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About Hognose

Former Special Forces 11B2S, later 18B, weapons man. (Also served in intelligence and operations jobs in SF).

What Spare Parts do I Need?

In the comments to the recent cleaning post, Sabrina Chase asked what parts to keep on hand for her 1911. Anybody who’s shot 1911 a lot (or maintained ’em) knows the answer: if it’s a GI gun, your potential mission stoppers are springs (especially the recoil spring), extractor, and firing pin. If it’s a custom or accurized gun it would be really nice to keep a spare fitted barrel bushing.

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A budget 1911 may have issues with staking of the safety detent plunger tube, or with the slide stop. (If the tube is staked right, it will still be staked when your grandkids’ grandkids inherit the .45).

One reason some people keep slide stops, recoil spring plungers, and barrel bushings as well as a spring kit is: they fear they will have to break down the pistol in the field, in the dark, or on the move. (It’s never a good idea to do that, if you can avoid it). You notice that all those parts are the smallest parts the come loose when your 1911 has been shaken down into field-stripped condition. The old Ranger trick is to put your hat on the ground in front of you, then put each part in your Ranger cap as you take it off the sidearm. This way, you can assemble and disassemble in pitch darkness while maintaining control of all the fiddly bits.

Finally, a pair or two of grip screws belong in your spares kit. They don’t cost much or cube out much of your space, and they have a bad habit of backing out just when you want to impress people with your pistol, your skill, and your sang-froid. 

And that got us thinking. While there is no substitute for learning what a given gun’s Achilles’s Heel is, and the proliferation of brand- and model-specific forums makes us wonder:

Is there a basic, fundamental checklist of needed spare parts that can be applied to anything?

If you look across all firearms types, what are the parts you mght need most?

  1. Firing pins. Crucial to ignition, and by definition they have to have at least one small, cylindrical section.
  2. Springs
  3. Any small parts that come out in normal disassembly. It is very embarrassing to lose such a small part. It is less embarrassing if you have a spare on hand. (Be aware that on some firearms, hand fitting is required for these parts. Apparently Eli Whitney is not followed quite as assiduously as he should be in the global arms industry).

During disassembly, you can minimize parts loss and time wasted recovering them by adaping your environment to firearms disassembly:

  1. Use a nice, fluffy towel as a disassembly mat, not a slick, smooth table. A small part in motion tends to remain in motion, if there’s nothing to arrest its movement.
  2. Do not disassemble firearms in a room with lots of low-slung furniture, stacks of equipment, toolboxes, etc.
  3. Keep a magnetic parts wand on hand. You can get it at any tool supply place: Harbor Freight,  Lowe’s or Home Depot, Menards for you Canuckistanis. This is a tool where a cheap one is about 95% as good as the best one there is, so it’s OK to skimp here. The mag wand — some of them have a trick LED light, which means it’s a handy place to keep a dead AAA or watch battery — fishes those parts out from under the refrigerator/dog bed/workbench.

For TEOTWAWKI, ability to fix bigger things, and remanufacture ammunition, is desirable. One complicated and scary thing that gets easy once you’ve done it a few times is manufacturing springs. It’s part of every gunsmith’s education. (And let this be a lesson to you: having learned how, most smiths buy the springs they need as they go, or lay in a supply if they have repetitive work, for instance, if they do primarily 1911s). You can make any coil spring with the right wire, a suitable diameter mandrel (in this case, a simple rod usually works) and the right size lathe, and in a pinch you can improvise the lathe with another tool. There are plenty of instructions online and YouTube videos… to be watched before TEOTWAWKI, naturally.

TSA: We’re From the Government, And We’re Here to Hump You

Liberty TSA scanThe Transportation Security Administration has #OneJob, which has two simple standards: process passengers expeditiously, and find prohibited items.

