Hoiberg hosted him at a game only last month.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I remember she seemed like a nice woman at a fundraiser held to help her children shortly before she passed. My wife says this was something she would do.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Finally got around to watching Sucker Punch this week. The action sequences were bad ass. Hell, so bad ass I didn't even notice the B-25 had a jet engine on the right side during my first viewing. And I never picked up on the mirror tricks until I watched the behind the scenes stuff. I just assumed CGI. Nope. Fooled me.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Loaded up some 300 BLK loads recently. Left them in the truck all week in the cold weather. It was a balmy 12 degrees when I ran these. Only problem was one 20 round pmag not feeding. Rounds 3 through 20 were fine, the first two shots ejected but didn't take a new round.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
I may go back a save and stash 1/2 of the cash in a different stock before pulling the remainder out. Or just blow some shit up...
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
NBC interrupted an old SNL for Obama to shout "SQUIRREL!" about some deal "he" worked with Iran. I think I would rather watch Lady Gaga. Maybe if he would put effort into listening to people in this country....
Okay, so Iran pulled the same scam on Obama that he pulls on the stupid party. "Freeze" Iran's program, lift sanctions and talk later. Expert foreign policy my ass...
Friday, November 22, 2013
Speaking of renewal notices, nice of Harry Reid to give one to the filibuster rules in the Senate. Commence packing of the judiciary! Looks like Tom Harkin wants to go the full Lincoln and change more rules, because fuck reaching across the aisle, that bipartisanship is for pussies without the media covering their asses.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Just saying. 50 years this Friday since Lee Harvey Oswald, Communist defector, shot John F. Kennedy. Not some vast hokey conspiracy with Elvis and a time machine. One asshole with a surplus rifle. Not the city of Dallas or some Texas hate machine.
If anything, Ruby was doing what any pissed of American would do. Avenging the death of his president.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Oh, and those people who have lost their policies due to Obamacare....
A can of
Verifying that the press is locked in position after indexing saves cases. I placed marks on the press as visual aids, but mostly a slight tug as I'm guiding the bullet into the seating die does the trick.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
|Pardon my mess|
What I've found works for me is to load in 2 steps. The first run thru de-primes, (I love the primer system, with a hose on the end to drop them directly in a trash can) sizes and bells the case mouth. Then I clean the cases. (cough, sometimes, cough) Hand priming is next, mainly because I am a control freak with primers. You have to go by feel, not sight when priming cases with a progressive press. Maybe I will get used to it. I doubt it. I then feed the cases back into the press with nothing in position one. Two has the belling die. Three is the powder drop- which is just freaking cool to watch in action. Position four seats the bullet, after a quick visual powder check. Five is a Lee Factory Crime Die. I'd say 99% of the time the autoeject works perfectly. I can load 200 primed cases in less than 30 minutes working at a steady pace. I am now out of 40 S&W brass to reload, other than roughly 50 cases held in reserve.
Why buy a progressive press when I'm not using it as one? The real reason I wanted a progressive was to reduce case handling. To load 100 rounds on my single stage, I was touching each case 6 times- sizing, belling, priming, powder drop, bullet seating and crimp die. My hands start cramping by round 50. (Okay, the night I de-glocked, sized and belled 1200 cases was, in hindsight, a bad idea) I thought about a turret press. Couldn't see that much of an advantage over a single stage, though the Lee with the auto advance would almost work the same- size, bell on one die plate, hand pump primers, swap heads powder, seat and crimp on the other die plate.
Below is a quick test of my first batch. That Streamlight helps keep the muzzle on target.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
A deal for the $40 Midway wants, and a steal for $32 locally.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Just think, Chicago requires victims to be disarmed on the trains. If they ever get around to issuing any permits.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Also, something George Bush did better than Obama. Not that rampant free shit is anything to brag about, and was one of many things I thought could not stand about Bush*, but Hah-Hah.
*I always disliked the growth of .gov under Bush, but Obama makes him look like a piker.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
"What? Are you packing it in early?"
"Dude, I've gone through 200 rounds and I'm shooting again Wednesday. I can watch people shoot just fine...."
Broke steel target holder rev 3.0. I underbuilt this one to see how weak I could make it. Now I know.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Stopped by the gun show at the fairgrounds last night. Now I know where all the 22lr bricks are going. Almost bought a red SR22. Stuck with powder and some once fired brass. The latter so I can stop the Gollum routine at the range over 45 auto cases. Picked up more steel targets.
