Archive for March 2008

When to stop?

March 29, 2008

This entry is going to be more of a journal type entry. Just my thoughts on my current gun ownership situation. It’s going to be a long one.

I picked up my AK’s today at the FFL. I also bought a Swiss K.31 and a 480-pack of GP-11 ammo for it.

I really like my AK’s. I got one Romanian (not a WASR; a G-code built on an NDS receiver) and one Yugo. People say that the Yugo is better quality; it may be. It is certainly heavier, and that’s actually one of the reasons why I prefer the Romy. It just feels so right. All this evening I have been picking it up and cradling it in my arms like a baby. The length of pull isn’t optimal for actually shouldering, but the end of the buttstock fits perfectly in the crook of my elbow when I hold the gun across my chest. Plus there’s the fact that it just looks so evil. It’s got a curved forward grip that mimics the curve of the 30-round mag. It’s got a slash-style muzzle brake. It’s wonderfully evil-looking. I really don’t think that any AR can compete. The front handguard is finished nicely, but the buttstock is kind of raw. The color is dark enough, but it doesn’t have that shiny finish like the front. So I will definitely be working on that. I guess I need some polyurethane?

I have put the Yugo SKS Bubba project on the back burner. I am not sure if I will ever finish it, actually. It is in a shoot-able state right now (well, it would be if I put it all together), but it doesn’t have all of its compliance parts, and after getting a couple of AK’s I’m kind of wondering what’s the point of making the SKS into something it isn’t? I am happy with the quality of the Tapco T-6 stock (M4 carbine-style collapsible buttstock) and the Tapco 20-round magazines (really nice mags BTW) but the gun just balances horribly. It just feels so muzzle-heavy, and that’s even after I Dremel’d off the grenade launcher, bayonet lug, grenade sights and whever else I could without shortening the barrel past the front sight. (Remember, this gun was in horrible condition when I bought it, so I don’t have any bad feelings about modifying it.) Maybe I will try my hand at refinishing the original wooden stock (as practice for my AK’s) and then restore it to its original state (less the Dremel work, of course) and sell the Tapco stock.

I also have another Yugo SKS in primo, never-fired rearsenaled condition as well as my Russian SKS. Even with its proper wooden furniture, the Yugo just feels so clumsy in comparison with the Russian. It’s too long (on the muzzle end; the half-inch-or-so buttpad is a welcome addition) and has too much stuff on it.

Anyway, the addition of 3 long guns to my arsenal forced my hand with regards to storage. I went and bought the cheapest gun cabinet I could find ($75). It is partially for security (it’s not horribly sturdy, but it’s heavy enough when loaded that you’d need a hand truck to get it out of the apartment and down the stairs) but at least as much for simply storing everything neatly. It has enough capacity to fit most of my long guns, but I keep the shotgun behind the bedroom door, and now I’m keeping the Romy AK next to the bookshelf here in my office (no kids around, FYI). It’s a definite improvement over the “leaning tower of guns in soft cases in the corner” and it’s also got me thinking. Thinking about what do I really want guns for anyway? The real purpose is, and always has been, self-defense. In all senses: home invasion, SHTF, TEOTWAWKI, tyrannical government, foreign invasion, you name it. Yes, I love the mechanical aspect of it all (IMO gun collecting is kind of a “poor man’s car collecting” in that sense… yes, guns can get expensive, but even the expensive ones are still cheaper than most cars) and I also like going out and shooting, although I’m kind of a cheap bastard, and I don’t like spending all that money on ammo and range fees.

