Category Archives: Administrivia

Spring at Last Sunday

Here in the Granite State we’re having a late spring this season. We’ve still got a little snow on the ground (it will be gone before the temperatures get cold again later this week). Nothing’s up but crocuses yet. The trees and bushes are barely budding, and we’re still dealing with the tons of oak leaves (not an exaggeration, “tons”) that dropped after last year’s early snows made it impossible to pick them up.

But when the sun is shining and it’s bicycle weather one’s attitude has nowhere to go but up. Hope you’re having a great Sunday, too. See you on the blog tomorrow.

That Was the Week that Was: 2014 Week 15

That was the week that was TW3It’s 15 of 14, and we missed 14 of 14 but hope to fill it back in. We also want to be younger, slimmer, and able to run again, but we might actually succeed in posting last week’s TW3 this time. But we wouldn’t hold our breath if we were you. On the other hand, we did post on time this week. There is that.

This week has a 1-day blog micro-hiatus on Wednesday, and a 1-day real hiatus as we spent a day in a 3D Printing seminar Friday. It was worthwhile and we learned a new technique which we hadn’t known was possible, printing dies for hydroforming (we’re presuming sheet aluminum, but we’re not sure). We got some hands on with a close cousin of the 3D Systems printer one might use for printing wax-casting patterns, which might have some real-world applications to bringing some obsolete parts back to life around here. We already knew you could do lost-PLA casting with printed parts, and make molds for short-run injection molding. Still, the parts that were manufacturable by some of the best-developed technologies like SLS (selective laser sintering) and SLA (stereolithography) really impressed us.

We think there’s nothing less than a new age of customization coming. After centuries of mass production going back

We have two AK builds and more AR builds than we can count on the shelves and workbench, and then we need the workbenches clear for airplane parts.

The links to this week’s will all be live when the post goes live. Enjoy!

The Boring Statistics

Our article count was a very low 22, the lowest to date this year. Word count was also a low-ish 16,000 or so (with over 4,500 of them going up on the last day of the week, Saturday). We had only five posts that broke the long-post threshold of 1,000 words, but none of them were over 2,000. (indeed, except for this recap which barely does, none of them hit 1,500).

The mean and median post sizes were 709 and 694 respectively, suggesting that there were most posts were closer to average than usual. There was one sub-100-word post, which is usual; and seven total sub-500-word posts. We did exceed our minimum desired post count of 19. So far this year we’ve almost 400 blog posts (392, to quibble), and this week we went over over 2000 comments for the year.  

Comments are low at 101, as of press time, much lower than last week’s 121; this is perhaps accounted for by the fewer posts this week. The barrage of Facebook-launched spam seems to have followed Facebook stock this week, and tailed off.

Thanks for commenting! We always say this and we always mean it.

Most Commented Post of the Week

Our most commented post was the story on the last five major shootings at military bases, and the military’s counterproductive approach to these events: Five Years (+), Five Shootings, Five Findings (which we just noticed doesn’t really have five findings), with 20 comments and runner-up was A Lieutenant’s Advice, a young academy grad’s heartfelt heads-up to his following cohorts, with 13. These two posts represent about a third of the week’s comments, and another 11% or so went to Saburo Sakai’s Wounds, and Lew Jones, a post inspired by comments last week; conversely, some posts had no comments at all. (We’ve stopped reading too much into that, and actively resist posting things for their comment-bait value. Usually).

The Week in Posts

Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:

We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!

Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:

We had the same promises as usual, the same ones we make for next week.

  1. We did get the Volkssturm Carbine follow-up posted, but we still owe the Bull and Greek posts.
  2. We did make our minimum posting rules.
  3. We could have had more tech posts.
  4. We did drop the ball on a WWWW. We actually started two, and neither was really good enough, so we didn’t finish ‘em.
  5. And we did get the Matinee and the TW3 up on time.

For Next Week

Our goals are unchanged:

  1. to catch up the long-festering back posts mentioned above, now back up to just two features (Gerald Bull, and the Greek Insurgencies). We also have some other stuff that has sat way to0 long in the draft queue, which is up to 247 posts at this writing (some of which ought to just be deleted). We’re really serious about the two posts that finish the Greek series, but they’ve been harder than we expected.
  2. to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
  3. one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily. The other post and any extras are “free fire.”
  4. a WWWW, on Wednesday.
  5. a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.

The draft queue is approaching 250, so it’s time to dynamite some of that stuff out and entertain you guys.

See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)

Travel Note

Ye Olde Hognose is in Lakeland, Florida with the Hogbrother today and tomorrow, mixing business and pleasure whilst attending the Sun n Fun airshow. Drop a note in comments if any of you are there. We’ll be at a hotel just off-site this evening.

Static Sunday

For a change, nobody is going anywhere big this Sunday. (That’s coming Wednesday, so we’ll try to preload the blog with stuff for while we’re off pursuing other amusements).

To tease this week, here’s substantive stuff we want to put up:

  • Two of the rarest and most desirable US cartridge handguns ever happen to be for sale right now.
  • There are some awesome auctions coming up.
  • Want to own an M60 machine gun? How about a Hollywood star M60 — the gun that gave Chuck Norris his first big break?
  • Want to sit in on a one hour Squad Designated Marksman classroom lecture?
  • The Guerrillas of Greece, Part 3, the Greek Civil War, and Part 4, the Cyprus Insurgency.
  • Volkssturm carbines, Part 2 of 2.
  • 1st Quarter WeaponsMan statistics. How are we doing on our goal of 1,000,000 hits this year without compromising quality?

And of course, we’ll stick up a bunch of non-substantive stuff, too. That’s the price you pay to read the good stuff around here. Hey, it could be worse. We could have ads.

