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Wed, Jul. 29th, 2015, 11:35 pm
“Hey, I carry one just like it!”

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A big advantage of working with competent models is that they can be asked to do a task instead of being directed, minute degree at a time, into a position which mimics doing the task. For example: “Please point the rifle towards the main light, turret stance” is a perfectly comprehensible request to such a model, and I don’t have to worry about the safety selector being in the wrong position, or stance not being balanced.

So, when I pick a pistol and the model recognizes it as the kind she carries back home, that makes for a more productive photo shoot.

Glock 42 with Viridian Reactor laser. The holster turns the laser on upon the draw and turns it off on re-insertion. The laser can also be activated manually.

The laser trace would look like this once the first shot is fired and the air is full of smoke. The stance illustrates one of the advantages of laser sighting: the ability to use a compressed hold to maneuver in confined spaces.

PS: The images represent a sudden defensive use, hence no safety glasses or ear plugs. Don’t shoot without those unless your life is in so much danger, that smaller risks become irrelevant.

Sun, Jul. 26th, 2015, 10:36 am
The past is a different country.

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In reading books written a long time ago, I find many details showing how attitudes evolved since. For example, in the 1917 book “Over the Top” written by Arthur Guy Empey, an American volunteer with the British army, is this note about waiting to attack:

I glanced at my wrist-watch. We call wore them and you could hardly call us “sissies” for doing so.

From that, I am guessing wrist-watches were not considered manly accessories by the Americans of the time. A quick look at Wiki confirms that impression.

Another example, Ernst Thompson Seton‘s Slum Cat, written in 1915. In it, a character noted as unusual because he treats a Negro like an equal:

Jap Malee was as disreputable a little Cockney bantam as ever sold cheap Canary-birds in a cellar. He was extremely poor, and the negro lived with him because the ‘Henglish-man’ was willing to share bed and board, and otherwise admit a perfect equality that few Americans conceded.

But shooting kittens with a .22 rifle in London was all in a day’s work and unremarkable to either the character’s neighbors or to the book’s author:

Jap Malee, seeing the Kittens about the back yard, told the negro to shoot them. This he was doing one morning with a 22-calibre rifle. He had shot one after another and seen them drop from sight into the crannies of the lumber-pile, when the old Cat came running along the wall from the dock, carrying a small Wharf Rat. He had been ready to shoot her, too, but the sight of that Rat changed his plans: a rat-catching Cat was worthy to live. It happened to be the very first one she had ever caught, but it saved her life.

Similarly, a 1950s reader would have been rather confused by today’s description of checking mail or weather, or of taking photographs with a telephone. Perhaps shocked by the casual description of a mixed marriage including a Catholic and a Protestant, outside of dynastic alliances. A 1970’s Soviet would have found it shocking to hear of going to Helsinki for daily shopping, or of problems with getting a visa to Belorus. People whose government prosecuted publishers for advertising of contraceptives would find it curious that condoms are given out in schools, but also be shocked that as little as a “finger gun” would prompt an arrest and an expulsion. In their day, bringing rifles to school was unremarkable.

Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes showcased more than one of the dated pastimes:

For much of that day, he sat in an easy chair smoking his pipe, or droning on his violin, or lounging with a handful of Boxer cartridges and his hair-trigger revolver, elaborating with bullet pocks out patriotic VR — for Victoria Regina — on the opposite wall. Life, it seems, was returning to normal.

The narrator felt that target practice should be an outdoor activity — no surprise in the era of black powder and unjacketed lead ammunition — but neither he nor the neighbors were particularly disturbed by it. Sherlock Holmes’ use of opium is noted but in no more detail than a modern person’s preference for particularly strong coffee would have been. O’Henry ‘s stories also feature opium as a routine way to induce sleep.

Some things get better, others get worse, but the culture shock of looking closely at either the past or the future remains.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 09:29 pm
Why have a light rifle?

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To carry the balance of the weight in ammunition, of course!

Volquartsen Ultralite .22 action in Blackhawk Axiom stock. The sight is a C-More attached sideways in a custom mount. Black Dog Machine drum with 50 rounds. And a Ruger 22/45 Lite with Burris micro red dot in a Tandemkross holster.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 07:05 pm
A friend is having a sad day today

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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:52 pm
Three pounder in a field position

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Just the solution for a small junior shooter: Volquartsen Ultralite .22 action in Blackhawk Axiom stock. Three pound rifle with a tele-stock. The sight is a C-More attached sideways in a custom mount.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:19 am
My favorite photo of the day

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Intrepid explorer with panther.

Alexis Nicole stopped by for a photo shoot today. Gremlin took an immediate liking to her. I can see why — she’s a very impressive and multi-talented young lady.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:15 am
Sometimes shorter IS better: a very handy CQB package

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This is a Spike’s Tactical 300 Blackout pistol with 8.5″ barrel. It delivers fairly impressive external ballistics, but it’s still an AR pistol and requires specific training for effective use. When a friend came by with a registered short barrel lower (also Spike’s by a pleasant coincidence), we put it together and the result proved very useful.

It is light and handy, especially with the short 20 round magazine. Having a stock makes using a scope practical. Given the short range purpose, the best scope would be an unmagnified, illuminated prismatic usable with either etched black reticle or red/green illumination.

