Caillean's Ramblings

17 November 2008

The Licenses came in!!!

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 18:42
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OMG, WHEEEE!!!   The licenses came in!  I’m picking them up tomorrow morning!  WHEEEE!   Now I’m sure they’re Class A LTC -sporting, but that was already known given Lowell’s (stupid) policy of not issuing any un-restricted LTCs (unless you are in law enforcement or have enough power).

Yay!

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3 November 2008

First gun!

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 16:15
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We just ‘bought’ my first gun yesterday.  “Bought” as in put on ‘layaway’ but fully paid for, awaiting the bloody licenses coming in.  We’d seen a Ruger Security Six up in Mason at State Line Gun Shop the other week, and I knew I liked shooting Jay’s security six.  We got a screaming deal on this one, and I’m very excited.

We bought a Dillon 550B progressive reloading press, and everything but the consumables we’re not allowed to have by (stupid fucking) MA law.  We set it up over the weekend as far as we can.

Now if only the bloodly licenses will hurry up and get here, I’d be a truely happy camper!

28 October 2008

…. I had no idea they’d stoop *that* low…

Filed under: politics — Elizabeth @ 13:10

How in the hell did I miss this?

That supposed attack on the McCain volunteer by a ‘crazed black man, Obama supporter’ was entirely made up?  She’s arrested for it?

Fox News Exec. Vice President John Moody said, when the attack first broke, “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”  Guess what, the attack IS a hoax.

Talking Point Memo has a scathing pair of articles about it:

Even better?  This just in, she got kicked off the Ron Paul campaign for dirty tactics and it appears, pulled the ‘attacked for being a supporter’ card before.

See BoingBoing – “Ashley Todd pulled hoax hijinks in Ron Paul campaign, too” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – “McCain volunteer admits ot hoax”.

In March, Ms. Todd was asked to leave a grass-roots group of Ron Paul supporters in Brazos County, Texas, group leader Dustan Costine said. He said Ms. Todd posed as a supporter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and called the local Republican committee seeking information about its campaign strategies.

“She would call the opposing campaign and pretend she was on their campaign to get information,” Mr. Costine said last night. “We had to remove her because of the tactics she displayed. After that we had nothing to do with her.”

About a month earlier, he said, Ms. Todd sent an e-mail to the Ron Paul group saying her tires were slashed and that campaign paraphernalia had been stolen from her car because she supported Mr. Paul.

“She’s the type of person who wants to be recognized,” Mr. Costine said.

13 October 2008

Gun (pre)shopping day 1.

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 21:16
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Went out gun shopping today for round 1 of find-what-fits-my-hand-and-feels-good, this afternoon.  (first try at typing this sentance, I typed “Went out fun shopping…”)  We hit up Manchester Firing Line and State Line Gun Shop.  There were a few that felt right, and I’d like to try shooting, and many many others that just plain didn’t fit.  Top contenders right now in terms of what felt right are mostly Sig Sauers (P226, P229, P239, P220), with a Baretta (92FS) and a S&W (908.5) as close seconds.  There was also a CZ and a Tarus I liked, but seeing as they’re not on the list, they’re not going to happen in MA.

Also had a couple revolvers that fit very well, too.  Best fit hands down was from a little S&W model 60.  It seems their revolver J-frame fits well.  Also really liked the Ruger Security Six, which is not surprising because I liked JayG’s Security Six a whole lot.

At this point it looks like we’ll probably end up getting a Sig and a revolver for now, and putting off the 1911 for Bill until we’ve escaped from this crazy state and he can actually get his hands on a colt 1911 for a reasonable amount of money instade of the insane MA prices.

9 October 2008

I just put in my application

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 13:39
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I just put in my application for my LTC class A in Lowell this morning.  I’m excited!  The detective who did the processing is very nice.  Lowell is a PITA, though.  They flat out refuse to issue unrestricted LTC class A licenses.  I’ll have to settle for the sporting restriction, at least for now.

Frankly, I’m just happy to be getting licensed so we can begin hunting for what kind of handgun I’d like to own, and get out to the range for fun.

