Saturday, July 22, 2017

That's cool, but it's dark for more than an hour.

A German power company is looking at using salt caverns currently used to store natural gas into a gigantic flow battery that could power the entire city of Berlin for an hour.

Which, you know, handily illustrates the problems of trying to scale up the sort of solar/wind/battery setup that's ideal for running an off-grid hermitage to powering an entire industrial society.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

It's like hippie Jade Helm...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Aten't Ded

However I was busy yesterday and am semi-bereft of easy blogging topics today.

In the interim...well, the internet likes gun pictures, right?

If one Czech is good, then two must be better, right? I decided to drag the CZ52 to the range along with the Skorpion. I hadn't fired the 52 in eons, so I might as well exercise it.

Jebus, the trigger on the CZ52 is eight or nine pounds if it's an ounce. I'd forgotten how much muzzle blast the things have, and also how the ejected brass is moving fast enough to make major. A lot of fun to shoot, though, godawful trigger and all.

Both are fifty rounds at seven yards, just casually dirt-shooting, but the Skorpion was shooting a lot faster than the 52. It's so massive for a .32, and the trigger is light enough (if sponge-like), that it's easy to just rail away with it and still get reasonable results.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sad But True

Czech it out!

A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on

You know, I have, like...eighteen? nineteen?...pistols chambered in .32ACP and this is the only Czech one? That borders on statistically improbable. I'm glad I never had to confess that to Hognose over at WeaponsMan. He would have considered that a personal failing.
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Warning Sign

So, about the glaring red flag in the recent Minneapolis police shooting...

No, not the fact that the cop was a Somali-American. Some people are all "zomg he was Somali and named Mohammed! Terr'ism!" Settle your ass down. If it were terrorism, he'd have shot the other cop and then all the responding cops until somebody shot him. It wasn't terrorism.

No, big red flag is that he was a grown man with a college degree and an apparently reasonably successful career in property management who decided, in his thirties, to drop it all to go be the police. There are two kinds of people who do that, and one is a disaster waiting to happen.

As one LEO put it on Facebook:
"I question the fuck out of people who have the ability to work a cush ass white collar job but instead make 38K starting pay to referee people's marriages."
Policing is generally something folks get into because they knew they always wanted to as a kid, or because it's a reasonably easy gig to land getting out of the military. It's the ones who suddenly decided in their thirties that they wanted to drop everything and be Batman and a Force For Good that worry me.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #166...

This was an itch in long need of scratching...

The two things I nerd over:
  • Machine pistols. I mean, the only airsoft guns I have left are a 93R, MP5K, and MP7. Oh, and a BB-firing Schnellfeuer. 
  • .32A...well, .32 anything, but especially .32ACP. 
This thing is square in the middle of my gun geekgasm Venn diagram.

I'm gonna go out to the garage, sit on the pillion of Bobbi's Indian Vespa clone, and cosplay '80s Red Brigade hits in Italy...
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Isn't it Ironic?

So, I took the Flash Thunderworks Glock 29L to the range on Thursday to do a little more shooting, continuing to get the hang of the Deltapoint Pro. Fifty rounds of 10mm is neatly loaded into two fifteen-round mags and a pair of ten-rounders.

It's a good thing I had that backup red dot for when the front sight failed and flew downrange! [/sarc]

So, the Deltapoint Pro is holding up to the slide velocities of a 10mm Auto better than the Suppressor height front Ameriglo...

Now, in the Ameriglo's defense, a wise Glock shooter will always check a new sight install after the first box or so of ammo to see if the threadlocker took or if the sight has loosened any in its mount. Glock front sights are easy on/off, but the tradeoff for that is that if they're loose, they'll shear in a heartbeat, especially the heavier ones like suppressor-height sights or XS Big Dots or the larger Tru-Glo TFOs...
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Style Points...

Clipazine...

Sometimes the "Inside Baseball" can get a little carried away.

Someone sent me an email with the header "Layers and layers of editorial oversight", which is a now hoary meme in the gunblogging world.

It linked to a story where one of the Busch clan (the filthy rich booze-making Busches, not the filthy rich race-car-driving ones) had been busted for helicoptering while intoxicated and carrying guns, or some sort of crazy millionaire crime like that. The key grafs are quoted here:
Busch told officers that he had a conceal carry license and had a Rohrbaugh R9 9mm in the front pocket of his pants.  He told them that the weapon was, "hot."  The removed the gun from his pocket.  Police also found Dexamethasone in his pocket.  The prescription was for August's wife.

At that point, Busch told officers that he was about to have a panic attack.  He began jumping and running sprints saying that he needed more oxygen to deal with the attack.

A search of the helicopter turned up several weapons.  Police discovered a loaded Ruger LCR 22 LR revolver, a Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum revolver with four live rounds, and a loaded Glock Austria .357 with one round in the chamber. 
The gist being "LOLOL @ 'a loaded Glock Austria .357 with one round in the chamber'."

You know, considering how good the rest of the terminology was, pointing and laughing at the reporter for basically reading the side of the gun just makes us look like a pack of Aspie gatekeepers...