A little while ago, my website’s server had a hiccup (confirmed by Tech Support II) and ate the post that was supposed to be here.
Of course, this happened mid-writing, so it all went bye-bye into the Great Digital Black Hole (no relation to Maxine Waters).
When I get my temper under control, you can read all about my trip to the Third World this past Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s a gratuitous gun pic of a Mauser C96:
Other than as an historical artifact (e.g. as used by Winston Churchill against various fuzzy-wuzzies), I don’t know why people have a thing for this gun. I’ve fired fired one in its original 7.63 Mauser chambering, and it’s almost uncontrollable: that “broomhandle” grip turns in your hand even in when shooting two-handed; gawd knows what it’s like when shooting it old-style:
I bet you couldn’t hit the inside of a barn with the thing, let alone a deserving fuzzy-wuzzy.