20191213

Update: Yaesu back on the air

Citizen Jed helped me find an Elmer willing to do the surface-mount work on my Yaesu. After some email exchanges, he inspired me to go back through the relevant circuits, and that reminded me of some work I had done in the power supply.  It had developed an intermittent between the transformer and the rectifier.

The power supply was not putting out DC.  When I went back in, I found that joint had broken again. 

I cleaned up some soldering on the aftermarket RC battery pack also. 

We're back in business. 

20191202

SCOTUS transcript is up

Transcript of SCOTUS hearing on NYS Rifle and Pistol Association versus New Yawk is at Dave Hardy's place.  

One observation of my own:  New York seems OK with the prospect that 'continuous and direct' will be shaped by litigation---premises licensees being prosecuted and spending money defending themselves---rather than clear definitions beforehand that licensees can read, understand, obtain advice of counsel, and train to each other.  How, and where in the court hierarchy, does Petitioner lodge that complaint?  

Is there not a Constitutional principle that people can know what conduct is lawful before engaging in it?  If one accepts that certain conduct requires a license, that license should include that sort of clarity.  Those who argue that firearms should be licensed like automobiles owe it to explain just what time, place, and manner restrictions that license will prohibit. 

Also:  Petitioners' Counsel missed an opportunity to distinguish premises licenses from carry licenses, though I'm not sure it would have helped Petitioners' case.  "We're not talking about the right of Petitioners to carry on person with a round in the chamber (yet), just the right to transport lawfully-owned property from one lawful place to another lawful place."  

20191129

Adventures in retail

SMDH:  a young woman in hospital scrubs visited Wednesday night while I was working my way back through paints, solvents, and abrasives.  She said her patient, an elderly gentleman, wanted some sandpaper to sharpen his teeth, and needed my recommendation of what grit. 

Though I asserted firmly that this recommendation comes best from a dentist, not a hardware store cowboy, she persisted.  We settled on 220 grit after she touched the 3000 grit Wetordry and thought that her patient would think it isn't real sandpaper. 

20191124

Transition

We have this year ceased to serve Uncle Sugar.  Said Uncle having quantified in dollars the future value of our past Service to him, and our decision to no longer serve him, we have taken the Summer of 2019 quite 'off.'

A trip or two on the side have been taken, namely to the Mecca of Brownell's and a return to the sweet, sweet humid Central Wisconsin of 2003 or thereabouts.

Now we have accepted a position in retail, serving a new Uncle who hosts big-box home improvement operations.  It appears to be, if not 'recession-proof,' at least 'recession-resistant,' and the new Uncle's Roth matching contributions are surprisingly generous.

What we would truly like to find are:

1) a skilled hand at surface-mount soldering, to repair a blown fuse in the battery charger circuit of our cherished Yaesu FT817 transceiver;

2) ranchers in the vicinity of Wheatland, Wyoming, who will host itinerant riflemen to cull their antelope.

3) parts kit to create an AR15 upper that will reliably chamber and fire 7.62.x25mm Tokarev ammunition, including handloads up to 150gr. The term in vogue is 'Moscow Match ammo.'  Gotta burn up those tracers

Strangely, (1) is the choice where we have no progress.

Come on, world.  You can do better.

USAF Airman Battle Uniforms do quite well in this terrain and vegetation for (2) given that one launders that uniform in some detergent and equipment that do not deposit UV dyes on it.  Though we admit that we see the world through eyes other than those of antelope or whitetail.  The whitetail were none the wiser.  

also:  re point (1):  a surface-mount fuse? are you fucking kidding me??? Ask me for an oxymoron, and this one is about 4th down the list, after Braille street signs. 

20190930

MICT

MICT is the continuation of lawfare by other means. 

20190704

resizing bottleneck pistol cases

all the cool kids say to resize rifle brass such that the shoulder is set back .001 to .003" for bolt rifles, and .003 to .005" for semiautos.

does the same guidance apply to pistol cases with shoulders?  One assumes they headspace on the shoulder just like a rifle cartridge. 

Asking for my Tokarevs. 

deactivating M25 tracers

We have a boatload of M25 tracer bullets.  Sounded like fun and during the bugger-all of certain parts of the Obama presidency, there were no other milsurp reloading components to be had (at prices I was willing to pay).  The tracers were priced attractively for the time, and everything is cheaper by the boatload.  They weigh in the range of 138 to 142 grains. 

Unaltered M25 tracer bullets, showing cavity and copper cup in tail. 

To render them safe(r) for regular range use, they must be deactivated. One intert00bs writer suggested hot glue to fill the cavity in the tail.  That writer might have had tongue in cheek, thinking that the hot glue would ignite the tracer compound.  Nah, another writer said you really have to nail the cup with a prolonged propane torch to set them off.  We filled about a hundred tracer tails with hot glue without incident. 

Note:  these aren't truly deactivated for purposes of range safety.  We expect them to not ignite when fired from our rifles.  But beat a few of these into the berm and leave them there, and somebody else can hit them with their bullets, and they'll start the grass fire that we didn't.  So, not good enough. 

Besides, one application for these tracers is in 7.62x39, but the M25 bullet is some 6mm longer than a 147gr FMJ, and that cavity full of glue takes up space that is needed for propellant. IMR4198's starting-ish charge of 24.5gr won't fit with the glue-filled bullet seated to magazine length. 

We poked holes in the copper cups of another hundred with a masonry nail, and immersed the bullets in mineral spirits to contaminate the tracer compound.  Some pale gray powder popped out of some with the nail.  More was found washing around in the mineral spirits after the bullets were taken out.  They air-dried for an hour then tumbled in clean walnut. 

These fit with 27-plus grains of H4895 (compressing?), and plenty of room for 27-plus grains of WC844, in the x39 case.  Two charge-weight ladders are ready for next range day. 

L to R, unaltered M25 tracer, tracer with glue-filled cavity, tracer with punctured cup and oil-wet tracer compound. 



20190617

Idea number 4024, pickup safari rack

The Family Truckster---'01 Ford F150 SuperCrew---has a bed so short as to be nearly useless. 

Its uselessness is compounded by a fabric tonneau cover stretched over it, with aluminum tube staves that brace it across the bed from side to side.  When rolling the cover out of the way, the staves get off track and tangle. 

I've also wanted some structure that extends above the bed, for lengths of lumber or a place to attach an enhanced HF antenna. 

So how about a rack that normally rests on that same surface where the tonneau and staves sit.  One at front and one at rear, on hinges.  Roll the cover out of the way, and hinge the two racks upward to form a rigid steel frame.  Two braces pop in between the two racks for front-to-back stability. 

There's almost enough room for these two racks to extend above the line of the cab and still fold flat, facing each other.