Terminator: Salvation 
2009.05.28 16:46 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Entertainment, Movies, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity
2.5 out 4.

Terminator: Salvation is okay. It doesn't manage to be as interesting as the first of the Terminator films, nor as much fun as the second. (The third, I have not seen--consensus seems to view that as a wise decision.)

The lighting was murky, the acting was serviceable, and the characters mostly not as sympathetic as intended. I liked Marcus Wright, but I was ready for the film to be over by the time the credits rolled. Lots of callouts to previous films in the series.

In the end, one is left with the distinct feeling that nothing genuinely significant just happened: the only character that was really developed in the film was also removed from the stage.

Recommendation: since most of the people reading this probably have home A/V setups that can give a mid-range theater a good run for its money, I'd recommend waiting for the inevitable Blu-Ray/DVD release. At least you won't have to wonder if the slimy mess you stepped in on the way out of the aisle was somebody's melted Slurpee ... or a puddle of Astroglide.

If you're just looking for an excuse to see a science-fiction film in the theater, however, have you seen Star Trek, yet? I'm not sure it makes much more sense, realism-wise, but it's a heck of a lot more fun. Of course, Pixar's latest is also out this week.

Gun dorkiness follows:
To be honest, I spent a good chunk of my time trying to see the Magpul Masada that was hiding behind Barnes in about 60% of the shots he was in. Didn't see it: between the constant shadows and the distracting chatter from the row behind me, I managed to miss the one shot it was visible. It's plenty visible on the Internet, of course.

As an ancillary matter, the weapons seem to have been chosen primarily on the basis of coolness. Hence the Deagle, all the HKs, all the 5.56...
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Republican Congress in 4 ... 3 ... 2... [UPDATED] 
2009.02.26 13:35 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, News and Politics
So, Obama and Holder want to renew the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that, last I heard, accomplished nothing beneficial except to help fuel the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. (Certainly, the 94 ban's effect on the crime rate is extremely debatable.) Allegedly, banning semi-automatic rifles and carbines with pistol grips will somehow prevent the smuggling of automatic weapons across the border to Mexico.

That's really special, guys.

I'm not really convinced that a new AWB will in any way guarantee GOP success in 2010. It's not going to hurt, though, and it's going to make an awful lot of those Blue Dogs elected in 2006 look like chumps if it passes.

Dammit, Bushmaster! Where is my ACR?

[Update: Nancy Pelosi seems to be saying this is not going to happen. I wouldn't bet on it going quite the way she says, but it's nice to see some indication that the Democrats have learned something from the 1994 election.]
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More Gun Dorks About To Go Ballistic 
2008.12.03 09:16 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Internet Stupidity
FN Herstal has finally released official pricing on the civvie-legal version of their SCAR-L: $2696. For a mass-produced rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO.

That, ladies and gents, is the sort of thing that keeps me waiting on an ACR.
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Doing some poking around in the blog 
2008.12.02 09:37 - Guns, M1 Garand, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Site/Meta
Tagged all the Masada/ACR-related posts with an appropriate tag, and ditto for the M1 Garand posts. While I was at it, I also tagged the ACR posts with Internet Stupidity and several of the Garand ones with Zombie Preparedness.

I'm still looking forward to the ACR, mind. But some of my agitation comes from too much Internet.
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When Last We Left Our Hero 
2008.11.20 09:05 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Internet Stupidity
I have been mildly agitated for at least a month and a half now, because soon I would be buying a fancy plastic spacegunMagpul Masadaevil black rifleBushmaster ACR.

Or not, actually. I think I'll just leave my money where it is for the moment, but it looks like three-quarters of next year's gun budget is free for spending on something else. I'm sure I'll figure something out. M1 Carbines are pretty neat, for instance.
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