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Lime scooters in South Broad Ripple...#southbroadripple #scooters pic.twitter.com/mLCrpIiCQh — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 15, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tamara, Tam, Broad Ripple and Environs, Pickcher Takin, South Broad Ripple

That's odd...

So, the decocker levers and spring for the CZ P07 arrived courtesy of a Facebook friend the other day and, in preparation for swapping them in, I watched the YouTube installation video a couple of times.As a result, I had such a detailed and involved dream about the task last night (including some weird oopsies, like the hammer inexplicably falling out, which is an impossibility during the procedure) that when I woke up this morning I was disappointed to find out that I hadn't actually done the ...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Livin' In Dreamland

Automotif CXLXIX...

There's just something about a 911 Turbo, the daily-driver supercar...The camera I happened to have in the car, an EOS 5D MkII & 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, was probably a bit overkill for parking lot snapshots, but the subject was worth it, I guess. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Zoom zoom, Automotif

Pocket camera...

This morning when I went out to dig out Bobbi's car and shovel the neighbor's walks, I had the little Fuji XF1 in my coat pocket... Winter has arrived in Broad Ripple... pic.twitter.com/IFu2CAdJEs — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 14, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tamara, Tam, Bobbi, Shouldn't we talk about the weather, Pickcher Takin

That's no fun.

Shoveled the neighbor's walks this morning. She was worried about the mailman or delivery people busting ass on her front walk or porch steps.The snow had started out pretty heavy, and landing on warmish ground, plus the sidewalks had seen foot traffic yesterday, so there was a pretty good base layer of ice under the powder.Fortunately the sun will be out today and, while we won't get above freezing, we'll likely see 28°F, so hopefully I exposed enough dark concrete for solar heating to do its w...
Tags: Guns, Blog Stuff, Tam, Shouldn't we talk about the weather

The worst thing...

...about being mired in the middle of the Great American Kulturkampf of This Current Year, and having friends across all points of the political spectrum, is that everyone... and I do mean everyone ...feels free to walk up and dump their current political gripe right in your lap."Oh, my God! Can you believe what that [harpy/moron], [Pelosi/Trump] just did? [She/He] wants to [raise your taxes to 100% to send crackheads to college/kill all the brown people]!"Because surely every right-thinking p...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Npr, Alex Jones, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, Bread And Circuses, Pelosi Trump

Well, no sense putting it off longer...

I'mma finish a Mello Yello Zero and then suit up to shovel the walks.After that, I'll toddle off to see what's open at 54th & College. Hopefully I'll be able to get ribs for lunch at Fat Dan's and then stop at Fresh Market on the way home and pick up stew fixings for dinner.Last night we watched the third episode of Patriot, which is a fantastic show that Bobbi turned me on to. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Blog Stuff, Tam, Dan, Bobbi, Whining, Flicks, Shouldn't we talk about the weather, Mello Yello Zero

Winter is Coming Here

Coming down at an inch an hour some places in the 'burbs, but the urban heat island seems to be mitigating it a bit here in Broad Ripple. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Horton hears a Hoosier, Shouldn't we talk about the weather

Unsympathetic Magic

It's funny about the snow, because even before it was in the forecast, I'd been musing that a moderate snowfall... about 3", just enough to cover the grass properly ...would be nice. Not enough to really impede commutes and enough for me to wander around and get some photos.So the initial prediction of 2"-4" made me happy, like it had been sent to order.Ensuing predictions are getting less amusing. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Shouldn't we talk about the weather

Winter is Coming

Yesterday morning, the news was predicting 2-4" of snow. Last night they were saying 3-5". This morning it's 4-7". I do not like how this curve is trending. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 11, 2019 We haven't really had much in the way of winter weather so far this season (over 9" short on seasonal snow totals), so Ma Nature looks like she's fixin' to make up for that.The only upside to getting over five inches of snowfall at once is that it triggers the city into calling out the private cont...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Ma Nature, Tamara K, Horton hears a Hoosier, Shouldn't we talk about the weather


Sony a7 II and an old Leica Vario-Elmar-R 75-200mm f/4.5 with a K&F adapter. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nature, Sony, Tam, Pickcher Takin, Leica Vario Elmar R

An even Rebel-er Rebel...

