I am now the proud new owner of a FNX-45.  They had a tactical model I could have purchased with threaded barrel, tritium sights, and mounts for optics but I elected to go with the standard model and save 400 bucks.  I don’t have a can and I think optics on a pistol is not quite there yet (technologically speaking) so that made the decision easy.  I picked up a box of semi-wad cutters since they were on sale and cringed a bit while doing so.  The price of ammunition is just plain obscene and .22 LR for plinking is largely unavailable.  So going out and busting some caps may have to wait for a bit.

As BLT would say—”first world problems.”


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Easter Sunday

I had a fairly uneventful day today, though I did score a couple bottles of decent single malt scotch.  Now I’ve managed to accumulate about seven good bottles and for the first time ever I have a fairly classy looking liquor cabinet.  And though I don’t really get excited about bourbon (with the exception of Jim Beam and Coke) I’m thinking of adding some of Kentucky’s best if for no other reason than to add variety.

Some day I’ll have to build me a decent bar to put all this stuff.


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Posting on Facebook

So I belong to a number of “Groups” on Facebook, and some of them are from units I used to belong to.  I recently unearthed some old pictures from nearly two decades ago and so I posted a few in one of the groups to share the nostalgia.  And naturally I get a caustic reply from some dickwad who’s carrying around some emotional baggage from twenty years ago—not against me mind you, but against one of the guys I posted a picture of.  Of course he decides to be less than cordial and plenty abrasive about it.

Makes me wonder what is wrong with some people in this world.  Sometimes it makes we wish for the zombie apocalypse…  or the sweet meteor of death.

The gene pool needs a generous portion of bleach—of that much I am certain.


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Range Report

I’ll let the video do most of my talking.  After I attach the suppressor and run that magazine dry, the next magazine is subsonics.  Thing is ridiculously quiet…

Next weapon up is the new 10.5” upper in 5.56×45.  It’s a crowd pleaser!

Both rifles are using the SigTac Brace (on the same lower).  Handles GREAT.

Also, I love my .44 Magnum.


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I Need a New Gun Pt II

There’s a sale here this week beginning today on 9mm and .45 ACP pistols and I’m thinking very seriously about picking up an FNX-45 with the OD green lower. Anybody heard anything about them? I figure an FN, chambered in .45 with a 15 round mag, with manual safety and decocking lever can’t be all bad. But she is big—it wouldn’t be a concealed carry gun.

Your thoughts?


Update:  My only real problem with the gun so far is that spare magazines are expensive—but I don’t usually buy that many for my pistols, so it might not be a deal breaker in this case.

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I Need a New Gun

Okay, perhaps not but I haven’t bought one in well… I guess six months or so.

So, any recommendations?



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More Videogame and anime

Ubu Roi has a write up of episode two of Mahouka.

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HateMachine – It’s a pistol!

Per the PSA Marcus posted below.

photo (1)I couldn’t get the SigTac pistol brace fully seated…she’s sort of stuck where she’s at.
Range report to follow soon.

Edit:  Click pic for close-up.


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A Public Service Announcement


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Super Pistol Trailer


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Peanut Butter

One of the books I grew up on was a biography of George Washington Carver.

I noticed something, thinking back after waking from a troubled sleep.

We all know about the current First Lady’s efforts to prevent poor children from having certain access to calories combat childhood obesity.

The specific mention of a peanut butter ban in these efforts is interesting.

Assuming Michelle Obama made a point of specifically targeting it, this may speak to her white supremacism and hatred of minorities.

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Harry Reid and the BLM

Is Harry Reid responsible for getting ranchers kicked off their lands to line the pockets of himself and his rich lawyer family members?

These guys seem to think so.


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Remington 700 Recall

If you have a Remington 700 built within the last eight years you need to check this out. You may have a rifle affected by a factory safety recall. At least one of my own rifles is and you might have one too.


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Speaking of Anime

Thanks Tim. ;-)


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Anime and video games

I hope no one was assuming I had good taste.

Last night I noticed that youtube had SRW Z3 videos up, before I’d thought to look.

Super Robot Wars is a series of licensed mecha crossover fanfic video games. One thing they do is remix music from the anime for each of the properties included in a game.

Gundam Wing

This week, I’m also pretty excited about a magical girl anime that just came out. Below at 0:57 we see a recent historical scene, part of the naval and ground invasion of Okinawa.


Ubu Roi has a write up of the anime’s first episode.

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5 1/2 lines

This is from the bottom of the page source on the main page, I’ve cut out the angle brackets so the rest will show up. All these addresses go to the same server, and were registered by the same entity. Supposedly out of Iran.

div style=”display:none;”
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn” href=””???? vpn/a
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn” href=””???? vpn/a
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn” href=””??? vpn/a
a style=”font-size:1px” title=”???? vpn ??????” href=””??? vpn ??????/a

Edit: Those question marks were some sort of foreign language symbol when I hit publish.

