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April 30, 2008

airforce airguns

Filed under: guns — admin @ 3:57 pm

I did not know there was an airgun manufacturer in Fort Worth, did y’all? AirForce Airguns. I’ve seen their stuff on websites before, but I always assumed they were Chinese crap. Guess I’ll have to stop by sometime and check them out.

In 1994, a project began in Fort Worth, Texas to design a completely new airgun unlike any previously available on the market. The gun would be powered by compressed air at pressures commonly utilized by scuba divers. It needed to be lightweight, accurate, offer adjustable power, allow easy attachment of accessories, and be less expensive than other designs using similar technology. The airgun not only had to be designed, but also the production processes, since nothing like it had ever been produced.

In 1999, the AirForce Talon began shipping in small quantities in the USA. In 2000, sales volume continued to grow and several accessories were added to the line. In 2001, the Talon SS was added for those requiring less noise for backyard or indoor shooting. In 2003, we added the Condor for customers seeking maximum power capability as well as a new line of air gun scopes designed for low light levels and capable of withstanding spring-gun recoil. The product continues to evolve into an entire shooting system with the addition of each new feature or accessory.

Unlike other adult airguns sold the USA, AirForce Airguns are actually made in the USA and are among the most technologically advanced in the world. The Company is committed to continuing innovation in airgun design and airgun manufacturing process.

the riches

Filed under: movies — admin @ 9:10 am

So last night was the season finale of The Riches. It’s an odd show, but very good. Much like Breaking Bad the characters are good-ish people doing bad things. Eddie Izzard is the dad, Minnie Driver is the mom, right there that’s the reason I watched the first episode. They’re Travelers, which are Irish Gypsies. It starts off with Minnie Driver getting out of jail and Eddie and the three kids going to get her. They head off to continue Traveling, but have to flee their fellow Travelers to get their daughter, DiDi, out of an arranged marriage, and end up at the scene of a fatal car accident. The dead people were in the process of moving to a new job in a new city, and they decide to take over their lives, for a little while, to steal all their stuff. The dead people no longer needing stuff anymore. So Wayne and Dahlia Malloy become Doug and Cherise Rich. Gradually they decide to not just run off with the stuff, but to stay and continue to pretend to be The Riches.

It’s better than it sounds. You can see most all the episodes on Hulus. There are only 13 from the first season and 7 from the second. I am not sure why thee were so few episodes from the second season, perhaps the writers strike messed them up.

There better be a third season. Last night was a very good cliffhanger episode, and I want to know what happens next. The writers, and the actors, certainly did a damn good job of that.

April 29, 2008

tv on the internets

Filed under: movies, interesting — admin @ 11:16 am

Hulu is a free website that lets you watch movies and tv on teh internets! It’s legal, so there are commercials. :( Looks like they have all the Firefly episodes and Arrested Development, and 30 Rock (I find both Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin very funny, and yet I never really seem to watch the show. How odd. ). I didn’t see any Farscape, but looks like they have all five seasons of Babylon 5. Might be good for people who are traveling about and needing some entertainment on demand.

April 28, 2008

cars and gas

Filed under: envirowackos, transportation, barking at the moon — admin @ 3:26 pm

The price of petrol should therefore become less relevant to Americans, as they cop on to themselves and buy more efficient cars. The Citroën C2 that I have does 70mpg! Try getting worked up putting 40 euro worth into the tank every 2.5 months – it’s impossible!

I see that a lot, or similar, but the math just does not work out.

My truck is paid for. I have no car payment. It’s a 1993 Ford F150. It’s 16 miles to drive to work along the freeway. It’s a little less to go the back roads, but that way takes more gas because of all the red lights and stop signs. I get about 16 mpg on the freeway. So it costs me a gallon of gas to get to work and a gallon to get back home. That works out to about 8,000 miles a year to get to work and back, or $3000 worth of gas at $4 per gallon (or about $250 a month).

I can’t afford a home near the office. And there are no jobs in my field near where I live. So moving is out. :(

Buying a better gas mileage car is not an option at this point. It just does not work out financially. First of all, I need a truck. I could get by with a smaller one, and a trailer (which would be an additional cost, and would require yearly maintenance and fees and insurance, not to mention where would I store it?), but it’s just so convenient to have a full eight foot bed. I prefer to be able to close the tailgate when I’ve got a load of plywood or sheetrock or even 2×4s. Some of the little trucks you can’t even get a full sheet of plywood inside them. But like I said, I could probably get by with a little Toyota Tacoma or Ford Ranger, or something like that.

