Friday, April 29, 2011

The Nuge!

This photo was take just seconds before The Nuge looked up, sniffed the air, held up his hand, and then leapt to the top of the table while simultaneously pulling his bow from underneath and bulls eyed a rat near the concession stand. Amazing!! I head him snicker and say. Yea I'm having that sucker mounted. ;)

Fun At the NRA Convention

Wow Pittsburgh sucks. It's mostly just the lack of preparedness for over 70k people descending on the city like a swarm of locusts. I think they haven't prepared for this at all. Traffic routing is terrible. I think the city government needs to read more prepper blogs. At least call the last city and ask them what happened there last year.

The Convention is great! I haven't sniffed a whiff of con-funk, but I lost count of the safari/tactical vests around 638.

The people have been very nice. Howdy's and excuse me's all around. Say what you will about the NRA members, at least we're polite.

I know it's early, but I'll hand it to the booth workers. I haven't even been kicked out of a single one even after my. incessant questioning like a 5 yr old.

Last night I met many strange and wonderful internet denizens. Although the names fly by so fast I cant remember them all. A good bunch. (psst. they like to drink)

I had 2 hot, famous, blogger chicks in my room last night. How's you're convention going?

So far mines a blast. :)

Now, for the 9mm handguns.

I'll list them by the recommendations made in this post.

1 - Beretta PX4 Storm.
This is a BIG contender.  It felt very, very nice.  They had a range simulator set up so people could check recoil, accuracy, trigger feel, and the like without live ammo - the ammo was gas-filled, and still cycled the slide correctly.  Note to self, find out who makes those rounds. they're neat!

2 - M&P9
No, no, no.  Weird trigger means I don't want it.

3 - Ruger SR9
I wanted to like this.  I really did.  I didn't, however.  It just didn't feel comfortable.

4 - XD/XDM
Nooooooo.  No me gusta.

It was WAY too blocky...I couldn't really get a comfortable grip on it at all, even when the booth-sitter decided I wasn't holding it right (hurr durr, DO YOU NOT SEE THE CAMERA HANGING OFF MY WRIST?)...He then went on to attempt to push the Five Seven, which I told him I absolutely didn't want.  Insisted every woman who shot them wanted them.  Insisted I would like it better than anything else I already own.  Insisted I didn't know what I was talking about.  Sorry, FN, but when your booth-sitter behaves this way you've guaranteed I will not recommend your guns.

6 - I'll still look at the P99 - assuming they have one at the Walther booth.  We didn't get that far before the building closed for the day, so it's a possibility right now until I see it.  Will update this tomorrow or Sunday.

7 - Firestorm/Thunder 9
This was a neat little pistol.  A little rough around the edges, but if I were recommending a cheap compact 9mm to someone, this would PROBABLY be it.  The MSRP was in the $500 range but I'm certain it can be had for less than that.

8 - Tanfoglio/EA Witness Compact
Holy damn no.  Trigger felt like tin.

So far, I've got a great idea of what's out there.  At Caleb's suggestion I visited the Sig booth to see the P250, and I definitely like that one.  I also looked at the offerings at the CZ booth, and I like the compact 75.  I don't know that I liked it as much as the Beretta, though.  So as of right now I have three to check out at a range.  Thanks for all your suggestions, folks - I appreciate it!

Update 5/3:  After handling the Beretta, CZ, and Bersa one after the other the CZ75 Compact wins it.  I'll be ordering it later this year.  I also like the Beretta enough to put that on the list for a later purchase.

Thoughts from the first 26 hours.

1 - Pittsburgh has some RIDICULOUS traffic.  For serious.  Also, thank goodness for GPS.

2 - Our hotel is nice enough, but the beds are HORRIBLE and the maids cannot read and comprehend notes when they're paired with money.  We're still short a wash cloth (and they stole the stack of towels I requested last night) and didn't leave an extra comforter like we requested.

3 - The hotel restaurant is nice.  Their burgers are huge and they have an alright alcohol suggestion - at least, they had everything people asked for.  Their eggs are pretty good, too.

4 - OMG SO MANY BLOGGERS.  O. M. G.  I met entirely too many people to remember last night.  Finally met Breda after YEARS of talking with her online. Woo!

5 - The people AT the convention?  Very polite - they even say "excuse me" when shoving you out of the way!  My fellow nerds aren't that polite.  C'mon guys, step up the politeness at places like Comic-Con.

6 - TRAFFIC HOLY DAMN.  How is Baltimore on the top list of worst traffic in the US?  How is Pittsburgh NOT on this list?

7 - Vendors are nice.  They're especially nice when they see MEDIA on my badge...heh.

8 - The hotel did NOT plan the shuttle well.  Standing in the bus on the way back?  NOT ACCEPTABLE.

9 - Now nursing my feetses, as they are sore and I am tired.  Much longer day ahead tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

This thread is worth reading.

Thanks to RobertaX I found this thread.

I'm still reading through's amazing what the internet can do for people, if used for the powers of good.  Really.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Friends, I have found a Thing...

and this Thing transcends all other Delicious Things.


Thick-cut, baked to perfection, it comes out tasting more like a sweet jerky than bacon, but holy wow is it good.

While on that site, look up duck dogs.  They're equally tasty.  Don't bother with the buffalo dogs, though - too dry.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More on Mr. Heyl.

Apparently he's caught the attention of the NRA in the past.  So glad to see he's been a dick for at least the past 4 years.

H/T to Joe Huffman.

