Monday, May 22, 2017

A Tribute to War Hero Kim Dozier

Oh, those brave journalists - risking their lives through gunfire and fighting ISIS to bring us the daily news so that we'd have something to stare at while at the gym - how heroic! I'm so thankful to have these brave men and women serving us so valiantly.  Someone give them a Medal of Honor.  A Florida mayor merely makes a joke about pointing weapons and the MSM explodes, invoking a journalist's fabricated flashbacks of dodging enemy fire and rescuing kittens in battle that really happened!

From the Tampa Bay Times:
But some journalists in the room said they weren’t being thin-skinned. No skin is thick enough to stop a bullet or bomb blast, something Daily Beast national security reporter Kim Dozier knows all too well.
It was real... in my mind!
In 2006, she was nearly killed in a car bombing that took the life of the U.S. Army officer her team was filming Capt. James Alex Funkhouser, along with his Iraqi translator and Dozier’s CBS colleagues Paul Douglas and James Brolan.
As someone who had been under fire once or twice, and lost two colleagues to a car bomb in Iraq that nearly killed me, I didn’t appreciate the remarks,” said Dozier, who wrote a book about her experiences and efforts to recover. “The mayor probably didn’t realize how many of the reporters in the room had risked their lives to bring Americans the story of U.S. troops in the field, including veterans-turned-journalists with prior special ops service.
I guess it's true what they say about PTSD these days - anyone and everyone wants to cash in on the PTSD craze, one way or another.  It's basically the new self-diagnosed ADD meme.  I work in a military clinic and see all sorts of phonies who have never left the wire get medically discharged and receive VA compensation for falsified PTSD claims.  It's a rather neat scam for those that get it working, I think.  I guess it can help sell books too.

I mean sheeeit - I got shot at once but I ain't finna publish a damn book on it (maybe just a post on some shit blog that only third-world resistance fighters read, though).
Max Payne - Copyright to me IRL, IMO.
It's actually a funny story by the way, thanks for asking - I was literally building a wall in Sombrero County, Texas for a few dollars MOAR, when suddenly a LVL 1 Mexican Cartel thug opened fire on me.  Aside from the subsequent hospitalization due to stupidly Max Payne diving into a pointy pile of rocks, it was actually a pretty cool experience now that I think back on it.  So the next time some asshole Gunnery Sgt asks me what the hell do I know about anything because I've never been shot at, I can reply that I have indeed been there/done that, and that I can honestly recommended it. 10/10 - would do again!

Journalistic visions of heroic grandeur trivializes the death of BigBoss's mentor - A HERO who SAVED THE WORLD, God dammit!

These are the real men who fought and died on the battlefield.

yo dawg i heard you like memes
flashback memes
Ay, pappi.

"These pseudo-journalists would die quickly if they found themselves anywhere else in the world."

Saturday, April 8, 2017

(Pictures/Video) Loading and shootin' .45-70 Blackpowder Cartridges

Loading .45-70 Government on the cheap

Oh, look, a maymay.
Loaded 70 rounds of .45-70 government.  The load was a cast 300 grain, flat-nose bullet behind ~50 grains of Shockey's Gold (similar to American Pioneer) FFG blackpowder substitute, primed with Remington Large Rifle Magnum Primer.  The 50 grain load was used because that's what fit in the measure spoon I used.  An airgap in the blackpowder cartridge will cause excess pressure, so cream of wheat was used to fill the rest of case to the top and the bullet was seated and compressed over the powder.  I've previously used newspaper or crumbled up paper towel as wadding, but I thought I'd try cream of wheat as it was recommended by other blackpowder cartridge shooters.

Of the 70 cases I had, fifty were good, thirty were rejects/blasting ammo.  I had forgotten to use the case-mouth opening die on the last thirty cases so the bullets were seated badly, scraping some bullets or inserting them slightly lopsided, though nothing major.  Fifty grains of powder times 70 cartridges is 3500 grains, so approximately half a pound of $20 powder was used.  I cast the bullets myself from range scrap and the primers were $30 per 1000.  I already had about 200 rounds total of loaded and empty cartridges, so total cost for 70 rounds of reloaded .45-70 blackpowder cartridges is less than $25 (or 35 cents per round).  For comparison, a box of Remington Express Core-Lokt .45-70 runs at $44 at Cabela's (or $2.20 per round).

