Archive for January, 2010

Ry Can’t do the math here (on bus), but someone claims that the lifetime of a barrel is 4 or 5 seconds – the bullet in contact for a fraction of a second with each shot, and 10k shots or so. Higher-end barrels last a shorter time, of course. Maths are hard, but I did some basic calculations. Granted, muzzle velocity is not constant through a barrel, it's kind of interesting to think of how long the bullet stays in contact with the metal. Looking at standard .223 mv's, considering a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2010 10:21:27 PM | Feedback (8)
California Pizza Kitchen decided to not allow open carrying in their restaurants. A group has decided to boycott them. Some people find the boycott silly. So far, I like the blog in the link above. It's got a pretty good mix of politics with a bit more of a left leaning flavor. Generally, the comments have been more discussion than poo flinging. Feel free to drop in join in the conversation.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2010 8:23:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Vicious Circle #37 is up with alan, JayG, aepilot Jim, Stingray & Labrat, and myself. Fun times with Beer Nuts and pickles in ZipLoc bags.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2010 9:20:22 AM | Feedback (1)
Not really. I'm just whoring for hits and apparently, iPad (look for the smaller iTampon soon) is the way to do it.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2010 3:43:26 PM | Feedback (5)
Google is funny, eh?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2010 4:01:32 PM | Feedback (6)
So this morning I was heading into work and I noticed a cop car behind me. Didn't really think much about it since I was only doing 72 (speed limit is 70). Until the &*(#! turned on his lights. I was like "Crap…" and started to pull over. The cop then passed me and pulled over a semi ahead of me instead. Looking at the cop as I passed, I realized it was my dad. Thanks, Pop!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2010 9:50:01 AM | Feedback (8)
So, today I picked up an internal terabyte hard drive for my server since the main drive was running out of space. Oh, there was 30G of space left to be sure, but that's cutting it close these days. So, at CompUSA, 1,000,000,000,000 bytes of storage was only $90. I remember picking up a one gig hard drive for several hundred dollars 15 years ago. So, now I have a Tb external drive, a Tb internal drive, plus almost a Tb spread amongst the other computers in the house. Nearly 3 whole terabytes...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2010 5:42:19 PM | Feedback (9)
Wonderful, hilarious blasphemy. Not even John Moses Browning is safe.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2010 10:28:09 AM | Feedback (2)
I've been swarmed with email. I also sold out of 9mm. All ammo is available first-come, first-serve. All reasonable offers accepted. For shipped ammo, buyer pays actual shipping. Feel free to contact me directly for additional info @ Local to central FL (Tampa area) or east TN (Knoxville area) (for a few days anyway on the TN portion) .22LR ---------------------------------- 17 bricks of federal bulk $20/brick 5 bricks of federal automatch $20/brick 4...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2010 8:59:51 PM | Feedback (2)
Todd Jarrett to leave Para USA and make his own line of 1911s.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2010 9:14:26 AM | Feedback (1)
Buddy of mine needs to offload some ammo. Let me know if you want any and I'll put you in contact with him .22 ---------------------------------- 17 bricks of federal bulk 5 bricks of federal automatch 4 or more (not entirely sure how many) 100-round packs of CCI minimags 9mm ---------------------------------- 2 250 round remington UMC bulk packs 8 50-round packs of blazer brass 200 rounds of WWB in plastic frankford arms cases .40 ---------------------------------- 300...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2010 1:13:09 PM | Feedback (16)
Yeah, plenty of others are covering it just fine. And I can't afford anything anyway, so sour grapes and all that.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2010 9:23:47 AM | Feedback (0)
As a celebration. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't consider Scott Brown the ultimate champion of liberty. He's not. As Bill Quick describes him It wouldn’t be possible in Massachusetts, for instance. Mitt Romney couldn’t have beaten Marsha Coakley. Sarah Palin could not have. Certainly Mike Huckabee couldn’t have. And Ron Paul would have been laughed out of the state. Scott Brown, a moderate, Rockefeller-style Republican, was the only sort of candidate who stood a chance, and so, because...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2010 9:06:34 AM | Feedback (3)
22 charged with bribery involving arms sales The indictments accused the individuals, including Smith & Wesson Vice President for Sales Amaro Goncalves, with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering involving the sale of items including guns and body armor. The FCPA prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials in order to secure business contracts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation set up sting operations that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2010 7:48:33 PM | Feedback (3)
Montieth Does anyone find it odd that the FTC has regulations and laws that are apparently structured to control how bloggers advertise a product they review and how those reviews have specific rules on disclosure ? And yet it's legal for a campaign to pay people to stand around with campaign signs as if they were actual supporters and NOT disclose such??
