Archive for December, 2008

And thankfully this time it's not me We gave Gunner a bath last night and realized he's become a portly little sucker. Update - Just so y'all know, he's soaking wet in the picture above. Here's a side shot to illustrate how chunky he's gotten.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/30/2008 12:20:27 PM | Feedback (9)
This is a hoot. Brady background checks for 2006 - 8,209,900Total number of convictions from felons trying to buy guns - 73 That's a whopping 0.00009% I wonder if maybe, just maybe felons don't normally buy their guns from a retail store?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2008 8:13:38 PM | Feedback (11)
Tanya started blogging. Holy crap. 10 frickin' years. I've been doing this for like 4 years or so. I think she started posting using a 300 baud modem on a TRS-80 or something.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2008 3:48:44 PM | Feedback (5)
I've mentioned before my immediate neighbor liked guns and the house on the other side is for sale, but the previous owner was a gun owner as well. Two houses down from that one are some great people who had a little holiday get together last night and we dropped by and got to know some other neighbors. The gentleman that lives across the street from me doesn't own any guns, but expressed interest in learning, and I'm going to take him up on that opportunity (maybe finally score some points on...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2008 9:41:02 AM | Feedback (5)
Happy Blogoversary!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2008 9:23:37 AM | Feedback (1)
No. Go drink some eggnog or something. Don't you have family you should be spending time with? Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,        to us a son is given,        and the government will be on his shoulders.        And he will be called        Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,        Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Merry Christmas, all!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/24/2008 10:28:09 PM | Feedback (3)
So, my cold is pretty much gone. Still have some sinus crunk to expel, but not feeling all that awful. I'm on vacation for two week. Woohoo! I need to hit the range at some point and that means I need to load some 10mm and the remaining .45ACP I have. I'm probably going to have to wait until mid Jan to purchase bulk 45 bullets. Why? Well, you see, I've been using my Hi-Def video camera for all sorts of things, and the Mrs. got onto me about editing the footage so I can send it around to the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/23/2008 3:01:12 PM | Feedback (10)
I'm in shorts. It's like in the low 80's. In fact, I took my daughters to go see Santa two nights ago. In shorts. You can come back and laugh at me during hurricane season, but until then, I'll just be in a light t-shirt, sipping iced tea to stay cool.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/23/2008 2:46:44 PM | Feedback (5)
My daughters were having a blast. We left when the LARP'ers showed up...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/21/2008 2:02:45 PM | Feedback (10)
This morning, at precisely 4 am, I woke up with a splitting migraine to go along with my cold. I got out of bed around 3:30 PM to grab a small bite to eat, then went back. Worst day in a long time. My migraines usually don't last that long, and at 9:10, I'm still feeling like crap. That would be why I've been quiet all day. Hopefully tomorrow will find me feeling better.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/18/2008 9:11:36 PM | Feedback (5)
This morning, I woke up with a small tickle in my sinuses. By the time I'd finished my shower (the one rare time of the day that pants simply aren't necessary!) I knew the truth - I had managed to pick up a cold. By lunch time, I could barely move. Every last muscle in my body ached and my throat felt like I had gargled lava. I took off early and came home. Now, I feel like $#&*. Total, complete $*&(. If it's anything like a normal cold / flu for me, I'll feel decent by Friday and all...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2008 9:18:49 PM | Feedback (5)
For my 10 year anniversary at work, we were given a catalog of "Crap you wouldn't re-gift to people you hate" and from there, I got a cheap ass Tasco telescope. It's tripod is made of the flimsiest plastic so that the soundwaves from your heartbeat cause it to vibrate and the optics are of the highest quality Saran wrap, ensuring that stars are generally a faint, blurry dot (don't even think about using the Barlow lens unless you like your stars to look like a cheap 3D comic that requires red...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2008 12:27:30 PM | Feedback (14)
Hunters who think nothing of selling out other's rights simply because they don't feel that certain classes of weapons are good enough for their sport are about to get a wake up call. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan dismissed the notion hunting rifles and shotguns are not the type of weapons authorities need to be worried about, noting they can cause harm if poorly safeguarded or stolen by burglars. "Taking these off the streets is as important as the taking the handguns off the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2008 11:05:29 AM | Feedback (10)