Second, yes, I’d be paying less at the pump, but the car payment would be a lot more (since it’s zero now). I’d need to get a relatively new car to get a big increase in gas mileage, which means not only would it be more expensive to purchase, but insurance costs would go up. I don’t have theft insurance on my Ford now, but if I get a loan I’d be required to do so, for example. Also I have the minimum of liability insurance I can carry by law, again if I borrow money to get a newer car they’d require a higher amount of liability, and probably would require I carry uninsured motorist insurance, in case I’m hit by someone who does not have insurance.

And maintenance fees are not that different. A newer car will still need it’s oil changed, and will need brakes occasionally, and a tune up once a year and the alignment fixed at least once a year, and every now and then it’ll need tires. And then there are the “Oh Shit!” costs, the catastrophic failure of some part or another. those happen to newer cars, too. So we’re realistically at a wash there.

Gas prices would be cheaper. Car payment goes waaay up. Insurance goes waaay up. Maintenance costs are roughly the same. So how am I saving money by getting a more fuel efficient car? (and I’m not “saving the environment” by getting rid of my truck, because it will not go into a black hole somewhere, it’ll be sold and driven by someone else.)

I did a spreadsheet on this a few weeks ago, let me see if I still have it…well, I can’t find it right now, but let’s think about it. If the MPG doubles to 32mpg, then my fuel costs would go down from $3,000 to $1,500. But, a car or truck that gets 32 mpg is probably going to cost more than $1,500 a year to buy, so my existing truck “wins” . If the price of gas does go up to $10 per gallon, that’ puts my yearly gas expenditure at…$7500 (assuming I don’t bust out my moped or reduce drastically the non-work related driving). At that point it might be worth it to get a more fuel efficient truck, but again, it’d have to be at least 32 mpg, _and_ cost $3750 or less per year to purchase (including the increased insurance costs) for it to beat out my current truck.

Once I pay off my student loan and some other stuff, which should happen December of this year!, I’ll run the numbers again. Who knows, maybe they’ll come out with a Mr. Fusion by then. :)

the wright stuff

Filed under: obamination, wtf?, gah!, religion, barking at the moon — admin @ 8:49 am

Rev. Wright Delivers Fiery Address to NAACP

Speaking in Detroit, at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s 53rd annual "Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner," Rev. Jeremiah Wright took on his critics even while he spoke of a new, unified day coming.

You can watch the speech HERE.

Addressing a local Republican official who’d called Wright “divisive," Wright told the welcoming crowd in his keynote address, "I am not one of the most ‘divisive.’ Tell him the word is ‘descriptive.’ I describe the conditions in this country — conditions divide, not my description."

Wright’s appearance guaranteed more media attention for the former pastor of the Democratic president frontrunner, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, who likely had hoped the issue — and Wright — would go away. In more news that would no doubt trouble Obama, Wright mentioned that he was working on a book.

"I’m not here for political reasons," Wright said. "I’m not a politician." He said that might surprise in the crowd of 10,000 since "many in the corporate-owned media have made it seem that I’m running for the Oval Office. I am not running for the Oval Office; I’ve been running for Jesus for a long, long time, and I’m not tired yet."

Most of Wright’s speech addressed the theme of the dinner, “A Change is Gonna Come,” talking about the differences between different cultures and races, saying "a change is coming because we no longer see others as being deficient…Different doesn’t mean deficient."

"The black religious tradition is different," he said in comments that seemed to address the controversy about his sermons. "We do it a different way."

Wright discussed how different groups have seen other groups as "deficient." After saying English-speakers saw Arabic-speakers as "being deficient," Wright mentioned Obama almost as an aside.

"Please run and tell my stuck-on-stupid friends that Arabic is a language — is a language, it is not a religion," he said. "Barack HUSSEIN Obama," he said, emphasizing the Illinois senator’s middle name dramatically, "Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Barack HUSSEIN Obama. There are Arabic-speaking Christians, there Arabic-speaking Jews, Arabic-speaking Muslims and Arabic-speaking atheists. Arabic is a language, it is not a religion. Stop trying to scare folks by giving them this Arabic name like it’s some disease."