My new custom holster

I decided that I needed a holster for the Bulldog so I contacted Michael at
and we discussed what kind of holster I wanted. He is very easy to deal with and is a wealth of information for someone new to choosing a holster.  He's exceedingly knowledgeable about types, style, angles, carry position, etc.

After a few emails back and forth where he answered my plethora of questions, I decided on what I wanted. He quoted me a price that included a custom holster from scratch with custom color dye and finishing. I told him I was not in a hurry, and he said that was good because he did not have a dummy gun for my fairly uncommon pistol. After we discussed relative sizes of similar guns he was certain he could work the fit out; if I wasn't happy with that, he gave me the option to wait and he would purchase a new dummy gun to custom fit it. Confident in his ability - based on his other work that I have seen - and not wanting him to have to buy a new dummy gun for a pistol he would rarely make holsters for, I told him to go ahead and start it. He had some others to do so he added mine to the batch and kept me updated via email the entire time about color and the way it was turning out.

A few weeks later my holster arrived. It looked fantastic. It is made of high quality, thick, stiff leather and the color is exactly what I wanted. The workmanship is impressive - the stitching and molding are excellent. I can see a lot of time and skill went into it. Now for the the moment of truth: did the Bulldog fit?

I'm happy to say the fit is absolutely perfect. It's snug for good retention, but it does not effect the draw negatively. I suspect that since it's a leather holster it will fit even better as it wears in a little. To be honest, though, I think that won't be for a while as the leather and construction are very high quality and look like it will last a long time. I am completely happy with my Bulldog's new home.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oh, misogyny...

I know everyone else has had their say, but I've gotta add to the dogpile.

Eric Heyl is a misogynistic jackass.  I'm also quite happy to be proving him wrong by merely...existing.  Way to fail, Heyl...way to fail.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I'm going to the Gunnie Prom and I'm SO VERY EXCITED OMG.

Airports are safe places to be, right?

I mean, that's why the TSA fondles our private bits and submits us to naked scans...right?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

I need your suggestions.

After conferring with Chris this afternoon, I've decided to pick up a compact 9mm. Problem is, I'm not exactly sure what I want. I know I would like something bigger than my Bersa, but not anything as big as a 92FS. No Glock or Sig - I'm just not a fan of either brand. Chris suggested an M&P, XD, or CZ.

I'd consider polymer though I'm a big fan of all metal.

Also trying to stick to no more than $600.

Given these requirements, what would you buy, and why?

It's more important to be a nice guy.

Several celebrity gossip sites are reporting a story that seems to have come from the National Enquirer about Tom Selleck yelling at an extra on set for improper gun handling. The reports indicate that the extra was carelessly waving and playing with a real gun around the set. Mr. Selleck, who is a gun enthusiast and an NRA board member, screamed at the extra to put it down and get his finger off the trigger. The extra then asked if it was loaded and Mr. Selleck responded to the effect that you should treat all guns as if they're loaded. The story is being unbelievably reported as if Mr. Selleck was in the wrong for getting mad and yelling at the extra, seemingly in an attempt to besmirch his nice guy reputation.

When you act like a child around firearms and create a danger to yourself and those around you, you lose your right to be spoken to like an adult. I applaud Mr. Selleck for his attentiveness and assertiveness, but apparently some in Hollywood don't agree. It's more important to them to be nice and civil even in the face of improper gun handling and potentially dangerous situations. Someone had their feelings hurt, which in today's world seems to be held in higher regard than actual safety. Maybe they have short memories about the list of actors killed by blank cartridges - most famously Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow - or maybe their detachment from reality is so complete hurt feelings are their greatest concern.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Have some Bach to improve your afternoon.

Makezine links to a pretty neat video worth watching.  I've linked to it here, but go to the post on Make for more information about it.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Zappos hates freedom. :(

I used to love Zappos.  Their overnight service?  FABULOUS.

THIS, however?  This has me thoroughly disappointed.  They've lost my business.  Hopefully, they've lost your business as well.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Squirrel hunting? On a New York City-based foodie blog? Oh my stars and garters!

I'm a little late in posting this, but better late than never!

One of the food-centric blogs I read daily, SeriousEats, posts food-related items that really run the gamut...from animals eating things to people eating gross things, and NOW they're including people killing and eating things most folks wouldn't consider eating.

I'm impressed.  I never would have expected this video to get any sort of attention from SE.  Naturally, comments include some whiners who can't stomach the idea of OMG KILLING and EATING something that was so cute and furry and adorbs, but there are just as many comments supporting the video and asking for more like it.  From what I can tell, more people are becoming interested in their food sources (and in alternative food sources, like skirrel).  This is great not only for our food industry but for hunters and the sport of hunting.

Kudos, SeriousEats.  Keep it up.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gorgeous weather SHOULD mean range time.

It looks like the local Hackerspace folks decided to take advantage of the sun we've been having today. 

I can't say I blame them...I really need to get my shotgun cleaned up so we can go out.  Maybe next weekend, if the weather sticks around.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The bacon is...INSIDE the rolls?

I know there are a metric ton of bacon lovers out there.

Please allow me to give you a craving for bacon and baked goods.


that is all.

Lies are great, especially when liars are caught in the middle of them.

Yesterday, TBolt posted a link of a lying liarpants attempting to testify in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee.

Said liarpants claims to be from Ceasefire Maryland.  Apparently he...isn't.

At least Delegate Smigiel was able to smackify the liar before he got any further into his lies.

This video was posted by Maryland Shall Issue, one of the only groups fighting to change Maryland from a "may" issue state to a "shall" issue state.  Please consider supporting them if you have the means.