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SHOT Show stuff...

I'm covering SHOT for RECOIL Magazine again this year.PTR 9mm MP5 cloneSeismic Ammo 185gr 9mmSig Sauer P229 SAO & Grayguns 10mm P220 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, SHOT Show 2019


Day Whatever of the Shutdown...

It has finally affected me, in that a gun I'm supposed to be reviewing for a magazine is pending approval for importation by the BATFE. Apparently there's only the one copy in the country right now, the one that had been sent for review by the feds. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Writing, Tam


Well, that was exciting...

I turned on the AFC Championship game at halftime yesterday, more out of curiosity than anything else. Mahomes had been so impressive against the Colts that I wanted to see how he'd do against our nemesis.Ho-hum. Pats up 14-0. The Cinderella Chiefs and their rookie phenom were getting demolished by the Belichick Machine... and then came the second half, and specifically the fourth quarter, featuring something like four or five lead changes. That was some edge-of-the-seat football, and I'm not ev...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Colts, Mahomes, Bread And Circuses, Ho hum Pats, Belichick Machine


Good shooters...

Whenever I post a target and mention that I wasn't happy with my performance, I get a bunch of people telling me that I shouldn't be so hard on myself, that it was *good enough*.Good enough isn't good enough; I want to be better than good enough. I doubt Lena Miculek goes to the range and thinks "Eh, that was good enough. I don't need to get better." . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Gun Games, Lena Miculek


Last night...

Fresh home from the vet, having been x-rayed, palpated, had blood and urine samples taken with needles, given subcutaneous fluids, and otherwise had her dignity disrespected, Miss Random Numbers J. Wu got home and hopped into Roberta's desk chair for a well-earned nap...X-rays showed that she didn't have impacted stool, but she did have a hard, dried ball of poop she was probably having extreme difficulty with. Rehydration and stool softeners were indicated.I don't look forward to being her age...
Tags: Cats, Guns, Tam, Roberta, Wu


Sick Kitty

Rannie, who turned seventeen in September, has been dealing with kidney issues that sometimes make it difficult for her to keep food down.This morning she showed no interest in her breakfast and has been throwing up bile. Unsuccessful litter box attempts make us think it's an intestinal blockage. I'm taking her to the vet and hopefully it's something they can clear up with a kitty enema. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Cats, Guns, Worry, Tam, Rannie


Failure Mode

Way back when I was still working at the 1-hour photo lab, call it 1989 or 90, we carried a few of the usual cheap blister-pack point & shoot cameras, as well as some more expensive Kodaks and a few Olympus cameras.The most expensive thing in our department was the Olympus IS-1. It was a single-lens reflex camera, but the 35-135mm power zoom lens was built-in and non-interchangeable. Olympus called it a "zoom lens reflex" and it was yet another attempt by a camera maker to solve the saturated ma...
Tags: Guns, Olympus, Gadgetry, Tam, Ford Granada, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin


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


Scooters...

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


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


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


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


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


Squirrel!

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


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


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


What the Fu** — Supreme Court agrees to hear Brunetti Trademark Dispute

by Dennis Crouch Erik Brunetti’s “FUCT” line of apparel doesn’t have much appeal to my sense of style, but the clothing certainly seem to make a statement.  The USPTO refused to grant Brunetti’s application to register the mark — finding that the mark “comprises immoral * * * or scandalous matter” and thus cannot be registered under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act. On appeal, the Federal Circuit sided with Brunetti — holding the statute unconstitutional as contrary to the Free Speech provision ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uspto, Patent, Kennedy, Tam, Kavanaugh, Federal Circuit, Brunetti, Fu, Gorsuch, Matal, Dennis Crouch Erik Brunetti, Government Since Tam the Supreme Court


Supreme Court to Decide if Marks With Scandalous Matter May Be Registered

Last Friday, the Supreme Court decided it will hear the Brunetti case, and take a closer look at Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the portion forbidding federal registration of trademarks having matter that is scandalous or immoral. So, it appears my big prediction for 2019 is pointing in the affirmative direction: “In terms of my big trademark prediction for 2019, it will be revealed whether the scandalous bar to federal registration is invalidated, whether or not the Supreme Court agrees to hea...
Tags: Fashion, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Congress, Court, Marketing, Articles, Uspto, Free Speech, First Amendment, Branding, Trademarks, Tam, United States of America, John Roberts, Court of Appeals


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


Wow.

“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