The bulk of his remarks addressed, however, different groups seeing each other as deficient. He acted out the differences between marching bands at predominantly black and predominantly white colleges. "Africans have a different meter, and Africans have a different tonality," he said. Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five. White people clap differently than black people. "Africans and African-Americans are right-brained, subject-oriented in their learning style," he said. "They have a different way of learning." And so on.

After jokingly mocking the Boston accents of former Presidents John F. and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Wright said, "nobody says to a Kennedy, ‘You speak bad English,’ only to a black child was that said."
Wright said that he believes "a change is going to come, ’cause many of us are committed to change how we see others who are different."

Earlier in the day, Wright delivered two sermons at the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, referring to his "public crucifixion," according to the Houston Chronicle. Wright will address the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Monday morning.

So I guess Rev. Wright was against Jimmy the Greek being fired? Because Jimmy said there were physiological differences between white and black athletes. Rev. Wright is saying there are physical differences between our brains. I thought all this “one race is good at this, and another is good at that” crap was thrown out years ago. That’s the same kind of crap the KKK and Hitler preached. It was wrong then, and I think it’s wrong now.


April 27, 2008

sting stung

Filed under: envirowackos, music, barking at the moon — admin @ 10:15 pm

‘It’s true - we’re hypocrites over our huge carbon footprint,’ confesses Sting’s wife

Their claim to be eco-warriors has been met with cynicism in recent times.

Sting, for instance, notched up an incredible number of air miles with his band’s world tour.

And it was revealed that his wife Trudie Styler travels between their seven homes in private jets or their fleet of cars, as well as importing farm produce hundreds of miles.

Now the celebrity couple have been forced to admit that their record is less than clean.

Miss Styler, 53, was challenged on the issue when extolling the benefits of organic and locally-grown food.

The interview at the Earls Court Real Food Festival had been going well, until one journalist pointed out that the couple’s carbon footprint has been estimated as 30 times greater than the average Briton’s.

Miss Styler tried to shift a little of the blame on to her musician husband, who is 56.

“When it comes to the carbon footprint, Sting puts his hand up immediately and says ‘I’m a musician and I have a huge carbon-footprint”,’ she said.

She then asked: “Are we being hypocritical?’ before seeming to answer the question herself.

“He has a 750-person crew to bring around the world and it is a difficult challenge.

“I would like to think that we both work pretty hard for the rights of indigenous people and for the rights of conservation of the Amazon rainforest, but we do need to get around. It’s a difficult one.”

Environmental experts labelled Sting’s band, The Police, the dirtiest in the world because of the amount of pollution created during last year’s reunion tour of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan.

Miss Styler failed to mention in Thursday’s interview that she and their family joined him on much of it.

She also forgot to add that a cavalcade of horseboxes has been known to travel between their Wiltshire pile, The Lake House, and their Tuscan estate twice a year when the family decamps for the summer.

Or indeed, the fact that the organic food she grows on the Italian-estate has to be transported to London for sale in Selfridges.

She was also accused in a recent tribunal of forcing her chef to travel 100 miles to prepare a bowl of pasta.

However, Miss Styler clearly feels she is doing her bit for the planet - and managed to offer some advice on the subject, too.

She said: “I think within the next year we have a period of huge responsibility for this country to keep GM at bay.

“We spend a lot of time in America and you often don’t know when you are eating GM food. I say keep GM out of Britain.”

dinner with wessika

Filed under: mi familia y amigos, Fisto — admin @ 5:30 pm

Went over to Wessika’s place last night. Jessika made lasagna from scratch. Very yummy. Also there was garlic bread and a very good salad. She said she got it from the salad bar thing at Central Market, in the do-it-yourself section, not the pre-made ones. I’ll have to check that out.

Played with Michael for a bit. That was fun.

“How’s a cow go?”


“Ummm…no…they go Mooooo!”


“…close enough. What does a pig say?”



I think we need to work some more on that. Or maybe that’s the noises they make in Canada. Dunno.

Oh, and this in kinda funny, the toy animals that came with this really cool barn thing that Wes’ mom got a Neiman Marcus (she works there so it wasn’t super expensive) are all anatomically correct. I just assumed they’d be all not having genitals and such, but nope, they were there. So we were able to tell which one was the boy cow and which one was the girl cow.

Oh, and this was funny, but not related to Michael.

