Speaking of get togethers…

I know a bunch of folks are getting ready to head to Indy for the NRAAM (myself included), but I thought I’d mention the Bidet Shoot 2 again.

We are definitely on for June 20-22.  I think the hotel we stayed in last year worked out well, so we’ll be there again, and I believe that Roadkill is securing us a place to grill out for dinner on Saturday.

If you need info on where this hotel is, leave a comment and I’ll put you on the list for the email I need to shoot out to everyone.  Hell, just leave a comment if you want in on the mailing list at all.  Those that showed up last year know about my amazing organization skills, so… umm… yeah…

Anyways… back to packing.

Oh… and I may actually have media credentials at NRAAM.  It’s almost like I know what I’m doing with this blogging thing.

And if you want to find me at NRAAM?  I’ll be one of two guys wearing kilts.  (hint: I have never had mutton chops a glorious as the other guy)

Because F you, that’s why

A little while ago, my dad got me a late Christmas present (late because it’s actually hard to find one).

It’s the one on the right:

From left to right: 7rnds, 10rnds, 25rnds, 75rnds!

From left to right: 7rnds, 10rnds, 25rnds, 75rnds!

Yep… that’s a 75 round drum mag for Marlin .22 rifles… like my 795

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Or my Papoose

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It’s a little childish of me, but whenever folks start talking about needing to pass a magazine limit law, I feel the need to buy something high capacity.  At least this time, it’s just a magazine.  It’s been guns in the past.

I haven’t been able to actually try it out yet (who can afford 75rnds of .22 these days?), but, honestly, I bought this purely because it makes me giggle like crazy.

Oh… on the other side of things… does anyone know why Marlin makes those stupid little 7rnd mags?  They even charge as much for the 7 rounders as they do the 10 rounders.

Apparently life is cheap…

…or at least, it’s cheap to hire someone to end it.  A woman and her mother hired a couple guys to kill her father for $400.  That’s a hell of a lot cheaper than what Hollywood hitmen typically get.  The movies usually have the price set somewhere between the tens of thousands to the millions.

As someone in #GBC pointed out, maybe that’s what you have to pay for the ones that fade into the shadows, but it doesn’t matter much if the million dollar hitman shows up at your door, or the el cheapo guy shows up.  Both are bad news.

Update: Apparently the economy has really hit the hitmen of the world.  The kid down the street from where Wizard lived that hired hitmen to kill his dad promised them $3k.

5.11 Kilts are Back

Apparently 5.11 has decided to bring back their tactical kilts and make a new video for April fools this year.  As of today, they’re taking orders for them.  Same as last year, they’re asking $70 for them with $10 going going to charity.  The charities this year being FBINAA and We Salute You Veterans.  My guess is that they’ve decided that they wouldn’t be able to out do coming out with the kilt 2 years ago, and, hell, people have actually been buying these things.

I compared the ones that I got from the original run to my Utilikilts here.  Considering the massive price difference, I’d say the 5.11 kilts are a pretty damn good deal.  Most of the other utility kilts that I’ve seen that are near the price point the 5.11 is at are not nearly as good.

About that mystery helicopter in the Bundy Cattle Confiscation…

David Codrea had an article in The Examiner over the weekend about the FAA issuing what’s called a TFR for the Gold Butte area. A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) is basically a domestic no fly zone, and are usually limited to things like disaster zones, Presidential/Vice Presidential visits, and rocketry. I don’t know of another law enforcement action that needed a TFR but I could be wrong.

In his article, he mentions this picture from the Las Vegas Review Journal (no link because copyright trolls), and how that tail number is not in the FAA Registry.

He’s right. You can look it up yourself if you’d like. There is no aircraft registered as N806IJ.

Now, there’s this other thing that the FAA allows you to do. You can download the entire FAA Registration Database as a zip file of CSVs. It takes a little bit of translation, but what if you open that guy up you can see that there are about 1500 Robinson R44s registered.