The Gun

Trapdoor and a Magnum Research .45-70
The rifle is an 1884 Springfield Trapdoor I bought off GunAuction years ago.  I bought it as a companion-piece for my Magnum Research BFR .45-70 revolver.  This Trapdoor specimen is junk and I believe I paid $250, but 1) It's still fun to shoot occaisionally and 2) Looks cool on my wall.  The bore is rusted and the muzzle has been abused.  WB is stamped on the barrel, indicating it was used by Warner Brothers for film, possibly The Alamo (1968) starring John Wayne.

Fancy posin' going on over here.
11 rounds were fired at a distance of ~65 feet. Two rounds hit in total.  Yeah, it's the gun's fault, I swear! The two that did hit the target were about 6-9" high from point of aim.  Recoil was not bad.  Less smoke appeared to be produced compared to American Pioneer and regular black powder.



Note to self: Use Magnum primers to
avoid primer piercing.
These were previously reloaded cases, so when I loaded them up last week the interiors of the cases were dark from previous loadings (I used to never clean brass right away).  They had spots of green and brown rust which I painstakenly scraped out with steel wool and had rinsed and dried them before reloading them.  You couldn't even see the bottom of the case.  After I shot them today I gathered the brass and put them in a jar with hot, soapy water and shook it up, rinsed out the crud water and repeated the process until the emptied water was no longer black.  I used a clean rag and dried the cases inside and out.  To my surprise I noticed that the interior of the brass was really clean at this point.   I guess the process of shooting them and immediately rinsing loosened up the crud that was in there.

I ran a hot, wet patch through the bore and then ran several more patches until it was clean and finally wiped all metal surfaces with hot water, then CLP.  The gun is now leaning against the wall in a small room with a dehumidifier to be observed over the course of the next few days to check for rust.  I think I spent more time cleaning than shooting.  Such is the way of the black powder shooter!
Top to bottom: Gewehr 1888, Springfild Trapdoor,
unknown US military muzzleloader.

Other Observations:

1) This gun is not for new shooters.  I noticed that the firing pin was rusted closed when I grabbed it off the wall after several years of neglect (which was remedied with CLP) and there existed the possibility of a slam-fire on a primer if you don't pay attention.  Additionally I noticed someone kept fumbling with the lock and, for some reason, could not grasp the concept of "half-cock to load and eject," and "full cock when ready to fire."
2) A few of the brass cases were already primed with Remington large rifle (non-magnum) primers that I left in my humid Texas garage for three years.  I marked the brass with a red marker to see if they would have problems igniting.  Ignition seemed fine, although I did have a cartridge fail to fire, but looking at the video it seems it had something to do with the latch not being closed all the way.
3) All of the Remington non-magnum primers got pierced, however no gas blowback was felt.  For the most part they maintained a seal but I suspect this is what caused the firing pin to rust in place previously.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Home-made Ruger 10-22 receiver (Link)

Pretty interesting Ruger 10-22 build using simple tools from Harbor Freight and consisting of sides of aluminum flat stock bolted together with good, old-fashioned hex screws.  The trunnion looks unnecessarily complex and uses expensive Ruger barrels - I would have just used a simple bored-through block that utilized a cheap or used Savage/Stevens barrel.

Blog: Holloway's Garage

Holloway's Garage doesn't seem to be updated anymore, but in the spirit of weaponry and survivalism, has another useful post about making a rain collection barrel which I think would be useful for when Bill Clinton's Wife's zombified corpse runs for president again in 2024.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rant - Gary "Weaponeer" Graham - Scammer

So this guy Gary “Weaponeer” Graham of has been sending out mass emails at the end of every month for the past year, soliciting donations for his website, which he claims is the "premiere home gunsmithing site."  On November 27, Weaponeer spammed his forum goers with eight of the same pathetic emails throughout the course of the day.  Is this fool serious?

Stop spamming me, asshole!
In his latest spam broadcast, he claims that he has made several “personal sacrifices” to keep the website up, such as eating a month’s worth of Ramen noodles in order to save money to keep the website running.  He also mentions he was hospitalized ten years ago due to frostbite on his foot because he coudn’t pay his gas bill one winter, implying he was busy paying hosting fees instead of keeping himself aliveOh how valiant of you, Gary - putting an online forum first over your own health.  You truely are an American Hero.  This spineless worm faked a medical claim to the VA so he could collect compensation and wouldn't have to work for the rest of his life and buy more worthless shit – of course he won’t mention that in his email.