So somehow we’re talking, at dinner, about how easy it is to not have kids, and dumb to get pregnant “Accidentally” and stuff, and Jess mentions a couple of ways to make sure you know when it’s your fertile time, and I don’t know why, other than I knew it would embarrass Wes, I said “Well, I’m surprised Wes hasn’t mentioned a really easy way to not get pregnant, it’s full proof.” And Jess was all “What? What way is this?” To which I replied, in my best Leon Phelps impersonation, which was totally not gotten, Doin’ it in da butt!”

Which of course made Wes turn bright red and was funny as hell. Jess laughed her head off, so that was all good. I just hope that now lil’ Michael does not go around saying “In da butt!” but if he does, well actually that’d be pretty damn funny, too. :)

pistol shooting with todd jarrett

Filed under: guns — admin @ 5:18 pm

IPSC(International Practical Shooting Confederation) champion teaches how to properly grip a handgun and shoot accurately.

more gun training related videos:
Target transitions

April 25, 2008


Filed under: music — admin @ 8:04 pm

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., musician John Legend performs his rendition of the U2 classic “Pride (In the Name of Love).”

I like how it ends with MLK saying “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving!” Which reminds me of the “old” saying” from the Firefly episode, The Message, “When you can’t run, walk. When you can’t walk, crawl. And when you can’t crawl, find someone to carry you.”

stock refinishing

Filed under: guns — admin @ 7:55 am

Johnny Reb’s stock refinishing step by step how to guide

April 24, 2008

new fad in japanese suicides

Filed under: foreign places, wtf? — admin @ 12:48 pm

Apparently the new fad in suicides in Japan is hydrogen sulfide gas.

A 14-year-old Japanese girl killed herself by mixing laundry detergent with cleanser, releasing fumes that also sickened 90 people in her apartment house, police said Thursday as they grappled with a spate of similar suicides.

None of the sickened neighbors in Konan, southern Japan, were severely ill, although about 10 were hospitalized, authorities said. The deadly hydrogen sulfide gas escaped from the girl’s bathroom window and entered neighboring apartments.

The girl’s suicide Wednesday night was part of an expanding string of similar deaths that experts say have been encouraged by Internet suicide sites since last summer.

A 31-year-old man outside Tokyo killed himself inside a car early Thursday by mixing detergent and bath salts, police said. A local police spokesman refused to give further details, but Kyodo News agency reported the man put a sign reading “Stay Away” on the car window.

At a business hotel in Shiga prefecture in western Japan, a man in his 30s was found dead Thursday morning by employees who noticed a strange smell coming from his room, according to national broadcaster NHK. Shiga police said officials are investigating the incident as a case of suicide by hydrogen sulfide gas but could not elaborate.

Reports of another similar death emerged Thusday afternoon when the body of a 42-year-old woman in Nagoya, central Japan, was found in a bathtub. According to Kyodo, there was toilet cleaner and bath powder nearby, along with a sign outside that read, “Poisonous gas being emitted. Caution.”

Nagoya police said they could not comment on the case, but Kyodo said that fire officials called to the scene did not detect hydrogen sulfide gas.

The method has alarmed officials because of the danger that bystanders can be hurt.

“It’s easy and everyone can do it,” said Yasuaki Shimizu, director of Lifelink, a Tokyo-based group specializing in halting suicides. “Also there is a lot of information teaching people how to do it on the Internet.”

Police say they have not tallied the number of detergent-related suicides, but media reports suggest it has reached about 30 this year, including several cases in which others were also sickened.

The 14-year-old girl, whose name was not released by police, followed the pattern of other deaths.

She mixed detergent with a liquid cleanser in her bathroom, police said. The door was closed, and she had affixed a sign on the outside warning, “Gas being emitted,” Kyodo reported.

A very quick search on google turned up this:

“Traditionally” Japanese suicide with been done in the past couple of decades with carbon monoxide–poisoning with leaving a small, burning, charcoal grill in a confined space or commonly inside a rented automobile. However, there has been a new fad in the past few months to mix Japanese Sunpole® toilet cleaner and MUTOUHAPPU (calcium sulfide) bath salts to produce deadly poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas. The problem is that poisonous hydrogen sulfide–the rotten-egg gas–produces a lot of collateral damage killing the rescuers… family members, firefighters, and police officers. It even endangers people in other apartments below the suicide room since the gas is heavier than air.

