ATTN: ZOMBIES 
2009.01.21 15:04 - Guns, Zombie Preparedness
FEAR ME!

Details forthcoming.
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Dead Space: Zombies-but they're in space?! 
2008.12.01 09:15 - Entertainment, Microcode, Zombie Preparedness
Having put Mass Effect to bed yesterday afternoon, I broke out Dead Space last night and played that for a few hours. I'm playing through on 'Easy', because my time is more valuable than the game developer's ability to have zombies chew on me.

So far, the plot looks like it was cribbed from either Aliens or Leviathan, with a pretty healthy dose of The Thing and Doom 3. There's nothing wrong with that, but it probably means I've played too many of these games when the plots look like they were assembled by drawing previous titles out of a hat.

On the technical end, the graphics are very good, and the facial animations are about the best I've seen. Gameplay-wise, the dismemberment mechanic is unique, but it bugs me that the game then throws tiny critters at you that can only be popped. General recommendation: if you don't pick it up sooner, be sure to grab a copy from the greatest hits catalog when it rolls around.
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Slowly entering the present day ... 
2008.12.01 08:59 - Guns, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
PDB points out a product that will be of interest to Garand devotees interested in keeping up with the tactical crowd.

Over at Tam's, a commenter suggests a period-correct substitute. Can't get 'em in your choice of black, khaki, or ARPAT, though.
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Whoops! 
2008.11.12 17:32 - Guns, M1 Garand, Miscellanea, Site/Meta, Zombie Preparedness
This is not correct, as checking the the CMP's eligibility requirements quickly reveals. Although it is no longer necessary to be a competitive shooter, it is still necessary to have some documentation indicating that you know your way around a gun.

Dang. Well, half-way there. Just have to see whether a C&R or CCW license is a better choice, I guess.
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It's because I have no taste 
2008.11.03 14:43 - Guns, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
Also, I enjoy offending certain classes of individual.

I won't know until I finally get the Garand out to the range and shoot it, but I strongly suspect that the muzzle is more or less completely out of the barrel. Replacing the barrel's going to involve a gunsmith, and I'm sorely tempted (right now, anyway) to have it built out to .308 if/when the time comes. This is purely a practical matter, as .308 Winchester/7.62x51 NATO is a lot easier to come up with than M2 Ball, and possibly the rifle will be less bothered by the prospect of commercial ammo0.

If it comes to that, I may just go all the way and bubba1 up the gun. I'm already thinking about a three-point sling, because it's not 1936 any longer, but I'd also need a synthetic stock. If I were really serious, it'd all get spray-painted blaze orange or a camo pattern, but I'm not that ambitious, and don't wish to offend myself doing this.2

I'll hold on to the stock and original barrel if it comes to that, though.

[Addendum: It occurs to me that most of my readers won't understand why that would be so offensive to some gun dorks. Lessee ...

First, it may help to understand that I'm talking about taking something like this, and turning it into something like the Oleg Volk's "Eightball".

Translated out of gun nerd, this is a bit like taking, say, Hamlet and translating the ye olde Shakespearian English into the American vernacular, complete with grammatical errors. If I then painted it orange, it would be like further translating it into LOLCAT. Some overly sensitive individuals probably would actually weep at that point.]

Footnotes
0. Or not--I don't know!
1. bubba - verb; in this context, seems to be a colloquial pejorative used in reference to the terrible things done by amateur gunsmiths to perfectly good guns in the privacy of their garage, shop or living room.
2. That said, holy cow, are those synthetic stocks ugly.3
3. The more I think about it, the less willing I am to do that. Polymer is ugly; hardwood is not.

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