Sunday, July 31, 2016


Apex trigger, arrived on OEM Gen3 trigger bar. Installed in Gen3 Glock 32 with standard connector and trigger return spring. Combination yields a measured 5.5# pull. Tactile feel of trigger vastly improved over stock serrated trigger that shipped on the gun.

Overwatch Precision TAC trigger, arrived on NP3-coated OEM Gen3 trigger bar. Installed in Glock 37 with ZEV connector and NY1 (olive) trigger return spring. With the stock trigger, this gun had a measured 7# trigger pull. Installation of the TAC trigger shaved this to 5.5# in addition to reducing takeup. I'm also very impressed with the feedback offered by the flat-faced trigger. It helps me with proper finger placement.

ZEV Fulcrum trigger, with ZEV connector and standard trigger return spring, installed in a Gen2 Glock 17. This setup resulted in a 4.5# trigger pull and a good rolling break. It just took a little getting used to.

What I'm likely going to wind up doing is swapping the trigger assemblies in their entirety between the Glock 37 and 17 and use the former for bowling pins and the latter as a backup carry/class gun.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Oh, it starts this Friday!

One of the two immutable pole stars of my annual calendar.

STATE FAIR! Baby goats and ice cold Red Gold tomato juice and tractors and miniature donkeys and steam engines and fried meat onna stick and one year I got to ride a heffalump!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Glock 32 2,000-Round Wrapup

So, here's the Gen 3 Glock 32 after firing two thousand rounds of assorted ammunition without any cleaning or lubrication after an initial application of Lucas Oil to the factory recommended lubrication points...

You've got your typical discoloration around the muzzle end. Most of this was done a hundred rounds at a time, pre-loading the three magazines I have, going into the range, shooting up that initial 39 rounds, and then again & et cetera until the 100 rounds were gone. Of note is how the White Sound Defense guide rod protrudes from the muzzle end.

 Pretty grody on the inside.

Note the schmutz collected on the front rails. Part of the reason guns like this are less sensitive to dirt or lack of lubrication is that they just have those little metal nubbins keeping the slide flying in loose formation with the frame, rather than conventional frame rails.

The brass smear on the feed rail is notable as is the sheer amount of cack around the firing pin safety.

In the first three hundred rounds, the pistol experienced three failures to go completely into battery and three failures to feed, and then one more of each around the seven hundred and fifty round mark. It was at this point that I replaced the magazine springs with 11-coil springs from full-size Glock mags, in order to ensure that the next round was lifted into place fast enough to be picked up by the slide (despite the higher slide velocities, Glock 32 magazines use the same springs as 19 mags.)

I also replaced the factory 18# recoil spring with a CrSi flat wire IMSI 20# unit. Unfortunately, this meant having to use an aftermarket guide rod, something of which I'm not generally a fan.

Sure enough, the rear cap on the three piece Lone Wolf guide rod began unscrewing around the 1,300 round mark and the rod itself actually fell out of the gun, which I noticed because the gun failed to go fully into battery at round number 1,503. I knocked the slide off the gun with a rubber mallet, reassembled the guide rod, and fired off a couple magazines, experiencing a failure to feed with defective round of Remington ammunition. (During this test, I fired a total of 1,000 rounds of Remington FMJ .357SIG, two 500-round cases. Each case had one round with the primer wadded in sideways.)

Lone Wolf guide rod starting to unscrew
I replaced the bent Lone Wolf unit with the uncaptured White Sound Defense guide rod at the 1,629 round mark. There were no further malfunctions.

I'll note that, after the spring replacement, the only malfunction that wasn't caused by user error (me not making sure that I'd used thread-locker on the rear cap) or defective Remington ammo was the lone FTE at round #1,033.

So, that's a wrap. I think the 11-coil mag springs are the key, here, although the 20# recoil spring doesn't hurt.

Perfect Ten?

I put another hundred rounds of 10mm Auto downrange yesterday, fifty of the S&B 180gr FMJ and fifty of the Sig Sauer Elite Performance  180gr FMJ. (Indy Arms Co. has both the Sig FMJ and American Eagle in stock for range ammo.)