Of course, it is not at all skilled at either prong of that job. We’ve all seen the 95% failure rate at detecting firearms and explosives in tests; now, the New York Times reports, the sweepings of the halfway houses are no good at keeping the passengers moving, either.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina recently said it had experienced three-hour wait times. Brent D. Cagle, the airport’s interim director of aviation, complained to the T.S.A. director that about 600 passengers missed their flights on Good Friday because of an inadequate number of screeners. He called the episode a “fiasco.”

“This situation could have been avoided, had the T.S.A. had the proper staffing (or overtime budget necessary) to meet customer demand,” Mr. Cagle wrote in a letter.

Rather than correct the problem, the TSA simply denied it had ever happened, impugning Cagle’s integrity from what TSA managers imagine as their own Olympian perch of righteousness:

(T.S.A. officials denied that the wait had ever been that long, telling local reporters that it had been 75 minutes for a short time.)

But hey, that’s one airport, right? Not so right:

This was far from an isolated incident. Airports in Atlanta, Miami, New York, Seattle, Denver and Chicago, among others, have all experienced similar problems in recent months.

Last month, Denver Airport advised travelers to get to the airport as much as three hours before their flights. Still, people waited for more than an hour and a half to clear security.

Airport workers walked up and down the line with therapy dogs and handed out bottled water and candy to travelers, according to one report. The airport accused the T.S.A. of providing an inadequate number of screeners on what was an average Saturday.

Millions for Therapy Dogs, but they can’t do #OneJob.

T.S.A. officials say the main reason for the longer lines is an increase in the number of travelers this year.

“Where it starts is actually a volume issue,” said Gary Rasicot, who was recently appointed to a newly created position as the T.S.A.’s chief of operations. “It’s really a good-news story. The economy is doing well, Americans are traveling more, and this equates with record numbers at our checkpoints.”

If you think the economy is doing well, #youjustmightbeagovernmentworker. Nothing quite like being elevated to the Senior Executive Service to alter one’s perceptions of one’s station in life.

Doesn’t some US legal document say something about “Patents of Nobility”?

At the same time, he said, the number of T.S.A. screeners has declined by about 5,800 because of tighter budgets. The agency currently has 42,350 agents assigned for security checks.

To deal with the expected summer crunch, Mr. Rasicot, who was previously a senior official with the United States Coast Guard, as was the T.S.A.’s administrator, Peter V. Neffenger, said the agency was hiring and training 768 officers and planned to assign them to the busiest airports by June 15.

OK, so now we’re trying Coast Guard Management whereas previously we’ve had Secret Service Management, and before that, the TSA began with John Magaw — ATF Management.

Magaw was the TSA supremo who built the multi-million-dollar Bond villian lair senior and exalted management office that serves to insulate his successors from reality.

Even so, passengers should brace for some tough months ahead.

“This is going to be a rough summer. There is no doubt about it,” he said. “This is why we are talking about people getting to the airport a little earlier than planned.”

A little earlier than planned. Three hours, or they’d actually have to ask the TSA goons to move like people in the Dreaded Private Sector.

Still, many passengers complained that the agency seemed ill-prepared to handle the crowds.

Are they new at this? Was there ever anything, animal, vegetable, mineral, or conceptul, that TSA was not ill-prepared to handle?

American Airlines said that the slower security lines had forced it to delay flights and rebook passengers who had missed connections. For instance, in a one-week period in mid-March, the airline said, about 6,800 of its passengers missed their flights after being stuck in T.S.A. lines too long.

“T.S.A. lines at checkpoints nationwide have become unacceptable,” said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines. “Lines grew in January, February and March, and now in April, too. We are really concerned about what happens in the summer.”

via Catching a Flight? Budget Hours, Not Minutes, for Security – The New York Times.

To which the TSA says: it’s not our fault. None of it is our fault. Stand on the little footsteps, peon.

Now.. .bend over. 