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‘Tis The Season

So, I was thinking about posting something about SRW Z3 youtube videos, or those interesting 5 1/2 lines.

I checked TaxProf to see the latest, and found something a bit more pressing.

While watching prior IRS hearings, I’ve found myself wondering if Representative Cummings was being sincere.

There is reason to think that Cummings or his staff may have been actively colluding with the IRS and Lerner.

If this is so, it seems possible that the arguments he has been presenting have been without basis.

There is a lot of stuff going on with the IRS scandal lately.

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The Bureau of Land Management in Action

It looks like the BLM is confiscating a man’s cattle because he’s “not supposed” to allow his herd to graze and water on federal lands.  Only his family has been doing this since the 1870’s and now the rules have changed (apparently there’s a tortoise in danger or something).  Things are now coming to a head out in Nevada and there is a showdown between the Feds and a bunch of libertarian-minded folks.

Now, I’m not a lawyer, but if I own some land and I allow people to walk across it (let’s say it’s a shortcut for kids going home from school for example), and then I allow this to go on for a few years.  One morning I wake up and decide that these people are trespassing on my land—only, I can’t legally keep them off my land anymore because I’ve allowed this to go on for so long.  So if this is the case for a private land owner, why is the federal government allowed to operate differently?

Here’s a short video taken in Nevada for your consideration.


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Is Facebook Killing Blogging?

As JBM enters its tenth year online (yeah, I know right!) we continue to monitor the “net” to see what is still out there.  Sometimes I feel like Dr. Robert Neville sending out messages on the radio like the last man on Earth hoping someone else is out there.  Now, we know that there are plenty of the big blogs… dominating the blogosphere, but what about everyone else?  Back in 2007 you couldn’t chuck a rock without hitting a new URL, but now?  It just ain’t the same.

So what’s the reason for the decline?  Frustration?  Boredom?  Or are our inner narcissists scratching the itch on social media?  Hell if I know.  But I will tell you this—I’m too damned stubborn to give up on blogging.  And dumb.  Don’t forget dumb.

You all aren’t getting rid of me all that easy.


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Concealed Carry on Military Installations

I’ve been reading and watching the discussion go back and forth on this subject in the wake of the latest Fort Hood shooting and I cannot believe how frustrating the whole spectacle has become for me.  I keep seeing the media parade around a bunch of serving and former officers who have been loudly denouncing any concealed carry efforts on military installations for “safety” reasons.  I may have blown a fuse when I saw the Army Chief of Staff—General Ray Odierno—get in front of congress and firmly state that he did not support arming American troops on bases and posts in the continental United States.  First off, do not get me started on the military’s senior leadership and their risk-averse culture…  I may go down some rabbit hole on an epic super rant.  Let me attempt instead to provide some analysis—something none of these people have done thus far.

First point, we’ve already armed these same young men and women 24/7 in combat zones and they do not generally go around shooting each other.  I believe that in the last thirteen years I can count the number of “Blue on Blue” incidents on one hand.

Second point, the argument for arming people on military installations only applies to allowing legal permit-holders to carry concealed firearms.  A right that they already enjoy the moment they leave the gates and venture out into civilian society.

Third point, back in the continental United States (CONUS) it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to own a handgun.

Fourth point, young servicemembers that live in the barracks (or dorms, single soldier quarters, etc.) have to store their personally owned weapons in the unit arms room.  This highly restricts their access to firearms—particularly during off-duty hours when the unit armorers are off enjoying their down time as well.  This effectively makes drawing and carrying a concealed weapon off duty for a junior servicemember impractical at best.

Fifth point, the servicemembers who will have easy access to firearms are the ones that live in their own quarters, and those personnel are usually married with families.

Sixth point, if civilian firearm ownership is any guide then it is logical to conclude that most military families do not own a firearm at all.

Seventh point, few firearm owners actually go through the trouble of getting a concealed firearm permit, which means that only a small percentage of military personnel with ready access to their weapons do so as well.

Conclusion:  The demographic within the military that actually have concealed carry permits consists largely of senior non-commissioned officers and mid-grade to senior officers.  These people almost all have families, are somewhat older, and are seasoned combat veterans.  As such, these are exactly the people that you would trust to deter and neutralize violence on military installations.

There are other points I could make as well, but the bottom line is that arguments against allowing concealed-carry permit holders to exercise their rights on bases and posts are based upon hysteria, risk aversion and a lack of critical thinking.  Let us hope that logic will win the day.


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