I think I finally have a line on Garand ammunition 
2008.10.27 13:26 - Guns, M1 Garand, Miscellanea, Zombie Preparedness
I'm reading that .30-06 loads with bullets weighing 150gr or less are reasonably safe for use in the Garand, so I may pick up a box or two at Le Mart d'Wal this week, just to have something that can be run through the rifle. (Like some other folks, I have an aversion to owning a gun I can't/won't use. Even if I only ever go to the range.)

It also appears that the CMP has modified their rules a bit, so that they no longer require one to actually shoot competitively, so the only requirement for membership (and, thereby, the ability to purchase surplus ammo) is "membership in an affiliated club". Although I think there is such a group locally, it seems that the Garand Collector's Association also qualifies.

I'ma go mail my application with this month's bills this evening.
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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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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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Oo! Oo! 
2008.10.10 10:44 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
I'm going to have to call to make sure they're still there tomorrow, but I found an area shop that's got a used Garand and a used High Power at acceptable prices, so I may be spending a paycheck tomorrow.

I hope I can sleep tonight.
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Disgaea is weird 
2008.10.09 01:23 - Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Entertainment, Microcode
Multiple years ago, the ... quirky strategy game Disgaea was released in the US on the PS2. Reviews were good, so I eventually purchased a copy before it disappeared from the shelves forever. Never played it. (I do that a lot.)

Ditto for Disgaea 2, actually. (Like, regularly.)

Disgaea was then ported to PSP a little while back. I did not buy it, because I don't own a PSP and there's not yet a killer app available that I feel like worrying about.

This year Disgaea (the first one) has been released on the Nintendo DS. I am finally playing it. It is weird. And Prinnies? Prinnies are great.

In retrospect, I should probably look up a PSP and a copy of the FF:Tactics port. Maybe after I get the High Power and Garand. (This month, I swear!)

[Addendum:
1. There is a Penny Arcade strip for almost everything, it seems.
2. I forgot to mention what brought this all to mind:
Every item in Disgaea has a handful of character classes attached to it, indicating certain bonuses conferred by that item or piece of equipment (I guess; I think there are some caveats, like the item has to be equipped, and consumables aren't equippable). These are distinct from character classes, FWIW, and often are a bit ... weird. Like, I can guess that Cryophile boosts the wearer's resistance to ice damage, and Firefighter does much the same for fire damage. I'm not sure what to make of the Coffee Maker bonus, except that I have to buy every item with it I can.]
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