First up was the S&B, which claims a velocity of 1164 fps at the box flap. I fired it into that upper grouping at ten yards. It felt a little boomier than the Prvi or the Armscor, but not as stout as the Sig Sauer FMJ. I hope to get some chrono numbers for it from the range on Monday.

I then brought the target back in to five yards and fired the fifty rounds of Sig Sauer ammo weak-hand-only into that lower mess. By the time I was finished with the second mag, I was kinda regretting my decision; that stuff was a handful shooting one-handed with my left hand. Round #71 of the day (#401 of the test) was a failure-to-feed, a classic "limp wrist" malfunction caused by me holding the gun way too lightly, trying to fight an incipient flinch by focusing really hard on the trigger and forgetting to keep a good grip.

There were no other malfunctions to report.

This makes 430 rounds since the Glock 20 was cleaned or lubricated, with one failure to feed (#401). 1570 rounds to go.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Big Bang Theory...

Yesterday's  Glock 20 range outing was another fifty rounds of the Sig Sauer 180gr FMJ (which runs at a claimed 1250fps, just like their V-crown JHP offering) and fifty of Armscor 180gr FMJ, which has a velocity of 1,008 fps as measured at the ad copy.

I fired the Armscor into the upper grouping at seven yards, and then ran the target out to ten and fired the Sig ammo into the lower one. The difference in recoil between the two brands was noticeable.

All one hundred rounds cycled the weapon fine, with no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes 330 rounds since the Glock 20 was cleaned or lubricated, with no malfunctions. 1670 rounds to go.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Range Day

Rode with Mike Grasso out to Atlanta Conservation Club to do some chrono work and get some groups shot for a magazine article.

First thing I wanted to do was chrono some of that Prvi Partisan .357SIG to see if it was as variable as the muzzle blast & flash led me to believe...
LO: 1314
HI: 1367
AV: 1340
ES: 52.43
SD: 16.18
Well, not as bad as I feared, but still the most wildly variable of all the .357SIG FMJ I've chrono'ed out of that gun.

Then it was on to the main event: Four different 10mm loads from the Glock 20. The first up was Prvi Partisan's 170gr FMJ offering:
LO: 1020
HI: 1087
AV: 1049
ES: 66.58
SD: 19.84
So, like most commercial 10mm FMJ offerings, basically it offers another fifty to a hundred feet-per-second over a hot .40 S&W load.

On to the jacketed hollow point offerings...

I had some Hornady XTPs in both 155gr...
LO: 1290
HI: 1321
AV: 1306
ES: 30.70
SD: 11.31
...and 180gr flavors:
LO: 1109
HI: 1127
AV: 1118
ES: 17.78
SD: 6.32
That ten shot string of 180gr XTP, by the way, is the second most consistent that I've ever chrono'ed, bested only by another Hornady offering, the .45ACP 220gr +P Critical Duty out of my CCA 1911.

Last up was the 180gr V-crown JHP from Sig Sauer's new ammo division. Sig has 10mm offerings in both the P220 and 1911 platforms, and someone at Sig must be a fan of the caliber because they're loading theirs pretty spicy, the way 10mm was meant to be. I was interested to see how close the measured velocity out of a 4.6" Glock 20 barrel would come to matching the box-flap claim of 1250fps, presumably from a 5" test barrel.

I was also interested in seeing how consistent the ammo was, which is generally a pretty good indicator of QC.  The results:
LO: 1158
HI: 1215
AV: 1168
ES: 57.46
SD: 16.88
Nine rounds were all clustered within about fifteen FPS, with that one 1200fps outlier blowing the average. Still, not bad.

We shot up the remainder of the box of Prvi Partisan FMJ which, combined with the three chrono strings of JHP made a round count of eighty for the day through the Glock 20. All eighty rounds cycled normally and there were no malfunctions of any kind to report.

This makes 230 rounds since the Glock 20 was cleaned or lubricated. 1770 rounds to go.

After all the range work it was time for lunch.

A ham & brie sandwich and potato salad at Rail Epicurean Market in Westfield, washed down with some sweet tea.

AK usage yesterday: 0.
Day rating: Good.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #147...

Smith & Wesson Model 68, six rounds, seven yards, double-action offhand.

