Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blog Stuff: Baby pictures, or: The Intarw3b never forgets.

I have somehow acquired something of a reputation as "Conan the Grammarian" on various internet gun boards, hacking and slashing (or at least "carping and whining") my way through the sometimes excruciatingly horrid grammar and spelling that infests these tubes of internets. A use of the search engine over at TFL the other day, however, turned up something that made me a little queasy. Apparently my writing wasn't always very superb, either; at least it seems to have improved dramatically in the last six years...

Behold:
Bear in mind that the Llama, while extremely 1911like, is not really a 1911 'clone'. If it's parts commonality your looking for the Chuck Daly is the winner there. OTOH, a lot of fairly slick little 1911 raceguns I've seen were built on the lowly Norinco platform. Dirt cheap, 100% parts interchangeability, and if you're going to '86' everything but the frame & slide (and probably machine those) who cares what name started out on it: it'll be an "FVK 1911" when you're done. The best shooting 1911 semi-racegun I ever owned didn't have two peices on it from the same company: Essex frame, Remington Rand slide, & etc. but it was well-massaged and you could wow the locals by chambering & ejecting a mag full of empty cases as fast as you could work the slide- outstanding feed reliability for Brownings venerable warhorse designed for a steady diet of round-nosed hardball.
Ugh.

Ignoring the cheesy use of a line from J. O'Barr's The Crow in the sigline, as well as the bumper sticker-like loyalty to a particular caliber also expressed therein, (and also ignoring things I've learned about firearms in the intervening years, such as the fact that a pistol will chamber an empty case proves only that it will chamber an empty case and speaks nothing of its reliability,) there is a steady stream of errors there that makes me want to [sic] the dogs on that post. So I reckon I will...
Bear in mind that the Llama, while extremely 1911-like, is not really a 1911 'clone'. If it's parts commonality you're looking for, the Chuck Daly is the winner there. OTOH, a lot of fairly slick little 1911 raceguns I've seen were built on the lowly Norinco platform. Dirt cheap, 100% parts interchangeability, and if you're going to '86' everything but the frame & slide (and probably machine those,) who cares what name started out on it? It'll be an "FVK 1911" when you're done. The best shooting 1911 semi-racegun I've ever owned didn't have two pieces on it from the same company: Essex frame, Remington Rand slide, & etc. It was, however, well-massaged and you could wow the locals by chambering & ejecting a mag full of empty cases as fast as you could work the slide: outstanding feed reliability for Browning's venerable warhorse designed for a steady diet of round-nosed hardball.
Also, anybody who uses the word "venerable" in conjunction with the 1911 should be punished. Severely. It was trite and hackneyed six years ago; it's a whippin' offense now.

6 comments:

3yellowdogs said...

Not sure the self-flagellation is really warranted. We've all cranked out posts in haste that we regret in leisure.

It's still true that VFTP is one of the most literate, we'll-written pleasures on the internets. Keep on tappin' the board and chalk up those youthful indiscretions to, well, youth.

MarkHB said...

Terribly sorry old fruit but I am going to shamelessly plagiarise "Conan the Grammarian" until I am quite blue in the face. There's sloe gin coating my maxillary sinuses, and as it's your fault, I shall take that term as recompense. :D

Anonymous said...

Things actually change as you grow. Scary huh? :)

staghounds said...

All true- but even so, you got "it's" right!

Porta's Cat said...

Never go back and read what you once wrote in full assurance of your own superiority.

At least that is what I have learned over the last 10 odd years of my postings on the interweb.

Kim du Toit said...

I prefer "wonderful" when discussing the 1911, myself.