I also have a “Be Prepared” mentality. Call it paranoid if you want. Call it a “can’t-turn-down-a-good-deal” mental illness. I like to get things before I might need them, even if I never end up needing them. And then I *keep* them. I am a hoarder. To me it’s just easier to keep something even if I don’t want or need it. I have trouble throwing stuff away. I have made an effort to sell some of my extraneous belongings recently, but it’s kind of a hassle. Unfortunate fact of life: It’s easier to buy things than to sell things. I’ve got 6 fully-working computers sitting around that I never use (4 desktops, 2 laptops) on top of the 2 that I use regularly (1 desktop, 1 laptop) and another one that I keep around for gaming and therefore don’t use much. Not to mention the 2 1U servers that I have yet to install at the colocation facility. At the moment, two of the extraneous computers are listed on Craigslist, but 3 of them will *never* be sold just because of feelings of nostalgia. I know that it’s horribly stupid to feel emotionally attached to pieces of metal and silicon, but there it is. I also have 13 spare hard drives stacked up on my bookshelf. This is not counting the ones inside working computers or the 5 in external enclosures. They range in size from 20GB to 160GB. Some of them work, some of them don’t. All of them were in use at one point, but have been replaced. I have gone through from time to time and copied their contents to bigger drives, but I still hold on to them “just in case” I missed something. Ridiculous.

So now back to the guns. At the moment, I have 15 firearms, by the federal definition; 2 handguns, 3 stripped AR-15 lowers, and 10 assembled long guns. All of them are what I would consider “shooters” but obviously some will be shot more than others. How many more do I want, and for what purposes? How many more do I need? I have a lot of bases covered already. What bases don’t I have covered? I.e. what should I buy in order to feel like I have everything I “need”? First off, I don’t think that any of my current guns needs duplicative redundancy. I.e., I don’t need to own more than one of the exact same gun just to have a spare in case one breaks. Almost all of the guns that I own are known for their reliability. Keeping a few extra springs and extractors around should be pretty much all that I need (backup optics are another story). So, what do I think I “need” to have a well-rounded, practical gun collection?

1) More handguns. Namely, a small carry piece (was going to be a Kel-Tec P-3AT, but now I think I’ll wait for the Ruger version) and a revolver or two (.357mag/.38spl). At that point I will feel pretty well covered on the handgun front. I don’t have any problem keeping my P226 as my bedside gun for as long as I need to. It’s as easy and reliable as a double-action revolver IMO. It is kept in a holster with a snap-buckle, with a round chambered and the hammer down. It has no safety, so all that’s necessary is to unholster it and pull the trigger.

2) A semi-auto battle rifle in .30-06 or .308. A Garand, FAL, M1A, something like that. I am looking into CMP-affiliated gun clubs around here so that I can get a Garand from the CMP. This works because I already have a large stash of .30-06.

3) Kits for my AR lowers. Current plans: 1 M4gery, 1 A2-style, 1 24″ bull barrel varminter. All of those would be in 5.56 NATO. I am also keeping my eye on the alternative chambering situation in the AR platform. I am very interested in an AR in 7.62×39 as it would use common ammo with a lot of my other guns. C Products has some mags that a lot of people like, and supposedly they are working on higher-capacity ones. If the mag situation works out, I would almost definitely choose 7.62×39 for the M4gery. 6.8SPC and especially 6.5Grendel really interest me as well. I am taking a “wait and see” approach here as I would really like to see the 6.5G catch on, but it looks like 6.8SPC might win out, although how big of a dent it makes in the marketplace remains to be seen.

4) More shotguns. My Rem 870 Express with 28″ barrel does it all, but none of it well. I need a shorter barrel and longer mag for home defense. I can’t remember whose site it was, but last week sometime I read one gun blogger’s home-defense setup. He had as many cheap Rem/Mossberg/etc. pump shotguns as he had rooms in his house. Each one was hung over the inside of the closet door, where his kids couldn’t reach and where it would be unobtrusive. Each one also had its safety off and hammer down over an empty chamber, so no buttons would need to be pressed to rack the action and fire (thus avoiding confusion between the different brands). I feel that this is a sound idea, so I will definitely be buying some of the Mossberg Mavericks that are so easy to come by around here (less than $200). Edit: Found the site again. Xavier. Lots and lots of good info over there.

All of the above are “definitely will buy at some point.” Some of them may take years.

Now we get to the “Wants.” Stuff that I won’t ever “need” but I will still probably buy anyway to satisfy my collector’s impulse.

