Friday, January 22, 2016

Why didn't someone tell me about this?

I'm not vain, exactly, but I do like to see if anyone shows up here to read my musings.  I'm also pretty familiar with what my average page views are, so when I see an anomalous number, I like to know where the traffic is coming from.  This time it was The Gun Feed.  It's sort of like The Drudge Report for guns.  Yeah, we're adding that one to the links.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nice rack

One of the things that I have always been just jealous as hell about is the seemingly effortless way professional trainers and shooters rack the slide on a semi-automatic pistol, especially when they rack it back and lock it.  There, I've said it--my secret shame.

I have watched these guys do this for years.  I've watched YouTube video after YouTube video, and I've practiced until I've bled--all over my gun.  I can rack a slide, but it doesn't seem to be that smooth effortless looking movement I see on my screen.  Hanging the slide on the slide lock feels awkward to me.

Well, sometime in the last week or so I ran into an article by Kathy Johnson, oh she of The Cornered Cat fame, in which she is speaking to females who have problems racking the slide on a semi-auto.  For women, this is not an unusual problem.  I've heard some of this in various place before, but never in the depth she goes into it.  I've not had a lot of spare time, but I have had some time to experiment a bit, and the part on locking the slide back works!  The concept is so simple I can't believe I never stumbled onto it myself.  I'm still having to work out some of the fiddly parts (Thumb goes exactly where?), but I believe this will be a major improvement for me.  None too soon either, because those damn twinges in my knuckles are probably the family history of arthritis starting to show up.  I'm going to need all the help I can get.

Who says an old dog--even one of the wrong sex--can't learn a new trick?  Heck, I may even learn to catch the ejected round in the air some day.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dear China,

If the OPM database didn't give you enough information, try the Real ID database.  It ought to be just what you need.

I suppose when my current NC driver's license is renewed, I'll have to look into what it takes in terms of documents to get the BS Real ID version.  I can tell you that I will not open myself up to the fun and games a number of my acquaintances are suffering through because of the OPM breach.  I may simply have to acknowledge that I have flown on my last commercial flight.  Not a big deal, the last time I flew was...2008 maybe?

I wonder how they will handle it when someone needs to go into a Federal building for business and doesn't have the super-special license?  Will they come out and do business in the lobby, or will we be denied their services?  Either way, this will get hysterical fast.

I'm not even"SMH" at this point.  I'm wondering where I go to get my country back.  Or is that even possible at this late date?

The Gun Salesman of the Decade as economic stimulator

I was trolling through the local newspapers this morning when this gem popped up in one of them.  Funny, I hadn't thought of it like that.