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Sunday Starts Submerged

… as in, in the hole.

We had the following posts planned for Saturday that you haven’t seen yet:

  • The Underground & Auxiliary: a Case Study
  • When guns are outlawed…
  • Saturday Matinee 046: …
  • That was the week that was: 2014 Week 46

We may get to some of ‘em today. We may not. And we may or may not get Monday’s stuff all set up like we like to do. Just the way it is on this day, 16 November, 2014 AD.

We know that not everybody loves the TW3 posts, but we find them useful for blog management, and a good way to call attention to some back stories that didn’t get a lot of hits for whatever reason. The Matinees are just time consuming, as the Underground Case Study has been.

Sunday Shivering

It’s not really that cold. But there’s something that feels cold in the air, if that makes any sense at all. So we sit, and we shiver, and we watch the news crawl across our screens, and wonder if this is how it felt in August 1914, or August 1939 for that matter.

We still have not put up a Saturday Matinee or a TW3 for the last week (Actually we’re way behind on TW3s). But we have good news on that front: Week 45’s review (of Fury) is complete, and will be posted sometime today. We may even do the TW3, even though we have a work document to write.

Meanwhile, we’re shivering here. Why?

What a great position to be in!

Some weeks, we’re hard up for a Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week. Not this week. We have to choose one from about five of them! Tech stuff, skills stuff, historical stuff, it’s all good. Maybe we’ll queue them up for the next five weeks and go on a drinking binge or something!

Sawdusting Sunday

So, the Gunsmithing Lab needs to move a few feet that way, and new fluorescent fixtures have to be installed above their new location. The stuff in the stacks over there is a mixed bag of old DVD cases from a family member’s failed software venture, and boxed-up music CDs from a friend’s failed album project. (We have the master tapes around here somewhere, too).

And about 12′ x 4′ of furring and pegboard needs to go up behind the gunsmithing bench and machine tools to hold “stuff”.

And a new 6′ x 3′ bench is going there where the gunsmithing area was. That’s the bench Van’s recommends for an RV-12 kit construction area. We’ll build it here until just before the components are too big to fit out the bulkhead. Then it moves to a hangar at one of the airfields nearby for final assembly. Duration of project: 2-3 years.

It’s going to be… interesting… maintaining sterility/segregation between the gun works and the plane works. And there’s also some exercise equipment undergoing overhaul (OK, let’s be honest, it’s down here but the overhaul’s been stalled for a year and we have another rower in the gym already).

Thanks to Linkers, Commenters… and Reddit

chainNow that we have stats running, again, we’re pleasantly suprised to see that we’re more popular than we were before our stats plugin went tango uniform in August. We attribute that to our genial commenters and to the sites that link to us, among them:

  • Ace of Spades HQ. We’re grateful to be frequently linked by such a well-regarded (and, not coincidentally, well-trafficked) site, and hope we’ll always have something of interest to Ace readers.
  • The Gun Feed. We could never decide which of the Gun Link Aggregators we liked better, but now that the other guys have joined the Choir Invisible, we know it’s The Gun Feed. If you’re ever hard up for a gun-news fix, the Feed is your dope.
  • Raconteur Report. By our own prolific commenter, Aesop, who’s quite a talented blogger his own self.

Recently, we found a few of our posts linked by Reddit’s /r/guns. That’s led to a surprisingly long tail of interest on the posts, one a pair of training videos and the other our write-up on the Sokolovsky Automaster. We welcome all Redditors who share our interest, and are glad to see that technical posts, like the Sokolovsky post, that may have disappointed us with the lack of reaction they drew when new, actually have some legs on the net.

Sunday Somnambulism

Well, it feels like we are sleepwalking here. Maybe ‘ not. Maybe we’re actually awake, and just wish we weren’t. But it does feel like sleepwalking.

Or does it? We don’t have any recollection of sleepwalking, ever, and have never been accused of any such thing. Consequently, we have a degree of skepticism that such a thing even exists. It sounds like the sort of thing psychologists make up to sound clever, and hide the fact that nobody knows a damned thing about what goes on inside a homo sapiens’s brain housing group. We’d better look it up.

Heh, apparently it is a real thing. Mayo Clinic says so. So does the National Institute of Medicine.

Guess we better start believing in it.

Symptoms of sleepwalking include:

  • Acting confused or disoriented when the person wakes up
  • Aggressive behavior when woken uip by someone else
  • Having a blank look on the face
  • Opening eyes during sleep
  • Not remembering the sleep walking episode when they wake up
  • Performing detailed activity of any type during sleep
  • Sitting up and appearing awake during sleep
  • Talking in sleep and saying things that do not make sense
  • Walking during sleep

Wait, what? “…saying things that do not make sense?” We guess whoever wrote that never experienced an election year

Sunday Slackin’

This is a Sunday for doing the most routine things around the Manor, like replacing the kitchen faucet (wait, aren’t we supposed to have people for that sort of thing?), blowing the leaves and mowing them up, and that sort of thing. So we took our sweet time putting up the Sunday nothing-much post. (And didn’t even look at a few overdue Saturday posts we have).

This may be our last unseasonably warm weekend of the year, and the bicycle sings out its desire to be ridden, and the dog needs a walk, and looking at glowing rectangles seems like an awful use of the day. So we won’t.