So, I've been eating oatmeal every morning, Cheerio's at night, avoiding deep fried foods, and drinking some plant extract crap that's supposed to actively remove cholesterol. In about 3 months, my cholesterol level has gone from 218 to 196. I'm now accustomed to my new diet so maintaining it shouldn't be a problem. I still get to eat 5 Guys burgers every here and there as well as wings and pizza, I'm just more cautious about eating them all the time. And I like Cheerio's, so that's not a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2008 10:48:59 AM | Feedback (3)
Fingerprints can be lifted even if you wipe down the firearm Researchers at the University of Leicester and the Northamptonshire police have teamed up to develop a technique to see fingerprints even if a metal surface has been wiped down. When people hold metal objects, the natural residues on their hands, like sweat, corrode metal surfaces. Their technique is particularly useful with cartridge casings, because the heat from shooting the weapon helps to imprint the fingerprints on the metal....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2008 9:13:28 AM | Feedback (2)
Other gunnies are talking about the 5 things they want for Christmas from Gun-Santa. I've been a really bad boy this year so I'm not even getting a lump of coal, but if I were to get a chance to sit on St. Nick's lap, this is what I'd request A nice gun safe that's fireproof. The cheap ones only deter the really stupid criminals and in case of a fire, only leave a nice molten lump to remind you where you should have had a quality safe. A Knox SPECOPS Stock from Blackhawk. A 12 gauge is brutal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/16/2008 7:14:42 PM | Feedback (13)
Patrol: Car Topped 120 MPH In Chase Before Hitting Manatee Inn A woman fleeing state troopers reached speeds of nearly 130 mph before crashing into Knights Inn and sending five people to the hospital Sunday morning. Got it? Some bimbo decides that she's not going to stop for any cop, blows through a red light at 100 mph, and then crashes into a hotel injuring herself, a child, and an elderly woman (all in her car), as well as 2 others, all because car-nuts have the mythical "right" to own...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/15/2008 3:33:51 PM | Feedback (17)
Boy Charged With Having Gun At Hillsborough High TAMPA - A 15-year-old boy brought a .45-caliber handgun to Hillsborough High School today in an attempt to sell it, police say. Kevin Brantley was arrested at the school, 5000 E. Central Ave. His mother called Hillsborough High to report her son might have a gun, police said. The school was placed on lockdown for 90 minutes. ... Brantley had not found a buyer for the weapon, which he stole from his girlfriend's house, police said. We need to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/15/2008 11:40:10 AM | Feedback (0)
Not sure where I was at, but one of my news alerts lead me to a blog post that yammered on and on about gun nuts and how we were basically psychopathic idiots who put guns in front of everything else. Normal stuff, but one thing stood out in my mind. The author accused the NRA / GOA / CCRKBA / {insert random firearm group here} of not caring about freedom of speech or any other constitutional protections since it didn't actively push them. It's a logical fallacy that just because someone...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/15/2008 11:07:34 AM | Feedback (5)
The Second Amendment Book Bomb on Bill of Rights Day, December 15!http://www.secondamendmentbook.com/ Monday, December 15, marks America’s Bill of Rights Day, the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. To commemorate this event, the Second Amendment Book Bomb website has been created, a unique and powerful way to communicate the importance of the Bill of Rights’ Second Amendment for the protection of liberty. With your help, we can launch constitutional...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/14/2008 8:19:40 PM | Feedback (1)
Or not... Aggression can be a very positive trait in some circumstances. Don’t believe me? When somebody decides to victimize you, and the cops aren’t anywhere around, try giving them a hug and understanding their childhood. When he gets done strangling you with your own pantyhose, let me know how that turned out for you. Larry gives a gun-fearing-wussy one hell of a smackdown
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2008 2:08:09 PM | Feedback (2)
Looks like a fellow blogger is now a death dealer Bison Armory is go! As a wholly owned subsidiary of Fudge Enterprises, Bison Armory will be selling AR-15 barrels in 6.8 SPC. This is a little side venture on my part in order to fill the gap left by Tim Hicks at Ko-Tonics/Cardinal Armory since he went out of business. These barrels are made by E.R. Shaw, the same company that made Tim's barrels, and they will be made to the same specs. We're going to benefit from Tim's effort, and I'm passing...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2008 1:08:33 PM | Feedback (4)