5 September 2008

In honor of Google: Crome…

Filed under: geek — Elizabeth @ 16:52
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In honor of Google Chrome moving to open beta, I give you 3 short stories by Cory Doctorow with at least some relationship to Google.

Scroogled:  What would happen if Google turned evil, sold out to the gvt and DHS.

The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Are Engineered Away: The monestary (Campus) of geeks analyzing data.  The Order can be remarkably reminescent of Google.

When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth:  A little less linked, but still along a similar theme.  EOTWAWKI, and a few sysadmins burried in the bowels of a server room survive.. what happens after?

Also, for a full lenght novel in a slightly different vein, check out Little Brother.  It’s flatout amazing.  It also fed my paranoia something fierce.   I consider it a good thing, most of the time.

3 September 2008

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 14:47

Hello to all the people coming by from MArooned, the Breeda Falacy, and Say Uncle!

Bill just posted his brief account of Saturday’s fun.

More will come later, but for now work’s blowing up and it’s back to the grindstone for me.

1 September 2008

Newbie’s Range Report

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 23:05
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On this past Saturday afternoon I had the most fun I’ve had with my clothes on in a long time.  JayG took Bill and me shooting.

This was basically my first time.  I vaguely remember maybe plinking with a .22 rifle at a dude ranch when I was a teen (and being frustrated and hating it, I’ve no idea why).  Another friend took me to a machine-gun shoot up in southern NH about 7 years ago.  I did get to fire a couple guns, but with no targets.  It was kinda fun, I liked seeing all the boys toys up there (I don’t remember seeing any other women.), but there wasn’t much too it.  Mostly I watched, which was still fun.  Suffice it to say, I count my real first time as this past Saturday.

From the day we set a day and time I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas, very excited and impatient for the 30th to arrive.  I was perusing the gun pr0n on MArooned looking at the pretty pictures and getting all excited leading up to Saturday.  By the time Saturday finally came I was bouncing off the walls in excitement.

So, we head on over to go meet up with JayG and head to his range.  And when we get to his local club, we’ve got the entire place to ourselves, how auspicious. :)  We were lucky, I think someone came in an used the rifle range while we were there, but we had the entire outdoor pistol range to ourselves.  This was good, as we kinda-sorta spread out and took over most of the range. ;)

Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP

clockwise from topleft: S&W model 17 .22LR, S&W model 422 .22LR, SigSauer P226 9mm, Ruger Security Six .357Magnum/.38 special, and center: Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP

Jay brought 5 pistols for my introduction, ranging from a .22LR revolver to a .45 ACP semi-auto. They were all fairly weighty guns to minimize the kick of recoil. I really liked four of the five. The only one I didn’t like so much was the .22 automatic, and that was mostly because it felt really unbalanced to me. *shrug* Even that one was fun to shoot, but not as much as the other ones.

We started out with a quick overview of gun safety, which Bill had drilled into my head from the moment I expressed any interest at all in guns and shooting.  After that, Jay brought out the .22 revolver and showed me how to load it, and the various parts I’d need to know how to use to safely shoot it.  He loaded it with snap-caps so I could dry-fire without running the risk of damaging the pistol.  He and Bill went over stances with me, and then I got to try my hand at dry-firing the .22 revolver.  After about a minute of that, each of the next guns came out one by one, again, with a quick overview of the parts I needed to worry about, and things to avoid covering with my fingers or the web of my hand.  He also mentioned the clip vs. magazine distinction (and controversy), the difference between a bullet and a cartridge, and the 4 different parts of a cartridge.

Enjoying the S&W model 17 .22LR revolver.

Enjoying the S&W model 17 .22LR revolver.

Next out came the .22 cartridges and it was time to fire the revolver for real.  After the first shot, I managed to get the rest of the 6 all in the black on the target at 25′.  I think it was 8″ diameter.  That makes me pretty happy.  There was very little kick from it, almost disconcertingly so.  After  I emptied it, Bill took his turn and Jay took his, then it was on to the next gun.

S&W 422 .22LR with red-dot sight.  The balance felt a bit off, but it was still fun.

