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Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 312

Well, yes, it is primarily shooters to blame. I'm not afraid to admit that sometimes gun owners can be our own worst enemy, and this is one of those instances.

Oddly, some of the worst behavior I've seen was from stupid/bored/drunk/high townies that live nearby, and basically call these areas their back yard. After all, they don't have to drive an hour to get there, and don't consider shooting opportunities as a scarce resource. A fair share is also due to campers (more like squatters sometimes), and no doubt hikers as well, as even that demographic has two divisions: people who basically leave no trace, and pigs like everyone else.

As a hiker, I'm always picking up hiker related rubbish on the trail (energy bar wrappers being the most common), but there is a practical limit to how much damage one hiker can do, namely the weight they can carry on their back. As a shooter, I always bring along a rake and shovel and at least a couple huge industrial grade trash bags for cleanup after I'm done. I often fill at least one bag and bring it back to the city for disposal.

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 312

I don't know of a gun range that can afford to buy several square miles around their property, so people can't build progressively closer and closer to the range--and then complain to the county and get them shut down--do you?

That's exactly what has happened to virtually all of the ranges in my area, except one that's smack dab in the middle of a state park where the only neighbors are geese, ducks and herons.

So, we're left with a few, short distance indoor ranges with excessive noise and poor ventilation, a couple decent outdoor ranges with expensive membership fees that are at least an hours drive outside of the population centers, and the national forests which are yet further away, and also incrementally driven further away as the forest rangers close down viable shooting spots due to assholes who have to treat everything as a dump.

Comment Re:Kimber (Score 1) 469

The early SIG P226s (1986 / 87 ish) with the "sand grove" in the frame rail has a reputation for giving up at around 30,000 rounds. I know. I have one. It doesn't get a lot of miles on it for that very reason.

The more modern ones will outlast the useful life of the gun barrel several times over if properly cared for. A range near me has a rental P229 .40 with a documented 90k rounds down the pipe(s). We're talking about spitting north of twenty thousand dollars in ammo through a thousand dollar pistol. Seems reasonable enough to me.

Comment Re:Kimber (Score 1) 469

1911? Fat? Boxy? Compared to a Block... Errr... Glock? (I keed, I'm a Glock fan too)

The 1911 might be a lot of undesirable things, but it's hardly fat. It's the same width in the slide (a bit less than an inch) as my concealed carry EDC (Walther PPS - the motto of which is Thin is In), and only a tiny bit wider in the grips. In fact, until the Glock 43 came out earlier this year, the 100 year old Browning design was thinner than any of the Glock 9s.

Comment Re:Regarding .40 S&W: (Score 1) 469

.45 ACP is a good round at poking holes in human size things, but it sucks at two things: penetrating barriers (even cops carrying surplus .45 pistols in the 30's recognized this, thus the invention/adoption of .38 Super, .357 Magnum), and carrying. 1) Grip size for double stack .45 is large enough that small men and most women won't be comfortable with any double stack grip. 2) A given number of 9mm cartridges will weigh 60% less than .45--it makes a difference when you carry all day every day.

Even though you apparently don't like it, .40 strikes a reasonable balance between 9mm and .45 when it comes to frame size, gun weight, capacity, power, the ability for many shooters to quickly put accurate rounds down range--this last one is the determining factor for gunfights. The pressure .40 produces is the same as standard pressure 9mm (35K psi) and as for wearing out guns--rumors of this are greatly exaggerated.

Back on topic: All of this is irrelevant to the military, because they can't use the modern hollowpoints which make 9mm a reasonable/viable self defense cartridge for police. And that's what it really comes down to: .40 S&W, being designed from scratch was designed from the start to use truncated cone, wide nose bullets... i.e. big ol' open cavity hollowpoints. This was not true of 9mm and .45 pistols, which were designed to use round pointy nose FMJ bullets, and were later shoehorned with hollowpoint ammo. Legacy 9mm and .45 pistol designs were prone to malfunction with the better performing hollowpoints, so a balance of performance and reliability had to be struck. .40 (or re-vamped 9mm wide flat nose ammo) would probably suit the military well enough. Truncated cone, flat point bullets would arguably perform better than round nose 9mm--plowing through flesh and bone making bigger wounds rather than poking through like an ice pick--and the lighter weight but faster 135, 155 grain .40 cal loads would still weigh a quite a bit less than .45 ACP.

Comment Re:the white rural majority may like sanders (Score 1) 211

Golly gee, anon. Are your eyes brown? Because you're full of shit.

With the exception of voting no on Brady, which was done more from the idealistic side of things (truth is he believed it didn't go far enough, and was too much a compromise), he's been very consistently anti on the big issues (so called assault weapons bans and so forth), but liberal (in the classic sense) on some more niche issues like checking firearms onto Amtrack.

You have to understand his mindset. He's a "Vermont sportsman", aka Elmer J. Fucking Fudd incarnate. Anything which isn't involved in durr hunting (i.e. Amtrack might garner business from hunters), he doesn't care about it; neither does he care enough about the Constitution to legitimately amend the 2A's militia clause, and would instead gleefully do any number of end runs around it to neuter it as he sees fit.

