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  • Social media, in just about any form, is a horrid place to have a thoughtful, reasoned debate about just about any subject where emotions, pride, beliefs, or other people factors are involved.
    • It is, however, an excellent platform to be a raving douche.
  • Am I the only one that thinks the Planned Parenthood legislation drama won’t be complete until we have Sandra Fluke testifying before Congress about how much she and her friends will be forced to spend on abortions if funding is cut?
  • Remember Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley filling the dinner hour news segments with subjects that require a lot of parental explanation?  I don’t either.
  • I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the asshat from the lawn service company for dumping several bales of sod across the highway during my commute this morning.  That got my blood pumping better than an espresso, a morning jog in a cool rain, and a buxom redhead.
  • The best way to cure that feeling that you might be getting better at writing is to take a break from editing to read a few things by David Drake and Larry Correia.  You will then remember exactly how far you have to go.
  • The verification step on my project plan is no longer allowed to read “Cool guys don’t look back at the explosion.”

In Memoriam

Rowdy Roddy Piper, 1954 – 2015

(Language warning on this one, but this is the best fist fight I ever saw outside a John Wayne movie)

Gun Data for the Day – Wrap Up

Well, it’s been fun, but now it’s crunch time.  Hopefully the last 50 or so days have shown what a wealth of information there is about guns and weapons on the Internet, and how useful it is.  I also hope it convinces you all that this is a resource that will be gone if the State Department gets is way on ITAR.  I hope it convinces you to learn about what Washington wants to do and make your voice heard.   The comment window closes on August 3, so this will be your final reminder to tell State to keep their hands off our First and Second Amendment-guaranteed rights.

Yes, the new rule is probably going to be stillborn, but just as we did with the XM855 kerfluffle, we need to jerk Washington’s leash and remind them which end they’re attached to.  Even if you think they’ve gotten the message, it never hurts to pile on.

And remember, if they can ban one kind of speech, they will find a way to ban any other kind of speech they find inconvenient.  Make your voice heard, and help keep our voices free.

Gun Data for the Day – Day 52

I have a serious jones for one of these, if only because it’ll give me one more old gun to clean.

Today’s Earworm

Gun Data for the Day – Day 51

Let’s look at the venerable .30-06:

Parent case .30-03 Springfield
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter .308 in (7.8 mm)
Neck diameter .340 in (8.6 mm)
Shoulder diameter .441 in (11.2 mm)
Base diameter .471 in (12.0 mm)
Rim diameter .473 in (12.0 mm)
Rim thickness .049 in (1.2 mm)
Case length 2.494 in (63.3 mm)
Overall length 3.34 in (85 mm)
Case capacity 68 gr H2O (4.4 cm3)
Rifling twist 1 turn in 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Primer type Large Rifle
Maximum pressure 60,200 psi (415 MPa)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
150 gr (10 g) Nosler Ballistic Tip 2,910 ft/s (890 m/s) 2,820 ft·lbf (3,820 J)
165 gr (11 g) BTSP 2,800 ft/s (850 m/s) 2,872 ft·lbf (3,894 J)
180 gr (12 g) Core-Lokt Soft Point 2,700 ft/s (820 m/s) 2,913 ft·lbf (3,949 J)
200 gr (13 g) Partition 2,569 ft/s (783 m/s) 2,932 ft·lbf (3,975 J)
220 gr (14 g) RN 2,500 ft/s (760 m/s) 2,981 ft·lbf (4,042 J)
Test barrel length: 24 inch (61 cm)
Source(s): Federal Cartridge[1] / Accurate Powder[2]

Today’s Earworm

Gun Data for the Day – Day 50

For those of us who haven’t lived a good life and need to make up for some bad behavior, let’s disassemble and reassemble a Ruger Mark III .22 pistol:

OK, got that?  Deep breath, and let’s put it back together:

Hey!!!! Macarena!!!!

Gun Data for the Day – Day 49

Now, let’s look at the popular 10/22:

Today’s Earworm

You’ll either want to turn down the speakers on your computer a tad before you play this, or crank them up to 11.

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