Also ran into the Ruger American Rifle in 22lr. Hmm. And a Rock Island in 10mm. 300 blackout was $13 a box from one vendor.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Prepped 700 cases tonight. That kinda sucked. Including 200 odd cases that needed the Glock bulge removed* and 40 or so that needed a trim. But they are ready to prime and go anytime now. Though I do need to check the case length on the 45 brass...
*I had to buy more storage bins today for all the 40 S&W brass I've collected. Oh, woe is me, I know.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It is safe to say the round count on the FNX 45 just passed 1K. The only problems have been reloads not strong enough to cycle the heavy slide.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I have shot more 40 and 45 this year than 22LR by a factor of about 20. Just throwing that out there. Most of that was today through Ace's MKIII Ruger. It annoys him that I shoot it better than him. That one is easy- I always shoot other people's guns better than I shoot my own. He asked if I wanted to buy it. (not right now, plus, if I buy it, I won't shoot it as well.)
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Hugh Jackman is in Iowa today to premiere his new movie in Iowa Falls. I guess his agent's dad is reopening the theater there. I briefly considered going, but tickets were starting at $100. So what pops up on Facebook? A picture of one of my cousins with Jackman. Hanging around town. Damn.
Bought GTA V. After the initial missions, did the usual. Explored and "test drove" cars. A Boss 302 is pretty slow when you want to pass tractor trailers on two lane roads. I was happy to find a pre-86 Toyota pickup, and excited to find a '50s Powerwagon. Which I promptly destroyed on a mountainside. Whoops. Hit some deer. Punched cows. Literally.
The cops are definitely modeled on the LAPD. Expect to see many shot up blue pickup scenes. The police will and do react to NPCs as aggressively as they do to you. Strangely, I got in more trouble shooting coyotes than dogs. Professional courtesy?
Thursday, September 19, 2013
*My crappy tin can brand sail foam (T-mobile, not an Obama phone, those would work) doesn't play well with I-wireless, and I don't have data roaming because: cheap! So I lived with the hotel Wi-Fi. Since I've laid off some of the political posts, I don't have a lot of content stored up to dump out. I probably should throw those posts out there, I feel better bitching about stuff like that. I do feel pretty good about the post I nuked Monday, since it was based on the bullshit news of that day and not what really happened.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
So, I've been busy, with little to no internet. Did I miss anything?
Besides the mass shooting (without a rifle) by an Obama voter? (Because his family claims just that, not the black thing)
Oh, and I guess Jay G is moving out of Massachusetts. You really do miss a ton once in awhile.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Playing with 40 S&W reloads. 135 grain Nosler jhp over 7.2 grains bullseye. Punchy. 180 grain Berry's over 3.8 grains bullseye. Ran. Dropped it to 3.6 grains for the next few to try next time. CCI small pistol.
I like the Lee deglocking kit. I saved a metric ton of Tula brass cases fired by a coworker's G23. The kit removed the bulges just fine for use in my M&P.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
I would say 1.4 would describe it properly. I was operating in beta mode for the last year. The press was attached via c-clamp to a drafting table, as was the powder measure. All of my tools and brass were organized along the lines of "where the hell did I put that?" This is a vast improvement over that mess.
The bench might be a little tall- it is actually more comfortable to drop powder while standing. I am debating pegboard vs a cabinet for the top half. But, all that costs money. So far, I'm out a box of screws and the plastic bins. The lumber was scrap from work. I might build a second bench in the garage.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Mix of FNX45 shooting Federal 230 grain FMJ and M&P357 (Fo-tay barrel) shooting WWB 180 grain.
It is fun watching the lead explode off to the sides of the target. (Is that bad?) The holder is shredded along the edges. I really need to rework it to a simpler, A frame design.
Added: I always roll video after I shoot a good run. And proceed to shoot my worst runs of the day. Pretty sure there is a rule for that.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The doe stood up and looked at him funny.
Oh, about that mountain lion sighting. The official story is that they have a photo....
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I'd try it out today, but it is stupid hot out. I mowed the
Monday, August 26, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
At the Iowa Firearm Coalition Second Amendment Rally today, at Brownell's complex in Searsboro. Nice place.
My wife got in on the action too. She chose the Browning M1919.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Why does this remind me of The Pirates! Band of Misfits movie from last year?
*Not that I condone the random eating of swans or anything.
Suddenly, I have the urge to buy Samson or MI rails. Way to piss away the goodwill Troy received from the gun community after the Dick's fiasco.
Update: They claim to have rescinded the hiring.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
I found this little gem while clearing my targets. Looks like the UMC bullets. Or it could have been there before me. There was a bunch of aluminum Blazer cases mixed in with the 22lr left over from the Ruger rimfire competition last weekend. This was just beyond one of my targets.