UPDATE

The panic that created the useless TSA seems to have metastasized. Because some chucklehead named his Wi-Fi hotspot Mobile Detonation Device, a bunch of usually doughty Australians panicked like chickens, with airline and airport falling all over each other (Qantas and Melbourne respectively, and some fainting passengers demanding to be let off the plane, requiring their baggage to be downloaded.

They never did find the guy with the twisted sense of humor.

Does it occur to any of these people, that if you were a baddie bent on FOOM, you might just be clever enough to name your infernal machine something other than, say, “Mohammed’s Infernal Machine”? Or “Mobile Detonation Device”?

Of course it doesn’t.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Cliffs

wile_e_coyote_gravityJust ’cause you’re the instructor, doesn’t make you exempt from the safety precautions you’re trying to instill in your trainees. A 46-year-old Utah man who overlooked that lesson became that lesson Saturday, at the expense of his life.

William Hornberger, a Garland resident, slipped and fell about 75 feet from the top of a hill in the First Wall area while attempting to tie in anchors for a young women’s group to go climbing, according to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. The accident, which members of the group witnessed, occurred at about 9 a.m.

“William was transported by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital for treatment but the extent of his injuries were too great and he was pronounced dead at the hospital,” a statement from the sheriff’s office reads. “William did have safety gear on him, including a helmet, but he did not have himself tied into any anchors when the accident occurred.”

via Man helping young women’s group falls, dies during climbing activity | KSL.com.

Life is highly correlated with unsafety.

Priorities, Army Style; or Damn, We Missed Rape Month

question markWhat a fine bunch of Army Leadership we have these days!

Here is what the Army thought were the most important events for the just-concluded Month of April, 2016.

Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month: Visit SHARP (#SHARP)

Volunteer Appreciation Month (#Volunteer)

Month of the Military Child: Visit Army Families (#MOMC #MilitaryFamilies)

April 5: Gold Star Spouse’s Day (#GoldStar #Spouses #GoldStarPins)

April 22: Earth Day (#EarthDay)

April 23: Army Reserve’s 108th Birthday(Tag www.facebook.com/USArmyReserve and @USArmyReserve on Twitter)

Jeez, the month ended and we didn’t even know it was Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month, or, stripped of Alinskyite cant and jargon, Rape Month.

Millions for #SocialJustice, not one cent for training ammo. That’s our Army… concentrating on the important stuff, like painting all the tan vehicles green, because it’s never going back to the Mideast again (good luck with that). Instead, it’s going to fight the “inner jihad” of restraining its men from raping its women for another year, until the next Rape Month. (We’re not sure which sex this assumption demeans more: the men who are all seen as horny, slavering ids, or the women who are all seen as helpless children. Neither stereotype stands up to exposure to real soldiers of either sex, but the SJWs sure have a grip on the Pentagon with this bizarre rape cult).

And here were their key dates for this month, May.

National Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

National Day of Prayer

May 30: Memorial Day

Notice anything missing?

Update: since we looked at that, they added to the list. In now looks like this:

May 2016

National Asian Pacific Heritage Month (#AsianAmericanHeritageMonth)

May 1- 8: Days of Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust

May 5: National Day of Prayer (Use #OCCHSOCIAL and tag @USArmy in tweets)

May 6: Military Spouse Appreciation Day (#MilSpouseAppreciation )

May 8: Mother’s Day (#MothersDay)

May 30: Memorial Day (#MyMemorialDay)

A few things that happened in April, that the Army’s relentlessly racist diversity beancounters either don’t think are important, or (more likely) that their modern, shallow college educations focused on the class/race/sex obsessions of their perverted professors never taught them about, include:

  • (19th) the battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • The end of the Civil War with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox (9th), but also…
  • …the start of the CivilWar with the rebel bombardment of Fort Sumter (12th).

We think our list rewards study and remembrance more positively and profoundly. But hey, we don’t run the Army.

Events occurring in May? V-E Day comes to mind. Not that today’s PC Army had anything to do with that. 

Coming soon: June is Tranny Hooker Appreciation Month! Coming to a neon-lit hotel strip outside an Army base near you.

