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Last day of K2KC

Well, it’s the last day of me wearing a kilt for a good cause, and here’s an actual action shot:

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That’s me changing out a turn signal light on my mom’s car at the local AutoZone.

Speaking of a good cause, it’s not too late for any of you to chip in for prostate cancer research.  All you have to do it click this link, hit the box stating that you’re donating as part of a fundraising team, select “team Oddball,” and filling out the rest.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a linkable video for this song, so I’ll just leave this link here.

Gun Porn: Buckmark Rogers

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Browning Buckmark with Fire Sights and an A2 Birdcage

If it looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it before. And here is oddball’s review of those sights.

K2KC week 4

Well… we’re in the final stretch of Kilted to Kick Cancer month, and… um… I’m nowhere near the top of the list.  Of course, this is about raising money for a good cause, and every bit helps.  Hell, I’ll just pretend that the donations that weren’t assigned to anyone were actually mine and feel better.  :)

Speaking of throwing money at a good cause.  If you’ve got some spare cash to donate to prostrate cancer research, I’d appreciate it if you did so by following this link, clicking on the “team donation” check box, and selecting Team Oddball.

And on to the fun stuff.

Fun fact: my wife (then girlfriend) spent 4 years pestering me to buy my first kilt.  I now own one for every day of the week.

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And with this shirt, I have to post this song:

By the way, Marc Gunn is an great musician and an awesome guy.  If you’re interested in filk or more traditional Irish music, check him out here.

Gun Porn: Trophy Match

Pretty. So, so pretty:

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I’ve owned a couple of 1911s (and shot many more of course), but I’m not a 1911 guy. This one, however, makes me want to get another one.

K2KC week 3

DSCN0616Third week and, well… I’m on the board, but not very far.  Oddly enough, not many folks have actually asked me about the kilts.  Of course, part of that is that I tend to disappear into the background anyways.  And since I’m not particularly photogenic, we decided to throw one of my cats in for this picture.

And, of course, can’t let this month go by without posting this song:

All the fun stuff aside, I am doing this for a serious thing.  Roughly 1 in 6 men will get prostrate cancer.  The good news is that there’s a high chance of successfully treating it if it’s caught in time, so, if you’re a guy of a certain age, go get checked.  Also, if you could, please donate at this link (http://kiltedtokickcancer.org/donate/) to help support research on how to better treat it.  If you do, please mark off that it’s part of a team donation and choose Team Oddball.  Thanks.

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All of the sites on my hosting account are getting hammered pretty hard by bots in China and Russia. This is resulting in some pretty awful site load times. I’m banning IPs as fast as I can but it’s not fast enough…

Gun Porn: ‘Murrica

Start with a Marlin Papoose…
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Add a… wait, what now?
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You can’t be serious….
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Oh Lord, I think he’s serious.
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Yep.

Review: KelTec CL43 flashlight

One of the things I picked up at the NRAAM was one of KelTec’s CL43 flashlights.  The folks at the KelTec booth were nice enough to give me one for review.  This particular one was used as a demo by one of the guys working the booth.  When I received it, the batteries were pretty much already dead and needed replacing.

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The CL43 is the larger of the two flashlights KelTec makes (the smaller being the CL-42).  Both are rated at 420 lumens, but the CL-43 holds 3 CR-123A batteries, while the CL-42 holds 2.  This obviously causes the CL-43 to have a longer run time (listed at 3 hours 35 minutes vs 2 hours 25 minutes).  Neither of these flashlights have adjustable brightness modes.  You can purchase a gun mount kit from KelTec that will work for both lights.

KelTec went with a rather unique design of having the third battery next to the other two and the power button on that extra lump facing the same direction as the lens.  This means that you end up holding the light like a pistol.  At first, I thought this might be a bit awkward, but it works well.  It makes for a compact package that is pretty comfortable in the hand.  The button is in a convenient place, more so than the traditional end cap button.  It also means that you can hold it comfortably even after the light has been on for a while and the actual lamp has heated up (standard with high powered LEDs).

KelTec claims that the design also allows you to hold the light and your pistol in the standard double handed pistol grip while operating both.  I tried this out briefly.  While it sort of works, I would think you’d need a lot of practice for it to be comfortable and effective.

Of course, this thing is ultimately supposed to do one thing, and it does it pretty well.  The 420 lumen lamp is sufficiently bright for most situations.  For those (like me) that are a little fuzzy on how bright that is, your average 40watt incandescent bulb is 450.  In a small room, it’s bright enough to substitute for the ceiling light if you shine it against the ceiling.

Unfortunately, not everything is wonderful with this flashlight.  First off, the switch for the flashlight appears to be mechanical.  This means that there can only be two modes: on and off.  For a $140 flashlight, I would really expect an electronic switch with multiple modes.

Oh… and then there’s the killer issue with me.  I carried this flashlight in my pocket for a couple of months when this happened:

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That’s a penny firmly stuck in the lens of the flashlight.  Apparently the lens is exactly the same diameter.  I’ve tried to pry it out, but so far I’ve only succeeded in gouging the penny.  At this point, I’m thinking it’s either dig through the penny or replace the lamp, since the lamp appears to be a sealed unit (not uncommon).

So… unfortunately, I’d really like to recommend this light, but I just can’t.  As WizardPC stated when I showed him the issue “wow, a $140 flashlight defeated by a penny.”  $140 is also a bit much to drop on a pocket flashlight putting out 420 lumens, but not out of line for a weapons light.

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