Saturday, September 26, 2009

On NewSpeak.

From AB962:

SECTION 1. This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the
PROTECTION Act of 2009: Providing Regulation and Oversight
to End Community Terrorism in Our Neighborhoods.

Anti-Gang Neighborhood Protection Act of 2009.


Because any legislation sounds positively fucking peachy when you string enough meaningless buzzwords together. The only thing missing is an oblique reference to 'sustainability.'* How a piece of legislation that (being gutted) now only bans ammo sales and ammo posession by 'prohibited parties' (you know, the ones that can't own the guns to shoot said ammo in the first place) will do anything to...oh, hell, nevermind.

California residents: Easy Money. 1-916-445-2841, 1 for English, 2 for pending legislation, 2 for AB962, 2 to oppose. If it's busy, call later or try again. I like buying ammo online. I'm not made out of money, and for whatever reason Big5 continues to not stock 7.62x25mm or .455 Webley. Imagine!

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* This word officially doesn't mean anything anymore. I suppose vague externalities are being sustained in most of the contexts in which the word is encountered. Of course vague externalities can be just about whatever you want to cast them as. The only thing concrete about it is that it is some sort of inverse Fnord for the eco-conscious yuppie crowd - you see the word, you can feel good now.

On Shoeboxes Full of Ruger Parts.

Reason number 243 why the Ruger Standard and its progeny are so popular: they're stupidly simple to detail strip. After a fact-checking expedition at Xavier's place that ended up in a Ruger archive binge, I found a handy guide and got to work. Remove grips, knock out a couple of drift pins, make sure to shake the parts out where you can find them all again, run in reverse order. Since BulkFed(tm) blows a lot of crap into the exposed lockwork, this is a good thing.

There are a couple of hang-ups, none serious:
- The trigger pin in the Standard is held in place with a clip, which is unnerving to poke out (with a very small drift or something) and requires patience and a set of tweezers to re-install.
- There is a pin across the mainspring housing cutout that the sear spring needs to be set against, lest the sear flop about uselessly.
- The sear needs to be pushed forward during re-assembly. Ingeniously, re-installing the safety lever holds it in the appropriate position.
- The above issues can result in a gun that seems to go together properly until a certain point, whereupon the builder stares blankly and wonders why the stupid thing doesn't run properly. Hey, like field stripping a Ruger Standard or something. Perhaps Bill Ruger collected matrushka dolls as a kid.

Detailing a MKI is identical to a MKII or III detail, except the new stuff (bolt hold-open, slide stop, loaded chamber indicator) can be ignored.