On Ink, Powder, and Faith

On Ink, Powder, and Faith

Rolf Nelson shares a few thoughts at MOTW. After starting with exactly how complicated a simple-sounding question like "what is the best gun/ammo/etc to buy" can be, he digresses to the less than obvious complexities of fountain pens, for people who've only written with cheaply available ball-pojnt or gel pens... (and yes, ball point, at least technical pens, also can be a rabbit hole unto themselves): And yet, when we turn to a new thing, we often ask the “how complicated can it be?” idiot inquiry ourselves. “Fountain pen. Ink. Paper. What could possibly go wrong? I mean,…

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Gun-free Zones

Gun-free Zones

Not too long ago there were two shootings on military bases. The usual level of hysteria and amplification was likely dampened by the fact that the desired "angry white male" that the left and media (but I repeat myself) have been getting themselves off dreaming of since the days of the DC sniper, was typically, yet again furtively wished for yet not present. What might surprise most people, though likely fewer people who read me, is that military basis are largely de facto gun-free zones. This has prompted a couple articles that bring that point up. I know, I know,…

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Cover vs Concealment

Cover vs Concealment

Most people don't comprehend the difference between "cover"- something that protects you from shrapnel, bullets, etc., and "concealment" - something that hides you from sight. More to the point, they think that a lot of things are "cover" when they're actually "concealment" Several examples: Home materials 9mm penetration test Home penetration - drywall The thing is, depending on what the other guy is shooting, even a concrete wall won't provide cover for very long.…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

This is a week that perfectly fits under "improved user expereience," aka "it's a feature, not a bug." I cannot go into details, but the short version is that the week was supposed to start with a server migration, and then go on from there. As it turned out, the week was the server migration, struggling to find time to get other things that needed to be done while assisting the people actually responsible for said migration in troubleshooting, etc. Filed under things that did not work - the mysterious ability of the new server to access SMBv2/3 shares.…

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Red Flags at Morning, Take Warning

Red Flags at Morning, Take Warning

Who'd have guessed that the push for red flag laws might be supported by the left because it gives them excuses to report people for arbitrary reasons? Peter Grant notes that there are already threats to abuse red flag laws, with the attitude that, of course, anyone who wants a gun must be crazy. While I'm not sure how to best nail down the details, I'm still have the overall attitude that people who cannot be trusted outside the confines of a prison or institution should be in those self-same institutions if you want to take away their reights to…

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Stop Criminalizing Insanity

Stop Criminalizing Insanity

While I'd first come across a deeper look at the history of sanitariums in this country courtesy of Aydin Paladin, this related, and in many ways overlapping, video by Stefan Molyneux is the springboard for this post. While both videos are good, the critical subject Stefan covers in greater depth is the connection between crime rates and dumping the people who used to live in Asylums and Sanitariums into the streets to be supposedly cared for. Especially how they then went back down as the war on drugs and getting tough on crime re-institutionalized a lot of the people who…

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Roundup

Roundup

Not that some people are weeds. I'm mostly going to leave alone the shootings. One was an obvious leftist nut job, but hey, white and ostensibly male, so "violent white men". The other was more... complicated. But only barely, as the historically literate know that the whole class warfare based on race thing is based in old school progressivism. Not that "leftists are the real racists" gets any traction, but when the only thing remotely "right wing" in a screed full of income and social equality, environmental, and similar issues is the racial supremacy aspect, not an example of "right…

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Loading Your Magazines

Loading Your Magazines

Anyone spending time at the range has had to load multiple magazines, and doing it by hand, especially if you are loading the magazine to max capacity, can get painful on the tumb and other parts of your hand over the course of the day. Before you watch the two videos though, I'll give you the short version. If you're short on space, don't want to buy multiple loaders for your type of ammo, want something that is compact, mechanically simple, and can be used at the range or at home for loading 9mm, .45ACP, anything in between, or AR-15…

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