Thursday, June 20, 2013

Useless Trivia Jay Finds Interesting...

So, the other night, after a lengthy discussion about bar fights on Facebook (one of those meme things), I felt compelled to have a beer. Call it the power of persuasion. Now, I don't drink a lot of beer, being that it really is empty calories as well as being not-exactly-the-best for gout (gout flare-ups occur when uric acid builds up in the body. Alcohol interferes with the pathway by which uric acid is removed from the body. Beer is not only alcohol, but also composed of the starting materials from which uric acid is made...)

I picked up a 12 pack of Budweiser 55 a few weeks back at WalMart. It is - as the name implies - only 55 calories per bottle; as you might expect it's also a little on the light side. Okay, it's a lot on the light side. I think I could down the entire 12 pack in one sitting and *maybe* get a slight buzz that would go away after a couple pretzels. But when you want to enjoy a beer (or, really, a beer-like substance), it can really hit the spot - and with fewer calories than a sugar-free chocolate pudding, to boot.

So, out of curiosity, I looked up the proto-unbeer, O'Douls. Turns out, the non-alcoholic beer has 65 calories - so drinking the Budweiser 55 is actually better for the diet! I'm really not concerned about alcohol content of the Bud55, because, well, I'm only having one regardless. So, as it turns out, I'm better off with the watered-down stuff than the special non-alcoholic beer.

Interestingly enough, I have a gunnie equivalent. Many years ago, shortly after I inherited a number of firearms upon my grandfather's passing, I took a liking to cowboy guns. I had inherited a Marlin 336 lever action 30-30 as well as a 12 gauge coach gun, and I bought a Ruger Super Blackhawk. I was thinking about a Derringer, and looked at some of the replicas (because I need a gun chambered in .41 rimfire like I need a REALLY expensive hole in my head).

Well, I found a POS FIE Derringer for less money than a low-end replica. I've owned it for probably 17 years and put maybe 10 rounds through it, total - it can barely get on target at 5 yards and keyholes beyond 25 feet, plus it's moderately unpleasant to shoot (it's .38 Special, which isn't that bad except the Derringer grip puts ALL of the force into a very small area in the web of your hand. Ouchie!).


But you know what? It was cheaper than the replica and it can actually shoot. Not well, mind you, but if I wanted to stoke it with blanks that'd work, too... The "chrome" on one side is wearing off, and the trigger is an exercise in masochism, but it will fire and safely at that, so it's ahead of most of its Lorcin and Raven brethren...

And Elvis carried a Derringer, which officially makes it cool...

That is all.

9 comments:

Sigivald said...

The "chrome" on one side is wearing off, and the trigger is an exercise in masochism, but it will fire and safely at that, so it's ahead of most of its Lorcin and Raven brethren...

Now, now.

I had an old Jennings J-22 ages ago, and I loved that thing. In .22, those cheap pot-metal guns are usually fine.

(If I was ever mad enough to own a Derringer, I'd totally get a .22 or .25, because they're always pointless, and at least in those calibers the recoil won't be annoying.)

Dave H said...

You'd be surprised how many "diet" foods have just as many calories (fat, salt, etc.) as the regular kind. You might be a bit young to remember when granola was actually good for you. Now it's just a distribution medium for sugar and chocolate.

I have to chuckle at 55 calorie beer. My homemade mead is probably about 400 calories a glass.

I can't picture shoting a .38 Derringer, but if you have to shoot it at 25 feet you're probably doing something wrong.

joethefatman said...

On the beer front, as a diabetic I AM so restricted regarding alcohol AND calories, but I've found I can handle 1 or 2 Miller Lites every so often. It doesn't seem to elevate my glucose much more than a good meal will. Every so often, by the way, means I've had 3 beers in the last year. :(

lee n. field said...

FIE .38 Deranger -- evil evil evil.

I had one for a while. I actually found it in a trailer we moved into. Hideously dangerous to carry with both chambers loaded, as one or the other would have the firing pin resting on the primer. If dry fired, the firing pin selector would chip at the drop of a hat, so actually getting it to fire when you wanted was problematic.

(When it did go off, though, I did not find it all that punishing to shoot.)

Long gone, thank goodness. It's tied for my personal worst gun with a Jennings .22.

dehakal said...

you want one of the old M-4 Alaskan Survival Derringers, in 45/70

PJS said...

And it would conveniently fit into one's purse!

~Katherine~ said...

Ah, but you don't live in Texas, home of Shiner in all its delicious variations...and Alamo...and where Blue Moon is very popular...:D

I've found that I'd rather cut back on calories/carbs on lunch and dinner or work out for an extra fifteen minutes if it means that I can have a Shiner with dinner a few evenings per week. Of course, to each his own. :)

Firehand said...

To borrow from Matt Helm, "You don't aim one of them; you lay your index finger along the barrels to aim at the cheating bastard across the card table and pull the trigger with your middle finger."

Ross said...

"it's moderately unpleasant to shoot (it's .38 Special, which isn't that bad except the Derringer grip puts ALL of the force into a very small area in the web of your hand. Ouchie!"

THIS from the man with a S&W 340??? Yeesh.