Which is good, which is edifying, but which is not getting meaningful posts up on the blog. For which we express regret.
Research subjects include:
- The Complete and Extended US WWII collections. In this case the problem is more one of researching prices and the miserable slog of making readable html tables in WordPress.
- What really was the first submachine gun? We’ll have you know, our tentative conclusion is that in the absence of primary source information from Germany and Italy, we can’t make a conclusion. The secondary sources all reached conclusions, but reached such a disparity of conclusions that we cannot rely upon their scholarship. And in any case, they do not cite their sources, and most of these great old gun scholars like Hobart and Smith are no longer with us. We suppose the good news is that no contenders except the Beretta M1918 and the Bergmann (Schmeisser) MP.18-I have emerged. (We were surprised to find a spirited defense of the idea of the Villar Perosa as submachine gun in Smith and Smith).
- Gun Finishes & Rust. We’ve been wanting to discuss this for a while, and were reminded of it when surface rust appeared on three guns during the monthly 100% serial-number inventory, a pain in the ass that’s part of the…
- Physical Security Plan which is overdue for an installment on planning and an installment on safes and storage (and perhaps, dehumidification, which might belong in the rust story instead).
And that sort of thing has taken up a lot of time, dealing with ATF paperwork (one Form 4 submitted in March, they told us Friday, things are going so swimmingly it may be approved in January. After some discussion, they even said January, 2015), establishing a new inventory regime, installing new storage containers, updating alarms and surveillance systems.
It puts the crimp in maintaining marksmanship skills.