First, the milsurps. I would love to have more SKS’s to round out my collection. Pretty much one from every country that made them. Probably one K98. One or more Swedish M96. I want to run the easily-obtainable gamut of Mosin-Nagants: a couple of M44’s and a couple of M91/30’s. Maybe some more K31’s. Some form of Lee-Enfield in .303. And an M1903. Definitely an M1 Garand and maybe an M1 Carbine too. More AK’s would always be nice, but I’m pretty happy with what I have now. The problem is that most of these are simply impractical. They are like baseball cards that can shoot projectiles. The fun is more in the collecting and fondling than the shooting (because having to keep up with so many calibers is a pain).

Next, the handguns. I really love my P226 and would love to have a full brace of Sigs. A P229 and P239 in 9mm, as well as a P220 in .45ACP. A CZ75 in 9mm. (I will at least try to stick with 9mm and .45ACP in auto-loaders and .38Spl/.357Mag in revolvers.) An XD, a couple of 1911’s, a couple of Glocks, a German-made PPK/S in .380, a Hi-Power, a Buckmark and a Ruger .22. Hmmm…. I really don’t know that much about revolvers. It seems that S&W has a bewildering array of past and current guns. I would want a couple of those. Also a Colt SAA or a clone. Plus a big .44Mag for hunting or wilderness defense, and a Ruger Single Six.

Now, the non-milsurp long guns. Sig 556. A bolt-action .243. BAR in .30-06. Marlin 336 and/or Winchester 1894 in .30-30. A CZ 550 in 6.5×55 Swedish with a Mannlicher stock. A bolt-action .308 with really nice optics, and the same in .338 Lapua. A .22 pump, a .22 semi, and a .22 bolt. A 12-gauge over/under and semi-auto. Same in 20-gauge.

Ok…. I’ve pretty much run the gamut of every “reasonable” (i.e., not NFA, not multiple thousands of dollars expensive) gun that I’ve ever coveted. Now the question is how will I weigh my wants vs. needs? The biggest problem is the milsurp situation. Those guns aren’t being made any more. Yes, there were millions made in some cases, but they’re not being made any more, and as soon as the distributors run out and they’re all in private hands, the prices will go up ridiculously. We have seen it happen recently with the SKS’s. It will happen sooner or later with all milsurps. And it’s a similar situation with the milsurp ammo. 7.62x54R is apparently already drying up, and supposedly so is the 7.5×55 Swiss. So, based on my perception of the market, I think it’s safe to say that a fair number of my “wants” will be fulfilled before all of my “needs” because I can get some of my “wants” fairly cheaply now whereas I might not be able to in the future. Also there is the cost differential among all of these things. Obviously I will probably buy 4 $100 Mosin-Nagants before I spend $600 on a CZ or $800 on a BAR. And I also need to weigh Guns vs. Everything Else. I.e., buying a house, land, new(er) cars, supporting kids when they come around, etc. The past few months I have been on a gun-buying binge. I have been buying them 2 or 3 at a time. Also I have been buying lots of ammo. I can afford it all (I’m not going into debt or anything) but it means that I’m putting off saving for other important things.

So at the moment I feel that my current collection is really all that I need or is warranted for potential home defense, SHTF, or even TEOTWAWKI purposes (with the exception of a home-defense shotgun and the Ruger .380 as discussed above). My apartment is small enough that a single shotgun and handgun will cover most conceivable situations, and the AK’s will be plenty for SHTF situations, and the Rem 700 is great for hunting. I feel comfortable with my ammo situation as well, although with the addition of 2 new guns firing 7.62×39 I guess I should pick up another 1000 rounds or so.