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2010 12:26:56 PM | Feedback (1)
Ted Kennedy just cast his third vote for Coakley.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2010 11:13:22 AM | Feedback (7)
GO SCOTT GO!!! That is all.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2010 9:04:27 AM | Feedback (1)
Seriously, guys. Bush has been out of office for nearly a year and even before then, the Democrats were in charge of Congress. It's time to put this away for good.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2010 8:31:02 AM | Feedback (5)
Woot memorializes Glenn Bell, creator of Taco Bell And that's been their business model ever since. Taco Bell sports a menu with myriad options but every single one of them consists of meat, beans, and cheese with either lettuce, tomato, or both. That's it. Sometimes it's shaped like a taco, or nachos, or a chalupa (whatever the hell that is), but the end result is the same: diarrhea and a solemn oath never to eat there again.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2010 9:19:52 PM | Feedback (3)
Trijicon apparently puts them on their gear. Which leads some Fundamentalist Atheist to declare a stamped coded reference to a bible verse is the EXACT same as "pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting" and a violation of the separation of Church and state. I get the whole not wanting a religion forced down your throat, really. In fact I'm in 100% agreement with the sentiment. But damn if some people don't make mountains out of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2010 1:50:30 PM | Feedback (18)
Hit Animal Kingdom yesterday with the family. Still can't get over the half-assed 'bag search' you have to go through. You could put a brick of C4 (complete with a Hollywood style timer and wires) by itself in a knapsack adorned with "I ♥ Martyrdom" and "Detonate if You Love Allah!" stickers and still get through. Now, I find the searches annoying and insulting, but not so much where I'm not going to go. I realize they're only for show and so far, I've not been hassled...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2010 8:43:01 AM | Feedback (11)
And he's already compensating for something She got up to check and she saw two Hispanic males men masks and armed with handguns walking towards her. She quickly closed the bedroom door but one of the men tried to force it open. The masked man kept telling her to open the door and she would not open the door. The woman told deputies that the home invaders shot through the door and hit her son on the left hip area. Her son had a 22 cal. Rifle and shot back at the alleged...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2010 12:15:13 PM | Feedback (7)
A quote from #gunbloggers_conspiracy discussing the need for calculators to do simple multiplication (12:07:55 PM) Salamander: I don't negotiate with integers. *Win*
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2010 12:10:22 PM | Feedback (4)
I've had something rattling around in my noggin for a long time and it's something I can't seem to ever get out in words to explain what I'm thinking. Thankfully, Say Uncle has a post that allowed me to be sarcastic in the comments, and I realized that's EXACTLY the point I've been trying to make From his post OK law makes it illegal to fortify home if you have drugs: bill that makes it unlawful for “any person to willfully fortify an access point into any dwelling, structure, building...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/14/2010 10:55:14 AM | Feedback (7)
Geek with a .45 on James Cameron's Avatar script saying "TROOPERS issue automatic weapons and magazines to a long line of mine workers. The miners lock and load like the redblooded redneck NRA supporters they are." Mr. Cameron, you ought to get down on your knees and thank whatever passes for your dear and fluffy blue $DEITY for the restraint that real flesh and blood redneck NRA supporters who don't inhabit your fantasy world have historically shown, and continue to show, in the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/14/2010 9:24:49 AM | Feedback (6)
At least his was based on something real The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2007, when it was pushed forward by two minutes, from seven to five minutes before midnight. The change was meant to reflect two major sources of potential catastrophe that could bring us closer to "doomsday," according to the board of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine focused on warning the world of the dangers that the invention of the atomic bomb helped to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2010 2:08:11 PM | Feedback (4)
Some petty tyrant wants a national database of felon DNA The House is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to require all felons to be tested so their DNA can be added to a national database for the rest of their lives. Current law requires DNA collection from people convicted of homicide, negligent homicide, first- and second-degree assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, arson, burglary and robbery. All felons. Including people who sell cat pelts, lobsters that are too short, or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2010 12:08:15 PM | Feedback (6)
