Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

I dressed up as a collection of bad habits, portraying a fat guy smoking a cigar and drinking Jack Daniel's while handing out candy on the porch tonight.

Hell, I enjoyed it. Didn't seem to bother the kids any either.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ugly Gun Sunday

I know I've always wanted a pistol that looks like it was made out of Bondo.

The World-Wide Constitution

Apparently the Constitution applies to everyone, not just U.S. citizens. Reading "Alabama immigration battle recalls civil rights past" written by Phillip Rawls of the Associated Press, individuals who have intentionally entered this country illegally are equivalent to to black citizens who were denied their constitutional rights in the past. And the evil Republican/Conservative/Capitalist hordes are attempting to deny the children of those individuals their "constitutional right to go to school".

It must be nice to live an a world where there's no economic or cultural consequences to idiocy.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Practical Creativity

Reading this simply reinforces the pride in my tribe. Hooah Iowa Guard!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ugly Gun Sunday

I'm guessing this is someone's version of a Beretta Model 92 race gun (race gun: any stock gun with more equipment added to give the operator an edge when winning the competition is the primary reason for participating).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Redneck Gun Repair

or How To Replace A Hakim Ejector Spring On The Cheap.

First, let me note that it's possible to shoot over 50 rounds of surplus 8 mm and have all of them extract without the spring. I'm a little surprised by this, but having unintentionally done it, it's possible.

Seen clockwise above, the breech cover, bolt carrier, bolt, extractor, and safety housing. My first clue something was off occurred when disassembling the rifle for cleaning, and the extractor just fell onto the table.

Looking at this, my first thought was to wonder where I could buy a small piece of leaf spring material. Then, how to grind/cut/shape it for a good fit. That's when it occurred to me that I have a pile of leaf spring material sitting around:

The easily acquired, cheap stripper clip. In this case, from 5.56 rounds. These were sitting in the corner of the basement for the last 10+ years, but the rust scrubs off with a little steel wool and oil. A brief touch with a cutting wheel, or an appropriate handsaw, and a small length of leaf spring is available.

The piece above needed a little grinding along the long edge to adjust the width, and another cut to remove the retention curve at the tip.

Below, the finely-milled slots for receiving the spring can be seen at the base of the extractor recess.

With a bit of gentle pressure, the new spring can be slid into the milled recesses:

Next, gently prying upwards on the spring allows the extractor to be started into its recess:

A bit more gentle pressure, and the extractor will snap into place:

Total time to make, less then ten minutes, and a hell of a lot cheaper than buy the original parts via online auctions.

Friday, October 14, 2011


At least the video advertising has decent production values:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ugly Gun Sunday

This gun was found in a yard sale this summer. Has a ramline stock and pro-mounted scope base and scope.Scope is a Tasco 3x9x40?. Has a bi-pod,spare bullet holder on butt stock and a nice sling. SN matching #xxx281. Has a Bubba Camo painted surface. Gun was used for a few years in deer hunting and was shot very little. I have never shot the rifle but the bore is bright and rifling is strong. No rust anyplace on the gun. Has a fixed flash hider and looks to be a Ruger product.

Sure, you can say it's just another painted up rifle, and not even that bad as they go. But it was a Swedish M96 Mauser that used to look like this:


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ah, The Weekend

After a work week of assisting the docs in jamming stuff into various anatomical areas (patients, not doctors), it's time to kick back and enjoy. By installing a garage door.

I know how to party.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ugly Gun Sunday

And cleaning a simple single-cylinder black powder pistol is a pain.