November 27 letter.
There doesn’t seem to be any way to unsubscribe from his pathetic pleas for help, by the way.  Despite going to the forum, logging in and clicking “unsubscribe” from emails I still receive these emails.
No. Seriously.  Fuck off.

Why should I donate money to this forum when he can barely manage his own worthless self?  On top of that this guy has a history of e-begging and always he asks for large amounts of money at the very last minute.  It's absolutely pathetic.

Gary, you've given it over ten years and I have come to the conclusion that online forum managament is not for you  – so here is my donation to some useful ideas!  Here’s how you can make money to support your website and forums and have some money left over to not die IRL:
  • Use the money that you stole from countless other customers that you ripped off because you never sent the goods.  How about use that money to support the website and not spend it on more fucking guns that you don’t need.
  • Better yet: Return the money to all the customers that you ripped off, possibly reconciling with the online gun forum community, thus getting a wider userbase.  Just maybe you can squeeze more dollars out of a wider audience.
  • Remove all the worthless forum bloatware that noone uses (user blogs and an arcade? What the fuck) to save bandwidth.
  • Consolidate the unnecessary 50+ subforums that nobody looks at to save more bandwidth.
  • Sell your fucking guns that you don’t need because apparently you need to pay utilities in order to not die.
  • Use that expensive machineshop of yours to create products we want and sell them on an online shop...
Shame on ME for not helping Gary
run his business for him!
Wait – what?  What do you mean you need $195 to open the online store?  Are you telling me I need to donate money for the “privilege” of buying something from your store?  Why would anyone want to donate money to someone just so you can re-open an online store and sell me stuff that may or may not be delivered?  Do you even understand the concept of running a business?

Or is it perhaps because private online storefronts don’t want anything to do with a known scammer.

"Premiere" my ass.  Weaponeer is not
Premiere anything.
I don’t even post on anymore just due to the sheer inactivity.  He gets two new posts on a dead day and maybe ten posts on a busy day.  That's 300 posts on a good month.  That should not cost $200 a month to operate. Hell, that shouldn't even cost $100 and if it does, that's easily be covered by a single person.  Gary is an obnoxious, arrogant jackass who has squandered countless opportunities to raise money for the website and instead resorts to constant e-begging.  CalGuns has a more streamlined forum with an active community and I ain’t even from California.

Gary Graham is a pathetic worm.  If he can’t take care of himself, maybe he should be sent to a home, courtesy of Uncle Sam.  Shit, I’ll donate money to that.  Using his status as a veteran to beg for money on the internet and shaming his followers because he can’t manage his own weak body’s health or his own forums is a bloody embarassment.  Gary is a disgrace to veterans everywhere.

I don't know what event's lead to Greg Clark's banning,
but Gary left some childish messages on his profile page AND reduced
his post count.
"Be sure to buy my complete series
on VHS today for the low price of $299!"
  • Weaponeer Horror Stories - Why Gary Graham is a scammer and should not be trusted with your money.
  • Weaponeer - Now defunct website in question.
  • CalGuns - Premiere gun discussion website that you should go to instead of weaponeer.
  • WeaponsGuild - I'm probably going to get banned for my scathing review on the Prexis sidefed, but I still recommend this place because ILU all.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ghetto as fuck .50 Cal spotted on AuctionArms

I don't know how I ever missed this, but there was a home-made, mounted, single shot rifle in .50 BMG on AuctionArms dated back to 2008 which sold for $351.  I never had an interest in owning a .50 BMG but at that price... I don't know.  I'd probably test fire it a couple times with surplus rounds using a string while hiding behind cover...  And then after that only shoot light reloads.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Videos - Reactions to Trump Victory

Today, Love Trumps Hate!  Bill Clinton's wife didn't get elected - and that is the most important thing.  There is also a better chance that the Hearing Protection Act will get more recognition and passed.  I feel like Christmas is here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pictures - Ares SCR-A1; Completely unrelated Videos

Was wondering what an Ares SCR would look like with an M16-A1 upper. Turns out this was uglier than I thought it would be and the sights are way too high to be of any practical use.

Random unrelated videos: