Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 97: Adam makes an announcement that will forever change the future of the podcast.

Long title, big news.

In this Very Special Episode of the GunBlog VarietyCast, Adam makes an announcement that will forever change the future of the podcast.

Erin Palette talks with Sean’s wife about the car emergency kit they built together.
Tiffany Johnson suggests that people should think about what they are saying before running their figurative mouths off at the keyboard.
That embarrassing moment when your child outs you as a concealed carrier — Beth Alcazar considers the question of what, and when, you should tell your child about the fact you carry a gun.
Barron notes that as soon as Congress fights off a challenge to due process when it comes to firearms, everyone changes sides and argues the other direction about computer privacy.
And Weer’d dissects our President’s latest speech about guns, post-Orlando.

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A Perfect Drink for Any Time!

And I mean it!

So the Corpse Reviver #2 (well the whole “Corpse Reviver” cocktail family) were designed as a “morning after Drink” to clear the head and to relive a hangover.

I don’t really subscribe to the “hair of the dog” school of hangover cure. Fluids, pain killers, and sleep are the best option (and I do personally think copious amounts of hot sauce get you to sweat out the Acetaldehyde, but your mileage may vary.

Still many of these “morning after drinks” quickly turn into Morning Brunch drinks, like the Bloody Mary.

Tho, to be honest there is nothing “Morning” about this drink. It’s full strength, and doesn’t contain any odd ingredients that a hung over drinker craves.

So here’s my recipe:

Corpse Reviver No2

1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1oz Triple Sec
1oz Lillet Blanc
1oz Gin
A few Dashes of Absinthe (I use Pernod)

Shake and serve up in a Cocktail glass with a lemon twist.

You’ll note in my glass there is that thick frothy head….that’s egg white!

To make with egg simply combine all ingredients in a shaker without ice, with about 3/4 oz fresh egg white. then whip the egg by a vigorous shake, or I use a cappuccino frother until you have a thick foam. Then add your ice and shake as normal.

The foam doesn’t add any taste, but adds a nice texture, and all the complex, but subtle flavors just seems to melt on your tongue better in the thick foam.

Also you’re now having eggs, so Breakfast???

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MEGATRON!!!

So this followed me home from the shop:

Walther P38

I’ve wanted one for a long time. They’re interesting historical pieces as well as what I consider the great-grandfather of the Beretta 92.

But really the reason I got this gun is because MEGATRON!!! I did grow up in the 80s….oh and this didn’t hurt.

So here’s where I need some help. I know NOTHING about these guns. All I know about this one is it’s marked “Walther P38” tho it has the Alloy frame, and is a post war gun date-stamped for April of 1958.

Where do I go to dig up all the proof marks and learn about what variant this is?

Oh and this video is awesome

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The Squirrel Report 198

A good one, we talked about the Brexit, but a wee bit too soon, as well as the Democrat sit-in amount lots of other things.

We ran a little long, but that’s because we had a lot to say.

Also the shirts sold, and will be shipping soon!!!

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Handgun Radio 133: Magazines and Speed Loaders

Had a fun show with Ryan

LCR Pair

Stick through the whole thing for a little surprise that Ryan couldn’t bring himself to edit out. Let’s just say about 15 mins in you’ll think something is up, and then you’ll figure out what it is!

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Maine Recipe: Potato Salad

So I went over to Vector Manor for dinner. I knew there was going to be grilled salmon as the main event, and I just thought Potato salad sounded like a good idea.

One problem, I don’t much care for mayo. I’ll abide a creamy potato salad or coleslaw, but I generally prefer the iterations without the mayo.

I know Mom makes a great one without mayo, so I called her, and asked where her recipe came from.

Turned out, unlike the bulk of her hits it wasn’t from one the cast from The Food Network, but Marjorie Standish, so rather than cooking from my tablet, I actually hand copied down the recipe.

Start with 8 Medium sized potatoes peeled and diced (you can use fingerlings unpeeled, just use a LOT of them) and toss those into a pot of water to get cooking.

While those are cooking away, time to make the dressing.

You need 1/2 cup of oil. I used Olive oil, but you can use just about anything. My Mom uses vegetable oil.
3 tbs Vinegar: Again the sky’s the limit. Mom uses apple cider, I used red wine, Balsamic might make for an interesting color and flavor….
2 tsp Salt (I did a tea spoon of Kosher, and a tea spoon of garlic salt)
Ground Black Pepper To taste
Cayenne Pepper to taste, I just used a few shakes, and I couldn’t taste it at all, so it’s all how wild you want to be.
1 tsp dry mustard
Chopped Herbs the cook book calls for parsley, I used thyme and chives
2Tbs finely chopped onion I was probably closer to 1/4 cup, in mine, I like onions, and I like the crunch they add

Mix all that up, and when the potatoes are done, just mix in the dressing while still warm and then toss it in the fridge to chill.

To finish it all off, I slice some hard boiled eggs over the top, and sprinkle them with paprika.

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The last leftovers of the first batch with some pulled pork sliders! It was a huge hit!

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Gun Blog Variety Cast Ep 96: It’s On Like Voltron

Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! And Adam and Sean will form the head of the GunBog VarietyCast!
Erin Palette gives us the lowdown on her new and exciting life as National Coordinator of the LGBT Friendly Firearms Trainer map. And she wondered if she was ever going to make a difference! We all knew better, didn’t we?

It’s amazing how many people try to write laws about things they just don’t understand. Tiffany Johnson brings in well-respected firearms trainer Tom Givens to give an exact definition of an “Assault Rifle”, and why that definition matters.

Everyone remembers their “First Time.” Beth Alcazar tells us about her first time. Her first time carrying a gun in a holster, that is…

You’d think being a “Chief Technologist” for the FTC would mean you were safe from getting your phone hijacked, right? Wrong! Barron explains how, when it comes to security, people are once again the weakest link.

And Weer’d finds us a doozy. It’s either an amazing example of a pro-gun group hiring a woman to write the most awful song in the universe in order to parody the gun-grabbing mommies, or this is further proof that some of these people have zero idea about how they sound. Give a listen and let us know what you think!

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Squirrel Report: Rants on Orlando

The Show was up Friday, but Life

I really got hot under the collar about this one talking about the facts we now know about the Pulse Nightclub Attack in Orlando.

We covered a few other things, but I can’t remember what they were.

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Some Bloomberg Derp

So first up they are “Gun Violence Prevention” Groups, not gun banners!

Today, many experts instead believe the most effective means to lessen the carnage in attacks like the one in Orlando is to ban high-capacity magazines. These devices feed semiautomatic firearms, including handguns, large amounts of ammunition, allowing shooters to fire for longer before reloading. While assault-style rifles like the AR-15 could increase the lethality of an attack in some situations, they say, it is high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to fire dozens of shots without stopping.

…Though assault weapons have become a potent symbol of mass shootings, bans of that style of gun are a “distraction,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and the author of Gunfight. For starters, he says, it didn’t actually stop manufacturers from selling assault rifles. Because the 1994 ban defined weapons based on “cosmetic” features like pistol grips or collapsible stocks, gun makers evaded these restrictions by removing just enough design features so as to not trigger the ban. Meanwhile, the weapons remained semiautomatic and could still accept magazines of any size.

Winkler says he believes a ban on magazines that hold lots of ammunition would be a more effective strategy in limiting the carnage from a mass shooting. “It makes far more sense to focus on high-capacity magazines than assault rifles,” he says. Winkler notes that it’s not the style of a gun but “the size of a magazine [that’s] associated with the amount of damage a weapon can cause.” (The 1994 law included such a ban, but there was no restriction on the sale or possession of high-capacity magazines, and millions remained in circulation.)

Funny for people who aren’t anti-gun, they seem to talk a LOT of bans and confiscation!

And then there’s this. Gotta love anti-gunners talking gun technology….it’s like listening to teenage band geeks talking about sex! This article is talking about simple “safety” features gun makers can add to make guns safer.

Loaded Chamber Indicators Meh, most modern guns have these, still a brass check is the simplest move, and something I do, even on guns that have an LCI, because why trust a mechanical device when you can simply inspect the gun?

Magazine release safeties I’ll quote them on this:

Semiautomatic handguns, the most popular type of weapon in the U.S., are loaded with ammunition held in a detachable magazine, which feed a round into the chamber after each shot. Typically, if a round is cycled into the chamber, it remains in place ready to be fired even after the magazine has been removed, meaning the gun is still lethal. Magazine-disconnect features block the gun from firing when the magazine has been taken out.

I HATE magazine disconnects, as I only see them as a device that puts you in danger rather than cause any level of added safety.

So the above scenario where a pistol is rendered “Safe” by simply removing the magazine, and doing nothing about the chambered round is a REALLY lazy form of “Safe”, because if you’re “unloading” the gun, you should take the extra second to….you know…actually unload it!

But now this scenario gets REALLY scary when you insert an UNLOADED magazine. Super counter-intuitive to people who are reliant on the gun to do all the safety work for them, as an UNLOADED device now renders this “Safe” gun with a chambered round able to discharge a single round.

Some added problems are: Added parts for breakage/catastrophic failure, potential for a dislodged magazine or improperly seated mag to render the gun 100% inoperable, for many gun designs this adds in the requirement to insert a magazine when you want to take the gun down. This last one can get REALLY ugly if say you only have a loaded magazine handy and don’t feel like emptying all the rounds from it. Just a bad idea, taking your gun apart should always involve REMOVING the magazine, no putting one in.

Heavier trigger pulls Like the New York Glock trigger? The police force best known for missing suspects and shooting bystanders. Also, I don’t trust a toddler NOT to manage to pull a 12 lb trigger, and if you do, you’re stupid. Further people with diminished hand strength or even new shooters who just haven’t built up those muscles we have for racking slides and pulling heavy DA triggers, are going to have more difficult shooting accurately, and likely will need to cut short training sessions.

Of course these are GOOD things for the “Gun Safety Experts”

Grip safeties: Meh, I’m a 1911 guy, and 1911s have grip safeties. Every gun I’ve shot with a grip safety has worked 100% for me, and I even like the H&K P7 grip safety, I think that’s a cool design. That being said, I had a friend cut his finger on the trigger serrations on my 1911 because he was unaware of the grip safety, and his hands did deactivate it with a natural firing grip. Of course an unnatural firing grip deactivated it…which is what a small child might do if you’re an idiot and leave a loaded gun around declaring “But Grip Safety!!!”

And let’s just point out that I don’t mind them, but 99% of the guns on the market don’t use a grip safety….there’s a reason for that.

And last….

Firing pin blocks Even a blind pig will find a nut! I feel the same way about non drop-safe guns as I do about guns with magazine disconnects….they’re fine for range guns, or collector’s items, but they should NOT be used for serious defensive use!!! They should also be kept away from new shooters, whom you should emphasize that if the gun drops for whatever reason, it should NOT be caught.

Now what’s really interesting is this is all an article spun off on this smart-gun agenda. The Armatix P1 is as far as I know the only “Smart” gun out there, ran off of an RFID tag. So you had some sort of Fob, and you brought it near the gun it would unlock. You know kinda like a lock and key…….hmmm

Yeah oddly there are a ton of gun makers that use this heavily debugged technology that works EXACTLY like the Armatix P1 but doesn’t use batteries, and doesn’t jack up the price of the gun by a grand….but that doesn’t get mentioned….nor the REQUIRED rule that all handguns be shipped with a lock.

It’s all just a smoke screen for gun bans!

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Bar Tending On The Road

Since we drove to the NRA Convention, I had no choice but to pack my travel bar.

Witness now, Weer’d, in the most modest of accommodations attempt to make a classy cocktail!

Great times!

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