Seem like a lot of people are looking at creating business cards for their blog. Here at Sharp as a Marble Enterprises, I'm always looking to make a quick buck, so I'm offering my services to all interested parties. I am offering 1000, full color business cards plus design of said cards for $100. Cards are full color on both sides with glossy, UV protection. I can also do runs of 250 and 500, but there's not much cost savings ($90 and $95 respectively). These are printed by a professional...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2008 9:10:45 AM | Feedback (9)
Join Facebook. Be my friend. Get to see a picture of me from high school sportin' the layered hair and the mullet. Oh, and about 65 pounds lighter.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 10:02:06 PM | Feedback (7)
Same chapter, same verse Seems Lloyd Garver isn't too happy about law abiding citizens having the ability to protect themselves in National Parks Which do you think is going to happen first, or more often: A law-abiding citizen with a permit to carry a concealed weapon will use his gun to protect himself or his property? Or, there will be a tragic accident involving a drunk and a gun, an animal and a gun, or a little kid and a gun? Well Lloyd, considering accidents with guns are extremely...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 8:24:56 PM | Feedback (9)
Running through some of my logs, I noticed a hit from a public school system. Love the search terms (I blanked out the school and address to protect the innocent) Now, with all the talk of some schools teaching their kids to fight back instead of simply giving in to an attack, I can see where this kind of search is apropos - Teacher - "Tommy, what do we do when a gunman enters the classroom"Little Tommy - "We grip 20% harder and aim three quarters high"
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 12:27:10 PM | Feedback (8)
It must suck for anti-gun groups like Brady to have to defend disarming people when there's so many stories of people successfully protecting themselves The two masked men entered Big Bob's Liquors on Richmond Avenue at 9:59 p.m., police said in a statement describing the shooting. One of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it "directly at one of the two store clerks then on duty," the statement says. One of the store clerks pulled his own gun and shot the alleged robber several times,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 12:10:40 PM | Feedback (5)
Michael Bane gets a look. I'm interested in the pistol as well. I hope some day I can take one out for a spin.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 12:03:25 PM | Feedback (0)
Another year! Happy Blog Birthday Mike W!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 7:28:44 AM | Feedback (2)
Who is that amazing gun-themed artist who does such wonderful work like this??? Why isn't that guy hired to do all sorts of gun related web sites* where he could be bartered with for guns and ammo? *My guess is he's lazy and doesn't try hard enough to get business
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/10/2008 11:19:14 AM | Feedback (1)
Most natural born Americans would be reaching for a lawyer right about not, but not Dong Yun Yoon: SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) — A Korean immigrant who lost his wife, two children and mother-in-law when a Marine Corps jet slammed into the family’s house said Tuesday he did not blame the pilot, who ejected and survived. ... “Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident,” a distraught Dong Yun Yoon told reporters gathered near the site of Monday’s crash of an F/A-18D jet in San Diego’s...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/10/2008 10:58:48 AM | Feedback (11)
I got to shoot a gun!!! And it was awesome!!! It's a shame though that, being Canadian, this isn't as easily done on a regular basis, but it just goes to show guns aren't quite as scary as they seem.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/10/2008 10:23:48 AM | Feedback (1)
Salmonella and nipples
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/10/2008 10:02:55 AM | Feedback (14)
Truer words have not been spoken. Of course, it's not what you pervs think...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2008 1:31:26 PM | Feedback (3)
Last week I was getting some coffee when I happened to overhear a conversation from some coworkers. Now, in my building we have a call center who employs people who's sole job it is to answer phones, so these are not high skilled workers by any stretch of the imagination. A few of them were chatting by the coffee (if the swill we have here can be called that) about the fact that they weren't going to be able to make their rent payments this month. What floored me was one of the girls'...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2008 9:27:05 AM | Feedback (5)
Bill Quick attempts to buy a rifle. In California. The sending FFL has to go to a special web sight and jump through three pages of hoops. I, of course, pay an additional $100 to support the California FFL transfer system. And at the moment, I don’t know whether the seller will even want to go through this insane rigamarole. I took another look at GunsAmerica, and saw that several sellers will no longer sell to California residents. No doubt the authors of this latest bullshit think that is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2008 7:52:42 AM | Feedback (2)