Overheard in the Office...

The reporter on the televisor is doing a "Man on the Convention Floor" interview at the DNC in Philly. The guy he's talking to is solidly pro-Hillary, says he feels she'd make a great president, can't wait for the election...
Reporter: "Are you nervous?"

Guy: "Nervous? Sure. It's not over until the last votes are counted."

Me: (yelling) "Except for the Democratic primaries, eh?"

Booming along...

I went to the range again yesterday morning with two different flavors of 10mm target ammo. There was the Prvi Partisan, which fires a 170gr truncated cone bullet at a claimed 1115fps, and then there was the Sig Sauer Elite Performance 10mm 180gr FMJ, which was considerably zestier with a claimed 1250fps muzzle velocity.

The difference in recoil was noticeable. On the unstippled Gen3 frame, sweaty hands were forcing me to fix my grip after three or four rounds.

All one hundred rounds cycled normally and there were no malfunctions of any kind to report.

This makes 150 rounds since the Glock 20 was cleaned or lubricated. 1850 rounds to go.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A New Beginning...

Pictures of the Glock 32 still need to be taken and its final eval written.

In the meantime, the next round of Special Snowflake Glock Testing is underway.

Next on the docket is a Gen 3 Glock 20 in 10mm Auto. It has had a hundred rounds fired through it since being purchased lightly used. It exhibited some of the same sluggish return-to-battery issues as the G32, so, rather than waiting 700 rounds to do so, this time I started out with a 20# recoil spring (which came with the the gun when I bought it used) on a metal guide rod. This time, a correctly thread-locked metal guide rod.

Oh, it's also had, like, fifty rounds of 9x25 Dillon through it on the spare barrel.

Anyway, a thorough wipedown of the bearing surfaces and a good lubing with what I had close to hand at the time (Snake Oil Prime) and we were off to the races.

Started things off with a 50-round box of Sellier & Bellot 180gr 10mm FMJ. Seemed reasonably warmish. Factory claims 1160 fps out of a 5" tube, and that seems plausible. I may have some more around here to chrono later this week.

I'd forgotten what massive horse pistols the big Glocks are... Anyway, all fifty rounds functioned the weapon with no failures of any type to report.

This makes 50 rounds since the Glock 20 was cleaned or lubricated. 1950 rounds to go.

Also ran fifty rounds of Remington FMJ through the Glock 37 with the T&E Overwatch Precision trigger in it. Lotta dry-fire Sunday morning and afternoon as well. I am intrigued; I need to get this thing out to MCF&G where I can do stuff on the clock...

Potential Travel Problems:

You might find out your hotel room is built right atop a cursed graveyard.

Brunch Was Accomplished...

A photo posted by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on

Turning from junk back into stuff...

I get emails from KEH Camera Brokers, usually offering the monthly or weekly sales, but sometimes soliciting purchases of old camera gear. Since I don't sell cameras, I don't usually look in those, but this one offering an extra 10% on 300 "Most Wanted" models caught my eye. What were these most wanted models, I wondered?

Nikon F4S, Nikon F5, Nikon FM2N, Canon AE-1 Program, Pentax K1000, Contax G2... Wow. And they were offering buying prices that I would have considered selling prices just two years ago, furthering my belief that the film camera market has seen its price bottom.

I'm still not selling them any film cameras, but if you have some lying around, here's their link.

Sunday, Yummy Sunday...

Plans are afoot!

We will greet the day with brunch at one or another of the fine eateries here in Broad Ripple, and then hie ourselves to Indy Arms Co. to enjoy some range time in the air-conditioned great indoors.

Project Whimsy has a TAC Trigger from Overwatch Precision installed for T&E purposes, with an eye toward making it my bowling pin eliminator. (Of course, I punked out of bowling pin shooting yesterday because it was hotter than dammit yesterday.)

Looking forward to trying out the new trigger, and maybe getting started on the next 2,000-rd test. Tune in!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Food Pic...

Still wrestling Winston's black dog today.

Bobbi did take me out for a late lunch/early dinner, which was nice. We rode our bicycles over to Twenty Tap, where I sampled a menu item I'd not tried before.

