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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 [...]

presented without (much) comment

I just sent this letter to Mr. David Hollinger, Director of Sales at Remington Arms: 

Mr. Hollinger, 

We last spoke on 24APR14 regarding a Remington 700 I received, new from your factory by way of Buds’ Guns, that had rust crusted all over the bolt and receiver; specifically, this rifle, serial number RR97####:  http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2014/04/dear-remingtonarms-and-budsgunshop.html

I put that rifle in the mail on 21MAY14, it made it to Remington on 27MAY14, and Remington acknowledged [...]

mail call

I understand this just went in the mail to wind its way towards me: 

Many thanks to Owen at Snake Hound Machine for handling the ordering (from Ares Armor no less… yes, that Ares Armor) and assembly, as well as my incessant and occasionally stupid questions.  Once I throw on my hand guard and muzzle device – both to be revealed in good time – I think that will top this off quite [...]

gunsplaining

You can thank Fuzzy for this: 

For those who do not get the reference (and I did not), I point you to here. 

43 days

That is how long Remington took to send me this email: 

This is to provide notification that your firearm/part has been shipped.  We are committed to being the best in our industry at providing fast, personalized customer service — and we hope we have exceeded your expectations.

Of course, it could still be a week or so before it shows up on my doorstep. 

Unfortunately, mine is probably not a good baseline to [...]

idiot-check time

So now that I have an income once again, it is time to consider replacing my now-six-year-old Dell XPS 630I, especially after the video card scare a few months back. So, I have built this parts list through PC Parts Picker – a far too handy site that not only finds you the best price for parts, but also the best combinations of MIRs, combo sales, and so forth. 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz [...]

how not to drive a ship

A few days ago, Sean Sorrentino asked me if I had anything to say about the recently released bridge conversation from the USS Porter right before and during its collision with a tanker in the Straits of Hormuz. Of course I do have a lot to say, but I had to figure out how to say it.

Before I embark, let me first say that I was not on either ship and am not [...]

your government, strangely getting results

I came home today to this email from my congresscritter’s office, which was passed on to his district counsel from the State Department: 

I have been advised by our Verification Division that [Linoge] received a Tentative Non-Confirmation (TNC) because his passport record reflected “pending” in the Department of State’s system at the time of the verification inquiry.  Verification placed his case in “continue to process”, and sent a request to the Department of State [...]

your government, still hard at work

Remember this fun story?  It has gotten better.

Shortly after penning up that post, I faxed the Department of Homeland Security a copy of my still-active US Passport, per their request, and under the impression that doing so would allow the situation to be cleared up in “about 24 hours”, to quote the customer service representative I spoke to.

I called back 24 hours later, and was told that they had received my [...]

yes, this is a pistol

It amuses me that none of the “flat dark earth” parts actually match.  The total build is as follows: 

A bare, never-built DPMS AR lower I picked up back in 2008 to celebrate Our Glorious President’s election.  DPMS Lower Parts Kit, minus the trigger group Chip McCormick Single-Stage Flat Trigger Dead On Arms Pin-Less Oversized Trigger Guard Phase 5 EBRv2 Extended Bolt Release Bravo Company Machine Gunfighter Grip, Mod 2 KAK Industries Super [...]

sometimes i give people what they want

Especially when they are so vociferous about it. 

I could kind of look the other way when James Grant arbitrarily proclaimed, based on his own limited, purely-anecdotal experience, that all “teabaggers” (his words, not mine) are racist, while simultaneously proclaiming that the movement is universally comprised of old white people, because sometimes people cannot help themselves from being jerks.  But watching him tell veterans that, unless they are active duty, they should “sit the [...]

i r prsntly srs gnblggr

Hopefully everyone else got theirs today too. 

customer service; you are doing it right

So I have started accumulating parts to build out my never-used bare AR-15 lower I have laying around my safe, and I stumbled across the Pin-Less Trigger Guard offered by Dead On Arms.  At the time, Brownells was sold out, plus they did not offer it in anything but black, so I went ahead and ordered directly from Dead On Arms themselves. 

The part arrived in a few days, but it turns out they [...]

where we were yesterday

The hike up was only three miles, which does not sound bad, until you realize the altitude gradient looked something like this: 

 

(I have no idea what that “796 ft” nonsense is about.) 

Of course, then we drove down the Blue Ridge a little farther, hung out in a cute little town*, and drove home, and then I got up bright and early this morning and spent three hours learning how [...]

i do not get it

I understand muzzle brakes – they are intended to capitalize on the gasses being ejected out the muzzle in such a way that dampens perceived recoil, often at the expense of the ears of everyone around the firearm.  And I understand things like the Noveske KX3 – in addition to “suppressing” flash (i.e. directing it all forward), it also has the added benefit of forcing all of the muzzle blast forward as well, reducing the [...]

something i did not know

As I briefly, previously alluded, I will be starting new employment in the near future.  The job is a contract-with-intent-to-hire position, which is not exactly what I was looking for, but, at this point, a paycheck is a paycheck, and it gets my foot into both an industry and a job title I think I would be interested in, so go me. 

Where my ignorance came into play, and, honestly, bit me in my [...]

tiwhatnraam – choate machine and tool’s emergency car tool

Choate Machine and Tool is definitely an interesting company, where form always comes after function.  I would never go so far as to call any of their products singularly attractive in any aesthetic way, but they all appear to work just fine, and often have really useful features included at a very affordable price. 

In fact, if they had one at the NRAAM, I would have forked over for one of their Tactical Remington [...]

your government, hard at work

Why do I oppose firearm registrations?  Well, one of the many reasons is that the government cannot seem to keep track of the registries it has already. 

For those of you who do not follow me on the Book of Faces, I seem to have acquired employment, and hopefully start getting paid again on this coming Monday.  In order to facilitate that, my employer has to run background checks on me, as well as [...]