Feeling cranky today. 
2008.10.25 19:21 - Guns, M1 Garand
One bright spot was that my last order from Midway showed up, and the A-Zoom snap caps get along with the Garand just peachy. The Traditions version of the same item never did, and cost half again as much, so I'm gonna recommend you not buy those if you're looking for something like that. Buy the A-Zooms instead.

Seriously, it cost me less to buy 8 from Midway and have 'em shipped than to buy 6 of the Traditions variety from Bass Pro Shop. On top of that the A-Zooms seem to be of better (if simpler) construction, and more durable. One of the Traditions units appears to be ready to fail after a handful of runs through the action.

I think I'll be keeping the crappy ones around for a little while, but they're probably going to be destroyed on the next range trip.
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Does no-one else have these problems? 
2008.10.16 13:12 - Miscellanea
I upgraded to Firefox 3 at home and work months ago now, and I have a couple of continuing complaints.

The first is that the new autocomplete in the URL bar is entirely too loose in its search criteria, and its sort is a little iffy as well, though that seems more intractable. At least, it seems like typing an 'h' into the URL bar didn't bring up anything and everything with 'http://' in it before. Maybe that's just me, though.

The other aggravation is that FF 2 didn't bring up fifty gazillion confirmations for cookies when a website was loading images from a different place that wanted to set cookies. Now, I seem to be getting a dialog for each image for, say, domain Y, and I must dismiss all of them before I can do anything else with the browser.

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Possibly the silliest thing you'll see today 
2008.10.15 12:22 - Toys, Actual Toys
Mickey Mouse as Optimus Prime
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Holy cat. I has a rifle. 
2008.10.14 01:16 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
As per a previous entry, I bought a Garand and a Hi Power over the weekend.

The pistol was remarkably filthy, and has some damage to the finish, and, I think, some rust, on the front and back strap of the grip, and some more to the included magazines. As near as I can tell, the Hi Power didn't get cleaned before sale. Mags are replaceable, the frame looks serviceable. Sights may have to go, though. Whether to me or the shop, I don't know. Rear sight's adjustable, and looks a bit beat to me. Front's a large, triangular fixed blade. No idea if either's original or not. Grips look original, but I'm not really enamored of them, so I'm likely to replace them with something nicer-looking.

So, sights, grips, maybe the finish. If it comes to that, maybe I can get a beavertail thrown on the back to protect my hand, because I know it's going to bite me, at least at first. Nonetheless, when TD yammers about how 'nothing points like a Hi-Power' ... boy, he ain't kidding. That is impressive all on its own. Can't wait to take it to the range and see what it does. Will have to give it one more pass with Q-tips and CLP, though. Before it goes to the range a second time, I need to replace the recoil spring.

The Garand, on the other hand ... I'll need to do a detail strip to make sure it's properly lubed, but whoever sold that gun must have cried. I finally got the buttstock off this evening, and everything I've seen inside there so far is pristine. The bore is dark, but seems regular, stock has been refinished. I'm pretty sure there's not more than three parts originally from the same rifle (the receiver's marked Springfield with a serial number in the two millions, and I think the barrel's a Winchester, but am not yet certain). The buttplate is beat in enough to make getting the hatch open impossible without something like a knife to pry it open. The forward most band is brass or brass-plated. I wouldn't bet on the finish on the metal being original. But, damn does it look nice. Also came with a leather sling from Uncle Mike's, which I need to put back on the rifle before I forget.

Looks like detail stripping the rifle will be pretty easy, which is good.

And 'this is my rifle' is a warm thought.
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Apropos of that last entry 
2008.10.10 10:57 - Guns, Toys, Actual Toys
I find it strange to realize that my fascination for fake weapons is suffering budgetary setbacks caused by my fascination with real weapons.
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