Letters, I Get Letters

People who have trouble logging in through WordPress’s byzantine process, or people who just couldn’t be bothered with that, or people who don’t want to post publicly:  all these send me letters.  What follows is a reply to some of them, grouped more or less  by topic.

1) “Oh Kim, why do you post pictures of insanely-expensive guns, when you know that none of us could ever afford them / no gun is worth that much anyway?” 
— for the same reason I post pictures of, say, Salma Hayek.  Both objects of desire are way too expensive for ordinary men, would cost far too much to maintain, and are ripe targets for thieves.  Nevertheless, we have Ms. Hayek and a matched pair of Holland shotguns below — the guns, in this case, are likely far cheaper than Salma would be.  (Both pics may be right-clicked to embiggen.)

2)  “Have you considered the 6.5mm Creedmoor / 6.5mm PRC for the ULD rifle project?”
    — if I wanted to shoot a 6.5mm bullet at Boomershoot, I’d use my Mauser in 6.5x55mm Swede.  However, I’ve seen what a strong wind does to the 6.5 boolet, which is why I wanted something just a little heavier (like the .3x offerings), especially as Joe Huffman says they tend to work better than the lighter ones up there.  Also, I’m starting to get the feeling that the 6.5 Creed is going to end up like other exotica such as the .300 Win Short Mag and others:  a historical curiosity which may prompt future gunnies to ask, “What the hell were they thinking?”  (And yes, I know the .dotmil are looking at the cartridge, but let’s be honest:  historically, the military have not been renowned for their cartridge choices anyway — especially when after WWII they didn’t adopt the eminently sensible .276 / 7mm caliber, as the Brits suggested we do.  So we ended up eventually ditching the manly .30-06 and choosing the 5.56 poodleshooter, when a middle course — such as, now, the 6.5 Creedmoor — would have been a better choice at the time anyway.)

3)  “Can we get access to your earlier articles in the Nation of Riflemen / Other Side Of Kim websites?”
— sadly, no.  As it happens, even I can’t get hold of the posts — the link thereto seems to have disappeared — and other than the ones I’ve already reprinted, consider them gone.  (Frankly, most of that old content — even that of the Gratuitous Gun Pics — is very much dated by now, so it’s not as great a loss as you might think.)

4)  “Why do you link to the horrible Daily Mail so often?”
   —  mostly, it’s my guilty pleasure (I love reading trash), and also because it’s free (unlike most U.S. newspapers, who have decided that their content is more valuable than I think it is and want me to pay to read it).  I mean, where else could one find priceless headlines such as these, literally right next to each other?

Finally, the DM  offers me Train Smash Women on at least a weekly basis, and I am completely helpless in that regard.

Keep on writing, folks.

Oh, and one last thing:  if you wrote and haven’t yet got a reply from me, please resend your letter.  I get close to a hundred Reader emails per day, and in many cases, I put them aside for “I need to research that more before replying” or “I need to think about that a little before replying” reasons.  And of course, some fall through the cracks, for which I apologize profusely.  It’s not rudeness or even carelessness;  it’s just being a little too busy to keep them all in the air, so to speak.

Past The Sell-By Date

Okay, this one got a series of snorks from me, because I’m a sick bastard.  A sample:

All the comments are from women… and sadly, they’re more tragic than funny.

I think that Feminism, when viewed from a historical perspective, will prove to have become completely counter-productive (if not actually destructive) for women after the 1970s, simply because I think it was founded on a faulty premise:  unlike the famous saying, the fact is that you can’t have it all — never could, never will.  Life is a series of compromises, but some compromises are worse than others — women waiting to get married until they’re in their mid- to late thirties being a good example.

If you have daughters in their late teens or early twenties, feel free to pass this link on to them, as a warning.


From Insty:

And as Berkely Breathed once wrote (more or less): “Exhausted by the depth of his political analysis, the reporter was forced to take a nap.”

Reading poll results isn’t analysis, it’s recital.