S&W 422 .22LR with red-dot sight

So we step up to the .22 automatic with the red-dot sight, and I go through a magazine on it, but I was not as accurate with it.  I’m not sure if the sight wasn’t dialed in correctly, or if it was just how off-balance I felt it was for me, but I couldn’t seem to get the lead to go where I wanted as easily as the revolver (or later guns).  We quickly moved on to bigger (and better) things after each having a turn with that one.

Ruger Security Six .357 magnum. Not having a bit of fun here, not at all. The sound effect that goes with this is maniacal laughter.

Ruger Secuirty Six .357 magnum. No fun here, not at all. Sound effect: maniacal laughter.

Next up was the Security Six.  I liked it.  Not too much kick, but powerful.  Again I was able to get everything in the black with this one.  I liked the power and weight of it.   One turn each and Jay asked if I wanted to move on to the SigSauer.

SigSauer P226 in 9mm.

SigSauer P226 in 9mm.

Yes, please.  More power.  heh.  I enjoyed the SigSauer P226 very much, and that was my 2nd most accurate set.  It was very fun to shoot.  Felt great in my hands, not too much recoil.

And here's the Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP

And here's the Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP

After the 9mm came the Colt 1991A1.  That one was fun, too.  It had more kick and I had a little more difficulty controlling where exactly I was placing my shots, but they were generally going where I wanted, and by my 3rd magazine full, I was putting all of them in the black.

Bill with the Colt 1991A1 having fun.

Bill with the Colt 1991A1 having fun.

More fun here.

More fun here.

Bill was in heaven. By far his favorite was the Colt. When asked which one he’d like to have another go-round on, he answered “Duh.” It was pretty cute. He’s still stoke that after 12 years of not touching a gun at all, he can still put everything within a 2″ cluster. heh. Another memorable quote from the day: “It’s generally considered bad form to out-shoot you host WITH HIS OWN GUNS!”

Serious Fun Here.

Serious Fun Here.

I still have an ear-to-ear grin 2 days later.  There was much laughter on my part and a good time was had by all.  Must do it again, soon.   In fact, it looks like it will be soon, very soon. :D

Our generous and awsome host, JayG.

Our generous and awsome host, JayG.

The host with the most.

The host with the most.

Next step is to take the required course for MA licensing then apply for a Class A permit.  Annnd jump through all the bloody hoops of this insane state.

30 August 2008

Verdict is: Shooting is fun! ;)

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 19:30
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I just got home from shooting with JayG & Bill and it was loads of fun! More later, after I upload all the peektures. :)

Edited to add: Photographic evidence is now up here. I still need to formulate words to describe the fun I had, but I’m to giggly right now to pull it off. Go look at the pretty pictures for now.

PS: JayG, I just can’t help it, I just had to steal your category of gunnie goodness. It’s simply too perfect.

28 August 2008

wow.

Filed under: politics — Elizabeth @ 23:56
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I just watched Barak Obama’s acceptance speech. I’m impressed. Up til this point, he hasn’t impressed me, but after tonight, I’m beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, he can pull off the change he speaks of. Perhaps, just perhaps, if (no, when) Mr. Obama becomes president, there will be an administration in place who’s ideals are not completely foreign to my own, and who actually has the good of the common man and the country in mind. Perhaps, just perhaps, we aren’t completely fucked.

Up until tonight, my cynicism had thoroughly gotten the better of me; having spent the vast majority of my adult life in Massachusetts — one of the most corrupt states in the country — it’s hardly surprising. Until tonight, I was convinced Mr. Obama was just another pie-in-the-sky dreamer, spouting pretty words, hopes and dreams, with no realistic idea of how to make them reality nor any grasp of the work and struggle needed to do so. After tonight’s speech, I’m far more confident he understands how enormous a task it will be to accomplish even a fraction of the change he desires to bring to our country. Tonight, as he annihilated McCain with his own words, he finally seemed to have grown into the office he’ll be elected to in November. I finally felt like I was watching a great leader, the likes of which I’ve never seen (alive) in American politics.

I’m hopeful. I’m actually hopeful about the future of this country and our leadership. I haven’t been hopeful about either in a very very long time. I had given up. I was convinced there was no good fight left to fight. After tonight, I’m not quite so sure that’s true, and it feels good.

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