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Be sure to remove explosives from you carry-on

I can’t think of any reason beyond “I forgot it was there” that isn’t bad; I await news of exactly what explosive and how much, and if he had detonators.

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Written by Ry Jones

31 December 2011 at 23:55

Posted in GWoT

Nozzle, muzzle, whatever

Filipino police show their pistols after being taped on the nozzle by officers at police headquarters in Camp Crame, suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011

Seattle Times

The most interesting thing in the picture, to me, is that no two of the pistols appear to be the same. I know the Philippines are famous for making copies of firearms, but wouldn’t it be easier for the police to get a truckload of Glocks and provide armory services for the police?

Written by Ry Jones

30 December 2011 at 15:33

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Accurate pictogram for full-auto

Written by Ry Jones

29 December 2011 at 13:22

Posted in Humor

Looks like a design flaw

Written by Ry Jones

28 December 2011 at 11:33

Posted in Humor

Bill Siegle custom knife

I won this at the local GTG/MNG for The Site That Shall Not Be Named:
Bill Siegle custom

Very nice; not sure how I’ll carry it, but I’ll find a way. Last year, I won the top prize knife, as well; I think I’ll stop entering to let other people win.

Nah.

Written by Ry Jones

27 December 2011 at 18:41

Posted in Knives

At rest again, jigs attached

Left at ~0840, returned at ~2220; drove ~650 miles with a short layover at UltiMAK. Returned +2 kids, +1 bottle Pumpkin Ale, and tired. Time for some zzzzs.

The weather was highly variable, ranging from blinding sun to snow so thick I had to slow to ~35 over Snoqualmie Pass. There is a series of storms coming in; I hope the pass is bare and wet when I repeat this venture at week’s end.

Written by Ry Jones

26 December 2011 at 23:21

Posted in Mobile Lifestyle

Your locally-grown produce may have traveled quite a ways

Nils Peterson outlines some of the problems with mandating a solution:

Charlie’s has a processing facility in Seattle, WA. Consequently, a local head of lettuce might travel 350 miles to the Seattle processing facility, become shreds, and travel 350 miles back to UI, all the while consuming 3-5 days of its shelf life.

You should read his post about why this is true; it boils down to liability and produce volume. Local produce sounds good, but if it has to go to Seattle to become usable to your local consumer, I question if the goals are met.

Written by Ry Jones

23 December 2011 at 12:58

Posted in Life

He let off, and yet look at that hang time

Honda Civic catches major air while practicing for a rally, or something. He let off a good bit before he hit the lip, and it didn’t help one bit.

Written by Ry Jones

20 December 2011 at 13:11

Posted in Offroading

2011 ornaments

Got word that the 2011 ornaments I cut at Metrix finally made it; priority mail seems to take a week or so to make it halfway across the nation. The wheel ornament I put several hours of design into (mostly due to my lack of expertise with the tool); the original image it’s based on was interesting to me, so I made it in acrylic. I used yellow and black china pencils to fill in the engraving. The two snowflake ornaments were chosen for ease of cutting and, the second time around, strength. The first version I cut was too delicate, and broke being removed from the scrap material. I ended up spending about as much time finding snowflakes, watching them break, and trying again as I would have designing something that would work from the get-go. The parametric snowflake tools were all lame; if I was going to do flakes again, I’d try to find something like the parametric box maker. Next year, I’ll start earlier and try to find a unified theme. Maybe.

Written by Ry Jones

19 December 2011 at 14:09

Posted in Family

Red dot optics

Because it seems to come up so often, I’ve decided to write down my thoughts on red dot optics so I can just point people somewhere.

  1. Every gun you have without a red dot is less useful than it could be.
  2. Stop buying junk optics; buy once, cry once.
  3. Buy the right optic for your needs.

The red dot optic you should buy for any firearm going in harm’s way is an Aimpoint: the H1 or the ML3 (or the night vision versions thereof). Multi-year battery life means you turn it on, sight it in, and forget it. For plinking, the Primary Arms Micro Dot in one of its mounting options is what you need. Yes, you can spend less, but that way leads to tears. Both Aimpoint and Primary Arms have excellent customer service.

Why am I hating on all the other options? I’m not, I just don’t like them as much as the H1 or ML3; the Burris FASTFIRE is pretty nice, but I don’t dig the hard-to-use adjustments.

Written by Ry Jones

19 December 2011 at 12:20

Posted in Shooting Stuff

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