I'm not a scientist, nor do I play one on the Interweb Tubes, but I still can't believe it would be that big of a deal to put a pair of wipers on the solar panels of the rovers we send to Mars. It seems like this story happens a bit The deck of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is so dusty that the rover almost blends into the dusty background. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CornelFull Image and Caption Any of you mad rocket scientists out there care to explain why a small set of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2008 1:02:45 PM | Feedback (20)
Or in this case, Butter Knife = Weapon You see, it's a knife, and since knives are designed to cut things, they are weapons! Intent be damned!!! I find it jaw droppingly impossible that the local Bed, Bath, & Beyond would be considered on par with Gun Crazy Larry's Death Emporium. How frickin' neutered does a society have to be to literally restrict the sale of common dining utensils? Now, I have to admit if crime in England was so in control that the only recourse for criminals was to use...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2008 10:16:35 AM | Feedback (7)
Managed to score a little time to hit the range yesterday. Had to choose between clinging to my religion or my guns, and due to several factors the guns won out. While I enjoy going to the range with others, this outing required my complete concentration as I was testing out a new set of reloads in various weights / charges with the .45ACP. I loaded up some of the lead bullet samples from Mastercast and tested them out. I had 185 grain SWC, 200 grain SWC and 225 grain RN all pushed by various...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2008 9:37:18 AM | Feedback (10)
It's pretty clear by now that H-S Precision does not care about the backlash from printing an endorsement from Lon Horiuchi, the FBI agent who shot and killed Vicki Weaver while she held her 10 month old baby. Calling their low key response (they didn't announce it and only hid it on their web page) tepid would be like calling ice hot. My opinion is that they're not concerned about this for a mix of two reasons. I don't believe they make their money selling directly to you and me and I'd assume...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/6/2008 7:01:22 PM | Feedback (7)
My oldest, Georgia, played her very first soccer game today. She scored the first goal for her team. I'm so proud!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/6/2008 6:56:50 PM | Feedback (5)
Would barely be a quarter right... To Our Valued Customers: H-S Precision has received comments relating to individual testimonials in our 2008 catalog. All of the testimonials focused on the quality, accuracy and customer service provided by H-S Precision. The management of H-S Precision did not intend to offend anyone or create any type of controversy. We are revising our 2009 catalog and removing all product testimonials. Sincerely,The Management of H-S Precision They sat on this for how...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/5/2008 8:29:49 PM | Feedback (2)
I've got answers. From a coworker Subject: gun-as-medical device What do you suppose it cures? http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16207-gun-for-the-disabled-classed-as-medical-device.html to which I've replied Well, for arthritic women in wheelchairs who don't have the upper body strength to correctly hold and fire a regular pistol, it cures rapists and thugs hellbent on attacking the weak. One dose from this device and said rapist or thug is cured of their desire to ever harm another...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/5/2008 1:35:33 PM | Feedback (9)
Let's say there was a spate of toothpick stabbings at local nursing homes. Out of 23,319 nursing home patients in one city, the spate actually only involves 5 stabbings (and really only 2 people doing the stabbing), but apparently a spate doesn't require that many instances to be considered an epidemic. Anyway, the local meeting of miniature despots council members meet and decide that the best way to keep toothpicks out of criminals' hands is to force registration of said timber based dental...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/5/2008 12:50:07 PM | Feedback (7)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/5/2008 9:14:16 AM | Feedback (2)
There's a post over at Say Uncle that's more than 2 lines long. The author line says Uncle, but that's a dubious claim to say the least.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2008 2:41:50 PM | Feedback (2)
Did you know that was the rate of fire of a Micro-Uzi? Apparently neither did this dickhead attorney "A Micro Uzi is made by and for the Israeli Armed Forces and is intended to meet the operational needs of Israeli Special Forces," Hampden District Attorney William Bennett said in a news release. "It is not a hunting weapon. It has a rate of fire of 1,700 rounds per second." Wow. That would pretty much mean the barrel was packed with moving bullets, tip to butt. One hell of a bolt carrier...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2008 1:15:51 PM | Feedback (6)
