Sunday, May 22, 2005

Weekend catchup

Once again, we have returned from Camp Freehold safe and sound.

Saturday afternoon was devoted to range time. Son, one of my oldest friends and I took advantage of the sunny 78o weather to get in some trigger time. My Old Friend has been away from the sport for some time (his wife is somewhat hoplophobic), and I'm trying to rekindle his interest. Son, of course, is learning, currently on 50 yard steel targets. He's young, and that ping of lead on steel is just the motivator he needs to practice.

Daughter, on the other hand, decided to go bathing suit shopping. Somewhere, I've gone terribly wrong as a father....

At any rate, a good time was had by all, except for my HK-91 clone. After about 20 rounds, I started getting a consistent failure to eject (FTE). I was shooting some of 80s vintage (I think) South African 7.62 NATO ammo. I haven't shot this before, but I do have a friend who has run this through an AR-10 with no problems, so I don't think it's ammo related.

When I'd have an FTE, working the action would eject the spent round just fine. A couple were a bit tight, but still ejected without undue force. Brass looked like any other brass I've seen ran through an HK--disgusting. I broke the gun down tonight, and couldn't find any obvious damage. I gave it a good cleaning, and was more sparing on the lubrication, on the theory that I had over-lubed and was gumming up the works. I guess I'll have to take it to the range next weekend and see if that was the problem. Darn.

So let's have a quick look around my blogroll to see what's been going on while I've been having fun.

Sheila had a heck of a weekend with old friends. Having had a great weekend with Old Friend, I have to agree that old friends are the best friends.

Claire Wolfe speculates on the middle class being forced into outlawry (Is that a word?). Scary stuff, but I wonder if we may not all have to learn about is sooner rather than later.

Patrick Hughes finds himself in a sticky situation.

Blackfive reminds us of Armed Forces Day.

In the weekend news, we find the usual procession of sickos, weirdos and freaks. We also have the good news, bad news and good-and-bad news from the War on Terror.

Sometime soon, I'd like to do an essay on my thoughts on the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty and all our other wars and the unintended consequences of them. I'll try to start working on it, but don't look for it soon. I'm internally conflicted on some of it, and I expect the writing to help me sort out my thoughts.

In the meantime, I'm working on some more survivalist bits for the web site. If things will stay quiet on the home front this week and over the holiday, I may have a goody or two for you next week.

I'd also like to note another link from Kim du Toit to a post I wrote on yet another legislative monstrosity. (Kim was kind enough to answer an email plea to help me bring this to as many people's attention as possible.) As with the Real ID act, it's brought to us by the Republicans. I parted company with the Democrats many years ago because the party was taken over by it's lunatic fringe. I'm wondering if I won't be doing the same soon with the Republicans.

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