Update

At least one Fort Bragg soldier seems to have taken The Spirit of Rape Month to heart.

Johnathan Simpson, 26, of Moonstone Court, was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery, Fayetteville police said in a statement. Simpson allegedly committed the assault on April 25.

Well, he’s innocent until proven guilty, yadda yadda. Rumor control says the rape-ee was a guy.

Don’t Bring a Gun to a Dogfight

043016- Frankie, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, helped apprehend a man wanted in Springfield for a hit-and-run. (State police photo) ---------- Forwarded message ----------

043016- Frankie, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, helped apprehend a man wanted in Springfield for a hit-and-run. (State police photo)
———- Forwarded message ———-

Final score: Frankie 1, Mohammed 0. Mohammed, a career violent criminal and illegal alien who has not been deported because of the Administration’s executive-ordered amnesty for criminal aliens, drew down on Mass State Trooper David Stucenski and Stucenski’s K9, Frankie. Mohammed got one shot off, and before Stucenski could punch Mo’s ticket, Frankie was on him like, well, like a high-energy Belgian Malinois on a felon.

Ever wonder why Mohammedans believe that dogs are unclean?

Mohammed Fofanah Jr., 35, of Hartford, who police say is in the country illegally and has been previously charged with a felony in Connecticut, was wanted for hitting three cars on Interstate 91 south about 12:15 a.m. yesterday when he allegedly fired a single shot from his .357 Magnum at trooper David Stucenski and his canine partner, Frankie, after ditching his damaged vehicle and refusing to surrender.

Neither Stucenski nor the dog was hit, police say.

via Man held for firing at trooper, K-9 | Boston Herald.

Well, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Do we know anything else about Mo? Turns out, we do.

Fofanah — who was wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet at the time of his arrest — is from Sierra Leone and had been charged with a previous felony in Connecticut, Procopio said. He may now be subject to deportation. Upon his 
release from the hospital, Fofanah was transported to sheriff’s lockup and held without bail, Procopio said.

Wait, what? Hospital? Why was he in hospital? Please, tell us that Frankie had his way with ‘im!

After being subdued by Frankie, who jarred the weapon from his hand, Fofanah was placed under arrest and rushed by ambulance to nearby Baystate Medical Center to receive treatment for bite wounds, state police said.

Really, there’s only one possible response to that: GOOD DOG.

Some Days, You Eat the Bear

Some Days, The Bear Eats You. It was a good weekend for Mr. Bruin around here:

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Shorter RIA: So long, and thanks for playing!

Well, we can still read the catalog pages through our tears. So there is that. Don’t win your bids, you still wind up with a beautiful catalog full of stunning firearms, and some usually accurate historical information.

We bid on several Czech or Czechoslovak firearms that would be worth photographing and writing up for the book, and thought we bid well but wisely. It will be interesting to see just how spectacularly others outbid us on these.

The good news is, we now no longer need to hold the money we were keeping in reserve in case we won our stretch goals, and that may be good news for a local guy and a gunbroker seller or two.

This week is a week of heavy analog activity. Expect the digital domain, including this blog, to suffer a bit, accordingly.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Duck Boats

04/30/2016-Boston,MA. City of Boston first responders work at the scene of a fatal scooter accident, involving a Duck Boat tour bus, at the corner of Beacon and Charles streets, Saturday near the noon hour. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/30/2016-Boston,MA. City of Boston first responders work at the scene of a fatal scooter accident, involving a Duck Boat tour bus, at the corner of Beacon and Charles streets, Saturday near the noon hour. Boston Herald Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

Right now, everyone is blaming the tour boat and its driver for the death of 29-year-old Alison Warmuth.

Roddy Mpele, 21, of Boston, was selling baseball caps at a stand on Boston Common when he saw the female victim laying flat on Beacon Street, her helmet tossed off.

