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September 5, 2013

Talking poorly about SEI could be hazardous to your bank account

Filed under: gear, guns, rights — antitango @ 12:47 pm

There’s a company called SEI that manufactures aftermarket M14 stocks.  They got word of a statement made on M14Forum.com and decided they did not like it, so they are suing the person that made the statement.

Apparently they’re not aware of the Streisand Effect.

wizardpc says in #GBC:

well, if ive learned one thing from popehat, it’s that if a libel letter contains specific statements it believes to be untrue, the letter is probably legit

so, the guy better be prepared to do one of two things: Produce his “reliable source” or Pay Up.

I guess we’ll see which way this one turns.

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June 18, 2012

gunblog bleg – knife edition

Filed under: gear, Uncategorized — antitango @ 7:11 am

Everybody wants a supercool tactical tanto edge kukri with duratitanium edge with multiple rails for the upcoming holiday.

I want a carving knife.  Just a regular old knife that’ll fit either inside of my pocket OR clip to the outside.

A few years back, I bought a S&W SpecOps knife.  It was ok, but nothing special.  I liked the fact that the handle was metal.  It looked like it was cheap plastic, but definitely wasn’t.  What I hated was that the small hex screwheads were all some screwed up size.  So out of the 3 sets of hex drivers that I had, NOTHING was small enough to tighten them up and they came undone fairly frequently.  I don’t want to spend an extra $20 just to keep my knife usable.  I stopped using it when the outside pieces of the handle were starting to ply away from the core of the handle making the entire thing loose.  Very uncomfortable having a ‘loose’ knife rattling around down there with an assisted open.

So I’m looking for a new knife.  I started carving out a 1911 from a block of wood for my boy.  It’s not turning out too bad using a wood file and a flat chisel…  but the chisel is hard to maneuver and the times I came REALLY close to hacking myself open was scary.  Knives are far easier to manipulate.  I do NOT need it to be some ultra-ninja-tacticool (but rails would be SWEET!).  It just needs to have a GOOD blade that holds an edge and has to be a decent size.  Nothing Crocodile Dundee-esque.  I do not want a fixed blade.  A good, solid buck knife would be nice but the only thing I ever see are the ones that sell for $20 and are mass produced by some little factory in China.

Give me something good!  What are my options?

Update (6-18-12):  I drove out to Smith & Edwards and took a peak at their knives and when I saw it, I had to get it!  The sheathe sucks on it, so that will be replaced by a local leatherworker.  The blade is THICK and the entire knife has a great heft to it.  It whittles just fine, but with the blade being wider than most others, some tasks are more difficult.  It cuts up dinner just fine, flora or fauna.  My F-i-L cooked up a pork butt in his new smoker, so we ate pretty good and the knife hacked through it without using hardly any force.  Of course, I can expect that coming off of the factory floor so we’ll have to see how it handles in the real world over time.

The sheathe that comes with it doesn’t hold the knife in tight so if you shake it, the knife freely moves within.  That’s not good!  I’ll get one made that secures halfway down the blade and fights TIGHT around the belt so it doesn’t move at all.  The goal is to wear it as part of my EDC set and that’ll let that happen just fine.  Right now, no matter which shirt I wear, it hangs down about 1/2″ below the edge of the shirt.

I’ll also be picking up the Folding Hunter later on.  One for work, one for play!  The employer’s not a fan of ‘weapons’.  Mine’s only a weapon if you’re made of pork, beef, or wood grain.

March 28, 2012

How I’d spend my millions

Filed under: blogs, gear, guns, rights, self-defense, The Beard — Tags: , , , — antitango @ 6:42 am

Jay started the meme.  I think.  Here’s my take:

If I had a quarter of a billion dollars.

Computers.  I like them.  Fast ones.  I’d have a bank of them for various purposes down in the basement, each fed to a different TV in the house.  The entire place would be wired with cameras on the exterior and a few on the interior in common thoroughfares like hallways, the kitches, and living/family room(s).

Enough land, preferably here in Utah, for a 1,500 yard range.  It would be a commercial range with 25 lanes.  Every 100 yards would be a set of steel resetting targets.  Every 250 yards would be a set of dueling trees every other lane.