My coblogger oddball said “That 8 is obviously a painted 2″ so I narrowed down to R44s that started with a 2, and guess what I found?

N206TJ, registered to Rugged Country Helicopters, LLC, based in Cedar City, UT.

Cedar City, UT, is about 150 miles from the Bundy Ranch. The range of an R44 is 350 miles without refueling.

So, there’s that.

They don’t have a web presence that I can find, but I’m sure someone with more time could call them and ask them if that’s their bird.

New Jeep!

Ever since I sold my last one, I’ve regretted it. I’ve owned two cherokees (a 93 police package and a 99) and loved them both dearly. They both developed electrical problems and due to time, money, and storage limits they had to go.

For about 6 months I’ve been looking for another one. Jeep stopped making the Cherokee in 2001, so what’s out there generally has about 180,000 to 230,000 miles. I’ve been looking for another 99 due get the best mix of parts interchangeability and reliability, and about three weeks ago decided that if I really wanted an NP242 transfer case, I was just going to have to buy one with the NP231 and swap a 242 in.

That made it really easy to find one in the price range I was looking at:

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Here they come again…

So… Apparently while I was busy rooting for the new knife law, one of our state senators decided to introduce a bill that would allow open carry in my state without having a permit, and that bill has passed the State Senate.  Of course, apparently the house has stuck it in the finance committee to die, but one can dream.

Unfortunately, this has caused all the idiots to come out of the wood work to scream that open carry will get you killed/mugged/shot first/whatever.  First off, I think I’ve made a rather good argument for open carry in the past.  Also, I don’t know the exact figures, but a lot of folks open carry every day.  Given the attitude of the average mainstream media newscaster, if they got shot with their own gun, I would bet that they would be reporting these incidents all over the place.  A quick google search brings up one acccount… and that’s it.  Oddly enough, the next hit on the search was a concealed carry guy being mugged and having his gun taken away from him.  Granted, the US is actually a fairly safe place to live, but the lack of reported incidents makes me think that this just doesn’t happen.

Of course, the biggest issue I take with the concealed carry only crowd is that it really sounds to me that they would be just as happy if open carry was straight up illegal.  At the very least, it’s something they think no one should do… ever.  This attitude equates to, in my mind, “yes, it’s ok/legal/your right to do this thing, as long as no one catches you.”  Nope.  Sorry.  If it’s not ok if I get caught doing something, that means that something is not ok.  In my mind, the folks that say that you can carry as long as no one catches you (that’s pretty much what concealed carry only means, right?) are almost as bad as the people that say you shouldn’t be able to carry in the first place.

*Just to be clear, if you choose to only conceal carry for whatever reason, that’s your choice.  Just don’t make that choice for the rest of us.

Gun Porn: M99s!

After the ARFCOM shoot last month, I’ve almost got myself convinced that I should buy one of these:

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And that wasn’t the only one there:
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Before and after shots. Note the flap at the front of shooting mat, and the amount of grass on the shooters in the two pics.

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BTW, when I shot it, I ended up with a mouth full of kicked up grass. And a huge smile.

Go check out this thread at ARFCOM for more, including what .50 will do to 1.25″ steel plates.

A couple of videos below the fold..
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Well, that was short lived

Step 1: Read this.

Step 2: Buy this:

Step 3: 15 minutes after opening the box (click to embiggen)…

smya x1 in a tree

Yeah, I probably had two minutes of flight before getting it stuck in the tree. The first time. Happened two more times after that before the battery died. Luckily I was smart enough to not get enough altitude that retrieving it would require more than a stick.

Tactical Dog Approved (TM)

Annnnnd it’s been signed!

Looks like the bill that legalizes buying/owning/possessing switchblades and carrying knives over 4″ has been signed and is now law.  Well, not immediately.  The law will take effect July 1st.

Looks like I’ve got a few months to figure out what auto knife I’m going to be buying.