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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In the interest of better access to Alaska’s hunting and fishing grounds, Mrs. Animal and I have been looking for an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) to get us farther afield, faster.  Such are popular and, in some cases, near-indispensable for accessing good Alaska terrain.

Something like this.

Problem is, there isn’t much in the way of used inventory available.  So we bit the bullet and ordered a new 2022 Polaris ATV.  At least, as I reckon it, buying a new one and taking good care of it should ensure that it will last, well, as long as I’ll need it to.  We should have delivery of it in late August, just in time for hunting seasons.  Watch this space for narratives!

And so…

On To the Links!

I love a happy ending.

Fucking savages.

Well, this isn’t good.

Taxation is theft.

Why Democrats are losing.  Because they’re horribly out of touch and their policy positions are shit?

Wild boars are ransacking Rome.

Hybrid war – I guess it goes farther than electric war but not as far as gas-powered war?

We get $5/gallon gas, they get free Peloton memberships.

Maybe because of that “Latinx” horseshit.

Somalia?  Somalia?   Fucking Somalia?  What possible reason is there for even one U.S. soldier to be in Somalia?

Maybe so, but never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

How can you tell a politician is lying?  His lips are moving.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Bryce Covert is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler (You can always count on MSNBC for idiots) is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jake Bittle is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1991, just after we got home from the General Schwarzkopf Traveling Road Show’s Highway of Death Tour, Mrs. Animal and I were able to catch one of America’s most famous concert events when we saw the Grateful Dead at the old Mile High Stadium in Denver.

It was a hell of a show.  As I recall we paid $17 for tickets.  Carlos Santana opened; he played for 90 minutes.  The Grateful Dead, backed up by Bruce Hornsby on keyboards and Branford Marsalis on sax, played for almost six hours. For comparison, I remember reading that same summer Michael Jackson did a show in Las Vegas.  Tickets started at $65 and he was actually on stage for less than an hour.

Here, then, from the live album Without a Net, recorded on that same tour, is the 16-minute epic Eyes of the World.  It’s probably my favorite Grateful Dead tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Battle Rifle News

It seems the USAF is fielding a new rifle, and it’s kind of interesting.  Excerpt:

The Air Force is almost finished distributing nearly 1,500 new rifles to security forces, pararescuemen, Guardian Angels, and explosive ordnance disposal Airmen, the service announced April 16.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is in the final phase of delivering the Squad Designated Marksmanship Rifle after procuring approximately 1,464 of the guns.

The SDMR is a semi-automatic, 7.62x51mm-caliber rifle designed by Heckler & Koch, initially developed for the Army to give units the ability to engage targets precisely up to 600 meters away.

For the Air Force, the SDMR will help fulfill multiple missions.

For security forces performing base defense operations, it will replace the M24 Sniper Weapon Systems currently in use.

For pararescuemen and Guardian Angels tasked with personnel recovery, it will replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems rifle. The SDMR will save Airmen five pounds in gear on missions.

For explosive ordnance disposal technicians, the SDMR will be used to “to eliminate small munitions in their standoff munition disruption activities,” according to an Air Force release.

“Being able to field one solution that can effectively achieve multiple missions epitomizes Air Force acquisition strategies and shows [Airmen’s] ability to adapt to any situation,” Matthew Hamer, head of AFLCMC’s Small Arms Program Office, said in a statement.

The Army first began accepting deliveries of the SDMR in 2020 and is scheduled to finish fielding the new rifle by the end of 2023, with some 6,000 rifles being distributed.

What’s interesting here is that the new SDMR is chambered for the good old 7.62x51mm NATO round, making it (unlike the M-16/M4 platform) an actual Main Battle Rifle (MBR).

Well Armed.

Frankly I’d hope to see this weapon more widely issued.  In today’s world of mechanized warfare, a rifle cartridge firing a heavier bullet that can penetrate light vehicle bodies would be preferable.  Also, the .30 caliber cartridge – a rework of the famous old Cartridge, Caliber .30, Model of 1906 – has a greater effective range than even the newer, heavier-bullet versions of the 5.56 round.

Granted I’m a big-gun man in my sporting guns as well, so some of this may be my bias talking.  I’m large-framed and not very recoil-sensitive, and prefer the .338 Win Mag and the .45-70 fir hunting.  But I’m nevertheless glad to see an honest MBR being fielded for use.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last week I finally filled a space in the gun safe that’s been empty a while, when I successfully bid on a Savage 24B-DL.  This is a neat little combination rifle/shotgun, sporting a .22WMR barrel over a 20 gauge shotgun barrel.  Just the thing for casual pokes through the woods for grouse and showshoe hares.

This is an early model of the 24, with nicer wood than the later models, not to mention a more robust frame-mounted selector.  I’ve already ordered a wide-angle, low-power scope to go on the rig, to better accommodate my aging optics, although it occurs to me that a peep sight would work well too.

I like the .22WMR over the more common .22LR in this gun, favoring as I do that little extra punch on big snowshoe hares or maybe, now and then, a sleek winter fox or pine marten.  I suspect this rig will see a lot of use in the Alaska woods – there’s a reason these old combo guns are very popular in the Great Land.

And so…

On To the Links!

Escape from LA II, Electric Boogaloo.

Well, this is encouraging.

Down, down, down, down.

Up, up, up, up.

Cool bit of speculation:  What might aliens look like?

LA keeps getting worse.

Ben Franklin’s greatest invention.

Time Crystals. 

Nigel Farage asks a damn good question.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Bawk bawk.

Heck’s Angels.

It seems archery was vital to the survival of our ancestors. 

China seeks Earth 2.0.

A (Trump-appointed) Federal judge has struck down the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration’s travel mask mandate.  And the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has caved.

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.  Double dose of Krugman idiocy this week.

The Guardian’s Thomas Zimmer is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s (I’m sensing a pattern here) Ja’han Jones is an idiot. 

Maureen Dowd is feeling the Bern – and embracing the idiocy.

The Seattle Times’ Clyde Ford is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Heilweil is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Some songs have popular covers that are better (well, that I like better) that the originals.  Aerosmith did Come Together better than the Beatles, as Joe Cocker did the best version of A Little Help From My Friends.

Another example is Grand Funk Railroad’s version of The Loco-Motion.  While “Little Eva” Boyd did it first, in 1962, and did it pretty damn well, I still like Grand Funk Railroad’s 1974 version better.  And so, without further ado, here it is.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

For some time now, I’ve been looking for a compact lever-action carbine in .45 Colt, to go along with my pair of revolvers in that round.  Wanting a lightweight, slim piece that’s easily portable while woods-loafing, I’ve been looking at the various 1892 Winchester clones out there.  The company that calls itself Winchester nowadays makes one, as does the Brazilian manufacturer Rossi, but both of those are marred with extraneous (and ugly) external safeties.  As I have always held that a gun with an external hammer requires no added safety – and in any case, the only safety a shooter can really rely on is the one under his hat – I’ve been looking at the various clones offered by Uberti and Chiappi, which are made with more care to the original plans.

Chiappi’s 1860 Spencer

Then I had a chance to look over one of Chiappi’s replicas of the 1860 Spencer carbine, likewise modified to shoot the .45 Colt.  It’s a neat little thing, a little different in operation than ‘traditional’ lever guns, as it is fed by a tube magazine in the stock and the side-mounted hammer must be manually cocked for each shot.  But it’s a little different and unusual, and being a little different and unusual myself, I kind of like it.  So I’m focusing my efforts on those at the moment.  Watch this space for more.

And so…

On To the Links!

Peppermint Patty Psaki leaving the Imperial Mansion for MSNBC.  She’ll no doubt double their viewership – from two to four!

Why Have Female Animals Evolved Such Wild Genitals?  I literally, figuratively and in all other ways have nothing to add to that.

They should, but they probably won’t.

No shit, Sherlock.

Sounds like a good idea to me.  Everyone should have some skin in the game.  Alternative idea:  You don’t pay taxes, you don’t vote.

Documenting the ongoing disintegration of New York City.

Rats continue to flee this sinking ship.

Sarah Palin gains a key endorsement.

Colonel Schlichter documents the Dems stepping on a series of rakes.  Best line:

The Democrat’s 2022 congressional polls are dire, with numbers as foul as the interior of Eric Swalwell’s Prius on the way home from a chili cook-off at Fang Fang’s condo. And the Democrats refuse to crack a window. They are hotboxing a Republican wave so mighty that even the Republicans can’t screw it up. 

These people should be prosecuted, but we all know they won’t be.

H.R. 7366. A bill to ban the imposition of any State or local liability insurance, tax, or user fee requirement for firearm or ammunition ownership or commerce; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.  But we all know it’s not going anywhere.

I wish I could say this was a surprise.  Maybe we’ll succeed in ditching Murkowski this year.

These people should be prosecuted, but we all know they won’t be.

“Amy Schumer” and “funny” are two words that should never be used in the same sentence.

I’ll start believing climate change is a crisis when the people who keep telling me climate change is a crisis start acting like climate change is a crisis.

This Week’s Idiots:

Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world!

Predictably, Gov. Newsom reacts with an idiotic irrelevancy.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board is evidently a raft of idiots.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi is an idiot.

Slate’s Fanilla Cheng & Yuliya Panfil are both idiots.

Juan Williams continues his sad decline into idiocy.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is an idiot.

Peppermint Patty Psaki runs cover for idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve presented this before, probably more than once, but it bears repeating.  Hank Williams Jr.’s A Country Boy Can Survive has always been an elegy for those of us who live the rural lifestyle, and probably always will be.  The dazzling urbanites (yes, that’s sarcasm, as well as a Blazing Saddles reference) may not understand it, but they don’t have to, just as I don’t have to understand why anyone would choose to live in the hellholes that our major cities are becoming.  But if bad becomes worse, my money’s on rural and small-town folks coming through it better than the urbanites, because as Bocephus puts it:

Because you can’t starve us out,
And you can’t make us run,
‘Cause we’re them old boys raised on shotgun.

Boy howdy.  Here he is.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Switchblades Friday

I found this mildly interesting, as kind of an ancillary to the Second Amendment discussion; Virginia just removed the state ban on switchblade knives.  They’re legal here in the Great Land, by the way, as long as you’re over 21; don’t ask me what the reason is for that distinction.  Anyway; excerpt:

Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill, SB 758, that passed with broad bipartisan support, has been signed into law by Governor Glenn Youngkin. We sincerely appreciate Gov. Youngkin signing this bill after nearly 5 years of effort to repeal the ban.

NOTE: Repeal does not become effective until July 1st. Until that date, possession of automatic knives remains illegal in Virginia.

NOTE: The concealed carry knife bans in Virginia, including of switchblade (automatic) knives, will still remain in effect: “If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, (i) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, … or (v) any weapon of like kind as those enumerated in this subsection…”

Here, from Bearing Arms, is the part I don’t quite get:

The full text of the bill is as follows:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 18.2-311 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 18.2-311. Prohibiting the selling or having in possession blackjacks, etc. If any person sells or barters, or exhibits for sale or for barter, or gives or furnishes, or causes to be  sold, bartered, given, or furnished, or has in his possession, or under his control, with the intent of  selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing, any blackjack, brass or metal knucks, any disc of whatever configuration having at least two points or pointed blades which that is designed to be thrown or propelled and which that may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, switchblade knife, ballistic knife as defined in § 18.2-307.1, or like weapons, such person is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. The having in one’s possession of any such weapon shall be prima facie evidence, except in the case of a conservator of the peace, of his intent to sell, barter, give, or furnish the same.

Aside from the two clarifying edits changing “which” to “that,” the only change is striking “switchblade knife” from the statute.  Blackjacks, brass knuckles, throwing stars and ballistic knives remain illegal.  And I’m not sure why the VA Legislature didn’t just toss out the whole stupid mess, except, as seems likely, this was the best deal that could be worked out.

Our once and former home state of Colorado has become increasingly loony over the last decade or so, but there are at least no stupid laws against brass knucks, which are mostly sold as novelties.  A few years ago I was touring around Denver’s huge Tanner Gun Show with my son-in-law and came across a guy selling not only brass knucks but also anodized aluminum knucks in a rainbow of colors – “diversity,” I guess.  I tried a couple sets just out of curiosity, but found they wouldn’t go on my big gorriloid hands past the second knuckle.  When I pointed this out to the vendor, he looked at my big mitts and said, “you don’t need ’em!”

Be that as it may, this entire section of Virginia state law seems pretty stupid.  Like gun control, knife, blackjack and knuck control seems just another stupid attempt to control behavior by outlawing inanimate objects, which works, well, never.  In my own business I charge some pretty major corporations serious money to teach their people how to solve problems through effective root cause analysis, and one of the basic principles I teach them is that a tool is never and can never be a cause.  A root cause is always at the point where some person or group of people made a decision.  In the case of what the VA law is trying to address, the root cause is when some asshole decides to commit a crime.  Any action after that is on them, and whatever tool they choose is immaterial once the choice has been made.

Most politicians, of course, are too stupid, too corrupt, or both, to understand this.

Make no mistake, though, this amendment to Virginia law is a step in the right direction.  But it’s only a step.

Animal’s Daily Settlement News

Before we start, check out the second installment of my series Mog-ee over at Glibertarians!

Now:  There are, apparently a lot of misconceptions surrounding the case of Sandy Hook families suing Remington Arms, and the settlement that has ended that suit.  Excerpt:

A lot of us are still processing the whole thing regarding the settlement between Remington’s insurance company and the families of those killed in Sandy Hook. It’s done and in the books, of course, but the ramifications will continue for long afterward.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people looking at the settlement and thinking it means stuff it doesn’t, writing very misleading and outright wrong opinion pieces based on nonsense that people will accept as absolute fact.

One case in point:

It’s been well established that companies that exploit gender stereotypes to prey on women’s self-doubt are harmful to society. But the lawsuit filed by families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting against gun manufacturer Remington might help to show how men are just as vulnerable to damaging gender ideals.

The Remington settlement marks the first time a gunmaker has been held accountable for its product’s role in a mass murder in the U.S. Gun companies have been shielded from liability when their products are used in a crime because of a 2005 law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. But some states are now using consumer protection as a way to hold gunmakers’ feet to the fire. New York passed a law last summer that classified irresponsible marketing of firearms as a “nuisance,” which could allow firearm corporate entities to be sued, and New Jersey could be the next state to follow suit.

Except it wasn’t Remington who made the settlement. It was the insurance company itself, meaning Remington hasn’t said they did anything wrong.

Which is good, because they didn’t.

See, the insurance company opted to settle because the optics of carrying on a legal battle with the families of murder victims was less than spectacular. They have other customers and clients outside of the gun industry, and likely figured they’d lose more in the long run by fighting.

But Remington wasn’t part of the decision process. No one in the firearm industry was, so it’s kind of ridiculous to claim a gun maker was held accountable when nothing of the sort actually happened.

Here’s where author Tom Knighton misses the point:

What I do know, though, is that these supposed journalists should do a whole lot more research before opening their trap.

Here’s the problem:  With this statement, Mr. Knighton implies that the “journalists” in question, had they done a little more research, would have reported the matter honestly.  That’s not the case.  These people, where guns and gun laws are concerned, don’t even had a nodding acquaintance with honesty.  They don’t know the facts of the case, they don’t know what the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act says or means, and they don’t know anything about guns or how they function.  What’s more, they don’t care.  It’s all about the Narrative.  You could gunsplain these things to them until you’re blue in the face, and they wouldn’t change a word in their reporting.

The rest of the article, of course, does a good job of explaining what really happened in this settlement, and it’s not what a lot of us thought it was.  It’s a pretty good piece of preaching to the choir, and might well give many of us ammunition (hah) for discussions of this issue with family and friends.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Boy howdy, is it cold.


Temps here in the Susitna Valley haven’t been above zero since Sunday, and overnight lows have been approaching twenty below.  But it’s Alaska, not Hawaii, so we kind of expect this kind of weather in January.  In fact, speaking only for Mrs. Animal and yt. obdt., we kind of enjoy it.  It’s not the cold so much that we enjoy, mind; it’s feeling proofed against it.

Our oil tank is full, we have plenty of firewood, our house is snug and well-insulated.  The pantry and freezer are both well-stocked.  In fact we could get by without having to go to the grocery store, probably, until the first of February.  We do have to go out to walk across the driveway to the office, but that little building is warm as well, although the heat there is electric; I’m going to eventually have to install something more efficient.

But, yes, by the time April rolls around, we’ll be more than ready for spring.  And so, with that said…

On To the Links!

Here’s the thing:  Show me where the word “democracy” appears in the Constitution.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Yeah, I’m sure that’s gonna go well.

Canadian gun owners:  “We will not comply!”

This is sure to end well.

The Squirrel Mafia invades Wales.  That’s just nuts.

Oh, sure, it’s OK for them to have pipelines.

This is also known as belaboring the obvious.

RIP Betty White. 

RIP Richard Leakey.

I remember when Scientific American was a respectable publication.  Not any more.  Now they’re engaging in anti-GMO kookery and tarring (hah!) respected biologist Edward O. Wilson as a racist.  Who do think they are – CNN?

Imagine the 2024 Democrat Presidential primaries featuring the dimwit Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex against Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua.  If that happens I’m buying stock in popcorn companies.  The debates alone would be hilarious.

Why the hell would anyone give a shit about Anthony Blinken’s Spotify playlist, and why the hell is the government paying someone with taxpayer funds to post this horseshit?

We can hope.

This Week’s Idiots:

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

David Axelrod is an idiot.

The Hill’s Alan Cohn is an idiot.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex (Repeat Offender Alert) is still an idiot.

NY Mag’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

The New York Daily News’ Norm Ornstein is an idiot.

CNN’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

The late Nineties and early years of the new century saw the explosion of digital music and streaming audio, which led to lots of little local and regional bands suddenly being able to gain a larger following.  One of those was the New England band Grey Eye Glances (originally Sojourn).  They had a neat, easy style, with a few peppier tunes like The Me You See and Halfway Back.  Of all their songs, one of my favorites is Angel, which comes from their 1997 album Eventide.  This is a nice, relaxing song, perfect for long winter evenings in a warm house.  Here is that tune – enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, eh?

This was one of my favorite pieces in the weekly news roundup, so I wanted to give it some primacy of place.  Honestly, this couldn’t happen to a more deserving cackling harpy.  Kamala “Heels-Up” Harris is probably the dumbest, least competent person to ever be a heartbeat away from the Imperial Mansion, and considering that this is a position previously held by Andrew Johnson and Al Gore, that’s really saying something.

It’s going to be interesting to see how they squeeze her out before the 2024 campaign season gets going in earnest, because you know sure as hell old Joe isn’t going to make it to another term.  Seriously – are these people the best the Democrats have?

Anyway, with that out of the way…

On To the Links!

Dear President Trump:  Thank you, thank you, thank you for sparing us from having to live through four years of this bitter, besotted, corrupt, wicked old harridan in the Imperial Mansion.

Probably ain’t gonna happen.

No shit, Sherlock.

What should Democrats do about rising inflation?  Resign.

And the money printer goes brrrrrrr.


A modern-day dinosaur.

Dinosaurs may have been colorful.  That’s reasonable, as living dinosaurs – birds – are often colorful.

Remind me again which political party has been running Chicago since the Depression?

How about just getting the government out of the way of the economy altogether?  Honestly, every time government interferes they make things worse.

Civil Disobedience 101 in New York.

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Colorado Gov. Polis finds an acorn.

Cold, dark and hungry – that’s what life will be like if the Dems get their way.

I’ve never read even one word of Harry Potter and never will, but I confess to liking J.K. Rowling these days.

He should, but he won’t, and nobody in the legacy media will ask.

I love a happy ending.

Inflation continues to break records.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The NY TimesThomas Edsall is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s David Litt is an idiot.

The Hill’s Phillip Wallach is an idiot.

CNN’s Mark Wolfe is an idiot.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

The Hill’s Maria Cardona is an idiot.

Vox’s Zach Beauchamp is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take for this week.  I actually read these, you know.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Since last week we mentioned the Sanford Townsend Band opening for Melanie, here is the lady herself.   Melanie (full name Melanie Safka) was a folk/pop singer who had a fair following in the early Seventies.  She had a fun, light, airy style and was easy to listen to.

Her best-known song was Brand New Key, from her 1971 album Gather Me.  Imagine a lady singer today using the line “…some people say I’ve done all right for a girl?”  Brand New Key is a fun little tune you don’t have to take too seriously.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and  The Other McCain for the Rule Five Links.  And thanks once again to blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the link.  If you aren’t perusing these blogs daily, you should be!

As anyone who has read these virtual pages for any time knows, I’m a big fan of .45 caliber sidearms.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that I found a recent article on the .45ACP over at Firearms News interesting.  This article asks the question:  Is the .45 Auto as ‘good’ as its reputation?  (Scare quotes in the original, and I’m not sure why.)  Excerpt:

Our own 1911.

