Monday, November 23, 2009

Oh Please, Deliver Me From Monday!

Todaylet me search for the word here — sucked...bit the big one...etc. We've barely had time to plan Thanksgiving dinner. I'm thinking King crab legs, oyster dressing and rum. Designer rum, that dark stuff that causes one to raise the black flag and sack a couple of Spanish ships. Argh! I've got a parrot! Walk the friggin' plank! And before you do, finish the planning for next year's The Best Defense!

I haven't even has a chance to figure out what's going on in Gun World. I've got some kind of rifle in a box I haven't opened, and mostly I just sit in my chair in the living room and play with the USFA Double Eagle. I think the mainspring came off a tractor...I'm pretty sure you could pop a .50 BMG military primer with it if you could bet said round in the chamber. Speaking of which, I note (stealing wholesale from The Firearms Blog) that some whacked out German company is making a .50 BMG pistol (pictured above). Okay...whatever. And concealable, if you're a Wookie!

Over on the sane side of the fence, the NRA notes that a bipartison majority of Congress has siged a pro-gun amicus brief for McDonald:
An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have signed an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief supporting the NRA’s position that the Second Amendment is incorporated against the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. The amicus brief, bearing the signatures of 251 Members of Congress and 58 Senators, was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Last week, the NRA filed its brief with the Supreme Court as Respondent in Support of Petitioner in the McDonald case. The NRA brief asks the Court to hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

"The framers of the Bill of Rights and of the Fourteenth Amendment never intended for the Second Amendment to apply only to some Americans in certain places. Gun owners across the country are grateful for the support that so many members of Congress are lending to this crucial effort to ensure that the Second Amendment applies to states, not just federal enclaves," said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. "I would especially like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement in authoring this historic amicus brief, as well as U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Jon Tester (D-MT), and Congressmen Mike Ross (D-AR) and Mark Souder (R-IN) for their work on this important effort. This brief boasts the most signers of a congressional amicus brief in the history of the Supreme Court -- breaking the record set just last year in the Heller case.
Good news, although it won't help the Blue Dogs if they wimper like curs and vote for socialized health care. Judgement Day is coming, kids...November 2, 2010. election day.

My pal Mike at Spike's Tactical is rolling out machined billet AR uppers and lowers (above pix, from, and judging from the pictures over at, they look great. I think one of these bad boys may find its way to my gunsafe even though I swear I don't need another AR! Their November special — a completely built out Spike's lower with an M4 stock for $249.95 — is one heck of a deal, too! If you don't have an AR, consider a Spike's lower and a Stag of all worlds, and you can have it your way! Or get joggy with it and stick a Bison Armory 6.8 upper on it...remember, what Ken and Barbie wear is up to you!

You know, I think over the holiday I'm going to write a paper on why worldwide climate change demands a new hunting season on polar bears. What do you think?

PS: Richard Corbin emailed me to sat my Walnut Hill .50BMG reloading/swaging press is almost ready to ship. Yee-haw! Maybe I'll start swaging great big giant bullets!


JNevis said...

If you have to many AR's I'll gladly take one off your hands to make room :)

Tim Covington said...

My wife wants clothing instead of an AR. I already have the upper and the stock for her. I don't know where I've gone wrong.

ericire12 said...

Re: Rum

Give Caption Morgans Private Stock a try

Mathew Paust said...

Gosling's Black Seal rum ain't too shabby, neither. Try the Dark and Stormy: Black Seal and ginger beer. That'll bring out the arrrgh in ya!

Yes, indeedy, the next congressional elections are vital to us, as we know Zero's gonna stack the Supremes soon as he can. We need counterpunch - quickly and badly!

dam doc said...

Michael, how about giving us your take on BCM AR stuff at some point?.. sounds like it is developing a pretty good reputation.. I like mine!.. Enjoy the rum and crab legs... venison and lobster dressing with a good stout here in maine!... I like Clark Kents new nickname.. zero... almost as good as B ho...

Anonymous said...

Ref' the machined "AR": I'm waiting for a cast-steel upper piston operated "AR" with a good quick-change barrel system. Steel is much more rigid and durable than anodized aluminum, when thin cross-sections are involved and therefore more adaptable to a quick-change feature in this type of configuration. Then, we can have better flexibility and lower cost options versus just having interchangeable uppers. If we stick with the same cartridge rim dimensions, we would have not only barrel length options, but caliber options as well. The gas piston would also go along with the barrel and it's individual caliber. Just plug it it! I'm surprised that Ruger, with their World-Class casting and machining technology, hasn't glommed-onto the concept.
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Anonymous said...

I think that at least for a while there CMMG was making either steel or stainless steel uppers or lowers.

I can't remember which now, it has been a few years.

I know it is not an AR, but IIRC Robinson Arms was making their M96 out of welded (stainless?) steel receivers.

Michael Bane said...

I'll try to get a BCM upper for a "take-apart AR" project I need to do after the first of the year. I'm crazy backed-up...the production season for the shows stretched out (for reasons beyond my control), then production for SHOT SHOW TV is starting early. The next is that I don't get the break in travelling I anticipated, so I'm going to have to do the T&E stuff on the fly. Not complaining, mind you, but I'm working on the new systems to accomodate this level of work.

I wonder how much going to a steel casting for an upper would add to the weight of an AR. It's actually an interesting idea.

And to borrow phraseology from Jimmy Buffet, "Wherever I go, mon, I hope dere's rum!" Thanks for the suggestions!


gullyborg said...

re: rum - I've been enjoying Captain Morgan Tattoo, a dark spiced rum with a little bit of a black licorice note to it.

Anonymous said...

Ref' the steel upper: Sometimes, using steel can actually lead to a weight reduction. With some of the high strength alloys available, the weight gain for an AR type receiver might be negligible, given it's already low volume of metal required. The over-all bulk would be certainly reduced, as thinner sections could be used versus the thicker sections typically requireed for an aluminum structure with the same strength. I'm estimating that for a quick-change barrel receiver, the steel construction would definietly give more design freedom and a stronger overall gun. I'm thinking investmet castings with minimal finish machining.
Sigg uses a steel upper on their 556, I believe. The Robinson is stamped steel.
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