A photo posted by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on

Friday, July 22, 2016

And that's a wrap.

Fifty rounds of Speer Lawman and twenty-one of Fiocchi on Thursday morning finished up the 2,000 rounds for the Glock 32.

There were no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes it 2,000 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part.

Look for a follow up post with dirty, dirty gun pics and a final breakdown of the test.


I just wasn't feeling it this morning.

Check out this article at Lucky Gunner Lounge!

Or this column from the July issue of Shooting Illustrated!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

QotD: Long, Slow Disaster Edition...

"I’m really glad my Grandparents didn’t live to have to make the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It also doesn’t say anything good about our politics that my grandparents, who have been dead for 20 years, would still know both candidates." -Sebastian SNBQ

Frickin' almost done...

Fifty rounds each of Fiocchi and Speer Lawman .357SIG ammo got sent downrange at Indy Arms Co. Wednesday morning.

The 20# recoil spring and 11-coil mag springs seem to have done the trick. The firearm went through the complete cycle of operation each time.

This makes it 1,929 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part. Only 71 rounds left to go.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Pt. I

Speaking as someone who talks about guns on the internet, it pains me to admit that one doesn't need to look long or hard to find reasons why "internet gun advice" has become the proverbial equivalent of "politician's promises" or "Confederate money" as a synonym for "valueless".

Everyone knows the guy on the forums who insists that his off-brand, low-budget pistol has been just (and I quote) "flawless" over...oh, it must be thousands and thousands of rounds, but who knows? It's not like he keeps a log book, but it's a lot!

There are the devotees of one brand or caliber or type of gun who come up with the most tortured reasons why their choice is best choice, and if you don't agree, you're just a "hater" or a "gun snob".

And on YouTube, you can't swing a 5.11 Tactical man purse without hitting some would-be instructor who doesn't know his ass from the hole he's fixin' to shoot in it.

Here's a bit of internet gun rationalizing of the second type:
Let me clear up some of his confusion: the answer comes down to ammo prices.

You can get spam cans of 7.62x54r for as low as $0.23 per round if you know where to look, whereas cheap .308 starts at $0.42 per round and .30-06 is a full $0.15/round more expensive than that.

The Ruger American Rifle comes in a bevy of calibers, but it does not come in 7.62x54R, so you can’t train as cheaply with it as you can the Mosin. If you shoot a lot, then over time the $1,000 Mosin is ultimately a lot cheaper than the $300 Ruger American Rifle.
Let's check his own math: He's claiming a $700 price difference in guns and a $0.19/rd difference in ammo costs. He says that if I shoot a lot, then the pimped Mosin pays for itself over time.

Gratuitous New England Westinghouse Mosin receiver shot
Let's cipher out the gozintas on this! *sharpens pencil* Hmmm...scribble scribble...carry the two...

At a 19¢/round gap between the two, you would need to shoot 3,684 rounds to make up a $700 cost difference.

Not that I think they don't exist, but I would like to sometime see either a Ruger American or a Mosin Nagaint with 3,500+ documented rounds in a gun book, especially the Mosin, which are often fed diets of corrosive ammo, bimetallic jacketed bullets, et cetera. That's probably most of the gun's barrel life, right there, or at least most of the accurate part of it.

The dude then suggests that Ruger make the American in 7.62x54R, which, given the diameter of the case rim, is unlikely without major alterations to the design and thus seems highly unlikely.

It's okay to like stuff just because you like it. You don't have to try and go out and justify it as the best choice for the zombie apocalypse or whatever.

Because I hate using my good material at an away game...

"Seeing the stock plastic sights on a Glock in use is like seeing picture frames with the sample picture still inside them, or someone trying to pay for their purchases with the cardboard "credit cards" that came in their wallet. It's a little sad and awkward and you feel sorry for the person and don't know quite what to say."

Tuesday Pewsday

Robar Glock, Magpul mags, RCS Eidolon holster, budget ammo
Still using the Zevtech trigger in the Robar-customized Gen 2 Glock 17. I'm liking it better now.

I've been shooting this gun almost entirely with Magpul 17-rd magazines. The first one worked well enough that I bought two more. According to the logbook, yesterday's 100 rounds of Silver Bear made a total of 803 malfunction-free rounds through the gun so far, all but 50 of which have been through the Magpul magazines.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Theory...