Just got served a subpoena. Well, I didn't, one Bob Allen who apparently has my address did. Meaning, it's not me. I've never gone by Bob (although I had a dentist when I was a child who called me Bob but he had needles and drills, so I wasn't going to correct him). The case deals with two parties I've never heard of in Key West, a place I've not been in a decade or so. So, here's a court system that needed to subpoena someone and, one can only assume, tried a Google search and picked the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2010 11:31:00 AM | Feedback (11)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2010 8:26:31 AM | Feedback (3)
Number of shell casings collected by COBIS as of January 1: 258,700 Number of crimes solved because of COBIS as of January 1: 0 Sounds close to my percentage of dating success in high school. Stolen in its entirety from
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/12/2010 3:50:31 PM | Feedback (5)
Well, they're talking about legalizing pot, which would have the same effect What that means is if you are 21 or older you won’t face civil or criminal penalties for growing, possessing, transporting, selling, or using marijuana. Like with booze, you can’t smoke and drive or provide any to minors. I've always said that to disband the Libertarian Party, legalize pot. Then, the vast majority of Libertarians would be too stoned to bother with politics. Disclaimer – I say this in partial...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/12/2010 12:16:07 PM | Feedback (10)
Over the holidays, I took a new shooter, Allie, to the range. Allie's father took some pictures with his cell phone when we were there and graciously sent them to me (along with Allie's permission to use them here). Allie had a great time, just look at that smile. She enjoyed herself in a safe environment and learned that a firearm is not the mind controlling lump of evil metal it's portrayed as via the media and the Brady Bunch. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of many trips to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/12/2010 8:21:36 AM | Feedback (11)
From me, nonetheless, in a chat session Racism is an ugly thing. But not so ugly it trumps being a Democrat
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2010 11:08:15 AM | Feedback (3)
So, I managed to find a pretty darned up to date stub of a file that RSS Bandit could consume and rebuilt my feeds, but I'm still going to dump it for another application soon. I don't plan on using Google reader, though. I don't like a browser based application when it comes to RSS. I want something that can exist without having to leave a browser open. However, having a feed reader that is accessible from anywhere is a nice thing to think about, so I'm going to write my own. I've been...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2010 11:05:50 AM | Feedback (4)
It's flying jellyfishes. We are so screwed.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2010 11:04:15 AM | Feedback (1)
I've not ordered Domino's in probably a decade and have even turned it down when it was free. To say their pizza tasted like ass on a round piece of cardboard would be a major disservice to the culinary wonders of both ass and cardboard. So, when I heard about Domino's Pizza quite literally admitting their pizza was crap, I was intrigued. It's one thing to do customer focus groups and silently try to change your product, it's a completely different one to take the criticisms head on. Admitting...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/10/2010 6:00:05 PM | Feedback (6)
Well, my RSS aggregator, RSS Bandit, just took a dump. I lost my entire blog list. Every last one. Backups didn't seem to take hold either, so I'm quite literally going to have to start over from scratch in building my reading list. I'm really getting tired of RSS Bandit. I can't upgrade to the newest version as it locks up tight every few minutes. And this is like the 4th time this has happened (the other times I was at least able to find a decent backup). I'm not a fan of browser based...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/10/2010 10:52:55 AM | Feedback (24)
A retelling of "The Thing" from the perspective of the thing itself. Fascinating. I *wish* I could write like that. Hat tip David White Wolf over at Random Nuclear Strikes
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 4:00:51 PM | Feedback (4)
Caleb cannot get relief from his cold. He should consider himself lucky he hasn't been arrested and charged with a felony for attempting to purchase adequate amounts of pseudoephedrine start his own meth lab. Oh, and the PE shit they try to pawn off on as a substitute? Apparently, it's just as effective… as a placebo.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 2:02:25 PM | Feedback (5)