The .45 Auto suffers from many of the same limitations and downfalls as the .380 Auto and .38 Special cartridges, chiefly its low velocity. The average 230-grain .45 Auto load will rarely break 900 feet per second, with typical velocities falling between the 825-890 feet per second mark. Keep in mind this is from a 5-inch barrel. These factory 5-inch velocity figures are due to the 1911, with its 5-inch barrel, being the most common handgun found in .45 Auto. Typical barrel lengths on “duty” or “Concealed Carry” handguns fall from 4 to 4.5 inches, meaning the already low velocity of the .45 Auto is further reduced, typically falling 5-10% from advertised muzzle velocities.

With these already low velocities, the threshold in which a typical .45 Auto hollow point will reliably expand is relatively limited. So, the .45 Auto needs to retain as much velocity as possible to consistently perform well, especially through heavy clothing and other light barriers. Even premium offerings, from trusted brands will suffer from this issue. Take the Barnes TAC-XPD, solid copper hollow point offering. This uses the 185-grain, XPD projectile, famously used by premium ammunition manufacturers such as Black Hills, early Cor-Bon and Barnes branded ammunition itself. Advertised at 1,000 feet per second, the actual chronograph results show an 11.85% decrease in velocity, with an average that didn’t even break the 900 feet per second mark, coming in at 894 feet per second from my Heckler and Koch USP V1.

So, it seems the noncommittal answer to the question asked by the title is “…yes, depending on the ammo.”  And that’s a fair answer; ammo has come a long way since 1911.  The classic old 230-grain FMJ load has been supplanted by a wide variety of high-performance defense and hunting loads.  This same technology, by the way, has transformed former pipsqueaks like the .380 APC into decent defensive loads, and have brought the .38 Special and 9mm Parabellum into primary sidearm status.

Here’s the conclusion, though, and it’s well taken:

Whatever you choose for caliber, I recommend researching credible sources for ammunition terminal performance. Then train hard and train often, because in the end shot placement, recoil mitigation, capacity and ability (a marriage between equipment and person) is the ultimate threat stopper, not caliber.

Yes.  Especially the “practice” part.  The most effective defensive weapon is the one with which you can put round on target under adverse conditions.

Even so, I have been and will remain a big fan of .45 caliber sidearms, both in .45ACP and .45 Colt varieties.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The equinox is in a few weeks, where the sun hits the halfway point on its long march south.  At these latitudes it is quite a journey, and just now the sunset has moved south of the power lines and is giving us some pretty views:

My summertime’s drive for fishing is now being overtaken by my drive to get out in the field after some birds, but I have to wait for full residency, which comes one year after switching my Colorado driver’s license for an Alaska one; specifically, on February second.  I understand the reason for that law, but the beautiful fall weather, the big stretch of borough land behind us and the hand-crafted Tolley side-by-side double in my gun safe are egging me on.  Next year, dammit!

And with that said…

On To the Links!

Peter Boghossian shows us the difference between politics and principles.

The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration just keeps building back better!

I love a happy ending.


Ever wondered what happens when you dangle a rhinoceros upside-down?  Well, now you know.

Somehow, I suspect most Texans don’t give two shits about what the SFGate thinks.

We can hope.  Having the GOP in control of Congress will… well, it will slow down the decline of the U.S. some.

Beer.  Is there anything it can’t do?

Fauci can fuck right off, the government does not have this authority.

Inflation is skyrocketing.  Nobody should be surprised by this.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation‘s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Harry Reid is still a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

USAToday’s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

The New Republic‘s Timothy Noah is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is and always will be an idiot.

It’s idiots all the way down.

MSNBC’s Kavita Patel is an idiot.

The kind of stupidity shown at the VMAs (whatever those are) should be physically painful.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex continues to be a tone-deaf idiot.

New York’s new Governor is apparently an idiot with no clue as to the proper role of government.  What is it with that state, anyway?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of style and grace; she was more beautiful in jeans, sweater and a towel over her hair than many women are in evening gowns, as you’ll see in this week’s selection.  And she wasn’t without pluck; during World War 2 she raised money for the Dutch underground during the German occupation of the Netherlands, an activity that may well have gotten her shot had she been caught in the act.

In the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn played the iconic character Holly Golightly opposite a very young George Peppard, with a brief appearance by the remarkable Buddy Ebsen.  It’s a great film featuring a great star, and at one point she gives voice to the song Moon River.  Here, in a clip from that film, is that lovely, classy lady and that beautiful song – enjoy.