Notice that the previous fad was to rent an automobile then kill yourself in it.

Holy shit! How’d you like to be a rent-a-car worker in Japan? Ugh! Always having to clean up after people off themselves in your car. I bet you never get that smell all the way out. How frikin’ inconsiderate!

What happened to stepping in front of a bus or train? I’d heard that was the fashion a few years ago. Maybe that was too inconsiderate? Since it messed with bus and train schedules?

April 23, 2008

because of the terrorism

Filed under: wot, polizei — admin @ 10:21 am

NYC Cop parks illegally, concerned citizen films it then follows the cop and asks her questions. No problem, right? Well, then along comes a retired cop who says that it’s illegal to film cops “because of the terrorism” and the mood shifts quite a bit…

The cameraman was an ass. Yeah, the retired cop starts cussing first, but still, show some class, dude, why get all up in their grill like that? But, the bottom line is the cop broke the law twice, by not wearing her seatbelt and by parking in front of a hydrant.

More crazy cop vs citizen videos on YouTube:

Whilst searching the internets, I found

No one should be above the law.

Yet, in New York City, government workers numbering in the thousands break the law every day by using government-issued permits to disrupt traffic, create safety hazards, and degrade quality of life.

April 22, 2008

gsg-5: mp5 in .22lr!

Filed under: guns — admin @ 11:06 am

German Sport Guns GSG-5: The .22LR MP5

We only found a few potential problems with the GSG-5. The first was that several screws came loose, specifically: (1) the screw that holds the magazine follower together (side to side); and (2) the rear sight screw. The former comprises a very small nut and bolt, and either would be extremely easy to lose. The one on the demo gun fell into the snow and I was very lucky to be able to find the approx 0.10″-wide nut. I would recommend going over the GSG-5, make sure everything is tight, and then use removable loctite to secure the fasteners. The other small issue was that the cocking tube was peening slightly on the outside surface of the notch which locks the bolt back.

We also noticed that if we placed our weak-hand on the magazine instead of the fore-end, it would induce malfunctions. Towards the end of our testing, with the rifle well lubed, the only malfunctions we had were directly attributable to touching or putting pressure on the magazine. While it’s a natural thing for AR-15 and MP-5 shooters to do– just don’t!

I’ve been told by the importer that the problem with peening of the cocking tube notch and the magazine nut and bolt coming loose have been corrected by the factory for subsequent rifles. This kind of responsiveness and attention to feedback bodes well for the GSG-5 and future firearms produced by German Sport Guns.

Is the GSG-5 anything other than a plinker? For shooters who need to use an MP5 “for work”, the GSG-5 may be a viable training platform since the controls are identical. In addition, a suppressed GSG-5 may have some law-enforcement applications.

According to Tony at Amchar, the first shipment to the U.S. will contain 1320 rifles and should be heading out to dealers around the country and the end of February 2008. GSG’s production plans for 2008 include 10,000 GSG-5s.

At a suggested retail price of $499, I think the GSG-5 is going to be a big success in the US. It looks cool and runs well. It’s a fun little gun!

Looks nice, the price is not too bad. Only twice more than a 10/22 :) But waaaaay higher on the coolness scale. In full disclosure, I did spend a bit more than the $489 price (at Military Gun Supply on Berry & 820) on my _airsoft_ MP5. hmmm…maybe I can sell my airsoft and buy one of these? Anyone want a Tokyo Mauri MP5A4 Navy with hop-up? With several 200 round magazines, two batteries and a charger? The tip of the barrel has already been painted black instead of bright ass orange. $400 shipped.

hippie earth day!

Filed under: envirowackos, transportation, barking at the moon — admin @ 10:21 am

Today is Earth Day.

I’m celebrating by converting my truck to Hydrocarbon fuels. Much more environmentally friendly! And, surprisingly, available at most gas stations around here.

Guess I need to get this sticker, so everyone will know that I am now better than them.


ass of life

Filed under: hildabeast, politics, barking at the moon — admin @ 9:51 am

Chelsea Clinton Hits The Gay Bars In Philadelphia

I grabbed her ass,” shouted one woman, prompting surprised looks and laughter from Chelsea and campaign staff escorting her.

“I’ve been trying to find you all night and I found you and you’re gorgeous,” Dustin Thorn, 31, of Philadelphia told her.

