Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Rudimentary Understanding Of Economics

Should be a prerequisite for holding public office. This is evidence of a disqualifying lack of understanding:
Yesterday Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have privatized the sale of wine and liquor while liberalizing the rules for selling beer in the Keystone State. Wolf counterintutively argues that replacing the state monopoly with private businesses would be bad for consumers. "During consideration of this legislation," he says, "it became abundantly clear that this plan would result in higher prices for consumers." He also worries that letting private businesses sell beer and wine would result in "less selection for consumers."
 It sure is a good thing we don't have anyone that stupid holding high political office here in Colorado, right?

Bike Rides

I like bike rides, I get to see more scenery than walking. Today I saw someone's car mostly submerged in the Platte River. This is unusual as normally you could probably drive a Camry across that river without getting the carpet wet.

A bit further up I found a large chunk of the Sanderson Gulch trail pretty much missing. Must have been entertaining to watch from a safe distance.

I'm now over 200 miles for the summer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Finally broke down and finished the process of applying for my permit. Visited the Arapahoe County Sherriff this morning at quarter to nine to find the doors unlocked and everyone in place in spite of their official opening time of 9 AM. I got assigned docket "A" for the day. Every one was upbeat and friendly as though they were happy to see me. My papers were inspected and copied and my signature was witnessed. I gave them papers, money, fingerprints and a photograph and didn't even have to hold the little title board up or turn to the left.

New state rules: All state ID must use a blue background, and if you wear glasses, you must take them off. Next year it might be different.

The whole process took only about 1/2 hour, a notable part of that included fiddling with the electronic fingerprint machine which was proving to be quite fussy this morning.

All that's left is to cool my heels for 15-90 days while all the "instant" checks are performed. Some counties will add a CCW persons name to the police "persons of interest" list which causes the patrolman's computer to flag you when a cop runs your license plate. Some don't. I forgot to ask. Maybe I'll remember to ask when I go to pick the card up since they won't mail it.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July E-Postal - Fish In A Barrel

In the past it has been said that my targets have been shall we say, rather challenging. O.K. I can fix that. Here's a target as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. In fact, you can't miss*. Download the target here.
Don't use this one.
*Your mileage may vary. Here's how:

Limited Vickers. You are allowed no more than 10 holes in the paper.
A hit on the paper will count 1 point, assuming that's all you hit.
A hit on the wooden part of the barrel will get you 2 points.
A hit on the ring around the window will get you 3 points.
A hit on any one of the 9 bolts on the ring will get you 10 points each BUT you may score each bolt only once.
Hits on the fish get you points as noted on the fish but again, you may only score each fish only once. All parts of the fish count, including the fins and tails.

Edge hits will favor the shooter. If you put a large caliber hole in the right place, you may claim any one of the 4 fish you nick but only one and only once. A perfect score on this is 100. Since there is no part of the target that doesn't get you at least 1 point, You Can't Miss!

Target to be shot standing, unsupported, 25-30 ft or whatever your range allows. Classes will be the usual suspects:

CLASS ONE: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights or red dot, no magnification.

: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, magnification.

: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights or red dot, no magnification.

: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, magnification.

: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights or red dot, no magnification.

: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, magnification.

: Any handgun with no more than a 14" barrel, any sights, scopes, laser, whatever. This class is primarily for target pistols.

Everything else.This includes rifles, PCCs or whatever.

CLARIFICATION: In keeping with the "you can't miss" theme, if you find you have 2 or more hits cleanly inside one of the fish, give yourself the point score for the fish, and 2 pts each for any additional hits on the same fish which we will assume at least hit the inside surface of the barrel

Send targets to bllew (at) rmi(dot)net

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gun Control

This graphic has been around for a while, but here we go again:
Note that the graph goes up whenever the government tries to make everyone a better person somehow, and falls when they give up.Source here.

Confederate Flags

The current kerfuffle over Confederate flags is simply a replay of Ben Afflak trying to hide some slave-owning ancestors of his. The Democratic party would like everyone to forget who was the political party behind the Confederacy.

And while you're at it, please to also not notice that they haven't changed very much.

Gun Fun

Went out and shot the ECOIDPA match at Colo Rifle Club. For those of you not familiar, IDPA is essentially Dungeons and Dragons with cardboard orcs and live ammo. A training scenario is set up and of course a back story is added do give it some plausability. Back stories are fun or at least they can be. Someong with a clever mind could probably come up with some that would have the participants laughing so hard that their scores were adversely affected.

Below is video of yesterdays match as shot (!) by my shooting buddy, Mike. Mike shoots better than I do. or at least faster. Being 30+ years younger than me helps. I appear as an extra. These things all had stories, most of which I've forgotten. Here are some I thought up.

Stage 1: Iron Felix. You are "Iron" Felix Dzerzhinsky, dreaded founder of the Cheka, later the KGB. Five prisoners have been brought before you to have their cases decided. For Felix, this was easy, you walk down the line and shoot anyone who looks guilty. Most of them did. If you find this description entertaining, there may be a job opening for you in the upcoming Clinton administration.

Stage 2: I'm drawing a blank.

Stage 3: You are the watchman in a collapsed steel building. Hearing a noise, you look around a corner and discover that rabid zombies have taken your assistant captive. Deal with them, one shot each, then go deal with the other 16 intruders who are clambering through the piles of steel beams. The black paint signifies a chunk of steel so hits there don't count. This is reminiscent of the "Dazzle" camo used by the Navy in WWI and still works just fine thank you very much. Try not to forget where you left off when you reload.

