maybe this can be witnessed only in flyover country

or again, maybe not: 

along the shoulder of a US highway as it passes through the former economic dynamo of the town, there poddled an electric scooter, facing against the traffic, with a guy sitting on it, using one leg to try to push it along. 

So let me get this straight.  A person who depends on an electric scooter to get around, riding a scooter with maybe not enough power left in the battery, or a motor nearly worn out, using one leg to boost it. 

If he's strong enough to boost his own electric scooter, maybe he does not need an electric scooter. 

At his rate, I've been home half an hour since driving past him.  I could probably find him and capture some video. 


tracer for 6.5mm

it's begun to annoy me that tracers are not available for 6.5mm, compared to US or Soviet calibers.

The prospect of  forming a cavity in a boattail and filling it with barium nitrate, magnesium, and other pyrophoric unobtainium compounds doesn't thrill me either.

Applique tracer devices stuck to otherwise non-tracer bullets intrigue me.  Glowammo seems to have disappeared, and may never have been introduced in rifle calibers anyway.  And there may be a reason they were not introduced.  Velocities too high for human eyes to track the glow or for the device to hang on to the tail, chamber pressures too high for the applique to withstand?

So I wonder if a phosphor compound could be mixed with ground glass filler and an epoxy, and dabbed on the tail of a bullet?  Would the intense heat and light of the burning propellant cause the phosphor to light up, but not burn up?

the next Grendel

I need a woman's name for this. She'll wear a 24" barrel and a 4-14x44 scope. 


who's the banana republic now?

(mic drop)

too cheap to buy genuine Yaesu batteries

but I'll spend out the ass to hack together battery packs from 18650 cells and trays. Four trays fit, each with four cells in series, 3.7Vdc each.

the hard part is getting the connectors that mate to the radio. I might just bind all four trays in parallel and wire them out through the charging access and over to the external DC molex. I have those parts already.


Tweet for yesterday

Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) tweeted at 08:52 on Aug 04: Difference between Nazi and Communist is when you say how horrible Nazis have been, they don't say, "Well, real Nazism has never been tried" https://twitter.com/IMAO_/status/893484730221547520


tired of all the winning

I believe ammunition prices are falling since the Trumpening. Gun prices, not so much, so I hear.

but when Wolf steel-cased 6.5 Grendel fodder is priced near twenty-three cents delivered, it smells time to buy.


Uniform sorting

As new uniforms roll in, I've sought to keep them together in sets so as they wear out or fade, they get disposed of in sets.  At first, I labeled jacket and trousers with the month and year I got that set.  Then at times I got more than one set at a time.  Not very helpful for Sainted Wife to keep them together.

There were also a few sets that didn't get marked with anything when I got them, because I didn't realize how quickly the camo pattern faded.  Sainted Wife got into the act, when I noticed one set  with a red square Sharpied on the labels because she couldn't find any month and year. 

So the next uniforms I received, 3 sets of ripstops, arrived just as a muharib shot up a nightclub in Orlando.  Three sets at once, that needed to stay together as sets.

I labeled one set "Orlando."  Then another set "Garland" and the third "Ft Hood."

With our new normal of Islamic atrocities on US soil, I will be renaming the other uniforms.

Update:  today a uniform has been marked OHIO STATE.