... well, whatever.

Speaking of...

Morons. Over at Staghounds the .gov is just a fallin all over themselves to...

I guess, breath some life into the economy?