photo sledgehammers_banner_zpsd82b7322.jpg"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

All Linky, A Little Thinky...

Some neat stuff from around the gun blogosphere that I found interesting...

LawDog has an excellent treatise on what Terry Pratchett's Commander Vimes calls The Beast. I've wrestled with my "monster" pretty much my entire adult life; I've seen it emerge - sometimes controlled, sometimes not, most often barely. On occasion it has spared me - I've posted about facing down a knife-wielding assailant with little more than a "I'll be excreting pieces of you tomorrow if you don't stop this foolishness" look - on others it has cost me dearly.

Engineering Johnson has a fascinating and detailed look at some beautiful old rifles. This is probably my single favorite part about the gun thing - firearms are, for the most part, durable goods. I have in my collection guns made over 100 years ago that still function completely as intended today. I can haul my grandfather's deer rifle - a Marlin 336 in .30-30 - out of the safe, load it with 5 rounds, and be all set for any game I am likely to encounter here in the northeast (No, I don't hunt moose or bear). And it was made well over 50 years ago...

A working AK-47 pattern rifle made, primarily, from a shovel. I know this has made its way around the gun blogosphere already, but just in case you hadn't seen this, go take a read. The guy's local to me - this is a MA-centric gun board, and I'm fairly certain he's in New England if not MA. Yes, gun control will really work when someone with a forge and some metalworking knowledge can turn a freakin' shovel into a semi-automatic rifle...

Tam has her first "old fogey" moment with so-called pop music. I stopped paying attention to music pretty much in the mid-1990s for the most part. Grunge wasn't too bad, but when it degenerated into WhineGrunge I lost interest. I've had a passing familiarity with current music owing to the little people running around my house, but can't say I care for it all that much. Why, back in the day...

ZOMG, Robb doesn't like the newest offering from KRISS! I think it's interesting how he and I had such radically different impressions of the same rifle, the Vector. I thought it was interesting from an engineering standpoint, but it didn't really do anything for me; Robb loved it so much he plunked down the samoleans to keep his. To each his own, I guess. And "10 pounds of fried butt lard" is quality snark in any measure...

There's plenty more great stuff out there, but these are the ones that jumped out at me the most.

That is all.

7 comments:

Armed Texan said...

Even in these dark days of music there are few bright points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC6hMZLd91Y

Anonymous said...

The joke at my second job was the front stage manager didn't know who Leon Russell, Gordon Lightfoot or the band America were when they played at the facility. Her flimsey excuse was she was born until the mid '80s. It made everyone in security feel twice as old

Gerry

Stretch said...

Old guns are a weakness of mine.
I have a 101 year old Mauser that still puts 5 into a 6 inch plate at 300 yards.

Wally said...

I am the proud owner of a Snyder Conversion (pictured in EJ's link above) from the 1850s. It's a pretty neat shotgun - there are not a lot of side-swingers out there!

Old NFO said...

Good ones Jay, thanks!

Anonymous said...

That .30-30 would work on bear if you
did hunt them.

A friend's late dad had a bear
break into their house years ago.
He had a .30-30 in the house, and shortly also had a dead bear just inside the door.

AK™ said...

I don't particularly care for the glock stock..aka the Kriss Vector.