Honestly, that part is more worrisome to me than his ant-gun bent, but so it goes with the rest of the asshats in Washington. Despite the oaths they all swore, they only care about the Constitution when its somehow possible to use it as a tool to meet their ends (commerce clause).

Hell, the only reason Sanders made it to the senate in the first place is the Vermont Republican he was running against turned just as anti-gun than Sanders was at the time, causing the NRA to return the favor and cut off their nose to spite their face in retaliation: i.e. to endorse an openly anti-gun Democrat instead for the first time in like, ever. Sanders won very narrowly, probably thanks in part to that endorsement.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

Nation-wide railroad network: To incentivize its' construction, the US government gave away huge land grants (much of it land of various Indian tribes) to corporations. The US maintains a federal bureaucracy to support rail transportation.

The rail companies kind of cheated this idea, too. If you've ever explored the American West, you probably came across various and sundry ancient rail sections inexplicably placed haphazardly all over the place. These rails were never connected to the rail network system, and were certianly ever useful to anyone in any meaningful way. Want to know why? Railroad land grants. You see, the rail companies initially would got an odd section of land on each side of the track for every mile of track built, resulting in a kind of checkerboard pattern if you looked at it on the survey.

The idea being the rail companies would subsidize track building through selling real estate near the track. Seemed sensible enough, right? What happened was this: in any place that was reasonably habitable (water, fertile land, the usual things that make life nice), the rail companies would build track alongside the main track such that the checkerboard was filled in, giving them 20 miles on either side of the main rail. They received the deed to the land, and often came along and recuperated their materials to use on yet another section of track, repeating the process. This allowed them to quickly and cheaply become the legal owners of huge swaths of land.

Eventually, they'd sell the granted land, making a tidy profit. They'd usually retain the mineral rights, however. Interestingly, the several rail companies to this day retain more mineral-acres than anyone, and still make insane amounts of cash on mineral leases to this day.

Comment's the LAW! (Score 1) 423

And how. It wasn't so long ago that being gay was thought to be a mental illness, and not long before that, having a vagina and being subject to the estrous (the word even implies being driven mad) cycle was basically an open indictment against one's mental state.

In a fit of circular logic, a certain subset of the anti-2A crowd pretty much imply that wanting to own a firearm for whatever purpose is equivalent to being crazy.... and so... Oh, you want a gun huh? Oops. DENIED. I bet if we were to come up with an ultimate political Venn diagram, these folks would strongly overlap with uber-feminists who believe that having a penis means you're a rapist, you just haven't been caught yet.

Comment Re:Hillary Clinton says: (Score 1) 271

Ms. Clinton was then "able to seize on loopholes" to help who she represented.
Indeed, this seems to be an ideal trait to have in Washington. Whether or not she would chose to be representative of "us" except for increasingly limited definitions of "us" is, however, another question entirely.

Comment Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 2) 676

trying to put together some sort of scandal or conspiracy, or even flat out making things up ("Obama is coming for your guns!")

Whatever your views on the issue, I find it curious that of the laundry list of nasty things the Rs said/did to smear Obama's campaign, you pick the one that was, by all metrics, objectively true.

His views prior, and up to his bid for president contrasted to...four days ago The same man who in 2008 promised among other things to increase government transparency, eliminate domestic spying, and not to go after guns...did what again? Did his part to make government more opaque, tolerated if not tacitly endorsed increased domestic spying, and went after guns at every major opportunity (often impotently).

Comment Re:Could be promising (Score 1) 82

I have a set of Logitech G930 wireless headsets, which I rather like except for the fact that they're advertised as "7.1", which couldn't be a more false statement. Sure, the software interface presents itself as 7.1 discreet channels, but you still have only two drivers. They're reasonably good as stereo headphones, but for "surround" mode they use some Dolby surround psychoacoustics nonsense, which as far as I can tell, basically ups some reverb in the software preamp and makes everything sound like you're in a steel drum. What an advancement. Not.

In comparison to a much older Turtle Beach headset which actually has 5.1 drivers (with the requisite squid like mess of input leads) Logitech with Dolby space magic falls flat on its face. That headset actually gives you positional audio, and doesn't make you feel like room mate to Oscar the Grouch. Still, I put the Logitech on for more casual use, because they don't have a cord to get caught in the wheels of my chair.

I expect this "new" binaural 3D sound to be equally uninspiring. Good stereo will always be better than bad surround, and judging by everyone listening to their white earbuds, they don't care enough to get the most out of stereo.

Comment Re:FedEx is a private business, isn't it? (Score 1) 320

You're right, I remember reading that FedEx Ground now operates as independent operator contractor / broker. Still, if a train / roller coaster at Disney qualifies as common carrier, I find it difficult to believe that service offered by FedEx Ground d/b/a/ FedEx (Green Ex, not Red Ex--that's some significant distinction) could reasonably escape common carrier status even though it sure as hell checks all of the other boxes.

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