Monday Funnies

Ugh… it’s Monday, and here comes the week’s first problem:

So to stop getting all wet, herewith Teh Funny:

Okay, that’s not especially funny, except that its original caption was “America, Baby!”

But to continue:

Which reminds me, I have to make a doctor’s appointment soon…

And finally, a little Gun Geek humor:

And just to further brighten up your day, Hope Hicks is returning to the White House:

REUTERS/Leah Millis – RC127BBC6B00/File Photo

Now get on that plane, and take off.

Wonderful Women: H Is For Hot

Starting with the timeless beauties, as always:

Hedy Lamarr

Actually, today’s post could have been all Hedy Hedy Hedy, but I was strong.  Here’s Cape Town hottie, Hazel Brooks:


The strangely-named (but not at all strange-looking) Hildegard Knef:

But enough of the oldies.   In modern times we have hotties such as Helena Bonham Carter:

Hayden Panattiere:

…Rollergirl Heather Graham:

Helen Flanagan (who looks just as good in black & white as in color):

But no examination of hotness would be complete without the wonderful Helen Mirren, who was hot as a youngin:

…and hasn’t aged too badly, nearly fifty years on:


Fine wine, man;  fine wine.

Next week, we’ll dot an i or two.

Old Gunnies’ Tales

Sheriff Jim talks about the myths of self-defense carry, and a couple of times I found myself nodding in agreement along with him.  Here’s one of them.

On long trips I carry a backup S&W 637, but it’s not all that easy to get to (certainly not as easy as my 1911), but I always had that nagging feeling about that “Two is one, one is none” trope — specifically, if you’re carrying a second gun in case your primary gun fails, then perhaps you need to have more faith in your choice of primary in the first place, and get a better gun.

That said:  even my faithful Springfield 1911 has failed, twice, and fortunately, both times at the range.  The first time (at around the 25,000-round mark) was when the slide stop broke (snapped halfway through), but the remnant of the pin still held the gun together through the rest of the shot string when the mag was empty.  So in a self-defense situation, that might not have been so bad.

The second failure was more substantial:  at the 35,000-round point the safety catch broke, almost literally disintegrated in the gun, and the gun became inoperable.  (Fun fact:  when that happens, the grip safety also becomes inoperable, so the 1911 is not safe to carry with a round in the chamber.)  It didn’t matter about the rarity of this event — not only had I never heard of it happening, but the gunsmith hadn’t, either;  nevertheless, it did happen, and I have to admit that it left me quite shaken.

So maybe, just maybe, Old Faithful isn’t that faithful after all — which makes an argument in favor of carrying a backup.


Maybe a revolver makes a better choice for a primary carry gun — I know, six, seven or even eight rounds aren’t the same as the fifteen-round mag in yer Glock — but revolvers are inherently more reliable than semi-autos, so…

Here’s the big “but” (and it’s bigger than Kim Kardashian’s):  would (say) a S&W 686 have been as reliable as my 1911 after 25,000 full-power loads, or is that an apples-oranges comparison?  What about a S&W 625 (which is chambered in .45 ACP like the 1911)?  Would that have lasted longer without a breakage (at, say, 25,000 rounds) than the 1911?

I have to tell you, after the 1911’s safety broke, I first started thinking about carrying a revolver instead of a semi-auto, and it’s something that weighs on me to this day.  I am very much tempted by the 8-shot Mod 627:

Eight rounds is what I carry in my 1911 anyway, and while a revolver loads a little slower with a speedloader than a mag-fed semi-auto, it’s not that  much slower (after considerable practice, which I’ve had).

This is what happens when you start looking at the carry myths (thanks, Sheriff Jim) — you start to rethink all sorts of long-held habits and beliefs.

“The one thing that I got from the professional hunters is that they don’t plan for when everything works right—they plan for when everything goes wrong.  And, just like the smart defensive shooter, it effects their choice of guns, gear and tactics.  And that, I submit, is a good way to stay alive.”

There you have it.