When Canon introduced an inexpensive version of their EOS (Electro-Optical System) autofocus, auto-wind, auto-everything SLR cameras in North America back in 1990, they branded it the "Rebel" line. These are the ones that are marketed to Joe and Jane Consumer as a step up from point & shoot cameras.Wonders are promised if you will just step up to the SLR, with pictures of mom snapping beautiful pics of dance recitals and dad catching dramatic shots of birthday candles being blown out. (Of course...
Tags: Guns, Nikon, North America, Dslr, Canon, Joe, Gadgetry, Tam, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin, Jane Consumer

Penetrating Facts

.45 Colt 250gr LFP.45 Colt 225gr STHP.44 Spl 200gr GDHP.44 Spl 200gr LSWC-HP.38 Spl 148gr Gold Medal Match HBWC9mm 124gr +P GDHPAll were stopped by the first layer of denim on the far side of the block. All but one look like they could be reloaded. Incidentally, I'm really falling out of love with the Federal .38 Spl +P 130gr HST... There's a bunch more stuff, photos, thoughts, observations, and even discussion at my Patreon page. (As well there should be, since it was Patreon funds that pai...
Tags: Guns, Tam, LFP, Boomsticks, Revolvers

Meet the Contenders...

So the auditions for the polymer-frame DA/SA carry gun project have started.When DA/SA guns meant "frames machined from aluminum forgings" and striker guns meant "the well-amortized Gen3 Glock design" there were huge differences in cost and weight that weighed on the pistol-buying decision.However a trip to Gunbroker today shows that whether your choice of pistol is a Gen4/5 Glock, a Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0, or one of the polymer traditional double-action pistols below, the street price is going...
Tags: Guns, Malaysia, Smith Wesson, Tam, Todd, DA SA, Gunbroker, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Grayguns, Year of TDA, Langdon Tactical If

Automotif CXLXIII...

This murdered out restomod 1983 Buick Regal T-Type was in the lot at Fresh Market when Bobbi and I went grocery shopping yesterday afternoon. (My involuntary gasp as we rounded the corner caused Bobbi to mash the brake, thinking that I saw someone about to hit us. Mea culpa!) There was a For Sale sign in the back window. I got the number in case anybody was wanting an Eighties retro traffic cop magnet. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Bobbi, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Buick Regal T Type

Auditions have started!

View this post on Instagram It begins @indyarmscompany ... #czp07 #berettapx4storm #grayguns #sigsauersp2022 #hkp30l #indyarmsco #pewpewlife #igmilitia A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jan 4, 2019 at 8:49am PST [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Double Action Autumn

Happy New Year!

Another year to get better at stuff than you were last year! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Optimism, Blog Stuff, Tam

Unhappy New Year...

Sebastian's pretty dour regarding the RKBA prospects in the near future:"I’ll offer some observations for 2019, because I think this is going to be a challenging year for us. In my mind gun people are suffering from a number of maladies..."I don't disagree with him. You should RTWT. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Tam, Sebastian, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law

A new year brings a new blaster.

From December 2015 until the first day of January 2018, I was carrying Glocks. First a Gen3 19 that was pretty quickly supplanted by a Gen4 19, and that gun remained my carry gun until replaced by a 19X for the last few month or so.The Year(ish) of TDA is finally off the ground, however, and I'm carrying the long-term test Langdon Tactical 92 Elite LTT until I determine my preference among the plastic fantastic below: Off to the range this morning to get this party started... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, TDA, Boomsticks, Double Action Autumn, Year of TDA


“The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there,” he said breaking with the stance taken by past U.S. administrations that the invasion was an illegitimate power play against a neighboring nation. “The problem is, it was a tough fight. And literally they went bankrupt; they went into being called Russia again, as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, a lot of these places you’re reading about now are no longer part of Russia, beca...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Russia, History, Wow, Afghanistan, Jesus, Tam, Don, Soviet Union, Pompeo, Brezhnev, Taraki

Wear and tear

Someone new to guns will usually ask me how often I clean my various guns. For most guns, that answer is “whenever it stops working”. The exceptions to that are carry and home defense guns. They see an adequate amount of cleaning and, more importantly, lubing. Tam discusses that and the 2K round challenge.
Tags: Guns, Uncategorized, Tam

Well, crap...

