Archive for December 2011
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Every gun you have without a red dot is less useful than it could be.
- Stop buying junk optics; buy once, cry once.
- 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.