Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wish List Follow-Up

I just got to put my hands on a Glock 42 tonight. I have only one thing to say...

- Posted from somewhere on this big blue marble.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Response to Microsoft's Code of Conduct

I'm following the recent news around Microsoft's Windows Code of Conduct and the impact one clause is having on the firearms community.

Prohibited Uses You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that: ... • promotes or otherwise facilitates the purchase and sale of ammunition or firearms.

I banished Microsoft Windows from my personal life way back in 2001... I was a Switcher a full year before Switching was a thing.

However, I couldn't kick out the Master Chief as easily. I went through not one but two Xbox 360 machines - the first suffered the famed Red Ring Of Death. The replacement machine's disc drive gave up the ghost shortly afterword.

After a profanity-laden, despondent, and sobering tear-down of the dead console, only one solution seemed appropriate.

Friends begged me not to...
Buddies thought I didn't have the guts to...
But I found the huevos to...
give the rabid ol' pal an Old Yeller sendoff.

It was a silly decision, but I was pissed. I'd never wantonly blown up something I spent so much money on. But... It had to be done.

This machine had simulated countless M4s, 1911s, and Glocks. That day, it met all 3... up close and personal.

The same day, I brought home a PS3 that's run smoothly for over half a decade, evicting Microsoft from my life forever.

I don't doubt other tech companies will try to pull the same "conduct" bullshit, and I seriously doubt Microsoft is going to start yanking licenses from gun ranges, trainers, and retailers...

but you never know.

- Posted from somewhere on this big blue marble.

The (Updated) Wish List

I've got three guns in various stages of "project" right now - my 1911, my soon-to-be 3-Gun shotgun, and my AR, and a whole host of time and money-gobbling things in the pipeline.

That being said, there are a handful of firearms I'm looking forward to adding to the household at some point...

Remington 870 w/ 18" barrel, Magpul furniture, and a light. Why? Well... Let's just say it's hard to argue with a 12 gauge and the Magpul stock and slide just fit me really, really well. If I had to bail out of the house and had a couple minutes to pack, I'd grab the AR and toss the gauge to the competent adult standing right behind me.

I'd love to get my mitts on a Glock 42. Just because. Years ago I wished for a Glock 26 that wasn't as wide as it was tall. Even though the 42 (which is THE answer to life, the universe, as everything, after all) is only a .380, a pocket rocket with a real Glock trigger tickles my curiosity more than a little. Maybe I'd find someone to laser engrave "Don't Panic" on the muzzle crown.

Next on the list is a carry-over from the last one - a Remington 700 in .308 Win (I think). There's something relaxing about settling in behind a scope and sending rounds a long way out. There's something appealing about a rifle precise enough to ring the bell at 600 yards, put a deer in the freezer, and teach my kid the basics of big-bore rifles on down the road. My criteria? Short action, decent stock w/ studs for sling and bipod, mag-fed receiver (cuz tacticool), decent 12-16x optic. Threaded barrel would be a plus. Basically... the 700 AAC in .308

Finally, I have such a gun-crush on the brand-new HK VP9 right now... I fully expect this Internet Darling to be hard to find for quite a while. I've shot and enjoyed a handful of HK pistols but they were too bulky, too expensive, and overly complicated for what I wanted - but I never pass up the chance to let one rip at the range when I am offered. The P30 gets close to changing my mind, but the VP9 looks poised to change the game, and I want to play.

Unfortunately, following the recent Supreme Court decision, all you can do now is make the Benjies rain until I've got enough to bring these home.

Until then... a kid can dream :-)

- Posted from somewhere on this big blue marble.

Monday, June 9, 2014

On Hold... Please Standby

Life has stepped in the way of my shooting avocations... all of them.

Please be patient while I try to reboot.

- Posted from somewhere on this big blue marble.