Stage 4: House Party. This is the one actually used. You come home from work and find the local thugs have started a house party in your place. 2 family members are being held hostage in the back room. That box around the doorknob? New rule; Pointing your gun at that box where your other hand might be will get you DQ'd.

Stage 5: Bad Day On The Bijou: Hunting for gators from your swamp boat, you find them. 8 gators, followed by 4 hostile moonshiners, then the big gator.

Action picture entertainment:

Friday, June 26, 2015

The (Far) Future Of Transportation

If you want, the Elio P5 will be making an appearance at Bandemere Speedway on 4 July. If you're dying to see the first production prototype, now's your chance.
Shown here in custom paint, which the actual vehicle will not have, the P5 features the production engine and some styling tweaks. Roll out is still scheduled for mid 2016.

I would think that if the vehicle now has all the production drivetrain in it that the show tour would feature the car being actually driven from town to town instead of riding in a truck. It should be time to begin exposing the Elio people to the real life quirks the motoring public will be seeing.

SCOTUSs Last Decision

The Supreme court in the King decision has effectively said that the law is what the Executive says it is thus rendering superfluous the need for either a Legislative or a Judicial branch of government.

Needlessly rendering judgement on the gay marriage case however, Bearing Arms thinks the implications of that one demand 100% reciprocity for concealed carry permits in the U.S. Happy thought but I think I'll wait before carrying a concealed weapon loaded with hollow points into New Jersey.

Monday, June 22, 2015

$10 Bill

A solution just occurred to me for the problem of picking a sufficiently distinguished dead woman to grace the $10 bill:

Issue an Executive Order declaring that Alexander Hamilton now self-identifies as a woman and leave the bill alone.

Problem solved. You're welcome.

Gun Humor

We all need a good laugh anyway:
A guy walked into a crowded bar, waving his 1911 Colt pistol
with a 7 round magazine with one in the chamber and yelled,
"I have a loaded .45 Colt, I want to know who's been screwing my wife?"

A voice from the back of the room called out...
"You'll need more ammo!”

Just another example for needing higher-capacity magazines.

So get a double-stack. For this it's not like you're concealed carrying or anything. 

Sent to me by a gun show buddy.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


The annual Kinetic Sculpture contest, now held in Longmont went off yesterday. A pale shadow of its former self, but still entertaining and now including a second kinetic float contest for the kids to build something on the spot.

The start was its usual well-oiled self with the national anthem being inaudible from my position where I'm supposed to fire the start gun and sculptures hitting the water a good 5 minutes in advance of the actual start time. We saw the floats moving away, couldn't get any confirmation of what was happening, and so fired the start gun 2 minutes early to send off the retreating machines.
The Minions
Something about Cupid and bacon
And the shark among others were entered. We were set up at Rags Folly which involves negotiating a large ditch/creek bed
It helps if you can pick up your sculpture and carry it in places like this. After the race, there were various events culminating in a bonfire at 8:30 which I couldn't stay for. Here's the bonfire float:
a work of art in its own right.

Regardless of your position, the race officially ended at 3 PM at which point I fire the Finish Gun
and wherever you are on the course at that point you are DNF but awarded position. It looked to me like only 3 vehicles got all the way around the course in the allotted 2 hours. At this event the lab coat was de regieur.

Thanks again to Karl who helped with the gun and took the above picture. Best I've ever gotten on the cannon firing. For you gun nuts, that's 400gr of fffg black powder under a tennis ball. The ball did not seem to have survived the experience and splashed down about 100 yards out, exact condition unknown but probably badly shredded.

Maker Faire

The mini-maker faire came off well at the Natural History museum where I saw a bunch of interesting stuff and met several interesting people. Here's a couple of shots of our table where we had an animatronic head and an animated crawling hand
along with some fighting robots. The ones in the background are 2-lb class fighters. The skull will nod his head, roll his eyes, flap his jaw, and engage you in conversation of a sort. The hand will pull itself across the table with its 3 middle fingers and looks better when dressed in a latex glove and a shirt sleeve.

The warning flyers were photos of some of the stuff the newly appointed safety nanny wouldn't let me bring.

This is a trophy
given to the member who does the best job of blowing up his own garage. It used to be a stick of 2x2x1/4" angle until we taped a 2 million candle power photo flash unit to it and shot it with a rifle. It made a fairly bright flash even in broad daylight. I cut off the undamaged part of the angle and added the 2 legs on the bottom.

Friday, June 19, 2015

SC Church shooting

This has brought all the usual suspects out of the woodwork whinging about gun laws, drug abuse, global warming and whatever else and that Something Must Be Done to make sure this doesn't happen again. Nothing they do will prevent this from happening again.

I note that as they say, there's one in every crowd, and statistically if the crowd gets big enough, there will be more than one. Your odds of actually meeting one of these in a life threatening situation are vanishingly small, but...

Ever go on a hike in the woods? Probably. Did you carry a snakebite kit? Probably not. What were the odds you'd actually need it? Vanishingly small, which is cold comfort should you get bitten.

.22 LR ammo

Thanks to a friend, I scored some .22 today, a Winchester 555 pack for $40 or .075/rd. Lowest price I've seen since the great gun panic of 2013.

Should hold me for 6 months of postal matches.