That Was the Week that Was: 2014 Week 13

That was the week that was TW3Ah, lucky Week 13. And posted on time on the last day of the week. Will wonders never cease? Not around here, they won’t.

This was a good week spent mostly in the home office. On the phone. Much was accomplished.

In the gun world, our AR prototype receivers came in and are at the FFL for pickup tomorrow. All is proceeding as we have foreseen.

The links to this week’s will all be live when the post goes live. Enjoy!

The Boring Statistics

Our article count was 28, a great rebound from last week’s weak 23. Word count likewise rebounded (or maybe regressed towards the mean), at 19,000 words up from a mere 13,000-odd. We had six posts that broke the long-post threshold of 1,000 words, but none of them were over 2,000. (That’s twice as many long posts as last week, though).

The mean and median post sizes were 679 and 610 respectively, suggesting that there were some unusually short posts. There is usually at least one sub-100-word post, but this time there were three; and 11 total sub-500-word posts. We widely exceeded our minimum desired post count of 19. So far this year we’ve almost 350 blog posts, and over 1800 comments.  

Comments are more or less normal at 118, as of press time; this is significantly higher than the previous week’s comment count, which was 96. This doesn’t include about 1,000 facebook-sourced spam comments. Don’t know why we got those, but they come in waves, and we shoot them down in waves.

Thanks for commenting! We always say this and we always mean it.

Most Commented Post of the Week

Our most commented post was the incredible Yee story: Gun-banning, murderer-releasing pol charged with gun trafficking, with 14 comments and runner-up was Tour d’Horizon — French for “too many links”,  with 9. These two posts represent only about 20% of the week’s comments; overall, this week, the comments were more evenly distributed across the posts.

The Week in Posts

Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:

We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!

Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:

We had the same promises as usual, the same ones we make for next week.

  1. We didn’t catch up on much, and we still owe the Bull and Greek posts.
  2. We did make our minimum posting rules (and then some).
  3. We could have had more tech posts.
  4. We did get the WWWW up on time.
  5. And we did get the Matinee and the TW3 up on time.

For Next Week

Our goals are unchanged:

  1. to catch up the long-festering back posts mentioned above, now back up to just two features (Gerald Bull, and the Greek Insurgencies). We also have some other stuff that has sat way to long in the draft queue (there are 240-odd posts there right now, so we’re not curating it very well). We’re really serious about the two posts that finish the Greek series, and the second post of two on the Volkssturm Carbines.
  2. to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
  3. one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
  4. a WWWW, on Wednesday.
  5. a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.

The draft queue is approaching 250, so it’s time to dynamite some of that stuff out and entertain you guys.

See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)

Swamped Sunday

So, apart from rendering unto other-than-Caesar, today involves a trip to the gym, a long drive, a scholar’s presentation on M1 Garand development, a drive back, and everyone going separate ways by 1800.

Meanwhile, there’s overdue Saturday stuff that didn’t get posted, and Monday stuff that isn’t written yet. Yoiks!

That Was the Week that Was: 2014 Week 12

That was the week that was TW3This is a necro-TW3, posted Monday of the week following. And backdated, in that kind of fib that’s available to you when you have Godlike administrator powers.

The links to this week’s will all be live when the post goes live. Enjoy!

The Boring Statistics

Our article count was 23, one of the lowest in recent memory. (Still beat our standing objective of 19 a week, but it was low output). Word count was also low output, 13,000-odd words. Only three posts were over 1,000 words, none of them over 2,000.

The mean and median post sizes were 611 and 598 respectively, suggesting a tendency to short posts. Sure enough, there were three sub-100-word posst, and 7 total sub-500-word posts. As we did not complete a TW3 last week, we don’t have a standard of comparison. We exceeded our desired objective of 19 posts by 4. So far this year we’ve over 300 blog posts, and over 1700 comments.  

Comments are slightly down to 96 as of the delayed press time; this is a lot lower than the previous week’s comment count, which now stands at over 170. (probably 40 or so of those were entered after the week ended, and about 10 of this week’s entered after the week closed, too.

Thanks for commenting! We always say this and we always mean it.

Most Commented Post of the Week

Our most commented post was Cover and Concealment, with 17 comments and runner-up was LAPD should have fired these guys for marksmanship alone,  with 12. These two posts represent about 30% of the week’s comments, and The Curse of the Killer Kitty racked up another 10%+ on its own.

The Week in Posts

Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:

We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!

Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:

We didn’t make any promises last week as we didn’t have a TW3. 

For Next Week

Our goals are unchanged:

  1. to catch up the long-festering back posts mentioned above, now back up to just two features (Gerald Bull, and the Greek Insurgencies). We also have some other stuff that has sat way to long in the draft queue (there are 246 posts there right now, so we’re not curating it very well).
  2. to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
  3. one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
  4. a WWWW, on Wednesday.
  5. a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.

The draft queue is approaching 250, so it’s time to dynamite some of that stuff out and entertain you guys. 

See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)

Silly Sunday

Running around in circles like the old Marine chant: “Green side out, brown side out, run in circles, scream and shout!” which dates back to the old World War II camouflage that had green and brown blotches on opposite sides of the material. Things like jackets were always green side out, as far as I’ve seen, but the helmet cover was reversible.

The Army issued, in the 60s and 70s, a helmet cover with an interesting forest pattern we’ve never seen used on anything but helmet covers.

Sorry about the Greece thing…

Work has gone a bit nonlinear and the docs weren’t as finished as we thought. We’re catching up. Keep your eye on the blog (or the RSS feed) for updates. Next week promises to be even busier (we’re not sure if that’s better or worse) with some time periods off-net.