Archive for April, 2013

April 30, 2013

Quote of the day: Social Media Edition

Me on the bookface, referencing my own comment:

That is pretty funny, I should use that as my own status.

The comment was:

Thankfully, just like Kobe Bryant, Jason Collins has agreed to never make a pass at another player.

Bug A Salt: A review

So, the folks at Bug A Salt sent me a couple of, uhm, Bug A Salts. Their webpage is here and you can buy one from Amazon here. So, here they are:

shoo fly, don't bother me

shoo fly, don’t bother me

Operating operationally in operations for operators: Long story short, you shoot bugs out of the air with table salt. To operate, you fill the chamber, I guess it’s called, with salt and close the lid. This is important to remember in case you’re having Sangria. Then, you pump what I guess is called a pump, like a shotgun. Then, you disable the safety and this brings the sights up. You then aim the gun at a critter and pull the trigger.

A few things:

It needs a rail. I mean, I have no place to mount my EOTech. That is not tacticool at all. And if I want to shoot buzzie bugs at night, I have no place to put my tactical 1000 lumen flashlight. And lights, I know, draw bugs.

The safety struck me as an unnecessary addition, no doubt thunk up by lawyers. And I would scrap that.

Given my thoughts on AR or AK pistols and how they’re unwieldy, I think it would help to put a stock on the weapon.

It clearly needs a trigger job or snazzy after market trigger to improve accuracy. There was not a clean break and reset required operating the pump thingie.

Needs more range. An effective range of 3 feet is limiting when it comes to laying down suppressive fire in case of attack by mosquitoes, which are Tennessee’s state bird.

Ballistic testing: I tried a variety of ammo in the Bug A Salt, including table salt, sea salt and kosher salt. Performance with table salt was weak. I mean, why put bird shot in a shotgun when buck shot is there. The sea salt was a bit better but the cost per round substantially increased. Testing revealed that the kosher salt was the best ammo to run the gun.

I didn’t break out a chronograph and record the FPS and make little markings about groups or take notes or anything scientific like that. I operated operationally and shot fucking bugs with it. So, the bugs I shot:

Housefly: No problem. A blast of kosher salt within the weapon’s effective range dispatches these with no problem. Larger flies, like horseflies often required a follow up shot.

Ants: No problem.

Fire ants: No problem. But up against an entire ant hill, you’re hosed.

Stinkbugs: One shot to stinkbug would knock it down to the ground. If you knock stinkbugs to the ground 100 times, 99 of those times they will land soft side up. Two follow up shots to their squishy underbellies did the trick.

Hornets, wasps, dirt daubers: One shot would disorient them and often send them to the ground. A second shot on the ground would disable their wings. Then, you’d pretty much have to step on them to end their suffering.

Bees: One shot grounds most bees but, again, finishing the deed often required a tactical squishing.

Carpenter Bees: Definitely the most fun thing to shoot with a bug a salt. The first shot would make them shrug as much as an insect can shrug, I suppose. And then, they’d get very curious about the Bug A Salt. They’d fly right up to the red tip (red for safety, you know) to check it out. Then, I’d blast them again. And they’d again shrug and become more curious about what was coming at them. Eventually, they’d get bored and fly off. For carpenter bees, I recommend the usual: a tennis racket.

Your own blue jeans covered ass: Had my wife shoot me in the butt just to see how damaging it would be if, say, my kids shot eachother with one. Hardly noticed.

Your wife’s running shorts covered ass: This will result in an “ouch, WTF” and a dirty look.

All kidding at tactical gun writers aside, it’s a great toy. I had a lot of fun playing with it and still do. You will too. I recommend it and kids especially love it. But don’t put pictures of your friends using it on the internet because gun nutters gonna nut. Mostly, I use it for bees and flies but, after a few drinks, I find myself hunting carpenter bees because it’s seriously funny.

Thanks to Bug A Salt for the samples. You can get one here.

Call the police

Once again, in the name of journalism, some reporters decide to go break the law to show how guns should be more illegal.

Hope for the future

Millennials not a big fan of Obama’s gun control push.

A call for tougher gun laws

After a bombing.

Old enough for the military to give you machine gun

But not old enough to go buy a 22LR pistol

No word on the bombs

Stronger gun control laws would have prevented the accused Boston bombers from getting firearms and could prevent future terror attacks, according to a New York Democratic lawmaker.

Of course, “bomb-owners” is not a political class that must be punished. Gun owners are.

Most gun violence committed by Obama voters

Hey, it’s another red/blue mappy thing.

So long as it’s profitable

I doubt it. All the money is here.

Ron Paul on the military take over of Watertown

Shaking bowcaster: This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.

Stop touching it

A post on what to do with your gun while pooping. Leave it in the holster.

I wouldn’t call you mentally ill

But your elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.

Doing something is more than just liking it on Facebook

It’s this again: Why the anti gun people lost.

It’s like it was the goal or something

Institutionalized Ignorance: How California Encourages Gun Crimes

The friendly skies

What caliber for airplane?

That’s not bias

That’s just lying

State funded terrorists

Boston Marathon bombers’ family got $100K in welfare.

Gun Porn

AK grip on a Mosin.

FN and Walther

A solution looking for a problem: stabilizing brace for AR pistols.

The Winchester 1894

April 29, 2013

Sadly, he wasn’t shot with his own gun

Would be victim takes shotgun from would be robber:

Seen at Lowe’s


It was above the urinal. No doubt people were shocked I had a camera in one hand.

April 28, 2013

In Cali

ATF declares 80% lower receiver build parties to be illegal.


I buy a lot of landscaping. And my latest purchases featured these:

Stupid hippies, that's dangerous

Note the tag that says “killer tree”. I asked the sales guy what that meant. Seems these plants come from Oregon and they have a hippie problem where in the tree-huggers go in and plant spikes in trees hoping to hurt someone who is harvesting a tree. So, they have to go through with metal detectors before harvesting any tree and the put this label on it to show that it has been checked.

But we gun owners are the violent ones.

Gun-free businesses

Awful small list. It’s like a check list.

You’d think he’d know gun safety rules then

Looks like a bullshit story to me.

Use a holster

Even when pocket carrying:

Deputies said the toddler and his father were visiting the child’s grandparents on Fenwick Lane in Berea, when the toddler reached into his father’s pocket and grabbed the weapon. The gun fired striking the toddler in the chest,

Tracking gun fire on your smart phone

Vanderbilt U is working on an app for that.


So, a man really wanted to kill a squirrel but decided his airgun may not cut it. So, he taped a .40 caliber round to the end of his air gun and, well, got hurt.


Sullivan, who was the interim ATF director for a while and during that time fast and furious happened, was engaged by NSSF and is somehow portrayed as a gun rights guy. Odd story

He’s an idiot

But an honest one.

They took our jobs

NY gun control and the economic impact