“I think Chelsea looks better in person and she’s got the body and ass of life,” said Christoper Murray after wrapping his arms around her and giving her a big hug.

Oh yeah, that’s going on a t-shirt :)

tacticool shirt

Filed under: guns — admin @ 9:48 am

Speaking of t-shirt designs, I made two more, a Tacticool shirt, and a Mall Ninja shirt.


anyone an artist?

Filed under: gandalf23, funny stuff — admin @ 9:31 am

If anyone here can draw good, I need, or would like to get anyway, a drawing of a peach and an apple. The peach should be grabbing the apples butt, in a “fresh” kind of way, it’s not a sexual harassment peach, it’s a peach getting all fresh. The motto of the farm is “Gettin’ fresh is what we do” and I thought we would need a few t-shirts with that logo and an appropriate drawing on it. Since the farm sells both peaches and apples that seemed a good choice. They also sell blackberries, figs and pears.

So if someone here can draw that I’d be very appreciative. Or if someone knows of a website that does art on commission, or maybe an Ebay type place to get art done, please let me know.

very cool 10/22 modifications

Filed under: guns — admin @ 9:01 am

Nordic Components Ruger AR22 Receiver Stock Kit

This 3 piece stock kit in conjunction with your Ruger 10-22 allows you to build a practice rifle that is very similiar to an AR-15. Use your choice of butt stock, free float tube and hand grip to build the practice rifle that works for you. Works with a factory or after market barrel made for the Ruger 10/22.

It does not just look like an AR-15, it looks and feels like an AR-15. This stock is ergonomically identical to your AR-15 platform rifle. Drops in, no gunsmithing required. Available in black; green or grey available as a special order.

Orders placed the week of April 20th should ship around the first of May.

The picture below shows the 3 parts ( Main body, scope rail and forearm adapter) that make up the Nordic Components AR22 Kit.

And here they are with the 10/22 receiver:

I think it looks pretty sharp. Although I’m not sure it’s any cheaper to do this than to just get a dedicated .22LR upper for an AR15. Assuming you already have an AR15.

Then there is the RPB Evolution stock:

The “Evolution” uses the Ruger 10-22 platform and replaces the stock to accept many AR15 related items.
Unique look and free floating design increases accuracy.
Weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces without a stock (with barrel cover, pistol grip and 7″ rail)
The change from Stock to Evolution requires a flat blade screwdriver and 10 minutes or less of your time, the Ruger can be returned to its original stock, unmodified in any way.
The Evolution is modular and can accept a variety of rails in multiple locations, the rails can be used for forward grips (vertical), bipod mounts, lights, Sling adaptors and lasers.
The Evolution is great for smaller frames or children, it can accept ANY AR15 stock including a collapse version so an adult or child can change length of pull in seconds for comfortable shooting. Units we have installed: Ace Skeleton, Boom Tube, M4 Socom, Rock River Arms four and six position collapsible, DPMS, Bushmaster, Lewis Machine, and most other A2 and collapse units.
The Evolution can be used with your existing stock barrel or the bull (.900+) target barrels
The Evolution has a Picatinny rail forward of the standard scope mount, this rail is a perfect match for Aimpoint, EOtech, ATN, Ultradot, BSA, Ziess, Doctor Optics and other red dot optics. A stock scope mount can be used for magnified optics in the receivers factory location.
The stock will come with one Yankee Hill swiveling sling stud on bottom of unit, suitable for bipod or sling mounting, In addition one rail will be supplied this rail can be used in TOP, LEFT, RIGHT or on the BOTTOM of the unit.
Uses factory or High Capacity (check local laws!) aftermarket magazines (Butler Creek, Eagle, Etc)

The Evolution stock is a little cheaper, but not much. It does make sense to have a .22 version of an AR15 if you mainly shoot an AR15, especially if you shoot it in competition, that way you can practice for cheap. I’m not sure that I would get either of these, but they do look pretty cool.

Now the Liberty Training Rifle concept is pretty interesting, and would provide a “better” 10/22 for general practice. But it’s not “tacticool”

This should help you build a rifle that can quickly be put into service at an Appleseed, be lent to someone at a local AQT shoot, and be used to practice at 25m (or even use in 25 & 50 yard CMP rifle competitions) - all with cheap .22LR ammunition.  Also, it will give you a valuable tool to use to train new shooters, without subjecting them to the often-intimidating recoil of a full-power main battle rifle.