So now I get to the crux of this post. All of this has been a build-up to the question asked in the title: When to stop? How much is enough? I am obviously fairly new to this whole Gun Thing, and perhaps I’ve gone overboard in my recent gun buying. But at least now I’m to the point where I can look around me and say that I don’t see much of a point in buying any more guns. For SHTF+ situations, I’m now far more concerned with how the hell I’d get out of here, and where I’d go, than I am with being undergunned. And I really don’t have much of an answer to either of those questions. I can reach my parents’ house (barely) on a single tank of gas, but except for living in a less-populated area they’re not really much better off than I am. My goal is to buy some land, and then build a house, out in the country somewhere. And, for now at least, that goal outweighs the goal of owning all of those guns I listed above.

So I ask you, dear readers (if you’ve gotten this far): How have you struck the balance in your own lives? I know that in many cases, the spousal situation does its own balancing for you, but I’m single, so my finances aren’t being monitored by anyone but myself. I know that many of you have been doing this for many years. How have you made your decisions? How often do you usually buy guns? What affects your buying choices? I have a vision in my head of what a well-balanced gun collection will look like. I don’t want to go too in-depth in any single type of gun. I do want to have representative copies of all the major military rifles from the past century. I want to try to limit my caliber selection so I don’t have 50 different types of ammo. What does your ideal collection look like? Is it realistically achievable for you? Are you working towards it currently? What is your over-arching goal for your gun collection? Do you worry much about SHTF? How is your gun collection doing in this regard vs. the other parts of your life?

Thanks for reading. I really just needed to get this all out of my head so that I can sort it out a bit better for myself. I would appreciate comments or trackbacks on this topic. I would like some guidance here.

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slo-mo gun pr0n

March 28, 2008

Wow. Some guy has been at work with a high-speed camera and a couple of M1A’s. He was looking to settle a dispute as to whether the action starts cycling before or after the bullet has exited the barrel:

Cool things to look for: 1) The barrel oscillations in the first vid after the bullet has left the barrel. Look at that thing wobble! 2) The rotating bolt doing its thing in all 3 videos (easiest to see in 3rd video, then watch the other two again). 3) Slow-mo brass flying through the air is awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ It reminds me of a satellite being launched from the space shuttle.

I’m actually kind of surprised by the results. It really does appear that the action stays motionless until after the bullet has passed the muzzle. Definitely seems counter-intuitive to me. How is there enough pressure in the barrel after the bullet is gone, etc. I guess it’s mostly just due to inertia. The forces have started to act on the op-rod before the bullet leaves the barrel, but the op-rod just hasn’t really started to move yet. Any physicists want to clue me in? ๐Ÿ˜€

edit: The same guy has some other videos too. He compares two S&W .38 Special revolvers, one an Airlight and one a normal weight. Check out the guy’s hand deforming under recoil with the Airlight! And on the normal weight one, you can safely skip all but the last 30 seconds of the video, unless you’re really interested in watching the hammer pull back one pixel at a time..

PSH over AKs

March 27, 2008

AK-47-type guns turn up more often in U.S. at MSNBC.

Beyond the typical sob stories, one about a 5-year-old’s birthday party being shot up by some gangstas with AK clones, and another about a cop killed on duty, there are a couple of choice quotes:

The numbers corroborate what police chiefs around the country have been saying: AKs and other so-called assault weapons are terrorizing their communities and endangering their officers.

Right, because guns are now terrorists.

Bullets fired by AK-47s travel at a higher velocity than those from some other weapons, and often tumble, rotate, pancake or shatter, doing grievous damage to the body. Even then, they often still have enough energy to pass clear through the body.

