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behold, the rover

Nope, that is neither my driveway nor my garage. 

There is, unfortunately, a reason for that. 

So Better Half and I drove up to the shop and we went through the whole pre-hand-off inspection, including a test drive, checking all the lights (one of the LED arrays has gone bad, but I am going to have to talk to the people who sold me the bulbs, not the shop), making sure everything [...]

yes, “gun control” supporters want you dead

… All for the damning reason of daring to exercise your Constitutionally-protected rights. 

By now, everyone has heard about the incident in Arizona where a firearm “instructor” paid the ultimate price for his own negligence.  It is unfortunate that someone is dead, but it is doubly unfortunate that a nine-year-old girl now has to suffer with the knowledge of having killed someone for the rest of her life. 

Make no mistake – I [...]

remember, people like @_NIKD_ vote

Occasionally, I am flat-out astonished at the mind-boggling ignorance of anti-rights cultists.  For example, take this gem:

 @_NIKD_: @Bloviate_Barbie @tazcat2011 @GH719 @wallsofthecity @Tomfreeusa | No, not necessarily. And robbery =/= assault. Mutually exclusive.

The person went on to rationalize that s/he was trying to make the argument that not all robberies include assault, but that is definitely not what s/he said.  Furthermore, to that point, I would argue that all robberies do include the [...]

that is not me driving it

But at least it is driving: 

You might have to click through to see the video if you are reading this on an RSS reader. 

No real estimate on when it might be done, but this was the first time it has been out of the shop in nine months, so I guess I should take what I can get. 

“gun sense” is a protection racket

Triangle Tactical brought my attention to this Facebook comment: 

… and does a wonderful job explaining how this action is a punishable misdemeanor – either Class 2 or Class 1, depending on how much property was destroyed – in North Carolina. 

However, another thought came to my mind. 

The entire “gun control” / “gun sense” / Moms Demand / Everytown / Bloomberg’s-tax-write-off movement has turned into nothing more than a protection [...]

on ferguson

When the only immediately-apparent difference between police forces and military units is the word “POLICE” emblazoned across their backs: 

… our country has a problem. 

Or, to put it another way: 

In fairness, we are not using the military as a police force in this case (though I understand the National Guard has been mobilized), but when you start giving the police retired military gear, and you train them in [...]

speaks for itself

In general, the anti-rights cultists have largely abandoned the lie of “only wanting to compromise”, which is just as well; it was always a lie, everyone knew it was always a lie, and it convinced no one. 

But, occasionally, you find a useful idiot who did not receive the memo: 

@comebackshane: @Soldier1eaODGrn Reasonable should be determined by an equal number of representatives from both sides. Compromise.

@wallsofthecity: The pro-rights community has been "compromising" [...]

sylvester stallone is riding his hypocrisy all the way to the bank

In general, I try not to let actors’ political positions and opinions from coloring my perception or reception of their work.  After all, they are entitled to their own opinions as much as anyone is, I am paying them to entertain me, not for their own personal opinions, and if I really threw a flag on every statist actor, I would not have much left to watch.  For example, Nathan Fillion is vocally anti-firearm, and [...]

home gunsmithing

Well, tinkering, at least. 

The promised parts from Kel-Tec arrived, and that seemed like a good time to do some work on the 1903 as well. 

The new extractor spring is actually different from the old one – it is about 5mm longer.  The angle in the metal is identical to the old one, and the metal itself seems similar, but it seems like it will apply more force to the extractor itself, [...]

catching up on technology

And boy has phone technology leapt ahead and two years.  Anywise, the consensus from the intertubes appears to be that my old Galaxy S3 is dead on account of some variety of hardware fault, and is probably unrecoverable.  As such, here is the short list of possible replacements so far: 

A few clarifications… 

“Pure” indicates whether or not the Android operating system is left unmolested by manufacturers or carriers trying to do [...]

the hits just keep rolling in

So, I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII originally locked to T-Mobile but since unlocked and running an AT&T SIM card.  It was rooted almost immediately after I received it (talk about bloatware…), and has been running the most-current, stable install of Cyanogenmod ever since (10.2.1, currently). 

I will not lie and say it has always been easy to keep it updated and running smoothly, but today takes the cake. 

I used the phone [...]

kel-tec is winning at customer service

Regular readers (or even irregular ones) will have seen the preceding post regarding the issues I was having with my Kel-Tec PF9 failing to extract spent cases randomly, and then locking up solid.  I will answer everyone’s questions in the comments there, but I want to stress that I did not contact Kel-Tec about this problem, and I was planning on taking my torx set to the range and dorking around with the extractor spring [...]

well that sucked

Decided today was a good day to drag the new acquisition to the range, along with that shiny 1903.  Things… did not go well. 

I was able to put two magazines through the 1903, and at 10 yards it was trivially easy to keep inside of the 10 ring on a standard full-size human silhouette target, and inside the 8 ring at 25 yards.  For me being out of practice, and for that thing [...]

we are all serfs

I used to think we owned our house free-and-clear now that we paid off the mortgage. 

Then our property tax statement arrived. 

Bonus:  our house’s tax appraisal is somewhere around 20% more than we paid for it, reappraisals only happen every eight years, the last one was in 2008, and you can appeal for a reappraisal, but “Any inflation, deflation or other economic changes occurring after this date do not affect the county’s [...]

famous on the internets

So I had the opportunity to hit up a Raleigh-Durham gun show today, and I cannot say as though I was disappointed. 

I was, however, heartily amused at the security theater that took place on the way in.  You walk up to a ticket both, hand the nice lady your money, and she hands you a ticket… which you hand to a gentleman not 10 steps away.  Then, the police officers manning the show [...]

remington update, number whoreallycaresanymore

So y’all saw the letter I sent to the Director of Sales at Remington Arms; his response was added to the post, if you missed that. 

Four days later, a ticket was created in Remington’s customer service system and I got an email about it. 

Three days after that, a hardcopy set of a Service Request, a mailing label, and instructions on how to send the firearm back to Remington were snail-mailed to [...]

never thought i would see the day

By now, you have probably heard the outstanding news that the District of Columbia’s outright ban on carrying a firearm outside of your home has been struck down as unconstitutional, but the absolutely awesome part of the ruling, in my opinion, is this section: 

Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and [...]

the joys of sleep deprivation

Since my last “SWO Life” post was such an educational hit, I thought I might expound upon a somewhat related point that, even to this day, throws Better Half for loops. 

Hopefully all of my readers are aware of this, but sleep is hard to come by in the military, and the Navy is certainly no different. 

When ships are in port, life is fairly easy; Officers’ Call is at 0700 or 0730 [...]

schadenfreude

So over the weekend I happened to learn that the individual who thoroughly shafted me on my Land Rover D90 purchase has fallen on some hard financial times.  I will not say this news makes me particularly happy, per se, especially since he has a family and a couple of small kids, but I will say that it could not have happened to a nicer person.

On a somewhat related note, if you [...]

a happy coincidence

If you have a See All Open Sight: 

… and attach it to a UTG 5-Slot Universal QD Riser: 

… you will have about as good a co-witness situation as you can hope for: 

Another happy coincidence is that since you are looking over the See All, rather than through it, an Inforce WML can happily coexist on the same rail plane as the sight, and not block your [...]