“She was bleeding all over her face,” Mpele recalled. “They tried to do CPR. It was a dream. I didn’t know what to say.”

Morgan Ralph, 30, of Beacon Hill, had walked onto the corner of Beacon and Charles streets when he saw a group of EMTs surrounding the victim.

“It was awful. We were just setting off for a day of shopping,” Ralph said. “Her life was snuffed out. It’s tough to swallow.”

Bob Schwartz, president of Boston Duck Tours, told The Herald the driver of the duck boat has been with the company for seven to eight years and was “very experienced.”

He said this is the first fatal accident that has occurred with one of his drivers since the company opened in 1994.

via Police: Woman hit, killed by duck boat in Beacon Hill | Boston Herald.

The duck boat passengers were transferred to another duck boat — then taken to Boston Homicide at Schroeder Plaza. Technically, the case isn’t a homicide, but a “death investigation” —  but the detectives that investigate unclassified deaths are, in most places, the same cops that investigate homicides.

The 11-foot wide Duck, whose name comes from its GM’s model code in World War II, DUKW, was taking a right turn. It seems possible that the couple on the scooter were attempting to overtake the slow-moving Duck on the right; that sort of driving is endemic in Boston.

Ambulance chasers wasted no time getting their names in the paper. Seattle attorney Stephen Bulzomi got on the horn with the Boston Herald, providing the Herald’s Brian Dowling with a list of previous Duck mishaps and making sure his name was spelled right. His initial legal theory is that a one-man crew is not safe, but at this point everything the Better Call Sauls of America say is just designed to get a client on the hook — they’ll sort out the legal arguments later, and hope they can get a max insurance settlement by just writing a couple of threatening letters.

(Dowling is such a class act: his headline was “Single-person crews questioned by critics,” but his only quoted critic was the pecuniarily-interested Bulzomi. Better headline: Lawyers Still Run on Greed).

But Philadelphia ambulance chaser Robert J. Mongoluzzi, and Greg Adomaitis who is dual-hatted as Mongoluzzi’s publicist and a reporter at NJ.com, called for the deodands — duck boats — to be punished, harshly:

How many more people have to die in duck boat accidents before authorities realize they are deadly on land and in the water.

Through our experience representing victims of duck boat disasters we’ve determined they are fatally flawed; they’re death traps on the water due to their hazardous canopy design and on land they are engineered to restrict the peripheral vision of the operator, creating significant blind spots.

In hopes that it would help their various pending lawsuits, and put money in their pockets, Mongoluzzi and his partners call for Death To Ducks:

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed following Karnicki’s death. Mongeluzzi and his legal team seek “an immediate federal moratorium on duck boat tour operations nationwide.”

The Philadelphia story says that the scooter was standing still when the duck hit it. We’ll know in due course, one supposes.

Until then, wind up the lawyers and watch them roll around throwing sparks.

When you’re out of everything but lawyers, unfortunately, you can never find a duck boat when you need one.

 

 

Special Forces Casualties in SEA, 1959-75, May 2-8

SF1CRESTThese are the casualties in Southeast Asia for soldiers in Special Forces units (including non-qual support guys assigned to SF) and for at least some SF qualified soldiers who died with other units. We didn’t know any of these guys personally but can answer some questions.

These men died young so that we could live in peace and freedom. Honor their sacrifice.