Ok, now that’s just plain silly, although the reporter has an out with the “some other weapons” language. Let’s look at the numbers here. A typical 7.62x39mm cartridge will propel a 123gr bullet at 2365fps. (I’m not sure what barrel length was used to get these numbers, but most AK’s have 16-inch barrels, so it’s a fair bet that most AK’s would fire 7.62×39 slower than this.) A .243 caliber hunting rifle will propel at 100gr bullet at 2960fps. The .30-06 a 150gr bullet at 2910fps. In fact, if you look at the table at Chuck Hawks’ site, you will find that only a few rifles fire cartridges as slow as the 7.62×39. Namely, the .30 Carbine comes in at 1900fps, the .357 Magnum (really a pistol cartridge) at 1550fps, the .35 Rem at 2080fps, the .45-70 at 1810fps, plus a few others too esoteric to mention. (BTW what’s with the guys who call the 5.56x45mm the “Poodle Shooter” but who revere the .30 Carbine, a handgun round if there ever was one?) The 7.62x39mm is actually very similar in performance to another 7.62mm caliber cartridge, the venerable .30-30, perhaps the most common deer-hunting cartridge in this country (it definitely has the lead in terms of the numbers of guns sold, with the Winchester 1894 and Marlin 336 family holding the one and two spots, although not all of those guns were necessarily sold in .30-30, it is a good bet that a very solid majority of them were). The .30-30 fires a 150gr bullet at 2365fps.

So, truth be told, the 7.62x39mm ammo used in most AK-type weapons (at least they got that part of the article right instead of calling them all AK-47’s) is actually slower than most rifle rounds. Yes, almost all rifle rounds are faster than handgun rounds. That’s the whole point of that long-barrel, big-strong-action, too-heavy-to-carry-in-your-hand idea. You know, the very defining characteristics of a rifle. (And let me also point out that I really don’t have a problem with police having AR-15’s or whatever kind of rifle they feel like they should have. IMO the police should be allowed to have any civilian-legal weapon that they want. Whether that’s an AR-15, a Barrett .50 cal or whatever in between. I am dead-set against making special exceptions for full-auto guns, SBR’s, etc. for law enforcement. They should have to follow the law like the rest of us, even if the law is retarded and should be repealed or struck down in court.)

Now let’s look at the rest of the statement. Pancake, shatter, tumble, oh my! And on top of that, they’re powerful enough to pass right through! It’s obvious that the reporter doesn’t know much about guns at all. Pretty much all bullets are designed to do maximum damage to whatever soft tissue they hit (except for military bullets which are limited to FMJ because of various international treaties). The jury is still out on the science of all this, as you can tell by the never-ending debates among gun nuts about stopping power. It is pretty well established, however, that a bullet that will just “pass right through somebody” is actually the least lethal kind of bullet and usually denotes a failure on the part of the designer of the ammunition, or a failure to choose the right kind of ammo by the shooter. The exact same types of bullets can be used in practically any hunting cartridge.

Normal ammo clips hold 30 rounds, but higher-capacity ones are also available.

Sweet! A MSM outlet saying that normal capacity magazines (ahem) hold 30 rounds! Maybe we’re finally making some headway!

Also, that is a pretty badass stock photo of a guy firing his AK.ย  The bolt is fully back and the empty cartridge (I almost said brass) has just cleared the ejection port.ย  You can also see the smoke hanging around the muzzle.ย  The only way it’d be cooler is if it had caught the muzzle blast ๐Ÿ™‚

In related news, I have ordered a couple of AK’s since I posted my gun list. They are on their way to my local FFL at this moment. I will refrain from discussing them immediately, but rest assured, you’ll get photos and a writeup at some point ๐Ÿ™‚

Gun Porn: Browning BL-22

March 17, 2008

Browning BL-22, Grade I. This lever-action .22 caliber carbine is probably my favorite gun. The gloss American walnut stock is beautiful, as is the deep blued steel. The Grade II upgrades the looks with checkered grips, fancy engraving and a gold-colored trigger. It is also available with an octagonal barrel and a silver-finished receiver in the “FLD” models. However, I personally find the no-nonsense look of the Grade I to be the most attractive of the line. No doubt, it is the prettiest of my guns (click for full-sized pics):

