I have a holster 
2009.07.27 18:21 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power
I guess I need to stop by the indoor range tomorrow and sign up for a CCW class, so I can then apply for a license to be a paranoid lunatic carry a concealed weapon.

About the holster, though. I purchased a Comp-Tac MTAC after reading the goings-on at SayUncle.

You kinda have to (not) see it to believe it, and in the twenty or thirty minutes of messing around I did, I'm satisfied that it's going to work fine. (SayUncle links a nicely illustrative review elsewhere.) And their customer service does seem to be very good.
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ACR Might Actually Happen 
2009.07.21 19:23 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR
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Combat Legos 
2009.06.22 09:58 - Guns
This is really a way for me to bookmark a couple things for future reference:
Saiga-12 Magwell -- Converts your Saiga 12 from rock-and-lock to AR-style behavior using standard Saiga magazines. Specifics are a bit lacking (how are the ergonomics? do mags drop free?), but rock-and-lock is for suckers.

Kushnapup -- bullpup furniture for the Saiga 12. Still under development, but it looks nice. Probably not compatible with the magwell above, though.
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Terminator: Salvation 
2009.05.28 16:46 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Entertainment, Movies, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity
2.5 out 4.

Terminator: Salvation is okay. It doesn't manage to be as interesting as the first of the Terminator films, nor as much fun as the second. (The third, I have not seen--consensus seems to view that as a wise decision.)

The lighting was murky, the acting was serviceable, and the characters mostly not as sympathetic as intended. I liked Marcus Wright, but I was ready for the film to be over by the time the credits rolled. Lots of callouts to previous films in the series.

In the end, one is left with the distinct feeling that nothing genuinely significant just happened: the only character that was really developed in the film was also removed from the stage.

Recommendation: since most of the people reading this probably have home A/V setups that can give a mid-range theater a good run for its money, I'd recommend waiting for the inevitable Blu-Ray/DVD release. At least you won't have to wonder if the slimy mess you stepped in on the way out of the aisle was somebody's melted Slurpee ... or a puddle of Astroglide.

If you're just looking for an excuse to see a science-fiction film in the theater, however, have you seen Star Trek, yet? I'm not sure it makes much more sense, realism-wise, but it's a heck of a lot more fun. Of course, Pixar's latest is also out this week.

Gun dorkiness follows:
To be honest, I spent a good chunk of my time trying to see the Magpul Masada that was hiding behind Barnes in about 60% of the shots he was in. Didn't see it: between the constant shadows and the distracting chatter from the row behind me, I managed to miss the one shot it was visible. It's plenty visible on the Internet, of course.

As an ancillary matter, the weapons seem to have been chosen primarily on the basis of coolness. Hence the Deagle, all the HKs, all the 5.56...
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Brief Range Notes 
2009.04.20 09:42 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, Zombie Preparedness
I went to the indoor range yesterday, sending two magazines through the Hi-Power, and four or five through the Sig Mosquito. I did all my shooting yesterday at ten feet, which is very close.

The Mosquito is my newest gun, actually, and its major virtues are that it is chambered in .22LR and mostly looks and feels like a gun chambered for 9x19mm or something. It had some feeding and ejection difficulties, but not until the second or third magazine, so it may just have been dirt, or the inexpensive ammo.

I started off with the Hi-Power, though, and managed to make my entire day by putting a half-dozen or so close enough together that the holes touched. This is a gun that rattles when shaken, with magazines that still have rust on them, despite my best efforts. It is my favorite gun. Well. Hard call between the HP, the Mateba and the Garand, but easily my favorite Browning-pattern autoloading pistol. And, when it's all cleaned up, it's even pretty, as such things go.
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