Year

Month

Day

Grade / Rank

First Name

Last Name

Duty MOS

Status Code

Details
1968 5 2 E-7  SFC Leroy N. Wright 11F4S KIA, DSC Cam; B-56, Fishhook area, w/Mousseau;  multiple frag wounds
1968 5 2 E-6 SSG Lloyd F. Mousseau 11F4S KIA, DSC Cam; B-56, Fishhook area, w/ Wright; small arms fire
1968 5 2 E-6 SSG Lawrence J. Englander< 05B4S MIA-PFD SVN; A-109, Thuong Duc, Quang Nam Prov., ZC040450, heliborne 16k SW of camp
1966 5 3 E-7 SFC Angelo F. Michelli 11F4S KIA SVN; A-321, Ben Soi, Tay Ninh Prov.
1967 5 3 E-6 SSG James G. Williams 05B4S KIA SVN; A-303, Mobile G Force, Phuoc Long Prov., Blackjack 33, SE of A-342, Dong Xoai
1967 5 4 O-3 CPT William A. Crenshaw 31542 KIA SVN; A-101, Lang Vei, Quang Tri Prov., XD795360; at the 1st Lang Vei site
1967 5 4 O-2 1LT Franklin D. Stallings 31542 KIA SVN; A-101, Lang Vei, Quang Tri Prov., XD795360; at the 1st Lang Vei site
1968 5 4 E-5 SP5 Kenneth M. Cryan 12B4S KIA Laos; CCN, FOB1, RT Alabama, 10mi S of A-102 A Shau, hit on LZ w/ PFC King
1968 5 4 E-3 PFC Paul C. King, Jr. 91B4S KIA, BNR Laos; CCN, FOB1, RT Alabama, 10mi S of A-102 A Shau, hit on LZ w/ SP5 Cryan
1964 5 5 E-4 SP4 William J. Montgomery 72B20 KIA, fixed wing crash SVN; USASF-V HQ, Commo Section, at Tan Hiep in crash of Army Caribou 61-2593
1963 5 6 E-6 SSG< Robert J. Hain 05B4S KIA SVN; A1/132, near An Diem, Quang Nam Prov.
1969 5 6 E-7 SFC Kenneth L. Dulley 11B4F KIA Cam; CCS, RT Hammer; small arms fire
1969 5 6 WO-2 Mick W. T. Gill AATTV KIA SVN; 2 MSFC, at A-244, Ben Het, Kontum Prov.
1970 5 6 E-9 CSM Raymond L. Long, Jr. 00Z5S KIA, mortar frag SVN; w/ 101st Abn; was a Bn CSM; 10th Gp S-3 Shop in the early ’60s & in B-56 in RVN; Quang Tri Prov.
1965 5 7 E-6 SSG William T. Bowman 05B4S KIA SVN; A-501, Hoai An, Binh Dinh Prov., multiple frag wounds while working with RF/PF
1970 5 8 E-5 SGT Charles J. Hein, Jr. 11B4S DNH, accidental self destruction SVN; CCC, w/ RT Vermont, Kontum Prov.; WP grenade accident

 

SVN SF KIA Status Codes:

BNR – Body Not Recovered
DOW – Died of Wounds
DNH – Died Non-Hostile
DWM – Died While Missing
KIA – Killed In Action
MIA – Missing In Action
PFD – Presumptive Finding of Death

Gun Maintenance by Sound Principles

Remember what we’ve said about maintenance before: a gun is a machine, and maintenance is like maintenance of any other machine. Every firearm contains several classes of parts. Some of these parts may be so over-engineered they’ll never fail; other, parts that the manufacturer expects that you will replace (like the battery in your car, or springs in your gun, or wipes in an old-style suppressor); and still other parts can be expected to wear out depending on how hard you use them — parts that will fail due to wear or fatigue if not replaced pre-emptively.

Failure from overstress is another thing entirely. You can blow up any gun with Uncle Bubba’s Dynamite Hot Loads, even a perfectly produced firearm straight out of the box for the first time with the dealer’s hang tag still dangling from the trigger guard.

The parts you need to prepare to replace are the ones subject to physical wear and to fatigue failure. And there are several ways to do it. You can replace parts that are subject to wear and fatigue failure:

  1. When they actually fail. A lot of people do this, and if it’s not a machine that you depend on for life, Replace On Failure works just fine.
  2. When an inspection reveals that the parts are showing signs of imminent failure. At the risk of overstating the obvious, this means you have to conduct inspections on some sort of a schedule timely enough to find bad parts before they fail… or your Replace On Condition plan becomes unplanned Replace On Failure.
  3. When a certain interval has passed, which might be a calendar schedule or might be number of operating hours or cycles. This approach is called Replace On Schedule; and whether it’s a good or a bad plan depends on the devilish details of the case.