Is that it might be construed that I think the Republican candidate would be any better.   Depressing as hell to think about, isn't it?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 1:25:56 PM | Feedback (3)
This story is sad. The Fail Boat set sail early in this one and touched many ports. Here's the short story. Dude pulls a burglary in 1990 and is convicted. Does his time. Gets married, settles down, has a kid. Someone breaks into his home so he calls police. Police come, he shows them around, even points them to his wife's .22 and .380 she owned before they met. He's now busted and back in jail. At 18, Luke Groves made a bad decision and ended up with a felony conviction. I don't know the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 9:07:34 AM | Feedback (31)
Anytime you can manage to put the phrase "Dirty Sanchez" and the Brady Bunch in one post, you deserve the link
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 8:36:06 AM | Feedback (0)
EVER. Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you. That really is a Smith & Wesson J-frame revolver (a.k.a. a snubbie) with a laser sight, a flashlight, and a bayonet. Heretofore unseen, I have created the tactical snubbie. This is the Rooney of snubbies. Snub-a-rooney. You gotta see the picture. It's a sight to behold. JayG has really outdid himself on this one.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 6:55:17 AM | Feedback (5)
I got a sneak peak and let me tell you, tomorrow's Friday Gun Porn from JayG has it all. You'll see!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2010 10:09:59 PM | Feedback (0)
January 10th is No Pants Day! Hat Tip Top of the Chain
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2010 12:46:26 PM | Feedback (7)
Google refuses to show quick results that speak negative of Islam. This is intentional and not a bug. Somewhere, someone at Google specifically wrote code that targets those phrases. There are plenty of sites out there that state Islam is false, Islam is a lie, Islam is a bunch of pig molesters, etc. Google – Do No Evil : Pretty easy to accomplish when you simply prevent people from searching what evil really is.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2010 9:15:08 AM | Feedback (4)
Some assembly required. I signed it, but the tin ears of this administration doesn't listen to the wishes of the little people very often.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2010 10:57:17 AM | Feedback (5)
With the proliferation of cordless phones, the requirement for electrical power to make phone calls is more and more of an issue to consider during an emergency. Cell phones are a good backup, but calling 911 on a cell doesn't let the police know where you are. My phone is Internet based, and my internet connection is on battery backup (both the connection itself as well as the routers needed to connect everything). I have a corded phone in the house so that calls can be made even if the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2010 10:18:27 AM | Feedback (18)
They'd have been known as Crossbow Control, Inc. Clayton Cramer provides a fascinating look at bow and arrows and their usage (and control by the ruling class) The Battle of Crecy (1346) and even more so, the Agincourt (1415), demonstrated the foolishness of this approach. Those peasant English archers were quite effective because if you were practiced with it, you could unleash an incredible storm of arrows with an effective range of hundreds of yards from the longbow. But to be...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2010 9:19:03 AM | Feedback (2)
Michael Brendzel of Zel Customs (makers of the Tactilite uppers for your AR) asks Tactilite - The Affordable Fifty I wrote earlier that my goal for 2010 is to mainstream the .50 BMG.  I've gotten a few questions about that and a few folks got defensive, so I thought I'd clarify.  I think most people would agree that most shooters view the .50 BMG as an exotic caliber.  For many of those people, it's something that they would like to try.  Maybe even own.  But the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2010 9:35:56 PM | Feedback (11)
Than to get a Florida drivers license* To comply with U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations, Florida drivers must now provide additional documentation to receive new driver’s licenses. … Q: What documents are accepted? A: Certified birth certificates, passports, Social Security cards, automotive insurance bills, W-2 income tax statements, paychecks, utility bills, mortgage statements and rental leases, among others. At this point, it's probably easier to just forgo the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2010 7:41:22 PM | Feedback (9)
I saw Tam's jacket and thought it looked rather familiar.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2010 9:32:16 AM | Feedback (3)
You gotta teach 'em young
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2010 8:45:28 AM | Feedback (0)