Well, I need more pistol trigger time. If I did my part, it shot fine. If I didn't, well, blah.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
I was telling him about how some M&P9 fullsize models shoot funny. So, I proceeded to shoot one of the best groups in my life. He was laughing his ass off each time I shot the bullseye. I did shoot the G23 well- it is a nice size.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
This week, they were making a bra for a bounty hunter to carry her gun in. Short version, they stitched a holster onto a bra. One of the hosts ran around with a squirt gun in it (not the LC9 the customer normally carries, is there a blue gun LC9?) and proclaimed it satisfactory. Drawing consisted of whipping out the girls before grabbing the gun. The customer seemed satisfied.
It was funny watching the seamstress laugh at the saleswoman- she expressed shock that the former carrys a gun. Though the latter did lampshade that the gun would print. They took the saleswoman to a range to shoot a gun. She seems good at her job; she sold the woman demonstrating the gun on coming to the store.
The previous episode was the hosts turkey "hunting" with a husband or family member. They made the women of Duck Dynasty look like ninjas.
Overall, the show didn't seem overtly antigun. Shocking, how times have changed. Maybe I'll give the show a second chance.
* I was pretty sure I'd watch anything featuring boobs. I may have found my limit.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
While charging cases, they are in the white tray. If you note the powder level in these cases, it is only 29.4 grains of Re10x.*
Grab a bullet, seat it and place it in the green tray. 90 grain Speer TNT, in this case.
Use the Lee Factory Crimp Die and place into case. Done.
I do posses more loading trays. But they are the "dirty" trays covered in case lube. I don't like that crap around powder period. The 40 trays are a handy, compact way to keep brass together. 9mm trays work fine for .223 Remington based cases.
*I now know what I did to screw up. Besides not putting powder into 4 cases and not checking the powder level before seating bullets. Note the height of powder in these cases- some are very near the top, others not so much. Hornady cases vary in weight by lot number. Of the 100 once fired cases I prepped tonight (primed with a CC450 primer) 20 weighed in at 117-120 grains. 80 of them weighed 127-130 grains. The lighter cases have more case volume. Meaning a lower powder level in those cases. Most of the last batch were of the high volume variety. Save for one. I fixated on that one, (#21 of 30) weighing the powder two or three times to assure myself it had the same charge. I then skipped to #26 and continued charging cases. And failed double check my work before continuing.
With 300 BLK I check every time. The powder level is so low in the case that it is almost never visible from an angle. I've done about 1K of them since the last time I loaded 6.8 SPC.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I Am A: Chaotic Neutral Human Ranger (5th Level)
Chaotic Neutral A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.
Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)
Did I say once? Because I did it again today. 4 squibs, no powder. And I know exactly what I didn't do. I didn't do a double check, by looking down the necks with a flashlight to check for powder. I have a routine for reloading 300 BLK, and when I switched back to 6.8 SPC, it was different. So all of my checks were tossed out, too. I can even visualize where the empties were sitting on the loading tray.
I developed my routine simply to reduce the number of cases sitting open with powder on a reloading tray, just in case I have to rush off and do something IMPORTANT! in the middle of reloading. Then come back to find half of the cases full and half empty. So I try to limit the number I drop powder on to 15 at the most, then immediately seat bullets. Lesson relearned.
At least none of these left the case. They were at most .010" longer. I did look down the bore from the breech end each time (AR15 for the win there!) to check for obstructions, until I was embarrassed enough to take my crap home to ponder it. Funny thing, once I got past the four, I'd have had smooth shooting from there on out. All the other cases weighed +/- 0.5 grain of each other.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
A coworker recently applied for his Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons. He was allowed to use an online course, and apply online. His only personal contact was when they had him come down and get his photo taken and hand him his permit. Time from sending the application to actually getting the permit? 8 days. A reduction of around 22 days, from the anecdotal evidence of 8 people I personally asked who have permits in Polk County. It could be that the numbers of new permit holders are dropping, guess I will find out at renewal time.
Where I work, we have gone from 1 coworker with a permit* to over 50%** since shall issue passed two and a half years ago. Technically, the first coworker moved on to a different employer, so all of the growth has come from new holders. And it is possible others have them, just they don't broadcast it like the rest of us do. ;)
*Another employee was a reserve sheriff deputy in another county. He also left, to become a real deputy. I don't count him because of the Some Animals Are More Special Than Others laws. Not that he was a bad guy, on the contrary he was pretty cool.
** If you take out the FNG's from out of state we just hired, it is closer to 75%.