They come here searchin’ for:

"The game is afoot, Watson!"

“The game is afoot, Watson!”

According to the new stats plug-in (Rich Counter remaining dead as a mackerel) we’ve been serached out by various users of Google and Bing (alas, nobody from Baidu yet… where’s our Chinese gun bros?) using a variety of search terms. Some of them make more sense than others:

  • 1944 m1 carbine – We’ve written ’bout these from time to time, but we don’t think we’d be the most informative target of that search.
  • tactical shelf plans – We’ve shown pictures of such things and links to their makers, but no plans. Sorry ’bout that.
  • arfcom bolt carrier group –  Is there such a thing? And it’s better than a GI BCG exactly how?
  • PSP GLOCK 45 — (caps his). Yeah, we’ve probably had more detail on the Pennsylvania State Police’s hard-luck pistol program than anybody. For example, here and here. That is, it’s hard luck if you believe in luck. We think people make their own luck, mostly. Incidentaly, they’re still hunting Eric Frein, and he’s still on the loose, but we have a feeling it’s in the end stages for Frein.
  • yarborough knife history —  We don’t think we’ve written this up, but probably should, now that it’s been around for a few years the legends are already growing. On the other hand, we’re old enough to have received our SF certificate from the hand of Yarborough his ownself, which is kind of cool. A lot of classmates didn’t realize just how cool it was.
  • gunsmith classes – frequent subject of discussion here. Hope we hooked the guy up.
  • weapons man – now, there’s the search engine doing like it’s s’posed to! This one comes up a lot.
  • NRA Life Membership Deal – we offered up one of these years ago, and are not sure it’s still valid. We’ll check.
  • 5.56 documenting reality – There is a site called Documenting Reality that has linked here in the past — not sure why, as it’s basically a war-gore site, a descendant of a site called which was shuttered in 2006 because the first amendment apparently doesn’t apply in Florida. (Now that’s … you know what). Anyway, it’s a membership site so we don’t know exactly what’s up over there.
  • young naked – [Gunny voice] Some perv wound up on the wrong blog. [/Gunny]  But it turns out we have several blog posts that include the words “young” and “naked,” including one about a perv busted by cops (wait, he was a cop too: a chief of police, actually), one about a busted cop who was a perv, and one with the text of a well-known Great War poem, by a poet who was arguably a little light in the loafers. NTTAWWT; he was a success as an infantry officer and as a poet, at least so long as his poetry dwelt on the war. His postwar poetry was rather pale, although he had a pair of decent prose romans à clef.
  • no limits hairy armpits — We don’t think this is the blog that cat is looking for, either.
  • eaten by dogs idema — yeah, we knew Keith Idema, and that’s one of the rumors about his death. (Also, that he died of AIDS in Mexico. That is, in fact, what his death certificate says). We wrote it up here, and were deluged with quasi-literate Idema fans. He was the most greatest special opstitute ever, they explained. Sure.  We don’t believe he was actually eaten by dogs, we believe the US Department of State made some arrangements or other for his remains.

A Sunday with Nothing Clever to Say

That happens sometimes.

Yesterday’s Saturday Matinee was done but we botched getting the screenshots, so we may get it up today, and may get the TW3 done as well.

It’s sunny and might be one of the last bike-riding days in shorts. And there’s a traveling family member’s lonely cat to visit, and oh yeah, there’s a tax extension running out this week so all those ducks have to be in a row for the inevitable audit.

This week: more on fakes, a Civil War rifle you might not know, and the latest on the Rangerette thing.

Sunday Spirit

We always thought that Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer statue was a gigantic slab of concrete. It turns out that its face is covered in tiles of mortared soapstone. (It was designed by a sculptor, but built by engineers). And every once in a while somebody’s got to go up there and maintain those tiles, along with the lightning rods that prevent God from doing what Muslim iconoclasts would to this one of the 7 wonders of the world. And this is what that looks like:

We don’t believe there’s any SF guy (or SEAL, Ranger, Marine, SAS, GSG-9, you name it) fellow who’s ever looked at Christ the Redeemer without thinking about how very cool it would be to climb, or rappel off.

Considering we’re descended from arboreal apes, there’s something terribly human about the way any of us can walk a 2-foot-wide path completely unthinkingly (indeed, while talking on the phone and sipping a drink), until that path is a hundred feet in the air.

If Christ the Redeemer was in, say, Reno instead of Rio, for one thing the view would blow, and for another, swarms of lawyers from the Atheist Criminal Lovers’ Union would be trying to tear it down. (Has a lawyer ever, in all recorded history, put something up? Or are they simply the termites of civilization?)

Or their goal would be, if not tear it down utterly, to put some saint of their religion, like Martin Luther King, or Chairman Mao (or both at once, as in the statue in DC) in His place. One suspects that the Brazilian atheists are typically laid-back in carioca style, unlike ours who have all the proselytizing and judgmental power of their forebears, Cotton Mather and Elmer Gantry.

Fun fact for Vietnam vets: there’s a similar sized, albeit differently designed, Christ the Redeemer statue in Vung Tau (formerly Cap St. Jacques), in the nominally atheistic land of Vietnam — an Australian base and R&R destination during the war.