Vortex Spitfire is “always on” as the etched reticle doesn’t require a battery for visibility. Unlike a real red dot, it does have a specific eye relief distance (with a generous eyebox), so having the stock is a big help. The optic has no knobs on the left, so the left eye isn’t occluded and binocular vision can be used during sighting. My only wish for the next version would be for the addition of a vertical reference line to avoid canting at longer ranges.

Folding metal sights of good quality are present, but the robust 1x optic makes them almost superfluous.

The model, Jordanne Calvin, was unfamiliar with firearms at the start of the photo shoot but was able to handle the short carbine competently after very brief instruction. That’s a good illustration of how easy the short, lightweight shoulder weapon with an optic is to use.

Mon, Jul. 20th, 2015, 09:18 am
FN PS90 vs. Kel-Tec CMR30

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PDW vs. magnum rimfire

Sun, Jul. 19th, 2015, 07:51 pm
Film review: Intimate Enemies

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Intimate Enemies, 2007 French film about the war in Algiers. Available on Netflix.

Plot 8
Acting 8
Visuals 9
Props – 9
Audio effects – 10
Overall — recommended.

As war movies go, this one is fairly nuanced. The terrain and the people shown brings both Soviet and US incursions into Afghanistan.

Sat, Jul. 18th, 2015, 09:25 pm
What does this tell you?

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Image (c) New Yorker magazine

TN bans carry in government offices, and the Army bans carry on their bases and offices. Since we know that the signs do not stop determined assassins, we can only guess that the rule-makers are more worried about their own staff. And, more specifically, about their own staff going homicidally crazy without warning and just having a weapon on them at the time. That’s the only kind of problem that the rule against carry can even pretend to prevent.

So the rule-makers for the Army and the State of Tennessee assume that enough of their own employees (other than police) are unstable, murderous creatures with no self-control. And that they would, if unable to murder others immediately, cool down and not come back to work with a weapon the following day. Either that, or they assume that the treatment they get at work would make anyone snap.

And these are the people presume to tell the rest of us how to live?

Sat, Jul. 18th, 2015, 11:11 am
Sam Hoster does good work.

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What kind of gun would a man make for his daughter?

Pretty and functional. 9mm 1911 with her name engraved on the slide.

Made by Sam Hoster of Custom Defense.

Fri, Jul. 17th, 2015, 10:14 pm
Russian legislative logic at its finest

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Larger printable file available on request.

Translation:
Powerful, long-ranged rifles for hunting and sport — legal.
But even the weakest pistols for self-defense — banned.

Where’s the logic in that?

Fri, Jul. 17th, 2015, 06:16 pm
A very functional lightweight

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At the beginning, AR15 was supposed to be a lightweight carbine. MAG Tactical brought the concept back with AIR15, a carbine that’s under 4.5 pounds with the sight. While it ships with two Magpul 30-rounder, I handed it to my guest with a 20-rounder, updated but still similar to the original 1960s straight box magazine.

Judging by Maria‘s smile, she likes the handling.

Fri, Jul. 17th, 2015, 08:12 am
CMMG and Faxon Piston AR Review: new on Shooting Illustrated

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CMMG Mod4 SA and Faxon ARAK21 compared.

Since SI placed only some of the photos supplied, I will add one of them below:

Long stroke piston (top) is physically attached to the bolt carrier. The recoil and the return springs are one and the same, and that allows for folding stocks. Short stroke piston is separate from the bolt carrier. The return spring wrapped around the piston, while the recoil spring is played by the buffer in the stock. The buffer also returns the bolt carrier into battery.

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2015, 09:35 pm
Toni

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Writer/editor Toni Weisskopf

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2015, 08:20 pm
Rear-curtain synch with radio controlled flash?

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Does anyone know of a way to get rear-curtain synch of studio flash with Canon 5D2? I can trigger the lights with on-camera flash which has that option, but optical slaving is very unreliable outdoors. I’d prefer to use radio, but I have not figured out a way to do that. Suggestions on either settings or equipment would be much appreciated!

(On Sony A7R is turned out to be a simple menu selection.)

 

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2015, 08:16 pm
When in Rome…

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…I couldn’t do as these Romans, as their laws aren’t very friendly to gun ownership and less friendly to carry. The US laws are no better as far as visitors are concerned. This is the main down side to foreign travel — visitors are treated as third-class humans by governments who treat their own citizens as second-class already.

The tourist areas of Rome had quite a few security theater actors who dressed to impress. Unlike large city cops in the US, they project a friendlier attitude.

Similarly dressed-up men stood guard around embassies and government buildings.

They were backed up by rifle holders with Beretta 70/90 automatic rifles. I didn’t observe additional ammunition, but it may have been stashed out of view.

A block or two away, additional vigilant cops lounged in reserve.

Army was also in evidence, putting on a show of presence.

By contrast, police in Germany were very rarely visible. Same in Switzerland. And in the US, I see more cops in a day than during all of my foreign travels combined. Certain tasks, like speed traps are operated mostly by people in the US but mostly by video camera in Europe. At locations like airports, German, Czech, Swiss, Italian and even Hungarian cops were generally more friendly than either cops or the bluebellies in America. US makes a terrible first impression on visitors these days, both in the intrusiveness of INS and in the extreme incompetency of the airport staff and TSA.

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2015, 12:03 am
Personal weapons can be quite personal.

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Back: my stock CZ SP01.  Front: friend’s custom SP01 with a trigger job and slightly less somber finish. I went to the store with CZ75SA in mind, ended up getting SP01 because it felt perfect in the hand. 75SA came home with me slightly later.

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