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Why Don’t They Just Stay Out Of The Water?

Monday, September 5th, 2016

mans life weasels

mans life rats

mans life snakes


Not Really My Thing

Monday, September 5th, 2016

I came across a picture I liked.  This was it.

cleaning day

This prompted Steven den Beste to ask the following.

“There’s something down there next to the AR-15 that looks like submachine gun. What is it?”

Can’t say for sure because I don’t own the guns myself, but it looks to me like a Short Barreled Rifle.  (SBR)

22 long rifle version of a short barreled rifle

(Picture source.)

The ArmaLite firearm company has always been interested in standing out, making something new.  The AR-15, which went on to be adopted by the US military as the M-16, is kinda-sorta modular.  What I mean by that is you really can’t take one rifle and simply swap out a few parts to make a completely different gun with distinct handling characteristics and capabilities, but the basic design does lend itself to customization pretty well.

variants of the m16 battle rifle

Civilian firearm enthusiasts in the United States are always looking to push the envelope, Lord love ’em!  Someone got the bright idea of acquiring the shortest barrel possible, with the teensiest of shoulder stocks, and making a really compact rifle.

Okay, so you get a really small rifle.  What is it with this SBR stuff, anyway?

Well, if the gun has too short a barrel, or if the overall length of the weapon is too compact, then the firearm has to be registered with the US government.  A special fee of $200 USD (£150) has to be paid before taking possession of the gun.

All of this applies to guns which were built with shoulder stocks.  What happens if you build a cut down AR from scratch that never felt the taint of a shoulder stock?

ar style pistol

Oh, that is just a pistol.  You know, a handgun.  Special fees and registration with the US government is not necessary.

Be careful, though!  I’m just belting out a brief outline of the law, and you could get in real trouble if you miss a detail or fail to follow a fine point.  If anyone reading this wants some of this nifty hardware, then I strongly suggest that they hire a lawyer who specializes in Federal and local firearms law in order to keep out of trouble.  You can get a little more in depth info by going here or here, but those two links are no substitute for professional advice.  Best to hire the lawyer and make sure all bases are covered.

A Tale Of Woe

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Work sent me out of town for a week.  Ten minutes after I get back home, I turn on my computer and it dies a painful death.

skeleton with defunct computer

I had to wait until my next paycheck to get a new one, hence the absence.

It’s good to be back!

Cleaning Day

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

cleaning day

Old Timey Stabby

Sunday, August 21st, 2016


I have always liked the look of the grosse messer sword for some reason.  I think it is due to the fact that it is so utilitarian.  A tool for the working man, instead of a knightly implement.

(Picture source.)

German Infantry Rifles Of WWII (And One Machine Gun)

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

some common weapons availabel to the german infantry during wwii

Looks like these bad boys have seen some use.

American Infantry Weapons Of WWII

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

small arms available to the american gi during wwii

Can anyone name them all?

You’re Doing It Wrong

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

What happens when hot brass falls down a tank top?

(WARNINGFoul language alert!)

Obviously, this is why I never wear tank tops at the range.

practice at the range

The Knife I Carry

Friday, August 5th, 2016

red swiss army knife victorinox officer suisse

red swiss army knife victorinox suisse opened

A knife fighter I am not, but I can open a wine bottle!

How I Start The Day

Friday, August 5th, 2016

how james starts his day

To all of my readers who think that this picture isn’t honest, I say that you are right.

I never developed a taste for coffee, and won’t touch the stuff.