Browning BL-22BL-22BL-22 buttstock wood

The 20″ barrel is matched by a full-length tube magazine which holds 15 .22 Long Rifle, 17 .22 Long, or 22 .22 Short rounds. Reloading is accomplished by depressing the button on the end cap, sliding the magazine rod and spring assembly out of the magazine tube, and dropping in the ammo either from the end or a cutout on the bottom of the tube. It is probably possible to load a round by hand into the receiver, but it would require some precision maneuvering, as there is enough space inside the receiver for a round to get caught up between the guides and the side of the receiver. A misfeed of this sort can also happen if one is not careful to open the action all the way. But that’s probably the best part of this handy little rifle: to recharge, the lever must only be moved through 33 degrees of arc. That is not very much:

BL-22 Action DetailBL-22 Action Open

You’ll notice that the trigger moves down with the trigger guard, meaning no pinched fingers. The short-throw lever means that it is very easy to snap through a full magazine quickly without taking the gun off-target or losing your cheek weld. There is no safety, although there is a half-cock notch. The trigger must be depressed in order to lower the hammer.

Without a doubt, this high-capacity, quick-firing assault lever rifle is enough to strike fear into the hearts of rabbits, squirrels, and tin cans everywhere. Maybe Browning should rename it the ALR-22 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Browning’s product page for the BL-22, Grade I. The MSRP is around $500, and street prices are at best about $450. Yes, it’s pricey for a .22 levergun, but I feel that it is worth it. For some reason, it is very hard to find one of these guns — maybe they are snatched up quickly, or perhaps the Miroku plant in Japan is just not making very many of them. None of the local Browning dealers had one in stock, and they were even doubtful about their ability to get one in anytime soon through special-order, so I bought mine online and had it shipped to a local FFL.

Browning also sold a slightly altered model chambered in .17HM2 for a couple of years, dubbed the BL-17. There appears to be a few of those still available through various outlets.

Tempest in an Aussie Teapot

March 14, 2008

Brought to you by Uncle and Rustmeister (2). The Aussie post in Question.

There really is a simpler answer here. I’ve been reading a lot of gun blogs in the last 6 months or so. Almost without exception, gun bloggers (who usually self-identify as “right wing” and who probably voted for George W. Bush in the last Presidential election) have concerns, sometimes very serious ones, about the direction the country is headed; the way the Administration is handling the “War on Terror,” both at home and abroad; and the general consolidation of power into government hands. However, perhaps regrettably, if a foreigner starts to impugn our foreign policy, domestic policy, or whatnot, the natural reaction is to close ranks and defend our Country / President / Troops / Policies / whatever. People who may hold nuanced opinions about many of these matters will simplify those views rather quickly when facing a shouting match.

Now, the next thing to point out here is that all honest American Gun Nuts will quickly admit that the Second Amendment (which enshrines the Right to Keep and Bear Arms) really has little to do with self-defense, hunting, or sport. Its primary role is to keep the government out of our business. It is a check against Tyranny — the last and final check, at that (the old chestnut of the 4 Boxes: Ballot, Soap, Jury, and Ammo).

Itโ€™s that unshakeable paranoia that convinces so many of these gun weirdos that they need to turn their homes into fortresses bristling with enough weaponry to equip a small third world army. Doesnโ€™t matter what anyone says to them, they believe the world consists of people who want to attack them if only they get half a chance.

Actually, that might also explain a lot about US foreign policy.

See also this Aussie post. In it, Aussie basically states that the US Government is comprised of either 1) dumbasses; 2) lunatics; or 3) dangerous liars. Ok, Aussie, let’s just assume for a second that you’re correct (although I’m actually in agreement, more than you probably realize). Well, I think that Aussie can rest fairly easy — I don’t think the USA is going to attack Oz anytime soon. But what about us Americans? Those of us who are “in the belly of the beast,” as it were? Well, guess what? We Americans are daily watching our civil liberties eroded by those same dumbasses, lunatics, and dangerous liars! If you’re scared sitting on the others side of the planet, do you think that we’re sitting here complacently? Why do you think that we would want to make ourselves helpless before such a government? We don’t, and that is the fundamental reason why we are so forceful about the RKBA. It really has very little to do with defending ourselves against street violence. It has everything to do with defending ourselves against a lying, tyrannical government. Whether that government exists currently or might possibly exist in the future is a matter for debate, but it actually doesn’t matter — the RKBA must stand or else our country is forfeit.

