Monthly Archives: September 2013

From empty hand to full in a second

Ruger LC9 with Viridian Reactor R5 resided in a holster corset. Very quick and allows for discreet carry of fairly large pistols (up to G19 or 3.5″ M1911).

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One of my photos showed up as a street drawing somewhere in Pennsylvania (?)

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Price comparisons

Just an idle thought: from 1900 to 1933, US dollar was worth roughly a pennyweight (1/20 troy ounce or 1.556 gram) of gold. As of today, gold trades for just under $43/gram. A dollar today buys about 67 times less … Continue reading

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Uzi loaded with tracers

Wherever he is, John Galt probably prefers a weapon with more range. The Uzi, especially with the solid wooden stock, does work all right to about 100 meters. A little more forward lean would have been nice, but it worked … Continue reading

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Just a portrait of a Dusseldorf man

Inspired by my friend’s blog.

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A small but neat human.

I seldom connect with very young kids. This one, my niece, has enough personality at age one to actually be interesting.

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The inexplicable ban on purely defensive guns

The two derringers she’s holding are chambered in .22 Short. They through a 27-29gr bullets at about 700fps, enough for 6-8 inches of penetration in flesh. Due to the minimal sights, they can be aimed reliably only at a fairly … Continue reading

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Mauser derivative

This design is a 1940s variation of an 1890s design. Nothing like the scary semi-auto rifles that the US prohibitionists fear. And yet, can you imagine them being OK with you or I having this rifle without interference? Their end-game … Continue reading

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People in love

From a recent wedding.

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Good recoil control with M&P Shield

A novice shooter practices with her carry pistol, M&P Shield. My impression of the Shield has been quite positive — it’s accurate, has a good trigger, low felt recoil and muzzle rise, well designed magazines. No malfunctions over about 400 … Continue reading

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Range lizard

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New on AllOutdoor: GSG AK47-22

Rimfire AK trainer rifle.

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One gun, two cylinders.

Ted Nugent branded .45Colt — 260gr at 800fps. Nice short-range hunting round. The revolver is a Ruger Blackhawk with pewter grips If .45Colt is unavailable, a mild 200gr plated plinking load in 45ACP is an option. Or any other round … Continue reading

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Eight-point rat on the hoof

Spotted yesterday in Kentucky.

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Great leather for a non-mainstream carry gun

Recently, two of my good friends married each other. Since I was responsible for the introduction, I took photos of the ceremony. I also wanted to come up with memorable wedding presents that would still be in use years later. … Continue reading

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Would the mystery gift-giver please drop me a line.

I just got a copy of The Black Riders by parcel from somewhere in Europe. Who sent it?

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Taking the fun out of flying?

The airports have largely rebounded from the low point of 2001-2005. TSA creatures are less deliberately odious, and the quality of the cabin service is slowly creeping up again. That said, look at any 1960s or early 70s movie that … Continue reading

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“Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls” by Peter Grant

“Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls” is now available at, in both a Kindle edition and a print (paperback) edition. I read the early version of this book about three years ago and was extremely impressed. In fact, I read … Continue reading

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Uzi .22 rifle: new on AllOutdoor

Uzi .22 rifle overview.

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Please recommend a gelato maker

I am looking for a way to make high-quality Italian style gelato at home. Would one of the roughly $300 machines sold on Amazon work for the purpose?

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