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Tuesday
Oct022012

Bullpups Suck: James Yeager

I've had the privilege to shoot all sorts of vintage firearms, full autos, and rare safe queens, but I've never shot a bullpup rifle.  I like that they are short and think they look cool, but it sounds like they might be lacking in other departments.  Yeager and his buddy rant for a few minutes mostly about the "rich guy accessories" although the lack of ergonomics comes into play too.  I can see how trying to throw a mag into your armpit might prove challenging, and if you do switch shoulders you will get a face full of hot brass.  Let me know what you think of the vid, and btw there is some swearing.

HT TTAG

Monday
Oct012012

Looper Reviewed

I've been looking forward to Looper for a long time.  As previously mentioned I'm a big JGL fan, and this movie looked great just from the trailer.

Looper takes place about 30 years in the future.  It isn't an over the top view of the future, rather a more realistic and plausible outcome.  The cars have been retrofitted with some type of hoses and look to not use gasoline.  The downtown life is a little more tech centric, but overall it is kinda dirty.  The drug of the future is some kind of weird eye drop thing that some folks are addicted to.  Time travel is illegal and only used by crime syndicates.  People from the future get sent back to 2044 to get assassinated and disposed of by people called Loopers.  Because of the nature of the Loopers' job, their career ends when they eventually have to kill their future-selves thus closing the loop.  If for some reason they fail in closing their loop, bad things can and will happen.

JGL plays a fantastic young Bruce Willis, they look quite a bit a like in the film.  Much of the film is JGL hunting Willis (his future self) while trying to put together some fuzzy details about the future and close his loop.  There is a very cool seen when JGL and Willis have a tense meal in diner, then ends in a shoot out.  You can see some of this scene in the trailer at the top of the review.

Looper is a futuristic style Western.  Yea, I know that sounds a little strange, but you can really see it in the choice of weapons.  Loopers use a pistol gripped shotgun style weapon (think more t-shirt cannon than 870) for their assassination duties, affectionately called the blunderbuss.  The gangsters use wheel guns that look like a modern take on a Ruger Vaquero.  The revolvers sit in cross draw holsters and are  surrounded by black duster coats.  Also worth noting is a pretty epic duel wield p90 scene by Bruce Willis.  As strange is sounds, the lack of futuristic guns really adds to the film.  Lasers and thermal vision could have easily been added but the iron sights of pistols and shotguns added some extra suspension of disbelief in other areas.

Overall this is a great film, and definitely has a spot in my 2012 top ten films list.  Looper has a fantastic story with the right amount of action, gun fights, twists, and just the a little sprinkling of sci fi that works incredibly well.  The acting is great from Willis, JBL, and Emily Blunt.  Oh, I almost forgot Jeff Daniels, who feels slightly reminiscent of "The Dude" from Lebowski, plays a futuristic mob boss.  Anyway, I highly recommend you see Looper in theaters.  Btw, check out this very epic fan made Looper trailer.

Friday
Sep282012

Financial Scam: Grad School (Parody)

I could probably crank out about 1,000 words on the spot for my dislike of college, and yes I am a college graduate.  I'll save that rant for another day, but in the mean time this vid does a great job making fun of academia.  It is a hilarious parody about grad school being a scam and comparing it to Scientology!  Enjoy.

Thursday
Sep272012

Lead Free Ammo Gives Bad Guys An Advantage

I took a hunter safety course a few years ago, and there was a whole section about lead free ammo.  In CA's infinite wisdom, someone thought that a left over lead bullet could stay lodged into an animal carcass and that could carcass could possibly be consumed by an endangered condor.  I wish that was a joke, but I'm completely serious.  There isn't a ton of science to support this claim, but there are several regions throughout CA that you have to use lead free ammo.  The problem is your rifle will need to be re-zeroed for the new ammo, and it is way more expensive than the traditional lead stuff.  The real kicker is that if you would like to bring a side arm on your hunting trip (sometimes protection from two legged animals is required in the great state of California), your pistol ammo must also be lead free.  Finding lead free pistol calibers can sometimes be a bit of a challenge as well.

Ammo manufacturers are using all sorts of other metal composites instead of lead which makes things way more difficult for CSI folks trying to solve a murder.  They have to test a ton more variables, and it could potentially swing the case.  Check out the news report below:

H/T Gunwire and Click Orlando

Do you have any experience with lead free ammo?  Sound off in the comments below.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Sacramento Still Upset About The Bullet Button

SB 249 and the bullet button fiasco has left Sacramento politicians scratching their heads and pointing fingers.  I've had more than my share of hearing about SB249 (see my previous coverage: part one, part two, part three, part four, and the glorious conclusion in part five), but apparently CBS has continued their hard hitting biased journalistic coverage.  I'm glad that Kamala Harris was finally able to make an on camera appearance, and I laughed when she put the blame back on Yee.  This bill is now dead, but I think the bullet button issue will be around for a long time.