Good heavens, a timely TW3. What will we think of next? As usual, the links may not be live when the post goes live, and until they are, you’ll have to scroll back to see the posts — the usual is four posts a day except Sunday. We hope that the links will be live by Sunday midnight, if not sooner. We conduct these weekly post-mortems, time permitting, to keep track of our own performance on the blog, but we hope they’re useful to you. Especially, take a look at the list of articles — you may have missed something that interests you. All past TW3s can be found in the Administrivia category. Enjoy!
The Boring Statistics
With the year well over half over, we have posted about 750 posts, and we’ve been fairly consistent. This week was slightly heavier than usual, thanks to the Ukraine shootdown. Our article count was 29, at the high end of “normal.” Last week’s was 25. Word count was about 20,000 words, up from 17,000. Seven to nine posts (we haven’t got the word counts on this and the Matinee yet) were over 1,000 words, but none of them over 2,000. The mean and median post sizes were 669 and 653, compared to last week’s 740 and 585. Having those two measures of central tendency converge suggests a fairly strong consistency in post sizes. There was only one sub-100-word post, and 10 total sub-500-word posts. We exceeded our self-imposed minimum of 19 posts by 10. So far this year we’ve had roughly a half-million hits, 750 blog posts, and over 4,200 comments. Comments were 172 as of press time; as of this time last week we’d noted 130 on last week’s posts, so this was a more conversational week with you guys. On the other hand, the long tail of comments has brought last week’s total up over 150 by now. Thanks for commenting!
Most Commented Post of the Week
Our most commented post was, by a mile, Breaking: Civil Airliner Downed by Russian Missile, with 29 comments and On this Day in 1962: Infantry Nuke Test tied with Three Reasons Not to Use the Blackhawk Serpa Holster with 129 each. Together, these are nearly 40% of the week’s comments.
I’d like to thank our top referrers, at least according to the meatball statistics our plug-in gives us. Apart from the big search engines (we got a lot of hits on Crazy Lady Shannon Richardson this week) we’re grateful to Western Rifle Shooters, Ace of Spades, James Wesley, Rawles’s Survival Blog, and the aggregators The Gun Wire and The Gun Feed. We thank them all for linking us and sending their much larger readerships our way. All of them sent us 1,000 or more readers, and Western Rifle Shooters actually edged Google out. And we’re only Western compared to Europe around here. (Well, technically, there are some islands a few miles east of here. That’s it till Ireland, though).
These are all informative and entertaining sites, and very different in their subject matter, so please repay them with a visit and you will probably find one or more of them indispensable to you.
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- We start off happy on a Sunday in Perfect Summer.
- Jeff “Bigshooterist” Zimba deconfuses the different belt-fed ARs in Three Contenders for the Belt (belt of 5.56 in M27 links, that is).
- More people are getting shot but fewer are dying because of our cops? NYPD Commissioner Flunks Statistics 101. #ThinkItWasSurgeons.
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have overpasses. Death of this kid is tragic, but acting dumb around powerful forces impresses neither the chicks nor the powerful forces. And the chicks can just make you wish you were dead.
- On the Frontlines of Hunting Hatred you can see people bashing hunters, and even people who aren’t hunters, that they think shot game that was dead 66 million years ago. So how’s “self-esteem” education working out after about 25 years of tee ball and no scorekeeping?
- The fastest reload was a fresh gun, even then: The New York Reload in the Civil War.
- Three Reasons Not to Use the Blackhawk Serpa Holster. (1) it has a bad habit of taking a death grip on your pistol when you’ve been in sand, mud, gravel or snow; (2) when your pistol does come out, it comes out slower than competing holsters, and (3) lots of dudes shoot themselves, because it makes it easy. Apart from that, it’s just dandy. And it is cheaper than competing holsters, which offer you nothing but more reliability, speed, and likelihood of not getting shot. Who would want that stuff?
- A criminal can kill, or cripple, someone with nearly anything: When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have travel mugs. It’s all in the intent.
- Newtown roundup. Things are still slowly simmering in this frustrating mass murder, and its political fallout is still falling out.
- Stephen Hunter: Sniper’s Honor — a good read with mostly accurate (heh) gun stuff. You ain’t making a 1km shot in a Lee Enfield with issue ball though, even the carefully set up sniper version.
- Just when you think it couldn’t get worse: VA: Corrupt Managers Bug Investigators Back.
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have swimming pools. Hey, a few suicides will not stop us enjoying a swim. Well, once they’re fished out.
- OT: Comcast = Customer Service, Soviet Style. Why do these assclowns stay in business? Oh, right, monopoly and political connections.
- There is a contagion loose in the land. Cop Murdered: Family, Press Blame the Dead Cop. RIP Perry Renn.
- All Other Options Exhausted, VA Does the Right Thing by a New York City vet.
- On this Day in 1962: Infantry Nuke Test. How small can you make a nuke? Apart from SADM, Davy Crockett (which used a similar capsule with a different delivery mode) was the answer.
- Ricin Mama goes to the Pen: Shannon Richardson gets 18 Years.
- Breaking: Civil Airliner Downed by Russian Missile. That about says it. Story’s developing, seems the missile was Russian made but seized from the Ukrainian Army by Russian separatists, with Russian deniable support that you can bet will continued to be denied with vigor.
- Ammo giant, NSSF have a great way to get new shooters fired up about firing rounds: Rimfire Challenge Ammo Guaranteed by ATK.
- It does appear that the plaintiff was, er, mistaken: Possible Killshot in the Ventura-Kyle Trial. We’d hate to have to testify about events at boozy parties from our active duty days.
- Surprised they did it: MA Recriminalizes Perv Photography, Pervs Hardest Hit.
- Applying 21st Century Video Tech to 20th Century Guns: Ian’s robotic drone, and IMT’s high-speed video of a single shot from an M3HB.
- We’re not pure innocent on the airliner thing. Here’s what happened When the US Committed the Atrocity.
- Reagan on KAL 007. For you young people who have never seen a Presidential president.
- When they say Higher Education, they’re talking about the price, right?
- Haunting video of Japanese World War II Tanks left where they were destroyed or abandoned 1943-45.
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have duffle bags. Another tale of true crime, so different from the TV crime that drives media and public perceptions.
- Saturday Matinee 2014 29: Straight Into Darkness (2004). Sometimes we watch these so you don’t have to.
- That was the week that was: 2014 Week 29 is this document. If you keep clicking this link, you’ll never go anywhere.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!
Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:
The overdue and the underdelivered:
- X A major post on Gerald Bull’s awesome space-capable artillery that seems to have entrenched itself on the back burner.
- √ To post 3 x day x 6 days. Exceeded.
- One gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF/UW post per day x 6 days. Depending on how one classifies posts, we did this.
- √ To post a X WWWW, a √ TW3, and a √ Saturday Matinee, before COB Saturday. Everything but the Matinee.
- X One back Saturday Matinee. No, sorry ’bout that.
- Our never-finished series on the Greek Civil Wars.
This is pretty much going to be a standing set of promises until we have a reason to improve them.
For Next Week
Our goals are unchanged:
- 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 too long in the draft queue.
- to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
- one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
- a WWWW, on Wednesday.
- a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.
The draft queue is 258, down from last week’s record level. See you with a TW3 on Saturday, if all goes well!