Which 10/22 should I use to get started?  — There are a lot of options: rifles, carbines, heavy-barrelled target rifles, even receivers that allow one to build a complete rifle with custom components.  One of the most-popular options for many adult shooters is a 22” barreled rifle from WalMart, available for just over $200.  Small-framed adults and children may prefer the slightly smaller 10/22 Carbine.  Any 10/22 is a good starting point for your Liberty Trainer.

Okay, I’ve got my rifle.  Now what? – The Ruger factory sights are not suited to fine adjustments.  Fortunately, Tech-Sights ( produces several adjustable aperture sights for the 10/22.  These sights allow simple adjustment for windage and elevation (windage adjustment requires the use of an AR-15 sight adjustment tool – also available from Tech-Sights). [For those of you who would like to be able to quickly and easily adjust windage on the Tech-Sight, DPMS offers the Rapidex knob, which replaces the standard, must-use-a-tool A1 windage drum (Part# UR-3981, $9). ]
On the 22 inch barrel rifle, each click of windage or elevation is .8 MOA. For most standard carbine barrels one click = 1 MOA (at least close enough for practical applications).

So why do I want Tech-Sights instead of some other sights? – You’re free to add whatever type of aftermarket sights you like, BUT the sight picture the Tech-Sights give you is very similar to the sight picture of the Springield M1A and the AR-15 rifles.  Since these types of rifles are the ones many shooters use when shooting at full-distance, it just makes sense to use 10/22 sights that replicate the sights of their long-distance rifles.  Plus, they are easier to adjust than many other types of sights are.
Williams are an alternative aperture-type sight, but do not give a sight picture as similar to your main rifle’s as the Tech-Sights do.

How do you take the original front sight off of the barrel? – One of our satisfied shooters says this much better than I can: “I laid the barrel on a piece of 2X4, put the punch on the left side of the sight down on the dovetail part of the front sight blade (not the base) and smacked it with a hammer two or three times.  On my 10/22 the dovetail in the front sight base was a lot larger than the new Tech front sight.  I had to use a center punch to raise up little dimples in the front sight base dovetail to keep the Tech sight from falling out every time I turned the barrel over…  remember to use Locktite on the screws as they will come loose.”
The front sight is actually made to go in and be removed from one side. When installing sights, install from right to left.  When uninstalling(removing) sights, remove from left to right.

What other parts should I add to my Liberty Trainer?

1) A sling is a tremendous aid to accurate shooting, often improving group size by 50% or more.  If your 10/22 has sling swivels already, you’re ahead of the game.  If not, you need to add a pair.
Most Ruger factory sling swivels will not accommodate aftermarket sling swivels (the holes are a little too narrow).  If you want to add the same sling that you have on your long-distance rifle, you’ll need to add a pair of 1¼ “ sling swivels (like those available from Uncle Mike’s) so that you can mount a US GI 1¼“ web sling.
You may have to use a drill or Dremel tool to widen the sling swivel holes very slightly.  This should be the only time you’ll use a power tool during this project.

2) As it comes from the factory, releasing the 10/22 bolt from the locked-back position is a 2-handed operation, and is especially inconvenient when you’re firing from the prone position.  The good news is, an aftermarket automatic bolt release only casts about $11 and is easy to install.
The CST Auto Bolt Stop ( requires the use of specially modified magazines (using non-modified mags in a CST-equipped rifle may potentially damage the mechanism).  Since the goal of this trainer is to get you out to the range (and not into the machine shop), you’ll probably be happier with one of the devices that doesn’t require you to modify your magazines.

3) The 10/22 magazine release is also difficult to manipulate.  Without a doubt, an extended magazine release (the most popular cost about $5-$10) makes magazine changes faster.  If your primary MBR is an M1A, the Bell and Carlson release is very similar in length to that of your MBR.

4) Many shooters report improved performance after installing target triggers in their 10/22 Trainers, and while this is not absolutely necessary, it does provide for improved accuracy due to lightening the trigger pull.