It's below freezing outside and barely supposed to make 40°F out there today. Tomorrow afternoon is gonna be a lot better for outdoors jello shooting. (Worst case scenario, I pester IAC to let me stay a little after closing on the weekend.) . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, IAC, Tam, Whining, Shouldn't we talk about the weather

Going the distance (for a given value of distance.)

The U.S. military has a gun cleaning fetish that is a holdover from the days of corrosive primers (and black powder before that.) Boiling water cleaning and "white glove" intolerance for carbon have probably resulted in more guns being cleaned to death than shot to death.In reality, most modern firearms just need lubricant, and even that's to a varying degree. Current polymer-framed guns like the Glock, where the "frame rails" are tiny little tabs with hardly any bearing surface that mostly exis...
Tags: Guns, Wolf, Tam, Todd, Ruger, Pat Rogers, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Gun School, Todd Green, Gun Games, Practicality, Uncle Pat

It is finished...

Pistol: Ruger P-89Caliber: 9x19mmAmmunition: 800 rounds of MagTech 124gr FMJ, 550 124gr Blazer Brass FMJ, assorted other FML to include Remington, Federal, Sig Elite, S&B. Also some Sig V-CrownDates of testing: 13 November 2018 - 2 January 2019Total rounds fired: 2000Stoppages: 0Malfunctions: 0Breakages: 0Comments: Lubed with FP-10 before starting. Visible FP-10 still weeping from rails today. Awkward to shoot. Crazy reach to trigger for DA first shot. Vague single-action trigger. Massive slide...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Ruger, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Remington Federal Sig Elite


This grim cyberpunk dystopia is a lot lamer than I was promised, tbh fam.I was promised Blade Runner, and I got Idiocracy. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 1, 2019 . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, SF, Blog Stuff, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Tamara K, Flicks

Danger Signals

Here's a bump for a fantastic piece Kathy Jackson wrote a while back that lays out a pretty good toolkit for identifying dangerous products in the CCW firearms industry.Number seven on her checklist is one of my personal top "DANGER WILL ROBINSON" red flags:"If the company founder begins their pitch by explaining that they designed the product just a few weeks after they bought their first firearm because they “couldn’t find any other way” to carry the gun, they might be a nice person – but they...
Tags: Guns, CCW, Tam, Robinson, Kathy Jackson, Boomsticks, Gear Ho

Plans afoot!

Just got some Clear Ballistics gel blocks in. While I have other plans for two of them, tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day for a range trip, and so I'm probably going to try something out...I haven't shipped the Charter Arms Bulldog XL back yet, and so I'm going to take it, my 296, and maybe my 629, along with a 2" .38 Special and my 9mm CCW gun and shoot some jello for shade-tree science.I have some of the popular self-defense loads for each and, while I'm pretty sure of the results, it'll b...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Revolvers

"$5 says that's not an AOW..."

OOCQOTD: "If that mope had a tax stamp for that thing, I'll eat my hat. Dude wouldn't know "subtle trolling" if you strapped him in that Clockwork Orange chair and made him watch a 24-hour @radicaleb video marathon." — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 2, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Clockwork Orange, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, T'hee, Tamara K

Apocalypse Now!

Wait, I knew I had something for this apocalypse!#GovernmentShutdown #PostApocalyptic #TEOTWAWKI pic.twitter.com/mOs8ShFs9d — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 2, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tamara, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, T'hee

Helping a friend...

A friend of mine lost his brother over the holidays. His brother, a decorated USMC scout sniper veteran of Fallujah, left behind a wife and child. They're in agriculture in Wyoming and funds are tight at the best of times, so my friend has started a GoFundMe to help them out. You can donate here: Link. Thanks for anything you can do. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Wyoming, Tam, Usmc, Fallujah, Suckage, Doing The Right Thing

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