Maybe she got the speech in a chain letter?
 "If you deliver this speech exactly as written, good luck will befall you. Mrs. M.O. of Chicago, IL gave this speech exactly as written and her husband was elected president. Ms. J.D. of Assbend, MO did not deliver this speech as written and suffers from the heartbreak of psoriasis."

You have got to be kidding me.

"Manafort said the words Melania used were not "cribbed" but are common words.

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family," Manafort said. "To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy.""

Glock Steady

Went to Indy Arms Co. with a hundred rounds of Speer Lawman 125gr TMJ ammo early yesterday afternoon.

The Glock 32 went through the complete cycle of operation every time.

This makes it 1,829 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part. 171 rounds left to go.

"It's time to start running!"

Oh, Jesus, this isn't some fin de siècle dystopian SF movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger... This is really happening.

Monday, July 18, 2016

I thought "Clouseau" was a French name?

"The assailant, armed with a knife and an ax, was identified as a 17-year-old Afghan man living in Ochsenfurt, Bavaria, according to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.
The attacker's motive is not yet known, Hench said
I've got a guess or two, Mister Detective.

Overheard on Bicycles...

Shootin' Buddy: "Wow, this neighborhood's really gentrified. You know how I can tell we're in a Green Zone? All the hair salons."

Me: "And a lack of check cashing joints. As a matter of fact, we seem to be in a payroll advance desert."

SB: "Quick! We need a federal program!"
...minute later, pulling into the coffee house parking lot...
Me: "Given how trendy the neighborhood is, I'm surprised at how few bike racks they have. It's like a bike rack desert!"

SB: "Quick! We need a federal program!"

QotD: About That Life Edition

"Every truck stop bathroom is a dojo if you try hard enough." -Jack Clemons

A Good Day

Shootin' Buddy arrived at 0900. We'll say our story starts at the intersection of 54th Street & the Monon Trail, since that's about where it started. From there we pedaled the mile-and-change north to Broad Ripple proper, to get breakfast at Public Greens.

I had the chilaquiles with a fried egg and smoked pulled pork, washed down with a couple glasses of water and a cup of coffee to fortify me for the day ahead.

About six miles south on the Monon and then a jog right on 10th Street puts you on the Cultural Trail, pedaling down Massachusetts Avenue.

The Cultural Trail wends right past Henry's Coffee Bistro, where we stopped for a breather. Shootin' Buddy had a cup of joe, but I got my SWPL on with an iced mocha latte.

Then it was back on the bikes to wend our way through downtown, circling around to a new spot at College Avenue and Georgia Street...

Metazoa Brewing Company. They weren't technically open yet, but the guy behind the bar took pity on us and pulled a couple pints. We looked like we'd been riding a ways, I guess.

Just north up College Avenue a half mile or so is St. Joseph's Brewery & Public House, where we pulled in for a half pint of their Seraphim Sour Ale before pedaling northwards in earnest.

At 25th Street, we took a detour west, pedaling a few blocks off the Monon to The Koelschip, located next to Goose the Market at 25th & Delaware. Since I'm stuck on sour beers for the nonce, I went with Artisan Tears, from Central State Brewing.

 I mentioned it was next to Goose the Market, right?

And then it was back on the bikes for the long uphill pull past Broad Ripple, and into Nora up on 86th Street, to try out another new-to-us place...

 Big Lug Canteen. This was where we had lunch...

I ordered a pint of their Bruce Lopez, a salted lime pale ale, and a charcuterie plate that came with a healthy scoop of the best bacon jam I have ever had in my life. Seriously, I'm going to go back and see what I can do to order just a fist-sized dollop of that bacon jam and a pile of crostini to smear it on.

And then it was back south to 54th & the Monon.

And I didn't have to use my AK.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Look at the headlines:
  • "Scene of Devastation After Truck Kills Revelers" -NBC News

  • "Bastille Day attack: truck kills at least 80 people in Nice" -The Guardian

  • "Truck kills dozens in Nice, France" -USA TODAY

Gosh, if you went by the headlines, you'd be excused for thinking that things had gone all Steven King out there, what with trucks just up and killing people...