There are quite a few magazines available for the 10/22. Which magazines are the best? — Butler Creek produces some well-regarded 10 round single-stack magazines which extend about 2 inches below the rifle, allowing a convenient grip for more-rapid magazine changes.  Their Steel Lips magazines have proven to be nearly as durable as Ruger’s factory magazines.  If you’re an M1A shooter, the Butler Creek 25-round magazines can be loaded with 20 rounds to simulate the M1A’s 20 round mags.
A device that allows you to attach 2 or 4 factory 10/22 magazines by their bases is a available from

Is there any special modifications that are recommended for my ‘WalMart 10/22’? — The only real difference between the standard receiver and the WalMart 22" version is that the WalMart receiver is painted both inside and out. This leads to rough operation and early fouling as the oil, powder, and rubbed off paint mix to form glop, (the technical term).  If you strip the paint from the inside, just the top part, where the bolt and bolt handle rub, and polish the area with very fine sandpaper, you’ll find that the bolt is very much slicker to operate. 
The standard black receiver should be fine, as they don't paint the inside of those.

Any other tips on constructing my 10/22 Liberty Trainer?
1) “I've done a couple of these and in both cases I went back to the OEM Ruger trigger return spring. I found that the lighter Volquartsen spring will occasionally just not quite reset the sear. use the Volquartsen hammer spring, but stick with the factory Ruger trigger return spring.  That's where mine is, with a decent 3-1/2 lb. trigger and 100% trigger reset reliability thus far.”

2) “You might want to consider fully bedding the barrel instead of free floating it.  The 10/22 has a somewhat weak connection point between the barrel and the receiver.   Free floating reportedly can lead to some POA/ POI and warping issues.  On the other had, those who have firmly bedded it report exceptional accuracy gains.  I know this sounds anti-intuitive, but this gun seems to prefer bedding vs. floating.”

I really don’t know how to disassemble my rifle to install these parts – No problem.  There are some valuable resources available at . As a bonus,
this link ( shows you how to disassemble a factory magazine for cleaning.

has he the semblance of a harlot?

Filed under: funny stuff — admin @ 8:04 am

Pulp Fiction, as performed by the King’s Men

ACT I SCENE 2. A road, morning. Enter a carriage, with JULES and VINCENT, murderers.

J: And know’st thou what the French name cottage pie?
V: Say they not cottage pie, in their own tongue?
J: But nay, their tongues, for speech and taste alike
Are strange to ours, with their own history:
Gaul knoweth not a cottage from a house.
V: What say they then, pray?
J: Hachis Parmentier.
V: Hachis Parmentier! What name they cream?
J: Cream is but cream, only they say le crème.
V: What do they name black pudding?
J: I know not;
I visited no inn it could be bought.

J: My pardon; did I break thy concentration?
Continue! Ah, but now thy tongue is still.
Allow me then to offer a response.
Describe Marsellus Wallace to me, pray.
B: What?
J: What country dost thou hail from?
B: What?
J: How passing strange, for I have traveled far,
And never have I heard tell of this What.
What language speak they in the land of What?
B: What?
J: The Queen’s own English, base knave, dost thou speak it?
B: Aye!
J: Then hearken to my words and answer them!
Describe to me Marsellus Wallace!
B: What?
JULES presses his knife to BRETT’s throat
J: Speak ‘What’ again! Thou cur, cry ‘What’ again!
I dare thee utter ‘What’ again but once!
I dare thee twice and spit upon thy name!
Now, paint for me a portraiture in words,
If thou hast any in thy head but ‘What’,
Of Marsellus Wallace!
B: He is dark.
J: Aye, and what more?
B: His head is shaven bald.
J: Has he the semblance of a harlot?
B: What?
JULES strikes and BRETT cries out
J: Has he the semblance of a harlot?
B: Nay!
J: Then why didst thou attempt to bed him thus?
B: I did not!
J: Aye, thou didst! O, aye, thou didst!
Thou hoped to rape him like a chattel whore,
And sooth, Lord Wallace is displeased to bed
With anyone but she to whom he wed.


“Gaul knoweth not a cottage from a house”


Someone needs to do the whole thing in Shakespearian style, that would be most excellent. Forsooth!

And it would definitely make Shakespeare in the park more interesting. :)

April 19, 2008

when our clients have bad days…

Filed under: gandalf23@work — admin @ 4:20 am

This can happen:

(click the picture for a larger version)

We hear there was no loss of life. You can see that two blenders and five pump trucks were destroyed. I don’t see a computer/data van so maybe it was able to get out. Or was not there yet.

On the plus side, they may be ordering new equipment! :)

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