For the third week running, the Saturday Matinee
isn’t even posted yet — although its listing on this page tells you what it will be. (it’s posted now, and linked here). At least we did get this one up on time, and we’re rather pleased with our week as a whole.
As often happens, this may initially be posted without the links to the stories being live, but if that happens, they’ll be retrofitted as soon as possible. (They’re all live now).
The Boring Statistics
This week’s output was the year’s record for word count, driven by long posts. There was a middling number of posts, 23, slightly up from last week’s 22. We pretty much stick to three posts a day if we can. We continue to get many comments, edging out last week’s count of 41 with 43 this week, by press time for this post. Best of all, the comments are high quality, and we learn a great deal from all y’all. Our word count was over 16,000 (which is like getting a third more WeaponsMan than last week). The average post was about 700 words, up from about 540 last week.
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The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- Sunday Sunday Sunday! began the week, as usual, by taking a day off. We’re nothing but layabouts around here.
- We rounded up the usual gang of new idjits having old accidents in A mess of accidents, No. 9. We didn’t get them all (see Man’s Best Friend below).
- We found Beretta preparing Maryland escape contingency plan and warning politicians sure they were bluffing that, nope, they’re not bluffing. Of course, to the ruling Democrats, gun companies leaving and amping up unemployment and dependency is a double-barrelled win.
- Kamikaze Para-mice counterattack invading snakes in Guam, an island which has been contested before.
- The right way to do a “buyback” takes unwanted guns and puts them back into paid circulation in Maine — for the benefit of charity.
- We checked out a TrackingPoint: Reliability Testing video. This futuristic technology is fascinating.
- Cuomoʼs gun ban prevents all crimes in New York, except for those meat cleaver murders (or attempted murders, thanks to FDNY, while NYPD’s 40,000 cops were all tied up on gun confiscation duty and oversize-soft-drink patrol).
- Hundreds of criminals released — 34,000 to follow — at least that was the plan, until a backlash made Big Sis Napolitano backlash on the political criminal flood that was her idea in the first place.
- We learned that Osama had documents from Bradley Manning, but the little weasel says he didn’t aid the enemy. Maybe he’s using an idiosyncratic definition of “enemy.”
- We tip you to Something special over at Forgotten Weapons — video of John Garand talking rifle development! Too brief, alas, but a wonderful thing.
- The cold may suck, but the frost really bites: Explorer off mighty trek for the simplest reason. Speedy recovery to Sir Ranulph.
- Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: New York Boycott List.
- We offer Six reasons “practical” competition isnʼt.
- We hope this doesn’t become a regular feature like A Mess of Accidents: ABB: Agents Behaving Badly. But our cynical side says otherwise.
- You canʼt quit, youʼre fired (at), gangbangers told a kid who decided to go straight. Then they shot him 15 times.
- We discuss Iron Sights and their Limits. We’re big belivers in glass around here.
- We know how to get you heathens into church. Guns!
- We tip you to The Best Novel Yet of the Afghan War. As war stories tend to begin, this is no shit.
- With a best friend like this… this guy doesn’t need any enemies.
- We look at the Air Attack on Syria, 6 Sep 2007, and what it says about a coming attack on Iranian nuclear targets.
- You can open a factory; you can go shopping abroad; or you can practice Battlefield Recovery. Most resistance groups do all three.
- Saturday Matinee 2013 09: Hells Angels gives us a glimpse of movies from a lost age.
- We circle back here to That Was the Week that Was: 2013 Week 09.
How we did on last week’s promises (hint: not good)
We promised (and we’ll line out the promises kept)
- a revisit to printable hardware. (this one’s now three weeks overdue)
- We’ll check up on some stories from last year we haven’t followed up in ’13 yet.
- We’ve got a story on the last battle of King Richard III (we’ve been trying to pin down the U of Leicester experts on his fatal wounds).
- We’ve got a follow-up on the earliest standard-issue American military rifle scopes. You may remember we had story on the Small Arms Firing Manual’s single paragraph about telescopic sight, and the Warner & Swasey “Telescopic Musket Sight M1913” for the 1903 Springfield. Turns out, a book crossed our transom that deals with this scope and its forebears and successors in some depth.
Eh. Not so good. Despite that, we did get you some good stuff, didn’t we? Enjoy and see you next week.