So, to recap my argument in a couple of sentences: Aussie is scared of what he perceives as a tyrannical, lying, stupid, insane US Government. At least he has a few thousand miles of ocean separating him from it. We Americans must rely on our guns for our defense against such a government, albeit only as a last resort (and if this Heller case works out, I think you will hear a collective sigh of relief that we won’t have to go there anytime soon).

BTW, the only reason why I own so many guns, and why I am on a gun-buying spree (I bought 2 at an Evil Loophole Gun Show last weekend — from FFL dealers, so I did have to go through two background checks) is my fear that the FedGov will ban them again. That is honestly the only reason. I would only have… mmm, probably 5 guns right now if I weren’t fearful about this. And they would all be of the self-defense, hunting or sporting type. I would not have any “assault weapons” (or pseudo-“assault weapons” like the SKS) nor would I plan on buying any any time soon. “What the hell would you want an AK or AR for?” is actually a valid question. I really don’t “want” either, and I see them as being fairly purpose-less in my everyday life (potential SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situations notwithstanding). What I really want right now (and would buy, if money were no object) is a nice over/under shotgun (which, as far as I know, is one of the few guns still allowed in Australia). However, they cost $1000+, and I can buy at least 2 AK’s for that. And I know that AK’s would be banned long before over/under shotguns. So, I have to re-prioritize and get some AK’s and AR’s while the getting’s good. So the answer to the question has become “Because I can get them now, and I might not be able to get them in the future.”

Start of a Gun Blob

March 14, 2008

After reading and sometimes commenting on gun blogs for a good six months or so, it seems best to establish an identity and a “home”, more or less, for gun blogging activities. Part of the reason why it took so long is that I could not come up with a good name to use. I wish to blog anonymously, probably out of a certain sense of paranoia more than anything else. I toyed with “Geek with a 9mm” or other silly riffs on other people’s names, but when I realized that nobody had yet co-opted the “Gun Blobber” term invented by the person behind the wonderful VPC Blog, I realized that I finally had my name. Thank you, VPC blogger!

By way of introduction, I am in my late 20’s and only started seriously getting into the “gun thing” in the past couple of years, although I grew up shooting with my dad (hunter) and Boy Scouts. I live in Texas and generally consider myself a small-“L” libertarian, although I am willing and happy to vote for any third party just to show my disgust for the major parties.ย  I am not currently a member of the NRA, GOA, or any other “gun lobby” organization, although I’ve been considering my options for a few months now and will probably join one or another sometime this year. Around the time of Hurricane Katrina, I bought my first gun, a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express. My arsenalcollection currently consists of:

  • Remington 870 Express, 12 gauge
  • Sig-Sauer P226 in 9mm
  • Sig-Sauer Mosquito in .22LR
  • Browning BL-22 lever action .22LR/long/short
  • Remington 700 ADL Synthetic in .30-06 with a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9×40 scope
  • 1954 Tula Russian SKS, purchased in unfired/rearsenaled condition, now with a few hundred rounds through it
  • Yugo SKS in unfired/rearsenaled condition
  • another Yugo SKS in horrible condition that I’m currently in the process of Bubba’ing with a Tapco T-6 stock, Tapco 20-round magazines and a lot of Dremel work to get rid of all that extra hardware on the end of the barrel (at this point, I’m seriously considering chopping the barrel and getting rid of the front sight assembly altogether). I will also probably try my hand at cold-bluing, as the bluing is mostly gone
  • Mossberg 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun that has probably not been fired in my lifetime (needs a good cleaning and a bit of fixing up)
  • a few DMPS AR-15 lowers — may as well get ’em while I still can, right? I will probably buy an AK or two before I buy the kits to finish out these AR-15’s.

I will put up pics of all of these guns when time allows. I really don’t anticipate writing much here; mostly this is a way for me to establish an identity in the Gun Blogging community for when I leave comments.