It's telling...

...that when you plug "Reichstag" into the Google News search, the first entries all involve Turkey and not the German parliament.


When Reagan's two terms were up, George Bush ran one of the easiest presidential campaigns of all time, in effect saying "If you liked Reagan, voting for his Veep would basically be asking for a second helping of the same." Of course, it didn't turn out like that and my memories of the Elder Bush administration mostly involve feeling a vague sense of disappointment.

Similarly, the previous Republican governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, was the sort of dull Cincinnatus too rare in public office these days, and the GOP replacement was offered up on a platform of "Hey, if you liked the last Republican governor, why not vote for this guy and get more of the same?"

And for the last four years I've had a vague feeling of disappointment. Now the guy has been offered a bucket of warm piss by Trump and accepted. On a forum, someone asked what I thought about our governor...
Pence? Not a bad governor. A little more of a Social Conservative than I'd like, but it's not like it didn't say so right on the package. Solid on guns and fiscal matters. A+ NRA rating and actually followed through on campaign promises to lower taxes. Too eager to spend time rearranging the Gays-'N'-'Bortion deck chairs on the S.S. GOPtanic, but that's endemic.
B+: Would have a beer with him and his wife; they seem like nice people.

(ETA: The selection of Pence...indeed, none of the three VP finalists...does nothing to dispel the notion that Trump is only in this for the yuks and wants to throw it to Hils. After RFRA and a recent abortion bill, Pence's approval ratings here in Indiana are at ~40% and he was facing a tough election against a sad-sack Democratic candidate who should have been a walkover. Neither Pence, Christie, nor Gingrich could reliably deliver the electoral votes of their respective home states, which is considered kind of a key job of the VP pick.)
So, he's got the homo-hatin' and 'bortion-banning chops that the Trump candidacy lacked and I guess is on the ticket to keep the hardcore SoCons from staying home in disgust on election day. We'll see.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

...Continued From Last Time.

Like I said, the Lone Wolf steel guide rod got bent like a banana somehow. The gun kept running without it, but required a hammer to disassemble. Now in place is the White Sound Defense non-captive guide rod, still with the 20# ISMI flat wire recoil spring. (Replacing the factory 18# unit.)

This was also a heads up for me to order a small handful of factory G19/23/32/38 recoil spring assemblies from Lone Wolf.

This called for a range trip to Indy Arms Co. on Friday morning to function check the gun with the guide rod. Also to use up the last of my Remington 125gr FMJ .357SIG ammunition. While I was there, I put a box of fifty Silver Bear 115gr FMJ rounds through the Gen2 Robar G17. I just ordered five hundred of the things and wanted to make sure they work.

Just dirt-shooting really, to run up the round count. The Silver Bear worked fine in the 17. I need to get some real sights and a stippling job on that 32.

The Glock 32 went through the complete cycle of operation every time. 

This makes it 1,729 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part. 271 rounds left to go.

Friday, July 15, 2016

From elsewhere...

"US support of populist democracy in that part of the world over the last eight years has helped contribute to a giant "failed state" from the Pillars of Hercules to Antioch, with an island of quasi-stability in Israel. When our current president was sworn in, you could drive from Marrakesh to Istanbul with no bigger worries than the occasional border shakedown. Now it's one vast Mad Max wasteland with god-bothering wogs chopping various bits off people who pray wrong.

I heartily hope the U.S. sits this one out, but I'm sure Barry is already drafting speeches in favor of Erdogan and democrazy.

Interesting Times

Turkey coup: military attempt to seize power from Erdogan as low flying jets and gunfire heard in Ankara and bridges across Bosphorus in Istanbul closed 
Link to live coverage at


Work, work, work...

Still working on the USCCA article on high end CCW 1911s, which meant more shooting with the Wilson yesterday morning at Indy Arms Co.

Another hundred rounds of Winchester 124gr NATO FMJ (Q4318) without a bobble brings the total fired to 800 without a malfunction of any sort. Everybody who's tried it had been impressed. Hopefully I'll get it to the range for some chrono work and some benched 25yd groups on Monday or Tuesday.