For transportation, I would just get 3 brand-new vehicles.  An SUV of undetermined make/model and a pickup truck.  I’d get 2 trailers, though.  One is an open trailer with optional rails I can put around it to secure stuff to and a second trailer that’s fully enclosed.  That would hold the new Harley.

I’d have a new home built, but nothing extravagant on the outside.  Probably about 4,000 square foot.  In the basement, I’d have a vault built for the myriad of guns I don’t yet have (and for the few I *DO* have).  It would extend into the backyard (buried, so the backyard would look normal) and would contain a 25 yard indoor shooting range, well ventilated and capable of taking any sized round up to and including .50 BMG.

Another room in the basement would be my reloading room.  It would have 3 reloading stations.  Who likes reloading alone ALL the time?

Have you ever seen the DIY car shops?  I used to find them on base.  You’d pay like $20 and you’d get all the tools you’d need to fix your car.  For an extra $5, you had access to a lift to put your car up on.

Yeah, that…  but for guns.  I’d open a shop with an identical concept.  I’d have 15 reloading stations, each replete with a multi-stage reloader, full set of tools for non-reloading maintenance, and full stock of all kinds of ammo supplies available for purchase.  I’m sorry, if you reload .22 WSSM, you’re screwed.  Bring your own crap!  OTHERWISE, full sets of every kind of die you could think of for all of the MOST COMMON calibers.  Upon request, I will get the more obscure dies.  This facility would also have 3 test firing ranges, each segregated from the others.  They would be set up so if you were trying out a new reload, AT THE RISK OF YOUR OWN GUN, you could rig it up into a lead sled and pull the trigger using some cord through a hole in the Lexon panel and see if your gun blows up in your face or not.

My garage would fit 4 vehicles.  The Harley would have its own garage, though, so that’s not counted here.  The back edge of the garage would be very one of those garages that you see on those home makeover shows where the guy likes cars.  They end up decking it out.  That.  In my garage.  I’ll figure out what I need to do with all of it.  You let me worry about that part.

I’d use the money to fund a commercial product.  I want to invent cameras that fit on your guns.  Think of a gun light on a picatinny rail, but a camera.  Hell, if they can fit full 1080p on helmets for $200, I see no reason that you can’t have one to sit on a gun.  Perhaps with one of these, Mr. Zimmerman wouldn’t be in the pickle he’s in now.

I’d get certified in all of the NRA training courses.  Training on weapons, not training trainers.  Maybe that for later…

That leads me into the last thing I’d get:  A guest house that’s also about 4,000 sqft.  This is so I can buy friendship in #GBC and convince people to visit me so I don’t turn into a hermit.  People would wake up to the bowling ball cannons going off a few hundred yards off instead of a rooster.

It would be called the Joseph Palmer Center for Self-Defense and there would be a bronze statue in the front yard of Joseph Palmer, life-sized!

May 20, 2011

This is my boomstick.

Filed under: gear, guns — antitango @ 2:28 pm

One thing I always thought was interesting was the motorcycle culture in days before today.  Today it seems like the trend is to buy the most expensive one you can.  When motorcycle clubs were far more prevalent, people would work on their bikes every spare chance they had.  They worked in car factories for their money and after paying their bills and putting food on their table, they’d take their $12.40 leftover and dump it in a bin towards their next set of chrome.  2 years later, they had an extremely respectable bike that the fresh meat would look at it and go “Man… that’s love for his machine.”  The OLDER guys would say “Good start.”  In the owner’s heart was the feeling of accomplishment for what he had.  He knew what sweat went into it.  Maybe some sacrifice.  PROBABLY some sacrifice.

This kind of biker led a biker lifestyle.  He breathed motorcycle fumes for air and thrived.  He drank motor oil to quench his thirst.  He cleaned his hands with engine grease.  Not all “bikers” were like that.

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July 12, 2010

Shotguns for home defense

Filed under: family, gear, guns, self-defense — antitango @ 6:51 pm

Carteach0 has an EXCELLENT article on choosing a shotgun for home defense.  He’s done virtually all of the homework for you.  What are you waiting for?  The article is old, but quality knows no age.

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