Modern firearms are much more reliable than their historical forbears. And modern ammunition is, as well, plus it also tends to be noncorrosive.

Another part of maintenance is cleaning. How frequently should you clean your guns? The answer may surprise you. Given modern designs and materials, noncorrosive ammunition, and reliable modern systems,  the real requirement to clean an AR or a Glock is this: when it absolutely needs to be cleaned because the mung buildup has begun to interfere with the firearms’ functions.

Here’s a picture of Kyle Defoor’s glock, as it came up for on-condition maintenance and was immediately scheduled for a cleaning.

DeFoor Funky Glock

 

The pistol was essentially never cleaned. You’re looking at 7,500 rounds of baked-on range mung, and it was still working, but the slide had started slowing down.

Many people overclean their weapons, wearing the protective finish off and exposing their guns to the risk of corrosion. How come, when Kyle’s pistol shows it’s not necessary (and many others, Mountain Guerrilla comes to mind, have gone even longer between cleanings on rifle platforms). If it’s designed right, manufactured right and assembled right, it’ll keep rocking, or, as in this case, Glocking.

So why do we overclean? History, and culture. Used to be priming compounds like fulminate of mercury or lead picrate, and some chemicals in propulsive powders, were deadly to firearms. Thorough, frequent cleaning was the last line of defense. Now it’s come full circle — cleaning can actually put fine old firearms at more risk than leaving them alone!

Soviet Sunday

Today is Glorious May Day! The socialist vanguard of the workers’ and peasants’ state moves forward in Stakhanovite overfulfillment of the Five-Year Plan.

It’s a good day to line up all your tanks for a parade. Not to mention your Lennon, or Lenin, posters (politically, the same thing, but only one was a talented musician).

Participants hold flags and banners during a Communist May Day rally in St. Petersburg

This picture from 2014 shows a bunch of undead zombie Communists in St. Petersburg. The flag says:

Lenin — lived,
Lenin — lives,
Lenin — shall live!

Actually, Lenin was, is, and will be: dead, dead, dead.

So are over 100 million people, thanks to the joys of Marxism-Leninism, but that’s beside the point; unlike us, and Lenin (at least some facsimilie of Lenin, as we’ll see) they’re not around to enjoy the 2016 May Day Parade. (Once they’re dead, are Useful Idiots still useful?)

In fact, he’s so dead that he was in such severe danger of rotting in his mausoleum, the shrine to the failed religion of Godlessness that  his heirs erected, that they’ve gradually been swapping parts out for the last 90-some years. Scientific American:

The Russian methods focus on preserving the body’s physical form—its look, shape, weight, color, limb flexibility and suppleness—but not necessarily its original biological matter. In the process they have created a “quasibiological” science that differs from other embalming methods. “They have to substitute occasional parts of skin and flesh with plastics and other materials, so in terms of the original biological matter the body is less and less of what it used to be,” says Alexei Yurchak, professor of social anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. “That makes it dramatically different from everything in the past, such as mummification, where the focus was on preserving the original matter while the form of the body changes,” he adds.

We dunno. If he’s a 3D Printed simulation of Vladimir Ilych Ulianov aka Nikolai Lenin, at what point does he cease being Lenin and become one of those Audio-Animatronic® gadgets that stalk the rides and attractions at Disney World?

Either way, the critter described in the paragraph is many things, but “alive” ain’t one of ’em.

Lenin was, is, and will be dead. Those who still worship at the altar of the Church of Marx and Lenin need to face that fact.

And despite the fact they had a parade, it seems not to have had all the cool tanks and whatnot — those are standing by for the post-Soviet big parade, Victory Day, 9th May.