Fine... I'll do it 1. Started your own blog. (duh)2. Slept under the stars. (and rain. Thanks USMC!)3. Played in a band.4. Visited Hawaii.5. Watched a meteor shower.6. Given more than you can afford to charity.7. Been to Disneyland.8. Climbed a mountain.9. Held a praying mantis.10. Sang a solo.11. Bungee jumped.12. Visited Paris.13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (see #3)15. Adopted a child.16. Had food poisoning.17. Walked to the top of the Statue of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2008 11:12:05 AM | Feedback (4)
Mad Rocket Scientist emailed me last night with a link to this story regarding the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Speaking of the comments, MRS says A common debate, played out in a predictable fashion The article itself was primarily about the actual rarity of terrorist attacks (24x7 news coverage amplifies the effect, yet terrorist attacks are still rare) and the security measures that fail to prevent them. However, the comments took on a life of their own. Let me summarize JohnMcLane- This...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/4/2008 11:02:01 AM | Feedback (8)
Greg points out some interesting statistics for CCW here in Florida Additional stats from 10/1/1987 (when shall issue licensing was passed) to 10/31/2008 (the last full month of data available): 1,408,907 licenses have been issued. 533,181 of those are current and active. 166 have been revoked due to a gun-related crime. ... In further conversations, he discovered that 3,716 permits were revoked due to crime. So let's use the bigger number for grits and shins. "AHA!" say the anti-gun people....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2008 1:39:41 PM | Feedback (5)
DoubleTapper emailed me the other day about a great post of his on IDF snipers. I totally failed to link to it (sorry DT) but I just read another sniper post this time on training, and thought I'd make up for it by linking to 'em both here. DoubleTapper is a great read for Israeli related gun and military information, so if he's not on your blogroll or in your blog reader, he should be!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2008 12:09:26 PM | Feedback (1)
If you look back on this blog just two years ago, you'll notice I rarely posted about guns. Heck, a few years before that and it was all politics (ah... the salad days of 2000+ daily hits), then I simply was aimless for a while. However, I began to realize that it was in my best interest to be able to defend myself if need be. Now I am 6'3", two hundred and something pounds, walk with a purpose and make eye contact with people, so I don't project "EASY TARGET", but that doesn't preclude me from...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2008 10:36:57 AM | Feedback (10)
A buddy of mine bought his first handgun ULTRA-PORTABLE-DEATH-MACHINE and takes it to the range. But my pattern did give me a happy inner glow, more confidence in the weapon, and some 'strange satisfaction'. I know of that feeling. I'm not sure I can describe it in words, but it has a lot to do with the realization that you're not powerless.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2008 4:37:02 PM | Feedback (3)
The other day the Mrs and I were towing our crew around when we passed a funeral. Georgia, my 6 year old, exclaimed "Looks like someone is dying today. And they're throwing a party"
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2008 1:15:18 PM | Feedback (4)
Mel 'Who Needs Immigration Laws' Martinez isn't going to be running in 2010 Martinez was somewhat vague about the reasons but said it was not because of the expected difficulty of a re-election battle. He said he has never wanted a lifelong career as an elected official and simply wants to go back to private life. Bullshit. Martinez is a failure. I mean, he'd have made a great Democrat, but he's more RINO than anything. Bigger government, more illegal immigration, etc. Now, I have doubts about...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2008 12:09:58 PM | Feedback (3)
Breda, the world's most awesome, armed librarian, posted a link to Lt. Col. Grossman's popular article on Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. I love the story because it explains perfectly the mindset of so many anti-gun individuals We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2008 9:59:46 AM | Feedback (13)
Meet Gustav. Gustav is a 4th generation piano wire maker. Using the skills his father taught him (and who's father taught him), Gustav painstakingly crafts some of the most beautiful piano wire known to man, used in only the best concert pianos in the world. His handiwork is known not only for the perfect pitch they produce, but also for their strength and durability. Now, meet Timothy. Timothy is being garroted by one of Gustav's piano wires (Middle C, in fact). Instead of Gustav's intent that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/1/2008 8:17:53 AM | Feedback (8)